Entertainment calendar for Jan. 31-Feb. 6



Contradance: 6:30 p.m. Open to dancers of all ages and levels of experience. Caller Fern Bradley, accompanied by the Hubbard Hall Tune Jam Band. Free admission and refreshments. Village School of North Bennington, 9 School St., North Bennington.

Gallery talk: 10:15 a.m. For new parents and their infants. This program is designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about "all things baby" and is best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. Strollers and front-carrying baby carriers are permitted. The Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, Massachusetts.



Poetry Salon: 3 p.m. Honoring Mary Oliver's life in poetry. Attendees can read a poem of hers, speak about her influence, or, if the muse strikes, write their own elegy. Reception to follow. Wine and beverages will be provided; feel free to bring something to share. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.

Author event: 6 p.m. Polly Young-Eisendrath, an experienced Buddhist teacher, psychotherapist, and couples counselor, presents her new book, "Love Between Equals: Relationship as a Spiritual Path." Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester Center.


Carmen: 12:55 p.m. Part of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's series of live performances transmitted to theaters in seventy countries around the world. Live telecasts feature the full performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students). For more information, call 413 458 0524. Auditorium, Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown, Massachusetts.


Basement Music Series: 8 p.m. Daby Toure and his trio. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Masonic Hall, 504 Main St., Bennington.

Food and drink provided by garam garam and Thyme Tables Catering of Shaftsbury. Admission is $18 in advance through www.vtartxchange.org or by calling 800-838-3006, or $22 at the door. Student tickets $10. For more information, contact Vermont Arts Exchange at 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org


Community Day: Free admission to Bennington Museum. See story, page B8.

Lecture: 2 p.m. "A Battle of Bennington Veteran's Portrait Rediscovered - and Acquired," presented by Jamie Franklin, curator of the Bennington Museum. Followed by "Sipp Ives - a Black Green Mountain Boy Killed at the Battle of Bennington" a talk given by Phil Holland and Lion Miles exploring the often overlooked stories of the black soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. Free. Bennington Museum, 75 Main St., Bennington.

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Reception: 6-8 p.m. "...probability waves in the ocean of uncertainty," recent work by Henry Kleine. The Left Bank Gallery,

5 Banks St., North Bennington. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/465707210626332/

or email rhondaratray@gmail.com. The gallery is open Monday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 4-8 p.m. and by appointment.


Indoor Winter Carnival: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Presented by Cambridge Central School District's Class of 2022. Activities include fun carnival games, face painting, refreshments, and more. Don't forget to visit the cake booth and remember to bring your dimes for the dime toss. Cambridge Central School, 24 South Park St., Cambridge, N.Y.

Ham radio swap: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Presented by the Hoosick Amateur Radio Club. General admission is $2 (under 16 free) with vendor set up $5. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Hoosick Falls Central School, 21187 NY Route 22, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. For more information, email hoosickfallshams@yahoo.com or visit the club's Facebook page at K2FCR.



Lecture: 5:30 p.m. Middlebury College professor Cates Baldridge talks about Mary Shelley's classic novel "Frankenstein." Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Hunter Seminar Room, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.


Lecture: 7 p.m. Amherst College professor Catherine A. Sanderson will discuss the power of mindset in affecting life outcomes. Part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series, the talk is free and open to the public. Hosted by Manchester Community Library. First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St., Manchester.


"Becoming Bulletproof": 6 p.m. Presented by United Counseling Service, followed by a Q&A with Dawn Danner, director of developmental services at UCS. The film documents the making of an original Western movie called "Bulletproof," which features actors with and without disabilities who meet every year to write, produce, and star in original short films. Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main St., Bennington. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ucsvt.org or call 802-442-5491.


Sip & Paint Pottery Workshop: Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Presented by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Come paint a ceramic platter, bowl or other functional item in this fun and relaxed studio setting. The $40 fee includes all paint and pottery materials. No experience required. Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery, 4479 Main St, Manchester Center. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit www.greenmtnacademy.org.

Intro to ballroom dancing: Wednesday evenings, 6:30-7:30, for eight weeks, beginning Feb. 6. No partner necessary. Held in the studio over the rk Miles office building, 689 Depot St., Manchester Center. The fee is $110 for a single person, and $200 for a couple. Single classes or drop-ins will be $20. To register call 802-379-0759.


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