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Celebrations and festivals

BRATTLEBORO Lunar New Year Festival & Potluck - Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit: Organized by the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont, this annual celebration features activities for all ages, including paper lantern-making, crafts, Chinese songs, Korean rope tug, Tai Chi with Cai Xi, traditional dance with Li Fei Osborne, a Dragon parade, potluck, and more. 1 - 3 p.m. Free. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 28 Vernon St. 802-257-0124; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BELLOWS FALLS Phil Henry with Rust and Ruin: Singer-songwriter Phil Henry builds detailed worlds and characters with vivid lyrical imagery. His music displays the skills of a craftsman and the authenticity of an artist, with strong melodies buoyed by rhythmic acoustic energy. He's earned contest wins at SolarFest and Susquehanna Music and Arts, and showcase slots at Falcon Ridge, Kerrville, and the NorthEast Regional Folk Alliance. Rock act Rust and Ruin will open the show with original songs by bandleaders Beth and Josh Adams featuring their signature sweet harmonies and fancy fretwork. 3 p.m. Performance recorded and filmed. COVID-19 protocol guidelines in effect. $7 in advance, $10 at door. Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St. Information: Tickets:

PUTNEY CANCELLED: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem: Featuring 4-part vocal harmonies, indelible songs, fiddle, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and a homemade percussion kit of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing-tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase. Over the past 20 years, the quartet has toured its uplifting, healing performances to concert halls, festivals, and residency engagements across North America, and has released seven CDs on Signature Sounds. From the Newport Folk Festival to California World Music Festival and beyond, this band’s steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. In the lineage of string bands who blur the boundaries of American roots music, Rani, Andrew Kinsey, Anand Nayak, and Scott Kessel have always been standard-bearers, with a particular knack for pairing words and music. From bluegrass barnstormers to sultry swing, old-time gospel to bluesy folk-rock, they consistently turn in lush arrangements of original songs alongside artful re-workings of a melange of music. 4 p.m. Check Covid protocols. $22 in advance, $25 at door. Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill. Information: 802-387-0102; Click for more info on Web in new window.


W. BRATTLEBORO All Souls Church UU: "In Search of Our Truth" (In-Person/Zoom): Rev. Telos Whitfield: "Finding Our Center" is the SoulMatters theme for this month. "At the center of who we are as individuals and a community is a place of truth. These truths can inspire and guide us as we again embark on an unknown journey, together." . 10 a.m. Free. All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 29 South St. Information: Shortly before 10 a.m. visit to join via Zoom.



January 2023