Thursday, June 5

MUSIC

Roots on the River

Where: 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls. When: 7 p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival opens with Haley Reardon at 7 p.m., The Second Hands at 8:15 p.m., and The Tarbox Rambers at 9:30 p.m. Festival continues through June 8.

World Way

Where: Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro. When: 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Cost: No cover. Contact: 802-490-2354, www.whetstonestation.com. Of note: Jay Cook, Michael Doku and guest Dave Noonan play African reggae and global groove.

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. OPERA

’Tosca’

Where: Academy of Music, Northampton, Mass. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $20, $35 for premium seating. Contact: academyofmusictheatre.tix.com or 413-584-9032, ext. 105. Of note: Windham Orchestra and PanOpera present Puccini’s "Tosca," with soloists Jenna Rae, Alan Schneider and Stan Norsworthy.


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VISUAL ARTS

Marela Zacarias artist talk

Where: Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-257-0124, www.brattleboromuseum.org. Of note: Contemporary visual artist Marela Zacarias discusses her work; her sculptural paintings are on exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum through June 22.

PERFORMING ARTS

A Night of One Act Plays

Where: Bellows Falls Union High School, Westminster. When: 6 p.m. Of note: BFUHS senior Brennan Douglass presents three one-act plays.

Friday, June 6

GALLERY WALK

Gallery Walk

Where: Three dozen 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.

PERFORMING ARTS

Act Out!

Where: Hooker-Dunham, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Contact: 802-254-9276, jonmack@svcable.net or www.hookerdnham.org. Of note: Actors and performers are invited to present acts, scenes, skits and bits of any kind at open theatrical jam.

MUSIC

Roots on the River: Free shows in BF

Where: Downtown Bellows Falls. When: 1 to 6 p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival continues with The Meadows Brothers at 1 p.m., Rebecca Holtz & The Once Hollow at 2:15 p.m., on The Square; and Joinery at 4 p.m., and Caitlin Canty at 5:15 p.m., at the Farmers’ Market. Festival continues through June 8.

Roots on the River: Under the Big Tent

Where: Rodeway Inn, Off Exit of I-91, Rockingham. When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival continues Sean Rowe at 7 p.m., Carolyn Wonderland at 8:10 p.m., and James McMurtry at 9:20 p.m. Festival runs through June 8.

Cat Dail & The Magnets, Bluebird Orchestra

Where: Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 general, $25 with a signed CD. Contact: www.nextstagearts.org. Of note: Dail’s band mixes pop, punk, reggae, funk, world beat and gospel. Saaf’s equaly eclectic Bluebird Orchestra opens. Concert is benefit for Next Stage. Tickets are also available at Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up! in Brattleboro.

DANCE

Shall We Dance? -- 10th anniversary celebration

Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. When: Foxtrot lesson at 6:30 p.m., for beginners, 7:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers; open dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost: $10 for singles for lesson or dance, $16 for couples, $7 for students and seniors. Contact: Ray Warren at 802-579-9990 or ray@shallwedance.biz. Of note: Open dancing to live music by Butterfly Swing.

Saturday, June 7

MUSIC

’Sounds of Shearing’

Where: Vermont Jazz Center, The Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $20, $15 for students. Contact: www.vtjazz.org or 802-254-9088. Of note: VJC presents all-star group of alumni from the bands of George Shearing, led by vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake. Tickets also available at In the Moment, 143 Main St., Brattleboro.

Roots on the River: Under the Big Tent

Where: Rodeway Inn, Off Exit of I-91, Rockingham. When: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival continues Curtis McMurtry at noon, Heather Maloney at 12:55 p.m., Poor Old Shine at 2:05 p.m., Rev. Peyton’s Big Damns Band at 3:20 p.m., JD McPherson at 4:30 p.m., The Black Lillies at 5:40 p.m., Roger Marin at 6:50 p.m., The Bottle Rockets at 8 p.m., and James McMurtry at 9:10 p.m. Festival runs through June 8.

Tim Eriksen & The Trio de Pumpkintown

Where: Sandglass Theater, Putney When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $16, $13 for students and seniors. Contact: info@sandglasstheater.org or 802-387-4051. Of note: Trio plays music from an imagined New England landscape, blending diverse traditions and influences. Concert will be complemented by Sue Brearey’s magic lantern projections.

The Art Mob

Where: Dover Town Hall, Dover. When: 8 p.m. Of note: New York City a cappella group performs program titled "Greetings and Hallucinations" to benefit Dover Free Library’s children’s program.

Keene Jazz Orchestra

Where: Alumni Recital Hall, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $12, $10 for students and seniors. Contact: www.keenejazzorchestra.com or keenejazzorchestra@gmail.com. Of note: Ensemble led by Scott Mullett plays big band jazz and will be joined by guest soloists Frank Greene (trumpet) and Rebecca Holtz (vocals).

Roger Salloom and Natalie McKnight

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8 p.m. Cost: $15. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: McKnight opens for veteran singer-songwriter Salloom, who will be joined by special guests, including Joe Boyle, Tommy McCarthy, Pete Grimaldi, Bruce Krasin and Dave Lincoln.

CIRCUS

Circus Fiction Double Feature Picture Show

Where: New England Center for Circus Arts, the Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 3 and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $12 fo adults, $8 for children ages 2 and up and free for children under 2. Contact: www.necentercforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Students from first year of NECCA’s Professional Training Program presents graduation show. Performance also Sunday at 3 p.m.

