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BRATTLEBORO

4tet to perform at The Lounge

The Lounge, 4 High St., will feature The Bob Stabach 4tet with Eugene Uman, keys; George Kaye, bass; Jon Fisher, drums; Bob Stabach sax playing a tasty mix of jazz standards and sparkling originals. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday.

Farmers Market includes music

John Ungerleider and Bob Conley will perform at the Brattleboro Winter Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, in the lunch caf , C.F. Church Building, 80 Flat St.

Rescheduled jazz show is Saturday

The Vermont Jazz Center will present Helen Sung's "Sung With Words" at 8 p.m. Saturday. This show is a rescheduling of the snowed out performance from Jan. 19.

In a project funded by Chamber Music America, pianist Helen Sung has written a collection of songs to the poetry of the former NEA head and California Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia. The performance features an all-star octet including two vocalists. More information is available at vtjazz.org.

Benefit performance at Kipling's house

Adults wondering how the elephant got his trunk or the camel got his hump should come to Rudyard Kipling's Naulakha at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1. The Landmark Trust USA will be presenting Jackson Gillman in a benefit performance of Kipling's enchanting children's tales, the "Just So Stories."

Over the past 19 years, more than 7,000 area grade schoolers and their teachers have watched as Gillman brought to life these timeless tales in the very setting where they were first told by Kipling to his daughter, Josephine. The Trust will again be offering this educational program free of charge to school groups during the week of April 1-5. So enthusiastic has been the reception for these stories that the Trust has decided that adults, too, should have the opportunity.

The evening performance will be limited to 25 and the admission charge of $40 will include an intimate tour of Naulakha. Reservations are required. Fine desserts and coffee will be served after the performance. For information and to reserve tickets, call 802-254-6868 during regular office hours. Go to Landmarktrustusa.org for more information.

African drum, dance classes for April

African Dance Vermont presents two evenings of drum and dance classes in April with guest teachers on Wednesdays, April 3 and the 24, at 118 Elliot St. On April 3, Ult Mindane will teach a drum class and Tara Murphy will teach a dance class. She is the founder and director of Cape Cod African Drum and Dance who has been teaching African dance for 15 years. On April 24, the group will welcome back Namory Keita and Seny Daffe, both master teachers originally from Guinea.

There will be live drumming accompanying the dance classes. The drum classes are from 6 to 7 p.m. and the cost is on a sliding scale, $10-12. There are extra drums for those who need one. The dance classes are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is on a sliding scale, $15-20. All levels including beginners are welcome. Wear clothes that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Contra Dance at Stone Church

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The Stone Church, 210 Main St., will host a Contra Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. Music will be by the Murphy/Tracy Family Band (Becky Tracy on fiddle, Keith Murphy on guitar and feet, and Aidan Murphy on fiddle). Rich Goss from Washington will be calling.

If you're new to contra dancing, come at 7 p.m. for a brief intro lesson. No partner needed, and beginners are welcome; all dances are taught and called.

To protect the floor, carry in clean, soft-soled shoes. The cost is $10-12 for adults, $8 for college students, and $5 for youth.

Readers' Theater features one-act play

BUHS Players will present a one-act play - "Sorry, Wrong Number" by Lucille Fletcher - as a Readers' Theater radio show. Performances are Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. in the Brattleboro Union High School auditorium. Performances are free and open to the public.

SAXTONS RIVER

An evening of poetry and music

Main Street Arts presents "The Wound Dresser" plus additional works for voice and piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14. An evening filled with the poetry of Walt Whitman and the music of John Adam's. Paul Soper, Baritone and Hugh Keelan on piano. All tickets are $17. Go to mainstreetarts.org for additional information and to purchase tickets.

WARDSBORO

Yoked Parish produces Variety Show

Come and be entertained at Wardsboro's Annual Variety Show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, in the Wardsboro Town Hall on Main Street. Refreshments will be served during intermission by the Wardsboro School Club. Admission is by donation.

This event is produced by the Wardsboro Yoked Parish. This show was rescheduled from March 23.

WESTMINSTER

Kurn Hattin hosts Jazz Invitational

Join in for the 12th Annual Kurn Hattin Jazz Invitational at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Mayo Memorial Center, Higbie Auditorium at Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.

Master of Ceremonies is the Vermont Jazz Center director, Eugene Uman. Seven talented jazz ensembles will showcase their musical skills. The evening concludes with the Keene Jazz Orchestra.

Admission to the concert is free. Donations to help purchase instruments and enhance jazz education at Kurn Hattin are greatly appreciated. For more information contact Lisa Bianconi at 802-721-6931.


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