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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Tom Topor’s intense psychological courtroom drama "Nuts." Play runs through Feb. 2.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Tom Topor’s intense psychological courtroom drama "Nuts." Play runs through Feb. 2.
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.
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."