Entertainment calendar for Dec. 6-12




Bennington Community Theater: 7:30 p.m. "The Curious Savage." A comedic play by John Patrick. Tickets are $15 premiere seating and $10 general admission. Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St., Bennington.

Dorset Players: 7:30 p.m. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," a musical version of the classic fairy tale that includes wonderful songs, a drop of palace intrigue and a great deal of silliness. Tickets at www.dorsetplayers.org. or 802-867-5570 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Road, Dorset.


Wind Ensemble: 8 p.m. First Suite in Eb and Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst; Symphony No. 8, second movement, and "Flourish for Glorious John" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and movements from the "William Byrd Suite" and "Old Wine in New Bottles" by Gordon Jacob. Free. Chapin Hall, Williams College, Williamstown.


Holiday open house: 12-3 p.m. Activities for all, ornament workshops for kids, hot cocoa, cookies to decorate, and a special appearance from Santa Paws for photo's from 1-2 p.m. Second Chance Animal Center, 1779 VT Route 7A Arlington.

Festival Gala: 7-10 p.m. Delicious holiday offerings and "goodies" of the 1960s with a modern twist. Dig out your bell bottoms, tie-dyed shirt and paisley and flower prints and join the fun. DJ Jim Woodward. Admission $100 per person, Millennials and Generation Z pay $1 per year of age, 10 through 35. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

James Harrison Monaco and Jerome Ellis: 8 p.m. Hyper-literary, live-music story performances using lush, powerful combinations of acoustic and electronic music with live narration. Piano Tales No. 17 is the latest in James and Jerome’s ongoing celebration of the art of the musical tale. Gallery admission is $20 for adults, $18 for veterans and seniors, $12 for students, $8 for children 6 to 16, and free for children 5 and under. More information: 413-662-2111 x1 or visit massmoca.org.MASS MoCA, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Mass.

Cake auction: 5 p.m. Wine and cheese reception with bidding for donated, book-themed cakes. All proceeds will be used to purchase books for children who benefit from the Book Angel Program. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.



Bennington Community Theater: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. "The Curious Savage." Please see Friday listing.

Dorset Players: 2 p.m. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Please see Friday listing.


Author event: 6 p.m. Andes Dubus III presents his first book in 10 years, "Gone So Long." Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.

Therapy dog: 2:30-3:30 p.m. Families are invited to read to the English Springer Spaniel, Charlie and meet Katie West, his owner. Each family can read to Charlie for 15 minutes. Sign up for a special time slot in the Children's Room, or call 442-9051 or email children@bfli.org. Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St., Bennington.


Cello Showcase: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Students of Nathaniel Parke will present a cello performance with works by Lalo, Cui, Romberg, Marcello, and more. Free. Jennings Music Building, Bennington College, Bennington.

Battle of the Bands: 2-10 p.m. Eighteen bands will do battle in a marathon concert. Bands will play 20-minute sets on three different sound stages. Come choose the best band! Free. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington.

Service of Lessons and Carols: 4 p.m. Choral music by the Williams Concert and Chamber Choirs, congregational singing of carols, and the traditional reading of the biblical Christmas story. All are encouraged to bring an item of non-perishable canned or packaged food for local emergency food pantries. Thompson Memorial Chapel, Williams College, Williamstown. Miscellaneous

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Fine art tour and sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit six local artists in five locations. Look for signs, and visit cambridgevalleyart.org for more information about the artists and a map to their locations. Cambridge, New York.

Cookies for a Cause: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Cookie sales and vendors. Monument Elementary School, 66 Main St., Bennington.



Service of Lessons and Carols: 4 p.m. Please see Saturday listing.


Dorset Players: 2 p.m. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Please see Friday listing.


Fine art tour and sale: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Please see Saturday listing.

Holiday Open House and Maker's Market: 1-4 p.m. At the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, 121 Route 7A, Shaftsbury. Books, Frost merchandise, syrup, honey, woodworks, and pottery from local makers for sale. Music, hot cider, and a display of Frost's personal Christmas cards. Suggested donation is $5.



Piano Showcase: 6-8 p.m. Students of Michael Chinworth, Joan Forsyth, Christopher Lewis, and Yoshiko Sato present an end-of-term piano recital. Works will include a varied repertoire of classical standards, folk and pop songs, movie themes, and perhaps even a few holiday tunes. Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington.

Composing for the Choir: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Two a cappella quartets and a quintet perform original compositions. Angelic and monastic with a slap from doo-wop and a sprinkling of extended technique. Jennings Music Building, Bennington College, Bennington.


Lecture: 6-7 p.m. Williams College professor Neil Roberts gives a talk about Frederick Douglass, during the 200th anniversary of Douglass' birth. Free; cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m. Frost Stone House Museum, 9546, 121 VT-7A, Shaftsbury.


Landscape photography: Through Dec. 15. Photos of landscapes by photographer Ben Mancino of North Adams, Mass. Burgdorff Gallery, Everett Mansion, Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Drive, Bennington.

Holiday members show: "Merrie Olde England," through Dec. 31. Every December the small Gallery becomes a showcase for the Valley Artisans Market members' work and with a theme of how the Christmas season is celebrated around the world. Valley Artisans Market, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, NY.

Bennington and the Great War: An exhibition that explores the impact of World War I on the small town of Bennington. Over 500 Bennington men joined the armed forces, and about half of that number saw service in Europe. For many of them it was their first time outside of Vermont. Through Dec. 30. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

Exhibition: Scalar, by Torkwase Dyson. Though working in multiple mediums, Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language both expressive and diagrammatic. Through Dec. 15. VAPA Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington.

Works on Paper Gallery: "Where Did You Come From Anyway?" is an exhibition of works by Pat Musick, a retrospective of work from her career spanning 55 years. On view through Dec. 30. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.


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