Thursday, Sept. 19

FILM

Star Wars Film Series: ‘Return of the Jedi’

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org. Of note: Next Stage Arts Project presents its September Film Series dedicated to the "Star Wars" movies. Series continues with "The Phantom Menace" (Sept. 26). MUSIC

Jon Dee Graham

Where: Windham Ballroom, Bellows Falls. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $18 in advance, $30 best in house, $20 at the door. Contact: www.popolomeanspeople.com. Of note: Legendary Austin musician performs. Mike June opens.

Karaoke Night

Where: Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Of note: With KJ Ryguy.

Open Mic with Kevin Parry

Where: The Marina Restaurant, Putney Road. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Contact: 802-257-7563, www.vermontmarina.com. Of note: Host is Kevin Parry.

Friday, Sept. 20

PERFORMING ARTS

Ten Minute Play Festival

Where: Actors Theatre Playhouse, corner of Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Contact: 877-666-1855 or www.actors-theatre.info. Of note: Actors Theatre Playhouse continues its 38th season with popular annual Ten Minute Play Festival featuring six short plays covering a variety of subjects, styles and moods. Festival continues through Oct. 12.

BOOKS, LITERATURE

Write Action Open Reading

Where: Bluedot, Room 607, Hooker-Dunham Building, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Donations welcome. Of note: Come read your own poetry or prose (eight-minute time limit) or come to listen. Refreshments served.

Devin Starlanyl

Where: Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-254-8160 or everyonesbks@gmail.com. Of note: Local author discusses her new book "Healing Through Trigger Point Therapy: A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction."

MUSIC

Cheryl Wheeler, The Nields

Where: Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $22 general, $20 for students and seniors in advance, $24 at the door. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org or 802-254-9276 Of note: Folk singer, songwriter and comedienne Wheeler and folk/rock sister duo perform. Tickets also available at Offerings in Putney.

Atom Planet

Where: Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 8 to 11 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Of note: Libby Garafalo, Jay Cook and Bob Everingham play eclectic acoustic world soul pop.

Green Zone

Where: Pleasant Valley Brewing, Saxtons River. When: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Of note: Rock/reggae band featuring Johnny Yuma on drums, Eric Rhomberg on bass and keyboard, Ben Mitchell on guitar and Mark Crowther on sax and bass.

Saturday, Sept. 21

PERFORMING ARTS

Ten Minute Play Festival

Where: Actors Theatre Playhouse, corner of Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $8. Contact: 877-666-1855 or www.actors-theatre.infoOf note: Actors Theatre Playhouse continues its 38th season with popular annual Ten Minute Play Festival featuring six short plays covering a variety of subjects, styles and moods. Festival continues through Oct. 12.

’Button Wagon’

Where: New England Center for Circus Arts, The Cotton Mill, Brattleboro When: 8 p.m. Cost: $12, $8 for children. Contact: www.necenterforcircusarts.org. Of note: Duo presents circus/theater show featuring buttons, bending, illusion, a giant burlap rabbit and more surprises.

BENEFIT EVENTS

Dance for a men’s cancer research

Where: Memorial Hall, Main Street, Wilmington. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Contact: George Adair at 802-368-7455 or jmpjzy@yahoo.com. Of note: Jumpin’ Jersey and The All-Star 2-Beat Band, featuring George Adair, Kevin Parry, Bill Shontz, Rich Mayer and Kerry Blount play dance benefit for men’s cancer research. Smartphones and other devices are welcome to help spread the word.

Chris Bakriges Quartet Brooks Memorial Library Benefit Concert

Where: American Legion, 32 Linden St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact: 802-254-5290 or www.brookslibraryvt.org. Of note: Bakriges, his quartet and special guests perform songs from the Great American Songbook for listening and dancing. Proceeds benefit Brooks Memorial Library programs.

MHCA Dinner and a Show Fundraiser:

Alki Steriopoulos plays Hoagy Carmiachal

Where: Mountaineer Inn, Handle Road, West Dover. When: Wine and cheese social at 5 p.m.; four-course dinner at 5:45 p.m.; music at 7:45 p.m. Cost: $60. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: Pianist Alki Steriopoulos presents "Stardust: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael" as part of fundraiser for MHCA.

MUSIC

Steve Wilson, Lewis Nash

Where: Vermont Jazz Center, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $20 general, $15 for students. Contact: 802-254-9088, ext. 1 or www.vtjazz.org. Of note: Saxophonist Steve Wilson and drummer/percussionist Lewis Nash, with bassist Nat Reeves, play jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

Gilbert & Sullivan Retrospective Cabaret

Where: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: brattleborotix.com, 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org or www.MainStreetArts.org. Of note: Numbers from various Gilbert & Sullivan shows will be performed. Also Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m.

Scott Sizer and Friends

Where: Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 8 to 11 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Of note: Trumpeter and vocalist Scott Sizer is joined by guitarist Draa Hobbs and bassist Andrew Lohse in tunes from Great American Songbook, blues, bossa nova and bebop.

DANCE

VPL In THe Works: ‘Endangered Pieces’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free Contact: www.vermontperformancelab.com or 802-257-3361. Of note: Vermont Performance Lab presents In The Works performance of Pavel Zustiak’s "Endangered Pieces," created in Vermont through VPL residency.

FESTIVALS

Readsboro Arts Festival

Where: Readsboro Central School, 301 Phelps Lane, Readsboro. When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-423-7706 or info.readsboroarts@gmail.com. Of note: Festival features fine art and craft for sale, live music and other fun activities for all ages and food.

Sunday, Sept. 22

MUSIC

Brazilian bossa nova

Where: Wendy’s House Concert Series, Tater Lane, Guyilford. When: 7 p.m.; potluck supper is at 6 p.m. Cost: $12-15 at the door. Contact: Wendy at 802-254-6189 or wendy@asteriamusic.com. Of note: Jesse Lepkoff and Alison Hale are joined by Glorianne and Michael Collver.

Gilbert & Sullivan Retrospective Cabaret

Where: Main Street Arts, Saxtons River. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: brattleborotix.com, 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org or www.MainStreetArts.org. Of note: Numbers from various Gilbert & Sullivan shows will be performed.

Patty Carpenter and Melissa Shetler

Where: Putney Inn, Putney. When: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-387-5517. Of note: Carpenter and Shetler are joined by Paul Arslanian on piano in jazz and blues to accompany brunch.

Kevin Parry

Where: West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. When: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-464-5207.

DANCE

Community Circle Dance

Where: Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Donations welcome. Contact: Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768. Of note: Led by Bobbi Bailin. Dances for autumn equinox and International Peace Day. All dances taught. No partner needed. All are welcome.

FILM

’American Meltdown’

Where: Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Of note: The Shut It Down Affinity Group presents screening of TV movie about a fictional terrorist attack on a nuclear reactor and the resulting government cover-up. Frances Crowe and Hattie Nestel will lead a discussion after the film.

Monday, Sept. 23

BOOKS

Elly Griffiths

Where: Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-254-8160 or everyonesbks@gmail.com. Of note: British author discusses her latest novel, "A Dying Fall." This time, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is investigating a former colleague’s death in Lancashire, with daughter Kate and partner Cathbad in tow.

MUSIC

Open Mike Night

Where: Metropolis Wine Bar & Cocktail Lounge, 55 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Of note: Led by Hanah Hoffman.