Thursday, March 6

MUSIC

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series: Brattleboro Dixieland Band

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Peter Abell, Doug Cox, Scott Sizer and Jim Kurty play music to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.

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.

Reggae Night with DJ Joel

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.

Blind Owl Band

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $8 in advance, $12 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Adirondack freight train string music.

Friday, March 7

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival: Gala Opening

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: 7 p.m. Cost: $25. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, kicks off with gals event featuring champagne, refreshments and music, followed by screening of "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines." Come dressed as your favorite superhero or heroine or just as their alter-egos in everyday clothes. Festival continues through March 16.

’Philomena’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 7:30 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-nominated film "Philomena" about mother’s seach for a son given up for adoption. Screenings continue March 8, 9, 12 and 13.

PERFORMING ARTS

’The Pirates of Penzance’

Where: Nita Choukas Theater, Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students in advance, $17 and $12 at the door. Contact: brattleborotix.com or mainstreetarts.org. Of note: Main Street Arts presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance." Performances continue March 8 and 9.

’Hats Off 2014’

Where: Dutton Gymnasium, Leland & Gray Union High School, Route 30, Townshend. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5, $3 for students and seniors. Contact: verbatim@svcable.net or 802-365-7355, ext. 204. Of note: Leland and Gray Players in grades 7-12 present music, dance and comedy. Performances continue March 8.

MUSIC

Sweetback Sisters, Elixir

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door. Contact: 802-387-0102, 802-254-9276 or www.nextstagearts.org. Of note: Next Stage Arts hosts evening of swing, honky-tonk and fiddle music. Tickets are also available at Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar.

Colby Dix

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: Singer-songwriter.

Kevin Parry

Where: West Dover Inn, Route 100, West Dover. When: 8 to 11 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-464-5207 or www.kevinparrymusic.com. Of note: Singer and guitarist plays classic rock, country and blues requests. DANCE

Shall We Dance -- Foxtrot

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. When: Foxtrot lesson at 7 p.m., led by Brendan McClure; followed by dancing to mix of rhythms from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: For lesson and dance is $8 for singles, $5 for students and seniors. Contact: Ray Warren at 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz. Of note: No partner needed.

Saturday, March 8

CIRCUS

NECCA Circus Spectaclar

Where: Latchis Theatre, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10-50. Contact: www.necenterforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Fundraiser features trapeze, aerial silks, partner balancing, juggling, comedy and more. Proceeds benefit New England Center for the Circus Arts’ community outreach programming. Performance also takes place Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m.

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors; five-movie pass is available for $35. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, continues with screenings at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Festival runs through March 16.

’Frozen’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 3 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-winning Disney film. Screenings continue March 9.

’Philomena’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 7:30 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-nominated film "Philomena" about mother’s seach for a son given up for adoption. Screenings continue March 9, 12 and 13.

MUSIC

Electric Fence

Where: Pleasant Valley Brewing, Saxtons River. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: Find the band on Facebok at ElectricFenceVT. Of note: Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jonny Sheehan and Jeremy Holch play rocking-acoustic originals and covers.

Mary Lea

Where: Brattleboro Winter Farmers’ Market, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Of note: Fiddler plays variety of styles from Celtic to ragtime.

Wistaria Chamber Music Society: ‘Virtuosi of the Heart’

Where: The Pushkin Gallery, Main Street, Greenfield, Mass. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact: 413-634-5716 or www.wistariachambermusic.com. Of note: Pianist Irina Bazik and soprano Junko Watanabe perform music of Viardot-Garcia, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. Concert also performed March 9 in Brattleboro at Centre Congregational Church.

PERFORMING ARTS

’The Pirates of Penzance’

Where: Nita Choukas Theater, Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. When: 2 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students in advance, $17 and $12 at the door. Contact: brattleborotix.com or mainstreetarts.org. Of note: Main Street Arts presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance." Performances continue March 9.

Winter Sunshine Family Series: ‘An Arabian Adventure’

Where: Sandglass Theater, Putney. When: 1 and 3 p.m. Cost: $8. Contact: 802-387-4051. Of note: Sandglass’ Winter Sunshine Series of Family Performances continues with Tanglewood Marionettes performing "An Arabian Adventure."

