Thursday, April 17

AUDITIONS

Shakespeare in the Park

Where: The Brattleboro Common. Contact: www.vermontmarina.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company is looking for a few more actors for its June production of "As You Like It." The parts needing to be filled are Oliver, Orlando, Touchstone and Adam. Contact: Adrienne Major, 802-380-9050, for more information and to make arrangements to audition.

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. BOOKS/AUTHORS

Flora

Where: Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. When: 7 p.m. Of note: Artist Tom Fels, featured in "Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art," discusses his work.

Friday, April 18

PERFORMING ARTS

'Middletown'

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Contact: www.neyt.org or 802-246-6398. Of note: NEYT's Senior Company, directed by Michael Trzos, performs Will Eno's contemporary work "Middletown.


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MUSIC

Pierre Bensusan

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org or 802-387-0102. Of note: French-Algerian acoustic guitarist, singer, composer and world music pioneer performs. Tickets also available at Offerings Jewelry in Putney and Turn It Up! in Brattleboro.

The Bondville Boys

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Cost: $10, with a $30 family maximum. $8 for members. Contact: www.strollingoftheheifers.com. Of note: Bondville Boys play concert and dance to benefit Strolling of the Heifers.

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Larry Brown

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Acoustic guitar.

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.

Janey Ryan & Straight Up

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Blues, soul.

DANCE

Shall We Dance? -- Rumba

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. When: Salsa lesson for all levels at 7 p.m.; open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: $8 for singles, $5 for students and seniors. Contact: Ray Warren at 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz. Of note: No partner needed.

BOOKS, AUTHORS

Write Action Open Reading

Where: The Bluedot, Room 607, Hooker-Dunham Building, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Donations to Write Action welcome. Of note: People invited to read their poetry or prose or come to listen. Eight-minute time limit for readers. Refreshments served. Event is being held regularly on the third Friday of the month.

Saturday, April 19

BENEFIT EVENTS

Storytellers on a Mission to benefit Morningside

Where: The Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $60 front orchestra, $40 rear orchestra, $25 balcony, premium packages available. Contact: CatamountArts.org. For premium packages contact Libby Bennett at 802-257-0066, ext 101. Of note: The Hatch presents latest in series of Storytellers on a Mission events, this time to benefit Morningside Shelter. Host is Peter Sagal of NPR's "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" with storytellers Peter Aguero, Elna Baker, Ian Chillag and Cindy Pierce.

PERFORMING ARTS

'Middletown'

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 2 and 7 p.m. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students. Contact: www.neyt.org or 802-246-6398. Of note: NEYT's Senior Company, directed by Michael Trzos, performs Will Eno's contemporary work "Middletown." Recommended for ages 13 and up.

MUSIC

A Tribute to Howard Brofsky

Where: Vermont Jazz Center, the Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 8 p.m. Cost: Donations in Brofsky's memory to benefit the VJC Scholarship Fund. Contact: 802-254-9088 or www.vtjazz.org. Of note: Special tribute to the late Howard Brofsky features Jay Clayton, Alex Brofsky, Cordelia Tapping, Tim Armacost, Ray Gallon, Jorn Swart, Curtis Ostle, Scott Mullett, Sherm Fox, Draa Hobbs, Eugene Uman, George Kaye, Jon Fisher, Claire Arenius and others.

Christine Ohlman and Rebel Montez

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $16 in advance, $18 at the door. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org or 802-387-0102. Of note: Legendary Saturday Night Live Band vocalist and "Beehive Queen" Christine Ohlman returns to Next Stage with her band Rebel Montez. Tickets also available at Offerings Jewelry in Putney and Turn It Up! in Brattleboro.

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, April 20

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: Led by Bobbi Bailin. All dances taught. No partner needed.

Monday, April 21

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 Hannah Hoffman.

Tuesday, April 22

DANCE

Shall We Dance -- West Coast Swing

When: Shall We Dance features West Coast Swing lessons for beginners at 6:30 p.m.; intermediates at 7:30 p.m. Five-week series runs through April 22. Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. Cost: $40 for the series, $65 to attend both classes for the series; $10 drop-in for one, $15 for both. Contact: Ray Warren at 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz. Of note: Taught by Ray Warren and Lucina Dee. No partner is necessary.

BOOKS AUTHORS

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Cheryl Wilfong

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Celebrate Earth Day with Wilfong, author of "The Meditative Gardener."

Wednesday, April 23

MUSIC

West African drum class

Where: Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 6 p.m. Cost: $10. Contact: info@namorykeita.com or 603-654-6042. Of note: West African master drummer Namory Keita leads weekly class for all levels. Drums are available.

Irish sessions

Where: McNeill's Brewery, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Of note: Bring an instrument and join in.

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. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.

An Evening of Dance

Where: Main Theatre, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 general, $8 for seniors, students and children and $6 for KSC students. Contact: 603-358-2168 or www.keene.edu/racbp. Of note: 39th annual showcase by Keene State Department of Theatre and Dance features commissioned dance by Rebecca Stenn, three new works by KSC faculty and student work. Performances continue through April 26.

BOOKS, AUTHORS

William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens

Where: Misty Valley Books, Chester. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-875-3400 or www.mvbooks.com. Of note: Michael Palma leads another in his series of poetry discussions, this one titled "A Strange Courage" and covering the work of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams. Series continues April 30 and May 7.

Thursday, April 24

ARTS FORUM

Business Training for Artists

Where: The Works Cafe, 118 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 to 9 p.m. Contact: www.acwc.us or Doug Cox at 802-257-1024 or dcox@sover.net. Of note: Arts Council of Windham County, Brattleboro-West Arts and The Works co-sponsor forum exploring opportunities for arts-specific business training. All artists welcome; artists who recently attended Vermont Arts Council business workshop will be on hand to facilitate discussion. Bring a potluck dessert to share.

FILM

'After Tiller'

Where: Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 suggested donation, $5 for students. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org, nextstagearts@gmail.com or 802-387-0102. Of note: Next Stage Arts presents screening of documentary about the last four doctors in America who openly provide third-trimester abortions. Filmmaker Lana Wilson will be on hand for Q&A.

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.

DANCE

An Evening of Dance

Where: Main Theatre, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 general, $8 for seniors, students and children and $6 for KSC students. Contact: 603-358-2168 or www.keene.edu/racbp. Of note: 39th annual showcase by Keene State Department of Theatre and Dance features commissioned dance by Rebecca Stenn, three new works by KSC faculty and student work. Performances continue through April 26.

PERFORMING ARTS

'Flights of Fancy'

Where: West Village Meeting House, 29 South Street, West Brattleboro When: 10:30 a.m. Contact: Cost: $10, in advance at www.neyt.org or at the NEYT box office or by phone, 802-246-6398. Of note: A story about standing up for what you believe in and the power of self-expression.