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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO The Met: Live in HD - Verdi's epic "Don Carlos.": For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of this epic opera of doomed love, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads a cast that includes tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Eboli. Bass-baritone Eric Owens plays Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor, and baritone Étienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue. 12 noon. Masks required and opera patrons will be asked to show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test. $22 general admission $20 for Met Club Forever members, $10 students. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: Jon Potter: 802-254-1109 x 3 or

The written word

Writing Workshop: "Fashioning Sentences, Paragraphs, and Chapters" (via Zoom): Led by Barbara Morrison: "Appropriate for beginning and experienced writers, we will look at different ways to use these elements of your writing style.". 4 - 5 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Zoom. Information: Info/Register:


BRATTLEBORO Daytime Sonic Blanket Listening Party: Sonic Blanket is a multimedia art project addressing the themes of isolation, community, history, and place. Join us for a daytime listening party followed by Q&A with the artists. 4 p.m. (Also see 3/24). Free and open to the public. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: More info: Jonathan Gitelson, Sonic Blanket:, 773-459-7642.

Film and video

WILLIAMSVILLE The Williamsville International Short Film Festival (Fundraiser for Williamsville Hall): Be prepared for an afternoon of short film entries, meet the filmmakers, discussion after each film and audience participation. There will be trophies and prizes presented by the Jury Panel and a "prix du public" as decided by the audience, complete with red carpet and speeches (short ones). 3 p.m. Please wear a mask. Note: the Arch Bridge is closed and access to the village is via Grimes Hill Rd off Rte. 30. By donation ($8 suggested). Williamsville Hall, Dover Rd. Information: More info: Janine Rose:, 917-656-9865, or visit:


PUTNEY Gamelan Galak Tika - Balinese Ensemble: Gamelan Galak Tika, led by composer Evan Ziporyn and artistic director Gusti Komin, plays world-class Gamelan music from Indonesia. Devoted to studying traditional Balinese music and dance and to developing new works by Balinese and American composers, primary instruments are gongs, metallophones and hand drums, with cymbals, vocals, bamboo flutes, and spiked fiddles. 7:30 p.m. Gamelan Galak Tika is approx. 30 members strong - MIT students, staff, and community. Their founder/director is Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Prof. of Music at MIT. Some venues where this ensemble has performed: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, Bang on a Can Marathons, Southern Exposure, Cleveland Museum of Art. $18 in advance, $22 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO New Irish Roots Music with Lorkin O'Reilly and Melanie MacLaren: O'Reilly is a Scottish-Irish songwriter whose sound is reminiscent of Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt - exploring themes of home and identity in songs that draw deeply from the personal to build upon Gaelic folk traditions. Nashville-based, Melanie MacLaren's music is not so much rooted in a place and time as it is suspended, caught between worlds - dreamlike and hyper-realistic, timeless and contemporary. Her lyrics, evocative melodies and intricate fingerstyle guitar weave together with ethereal, modern production and distorted trad instruments, joining the threads of past and present folk music in a haunting experience. 8 p.m. $18. Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St. Information: Tickets:

WINCHESTER Monadnock / Tristate Dance Club - Live Music by Craig Kendall & Flat Top Band: Non-alcohol beverages served. 50/50 Raffle. 7 - 10:30 p.m. $10 members, $12 nonmembers. Elmm Community Center, 21 Durkee St. Information: For more info, call Tom: 978-249-6917, 978-790-9322.

Farmers' markets

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Winter Farmers' Market : Diverse indoor farmers market. Local farm produce, meats, syrup, fresh baked goods, local cheeses, fruits, cider, pickles, preserves, handmade jewelry, pottery, soaps and more. SNAP/EBT shoppers turn $10 into $40. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Today is the last day this winter. C. F. Church Building, 80 Flat St. Information: 802-275-2835,


Eliminate Stigma - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): "In Our Own Voice" Free Online Training (via Zoom): "In Our Own Voice" is an educational and recovery-oriented presentation given by trained presenters who are living full and productive lives while personally overcoming the challenges of their mental health condition(s). This program provides communities/organizations with practical, useful information about mental health. The 60-90 minute presentation is intimate and candid. It includes short video, personal testimony, Q&A allowing for honest/open dialogue. Presenters engage audiences with brave and gripping personal journeys touching on phases of recovery including "What happened," "What helps," "What's next.". Zoom. Information: NAMI is recruiting adult peers to train in this program:, 802-319-4449,

BRATTLEBORO The Brattleboro Zen Center - In-Person Meditation: One way to engage with the ecological crisis: This group chants briefly and then sits in silence for a half hour. All are welcome to join this peaceful action, either in-person or from wherever they might be. 1 - 1:35 p.m. on Saturdays. Wells Fountain, south side Windham County District Courthouse, Jct . Putney Rd. & Main St. (Rte 30).

Community meals

DUMMERSTON Vermont Maple Dinner (Take-Out/In Person): Evening Star Grange's first public supper of the season - maple flavored baked beans, baked ham, homemade potato salad, and coleslaw, with Vermont Maple Pudding Cake for dessert. While being packaged as a take-out meal, we will have limited in-house seating for those who wish to eat on the premises. 4-6 p.m. meals available for pickup. Help support our local Grange Hall. $12 (cash or local check). Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Rd. Reservations required: Call 802-254-1138 and give your name, phone number, number of meals you would like.



March 2022