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Performing arts

SOLOs Episode 6: "Sense and Nonsense" (YouTube and BCTV): "Sense and Nonsense" consists of monologues taking aim at the destructive nonsense of gender stereotypes. Cyndi Cain Fitzgerald's "Aphra Behn: A Woman of Ideas" introduces us to this powerful 17th century playwright, poet, translator who was denied her rightful place in literary history because she was a woman. Jessica Gelter directs. Anneli Curnock challenges gender roles in another way. In "The Creature Speaks," she performs the scene in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein when the creature confronts Frankenstein demanding that he create another creature to end the torture of being totally shunned and alone. In "Elinor," written/directed by Michael Nethercott, Cassandra Holloway portrays a stoic wartime nurse who felt she had to hold in her feelings to be able to care for severely injured soldiers. Years later, Elinor finds herself overwhelmed by emotion. Ian Hefele looks at a different aspect of the damaging nature of sexual stereotypes. In a piece written by playwright Sadie Portman, his character struggles with maintaining his sanity living "24x7" with his husband and their children. He rails about those who treat him as their "token gay friend" and those who demand to know which of his children's two fathers is their mother. Jenny Holan gives provides lighter interludes with the whimsical nonsense of Lewis Carroll's poetry. 7:30 p.m. Filmed on the Hooker-Dunham stage, performance premieres simultaneously on BCTV and YouTube. This showing will be followed by an online public "After Party" with the cast. SOLOs is a collaborative production of Hooker-Dunham and the Rock River Players to bring creativity to the fore in this challenging time for performers, directors, venues, audiences. Free. YouTube. Links:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO "All Flowers Keep the Light" : Miles Chapin, Clare Elliott, Anna Schuleit Haber, Amy Jenkins, Colleen Kiely, Cathy Osman, and John Willis (in collaboration with poet Robin Behn and composer Matan Rubinstein) explore the symbolic potential of flowers, gathering light from within to create meaning from loss. "Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light." — Theodore Roethke. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. This is part of "2020 Vision: Reflecting on a World Changing Year," a statewide initiative of the Vermont Curators Group. Through Sunday, June 13. Pay what you wish. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Arts and crafts

Rockingham Library announces its First Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest (Virtual): Everyone is invited to create dioramas made of the seasonal marshmallow candies shaped as birds and animals. Submit entries virtually - social media or email; voting conducted online. To vote for the Peeple's Choice award winner, visit the Library's Facebook page, view the Peeps Literary Diorama Contest 2021 photo album between 4/5 and 4/10, and "like" your favorite diorama, or email its name. Contest winners in all categories - Best Diorama in each age bracket, Best Title, The Peeple's Choice, and more will receive awards. Winners announced 4/12. Through Friday, April 2. Free. Virtual. Complete rules/more info:,, 802-463-4270.



March 2021