In Saxtons River...

FEATURED ARTIST: The River Artisans Cooperative announces woodworker Franklin Geist has been selected as February’s featured artist.

Geist’s expertise in woodworking has produced cutting boards, lamps, rolling pins and rocking toys for children. All are for sale in the shop. He uses many hardwoods including maple, cherry, black walnut, oak, ash, birch, basswood and poplar, much of which he cuts down from his own property in Saxtons River.

In 2004, after 43 years as a math teacher and coach, Geist retired -- now he volunteers his time to civic and academic organizations as well as pursuing many hobbies and interests. He has been an invaluable help in the operations and maintenance of RAC. To find more on Geist and examples of his work, visiting riverartisans.com/franklin-geist.

The River Artisans Cooperative shop is located at 26B Main St., where the works of 40 artisans are displayed and available for purchase. Shop hours are Monday to Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Area artists are welcome to apply for membership. For more information, call 802-869-2099 or visit www.riverartisans.com.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

JAZZ: The Carr Uman Rose Trio plays jazz at The Restaurant at Burdick Chocolates, 47 Main St., on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.


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The trio also plays at Burdick’s on Thursday, March 27.

Genevieve Rose is a nationally renown bass player, called to the Kennedy Center at age 23 to bring her group to the Women in Jazz program. Pianist Eugene Uman is a former student of Kenny Barron and the head of the Vermont Jazz Center. Jesse Carr, tenor sax and vocals, has written, arranged and performed on numerous PBS film scores. The group aims toward listener accessibility via familiar melodies, and its own interest and enjoyment via fresh arrangements.

There is no cover charge.

For reservations, call 603-756-9058.

In Putney ...

BILLY JEAN: Next Stage Arts Project presents The Future Collective’s Righteous Youth Rebellion Movie Series, in February. Show times are at 7 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill. Tickets are $5 suggested donation.

Featured on Thursday, Feb. 27, is "The Legend of Billy Jean," a 1985 American drama film about a Texas teenager, directed by Matthew Robbins With Helen Slater, Christian Slater, Keith Gordon, Richard Bradford.

The Future Collective is a group for and from the diverse Brattleboro community working to provide fun, accessible, inclusive, anti-oppressive, community-minded spaces and events that foster creative, political and personal expression.

Next Stage Arts Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney’s cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage.

For more information, contact mariabasescu@nextstagearts.org or 802-387-0102 or www.nextstagearts.org.

In Greenfield, Mass. ...

COMEDY: On Friday, Feb. 28, the Arts Block at 289 Main Street is hosting "The Happier Valley Comedy Show," at 8 p.m.

This show will feature a cavalcade of talented improvisers and stage actors from the Pioneer Valley and Boston. Audiences can look forward to a full evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13 in this handicapped-accessible space right in the heart of Greenfield’s newest arts hub. For more information and advanced tickets, visit www.theartsblock.com or call 413-774-1050. Tickets $10 in advance, $13 at the door.

In Brattleboro ...

DANCING: On Feb. 28, at the Stone Church at 210 Main Street, "Shall We Dance?" will host a night club two-step lesson with Brendan McClure at 7 p.m. No partner needed. Open dancing to a mix of rhythms to DJ’d music will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost of lesson and/or dance is $8 for singles and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Ray Warren at 802 579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz.

In Wilmington ...

FORGOTTEN DRINKS: Bartleby’s Books will host author Corin Hirsch on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Hirsch will discuss her book, "Forgotten Drinks of Colonial New England," answer questions and share recipes.

Colonial New England was awash in ales, beers, wines, cider and spirits. Everyone from teenage farmworkers to our founding fathers imbibed heartily and often. Tipples at breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner were the norm, and low-alcohol hard cider was sometimes even a part of children’s lives. This burgeoning cocktail culture reflected the New World’s abundance of raw materials: apples, sugar and molasses, wild berries and hops. This plentiful drinking sustained a slew of smoky taverns and inns -- watering holes that became vital meeting places and the nexuses of unrest as the Revolution brewed. New England food and drinks writer Corin Hirsch explores the origins and taste of the favorite potations of early Americans and offers some modern-day recipes to revive them today.

Bartleby’s Books is located at 17 West Main St. For more information call 802-464-5425 or visit www.myvermontbookstore.com.

In Keene, N.H. ...

IMAGINED SPACE: The Art Department at Keene State College is hosting two exhibitions -- "Daytime Television" by Snowmass, Colo., artist John Lloyd, and "Imagined Space" by Whitingham, Vt., artist Aysha Peltz -- in the Carroll House Galleries from Feb. 27 through March 29 (closed March 15-23).

Peltz will also be onsite at the Carroll House Gallery to install her ceramic pieces. She earned a BFA in Ceramics from Alfred University and a MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y. Peltz currently teaches ceramics at Bennington, Vt., College. She has taught at The Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

For more information, visit www.ayshapeltz.com.

Lloyd will be on site at the Carroll House Gallery to install his sculptural wood and metal works. Lloyd earned a BA in studio art from The University of Oregon and an MFA in Sculpture from Alfred University. He is currently the Sculpture Coordinator at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass. He has poured iron and worked at the Kolher Arts/Industry Program in Sheboygen, Wisc.

For more information, visit www.andersonranch.org.

The Carroll House Gallery at Keene State College is located on Main Street, beside the Alumni Center. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. All Carroll House Gallery events are free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

This event would not be possible without the support of Roberta F. Roos Annual Art and Theatre Arts Lecture Endowment.