’Hats Off 2014’

Where: Dutton Gymnasium, Leland & Gray Union High School, Route 30, Townshend. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5, $3 for students and seniors. Contact: verbatim@svcable.net or 802-365-7355, ext. 204. Of note: Leland and Gray Players in grades 7-12 present music, dance and comedy.

DANCE

Family Contra and Square Dance

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston Center. When: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for families. Contact: Andy Davis at 802-257-1819 or village@dancingmasters.com. Of note: Andy Davis is caller, with music by Dragonfly. All ages and levels of experience welcome.

Latin dance lessons and party

Where: McNeill’s Brewery, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. When: Beginners lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate dancers at 8 p.m.; advance dancers ar 8:30 p.m.; open dance floor at 9 p.m. Cost: Donation of check or non-perishable food item for Project Feed the Thousands. Contact: Michael Rodriguez at 802-362-1819 or Rocio at 802-246-7527 Of note: Veteran dance instructor Michael Rodriguez will host weekly Latin dance lessons and party.

COMEDY

Happier Valley Comedy Show

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: The Ha-Ha’s and Face Off present improv comedy.

Sunday, March 9

CIRCUS

NECCA Circus Spectaclar

Where: Latchis Theatre, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: 1 p.m. Cost: $10-50. Contact: www.necenterforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Fundraiser features trapeze, aerial silks, partner balancing, juggling, comedy and more. Proceeds benefit New England Center for the Circus Arts’ community outreach programming.

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors; five-movie pass is available for $35. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, continues with screenings at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Festival runs through March 16.

’Frozen’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 2 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-winning Disney film.

’Philomena’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 7 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-nominated film "Philomena" about mother’s seach for a son given up for adoption. Screenings continue March 12 and 13.

PERFORMING ARTS

’The Pirates of Penzance’

Where: Nita Choukas Theater, Horowitz Hall, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. When: 2 p.m. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students in advance, $17 and $12 at the door. Contact: brattleborotix.com or mainstreetarts.org. Of note: Main Street Arts presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s "Pirates of Penzance."

MUSIC

Wistaria Chamber Music Society: ‘Virtuosi of the Heart’

Where: Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 3:30 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact: 413-634-5716 or www.wistariachambermusic.com. Of note: Pianist Irina Bazik and soprano Junko Watanabe perform music of Viardot-Garcia, Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

Mai Vernon and Celtic Font

Where: Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $15. Contact: 802-254-9276. Of note: Concert of Irish traditional and Irish/American folk songs.

DANCE

Brattleboro Contra Dance

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $7-10. Contact: www.brattcontra.org. Of note: Led by David Kaynor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Mary Cay Brass, Peter Siegel and the Greenfield Dance Band. At 5 p.m., there’s an open instrument session. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes to dance in. 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 Ellen Cannon. No partner needed. All dances taught.

BOOKS, AUTHORS

Ellen Stimson -- ‘Mud Season’

Where: Misty Valley Books, Chester When: 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-875-3400 or www.mvbooks.com. Of note: Author discusses her book, "Mud Season," a hilarious chronicle of leaving the city to run a country store in Vermont.

Monday, March 10

POETRY

Alice Fogel

Where: Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building, Landmark College, Putney. When: 4:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.landmark.edu. Of note: Fogel, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire and instructor at Landmark, will read from her work and discuss poetry with audience.

MUSIC

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series: Jennie Reichman

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Singer-songwriter performs original songs and plays guitar.

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 Hannah Hoffman.

Wednesday, March 12

DANCE

West African dance

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main Streets, Brattleboro. When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $12-15, sliding scale. Contact: www.africandancevt.com or 802-258-6475. Of note: African dance for all levels, accompanied by live drumming. Instructor is Pape Ba. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.

FILM

’Philomena’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 7 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-nominated film "Philomena" about mother’s seach for a son given up for adoption. Screenings continue March 12 and 13.

Thursday, March 13

MUSIC

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.

Oakland Stroke

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Tower of Power Tribute, plus music from other Bay Area groups: Janis Joplin, Santana, Sly Stone, Huey Lewis and more.

FILM

’Philomena’

Where: MHCA Theatre, 4 Mountain Park Plaza, Route 100, Dover. When: 7 p.m. Contact: 802-464-8411 or memhall.org. Of note: MHCA presents Academy Award-nominated film "Philomena" about mother’s seach for a son given up for adoption. Screenings continue March 12 and 13.

