CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, February
"Burnt-Out Wife": This one-woman show takes on topics such as intimacy, loneliness, monogamy, and other marital taboos. Creator and performer Sara Juli employs her comedic text-driven dance style to explore the decay and detritus of marriage with equal parts wit and vulnerability. Taking place in a Pepto-Bismol pink bathroom, this dance-theater-comedy will spark intimate conversations while blowing up the institution with humor, reflection, and a complete re-imagining. 2/25 Premiere: 7:30-8:30 p.m. On demand through 2/28. For mature audiences only. Presented by Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College. Through Sunday, February 28. Free. Livestream. Information: More info/link: vwww.keene.edu/arts/redfern.
WILMINGTON Nicki Steel's Photography: Steel's show focuses on her Hearts in Nature series and New Works and Directions. Her selection of photos highlights landscapes and scenery from the Deerfield Valley, all available for purchase - traditional cards, mini-matted pieces, framed enlargements, new items. Steel has been partnering with Jess Cronin from Cronin Company and Haley Frano from Studio Lane Ltd. to create coasters and boxed sets of smaller cards. Her "Winter Birds" boxed cards proved so popular through the holidays that she has expanded the line to now also include a Hearts in Nature set, with 12 different images of stones, cows, peaches, and more. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Through Sunday, February 28. Free. Bartlebys Books, 17 W. Main St. Information: 802-464-5425; Click for more info on Web in new window.
NEWFANE C. Peter Erickson - "On the Way By": This exhibit combines a unique airbrush technique with popular images of the world around us. Erickson applies the original French chess definition of 'passing through' to his art, establishing the world's impermanence, it's placement neither here nor there but somewhere along the way. "For many years I was most interested in painting with oil on canvas, eventually trending toward incidental objects caught in motion; En Passant. For this approach, I found airbrush techniques, once relegated to photo retouching, to be well suited for depicting the world moving before my eyes. I find it interesting when practical and commercial techniques such as airbrush, film photography, screen printing pass through a period of obsolescence to later become available for making art. This, too, is an expression of the passage of time." The airbrush technique employed in his recent work enhances the feeling of moving through an event, sometimes slowly and gently, and other times wildly propelled. He attributes his work to the fact that he has always liked "making stuff," and in 1980 became an architect. Following years of construction project management, he's been biding his time by making paintings, unencumbered by the constraints of structure and gravity. Gallery/Library hours: Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6 p.m., Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10-2 p.m. Through Saturday, February 27. Free. Crowell Gallery at the Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.
BRATTLEBORO "Unboxed: A Cultural History of Sneakers" (via Zoom and Facebook Live): Elizabeth Semmelhack interlaces the history of sneakers with fascinating stories of cutting-edge technological innovation, complex cultural politics, and shifting ideas of gender, tracing how these influences transformed sneakers into the cultural icons they are today. She is the creative director/senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum and has curated over 30 exhibitions, including the traveling exhibition "Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.". 7 p.m. Presented in conjunction w/ Andy Yoder: "Overboard," an exhibit of 240 replicas of Air Jordan 5s (size 13), each one handmade from recycled and repurposed packaging materials, inspired by "The Great Shoe Spill of 1990.". Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. A recording will be made available here afterwards: www.brattleboromuseum.org. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UFRHsV5jS22vgGPlrdOqdg.
Discussion on the Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on People of Color (Livestream): This panel that includes physicians and legal and health care policy experts who will look behind the numbers to explore the inequities in the social determinants of health - such as poverty, healthcare access, and employment - that influence a wide range of health risks and outcomes for people of color. The discussion will examine how the pandemic has exacerbated these inequities and start a conversation on the impacts of government policies and laws, including immigration policies, on the racial and ethnic disparities in infection and death during this pandemic. 6 - 7:30 p.m. Open to the public. This is part of the Embedded Racism in the Law discussion series presented by the Vermont Law School Diversity Committee. Free. Livestream. Information: vermontlaw.edu/live.vermontlaw.edu/live.
BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept. - Parent/Tot Open Gym: Open Gym is an unstructured program for parents and preschoolers ages five and under. This is a place for parents and tots to get out of the cold and enjoy playing with playhouses, cars, toys, tunnel, a play kitchen, big rubber balls, and more. The parent is responsible for their child(ren). 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Masks are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. Everyone must sign in daily. Everyone must complete a registration form and COVID-19 Release waiver. Anyone 18 years old or younger must have a parent sign both documents (found online at brattleboro.org). Note: If you're not a VT resident and wish to participate, you must reside in a green county according to the State of VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development Cross State Travel Information map: https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/restart/cross-state-travel and is updated weekly. This may mean that you will not be able to participate weekly based on your county's color if you reside in a state other than VT. Through Thursday, April 22. $1.00 per child per day. Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Dept., 207 Main St. Information: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.
Well Beings presents "Out of the Dark" (Livestream): This is a youth-focused digital series that demystifies and destigmatizes our physical and mental health through storytelling. It follows young people from diverse backgrounds who face the greatest challenge of their life and find strength they never knew. 10 p.m. EST. Free. Livestream. Information: https://wellbeings.org.
Growing Plans for Medicinal Purposes (via Zoom): For much of humankind, possessing plant knowledge - or having access to someone who did - made the difference between life and death. In fact, the majority of the world still relies on traditional medicine, and even in industrialized countries, folk remedies are used to treat illnesses every day. In modern times, there is a rising movement to restore ancient plant-based healing practices. Helena Wu, professionally known as Mama Wu, is an organic gardener, herbalist, flower essence, and Reiki practitioner. In this talk, she will identify common weeds, garden plants, and vegetables with medicinal qualities you may want to incorporate into your garden plan. She will also discuss seed sources and talk about how to extract medicine from these intentionally grown plants. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Free. Zoom. Information: www.neighborhoodconnectionsvt.org/event-calendar.html.
Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Hall Series (Online): Join us for weekly Town Hall Sessions on Health Justice, Housing, Rural Queerness, Youth, Aging, and Racial Justice. We'll be culminating the series with a Statewide LGBTQ+ Town Meeting. Share what is important to you and explore ways we can build together across the state. 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. This is a collaborative project series offered by the LGBTQIA+ Alliance of VT, Outright Vermont, Pride Center of VT, and the Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Through Tuesday, March 2. Online. Information: Register: www.pridevt.com.
Women's Freedom Center - Dialogue with Our Community (Virtual): Together, let's re-imagine and help shape what's possible in a new era. We'll outline what we do, invite questions, plus your own best thinking. Topics include: Aiming for economic and legal justice; Media literacy across the lifespan; Bystander empowerment to address all forms of oppression - particularly domestic and sexual violence. 7-8 p.m. 2/25, 3/4. Each conversation builds on those before (started weekly on 2/11). All are welcome. Through Thursday, March 4. Free. Virtual. Questions: call WFC office: 802-257-7364. To get the link: firstname.lastname@example.org, or email Brooks Memorial Library at email@example.com.
Vermont Democratic Party's Annual Speaker Soiree (via Zoom): We will be celebrating the new Speaker of the House Rep. Jill Krowinski along with current and former House Democrats, former Speakers of the House, the new chair of the DNC and 2020 U.S. Senate Candidate from South Carolina Jaime Harrison, former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, and Congressman Peter Welch. 5:30-6:30 p.m. All money raised goes to the VT House Dems Campaign Committee to train candidates and support their campaigns. From 6:30-7:30, we'll have an informal gathering from with House Leadership, Chairs, and Members to thank everyone for their support. $35 suggested. Zoom. Questions: Rep. Leslie Goldman or event coordinator Spencer Dole at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets or to make a donation: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/2021speakersoiree.
PUTNEY Putney Monthly Free Produce Distribution: The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf co-sponsor a monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables. All are welcome. Because of COVID, it is drive-up service. Bags provided. 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Fourth Thursday of every month (white building across from the Putney Co-op and Putney Fire Station). Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.