Louisiana dance party: 7:30 p.m. Matt Edwards celebrates his 50th birthday with a concert by his band Buck2Fifty. Opening are The Throwbacks. Suggested donation $20. Partial proceeds to support Oldcastle Theatre Company. Call 802-447-0564 for reservations. Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington.
Author event: 6 p.m. Former Vermont poet laureate Sydney Lea presents his thirteenth poetry collection, "Here." Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester.
Author event: 6 p.m. Deborah Brown presents her new volume of poetry, "The Human Half." With Matt Esenwein. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester.
Vermont Poet Night: 6 p.m. Neil Shepard, Tamra Higgins, Chard deNiord and Diana Whitney. Rather than a traditional poetry reading, the reading will be of excerpts from essays in "Vermont Poets & Their Craft," along with a poem or two. Bartleby's Books, 17 West Main St., Wilmington.
Musical: 1 p.m. A screening of a lively 2018 musical featuring the songs of ABBA with a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Lily James, Cher, Colin Firth, and Pierce Bronson. Free. Rated PG-13. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester.
Open mic: 7 p.m. All-genre event. All acoustic, no amplification. Two-song, five-minute limit. Bring your poems, songs, stories or whatever. Charlie Rossiter, MC. Tap House, 309 County St., Bennington.
Lecture: 5:30 p.m. Former United Nations official Derek Boothby talks about the organization. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Registration $18 in advance, $22 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org. Hunter Seminar Room, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester.
Contemporary American Regionalism: Vermont Perspectives: Featuring work from 11 contemporary Vermont-associated artists working in sculpture, fiber art, drawing and painting, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester. Through Oct. 20.
North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show: Outdoor sculptures and gallery exhibits throughout the historic village of North Bennington. Self-guided, open 24/7. Accessible, free and open to the public. Locations from 48 to 66 Main St., North Bennington. Through Nov. 3. For more information, visit www.nbossvt.org.
Village Enlightenment: Print Culture in Rural Vermont, 1810-1860. Featured in this exhibition are engravings, maps, and books published and/or illustrated by the "Greenbush Group," a small circle of artisans, entrepreneurs, and printmaker/publishers from Windsor County, Vermont. Through Sept. 15. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.
Color | Gesture: Early Works by Emily Mason. Small in size, yet vast in scale and power. Through Sunday. Works on Paper Gallery, Bennington Museum 75 Main St., Bennington.
The Painter's Eye: Works by landscape artist Virginia McNeice, who drew inspiration from the natural beauty of the countryside she loved. Sept. 6 through Oct. 1. Valley Artisans Market's "Small Gallery," 25 East Main St. (Rte 372), Cambridge, New York.
Authorship, Architecture, Anonymity: The Impossible Career of Petra Andrejova-Moln r: Katarina Burin spent a decade developing a career for the fictional Andrejova-Moln r, conducting meticulous historical research to aid her production of models and drawings; d cor such as furniture, ceramics, textiles, and wallpaper; and ephemera such as photographs, letters, and catalogs. Sept. 10 through Oct. 13. Opening reception 6 p.m. Oct. 10, artist's talk 7:30 p.m. Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington.
East/West: Long Island-based artist Colin Goldberg's artwork explores the intersection of painting and digital media. His technology-fueled paintings have been featured in WIRED, The New York Times and PBS. Through Oct. 6. Southern Vermont Arts Center, SVAC Drive, Manchester.
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