Thursday, May 1

BOOKS, AUTHORS

Green Writers Press Book Release Party

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation to benfit Next Stage. Contact: www.greenwriterspress.com or 802-380-1121. Of note: Green Writers Press holds Book Release Party to celebrate the releases of Patti A. Smith’s "The Beavers of Popple’s Pond" and "Winter Ready" by Vermont poet Leland Kinsey. PERFORMING ARTS

’Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Where: The Grammar School, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for students, children and TGS alumni, $10 general, $25 family maximum. Contact: 802-387-5364. Of note: Led by Broadway veteran Alisa Hauser as director and choreographer, TGS students present musical. Runs through May 3.

DANCE

Damon Honeycutt

Where: Sobo Studio, Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15-20 sliding scale, $12 for student. Contact: 802-258-7378 or sobodance@gmail.com. Of note: Dancer, composer and multi-disciplinary artist presents retrospective of international career, with many guest performers.

May Day Morris Dancing

Where and When: Atop Putney Mountain at sunrise (meet at trailhead at 5:30 a.m., and at Putney Town Hall at 6:45 a.m. Putney. Contact: Stuart Strothman at 802-275-8190. Of note: Putney Morris Men and Putney Mountain Morris Women celebrate May Day.

MUSIC

Jazz

Where: Windham Hill Inn, West Townshend. When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: Katja Matthews at 802-874-4080 or info@windhamhill.com. Of note: Draa Hobbs (guitar), Steve Sonntag (trumpet), Wim Auer (bass) and Tim Gilmore (drums) play jazz.

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.

Thursday Night Jazz

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-1050. Of note: Ted Wirt and John Harrison provide dinner jazz.

FILM

’Tough Guise 2’

Where: Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-257-7364. Of note: Women’s Freedom Center hosts screening of "Tough Guise 2," sequel to a documentary about violent masculinity. Film examines impact of gender socialization and media on boys and men. Community discussion follows.

Friday, May 2

GALLERY WALK

Gallery Walk

Where: 37 locations in downtown Brattleboro and satellite locations in West Brattleboro and along Putney Road. When: Official Gallery Walk hours are 5:30 to 8 p.m., although some venues are open earlier and some events run later. Cost: Free. Contact: Joy Wallens-Penford at 802-257-2616, info@GalleryWalk.org or www.GalleryWalk.org. Of note: Monthly art walk returns with artists’ receptions, live music, special events, art sales and more.

MUSIC

Pete Seeger tribute: ‘How Can We Keep from Singing’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. Contact: www.neyt.org. Of note: Stephen Stearns and Peter Amidon co-present sing-along tribute to the life and legacy of Pete Seeger, featuring 40 performers. Proceeds benefit NEYT’s Angels in the Wings Scholarship Fund.

Electric Fence

Where: Pleasant Valley Brewing, Saxtons River. When: 8 p.m. Cost: No cover. Of note: Steve Carmichael, Howard Weiss-Tisman, Jeremy Holch and Jonny Sheehan play original music, along with covers of Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams, Gram Parsons and Louis Jordan. Strong harmonies, original arrangements and swinging-rocking country blues.

John Sheldon and The Red Guitar

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Guitarist Sheldon also performs May 3 at 8 p.m.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

Journey East: ‘Monkey Business’

Where: Leland & Gray gymnasium, Townshend. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.journeyeast.csrworld.com. Of note: Students who participated in month-long arts tour of China celebrate their return with variety show for all ages.

’Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Where: The Grammar School, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for students, children and TGS alumni, $10 general, $25 family maximum. Contact: 802-387-5364. Of note: Led by Broadway veteran Alisa Hauser as director and choreographer, TGS students present musical. Runs through May 3.

DANCE

Shall We Dance? -- East Coast Swing

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. When: East Coast Swing lesson for all levels at 7 p.m. with Brendan McClure; open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: $10 for singles, $16 for couples, $7 for students and seniors. Contact: Ray Warren at 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz. Of note: No partner needed.

Saturday, May 3

MUSIC

Pete Seeger Family Sing-Along

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 10 a.m. Cost: $5. Contact: www.neyt.org. Of note: Sing-along for all ages of Pete Seeger songs. Proceeds benefit NEYT’s Angels in the Wings Scholarship Fund.

