5:45 Live- 5/17/13

Live is back with an edition that includes the sequester hitting home,
evac plans coming under fire in Dummerston, Shum closing out the
legislative session, the Stroll making a last call for quiche, and more.

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Weekend Concert Series – Kid Creole and the Coconuts 1985 Paris

This weekend we head to Paris in 1985 for the latin, big band funk of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

The Kid is August Darnell, leader of this rogue group of musical pirates. With Cab Calloway styling, he leads the castaways through the evening’s performance, frequently resulting in interplay with the Coconuts.

The Coconuts are his background singers and dancers. They tease him and mock him because they know him. They know he’s broke, a scammer, and has a women in every port.

Cabinet at Barnaby’s Music Hall – Brattleboro, VT – 5/18/13

When it comes to the music of Cabinet, the essential bywords are soul, simplicity, and serious musicianship. In concert, the combination of these qualities invariably yields an experience that is so celebratory and moving that the very word Cabinet takes on a new, vivid meaning for anyone in the audience.

An inclusive and engaging energy is the uniting through-line as Cabinet weaves bluegrass, country and folk influences to powerful effect. Tight dynamics punctuate gorgeous, soaring harmonies as down-to-earth rhythm and lyrics give way to dreamy jams that are the musical equivalent of the back road scenic route.

Fishtank Ensemble at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery Saturday, May 18

Twilight Music presents California-based, world music quartet Fishtank Ensemble at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm. The dynamic, virtuosic and fiery band plays a high-energy mix of Romanian, Gypsy jazz, flamenco, Balkan, Turkish, Greek and tango influenced music.

Fishtank Ensemble includes two explosive violins, the world’s best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades and even on the street, the band tackles everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, flamenco and oddball originals.

Vermont Humanities Council Seeks Nominations for Eleventh Annual Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award

Seeking Excellent Teacher for Annual Award with $1,000 Prize

Montpelier, Vt. — Do you know a Vermont teacher who has inspired you and who deserves statewide recognition? Since 2003, the Vermont Humanities Council has honored such teachers with the Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award, which recognizes a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities. VHC seeks nominations for the 2013 award. Nominating letters are due July 1.

Vermont Business Celebrates “Older Americans’ Month”

A Tempo Senior Move Slates Activities for May: “Older Americans’ Month”

Originally decreed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 as Senior Citizens’ Month, and now known as Older Americans’ Month, May is a good time to think about services offered in New England by A Tempo Senior Move. Offering advice and services related to the changes often experienced by retirees and seniors as they get older, A Tempo Senior Move is participating in a number of events scheduled for the month throughout the region, including a recent clinical workshop at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis presented by Christina Healy, RN, MA, and Dr. Marjorie Kettell. Healy is a geri-psych clinician and psychoanalyst on staff of A Tempo Senior Move.

On Exhibit at the Library: Postcards: Why Do We Read & Write?

On Exhibit at the Library: Postcards: Why do we Read & Write? 
2nd Floor Display  Cases      
May/June  2013

Christina Gibbons, PhD, of Brattleboro, an independent scholar interested in the history of literacy, fills the glass display cases with her images of reading in postcards collection in the second-floor entryway during May. 

“I started collecting images of women reading twenty five years ago and now have several hundred. The original post cards were first exhibited in the library at UMass Amherst in 2001. After that I began lecturing and quickly realized my collection was not about painting but about the history of literacy, so I added men reading and writing as well.”

Bring Your Favorite Game and Join Us!

This Wednesday, May 15th at 6 pm is game night at the Brattleboro Food Coop deli.

Who knows what we’ll play? Bring along a favorite you’ve been wanting to play and maybe we’ll play it. Usually Tim and Mike have enough games for everybody, but it never hurts to bring more.

You can look up my review of last month’s get together in Board Game group.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/13/13

BCTV Channel 8 Schedule for the week of 5/13/13

Monday May 13

12:00 am      NRC VT Yankee Safety Assessment Hearing 4/30/13

1:29 am       Spotlight On Vermont Issues – Ep. 2 Senator Anthony Pollina on Campaign Finance

2:00 am       FSTV Overnight

4:00 am       VT Right to Know Label Genetically Engineered Food

5:40 am       Bono: The good news on poverty (Yes, there’s good news)

Weekend Concert Series – Dread Zeppelin

Ready for your weekend concert? Here’s one you are either going to love or hate.

