Entertainment calendar for Nov. 30 through Dec. 6

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Windham County

Music

Kevin Parry open mic:
7 to 10 p.m. Marina Restaurant, Putney Road, Brattleboro. Free. 802-257-7563. For information and to sign up, visit kevinparrymusic.com.

Live music: 8 to 11 p.m. Whetstone Station and Brewery, 36 Bridge St., Brattleboro.

Film

"Gathering Our Hearts at Standing Rock":
7 p.m. Screening and discussion on Oscar-nominated director Fidel Moreno will show a portion of his documentary chronicling the water protector movement and response to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ragle Hall, Serkin Center, Marlboro College,2582 South Road, Marlboro.

"Canaletto & the Art of Venice": 7:30 p.m., RAMParts Presents, in partnership with Exhibition on Screen brings the 90-minute feature film for an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice's famous view-painter. Bellows Falls Opera House, The Square, Bellows Falls. $20 per person which includes the Carnevale celebration. Tickets may be purchased at rampartstickets.com or at the door. Seating is general admission. Contact 603-313-0052 or susan@svidol.com for more information.

"Sembene!": 7:30 p.m. [framed] Documentary Film Series, a collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival former director Nancy Schafer and Next Stage, at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Available at nextstagearts.org

Miscellaneous

Book Lounge:
6 to 8 p.m. 4 High St., Brattleboro.

Author event:
5 p.m. Richard Davis will read from his recently published book, "Well Traveled Roads," and sign copies at Everyone's Books, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro. Davis, a long-time Reformer columnist and registered nurse, has written a collection of short stories that are informed by his years of experience as a nurse and observer of the human condition to tell stories about life changing issues that all of us eventually face.

Artists' Town Meeting:
6 to 8 p.m. Artists Chris Sherwin, Jeanette Staley and Clare Adams are hosting an Artists' Town Meeting at 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls, wheelchair accessible. Call RAMP in advance at 802-463-3252 to make arrangements.

"17 Artists, 4 Days":
5 to 8 p.m. at 118 Elliot( through Dec. 3). Reception offering snacks and a cash bar provided by Whetstone Ciderworks. Pieces range from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

Out of area

Music

Violin and viola studio recital:
5 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass.

Miro Sprague Quartet:
7:30 p.m. Miro Sprague - piano; Michael Zsoldos - tenor saxophone; Eric Miller - trombone; Marty Jaffe - bass. Tickets $12 to $17 at ticketfly.com. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Mass.



Friday

Windham County

Music

Jazz Fridays:
At the Lounge. 4 High St., Brattleboro.

Big Band Jazz: 8 p.m. jazz standards, great American songbook, original arrangements with guest artists Kevin Mahogany and .Dave Stryker. The Vermont Jazz Center, 72 Cotton Mill Hill, #222, Brattleboro. $25 to $45 general admission, $30 to $50 for reservations that include reserved seating. Tickets available at vtjazz.org, ginger@vtjazz.org, or 802-254-9088, in person at In The Moment, Main St., Brattleboro.

"The Turning of the Year: A Holiday Celebration with John Whelan, Low Lily and Katie McNally," 7:30 p.m. at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Putney Food Co-Op in Putney.

Theater

"Arsenic and Old Lace":
7 p.m. Presented by the Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Club production in the BFUHS auditorium, 406 High School Road, Westminster. Tickets are $5.

Miscellaneous

Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale:
4 to 8 p.m. Shop for fine jewelry, iron art, pottery, jams and syrup from local farms, functional wooden art, sculpture, body care, woven goods, games, photography, fine art prints, pet products and more. 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro.

Artists' reception: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Gallery 1: Interactive Winter Benefit Show: Roots to Resistance by Denise Beaudet; Gallery 2: Samantha Crawford. New Landscapes; Gallery in the Woods offers three floors of handcrafted jewelry,clay,textile,and woodwork and international folk art from more than 200 artists,and for the Holiday season. Gallery in the Woods. 145 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-257-4777.

