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Performing arts

National Poetry Month - "Do it Now" - An Improvisation of Words and Music (Livestream): Human Error Publishing has released this new, improvised collaboration. Recorded live at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, this powerful fusion of words and music features Paul Richmond (spoken word), Tony Vacca (percussion), and Avery Sharpe (upright bass) with special guests Charles Langford (saxophone) and Derrik Jordan (percussion). . Through Friday, April 30. Tickets to this "front row" performance are $7 (additional donations support the artists and Shea Theater). Livestream. Information:

The written word

"Next Stage Speaks" presents Poet Lucas Farrell - 2020 Sundog Poetry Book Award Winner (via Zoom): Hosted by former VT Poet Laureate Chard deNiord, this event celebrates the April 6 book launch of Lucas' poems "the blue collar sun." Farrell will read a selection of his poems and answer questions from Chard and audience members. A Townshend, VT-based, his first book of poems “The Many Woods of Grief” was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry and published by University of Massachusetts Press. His poems appear in many literary journals, among them "Boston Review," "Jubilat," and "Diagram." "the blue-collar sun” will be published in partnership with Green Writers Press. Lucas and his wife own and operate Big Picture Farm, a small hillside goat dairy and award-winning farmstead confectionery. 7 p.m. Presented by Next Stage Arts. The Sundog Poetry Book Award is open to all VT-based poets who have not yet published a first or second book. This year's judges included VT State Poet Laureate Mary Ruefle. Zoom. More Information/Registration:

Visual arts and shows

NEWFANE Stephanie Nyzio: "Going, going, gone": For over two decades, Stephanie Nyzio has dedicated her time to teaching art in public schools. Recently, she spent time in Costa Rica, immersed in a tropical paradise observing and finding inspiration there. She describes her current work as a union of things held dear: love for the natural world, drawing as foundation, and environmental issues. Tues. 1-5 p.m., Wed. 2-6, p.m. Thur. 1-5 p.m., Fri. 2-6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. "My wish is to inform the viewer on different topics affecting the ecosystem while evoking a visceral reaction. Maybe this work will evoke their desire to make small and big changes in the way they interact with the natural world. Often viewers feel helpless while facing facts around environmental issues such as plastic trash, pesticide use, and poaching, to name a few." Resources/info will be included in this exhibit so the public can take action. Through Friday, April 30. 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 "Children of the Sun": This is Jennifer Mack-Watkins's first solo museum exhibition. Curated by David Rios Ferreira, it's a beautiful and meaningful body of work inspired by W.E.B. DuBois's groundbreaking publication, "The Brownies' Book," and the remarkable life story of Vermont's Daisy Turner (1883-1988), who was born to former slaves. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Five New Exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center: "All Flowers Keep the Light" explores ways flowers can represent both loss and hope. The latest edition of GLASSTASTIC features fabulous new creatures as well as a look back at a decade of this collaboration between students and glass artists. Adria Arch's sculpture installation mirrors the movements of the Connecticut River. Kenny Rivero's drawings speak to themes that include Afro-Caribbean faith, Anglo-Caribbean sensibilities, and Afro-Futurism. Jennifer Mack-Watkins's "Children of the Sun" uses images of dolls as a narrative framework to celebrate Black voices. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Walk-ins welcome or make a reservation. If you can't visit in person, new 3D virtual tours are available on our website. Through Sunday, June 13. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BELLOWS FALLS Canal Street Art Gallery: Martha Nichols "Mountain Sea and Sky" Solo Show: Martha Nichols's most recent work shows the subjects of mountains, sky, and ocean. Her practice focuses on light, color, and movement. She pursues this study in a way which is not attached to the realistic portrayal of the landscape, and rather is a representation of her journey of inner growth and travels in the spiritual realms. Her work is in museums, universities, and private collections. Visit the online Viewing Room to learn more about Nichols's inspiration, process, practice in a tour with the artist: Through Saturday, May 8. Canal Street Art Gallery, 23 Canal St. You can also explore Nichol's show in person, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Wed.-Sat. (parties of 4 at a time). 802-289-0104,

Film and video

2021 Wild and Scenic Film Festival (Online): Hosted by the Vermont Natural Resources Council for the 13th year. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. By donation ($10 or more enters you in a prize raffle). Online. More film info / Register:

Kids and families

Everywhere Philosophy Session II - "Concept Chaos" - for ages 10 and up (Virtual): Philosophy is everywhere. An introduction to the tools of philosophy for eager learners, Concept Chaos offers learners a fun and safe opportunity to practice imaginative concept analysis and thought experimentation. Led by Dr. Mike. 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Offered by Brattleboro Rec. & Parks. Through Thursday, May 6. $25 per Brattleboro resident household; $40 per non-Brattleboro household. Virtual. Registration options at Link sent prior to start of class. Hover over "Sport and Recreation" tab on blue horizonal bar. A drop-down menu will appear. Click "Recreation and Parks".

BRATTLEBORO Parent Tot Open Gym: Music and movement class for children birth to age 5. We'll sing, learn new songs, do fingerplays, lap bounces, dance, drum, shake instruments, sway scarves to the music, and end with a read aloud picture book. Choose 9, 10, 11 a.m. or 12 noon (45 min. slots). Part of the Month of the Young Child celebration throughout Windham County. Through Friday, April 9. Free. Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main St. Full list of family-friendly events: 802-254-5808; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Everyone's Books: 15% off Children's Books for the whole month and 20% off for Store Members: Offered as part of the Month of the Young Child celebration throughout Windham County. Through Friday, April 30. Free. Everyones Books, 25 Elliot St. Visit for a full list of family-friendly events. 802-254-8160; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Community building

Londonderry Conservation Commission Hosts "All About Mill Pond" Presentation (via Zoom or Phone): Mill ponds are found throughout Vermont. Join us as we dive into ours to learn more about them with guest speakers Marie Caduto, Watershed Coordinator, VT Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Leal Will, Regional Fisheries Biologist, VT Fish & Wildlife Dept. 7 p.m. Zoom. Joining instructions: (If thhe link does not work

Community meals

GUILFORD Guilford Cares Food Pantry Curbside Service (Everyone Eats Food Distribution): The Guilford Cares Food Pantry continues to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure food security for all our citizens and vulnerable populations. They're well stocked with staples you need for your family and are following viral guidelines to limit risk. 5 - 6 p.m. every Thursday. Guilford Fairgrounds, 761 Weatherhead Hollow Rd. Information: Questions, concerns, donations: 802-257-0626;


Bystander Intervention Conversation/Training (via Zoom): Join trainers from the Peace and Justice Center and the VT Human Rights Commission showing up for Racial Justice. Learn about tools needed to effectively intervene as a bystander - Specific tactics that work; What you need more of and find places where you can continuously engage in this work. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Zoom. Register:



April 2021