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Zydeco Dance Party & Spoken Word Rap

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Join us for an opening celebration of dance, food, and spoken word. Coming together to listen, be heard, and make a space available for dialogue, inquiry and creativity. For the past fifteen years, Planet Zydeco has been bringing their high energy dance music to clubs and festivals throughout the northeast.
Zydeco music originated in Southwest Louisiana with the blending of Cajun music with R & B and blues. This created a percussive mix of accordion, rub board, guitars and drums. PZ brings their strong vocal harmonies and funk rhythms to the mix. Members include Cannon Labrie on accordion , Peter Pettengil on guitar, Nick Keil on guitar and keyboard, Alan Bradbury on Bass, Suzanne Wozniak on rub board and special guest Paul McTaggart on drums.

Spoken word cameos by Carlton Turner and D. Colin.

Sunday Nov 13, 2016
7 pm­ – 10 pm
Community event
Next Stage
$15

Artist/Activist: Lunchtime Conversations with Anu Yadav and Joshua Davis

 

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Anu Yadav is a critically acclaimed actress, writer and theater ­based educator dedicated to telling the stories of people pushed to the margins of public discourse. As a solo performer, Anu shap eshifts into characters from everyday life with both humor and drama. Her devised theater work sparks a powerful forum for people to reflect and listen to each other’s stories across social and economic divides. As an actress, Yadav has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Theatre Alliance, and African Continuum Theatre, Smithsonian Folk life Festival, Strathmore Mansion and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing. She is a seasoned teaching artist, co­ founded the storytelling project Class lines and was featured in the documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City. She was a 2014 DC Artist Fellow, Western Arts Alliance Launchpad Artist, and holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. She will be touring her solo play Meena’s Dream this fall to Phoenix, Washington State and Lake Tahoe. www.anuyadav.com.

Josh DavisJoshua Davis is the Executive Director of Groundworks Collaborative, having begun his journey with the organization as a volunteer – cooking the Thursday night Community Meal. Josh’s leadership was key to the recent merger of Morningside Shelter with The Brattleboro Area Drop In Center; The two long standing Brattleboro organizations merged to for Groundworks Collaborative. Groundworks provides housing and support to individuals and families experiences food and housing insecurity. Among his recent achievements is Josh’s appointment to the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty – a three ­year mandate from Governor Peter Shumlin to review and make recommendations on federal, state, and local government actions to respond to poverty in Vermont. Josh is also an active participant in our local Continuum of Care group, which statewide makes up the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. Josh and his family relocated to Brattleboro in 2008 so he could attend the SIT Graduate Institute, where he obtained a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development degree. Prior to their time in Vermont, Josh and his wife Tara served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia, and then taught English for two years in Japan. Josh has also spent time working with multi­ ethnic peace building organizations in Kosovo. Josh is a committed leader for lasting social change, focused on removing barriers to success to achieve affordable housing as a right for all in our community.

GROUNDWORKS was established in 2015 following the merger of the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Morningside Shelter. We provide ongoing support to families and individuals facing housing and food insecurities in the greater Brattleboro, Vermont area.

please bring your own lunch

Interviewed by Jon Potter

Monday Nov 14, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Community event
118 Elliot
Suggested Donation $5

Loaves and Fishes Meal ~ Round Table Discussion: Food

Share food and stories at Loaves and Fishes. Join the story circle after the meal, the worlds we share, and the worlds we don’t know. By invitation only.

Facilitated by Will MacAdams

Tuesday Nov 15, 2016
11:30 pm­- 1:00 pm
Meal and Discussion
Center Congregational Church

Artist/Activist: Lunchtime Conversations with Linda Parris-Bailey and Don Spencer

 

carpetbagLinda Parris-­Bailey (Playwright), as the primary Writer­in­Residence for The Carpetbag Theatre Ensemble (CBT), has written numerous touring works for Carpetbag and several commissioned works for other national theatre companies. Her published works can be found in several anthologies including Alternate Roots, Plays from the Southern Theatre; Ensemble Works!; Monologues for Actors of Color; High Performance and Breathing the Same Air. She currently serves on the Management Committee of the International Women Playwrights Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work was performed at the WPI conference in Australia. As a cultural worker, Parris-­Bailey has worked in communities throughout the United States including residencies for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and New World Theatre. She has been the recipient of the Otto Award for Political Theater, Circle of Change Award and Artist of the Year.

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Don Spencer graduated from Guilford Elementary (1972), Brattleboro Union (1976) joined the Army (1976-1998), was recalled in 2009 until 2012; served in the Infantry in a Mortar Platoon, was a Drill Instructor (1985-­1987); guarded the Czech/East German border (1976­-1985); deployed with the 1st Armored Division to Desert Storm, 3rd Infantry Division to Egypt, supported the deployments of the 3rd ID to Somalia and Haiti; recalled to the Army (2009-­2012) as an Instructor for the University of New Hampshire; working on 2nd marriage, 2 kids, 2 grand kids, currently training as clinical counselor, working with veterans and their families, and living in Guilford.

