Over the Moon
FULL MOON SNOWSHOE HIKE
Friday, January 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. $5-8; preregistration recommended; snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. Info, 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org
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JAN.06 | OUTDOORS
Time After Time
JAN.07 | MUSIC
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CHRIS SMITHER Saturday, January 7, 7 p.m., at Town Hall Th ˜ eater eaterininMiddlebury. Middlebury.$24-27. $24-27.Info, Info,388-0216. 388-0216.afterdarkmusicseries.com afterdarkmusicseries.com
COURTESY OF JEFF FASANO
Across the Universe
COURTESY OF WAKKA WAKKA PRODUCTIONS
JAN.06 & 07 | THEATER
Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7, 8 p.m., at Moore ˜ eater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $10-35. Info, 603-646-2422. hop.dartmouth.edu
“It’s a planet! Like the one we’re on ... only, this one is blue and pretty,” one character exclaims in Baby Universe, a puppet playlet of apocalyptic proportions by New York City’s Wakka Wakka Productions and Norway’s Nordland Visual Theatre. The premise is this: The sun is dying, taking Earth, its neighboring planets and all their inhabitants out with it. Deep in a bunker, scientists nurture a lab-grown “baby universe” — a tantrum-prone toddler that, with any luck, will soon birth a habitable planet. Incorporating Stephen Hawking theories amid references to Al Gore and the Muppets, this visually stunning story tackles the bleak end of days with creative vim and vigor. And it’s a hell of a way to ring in the doomsday hype of 2012.
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