Deaf entertainer Warren Snipe, aka Wawa

Where: Vermont Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing/Austine School, Brattleboro. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $10, $5 for ages 5-12, free for under 5. Contact: virs@sover.net, 800-639-1519, 802-254-3920 or 802-275-0104. Of note: Deaf entertainer/rapper Warren Snipe (Wawa) performs for Vermont Interpreter Referral Service’s ninth annual Yolande Henry Community Fund Fundraiser.

Butterfly Swing Band

Where: Metropolis Wine Bar, 55 Elliot St., Brattleboro. When: 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-254-8500 or www.metropoliswinebar.com. Of note: Hot classic swing grooves from ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s by Joe LoMonaco, Lynn Lovell, Scott Sizer, Mark Anaghnostopulos and Walter Slowinski.

Springfield Community Chorus

Where: The White Church in Grafton. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Contact: Harriet at springfieldcommunitychorus@gmail.com. Of note: Chorus directed by Ken Olsson presents songs of inspiration, hope and freedom. Concert also presented Sunday, May 4, in Springield at First Congregational Church UCC at 3 p.m.

Kevin Parry

Where: Pizza Palooza, 19 South Main St., Wilmington. When: 7 to 10 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-464-7702 or www.kevinparrymusic.com.

John Sheldon and The Red Guitar

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $20. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

’Project Unspeakable’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation. Contact: 802-254-7750 or www.projectunspeakable.com. Of note: Reading of new play about the 1960s assasinations of four leaders and why it matters today.

’Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.’

Where: The Grammar School, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $5 for students, children and TGS alumni, $10 general, $25 family maximum. Contact: 802-387-5364. Of note: Led by Broadway veteran Alisa Hauser as director and choreographer, TGS students present musical. Runs through May 3.

BOOKS, AUTHORS

James Kochalka

Where: Bartleby’s Books, 17 West Main St., Wilmington. When: 2 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-464-5425 or www.myvermontbookstore.com. Of note: Cartoon Laureate of Vermont reads from and discusses his children’s graphic novel "The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza."

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, May 4

MUSIC

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Where: First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Bratteboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: $18 in advance and for seniors, $21 at the door. Contact: 802-257-1571 or brattleborotix.com. Of note: Scottish fiddler Fraser and cellist Haas play music from Scottish traditions. Tickets are also available at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, the Toadstool in Keene, N.H., and World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield, Mass.

Russian music presentation

Where: Putney Public Library, Putney. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-387-6657 or www.yellowbarn.org. Of note: Thomas Hodge, professor of Russian at Wellesley College, discusses Russian language and music as prelude to Yellow Barn residency with Trio Cleonice. Yellow Barn Artistic Director Seth Knopp and violinist Anthony Marwood will join.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

DANCE

Contra Dance Benefit for Heart Thoughts Midwifery

Where: The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 family maximum. Contact: engle.louisa@gmail.com. Of note: Contra dance and dance games benefit Heart Thoughts Midwifery to cover services not covered by insurance. Music is the Aunties and Uncles String Band, featuring Lissa Schneckenburger, Molly Gawler, Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill and Michael Harrist. Callers are Louisa Engle and Quena Crain. Event includes silent auction and refreshments.

Balkan Dance

When: 7 to 10 p.m.; beginner/intermediate session at 6:30 p.m. Where: Brattleboro Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main, Brattleboro. Cost: Suggested donation is $12. Contact: rachelleackerman@yahoo.com or 802-257-9513. Of note: Participatory line and circle dances from the Balkans with live music by Panharmonium of Amherst, Mass. Mix of instruction and requests. Bring water bottle and clean soft-soled shoes to protect the dance floor.

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 and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed.

Monday, May 5

MUSIC

Open Mike

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, May 6

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 May 27. 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.

Wednesday, May 7

MUSIC

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series:

Lesley Cotter, James Anderson and Bill McKim

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Cotter and Anderson sing Broadway and classical duets, with McKim accompanying.

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. Instructor is Georgette Adjie Beighle. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water.

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.

