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Brattleboro Literary Festival Cocktail Hour explores the Life and Art of Vincent van Gogh (Online): Van Gogh's vivid palettes and boldly interpretive portraits are unmistakable, yet his style, however revolutionary, was built on a strong foundation of paintings by other artists. Drawing on Van Gogh's comments about the painters he venerated, Steven Naifeh, artist/author of the new book, "Van Gogh and the Artists He Loved," will be interviewed by Stephen Mack (Rutgers University professor in art history). 5 p.m. Naifeh's most recent work, "Van Gogh: The Life," was praised as "the definitive biography" on the artist by Leo Jansen, curator of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Free. Online. Information: Register: register at More info:


GREENFIELD The Gaslight Tinkers : African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional Fiddle music. It's the genre-bending future of the music of the past. The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Independently, Peter Siegel, Garrett Sawyer, I-shea, Joe Fitzpatrick and Emerald Rae have shared stages, played and collaborated with the likes of Pete Seeger, Soca Monarchs of the Caribbean, Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary, The Alchemystics, Trailer Park, Alastair Fraser, and other recognized fiddlers around the world. 8 p.m. (doors open 7:30 p.m.). $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed Ballroom, 289 Main St. Information: 413-774-0150; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Sarasa Ensemble Presents "Music from the Heart: Mitteldeutschland": Performers: Reginald Mobley, countertenor; Elizabeth Blumenstock and Christina Day Martinson, violin; Keats Dieffenbach and Jenny Stirling, viola; Jennifer Morsches and Timothy Merton, cello; and Michael Beattie, organ. Focus is on the resurgence of music following the devastation of Germany's 30 Years War in the 17th century, a rich lineage that led to the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach. Program includes works by Bach, as well as Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Johan Adam Reincken, and Clamor Heinrich Abel. 7:30 p.m. Guests are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test within the past couple of days. $20 general/senior, $10 student, free for ages 18 and under. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Concert streams 1/27 at 7:30 p.m. for free at Tickets: 802-257-4523,

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Recovery Families: Join other caregivers for connection and support of your own recovery journey or that of someone you love. Young children welcome. 10 - 11 a.m. on Fridays. Free. Turning Point, 39 Elm St. Information: 802-257-5600.



January 2022