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    Just for Laughs Festival

    Just for Laughs Festival

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    Through July 29

    What celebrates its 36th anniversary this summer and draws more than 2 million people to Montréal? Just for Laughs fits that bill. The world-famous festival presents a who’s who of comedy over nearly three weeks of shows. The lineup includes hilarious heavy hitters such as Will Forte and Tiffany Haddish hosting prestigious galas at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Superstars such as David Cross and Tig Notaro (pictured) dole out gut-busting solo performances from various stages. In club series the Ethnic Show and the Nasty Show, diverse and boundary-pushing comics have audience members in stitches. Be prepared to laugh ’til you cry. at Various Montréal locations in Montréal. Outside Vermont (map). Prices vary.

    'Heathers: The Musical'

    'Heathers: The Musical'

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    Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. Continues through Aug. 5

    Stowe Theatre Guild stages the darkly comic story of a brainy and beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into a ruthless clique. at Stowe Town Hall Theatre in Stowe. Stowe/Smuggs (map). $18-20.

    'True West'

    'True West'

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    Through July 21, 7:30-9 p.m., Sun., July 22, 3-4:30 p.m., Through July 28, 7:30-9 p.m. and Sun., July 29, 3-4:30 p.m.

    Austin is an Ivy League-educated screenwriter on the verge of success. Lee is a petty thief with a drinking problem. Though it seems they have nothing in common, the two main characters in True West, a darkly comic drama by the late playwright Sam Shepard, are brothers — with fierce sibling rivalry. Friction between them escalates when they collaborate on a screenplay for a far-fetched Western flick. Ray Chapin directs actors Erik Gaetz and Sam Chapin in the starring roles in a Parish Players production of this theatrical examination of identity, family, the allure of Hollywood and the fragility of the American dream. at Eclipse Grange Theater in Thetford. Upper Valley (map). $10-15.

    Counterpoint

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    Fri., July 20, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Choral singers lift their voices in the varied and inspiring program "Flowers in the Field." at Unitarian Church in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). $5-20.

    Montpelier BioBlitz

    Montpelier BioBlitz

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    Sat., July 21, 2-11 p.m. and Sun., July 22, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The Montpelier BioBlitz entices hundreds of Vermonters to venture into the great outdoors for a citywide nature festival paired with a 24-hour survey of the city’s wildlife. From 2 p.m. on Saturday until 2 p.m. on Sunday, locals go wild with an extensive lineup of family-friendly activities at Hubbard Park and the North Branch Nature Center, the event’s two hubs. Presentations, field walks, live raptors, kids’ activities, barbecue bites and a Sunday brunch are among the fun and educational happenings on the agenda. Meanwhile, biologists from across the Northeast search the city high and low to catalog local species and collect data for environmental conservation. at Various Montpelier locations in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free; $5 for parking.

    Farm to Ballet Project

    Farm to Ballet Project

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    Sat., July 21, 4-9 p.m.

    Could there be a better venue for a dance performance celebrating the local food movement than a Vermont farm? Now in its fourth summer season, the Farm to Ballet Project brings classical choreography to eight of the state’s agricultural sites, presenting a feature-length production that tells the story of a Vermont farm from spring to fall. The group trades traditional staging, lights and backdrops for pastoral settings, moving among animals and equipment with accompaniment from a live string sextet. Homesteader and Green Mountain State native Avi Waring dances in the lead role of the farmer in these fundraisers for local food producers and conservation organizations. at Studio Hill in Shaftsbury. Manchester/Bennington (map). $21.69; free for kids.

    Points of Interest: Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

    Points of Interest: Lake Champlain Bridge Guided Walk

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    Sun., July 22, 1-3 p.m.

    Pedestrians take a stroll through yesteryear on a historical saunter with experts Elsa Gilbertson and Thomas Hughes. at Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison. Middlebury Area (map). $6.

    Farm to Ballet Project

    Farm to Ballet Project

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    Sun., July 22, 5-9 p.m.

    Could there be a better venue for a dance performance celebrating the local food movement than a Vermont farm? Now in its fourth summer season, the Farm to Ballet Project brings classical choreography to eight of the state’s agricultural sites, presenting a feature-length production that tells the story of a Vermont farm from spring to fall. The group trades traditional staging, lights and backdrops for pastoral settings, moving among animals and equipment with accompaniment from a live string sextet. Homesteader and Green Mountain State native Avi Waring dances in the lead role of the farmer in these fundraisers for local food producers and conservation organizations. at Golden Well Sanctuary in New Haven. Middlebury Area (map). $21.69; free for kids.
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