Ruck-up is a veterans resource center doing outreach for area veterans. We work with local agencies to house. We do advocacy within the community and with VA, have a clothing shelf, food shelf, have two counselors on staff working primarily with veterans and their families about trauma and PTSD related issues.

please bring your own lunch

Interviewed by Jon Potter

Wednesday Nov 16, 2016
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Artist Interview
118 Elliot
$5 suggested donation

Farm to Table Dinner and Story Circle

Sandglass Theater and Next Stage invite you to break bread with local farmers at our Voices of Community Farm Dinner on Nov 16 from 6­-8 pm at Next Stage. The farm dinner will celebrate the abundance of farms in Southeast Vermont. Come listen to live acoustic music while you eat delicious local food, and join in a story circle about food in our community.  Partners: Brattleboro Food Coop, Putney Food Coop, Neighboring Food Coops.

In addition 5-6pm Appetizers with the Co-ops: Leading up to the final Farm Dinner, come eat delicious appetizers and hear stories about the collective work of neighboring food co-ops to make nutritious food and the benefits of co-op ownership more available to all families in their communities. Facilitated by Bonnie Hudspeth from the Neighboring Food Co-op Association with food provided by Jon Megas-Russell, Brattleboro Food Co-op and Robyn O’Brien, Putney Food Co-op.

 

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Wednesday Nov 16, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Meal and Discussion
Next Stage
$10

Artist/Activist: Lunchtime Conversations with Sandy Spieler and Shela Linton

sandyspielerSandy Spieler is a sculptor, painter, graphic artist, performer, theatre director, mother, teacher and perpetual student. She is one of the founders and directors of MayDay and of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre. She holds an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University England, and studied puppetry arts at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, and New York University. She is grateful for supportive awards over the years including two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry Award, and was named the 2014 “Distinguished Artist of the Year” from the McKnight Foundation.

 

shela-linton-1Shela Linton is a radical, black, queer activist, community organizer, and advocate for social justice. She is a native of Brattleboro Vermont and a single mother of two. Shela hopes one day to turn her advocacy skills into the ability to give legal assistance and become an attorney. Her current initiatives are helping to develop the Black Lives Matter Vermont Chapter, coordinating the “I Am Vermont Too” photo story project, challenging racial micro-aggressions in Vermont, and establishing the first statewide People of Color Caucus for networking, support, and organizing. Shela was nationally recognized as a Home Town Hero for her work with the Vermont Workers’ Center and The Root Social Justice Center in 2014 by Glamour Magazine and in 2015 for her contributions to her family, work and community by The Meredith Viera Show. 

please bring your own lunch

Interviewed by Jon Potter

Thursday Nov 17, 2016
12:00 pm­ – 1:30 pm
Artist Interview
118 Elliot
$5 suggested donation

Loaves and Fishes ~ Round Table Discussion: Shelter

Share food and stories at Loaves and Fishes.  Join the story circle after the meal, about home, the worlds we share, and the worlds we don’t know.  By invitation only.

Facilitated by Will MacAdams

Friday Nov 18, 2016
11:30 pm­ – 1:00 pm
Meal and Discussion
Center Congregational Church

Art and Action: Art, Food, Shelter, Justice

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Shanta Lee of the Arts Council of Windham County will facilitate a panel of the teaching and performing artists Linda Paris Bailey, Anu Nadav, Will McAdams and Eric Bass.

How can art be used as a catalyst for change or social justice within a community?  The festival artists will gather to discuss the model of artistic process as a direct vehicle for positive transformation and a means for creating the space needed for dialogue and exchange. This facilitated panel discussion will focus on the presence of art within social justice in relationship to food and shelter, and specifically how it applies to our own community.

 

Saturday Nov 19, 2016
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Discussion
Next Stage
Free

Sandy Spieler ~ Art and Water: Presentation

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Sandy Spieler’s Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater offers this workshop inspired by the protest action at Standing Rock, and by the prayers for how Water connects us all.  In this workshop — making “a collective River of thanks” — many beings bow to the water for drink and thanks. We build simple puppets with a moveable part to bow to the River. On the sides of the River box, participants can write their own words of thanks for the Water.  They will all be lined up end to end at the conclusion  of the session — we will learn a song and bring them together before parting for the day, each participant carrying a reminder of thanks back to their own homes.

Sandy’s work for the Water seeks to open heart, mind, action and joy for the care of the Water that Connects the World. This photo rich talk  is an overview of the evolution of 30 years of work for the Water utilizing many different forms and situations of engaging the public– and is guaranteed to spark ideas of what YOU can do to create work for the Water.

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Saturday Nov 19, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Presentation
Putney Public Library
FREE

 

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