CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Friday, February
Literary Cocktail Hour with Jonathan Evison, author of "Small World" (Online): In the July 1845 issue of the Democratic Review, an editorial urged "the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions." It's believed to be the first time the expression "manifest destiny," a staple of high school history papers for over a century, ever appeared in print. In "Small World," a train accident reveals the connections among a host of people across race, class, history, and the country in this historical epic with a Dickensian flair. Despite making the worlds-in-collision setup clear early, Evison still crafted a suspenseful novel as he shuttles between the train's riders in 2019 and their forebears in the 1850s. In exploring the passengers' lives and those of their ancestors more than a century before, "Small World" chronicles 170 years of American nation-building from numerous points of view across place and time. 5 p.m. Evison is also the author of "Lawn Boy," now banned in many schools and subject of recent controversy. Free. Online. Information: Register: https://tinyurl.com/36efjayv.
PUTNEY Antje Duvenot and Mark Erelli (In Person/Virtual): Antje Duvekot is a German-born, American-raised singer and songwriter whose songs have been critically praised for their hard-won wisdom, dark-eyed realism, street-smart romanticism. Her bicultural upbringing and relative newness to English have helped shape her way with song, giving her an original poetic palette. They are keys to the powerful - even revolutionary - empathy that informs what she writes. Since the release of her debut studio CD, "Big Dream Boulevard," which was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top 10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio's Folk Alley, Antje has been touring extensively, criss-crossing the US and Europe. Mark Erelli has toured internationally as a solo artist for the past 23 years He's won music awards ranging from the Kerrville Folk Festival Best New Folk Award to Grand Prize in the International Song Contest. His latest album, "Blindsided," combines the exuberance of his signature sound with the wisdom that comes with over 20 years of songwriting. 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $24 at door, $5 virtual. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102 or www.nextstagearts.org.
BRATTLEBORO Season Guest: Palaver Strings Beehive Chamber Series : "Behind the Looking Glass": This musician-led string ensemble and nonprofit based in Portland, ME, founded in 2014, has established itself as a forward-thinking ensemble whose mission is to strengthen and inspire community through music. In our musician-led model, Palaver's musicians share artistic and administrative leadership, guided by a passion for engaging new audiences, addressing social justice issues and amplifying underrepresented voices. Palaver has toured widely throughout the US, performing at the Kennedy Center and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall. 7 - 8:30 p.m. $20. Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Tickets: https://tinyurl.com/mr2zd4uw 802-257-4523; Click for more info on Web in new window.
Explore Ways to Embrace and Maintain Wellness with Certified Wellness Coach Carol Jones (via Zoom or Phone): Carol collaborates with individuals in transforming their values and desires into action and lasting change over time. This offering is sponsored by the Rockingham Library. 5:30-6:30 p.m. every other Friday. Carol is a graduate of the Wellness Coach Training Program at the Mayo Clinic. She's been coaching clients around multiple aspects of their health since 2014. Through Friday, March 25. Free. Zoom. Information: Sign up for link: firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-463-4270.