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Public Forum: Strategies to Address Racial Disparities Within State Systems

There will be a public forum to discuss racial inequities in the criminal and juvenile justice system held here at Brooks Memorial Library. It is brought to you by the Root Social Justice Center, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Human Rights Commission. For more information, please click on this Facebook event link!


Mid-Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 19th annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (Zhongqiu Jie) which is celebrated in China, Korea, Vietnam and other places around the world. Celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival with crafts, songs, food, t’ai chi, paper lanterns, Chinese exercises, the Korean rope tug and more.

Hear the story of The Goddess of the Moon, Chang’e; the great archer Hou-Yi; and the Elixir of Immortality. Then watch the harvest moon rise. The celebration will start with a pot-luck (bring a dish to share).


Death by a Thousand Twits

After a pair of incarnations spanning seven or so years, my sense is that the terminal phase of this application is at hand.

Many millions of users have now acclimated to the deluge of data drops like teens hitting the flumes at a bar-mitzvah waterpark afterparty, and it's made the ride so snide, so baked with innuendo and hyperbole, so locked and loaded, so half-cocked, so hyper, so meta, anticipatory as the storied pisstape, it's nigh impossible now to sift the once tasty nectars from its stem.

More than many never got it…”What do I wanna do spend my day hearing about an anime gecko’s lunch strategy and calorie totals?”. Or something to that effect.


Lunar New Year of China, Korea, and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam. Sunday, January 29th, 1-3 at 118 Elliot Street, downtown Brattleboro (across from the fire station). It’s the 15th annual celebration of its kind in southeastern Vermont. It's a potluck.


What Really Matters

You are invited to experience a real treat: an evening of music with Chiho Kaneko, in Brattleboro next Wednesday evening at 118 Elliot Street. Chiho has sung in Brattleboro for the past few years, after her presentations and slide shows about returning to her home near Fukushima.

"What Really Matters" -- An Evening of Music and Reflections

Presented by Chiho Kaneko, soprano
with Peter Beardsley, harpsichord/piano


'Ways to Strength and Beauty' New Multi-Media Installation at Brooks House Atrium 'Closet'

Local Artist Mounts Multi-Media Installation in ‘The Closet’, a new art space at Brooks House Atrium

Norton Garber’s “Ways to Strength and Beauty” (Wege zu Kraft und Schönheit) a multi media, site specific installation, will open for three weeks from May 6 through May 22, 2016 in The Closet @ Brooks House Atrium, a new and unique art spot in the heart of Downtown Brattleboro.

Garber chose this modest and intimate space for the challenge of transforming it with a complex web of moving sound and light images. Major elements include: a kinetic sound sculpture, a 1925 German silent film, toy soldiers, video game sounds and shadows which surround the viewer. Six discrete sound/light pieces, both spontaneous and composed, subtly and continunuously change to create a new, fertile environment which transcends any individual element. Images evoke historical and contemporary issues.


Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents Lunar New Year of China, Korea and Vietnam. Sunday, February 7, 1-3 at 118 Elliot Street, downtown Brattleboro (across from the fire station). It’s the 14th annual celebration of its kind in southeastern Vermont.

It's a potluck.  Dance with the Dragon, do group calligraphy, join in a Korean tug-of-war, make a paper lantern or some origami, and sing a New Year's song from East Asia. You don’t have to be Asian or know anything about Asia to participate!  We usher in the year of the Red Fire Monkey, a year of change and innovation where risk taking will be rewarded. 


Brattleboro Film Festival - Films by Date

Here's the listing of films being featured in the Brattleboro Film Festival including descriptions and listing sorted by date:



First Weekend of the Puppets in the Green Mountains International Festival: Walking to the Borders!

Brattleboro, September 8, 2015 – This weekend, Sandglass Theater will launch the ninth edition of the Puppets in the Green Mountains International Festival, a rich selection of events and performances taking place all around Brattleboro and Putney, Vermont. The festival will feature an action-packed gala opening, a massive outdoor performance by Bread and Puppet Theater, and two of the last local performances of Sandglass Theater's own award-winning D-Generation, a show about the effects of dementia upon individuals, families, and communities.

Visiting artists are arriving from Cuba, Germany, England, Mexico, Quebec, and all around the United States to present this vast array of performances for adults and children of all ages. In addition to an incredibly diverse range of shows, performers will present public dialogues and workshops in a meticulously-curated festival that truly has something for everyone. 


Mid Autumn Moon Festival of China, Korea and Vietnam

The Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 17th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival on Sunday, Sept. 27 2015, 5:30-8pm. Zhongqiu Jie is celebrated in China, Korea, and Vietnam. After Lunar New Year, it is the second most important festival of the year.

This is a traditional time for families to gather and give thanks for the harvest and for harmonious unions. Offerings may be made to Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality. This is the festival for carrying lanterns and sharing mooncakes. Come celebrate this harvest festival with crafts, stories, songs, food, t’ai chi, martial arts, and the rope tug. Then watch the harvest moon rise. The celebration starts with a pot-luck.

Location: Kiwanis Shelter atop Memorial Park Drive, Brattleboro, VT.


Winner of the Annual Write Action Flash Fiction Contest: Anna Blackburn

Anna Blackburn's story, "Visiting Hours", was selected as the 1st prize winner of this year's winner of the Write Action contest. She is invited to read this story at the Write Action Local Author Showcase, during the Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct 5, 2014. 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden

There were so many excellent stories that it was a prolonged descion.