There isn’t much middle ground with Dread Zeppelin. You either enjoy an Elvis impersonator singing Zeppelin songs with a reggae twist, or you do not.

I do. This band cracks me up. To my ear they do excellent, inventive cover songs with the right mix of love and parody. Mixing Heartbreaker with Heartbreak Hotel is genius.

“Love BCTV” Live Auction & Band Jam is Saturday on Channel 8

Saturday, May 11
Noon – 8 PM

Live on Channel 8 on Comcast & Southern VT Cable

Streaming at . Call 802-441-5545 to bid or go to . , then watch, bid & win!

In true cinematic style, Brattleboro Community Television is going “back to the future” and hosting its first on-air benefit auction in almost 15 years. Auction proceeds will help offset the cost of BCTV’s recent upgrades in
equipment and the design and construction of a new broadcast studio.

Service: When Women Come Marching Home


Putney, VT — Marking Armed Forces Day, the highly acclaimed film “SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home” (http://servicethefilm.com/) will be shown on Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vt.

The film portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life, following them as they overcome psychological trauma, severe physical injury, military sexual assault and the challenge of receiving care and benefits.

Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History

Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans: Out of the Shadows of History,
Wednesday May 8, 2013, 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM

Vermont’s constitution, drafted in 1777, was one of the most enlightened documents of its time, but in contrast, the history of Vermont has largely been told through the stories of influential white men. Join local scholar Cyndy Bittinger at the Brooks Memorial Library on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 PM on a journey through the forgotten tales of the often overlooked roles that women, Native Americans, and African Americans played in Vermont’s history.

Her book, Vermont Women, Native Americans, and African Americans, takes a fresh look at our state’s history, uncovering hidden stories from the earliest inhabitants to present-day citizens. Ms. Bittinger explores where these marginalized groups are missing from historical narratives and explains their unique experiences and the ways that they contributed.

On Exhibit at the Library: Saxtons River Art Guild

On Exhibit: Saxtons River Art Guild
May 2013 

Members of the Saxtons River Art Guild will be exhibiting original paintings at the Brooks Memorial Library beginning Tuesday, April 30 until Tuesday, May 28. Included will be original paintings in watercolor, oil, and pastels.

The Saxtons River Art Guild was formed in Saxtons River, Vermont in 1976 by a small group of artists who enjoyed painting together. Membership has grown from a dozen or so to over 70 artists and others interested in the fine arts. Members come from throughout the southern Connecticut River Valley in Vermont and New Hampshire.

BCTV Channel 8 & 10 Schedules for the Week of 5/6/13

Channel 8

Monday May 6

12:00 AM  American Legion National Commander’s Visit 3/2/13 

1:45 AM  Shut It Down! Affinity Group Statement 4/18/13 

2:00 AM  FSTV Overnight 

4:00 AM  Race, Criminal Justice, and Alternatives to Mass Incarceration 

5:20 AM  Brattleboro Citizens Breakfast- 4/19/13 

Brattleboro Union High School Board Meeting Agenda


The BUHS #6 Teacher Curriculum Committee will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013 in the WRCC Cusick Conference Room.

The BUHS #6 Finance Committee will meet at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in the WSESU Central Office Conference Room, 53 Green Street.

Weekend Concert Series – Trouble Funk in Japan

It’s February 1988 and we’ve travelled to Japan with Trouble Funk.

Trouble Funk was a DC Go Go band that was attempting to break out of DC and bring the go go sound – a mixture of funk, jazz, and latin grooves – to a wider audience. They had some success in England and in Japan, but by touring the world they lost touch with their local fans.

I love Trouble Funk. If I had a time machine, I’d go back to see them again. I love the driving percussion and call and response with the audience, the horn section, the meaty keyboards and bass, and touch of rock guitar.

Know Your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users

Know your Library: Tours and Tips for Newcomers and Experienced Library Users
Friday May 3, 2013
12:00 PM until 1:00 PM

Join  Reference Librarian Jeanne Walsh the first Friday of the month for a tour of first floor & mezzanine, a catalog search demo, and answers to your questions about how to find your way in the Library. Meet at the reference desk; no reservations required.