Entertainment in and around Windham County


In Brattleboro ...

ARTS COUNCIL: The Arts Council of Windham County will hold an open meeting on Monday, June 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the new Hub Art Space, 57 Harmony Place Street. The open meeting will be followed by a Trustees meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. that is also open to the public.

ACWC invites all interested in its mission "to strengthen the environment for artists and arts organizations in Windham County" to bring ideas, dreams, or concerns to share. The current work of ACWC falls into three major areas: Advocacy, connection and nurturing.

More information on the Arts Council is available at www.acwc.us or from its president, Doug Cox at dcox@sover.net.

AFRICAN DRUM: Special guest teachers Moussa Traore and Solo Sana from Mali will teach drum and dance on Wednesday, June 18, at The Brattleboro Stone Church, 210 Main St.

Traore’s drum class will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sana’s dance class will be from 7:30 9 p.m. The cost is on a sliding scale from $12 to $15 for the drum class and $15 to $20 for the dance class. All levels are welcome, however experience is helpful.

Starting on June 25, master Guinean drummer, Namory Keita, who will resume his weekly drum classes for all levels at The Brattleboro Stone Church. The new time for the class is 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. and the dance class will follow starting at the new time of 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. The cost of the drum class is $10 and there will be drums available for those who need them.

For more information, visit www.africandancevt.com, write to africandancevt@gmail.com or call 802-258-6475.

BMAC EXHIBITS: Only a short time remains to see "Flora: A Celebration of Flowers in Contemporary Art," and three other exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, including "Opposing Forces: New Paintings by John Gibson," Walter Ungerer’s "All the Days of the Year," and "Cloaked and Revealed: Sculptural Paintings by Marela Zacarias."

All shows end on Sunday, June 22. After that, the museum will close for five days, reopening Friday, June 27, at 5:30 p.m., with five new exhibits.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students. Members and children under 6 are admitted free of charge. The museum is located in historic Union Station in downtown Brattleboro, at the intersection of Main Street and Routes 119 and 142. For more information call 802-257-0124 or visit www.brattleboromuseum.org.

EVENING SINGS: Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, voice teacher and singer, and Becky Graber, founder and director of the Brattleboro Women’s Chorus, are collaborating this summer to offer Wednesday evening sings for local women.

Gathered singers will learn at least one piece using written music and at least one piece by rote and by ear; then the ensemble will work on tone, blend and voice production, leading to a final sing of all learned pieces at the end of each evening.

The Summertime Sings will be held on Wednesdays, June 18, July 16, Aug. 6 and Aug. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., at All Souls Church.

Registration is advised and cheaper; each session is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The full series, paid ahead, is $40. The deadline to register is a week before each session. A minimum of 5 registered singers is required on a part to hold the evening sing.

For a registration form, or more details, contact Becky Graber at ragtime@sover.net or 802-254-8994. In Bellows Falls ...

ROOSEVELTS: There will be a screening of selected scenes from Ken Burns’ newest series, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," on Thursday, June 19, at the Bellows Falls Opera House located on the Square in Bellows Falls at 7 p.m. This event is a benefit for the Hooper Preservation Fund and The Walpole, N.H., Historical Society. Tickets are $20 and seating is reserved.

The event will be hosted by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns of Florentine Films. There will be live music performed by local musicians Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy who provided music for the films final episode. In addition, there are 50 select tickets available. These tickets guarantee the best seats and allow purchasers to meet at the Walpole Historical Society prior to the screening for a preview of their new exhibit, "A Glimpse of Walpole in the Roosevelt Years." There they can enjoy some light refreshments and meet director Ken Burns. These tickets are $100 each.

Tickets may be purchased with cash or personal check at the following locations: Ruggles & Hunt, 8 Westminster St., Walpole, 603-756-9607; Galloway Real Estate, Main Street, Walpole, 603-756-3661; Toadstool Bookshop, Colony Mill, 222 West St., Keene, N.H., 603-352-8815; Village Square Booksellers, 32 The Square, Bellows Falls, 802-463-9404. The Select $100 tickets may be purchased only at Ruggles & Hunt.

In Chesterfield, N.H. ...

AUDITIONS: Mark and Marilyn Tullgren and Ken Olsson will hold interviews and auditions for the Actors Theatre Playhouse’s new cabaret production, "Sitting ‘’Round the Piano," which will be presented on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 31 to Aug. 9.

The concept is performers coming together presenting their favorite songs and musical numbers in an evening the troupe designs under the stage direction of Mark Tullgren and musical direction of Ken Olsson.

The hope is the format will remain the same over the seasons, much as the Playhouse’s Ten Minute Play Festival does. Each season’s production has new members and new materials, but the production is brought into being by the group itself. audience as well.

