BRATTLEBORO >> Brown Bag Lunch Presentations this week features uplifting jazz and blues, community to commemorate World AIDS Day, and much more. All Brown Bag Lunch Presentations take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., and are free and open to the public.
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont invites the community to join in commemoration of World AIDS Day, to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS and those who work to combat AIDS worldwide. The free event will open with a 10-minute candlelight vigil on the sidewalk, followed by a short program of local and international speakers. Music will be provided by members of The Brattleboro Women's Chorus. Light snacks will be available.
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, Patti Smith, jazz vocalist, is accompanied by Kate Parsons on piano. Patti is a regular in the southern Vermont Deerfield Valley music scene. Her influences include Billie Holiday, June Christy, Anita O'Day, the Four Freshmen, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. Katie was a founding trustee of the Open Music Collective in Brattleboro, and as an accomplished pianist, she enjoys responding to and rediscovering songs with jazz vocalists of a wide variety of styles.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, Dante Corsano, on finger-picking guitar, and Dennis Waring, on silver clarinet, play easy-going music that defies categorization.
On Friday, Dec. 4, finger-picking acoustic guitarist, Michael Hertz, covers folk, blues, and ragtime songs from Blind Blake and Rev. Gary Davis to Merle Travis to Tom Waits and Steve Earle.
Performers as well as speakers of all kinds are invited to be a part of this series. If interested, please stop at the Stroll office at the River Garden, or call 802-246-0982. During December, the Gallery at The River Garden will feature "Coffee and Conversation, Stories of Homelessness," by Liz LaVorgna and Wyatt Andrews. The photography and video exhibit and Community Art Wall installation bring together two cross-sections of the community; those who experience homelessness and those who have stable housing.