Saturday, Jan. 25 PUPPETS

Winter Sunshine Family Series:

’The Legend of The Banana Kid’

Where: Sandglass Theater, Putney. When: 1 and 3 p.m. Cost: $8. Contact: 802-387-4051. Of note: Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers present "The Legend of the Banana Kid," blending melodrama and Wild West themes into a hilarious family show as part of Sandglass Theater’s Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances.

MUSIC

Northern Roots

Traditional Music Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., and McNeill’s Brewery, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. When: Workshops, pub sessions, performances, family concert and family dance from noon to 5:30 p.m.; Traddleboro concert at 7:30 p.m. Cost: Festival combination day and evening $35; daytime only, $20; evening only $20; youth combination day and evening $15; youth day only $10; youth evening only $10; $5 for 3 p.m. Family Concert and Family Dance. Contact: Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523, www.bmcvt.org. Of note: More than 20 musicians from area and beyond celebrate rich musical traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandanvia, New England and French Canada with workshops, concerts and more.

Vivaldi’s Gloria

Where: Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Suggested donation of $15. Of note: Directed by Christian Huebner, the Primavera Chorus is accompanied by Rob Couchon on organ, Skip Downing on trumpet and Alison Hale on flute. Piece will also be performed during Jan. 26 worship service at Centre Church at 10 a.m.

Arborea

Where: Superfresh! Organic Café, 30 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 9 p.m. Contact: www.superfreshcafe.com. Of note: Acclaimed husband-and-wife avant-folk duo from Maine.

Jim Kurty and Scott Sizer

Where: Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of note: Duo plays classic jazz.

Butterfly Swing Band

Where: Phelps Barn Pub, Grafton Inn, Grafton. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: GraftonInnVermont.com. Of note: Great swing tunes from ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s.

Kevin Parry

Where: The Last Chair, Route 100, West Dover. When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-464-1133 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Nuts’

Where: Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15, $12 for students, seniors and for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Tom Topor’s intense psychological courtroom drama "Nuts." Play runs through Feb. 2.

BOOKS

Misty Valley Books’

20th annual New Voices

Where: First Universalist Church, Stone Village, Chester. When: 2 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: 802-875-3400 or www.mvbooks.com. Of note: Misty Valley Books’ annual showcase of promising authors features Elaine Orr ("A Different Sun"), Peter Swanson ("The Girl with a Clock for a Heart"), Rebecca Walker ("Ade"), Rhonda Riley ( "The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope") and Shahan Mufti ( "The Faithful Scribe"). The public is also welcome to cross country ski or snowshoe with the authors at Grafton Ponds on Saturday morning, meet the authors at a reception, have drinks or dinner with the authors at the Fullerton Inn.

DANCE

Community Contra Dance

Where: Pierce’s Hall, East Putney Falls Road, Putney. When: Beginners’ workshop from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; dancing until 10:30 p.m. Contact: 802-387-5357. Of note: Caller is Tim Egmond, with music by Steve Howland, fiddle, and Becky Hollingsworth on piano. Beginners welcome; all dances are taught. No partner necessary.

FUNDRAISERS

Madrigal dinner

Where: Jacksonville Municipal Center, Jacksonville. When: 5 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: Reservations required at 802-368-2723. Of note: Event includes a dinner, performance of a play by Twin Valley High School Drama Society, music by the TVHS Chorus and the Valley Dolls and a brass quintet. Period costume welcome.

Sunday, Jan. 26

PERFORMING ARTS

’Nuts’

Where: Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $15, $12 for students, seniors and for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Tom Topor’s intense psychological courtroom drama "Nuts." Play runs through Feb. 2.

DANCE

Ballet Jazz of Montreal

Where: Bellows Falls Opera House, Bellows Falls. When: 7 p.m. Contact: KingdomCounty.org or 888-757-5559. Of note: Kingdom County Productions and Marlboro College presents renowned troupe which blends ballet, modern and street dance. Tickets are also available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls.

Brattleboro Contra Dance

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main Streets, Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $7-10. Contact: www.brattcontra.org.. Of note: Music is by Sheesham and Lotus. Caller is Warren Doyle. Bring clean soft-soled shoes to dance in. Contra dance is a fragrance-free zone.

Community Circle Dance

Where: Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: By donation. Contact: Parker Huber at 802-257-9108 or Mary Ellen Cannon at 603-631-0768. Of note: Led by Mary Koon. No partner needed. All dances taught.

MUSIC

Amandla Chorus

Where: Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $12 general, $10 for students and seniors, $5 for children under 8. Contact: www.amandlachorus.org. Of note: Chorus directed by Eveline MacDougall presents songs of celebration and freedom in program titled "Come Let Us Sing."