Gallery Walk: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. downtown Brattleboro and a few satellite locations within a short drive of Main Street. Thirty-one listed venues, many with meet-the-artist receptions.

"17 Artists, 4 Days": Noon to 8 p.m. Brattleboro-West Artists at 118 Elliot (through Dec. 3). Refreshments offered for free by the show participants during Brattleboro's monthly Gallery Walk, which begins at 5 p.m Pieces range from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

Author event: 5 p.m. Local author Cheryl Wilfong will sign and sell her new book "Garden Wisdom 365 Days," at the Dianich Gallery, 139 Main St., Brattleboro. Cheryl joins nature writers Patti Smith, "The Beavers of Popple's Pond," and Mark Mikulas, "A Beginner's Guide to Recognizing the Trees of the Northeast," at the book signing. Christmas cookies and cider, and holiday shopping. Proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center.

Bennington County

Miscellaneous

Bennington Museum Gala:
7 to 10 p.m. Put on your most festive attire to enjoy delectable "bites," cash bar, easy listening jazz and seasonal favorites from Jay Sager, Matt Edwards, Mowgli Giannitti, and Krista Speroni. Bid on unique and diverse items in the silent auction, open for viewing and bidding. Also during the evening an exhibition of original artwork by regional artists and place your best bid there as well. Tickets for the Gala are $100 per person and $200 per person for a Gala Benefactor. Or, gather your friends and family and purchase the "Plus One Package." Buy seven and get eight. Reservations may be made by calling the museum at 802-447-1571 ext. 204. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

Music

Benefit concert:
7 p.m. At Southern Vermont Arts Center to raise funds for updates to the Arkell Pavilion. The bands "Don't Leave" and "The Bondville Boys," as well as the a cappella group "The Colby Eight," will take the stage. All tickets cost $15, are general admission, and can be purchased at the door or online at svac.org. 930 SVAC Drive, West Road, Manchester.

Out of area

Music

"A Babe is Born":
7 p.m. A collaborative concert with Venus' Birds — A viol consort will be presented at St. Bernard Church, 185 Main St., Keene, N.H.. Tickets are $12 in advance (available from CSK members and at the Keene Toadstool bookstore) and $15 at the door. Free with student ID. For more information visit chambersingerskeene.org or email chambersingerskeeneinfo@gmail.com.

Williams Percussion Ensemble: 8 p.m., Chapin Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.



Saturday

Windham County

Music

Lerna on hammer dulcimer:
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market. In the lunch cafe at the River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

The Jazz of Two Guitars: 7:30 p.m. Draa Hobbs and John Stowell at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River, playing well known standards, bossa novas and modern jazz composition. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Further information, contact 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org or online at mainstreetarts.org.

Miscellaneous

Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for fine jewelry, iron art, pottery, jams and syrup from local farms, functional wooden art, sculpture, body care, woven goods, games, photography, fine art prints, pet products and more. 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro.

Santa Claus: 1 p.m. At the Gibson Aiken Center, 207 Main St., Brattleboro, on a tractor provided by The Robb Family Farm and escorted by the police and fire departments. Children can visit with Frosty, Santa and his elves and have their picture taken for a donation. "Santa's Workshop" will be open for children to decorate Christmas cookies which are donated and made by "The Hideaway" at BUHS and the frosting was made by Vermont Country Deli. BUHS Band will be there playing Christmas tunes. This event is for children of all ages. For more information, 802-254-5808.

Messiah Sing: 1 p.m. The 47th annual Community Messiah Sing, a benefit for the homeless. Kenneth Olsson is conducting. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. For further information, contact the Friends of Music office at 802-254-3600 or email office@fomag.org; visit fomag.org.

Theater

"Arsenic and Old Lace":
7 p.m. Presented by the Bellows Falls Union High School Drama Club production in the BFUHS auditorium, 406 High School Road, Westminster. Tickets are $5.

