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Medieval Faire - October 10th - The Grammar School

On Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm, The Grammar School in Putney, Vermont, will transform our campus into a medieval village once again as we host our annual Medieval Faire. This event has been a family favorite for more than 25 years!

Enjoy the festivities while the King and his royal court preside over the Faire. Kids can ride a flying dragon, battle a knight, and watch a joust with medieval riding games. Fairgoers can also shop for goods in the village market and watch extravagant entertainment, including live music and a puppet show. You can even be knighted by the King himself!


Cherished Goods Auction Benefiting Brattleboro Area Hospice - October 17th

Brattleboro Area Hospice is once again presenting the annual Cherished Goods Auction, this year on Saturday, October 17th. The event will take place at the VFW on Black Mountain Road in north Brattleboro. As in past years a treasure trove of eclectic finds will be available for bid. This year’s auction will feature fine pieces of furniture, works of art, jewelry and other items of interest, just in time for holiday giving! Many of these treasures have been collected throughout the year at Hospice’s popular and successful thrift store, Experienced Goods and are considered “the best of the best”!


Sandglass Theater's International Puppet Festival Launches this Weekend!

Brattleboro – 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.


Weekend Comedy Series: Wyatt Cenac

You may recognize Wyatt from the Daily Show, but did you know he was a writer for King of the Hill, the Mike Judge look at Texas? I didn’t.

It makes a bit of sense. He was born in NYC in 1976, but was moved to Texas as a kid. He’s now a Brooklyn resident.


Weekend Comedy Series: Professor Irwin Corey

Have you taken any classes with the professor?

“The World's Foremost Authority” was born in Brooklyn in 1914, and believe it or not, is still going. This is despite living through World Wars, the Depression, the blacklists he was put on for being supportive of Cuban kids and communists, and panhandling for charity in the Queens Midtown Tunnel.


Weekend Comedy Series: Emo Philips

Remember Emo Philips?

One of a kind and hard to describe. There are lots of short pieces on YouTube, but no full shows. Alas, I give you about 10 minutes with him this week. Go search for additional materials.


Caterpillar Lab and Vermont Gelato at BS&L - Friday 1-4 Rain or Shine! Free

Today's BS&L Summer Series event featuring Caterpillar Lab and Vermont Gelato will be held from 1pm-4pm and will take place in the lobby if the weather is bad. CCome and join us!


Vermont Beer: History of a Brewing Revolution with Adam Krakowski and Kurt Staudter

On Wednesday, August 19, at 7 PM, in the library's meeting room, join authors Adam Krakowski and Kurt Staudter who will speak about the history of brewing in Vermont, which is told in their recent book, Vermont Beer: History of a Brewing Revolution.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Kurt Staudter is the executive director of the Vermont Brewers Association.  Adam Krakowski is a decorative and fine arts conservator based in Quechee, Vermont.

Adam Krakowski holds a BA in art history with a minor in museum studies and a MS in historic preservation from the University of Vermont. He has worked at museums, historical societies, art galleries and restoration firms all over New York and New England. He was the recipient of the 2010 Weston Cate Jr. Research Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society for his project A Bitter Past: Hop Farming in Nineteenth-Century Vermont.


Conscious Party! Benefit for WVEW-LP 107.7 fm, Brattleboro Community Radio

Conscious Party! A benefit for WVEW-LP 107.7 fm, Brattleboro Community Radio will be held on Saturday, August 29th on the Brattleboro Common from 12 to 5 pm.

Music will be provided by Heirloom Seeds with DJ Thomas and DJ Ray. There will also be vendors, face-painting, and more!

The event is free but donations to WVEW are gladly accepted. Help keep your local, non-commercial, community radio station on the air.


Weekend Comedy Series: John Oliver

Let’s give a Brit a chance, shall we?

Here’s John Oliver, former Daily Show corespondent and stand-in host, and current star of his own “Last Week Tonight,” on HBO. This performance is his 2008 show “Terrifying Times.”

He’s been doing comedy just about all of his life, starting with being in a comedy troupe at college with David Mitchell (Peep Show) and Richard Aoyade (The IT Crowd).


Thursday Film Series at Brooks Library

Thursday Films--Movies You Must See...But Might Have Missed. The second Thursday of the month, 3-6 pm, continuing through Thursday, October 8. Join cinefile, journalist, Tom Bedell, to watch and discuss nine films that "you must see..but may have missed".

