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Also, see clubdates in Section B. ST. ANDREWS PIPES & DRUMS: Got kilt? This Scottish-style marching band welcomes new members to play bagpipes or percussion. St. James Episcopal Church, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7335. JAZZ COMBOS: Members of a vocal group and an instrumental combo hone their improvisational chops at the UVM Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.

dance ‘SALSALINA’ PRACTICE: Work on your sensuous nightclub routines at this weekly Latin dance session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, nonmembers 6 p.m., members 7 p.m. $12. Info, 598-1077. BALLROOM DANCE: Wear comfy clothes and leather-soled shoes to protect the floorboards at this how-to session run by a professional teacher. Capitol Grange, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. $8 per person, $12 per couple; onsite childcare $5 per family. Info, 456-7400.

drama ‘THE ELEPHANT MAN’: Northern Stage offers this Tony-winning play based on the life of John Merrick, a man coping with physical deformity in Victorian England. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $17-48. Info, 296-7000. THOMAS JEFFERSON PORTRAYAL: Actor and historian Clay Jenkinson discusses U.S. democracy in character as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. ‘LYSISTRATA’: Aristophanes’ greatest antiwar comedy mixes fantasy and gender politics with bawdy jokes as Greek women hold a sex strike to enforce peace. Seeler Studio Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

film ‘TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE’: This 2007 documentary examines the facts about U.S. torture of detainees in the “war on terrorism.” Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $6.50. Info, 748-2600.

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‘THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW’: This documentary profiles Cathy Crowley, a Maine-based gun control advocate who became politically active after her 18-year-old son bought a firearm and committed suicide. Crowley leads a post-screening Q&A session. Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2076. ‘HIDDEN FORTRESS’: Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film portrays feudal Japanese fighters in a rebel-warfare setting that inspired George Lucas’ Star Wars. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘THE MOTHERHOOD MANIFESTO’: This documentary profiles U.S. attitudes toward childcare, children’s health care, workplace flexibility, education, family leave and livable wages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7182.

art See exhibitions in Section A.

words SLAM POETRY CONTEST: Vermont versifier Geof Hewitt emcees eclectic voices at an event hosted by Planned Parenthood of Burlington. Waterfront Theatre, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, workshop 6-6:45 p.m., poetry slam 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-287-8188. BOOK CLUB: Readers of “gonzo journalist” Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas consider its relationship to an upcoming Flynn Center performance of music it inspired. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GARY KOWALSKI: The Burlington Unitarian Church pastor presents his new book Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘BEYOND RESISTANCE’ BOOK TOUR: Members of a North Carolina social center profile a publication summarizing the U.S. effects of Mexico’s Zapatista political movement. Room 301, Williams Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, www.elkilombo.org or 274-2688.

talks ‘WORK & ART’ SERIES: Visionary business owner Bill Schubart chimes in with other speakers on public funding for creative projects. Community Room, Burlington College, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616, ext. 305.

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kids ANIMAL FEEDING: Watch critters do dinner with help from the animal-care staff at ECHO, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 3 p.m. $7-9.50. Info, 864-1848. BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIME: Readings of family faves provide morning fun for toddlers at Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001. WESTFORD PLAYGROUP: Children gather for games, songs and stories at the Westford Library, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-5639. HINESBURG PLAYGROUP: Youngsters let loose in a fun, friendly, toy-filled atmosphere. Hinesburg Town Hall, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 453-3038. WATERBURY STORYTIME: Little ones ages 2 and under get hooked on books at the Waterbury Library, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. CHESS CLUB: King defenders ages 6 to 16 practice castling and various opening gambits. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-1207. PETER THE MUSIC MAN: Educator Peter Alsen lets kids ages 3 to 5 try out various instruments and offers a fun intro to music theory. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0313. MUSIC TOGETHER: Parents bring babies, toddlers or preschoolers to a play session with sounds. Sprout, 110 Church Street, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 760-9207.

sport SENIOR EXERCISE: The 60-plus set benefits from stretches and strength training. Senior Community Center, The Pines, South Burlington, 1:30 p.m. $3. Info, 658-7477.