DANCE

South Indian classical dance performance

Where: SOBO Studio, The Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $17 in advance, $22 general at the door, $17 for students and seniors. Contact: SOBO at 802-258-7378 or www.sobodance.com. Of note: Jaan R. Freeman presents performance of Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical dance. Freeman also leads workshop on June 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

VISUAL ARTS

Meet the Artists Opening Reception

Where: Hunter Gallery of Fine Art, 74 Main St., Grafton. When: Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Contact: 802-843-1440 or hunterartworks@aol.com. Of note: Opening reception for gallery’s 13 artists, including Charlie Hunter, Peter Jeziorski, Robert J. O’Brien, Jane Ashley, Ailyn Hoey, Robert Sydorowich, Eric Tobin, Robin Frisella, Jennifer Litschfield, JeanKigel and Tom Raymond.

Sunday, June 8

MUSIC

Roots on the River: Rockingham Meetinghouse show

Where: Rockingham Meetinghouse Rockingham. When: Noon p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival continues with acoustic Meetinghouse show featuring Caitlin Canty and Mary Gauthier.

Roots on the River

Where: Pleasant Valley Brewing, Saxtons River. When: 6 p.m. Contact: www.vermontfestivalsllc.com. Of note: Four-day festival concludes with The Meadows Brothers and Holly Brewer.

Rich Dashnaw Group

Where: Halifax Community Hall, Halifax. When: 2 to 4 p.m. Cost: Proceeds benefit Halifax Community Hall. Of note: Trio featuring Rich Dashnaw on guitar, FRank Brenna on keyboards and John Butler on drums, plays jazz standards to benefit the Halifax Community Hall.

CIRCUS

Ribbon cutting, Fly Free Day

Where: 10 Town Crier Drive, Brattleboro. When: 12:45 to 3 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: www.necentercforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: New England Center for Circus Arts holds ribbon cutting ceremony on site of its future home, followed by chance for people ages 7 and up of all levels to fly on the outdoor trapeze apparatus. Refreshments will be served. Children under 18 who want to fly must be accompanied by parent or fill out paperwork available from NECCA.

Circus Fiction Double Feature Picture Show

Where: New England Center for Circus Arts, the Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $12 fo adults, $8 for children ages 2 and up and free for children under 2. Contact: www.necentercforcircusarts.org or 802-254-9780. Of note: Students from first year of NECCA’s Professional Training Program presents graduation show.

FILM

’Funny Girl’

Where: Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. When: 7 p.m. Cost: By donation; proceeds benefit Girls on the Run and the Boys and Girls Club. Contact: www.latchisarts.org. Of note: Film starring Barbra Streisand concludes mini-series of girl-powered movies screened by donation as fundraiser for local youth organizations.

DANCE

South Indian classical dance performance

Where: SOBO Studio, The Cotton Mill, Brattleboro. When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: $25. Contact: SOBO at 802-258-7378 or www.sobodance.com. Of note: Jaan R. Freeman leads workshop in Bharata Natyam, a South Indian classical 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 Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed.

Paneurhythmy

Where: Top of Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro. When: 8 a.m. Cost: Free. Contact: Rupa Cousins at 802-387-5276. Of note: Rupa Cousins leads healing dance for all, every Wednesday and Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Monday, June 9

MUSIC

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series: Jennie Reichman

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Singer-songwriter performs intimate, incisive songs.

Tuesday, June 10

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 June 24. Where: The Stone Church, corner of Grove and Main streets, Brattleboro. Cost: $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, June 11

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.

Paneurhythmy

Where: Top of Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro. When: 8 a.m. Cost: Free. Contact: Rupa Cousins at 802-387-5276. Of note: Rupa Cousins leads healing dance for all, every Wednesday and Sunday morning, weather permitting.

Thursday, June 12

DANCE

Strolling of the Heifers Brown Bag Lunch Series: Southern Vermont Dance Festival

Where: Robert H. Gibson River Garden, Main Street, Brattleboro. When: Noon to 1 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-246-0982. Of note: Preview of festival, which returns for year two from July 17-20, with performances, workshops, classes and more for all ages, abilities and interests.

Caribbean Contradance

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

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.

Friday, June 13

BOOKS

’Madame Sherri’

Where: Everyone’s Books, Elliot Street, Brattleboro. When: 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Contact: 802-254-8160, everyonesbks@gmail.com or everyonesbks.com. Of note: Author Eric Stanway is back with an updated edition of his book on the eccentric West Chesterfield woman.

MUSIC

Gokh-Bi System

Where: The Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass. When: 8:30 p.m. Cost: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Contact: www.theartsblock.com or 413-774-0150. Of note: Hip-hop and soul-inspired world rhythms.

DANCE

Tango

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. Of note: Sponored by Brattleboro Tango.

Saturday, June 14

MUSIC

Kevin Parry

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

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: Improv comedy with the Ha-Ha’s and special guest Keaton.

Sunday, June 15

MUSIC

Twilight on the Tavern Lawn: Kat Wright and Brett Hughes

Where: Putney Tavern Lawn, downtown Putney, Putney. When: 6 p.m. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Contact: www.twilightmusic.com or 802-387-5772. Of note: The 12th annual Twilight on the Tavern Lawn series continues with Americana quartet. Concert moves to Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. Food available. Series continues every other week through Aug. 24.

West River Valley Chorus

Where: Townshend Church, Townshend. When: 4 p.m. Cost: Free, donations welcome. Of note: Chorus directed by Ken Olsson presents spring concert featuring Schubert’s Mass in G and other choral favorites. Concert also presented on June 18 at 7 p.m., at Newfane Congregational Church.