"Crankie" celebration: 5 and 8 p.m. The fourth annual weekend of crankie performances at Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill, Putney, with performances by Sandglass founders, Eric Bass and Ines Zeller Bass, Molly and Ellen Gawler of the Gawler Family Band, Brendan Taaffe, Kali Quinn, Donald Saaf, Trudi Cohen and John Bell. $16 general admission and $13 students and seniors at info@sandglasstheater.org or 802-387-4051. Reserve tickets in advance, seating is limited. Reservations are payable by cash or check at the door.

Film

"Canaletto & The Art of Venice ": 4 p.m. Exhibition Screen at the Latchis Theatre with a journey into the life and art of Venice's view painter at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Admission is $12, $6 for students, available at the door, 50 Main St. For more information, visit latchisarts.org or contact Jon Potter at jon@latchisarts.org.

Miscellaneous

Wreaths and greens sale:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grafton Historical Society will be selling indoor and outdoor holiday decorations to help raise funds to repair its museum's basement. Main Street in Grafton.

"Pottery Palooza": 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Winter Farmers Market. Handcrafted pottery by Susan Dunning, Maya Zeklin and Anne Lauterbach, three pottery artists with very different styles all under one roof. River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, holiday cookie platters, white elephants, and unique gift items along with a luncheon of soups and sandwiches. Raffle items include a handmade quilt, American Girl doll, a basket of Vermont-made products, cut-your- own Christmas tree and other gift certificates, and much more. Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive, Guilford. For more information, contact 802-257-0994 or visit guilfordchurch.org.

17 Artists, 4 Days": 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Brattleboro-West Artists at 118 Elliot( through Dec. 3). Cafe fare followed by live music. BWA member, Sharon Myers, renowned in the area for her fine catering will offer delectable soup, salad, bread and homemade baked goods for sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Whetstone Ciderworks will return from 6 to 9 p.m., accompanied by the swing stylings of Doctor Slow and the Chalumeau, a trio featuring BWA Coordinator and potter Walter Slowinski on clarinet and sax, Bill Conley on guitar and Jay Cook on bass. Pieces range from paintings, photography and pastels to encaustics, pottery, textiles, woven baskets, jewelry and glass. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

"Meet the Author":
2 p.m. Thomas Fontaine will discuss his new children's historical novel, "The Grafton Cavaliers," at a special "Meet the Author" program in the Grafton Public Library, Main St., Grafton. For further information, contact 802-843-2584 or grafhist@vermontel.net.

Bennington County

Out of area


Music

Williams Jazz Ensemble: 8 p.m. Chapin Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.



Sunday

Windham County


Dance

Community Circle Dance:
3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Aikido Studio, 11 Cottage St., Brattleboro. Led by Linda Blake. All dances taught. No partner needed. All welcome. Donations appreciated. Information at, 802-257-9108, 603-631-0768 or Brattleborocircledance.org.

Balkan Cafe: 4 p.m. Note alternate venue: Eagles Hall, 54 Chickering Drive. International music, traditional dance, and food. Come to join in the dancing, listen to the music or just hang out and have a good time! Easy, beginner-friendly dances will be scattered throughout the afternoon with light teaching. All levels welcome! Suggested donation $12. More information 802-257-9513 or Facebook.com/BrattleboroFolkDance

Film

Remembering Howard Frank Mosher:
1 p.m. Latchis Theater, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Filmmaker Jay Craven who worked closely with Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher will present reflections on his 28-year collaboration with Mosher and a screening his first feature film based on one of his novels, "Where the Rivers Flow North." $12 for adults, free for students and Marlboro College faculty and staff available at the door or at sevendaystickets.com

Remembering Howard Frank Mosher:
6:30 p.m. Marlboro College, Whittemore Theater, 2582 South Road, Marlboro. Filmmaker Jay Craven who worked closely with Vermont writer Howard Frank Mosher will present reflections on his 28-year collaboration with Mosher and a screening his first feature film based on one of his novels, "Where the Rivers Flow North." $12 for adults, free for students and Marlboro College faculty and staff available at the door or at sevendaystickets.com.

