Entertainment calendar for Jan. 9-15

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Thursday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Jill McCorkle, the author of four story collections and six novels, and Mark Wunderlich, acclaimed poet and the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars. Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Friday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Carmen Gimenez Smith, the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, and Jia Tolentino, a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the essay collection "Trick Mirror." Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Author event: 6 p.m. Amy Hempel presents her new short story collection, "Sing to It." Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester.

Miscellaneous

Bennington County's Got Talent: 6-8 p.m. Performers vie for a $1,000 top prize. Presented by the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal. Tickets 15, or $10 for students. Visit benningtonbanner.com/benntalenttickets for tickets. Greeenwall Auditorium, Bennington College, Bennington.

Saturday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Jamel Brinkley, the author of "A Lucky Man: Stories" (2018), and Monica Ferrell, the author of three books of fiction and poetry, most recently the collection "You Darling Thing." Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Author event: 6 p.m. Cheryl Wilfong presents "Breast Cancer Meets Mindfulness: Surrendering to Life," her response to her cancer diagnosis from the depth of her meditation practice. Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St., Manchester.Author event: 4:30 p.m. Sam Brakeley presents "Skiing with Henry Knox." Bartleby's Books, 17 West Main St., Wilmington.MusicBasement Music Festival: 8 p.m. Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, bomba, plena and Latin jazz. Presented by the Vermont Arts Exchange. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets available at www.vtartxchange.org or 800-838-3006; if not sold out, tickets available at the door. Bennington Brush building, 190 North St., Bennington.

Harmony singing workshop: 1 p.m. Led by Brendan Taaffe. Exploring rich world harmony traditions: early gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns, Zimbabwean makwayera singing, and Taaffe's original compositions. Admission $30 at the door, with a sliding fee scale for those on tight budgets. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Meetinghouse, 108 School St., Bennington.

Theater

The Lehman Trilogy: 2 p.m. A theater broadcast by Britain's National Theatre Live. The rise and collapse of Lehman Brothers. Tickets $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased online at bbatickets.com. Presented by the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. riley Center for the Arts, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester.

Film

Backcountry Film Festival: 7 p.m. A lineup full of snowy, cinematic adventure sure to inspire both the local backcountry and general communities. Free. Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, Bernhard Music Center, at 54 Chapin Hall Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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Miscellaneous

Artists reception: 2-4 p.m. More than Meets the Eye, a suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. Exhibition on view through March 15. Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester.

Sunday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Novelists Doug Bauer, Deirdre McNamer and Derek Palacio. Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Film

Screening and afternoon tea: 3 p.m. A free preview screening of Sanditon, the first adaptation of Jane Austen's unfinished novel, from Masterpiece | PBS. Followed by tea and refreshments. Free. Reservations at go.vermontpbs.org/SanditonScreening. Manchester Community Library, 138 Cemetery Ave., Manchester.

Monday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Novelist Alice Mattison and poet Craig Morgan Teicher. Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Wednesday

Literary

Writers Reading: 7 p.m. Benjamin Anastas, whose memoir "Too Good to Be True" was a national bestseller, and Jenny Boully. the author of five books including "Betwixt-and-Between: Essays on the Writing Life." Presented by Bennington Writing Seminars. Free and open to the public. Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College, Bennington.

Miscellaneous

Lecture: 5:30 p.m. "Nuclear energy: Friend or foe?", presented by James W. Bray, chief scientist at General Electric Global Research. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning. Tickets $18 in advance or $22 at the door. For information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit greenmtnacademy.org. Hunter Seminar Room, Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester.

Ongoing

More Than Meets the Eye: A suite of exhibitions addressing important and topical issues. Through March 15. Southern Vermont Arts Center, 930 SVAC Drive, Manchester.

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