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Performing arts

DUMMERSTON The Vermont Theatre Company presents "It Runs in the Family": Set in a hospital four days before Christmas, this play contains the usual assortment of farcical nuts running in and out of doors mistaking everybody for someone else as Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may, at last, deliver the Ponsonby Lecture in an international conference. Play is written by Ray Cooney and directed by Charlene Kennedy. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Performances repeat 12/9-12/11. Through Sunday, December 11. $15 general admission, $13 students/seniors. Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Information:

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Samantha Crawford: Debut of Prints of Watercolor Paintings and Ink Washes: Inspired by the Monadnock region and beyond, themes of hope and sacredness of place are explored. 12/2: 5-8 p.m. Opening reception. Through Saturday, December 31. Free. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information:, 802-257-4777. Hours: Mon. - Sat: 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun: 12 noon-5 p.m.

BRATTLEBORO Drawings of Nude Models: Showcasing the work of 8 artists from Jason Alden's Drawing Studio. Artists represented are Matthew Beck, Jason Alden, Markie Sallick, Martha Werman, Kevin Burke, Peter Harris, Tina Olsen, and John Loggia, (118 Elliot Gallery director). 4 - 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through Friday, December 30. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Vermont Jazz Center (VJC) celebrates the Music of Duke Ellington (In-Person/FacebookLive): The VJC Big Band performs compositions/arrangements of Duke Ellington, hailed as "America's greatest composer" by Jazz at Lincoln Center. This swing dance features clarinet/vocal work of Evan Arntzen plus the VJC Big Band, now in its 19th year. Ellington is best known for his danceable hits like "Satin Doll" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing)", but his prolific creativity, visionary use of media, use of art in fight against racism have uplifted his stature to that of an American legend. He composed over 3,000 songs/performed in over 20,000 concerts throughout the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa. His big band was one of the longest-lived of any in jazz history. He composed familiar hits like "Mood Indigo", but also created large-scale pieces including orchestral/sacred works. Widely considered to be one of the most important composers of any musical form in the US, he earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and Legion of Honor by France in 1973. He was posthumously awarded a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board. 8 p.m. (doors open 7:15 p.m.) Masks required in-person. $25-$55 sliding scale. Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222. Tickets: 802-254-9088; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Sacred Soundscapes: Glenn Dickson and Post Moves: Glenn Dickson's music has been described as "ineffably beautiful" and as "an ever-evolving sound-sculpture." Glenn has had a varied career playing klezmer, jazz, Balkan, and ambient music on his clarinet. He combines these diverse musical elements to ebb and flow, breathe and develop as an ever-evolving and meditative journey. His fusion band, Naftule's Dream, has recorded for John Zorn's Tzadik label and has played major jazz festivals in Berlin, Montreal and New York. He was recently awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Award in Music Composition. 8 - 9:30 p.m. $15 suggested (sliding scale). Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: Tickets:

BRATTLEBORO Sharon & Daniel plus Sabine Rhyne Sneak Preview during Gallery Walk: Sharon and Daniel will be joined by special guest cellist Sabine Rhyne. This Holiday-themed show will be the first public event for the highly anticipated new venue which is part of the Latchis complex. 6 p.m. Doors open 5 p.m. Free. Latchis Pub, 6 Flat St. Information: 802-380-1369.

Community building

BRATTLEBORO Solidarity Fridays: Collective action focusing on connected global, national, and local outrages is organized by a coalition of organizations: Brattleboro Solidarity, The Root Social Justice Center, Lost River Racial Justice, Tenants Union of Brattleboro, and 350 Brattleboro. We act with these shared principles: Everyone should have what they need. People's lives must be valued over profit. All of our struggles are tied together. 5 - 6 p.m. Pliny Park, Corner Main & High St.



December 2022