activism BURLINGTON PEACE VIGIL: Activists stand together in opposition to the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Top of Church Street, Burlington, 5-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345. THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT: A display of individually produced T-shirts decries sexual and domestic violence, and celebrates survivors’ strength. Alliot Student Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-0555. SCHOOL FUNDING: Members of the Champlain Valley League of Women Voters host a discussion of how Act 82 affects public education, with guest speakers from school boards and the legislature. Speeder & Earl’s, 412 Pine Street, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 657-0242. VERMONT FEED INFO MEETING: Farmers, food service directors, school administrators, teachers, parents and community members consider how to bring locally grown foods into Northeast Kingdom school cafeterias. Business Center Conference Room, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, St. Johnsbury, 3-7 p.m. Donations. Info, www.vtfeed.org or 985-0322.

etc CHOCOLATE-DIPPING DEMO: Fans of cocoa-covered confectionery see how it’s made at Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. ESL GROUPS: Non-native speakers learn English at the South Burlington Community Library, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. Also at the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. CHESS GROUP: Beginning and intermediate-level players cut corners to put each other’s kings in check. South Burlington Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. NOONTIME KNITTERS: Crafty types pause for patterns amid midday stitches. Waterbury Public Library, noon - 1 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. KNITTING POSSE: Needle-wielding crafters convene over good yarns. South Burlington Community Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. CONTINENTAL KNITTING: Garter stitchers learn how to work their needles European style. The Bobbin Sew Bar & Craft Lounge, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $20 plus materials. Info, www.thebobbin. com or 999-6202.

VETERANS JOB NETWORKING: Ex-soldiers share labor-market tips, training info and employment leads. VFW Post, Essex Junction, 9:30-11 a.m., & American Legion Post, St. Albans, 1-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-0339. BINGO: A winning card could net cash at the Heineberg Community & Senior Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $11. Info, 863-3982. CHARITY BINGO: Players seek matches on numbered cards, then say the word. Broadacres Bingo Hall, Colchester, 7 p.m. $10 for 12 cards. Info, 860-1510. VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: In 45-minute info sessions, neighborhood helpers hear about a program that coordinates friendly home visits and assistance for aging seniors. Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, Chace Mill, Burlington, 2-6 p.m. Free. Info, www. cvaa.org or 865-0360. SPANISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Habla español? Brown baggers eat lunch and devour new vocab. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon - 1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. GERMAN-ENGLISH EXCHANGE: Anglophones practice foreign-language conversation with native speakers of Deutsch, and vice versa. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GEEK WEEK: Seven days of nerdy exploits pair vintage video games with hobby how-tos and music lineups. Langdon Street Café, Montpelier, conspiracy theorists’ forum, 7 p.m.; Providence, Rhode Island-based mind-reader Rory Raven, 8 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-8667. ‘SPRING BLOOMS’ FASHION SHOW: Models show off cuts from Brooks Brothers and SportStyle over luncheon at this fundraiser for the Visiting Nurse Association’s Parent-Child Center. Grand Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. $50. Info, 860-4435. RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: Staff of the Women’s Rape Crisis Center open their new community building to public tours after a quick snip. Women’s Rape Crisis Center, 336 North Avenue, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, www. stoprapevermont.org or 864-0555. FOUR-COLLEGE ECOLOGY SEMINAR: Undergrads from area state and community college campuses interact with townies at a sustainability-focused swap session. Clementwood Spiritual Life Center, 15 Clement Road, Rutland, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 776-2960.

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SPORTING CHANCES: UVM history professor emeritus James Overfield reviews how big-time athletics programs became the mainstay of many American universities. Hoehl Welcome Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. ‘BEYOND THE BUSH YEARS’: New York Times op-ed columnist Bob Herbert explores the challenges facing the U.S. after the first decade of the 21st century. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5743. CHRIS GRAFF: The veteran Vermont reporter and former bureau chief for the Associated Press speaks about the Green Mountain State’s independent streak. Bradford Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423.

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