To learn more or to set up an interview/audition with Mark, Marilyn and Ken, contact them at matullgren@ne.rr.com or mtullgren@ne.rr.com or call 603 499-5060.

Also, the production is seeking a stage manager.

In Guilford ...

A CAPELLA: Friends of Music at Guilford, now in its 48th season, presents an "A Cappella à la Carte" evening on Saturday, June 14, as the finale to its annual calendar. The evening’s three-part menu of membership meeting, all-community potluck, and a cappella concert takes place at Guilford Community Church.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with a Friends of Music membership meeting, followed at 6:30 by an all-community potluck featuring hors d’oeuvres, salads, side dishes, and entrées of all kinds. An assortment of warm-weather beverages will also be available. Desserts are reserved for a post-concert reception.

At 7:30 begins an hour-long concert, with three performing groups on the musical menu, including The WhatAreWeDoingThis Four, a barbershop-style quartet; Honest Harmony, a quartet who will perform Renaissance madrigals and drinking songs; and the Guilford Chamber Singers, a 10-member group performing a variety of part-songs and four works being premiered at this event.

The public is invited to attend one, two, or all three of the events. Admission is free, with donations encouraged to support the Friends of Music organization. For more information, contact the Friends of Music office at 802-254-3600, e-mail office@fomag.org, or visit www.fomag.org.

In Putney ...

AMERICANA: Twilight Music continues its 12th annual Twilight On The Tavern Lawn series of folk, world beat, rock, jazz, zydeco, Celtic, swing, blues and bluegrass summer concerts on Sunday, June 15, with Kat Wright and Brett Hughes’ Americana music quartet.

The seven-concert series continues every other Sunday through Aug. 24. All concerts begin at 6 p.m., on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The concerts are free to the public (donations are accepted) and food will be available.

Wright and Hughes’ Burlington-based band features the pair’s soaring vocal harmonies and Hughes’ acoustic and electric guitar playing. Their harmonies evoke timeless mountain traditions and bluesy soul, all lonesome and heartfelt, whether they’re singing their own songs or the covers they re-interpret.

The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Soundview Paper Company, Next Stage Arts Project, The Stockwell Brothers and many other Putney businesses and organizations. For more information, call 802-387-5772 or visit www.twilightmusic.org.

THE BLUES: Next Stage Arts Project presents legendary blues artist Paul Oscher on Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

This event is the first in a series of American roots/blues, to also include Rory Block on Sept. 13, and Guy Davis on Nov. 1, sponsored by WKVT-FM radio and Brattleboro Subaru.

Tickets are $20 general admission in advance, $22 at the door, available at www.nextstagearts.org, at Offerings in Putney and Turn It Up in Brattleboro.

Paul Oscher, award-winning blues singer, songwriter, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist, (harmonica, guitar, piano, melodica and bass harp), first came to national attention as Muddy Waters’ harmonica player, 1967-72. following in the footsteps of Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton and Big Walter Horton. Oscher was the first white musician in the world to become a full-time member of a black blues band of this stature.

For more information, contact Next Stage Arts Project at 802-387-0102 or nextstagearts@gmail.com or visit www.nextstagearts.org.

In Townshend ...

SPRING CONCERTS: The West River Valley Chorus, under the direction of Ken Olsson, presents its spring concerts on Sunday, June 15, at 4 p.m., at the Townshend Church and on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m., at performance at Newfane Congregational Church.

The program includes Schubert’s Mass in G and other choral favorites.

The chorus, which has been performing for more than 25 years, offers the concerts free to the public. Donations are welcome.

SUMMER ARTS CAMP: The Leland and Gray Players are once again offering a Summer Performing Arts Exploration for young people entering 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The program opens with a family potluck gathering Sunday, July 27, and runs Monday through Friday, July 28 to Aug. 8, with culminating performances at 7 p.m. on Aug.t 8 and at 4 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Typical days will include theater games, production work and workshops in acting, music, scene design, movement and dance, lighting, costumes and prop-making. A final show at the end of two weeks will incorporate all that was learned. The overarching question posed throughout will be: Why do we make art? Why do we paint or sing or dance or write or act?

This year SPAE will bring Norton Juster’s "The Phantom Tollbooth" to life.

Throughout the two weeks, local artists will lead special workshops in various art forms giving participants a chance to meet people who’ve pursued and excelled in the arts they love.

The cost for SPAE is $240 total per student for the two weeks. A sliding scale fee is available on request. For registration information, contact Ann Landenberger at verbatim@svcable.net or 802-365-7355, ext 204; after June 20 at 802-348-7156.


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