Thursday August 13 at 3 pm, François Truffaut's loving and humorous tribute to the communal insanity of making a movie.

The film details the making of a family drama about the tragedy that follows when a young French man introduces his parents to his new British wife. Truffaut gently satirizes his own films, but the real focus is on the chaos behind the scenes.


Weekend Comedy Series: Bo Burnham

Here is Bo Burnham in his one-person show, called “what.”

I stumbled upon him just today, after reading a positive shout-out from Ten Rose, who proclaimed Burnham a possible 21st century George Carlin. As such, I’ve only seen a few minutes of his performance, but it was enough to give him the spotlight this week.

Bo seems to immerse himself in a mix of theater, music, and humor. Did I mention music?


North American Neighborhood Pea Shooting Championship on Aug 15, at 1 PM at the Neighborhood Schoolhouse

The University Of Brattleboro ( ) is holding the first Annual North American Neighborhood Pea Shooting Championship on Aug 15, at 1 PM at the Neighborhood Schoolhouse, which is located at 231 Western Ave in Brattleboro, up behind Solar Hill.

There is a $100 prize for first place. There will be clay targets, including Cthulhu. Other prizes for best costume. All ages are welcome.

There is a registration fee of $10. Plastic straw pea shooters will be provided for free. Feel free to bring your own pea shooter if you prefer. Brass tubes from Brown and Roberts work great. If you want to practice in advance with one of these, make sure to get one that is the right diameter, one that works well with dried soybeans sized objects.


Weekend Comedy Series: David Cross

This is David Cross in his HBO special, The Pride is Back. Perhaps you know him from Mr. Show, or Arrested Development. Or Waiting for Guffman, or Space Ghost. He gets around.

He was a first investor in Kickstarter. Went to Emerson College in Boston, too.


Summer Cinema Slam!

The Brattleboro Film Festival and the Southern Vermont Young Professionals will join forces to mount Brattleboro’s first “Summer Cinema Slam” on August 8, 2015 from 5:30 to 11:30 pm for an outdoor/indoor mini-festival featuring film and filmmakers, music, food and brew at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street in Downtown Brattleboro Vermont.

All Vermont artists! 4 short films, 1 feature film, and an intermission with live music, food, and drinks!

Local food trucks (Taste of Thai, Ro's Petite Fete, and Dosa Kitchen), Vermont Gelato, wine and Hermit Thrush beer will be available for purchase.

5:30pm Event opens (pre drinks / mingle)

6:30pm Shorts Program (including Q&As with filmmakers)
Intermission: Outdoor food trucks & beer w/ music from Lowell Thompson


Bloom County is Back

Not in newspapers, Berkeley Breathed quit those over censorship, but Donald Trump entering the presidential race was just too rich to pass up, so he's been releasing them on Facebook.  Anyone else happy to have something to make you spray your coffee in the morning?



Weekend Comedy Series: Maria Bamford

It’s time for Comedy Christmas in July, featuring Maria Bamford’s "One-Hour Homemade Christmas Stand-up Special."

This is hard to describe, and probably isn’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy twisty journeys through the brain, excursions into the uncomfortable, and explorations of the surreal, you may like this quite a bit.


Weekend Comedy Series: Aziz Ansari

You may know Aziz. He played Tom on “Parks & Recreation,” a kind of manic 20-something impressed by gadgets, technology and always looking to make it big.

Here he is in 2011 or so in Washington D.C. doing a show called “Dangerously Delicious,” featuring his observational style of humor.


Weekend Comedy Series: Norm MacDonald

This comedy special starts with Norm’s parents convincing him to stop being a doctor and become a comedian.

This Canadian comic is seen here in HBO’s One Night Stand, at a performance in Chicago. Some say Norm is not funny (such as his boss at NBC), but I beg to differ. He is good at making uncomfortable jokes, and jokes that can make you wince, and some find this approach a bit harsh.


Weekend Comedy Series: Pat Paulson For President

“A common, simple savior of America’s destiny.” So begins this documentary, performance piece, political satire, and campaign.

Pat Paulson was a very droll comedian, often seen giving editorials on the Smothers Brothers’ tv series. At some point, he decided to definitely not run for the presidency, and this film shows his non-efforts along his lack of a campaign trail as he doesn’t work his way toward the White House.


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