Next Stage Arts Presents a Dance Party Featuring the Music of Blues Guitarist Duke Robillard and His Band on 2/24

Join Next Stage for a dance party featuring the music of blues guitarist Duke Robillard and his band, on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage Arts, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney.

Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence.

A Trillion Trees with Fred Pearce

On Friday, February 10, at 5:00 pm, the Brattleboro Literary Festival will feature A Literary Cocktail Hour with UK author and environmentalist Fred Pearce to discuss his book, A Trillion Trees.The online event is free and open to the public. Register here:

The term ”trillion trees” has recently entered the public use — shorthand for the policy proposal to literally plant one trillion trees across the planet to solve the climate change problem. While the idea has some serious support, Pearce is not entirely sold. It is not that he is anti-tree; quite the contrary. But some of the large top-down reforestation projects are failing because governments aren’t taking their cue from nature. 

BCTV Schedules Week of January 30, 2023

BCTV Channel 1079 Weekly Listing for 1/30/23

Monday, January 30, 2023

6:30 am Vermont State House – Vermont Housing Finance Agency Updates 1/13/2023

7:15 am River Valleys Unified School District – RVUSD Bd Mtg 1/23/23

8:00 am The David Pakman Show – The David Pakman Show – Weekly Broadcast

9:00 am Energy Week with George Harvey – This Week’s Energy News

The Stockwell Brothers and Fellow Pynin at Next Stage

PUTNEY – Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an evening of contemporary folk and bluegrass music from near and far by Vermont-based The Stockwell Brothers and Oregon-based Fellow Pynins on Sunday, February 19 at 7:30 pm at Next Stage.

Bruce, Barry, Alan, and Kelly Stockwell’s music spans traditional and progressive styles, but their trademark acoustic sound features new singer/songwriter material recast with banjo, alternative rhythms, and three-part harmonies. Featuring 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest winner Bruce Stockwell, The Stockwell Brothers have performed alongside artists from Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Earl Scruggs to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Jonathan Edwards and Asleep At The Wheel, recorded with Mike Auldridge and Phil Rosenthal of the bluegrass supergroup The Seldom Scene, and toured throughout the United States and in Canada and Europe.

Eduardo Melendez on “Here We Are”

Eduardo is doing “the good work” at our Multicultural Center – helping to re-settle and assist refugees and asylum seekers while bringing their skills, culture and talents into our community – all with an amazing staff and many local volunteers.

WSESD Meeting Agendas

I. CALL TO ORDER – 6:15 p.m. – Kelly Young, Board Chair
II. EXECUTIVE SESSION – 1VSA §313 (a)(4) a disciplinary or dismissal action against a public officer or employee

BCTV Schedules – Week of January 23, 2023

BCTV Channel 1078 Weekly Schedule for 1/23/23

Monday, January 23, 2023

5:10 am Media Mentoring Project – The Power of Cartoons 12/15/22

6:30 am Female Founders – Film and Media

8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast

9:00 am Around Town with Maria – A Ray McNeill’s Celebration at the Stone Church 12/17/22

Next Stage Arts Kicks off the Brattleboro Winter Carnival with Montreal Contemporary Ice Skaters Le Patin Libre on 2/17

PUTNEY, VT— 1/22/2023 — Next Stage Arts kicks off the Brattleboro Winter Carnival with Montreal-based contemporary ice skating company Le Patin Libre, performing their show “Carte Blanche” on Friday, February 17 at 7:15 pm at the Nelson Withington Skating Facility, 61 Memorial Park Drive, in Brattleboro.

Le Patin Libre is a contemporary ice skating company from Montreal, originally founded in 2005 by ex high-level figure skaters. They regrouped with the intention of transforming their athleticism into a means of free expression. Far from sparkles, stereotypes and champions’ demos, the creations of Le Patin Libre propose real works of art exploiting the amazing choreographic and theatrical potential of glide.

Guilford Center Stage Announces Season

Guilford Center Stage returns, after a 3-year absence, with spring and fall productions of plays in its home at Broad Brook Community Center. COVID concerns cancelled the 2020 season, after which the former grange hall was closed for major renovation, now completed. The theater group will remain on COVID awareness as this season progresses.

In a departure from its usual mission of presenting little-known plays, Guilford Center Stage will move in the opposite direction for its return production, with performances of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” the first weekend in May. The group decided this popular, ground-breaking play about typical life in a small New England town would be in keeping with this occasion. The play will be directed by Ian Hefele, a veteran of several Guilford productions. Auditions will be announced shortly.

WSESD Board Meeting Agenda and Meeting Minutes

Mindy Haskins Rogers of Northampton (MA) and an alumna of BUHS, mentioned the policy of reporting unprofessional conduct by a licensed teacher to the Vermont Agency of Education, which has a state-level review panel. She cited the statute supporting this. Ms. Haskins Rogers asked Superintendent Mark Speno if he was aware of this requirement, and if he had issued these reports in a timely fashion. Mr. Speno replied “yes” to both questions.

• Mr. Schoales asked if the investigator had received more support to complete the interviews and research. KY responded: she was unsure but will follow up. Mr. Speno noted the investigator has not requested more support.

WSESD Finance Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

• The total FY24 proposed budget is $62.9 million, which is up 3.2-percent.
• Revenues are expected to be $11,181,775, and Mr. Rucker mentioned some revenue sources.
• The budget minus revenues equals the education spending figure, which is $51.7 million.
• The equalized pupils figure — 2,206.9 — is very close to last year’s figure.
• The education spending per pupil figure is $23,455.

BCTV Schedules – Week of January 16, 2023

BCTV Channel 1078 Weekly Schedule for 1/16/23

Monday, January 16, 2023

5:00 am Brooks Memorial Library Events – The Buddha’s Politics as a Religious Leader 11/16/22

6:40 am Brattleboro Literary Festival – Janice Nimura & Allison Gilbert

8:00 am Democracy Now! – Democracy Now! Daily Broadcast

9:00 am The Talk, Vermont – Hopes and Challenges of Black Democrats