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CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR Thursday, May 

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Performing arts

BRATTLEBORO Thorn in My Side (Hooker-Dunham Theater's Original Game Show: Created for adults by Ben Stockman, Colin Hinckley, James Gelter, and Shannon Ward. three contestants compete in bizarre challenges fiting that month's theme. 8 p.m. monthly. Bring proof of vaccination and a mask to attend. Filmed for BCTV, past episodes can be viewed here: /www.brattleborotv.org/thorn-my-side. Pay what you can. Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St. Information: 802-281-3232; Click for more info on Web in new window.

The written word

NEWFANE Local Author Susan Mills reads from "Wings of a Hummingbird : Mills' new novel follows a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl who draws on Mayan mythology to help her carve a future out of a childhood scarred by gang violence. 7 p.m. Mills was a Spanish-speaking immigration attorney for 20 years and prepared asylum cases for thousands of immigrants from Central America. Free. Moore Free Library, 23 West St. Information: 802-365-7948; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Music

PUTNEY Benefit for Ukraine: Pianist Boris Berman performs Valentin Silvestrov's Music for Solo Piano: Silvestrov is the most important Ukrainian composer of our time. He attracted attention in 1960s as one of the "underground Soviet modernists," - a group of young composers which included Schnittke, Denisov, Volkonsky, Gubaidulina, Part, Mansurian, and others. These talented musicians were keen on discovering new ways of musical expression, different from those approved by the Soviet officialdom. They were experimenting with the techniques developed on the other side of the "iron curtain." Among these diverse musical voices, Silvestrov's was a lyrical, introverted one, looking for delicate shades and nuanced sonorities. In his later years, he moved away from modernist techniques, his music became even more introspective and intimate. He performs regularly in more than 50 countries on six continents. 7:30 p.m. To provide support where it's most needed, the benefiting organization will be selected/announced on 5/22. 100% of ticket sales will benefit the Ukrainian people. Note: All attendees must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster. Masks are required to be worn inside the Big Barn. $35. Yellow Barn, 49 Main St. Information: 802-387-6637; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Musical Improvisation for All - Anna Patton Guides Participants in Experimental Music Making: Create music through structured group improvisations, game-pieces, and other interactive sound making. This event is for any and all instrumentalists and vocalists willing to experiment with improvisational play. We'll come up with musical/sonic material on the fly and use various cues to organize, disrupt, or otherwise mess around with the sounds. No experience is needed - just have curious ear and a willingness to make things up. 7:30 p.m. Patton is a clarinetist/singer/composer who performs in a full spectrum of styles. She teaches vocal and instrumental ensemble classes, aural skills, improvisation, music theory. She started the Soubrette Jazz Choir at the VT Jazz Center which performs her creative arrangements of historical and contemporary American music. $15 or pay what you can. One Eighteen Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Information: ; Click for more info on Web in new window.

GUILFORD Wendy Redlinger's Jazz Soiree hosts the Bob Stabach 4tet: Eugene Uman piano (artistic director of the VT Jazz Center); George Kaye, bass (has a rich history of playing with NYC jazz luminaries); Sam Lazzaro, drums (up and coming local young lion); Bob Stabach, sax (veteran saxophonist, leader and composer). The concert includes a sizzling mix of trusty jazz standards and sparkling originals. A special feature will be a jazz interpretation of a Carol King song "It's To Late". 7 p.m. indoors in Guilford. Proof of vaccination and boosters required. $15 to $20 suggested donation. Wendys Soiree. Information: Call Wendy for address/more info: 802-254-6189.

Community meals

PUTNEY Putney Monthly Free Produce Distribution: Monthly food drop of free produce and some non-perishables. All are welcome. Because of COVID, it is drive-up service. Bags provided. 9-9:45 a.m. 4th Thursday of every month. Co-sponsored by The Vermont Foodbank and the Putney Foodshelf (Carol Brown Way in front of Putney Meadows - the white building across from the Putney Co-op and Putney Fire Station). Putney Meadows, 17 Carol Brown Way.

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