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Brattleboro Literary Festival - Eastern Russia with Owls of the Eastern Ice - and Jonathan Slaght (Webinar): American researcher/conservationist Jonathan Slaght talks about his book, "Owls of the Eastern Ice," a quest to find and save the world's largest owl. Despite a wingspan of 6' and a height of over 2', the fish owl is highly elusive and an endangered species. They are easiest to find in winter, when their tracks mark the snowy banks of the rivers where they feed. Their quest to conserve the owls sends the small team on all-night monitoring missions in freezing tents, mad dashes across thawing rivers, free-climbs up rotting trees to check nests for precious eggs. Slaght takes us to Eastern Russia, where we join his team for these missions, drinking vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, listening to fireside tales of Amur tigers. 5 p.m. Slaght will also be in conversation with Charlie Rattigan, documentary producer and Exec. Dir. of the VT Institute of Natural Science, known for their birds of prey rehabilitation. VINS reported that in 2019, they treated 705 wild birds at the institute's Center for Wild Bird Rehabilitation - 77 were barred owls. Free. Webinar. Register:


PUTNEY Next Stage Arts Presents Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Hass: "Highlander's Farewell": This retrospective concert is dedicated to revisiting and updating parts of the duo's 20 years of recording and performing cutting edge fiddle/cello explorations of Scottish, Celtic, global music. With a shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of traditional tunes, they feature dazzling teamwork, swapping melodic and harmonic lines and trading driving rhythmic riffs. The musical partnership is the fulfillment of Fraser's long-standing musical dream to return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. In the last 100 years, piano and accordion have largely replaced the cello's gorgeous melodic tones and percussive energy as fiddle accompaniment in traditional music. Alasdair and Natalie's debut recording "Fire & Grace" won not only critical acclaim, but the coveted the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. The duo has represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum's Folklife Festival, and has been featured on nationally broadcast Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage. 7:30 p.m.; discussion follows the concert. Performers' websites:, $20 advance tickets. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Music Center - Sarasa Ensemble Performs Inspiring Mozart Chamber Work : "Beauty through Adversity: Mozart's Divertimento in E-flat major, KV 563 for string trio," features Katherine Winterstein on violin, Jenny Stirling on viola, and Jennifer Morsches on cello. As we all face individual difficulties during these extraordinary times, Mozart’s music can help lift spirits and remind audiences of the healing powers of music. Composed in 1788, Mozart's six-movement work showcases every element we admire so much in the composer: elegance, wit, pathos, virtuosity, profundity, earthiness and humor. The title, "Beauty through Adversity," recognizes that Mozart's brilliance and genius shine through this piece, despite the many obstacles he faced at the time: penury, the death of his baby daughter and a dismissive public, unwilling to schedule a performance of his recently penned three symphonies (which turned out to be his final ones). 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (2 concerts). Performance will also be streamed online on 3/20, 7:30 p.m: $20; $10, students; free for ages 12 and under. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets:


LONDONDERRY Ayurveda: Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means "The Science of Life." Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is often called the "Mother of All Healing." The principles of many of the natural healing systems now familiar in the West have their roots in Ayurveda, including Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy. Lini and Kate will guide you through simple lifestyle practices based on diet, rest, exercise and meditation. They will support you in applying these daily practices so you can witness the profound changes in your physical body, emotional makeup and mental well-being. 11-12 noon. Continues 4/9. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: 802-824-4343; Click for more info on Web in new window.



March 2021