Thursday, May 8

DANCE

Caribbean Contradance

Where: Chivers Center, Vermont Academy, Saxtons River. When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $14 for Main Street Arts members, $17 for non-members at the door; $8 for MSA members, $10 for non-members in advance. Contact: 802-869-2960 or info@mainstreetarts.org. Of note: Main Street Arts hosts Creole dances from Martinique, led by Julian Gerstin.

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.

Thursday Night Jazz

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-1050. Of note: Ted Wirt and John Harrison provide dinner jazz.

Friday, May 9

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

DANCE

Brattleboro School of Dance ‘Passage’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15, $12 for students and seniors. Contact: www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com or 802-254-6884. Of note: Brattleboro School of Dance presents annual spring show, presented by Company of Muses. Performances continue through May 18.

Brattleboro Tango Milonga

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

MUSIC

Southern Roots Concert

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 on the day of show. Contact: cattailmusic.com. Of note: West Virginia musicians and folklorists Michael and Carrie Kline join Brattleboro blues guitarist Scott Ainslie for concert of Southern-style music and stories. Events continue with workshops on Saturday.

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: Longtime music educator plays jazz, rock, folk, Dixieland and more

Juke Joint Jazz and the Equalites

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: Jazz, followed by the reggae dance music of the Equalites.

Saturday, May 10

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

CIRCUS

’Eighteen Tickets to Elsewhere’

Where: Greenhoe Theater, Landmark College, Putney When: 3 and 7 p.m. Cost: $8-12. Contact: www.necenterforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Students of New England Center for Circus Arts’ Professional Track program present graduation performances featuring trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, giant wheel and more. Performances run through May 17.

MUSIC

Yellow Barn Residency: Trio Cleonice

Where: Next Stage, Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $12. Contact: 802-387-6657 or www.yellowbarn.org. Of note: Trio Cleonice caps Yellow Barn Residency with performance of music by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

Concert for Curtains featuring Hungrytown

Where: Wardsboro Town Hall, Wardsboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10, with a $25 family cap. Of note: Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson perform benefit for preservation and restoration of Wardsboro historic theater curtains.

Mosaic

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Seth Glier, Mitch Chakour, ReBelle, Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Russell Kaback play music for dancing in fundraiser for Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning.

DANCE

Brattleboro School of Dance ‘Passage’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15, $12 for students and seniors. Contact: www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com or 802-254-6884. Of note: Brattleboro School of Dance presents annual spring show, presented by Company of Muses. Performances continue through May 18.

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 Pushkin Gallery, Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Improv comedy with the Ha-Ha’s and Girls Night Out.

Sunday, May 11

CIRCUS

’Eighteen Tickets to Elsewhere’

Where: Greenhoe Theater, Landmark College, Putney When: 7 p.m. Cost: $8-12. Contact: www.necenterforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Students of New England Center for Circus Arts’ Professional Track program present graduation performances featuring trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, giant wheel and more. Performances run through May 17.

MUSIC

Brattleboro Women’s Chorus

Where: First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Bratteboro. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $180 for adults, $15 generous, and $8 for students and seniors. Contact: 802-254-8994 or BrattleboroWomensChorus.org. Of note: Chorus under direction of Becky Graber presents annual Mother’s Day concert titled "Spring Jubilee." Performance also takes place May 14 at Next Stage in Putney at 7:30 p.m.

PERFORMING ARTS

’Don’t Drink the Water’

Where: Evening Star Grange, Dummerston. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $12 for students and seniors, $12 for everyone on Thursdays and Sundays. Contact: 802-258-1344 or vtcreservations@gmail.com. Of note: Vermont Theatre Company presents Woody Allen’s madcap comedy, through May 11.

DANCE

Brattleboro School of Dance ‘Passage’

Where: New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St., Brattleboro. When: 4 p.m. Cost: $15, $12 for students and seniors. Contact: www.brattleboroschoolofdance.com or 802-254-6884. Of note: Brattleboro School of Dance presents annual spring show, presented by Company of Muses. Performances continue through May 18.

Brattleboro Contra Dance

Where: The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Contact: www.brattcontra.org. Of note: Gaslight Tinkers play at contra dance. 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 and Floyd Guyette. All dances taught. No partner needed.