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    Laughing Matters: What Laughter Teaches Us About Living & Dying

    Laughing Matters: What Laughter Teaches Us About Living & Dying

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    Tue., May 22, 6:30-9 p.m.

    Students stretch their imaginations beyond conventional views of joy and suffering in a class with Jennifer Mathews. No sense of humor required. at All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne. Chittenden County (map). $22-25.

    Vermont e-Bird Weekly Spring Bird Monitoring Walk

    Vermont e-Bird Weekly Spring Bird Monitoring Walk

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    Thursdays, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Continues through May 31

    Break out the binoculars! Birders trek through diverse habitats and report their findings to an online avian database. at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock. Upper Valley (map). Free.

    'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'

    'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill'

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    May 24-26, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., May 27, 4-5:30 p.m.

    Francesca Harper portrays singer Billie Holiday in this JAG Productions presentation featuring songs such as "God Bless the Child" and "Strange Fruit." at The Engine Room in White River Junction. Upper Valley (map). $35.

    'The Petrushka Project'

    'The Petrushka Project'

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    Fri., May 25, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 26, 8 p.m.

    Do you ever wish you could be in two places at once? Thanks to technology, classical music connoisseurs and dance devotees can experience two performances in separate Dartmouth College auditoriums at the same time. In The Petrushka Project, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble perform an iconic 1911 work by Igor Stravinsky from opposite ends of the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Audience members in the center’s Moore Theater watch the dance ensemble onstage and hear the orchestra via high-quality audio transmission. In Spaulding Auditorium, live video of the dancers plays on a wide screen above the orchestra. Concerts on Friday and Saturday allow folks to experience the performances from both perspectives and hear the remainder of each group’s program. at Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College in Hanover. Outside Vermont (map). $10-15.

    Spielpalast Cabaret

    Spielpalast Cabaret

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    Fri., May 25, 8 p.m., Sat., May 26, 8 & 11 p.m., Sun., May 27, 8 p.m., Thu., May 31, 8 p.m., Fri., June 1, 8 & 11 p.m. and Sat., June 2, 8 p.m.

    Burlesque beauties perform rip-roaring musical numbers during an evening of Weimar-style theatrics anchored by a raucous house orchestra. at Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington (map). $25-28.

    Fish Chowder Championship

    Fish Chowder Championship

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    Sat., May 26, 5-8:30 p.m.

    Ladle it up! Professional chefs and home cooks compete at this third annual comfort-food fest. at Winooski River Walk in Winooski. Chittenden County (map). $10.

    Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner With Colleen Kelly Alexander

    Pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner With Colleen Kelly Alexander

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    Sat., May 26, 5-7 p.m.

    In 2011, after surviving brain surgery and a lupus diagnosis, American Red Cross spokesperson Colleen Kelly Alexander was struck by a freight truck while biking home from work. Five weeks in a coma and more than 20 surgeries followed. The lifelong athlete transformed adversity into strength and has gone on to run more than 50 races, complete multiple triathlons and write a book, Gratitude in Motion: A True Story of Hope, Determination and the Everyday Heroes Around Us. Alexander, a former Vermont resident who now lives in Connecticut, delivers a motivational speech during a pasta dinner hosted by Ronald McDonald House of Vermont ahead of Sunday’s Vermont City Marathon & Relay. at Hilton Burlington in Burlington (map). $25.

    Down the Rabbit Hole

    Down the Rabbit Hole

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    Sat., May 26, 7-11 p.m.

    Two unique local artists join forces to transform Waitsfield’s Valley Players Theater into a topsy-turvy world for Down the Rabbit Hole, an Alice in Wonderland-themed bash hosted by GigginVT Productions. Vermont band MadMan & Me set the tone for this hypnotic happening with live electronic sounds that prompt full-body dancing. Known to perform original numbers and progressive arrangements of classics by the likes of Pink Floyd and Jefferson Airplane, the group comes prepared with a customized light show. Meanwhile, body-paint artist Kadina Malicbegovic of the Human Canvas works her magic to turn a live model into a whimsical creature from Wonderland. Costumes are encouraged. at Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. Mad River Valley/Waterbury (map). $18-23; for ages 21 and up.

    Weston Playhouse New Works Festival

    Weston Playhouse New Works Festival

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    Thu., May 24, 7 p.m., Fri., May 25, 7 p.m. and Sat., May 26, 3 & 7 p.m.

    Three new theater works in three different stages of development written by three award-winning women are in the spotlight during the Weston Playhouse New Works Festival. Over two weekends, this first annual fest offers multiple opportunities to hear and respond to works in progress. Presented as a fully staged workshop production, Molly Regan’s (pictured) The Accidental Curator addresses the challenges that come with inheriting family keepsakes. Theater, poetry and music meld in Judith Sloan’s Yo Miss!, a humorous and heart-wrenching show about immigrant and refugee teens. In its first-ever reading, Kait Kerrigan’s Father/Daughter examines how the relationships people inherit impact the relationships they choose. Visit westonplayhouse.org for the full schedule. at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm in Weston. Brattleboro/Okemo Valley (map). $10-35; $45 for three-show pass.

    Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

    Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic

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    Sun., May 27, 1:30 p.m.

    Race car drivers start their engines and rev up the holiday weekend at this 56th annual showdown. at Thunder Road Speed Bowl in Barre. Barre/Montpelier (map). $25; free for kids 12 and under.

    Stratford Festival: 'Timon of Athens'

    Stratford Festival: 'Timon of Athens'

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    Tue., May 29, 2-5 & 7-10 p.m.

    Theater buffs view an on-screen production of Shakespeare's rarely seen tale of a compulsive philanthropist turned embittered enemy of the human race. at Palace 9 Cinemas in South Burlington. Chittenden County (map). $15.

    Noon Music in May: ROSIN

    Noon Music in May: ROSIN

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    Wed., May 30, 12-1 p.m.

    Members of this eclectic ensemble draw on elements of bluegrass, rock and jazz to create their own version of a string quartet. at Stowe Community Church in Stowe. Stowe/Smuggs (map). Free.

    Tomgirl Walking Club

    Tomgirl Walking Club

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    Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.

    Pups and pals in tow, pedestrians make strides toward health. at Tomgirl Juice Co. in Burlington (map). Free.
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      • Tue., May 22, 6:30-9 p.m. $22-25.
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