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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO "Rathmines Road": This drama by Deirdre Kinahan, directed by Charlene Kennedy, takes place over a single evening in small room. Having returned to her family home after her mother's death, Sandra is shocked to run into the man who sexually assaulted her 25 years earlier, now the husband of a former school friend. Trigger Warning: This production contains materials related to sexual violence that some may find upsetting and disturbing. Not suitable for young audiences. 7:30 p.m. Fri. and Sat., 3 p.m. Sunday. Proof of vaccination or negative test required. The Vermont Theatre Company will donate $1 for each ticket sold during the 2021-2022 season to Safe Place Child Advocacy (providing services to children and adults who have endured physical and/or sexual violence). Through Sunday, May 22. General admission: $15, Students and Seniors: $13. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: Reservations: 802-258-1344,

The written word

"Speaking Your Truth: Opinion Writing..." (via Zoom): Want to get something off your chest? Want to advocate for a compelling social issue? Today you will learn how to write persuasive letters-to-the-editors and Op-Eds and get them published. Hear what editors of our local papers expect for effective editorial writing as part of the Media Mentoring Project - a series of workshops produced by Vermont Independent Media (VIM), publisher of The Commons. 7 p.m. Today you will hear Jeff Potter, editor-in-chief, The Commons; Melanie Winters, news editor, Brattleboro Reformer; Mac Gander, journalism professor Landmark College; and Elayne Clift, writer/journalist coach participants in crafting compelling, professional, persuasive communications to get your opinions heard/published. Olga Peters, freelance journalist, host of The Montpelier Happy Hour and former staff writer for The Commons moderates the discussion. "VIM and The Commons are committed to going beyond what most people expect of a free weekly newspaper," Lynn Barrett, president of the board of VIM, said. "Our goal is to assist area residents with media literacy and communication skills." Such education is a key part of the mission of this nonprofit (VIM), founded in 2004. Free. Zoom. Information: Registration required: Email Geoff Burgess,, for link.

Visual arts and shows

BRATTLEBORO Louisa Chase: "Fantasy Worlds" and Curator Talk 5/19: Exhibition showcases Chase's work in multiple media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, and print, from across her 40-year-long career. From her early sculptures through her later and better-known work in paint, Louisa Chase (1951–2016) strove to create her own fantasy worlds in visual form. As the Vietnam War was ending, Chase began to make paintings that were very popular - her post-Minimalist, geometrically abstract compositions aligned with a common public interest in re-examining individual freedom within a democratic social and political framework. 5/19, 5 p.m. Curator Talk on "Fantasy Worlds." Chase continually explored the balance between order and disorder, rationality and irrationality, individual expression and universal systems. Through Sunday, June 12. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. Information: Museum Hours: Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ideas and education

LONDONDERRY Landscaping with Native Plants: Learn from Vermont Master Gardeners Cheryl Wilfong and Somara Zwick as to why it's important to landscape with native plants. Native plants are able to withstand seasonal conditions - such as frigid, snowy weather - and enhance biodiversity by offering food and habitat for wildlife. The duo will also share lists of native plants suitable for our environment here in Vermont. They'll also discuss the new and highly destructive group of earthworm species invading Vermont forests. 3 - 4 p.m. Free. Neighborhood Connections, The Meeting Place, Rte. 100, 5700 Marketplace (across from the post office). Information: Sign up: 802-824-4343.

Film and video

BRATTLEBORO "UTICA: THE LAST REFUGE" (Screening in support of Refugee Resettlement in our Community): This film follows the Azein family (refugees from Sudan) upon their arrival in the US in 2017, just as a White House administration hostile to refugees is sworn in. It depicts how over the course of 2 1/2 years, Utica's venerated refugee resettlement agency will be tasked with helping the Azein's make a difficult transition as the agency itself struggles to stay afloat. 5/19: 7 p.m. "Given that Brattleboro has begun to resettle Afghan refugees, this film offers a chance to see how refugees positively impacted another small town. Never before has a film so carefully documented this aspect of resettlement and its contribution to the wider community. The message is clear: If it can happen there, why not here?". $10 suggested. Larger donations are welcome to support the filmmakers and the Latchis. No one will be turned away. Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St. Information: 802-254-1109; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Kids and families

W. BRATTLEBORO Theatre Adventure" "The Curious Child and the Flying Horses" (In-Person/Online): The Curious Child belongs to a family of travelers who are deeply bonded by their love for one another, storytelling, singing, and a fascination for experiencing new places. Curiosity opens the door of discovery. The Child accepts the invitation to journey with the Flying Horses and the Majestic Fairies, whose magic knows no boundaries. Will the Curious Child be transformed? On the quest, the Child befriends the Playful Pixies of the Hills, Villagers of the Mountains who have reverence for their sheep and the mountains, and city dwellers transformed from blandness to opportunity by reacquainting themselves with the power of water as revealed by the Selkies. What is the Curious Child learning from all of these unexpected and powerful experiences? . 10:30 a.m. Sensory-friendly. Theatre Adventure social story available upon request. ASL Interpretation provided; wheelchair accessible. Show proof of vaccinations including a booster and wear a mask. Online ticket links offer option of viewing the recorded performance at your convenience. Through Friday, May 20. $10 and up (your choice). West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. Information: Tickets for sale only at (not at door).



May 2022