Film

"Canaletto & The Art of Venice ": 4 p.m. Exhibition Screen at the Latchis Theatre with a journey into the life and art of Venice's famous view painter at the Latchis Theatre, 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Admission is $12, $6 for students, available at the door, 50 Main St. For more information, visit latchisarts.org or contact Jon Potter at jon@latchisarts.org.

Miscellaneous

Cotton Mill Open Studio & Holiday Sale:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for fine jewelry, iron art, pottery, jams and syrup from local farms, functional wooden art, sculpture, body care, woven goods, games, photography, fine art prints, pet products and more. 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro.

Wreaths and greens sale:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grafton Historical Society will be selling indoor and outdoor holiday decorations to help raise funds to repair its museum's basement. Main Street in Grafton.

17 Artists, 4 Days": 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Brattleboro West Artists at 118 Elliot( through Dec. 3). Sharon Myers serving brunch including quiche, scones, salad and breads until 2 p.m. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

Bennington County

Out of area


Music

String Chamber Music Studio Recital: 1 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.

Flute Studio Recital:
3 and 5 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.

Voice Studio Recital: 7:30 p.m. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.



Monday

Windham County

Music

McNeill's Brewery:
8:30 p.m. Weekly bluegrass jam, no cover. 90 Elliot St., Brattleboro.

Miscellaneous

"We Cannot Escape Responsibility":
7 p.m. The broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow during the McCarthy era of the 1950s at Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., Putney. Free and open to the public.

Bennington County

Miscellaneous

Auditions for spring show:
6:30 p.m. for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," at the Dorset Playhouse. The cast will consist of 5 adults males and 5 adult females. Prepare an audition song (complete with music), wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to do some basic movement. For dialogue sides, contact 802-867-5570. For questions call 307-690-6407. This production will run May 18 to 20 and May 25 to 27.

Bennington County

Out of area


Music

Sitar/Tabla Studio Recital: 5 p.m., Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williamstown, Mass. Free.



Tuesday


Bennington County

Miscellaneous

Auditions for spring show:
6:30 p.m. for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," at the Dorset Playhouse. The cast will consist of 5 adults males and 5 adult females. Prepare an audition song (complete with music), wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to do some basic movement. For dialogue sides, contact 802-867-5570. For questions call 307-690-6407. This production will run May 18 to 20 and May 25 to 27.



Wednesday

Windham County

Miscellaneous

Bennington County

Miscellaneous

Holiday celebration:
5:30 p.m. Veterans' Home front yard, 100 Veterans Memorial Drive, Bennington. Lighting of the community tree, Featured the Mount Anthony Union High School choir, keynote dignitaries, and a special visit from Santa Claus. At 6:30 p.m., warm appetizers, warm holiday drinks, and the opportunity for the cmmunity to give to the spirit of sharing initiative. for more information please call the Bennington Area Chamber at 802-447-3311.



Ongoing


Windham County

Miscellaneous


Five exhibits: A group show featuring nine artists whose artwork incorporates images of animals; two installations by women coming to terms with personal loss; an exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of Brattleboro's In-Sight Photography Project; and an interactive exhibit inspired by artists who have been inspired by birds at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. In addition, "Constellations: Roger Sandes" remains on view in the museum's Center Gallery. 10 Vernon St., Brattleboro. For information, visit Brattleboromuseum.org.

Flight Nights!: The high flying trapeze program is offering monthly taster drop-ins for anyone ages 5 and up. $10 a swing, or 3 swings, Dec. 9. Visitors are welcome to stop in and watch from the new viewing area during business hours at the new New England Center for Circus Arts at 10 Town Crier Drive. Information including registration for workshops and tickets for shows is at necenterforcircusarts.org.

