Bowl makers sought to help feed neighbors at Bowlarama

BRATTLEBORO-Almost every spring for 20 years, Brattleboro Clayworks on Putney Road has invited the community to help make bowls to feed the hungry. This year's Bowlarama will be held on Saturday, May 18.

"Volunteers will make hand-built bowls to donate to the annual Brattleboro Empty Bowls dinner," organizers said in a news release. "They won't need any experience or special skills, since artist-teachers Judith Thomas, Andi Matthews, and Karen Horton will provide basic instruction and gentle support to help shepherd their creations from start to finish." And, they say, it's a lot of fun! There will be no throwing on the wheels at this event.

While many bowls are donated by professional potters, bowls made by so-called "amateurs" - from the French "amor," for the love of it - are often the first to be chosen.

Clayworks donates instruction, clay, glaze, and firing costs. There is no charge to participate; however, financial donations to Groundworks are welcome.

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Yellow Barn concert features composer Chaya Czernowin

PUTNEY-On Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m., Yellow Barn presents music of and conversation with composer Chaya Czernowin. Performing Czernowin's pieces will be a trio featuring Luke Hsu on violin, Rainer Crosett on cello, and Yehuda Inbar on piano. Following this hour-long program, Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp...

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Harpist-composer creates original score for rare silent version of ‘Snow White’ at Epsilon Spires

BRATTLEBORO-On on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m., Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St., offers a rare screening of the 1916 silent film treasure, Snow White, with an original live score performed on harp and viola by sisters Leslie and Barbara McMichael. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the film...

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‘We keep it fresh’

PUTNEY-Twenty shows - one per week - strikingly diverse and all outdoors. That's what the Next Stage Bandwagon Series offers again this summer. Next Stage Arts Project Executive Director Keith Marks promises this summer's offerings will surpass last year's record-breaker program for attendance and reach. A Covid-driven idea, the Bandwagon Series began as a way to keep the Putney-based producing venue going during the pandemic shutdown, by providing a way to bring people of all ages together safely for music...

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Musician sings of complex characters, distinct places

BRATTLEBORO-Singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy is having a moment in the spotlight. Her new EP The Sun Doesn't Think was released on April 26, less than a year after her critically acclaimed album Echo the Diamond emerged to garner national attention from The New York Times, NPR, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and many others. "While I was on tour for Echo the Diamond, I was writing this EP," says Glaspy, who will perform "Margaret Glaspy: Unplugged" at the Stone Church this...

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A sacred art form, with ‘outer, inner, and secret meanings’

While a mandala may seem pure art, this configuration of images and symbols guides focus - and thus aids meditation - in certain Eastern spiritual practices. Mandalas appear ubiquitously in nature; they're created in sundry materials, and they're rendered in paints and other media on various surfaces. One manifestation is the sand mandala, which is created - and destroyed - over time and ritualistically. Originating in India, the techniques of sand mandala painting were taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in the...

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Seed advocate will sign new children’s book

BELLOWS FALLS-Heartfelt Seeds and Wild Goose Players will host a book signing and Mother's Day tea party to celebrate Lorna McMaster's Zoe and the Seed Garden on Sunday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wild Goose Players, 7 Westminster St. Illustrated by the author with 16 needle felted wool panels, this 14-chapter book for children follows Zoe on her visits to Auntie's seed farm, where she embarks on a journey of learning to find hope for the future...

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Next Stage presents Carsie Blanton plus Milton on May 9

PUTNEY-Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present singer-songwriter Carsie Blanton and her Handsome Band, plus fellow singer-songwriter Milton at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. Blanton has been described as a songwriter with "hooks, chutzpah, and revolutionary optimism," say organizers in a news release. Inspired by artist-activists including Nina Simone and Woody Guthrie, her catalog includes American popular song from folk and swing to pop-punk protest anthems. Her "unique mix of hook-driven pop...

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