We hope you can come to the Showcase to hear local authors read some of their work.


The Cry You One Residency Opens With Gumbo Supper and Film This Sunday

Authentic Gumbo Supper and Documentary Film Begin the Two Week Residency with Award Winning Artists from New Orleans – At Next Stage Arts Project in Putney!

The much anticipated Cry You One residency gets rolling this week when Sandglass Theater and Vermont Performance Lab present The Jumbo Gumbo Combo at Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.

The evening begins with a Louisiana gumbo supper, prepared by Sandglass’s Board of Directors, under the tutelage of Scott Ainslie, local blues master and bayou cook! “The recipe is Scott’s own, learned first hand from master gumbo cooks in Louisiana. Scott is taking us step by step through the fixing, right from making the roux. It’s authentic, and made without okra” says Eric Bass, Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater.


Lunar New Year

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents the 11th annual Brattleboro Area Lunar New Year Festival of China, Vietnam, and Korea on Sunday, February 9, 1 – 3:00 pm, in downtown Brattleboro at the River Garden. Ushering in the Year of the Horse, this annual celebration begins with eating together: It's a potluck; bring a dish or some refreshments to share. There will be a craft and coloring table for younger children, t'ai chi demonstrations, a group calligraphy mural, Chinese exercises, Lunar New Year songs, a Korean tug of war, and more. To culminate our celebration the giant Vietnamese Dragon leads us in a community parade along Main Street (participants should dress warmly for the weather).


UFOs Cancelled Due to Snow

Instead of launching UFOs on the solstice, this year we will be carving more giant faces in some of the snow mounds that have cropped up all over Brattleboro. We will be meeting at the Bagel Works at 10 AM this Saturday. If you are interested in carving faces with us, come on down. Bring a shovel or a trowel. We had a great time carving these last winter, and they really add some good cheer to Brattleboro during dark December days.

Here is a link to a photo we took of last years face. 



Christmas Tree Factoids

Vermont-grown Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes are currently for sale by the Brattleboro Rotary Club in front of Brattleboro Bowl on Putney Road.  Sale hours are Monday-Thursday 11-7; Friday 11-6 and Saturday-Sunday 10-6.

All trees are $40 with proceeds supporting the club’s annual local student scholarship awards.

The Club offers the following Christmas Tree factoids to use around your decorated tree.


Spoken Word and Theater Workshops Lead By Visiting Artist Lenelle Moïse

Powerhouse poet, theatre artist and dynamic speaker Lenelle Moise will be in residence in Putney the week of Oct 27- Nov 3.   Lenelle is nationally renowned and celebrated for her writings, performances, and workshops on  race, class, feminism, LGBTQ identities, new theater aesthetics, immigration and Haitian-American culture.  She has taught and performed at colleges, theaters and conferences across the United States.

As part of her time here in Putney, Lenelle Moïse will conduct two workshops open to the community, at Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill in Putney.


A Year In Southern Mongolia - Gobi Desert - Slides and Intro To The Music

Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT) presents 'A Year in Mongolia and the Gobi Desert' by Ben Boettger, a slide lecture with an introduction to listening to a range of traditional and contemporary Mongolian music.

Boettger, a former Peace Corps volunteer, will present a narrative of his first year in Mongolia accompanied by images. He first trained for three months in a small northern village living with a Mongolian family and then moved south to the southern mining/industrial town of Dalanzadgad in the Gobi Desert where he lived and taught for the rest of the year. He will talk about his students, Mongolian music, camel racing, and food, concluding with the celebration of Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year Festival.


MET Live in HD and National Theatre Live Start 2013-2014 Season at The Latchis Theatre

The Latchis Theatre is excited to announce that tickets for the 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera Live in HD are on sale now in addition to our new offerings of the National Theatre Live on Sundays, following certain MET Live in HD Saturdays. Please see the following schedule and note that there will be no MET Live in HD encores.

October 5 EUGENE ONEGIN (Tchaikovsky) - New Production Start time 1:00. Run Time 4 hrs 4 min.

Acclaimed English director Deborah Warner’s new production of the romantic tragedy conducted by Valery Gergiev. Anna Netrebko as Tatiana and Mariusz Kwiecien as the self-confident Eugene Onegin in a much-admired interpretation he has sung in many of the world’s leading Opera houses. The Sunday Telegraph praised it’s “mixture of haunting visual and emotional impact: cutting straight to the heart of the work...”


Taking Power: Photographs from the People's Movement to Shut Down VT Yankee

The work of three outstanding photographers' is on exhibit through the end of October at the Elliot Street Cafe.  From Grace Paley confronting executives on Wall Street in 1977 to babies in the "Leaks, Lies, and Lawyers" parade in March 2013, the photos document decades of grassroots activism to shut down Vermont Yankee. The echibit is sponsored by the Safe and Green Campaign.

Lionel Delevingne photo


In Search of Brattleboro's Avatar!

Brattleboro Vermont

A Sunday of September question.

In search of one word or short sentence that is a positive representation of Brattleboro.  Brattleboro is known for Estey organs, strong art community, nudism, sweet water, the first large town of Vermont, and the strolling of the heifers. 

If you were creating a profile for Brattleboro what would be the Avatar image you would choose to best represent Brattleboro?


iBrattleboro Poll

The place I live is