Winter Benefit Show: Gallery in the Woods Interactive Roots to Resistance on view through Jan 31. A public art installation of 12, 8-foot portraits of women activists from across the globe, displayed to create a connection for the viewer to the pathways of social change; to imagine themselves stepping forward to make change in their own communities. Also, Samantha Crawford. New Landscapes Recent work on paper in goache and ink. At Gallery in the Woods. 145 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-257-4777.

"Wildlands": Artists James Urbaska, Newfane; Charlie Hunter, Bellows Falls; and Oliver Schemm, Grafton. Show of mankind vs. the natural world at the Great Hall, 100 River St., Springfield. The exhibition runs through March 30.

Chess club: 4:15 p.m. Thursdays. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Learn chess at the Putney Public Library. 55 Main St. Free.

"Angels, Beasts, Shepherds & Kings": On exhibit and for sale at River Gallery School for the month of December. These holiday inspired creations are displayed throughout the RGS Gallery with most being for sale and the proceeds fund the scholarship program. Cicely Carroll's pastels along with other artists versions of Angels will be on exhibit in our Main Street Gallery 34, 34 Main St., Brattleboro. 802-257-1577. Visit, rivergalleryschool.org, rivergalleryschool@gmail.com.

Bennington County


Miscellaneous


Early Vermont Gallery: A permanent installation with rotating textiles, this gallery presents life in Vermont from the time when the earliest European settlers arrived in 1761 with only the bare necessities to the early 1800s when Vermont craftsmen achieved a level of sophistication rivaling Boston and New York. (1760s to early-1800s). Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

Out of area

Theater


"The Mystery of Edwin Drood":
Through Dec. 3; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $30 general admission/$15, student available at hubbardhall.org or purchased at 518-677-2495 on Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on Thursday; performance tickets are also available at the door if the show is not sold out. Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Classes and workshops

Windham County


Drawing class: Tuesdays, 4 to 5 p.m. explore the basic aspects of drawing, including line, texture, movement, composition and color, working from still life, landscapes and the human figure, learning technique while respecting each person's unique style with David Stern. $30. All levels are welcome. Contact Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org or visit mainstreetarts.org for more information.

Life Drawing Studio Session: Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. For artists at all levels who want to practice their skills drawing live models. Instructor David Stern. A variety of materials will be available for different evenings for those wishing to experiment. Experienced artists and beginners are welcome. $48 for member and $60 for non-members, with drop-ins welcome at $12 for members and $14 for non-members. Contact Main Street Arts at 802-869-2960, info@mainstreetarts.org or visit mainstreetarts.org for more information.

Drawing from Life: The Elaine Raphael Arts Fund and the Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro, offering a six-week art class to students ages 12 to 15 on Thursdays from 4 to 5:15 p.m., through Dec. 7. No class Thanksgiving week. Free, space is limited. Contact 802-254-5990 to sign up.

Movin' Into Music: 10 to 10:45 a.m., Fridays. Geared toward children 1 to 5 years old, and their parents or caregivers, with instructor is Kim Wallach. The first class is free! Brattleboro Music Center, 72 Blanche Moyse Way. Brattleboro.



Classes and workshops

Watercolor workshop:
Dec. 9, 9:30 to 4 p.m. Artist Robert O'Brien will offer a one-day workshop on Painting the Winter Landscape at Main Street Arts, 35 Main St., Saxtons River. The workshop will focus on the New England countryside in winter. Light, shadow, value and composition will be emphasized. The fee is $58 for MSA members and $71 for non-members. Registration at 802-869-2960 or e-mailing info@mainstreetarts.org. Further information at mainstreetarts.org.

Crankie building workshop: Dec. 5 , 6 and 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Sandglass Theater, 17 Kimball Hill, Putney. Telling Tales with Crankies, is taught by Ines Zeller Bass. Participants will build their own crankie and create their own story. The workshop is for people of all levels of experience, ages 18 to 85 (or more). Cost is $150 plus $20 for materials. Space is limited to six participants. Register in advance at info@sandglasstheater.org or 802-387-4051.






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