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New York photography exhibit opens Saturday

A photography exhibit featuring edgy portraits of New Yorkers between 1980 and 1990 will open this weekend.

Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts, 183 Main St., Brattleboro, will present Amy Arbus, “On the Street 1980 — 1990,” Saturday, from noon to 7 p.m., with an appearance by Arbus from 5 to 7 p.m. Her exhibition continues through Nov. 22 and represents a selection of cutting edge photographs which singly and as a collection tap into a spirit of self-importance, idealism and fierce individuality, according to the gallery.

Safety protocols of masks, social distancing and limits to audience size will be followed during the opening and throughout the exhibition. More information is available at mitchellgiddingsfinearts.com or by calling the gallery at 802-251-8290.

Vermont Jazz Center to begin fall semester

New online classes through the Vermont Jazz Center this fall include a Rhythm Lab with Brian Shankar Adler, Ear Training and Theory with Michael Zsoldos, Good Bass Practice with David Picchi, Singing the Standards with Jay Clayton, Jazz History with Haneef Nelson and a monthly Zoom Tunes Jam with Franz Robert, Malik McLaurine and Ben Barnett. Most of the new classes were presented in abbreviated form at the summer workshop.

Detailed course descriptions can be found online at vtjazz.org.

The jazz center is also hosting a few onsite ensembles at its Cotton Mill venue. All participants will wear masks and follow distancing rules laid out on the Vermont Department of Health’s website, and the jazz center will forgo the participation of vocalists and wind instrumentalists during onsite ensembles.

The fall semester will run for 10 weeks, from Oct. 12 through Dec. 18. The fee for the semester for online classes is either $250 or $200, depending on the class and $200 for in-person offerings, except for Samba and Youth Jazz, which are $100 and Zoom Tunes, which is $15 per session.

To register, contact Ginger Morawski at gingervjc@gmail.com. For questions about class content, contact Eugene Uman eugene@vtjazz.org. Scholarship funds are available.

Baker Street Readers to release album

“The Poe Project,” the first album by the Baker Street Readers, will come out Oct. 26.

James Gelter and Tony Grobe of the Readers usually perform Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories as a monthly live show in Brattleboro and podcast available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Patreon.

For their next project, the Readers have decided to dive into another 19th-century author’s work, that of Edgar Allan Poe.

The Poe Project will be an immersive piece of audio theater. Listeners will hear a number of Poe’s greatest short stories and poems, including “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Purloined Letter,” and “The Raven” with sound effects, music, and audio engineering. All stories will be read by Gelter and Grobe with special guest Jonathan Kinnersley, and will be recorded at the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro.

The album will be available to all patrons of the Baker Street Readers. To become a patron, sign up for $5 a month at patreon.com/bakerstreetreaders. Non-patrons will be able to purchase the album as a CD or digital download at bakerstreetreaderspodcast.com.

For more information, visit the website or go on Facebook to @bakerstreetreaders.

Rock River Artists to hold socially distanced festival

Ten artists and craftspeople will be in town this weekend for a safe arts and crafts festival on the Newfane Common.

Having had to cancel the 28th Open Studio tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rock River Artists and a few peers will be at safely distanced booths in front of the town’s historic Gothic Revival courthouse on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rock River Artists is a collective of 17 professional artists working in a variety of fine art and craft media. At this weekend’s event, visitors can see functional pottery by Diane Echlin, photography by Christine Triebert, raku pottery by Richard Foye, marquetry and inlay by T. Breeze Verdant, functional pottery by Carol Ross and pottery by Matt Tell. These artists will be joined by Iron Arts, widely known for fine handmade metalwork, and Sunmeadow Alpaca, raising alpacas in Putney to yield superior fleece.

There is no admission charge.

Archer Mayor to discuss newest book at virtual event

Archer Mayor will discuss his newest book at a virtual event hosted by Bartleby’s Books.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 15, Mayor, of Newfane, will discuss “The Orphan’s Guilt” and take questions from an online audience. Details on how to register and log in to the event are at myvermontbookstore.com.

The book, released Sept. 29, is the 31st novel in the Joe Gunther series.

A synopsis provided by myvermontbookstore.com:

“(Twenty-eight-)year-old Peter Rust is dead of a childhood brain injury, and John, his older brother and fellow orphan, who dedicated himself to his care, goes missing without a trace. What happened? And was that old injury from an accident? Natural causes? Or murder? How to reconstruct the past and identify the suspects? Three decades become a near-impossible barrier to overcome.

“Joe Gunther of the Vermont Bureau of Investigation is assigned this very cold case, and his skills tested to the limit. Uneasily forced to team up with private eye Sally Kravitz and reporter Rachel Reiling, the VBI uncovers an ancient tale of avarice, betrayal, and vengeance that swirled around the growing Rust boys, finally dictating their fate. Worse still, the people their late parents consorted with—forgotten, relentless, but now jolted to action by this probing for answers—emerge with a destructive passion. And what of John Rust? Does he hold the key to it all? Is he guilty of murder? Is he even still alive? Time is short, and the death toll begins to climb.”

In addition to writing the New York Times bestselling detective series, Archer Mayor is a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and a detective for the Windham County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone looking to reserve a copy of the book can contact Bartleby’s Books by phone: 802-464-5425, email: bartbookvt@gmail.com or by visiting the store, 17 West Main St., Wilmington, open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Submissions open for poetry book award

Sundog Poetry Center is accepting submissions for its inaugural book award for a first or second poetry manuscript.

Green Writers Press, a Brattleboro publisher, will design, print and distribute the winner nationwide.

This contest is open to all Vermont poets who have not yet published a first or second book. Submissions of manuscripts will close Oct. 31.

The final judge is Vermont Poet Laureate and award-winning poet Mary Ruefle.

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded along with 50 copies. Sundog Poetry will provide assistance with promotion through a featured book launch and readings scheduled throughout the state.

Manuscripts should be between 48 and 64 pages. All submissions must be by a poet who resides in Vermont; proof of residency will be requested along with a $20 application fee online via Submittable.

More information is available at sundogpoetry.org/vt-book-award.

Walpole Players change meeting time

With the changing of seasons, The Walpole Players are now meeting an hour earlier, Sundays on the Common by the bandstand.

The group is now meeting at 3 p.m. through Oct. 25.

The Walpole Players have been unable to hold any planned events since spring, but having been able to safely gather outdoors, the group has been meeting informally on the Town Common to read through scripts in hopes of a future performance. One of the scripts, “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, was presented as a staged reading for an audience this summer.

The readings are for everyone and all ages. The group tends to stick to comedies, and tries to choose plays that are not too long. Participants are asked to bring a water bottle and a lawn chair.

More information is available at TheWalpolePlayers.org.


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