Five events not to miss in Southern Vermont, Feb. 8

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John Gorka: Acclaimed contemporary folk singer/songwriter performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Admission $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Tickets, more:

Making it up as we go: Musical improvisation workshop led by clarinetist, singer and composer Anna Patton holds first weekly session at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at 118 Elliot St. Open to all instrumentalists and vocalists open to experiment and play. Admission $10 or pay what you can.

The play's the thing: Dorset Players present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Dorset Playhouse, Chenery Road, Dorset.

Sexy and sassy: Vermont Arts Exchange presents Gypsy Layne Cabaret and Company at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14-15. Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain at 8. Tickets $22 in advance, $27 at the door at or 800-838-3006. Mature content; adults only.

The cheese stands alone: Bennington Farmers Market hosts annual Mac 'n Cheese Bakeoff from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 601 Main St., Bennington, to benefit Meals on Wheels of Bennington County. Tickets $1 or six for $5, on sale at Meals on Wheels Cafe, 124 Pleasant St. To enter contest, email



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