Friday, March 14

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors; five-movie pass is available for $35. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, continues with screenings at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Festival runs through March 16.

MUSIC

FOMAG Music Enrichment Program benefit concert

Where: Vermont Jazz Center, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $15, $5 for students age 16 and under. Contact: Friends of Music at Guilford at 802-254-3600, office@fomag.org or www.fomag.org. Of note: Concert features two ensembles who blend jazz, classical and music traditions from around the world. First half includes Todd Roach with Brandon Terzic and Kane Matchis. Second half is As Yet Quintet. Proceeds benefit Friends of Music at Guilford’s Music Enrichment Program for Guilford Central School.

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series: Jim Kurty

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Long-time Brattleboro music teacher plays jazz, soft rock, folk and Dixieland.

DANCE

Tango Milonga

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. When: Tango lesson at 7:30 p.m., with dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Contact: Sally at 603-923-9743 or sally.brat.tango@gmail.com

Saturday, March 15

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors; five-movie pass is available for $35. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, continues with screenings at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Festival runs through March 16.

MUSIC

Snarky Puppy

Where: Latchis Theater, 48 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $20, $15 for youth, $35 for premium seating. Contact: www.vtjazz.org or 802-254-9088. Of note: Vermont Jazz Center presents Grammy-wnning collective which plays jazz, funk and R&B. Tickets are also available at In the Moment on Main Street in Brattleboro.

The Tarbox Ramblers

Where: Windham Ballroom at Popolo, 36 The Square, Bellows Falls. When: 8:30 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Contact: www.popolomeanspeople.com or 802-460-7676. Of note: Trio forges Appalachian music, blues and gospel into new sound. Singer-songwriter Bob Kendall opens.

The Living Roominators

Where: Pleasant Valley Brewing, Saxtons River. When: 8 to 10:30 p.m. Cost: No cover. Of note: Mark Grieco (acoustic guitar, vocals), Howard Weiss-Tisman (electric guitar), Eric Rhomberg (bass) and Johnny Yuma (drums_ play "living room" rock, blues, funk and soul.

Marco Benevento

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Contact: www.wistariachambermusic.com or 413-634-5716. Of note: High-voltage pianist.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Cabin Feven Radio Follies’

Where: Helen Miller Theater, Walpole Town Hall, Walpole, N.H. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $5. Contact: Ray at 603-756-4545. Of note: Walpole Players recreate classic scripts, routines, musical arrangements and even advertisements from the golden age of radio. Tables of eight are available, and people are encouraged to bing dinner, snacks and beverages. Tickets are available in Walpole at Galloway Real Estate, Costume Ladies, Real to Reel Video and Murray’s.

DANCE

Latin dance lessons and party

Where: McNeill’s Brewery, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. When: Beginners lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate dancers at 8 p.m.; advance dancers ar 8:30 p.m.; open dance floor at 9 p.m. Cost: Donation of check or non-perishable food item for Project Feed the Thousands. Contact: Michael Rodriguez at 802-362-1819 or Rocio at 802-246-7527 Of note: Veteran dance instructor Michael Rodriguez will host weekly Latin dance lessons and party.

Sunday, March 16

FILM

23rd annual Women’s Film Festival

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro When: Noon to 9 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission, $7 for students and seniors; five-movie pass is available for $35. Contact: 802-257-7364, advocates@womensfreedomcenter.net or www.womensfreedomcenter.net. Of note: Women’s Film Festival, a benefit for the Women’s Freedom Center, continues with screenings at noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

MUSIC

’Composers in Our Midst’

Where: Daytime events at Brattleboro Music Center on Walnut Street, Brattleboro; evening concert at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Master classes and student recital from 1 to 4 p.m.; concert at 7 p.m. Cost: Free for master classes and student recital; $15, $10 for students for evening concert. Contact: Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or www.bmcvt.org. Of note: Brattleboro Music Center hosts day-long event of master classes, student recital and evening performance (featuring 12 professional musicians) highlighting music of seven regional composers.

Shape Note Sing

Where: Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: Dan Hertzler at 802-674-6963 or danhertzler@gmail.com or Matt Wojcik at 802-246-1008 or mwojcik@earthlink.net. Of note: All are welcome to sing this powerful, four-part a cappella music. No experience necessary. Music books available for loan or purchase. A potluck snack will be shared.

DANCE

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: Silent dance. All dances taught. No partner needed. All dances taught.