Art briefs

Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble

Friends of Music at Guilford presents the Vermont Virtuosi Flute Ensemble, seven of the finest orchestral and solo flutists in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, on Saturday in the sanctuary of St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Bradley Avenue and Putney Road, Brattleboro. Playing five different types of flute, from petite piccolo to colossal contrabass, they will perform transcriptions of works by Bernstein, Vivaldi, Doppler, Debussy, Gershwin, and Leroy Anderson, among others, as well as original works by Vermont composers David Gunn and Dennis Bathory-Kitsz. This concert is funded in part by generous grants from Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, Inc., and Verne Q. Powell Flutes, with additional support from Trust Company of Vermont. Admission at the door is $15 per person, $10 for students. For further information, contact the FOMAG office at 802-254-3600 or, or visit online at

Live music at Balkan Cafe

Balkan Café at 118 Elliot presents an evening of international music, traditional dance, and food on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon with light teaching. Live music by Boston-based quartet Dean Brown, Colin Ferguson, Heather Lee, and David Skidmore. All levels welcome! Suggested donation $12. More information 802-257-9513 or

Dean Brown (guitar, tambura, dumbek, vocals) has been playing Balkan music longer than he likes to admit. He is a member of many Boston area bands, including Rakiya, Shining Moon, Cambridge Folk Orchestra, Zdravets, Zornitsa and Balkan Fields.

Next Stage presents 'The Mushroom Cure'

Next Stage Arts Project presents "The Mushroom Cure," with Adam Strauss, at Next Stage for one night only on Frida at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, available, online at The newly-renovated, accessible Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill.

"The Mushroom Cure" was inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. By turns hilarious and harrowing, "The Mushroom Cure" is the true story of Adam's attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics.

This unique theatrical experience, starring Strauss and directed by Jonathan Libman, first ran in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering widespread acclaim before being work-shopped in the New York Fringe Festival, where The New York Times said it "mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain" and Time Out New York called it "riveting ... a true-life tour de force" and named it a Critics' Pick. The piece also won it won the Fringe's Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance. "The Mushroom Cure" has also been presented at New York's Cherry Lane Theater and the Broadway Comedy Club.

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Young poets and artists from The Poetry Studio

The Poetry Studio provides the ideal safe and supportive environment, surrounded by beautiful gardens, to begin writing poetry and to explore their imaginations, a place where they feel free and safe.

The exhibit "Windows to Creative Expression" contains their poetry and art in handcrafted books, students' work from the summer intensive programs and the eight- to nine-week after-school-programs, plus work spanning up to five years. The submissions were juried by three locally respected authors.

"Windows to Creative Expression" opens to the public on Friday, with an official opening during Gallery Walk on Friday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admittance is free during Gallery Walk. The exhibit will remain at the museum through Feb. 6. Through the duration of show, there will be a space where exhibit-goers will have the chance to write their own poems.

deNiord is also going to introduce a reading of the young poets' poems, scheduled for Oct. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the BMAC as a featured part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival. Here's a chance to meet some of these young poets there.

Vermont Technical College celebrates 150 years with a reception

A reception with refreshments to celebrate Vermont Technical College's 150th Year will be held in the Brooks House Atrium on Friday, Oct. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. on Main Street in Brattleboro. It is free and open to Vermont Tech alums and the public.

Many people walking on Main Street in Brattleboro are often unaware of the hard-working instructors and student nurses just above them, who represent only a part of the over 400 faculty, staff and students who make up the Vermont Technical College's Nursing Program. Brattleboro, along with Springfield is one of five regional campuses with nine different locations across the entire state of Vermont. Vermont Tech offers a one-year Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate, a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing plus an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

For more information about the Southeast Region (Brattleboro/Springfield) Campus of Vermont Tech's Nursing Program, call: 802-254-5516. For general info about the nursing program or other Vermont Tech areas of study contact: 800-442-8821.

Vermont Technical College celebrates 150th year with reception


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