Comedy night benefit
May 5: 7 to 8 p.m. Maggie’s Bright Side presents “Making Lemonade: A Night of Comedy and Cocktails for a Cause.” Cocktail hour. 8 to 11 p.m. Vermont Comedy Club, silent and live auction. Fundraiser for Maggie’s Bright Side Cancer Card offering discounts at 60-plus local businesses to Vermonters living with cancer. Hotel Vermont, 41 Cherry St. maggiesbrightside.com/making-lemonade/
Burlington Waterfront Park
26th Vermont Brewers Festival
May 7: Retail tickets on sale. Festival July 20-21. Burlington Waterfront Park, 1 Main St. Tickets, information: vtbrewfest.com.
Grace United Methodist Church
May 4: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 5: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Take what you need; pay what you can. 130 Maple St. Contact Jane for more information: 878-4078.
Hinesburg Town Hall
Annual Welcome Baby Brunch
May 6: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For families with babies born in the past year; pick out book to be dedicated to your baby. Food, activities for older children. Free. Sponsored by the Hinesburg Community Resource Center, with support from Bristol Bakery, Lantman’s Market, and Matryoshka’s Bakery. Hinesburg Town Hall. RSVP: Alexandra Koncewicz, 482-4649, email@example.com.
Middlebury Studio School
Spring Pottery and Craft Sale
May 5: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. By Kathy Clarke, Ken Martin, instructors, local potters, studio assistants, students; also, cards, jewelry, paintings, and more. 2377 Route 7 South. middleburystudioschool.org.
Senior Citizen Luncheon
May 7: 11 a.m. check in. Age 60 or over. Noon meal (chicken piccata, vegetables, salad, roll, carrot cake). Learn about Age Well services (agewellvt.org). $5 donation. Reservations required: 865-0360, ext. 1018. Shelburne Town Offices, 5420 Shelburne Road.
Burlington City Arts
Through June 10. Vox Populi American culture through portraiture. Free.
Through June 10. Across the Distance. Contemporary Arab art video exhibition from the Barjeel Art Foundation based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Free.
Third Saturday of month,11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Art inspired by current exhibition.
May 8: 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Portraits & Society,” exhibiting artists and curator Heather Ferrell discussion.
May 24: 6 to 7:30 p.m. “Express Your Self: What Portraits Can Reveal.” Burlington clinical psychologist Drs. Elizabeth Goldstein and Jean Pieniadz; interactive discussion.
135 Church St. 865-7166; burlingtoncityarts.org.
Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery
Anecdotes: Paintings by Philip Hagopian
Through May 29. Rural landscapes. Multi-media pieces. 86 Falls Road. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 802-985-3848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art for Cinco De Mayo
On Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., Roadhouse Studios celebrates a day of color and creativity with local artists Mary Hill, Johanne Durocher Yordan and Kathleen-Caraher Grant. Also featuring colorful Mexican market items, light Mexican fare and Mexican soups by Soupie Sales. 207 Webster Road. Roadhousestudiosvt.com or 233-5303.
Badass Babes Illustration Show
May 3: 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for the new exhibition featuring 32 works by 11 local women artists. Diverse media and themes. Runs through May 27. Most of the artwork and some additional prints are available for sale. Information: rusticrootsvt.com, or 985-9511.
May 6: 4-6 p.m. People may meet the winery’s spring artist, Donna Bourne, whose landscape paintings are on exhibit in the tasting room through June. Bourne, a plein air artist, works from Studio 266 in Burlington. Her colorful work represents the natural world with her interpretation of land and sky, trees, water and light. The reception will have cheese, crackers, wine by the glass. Information at shelburnevineyard.com, the winery’s Facebook page, and donnabourneart.com. 6308 Shelburne Road.
ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
“My Sky” Exhibit
Through May 6. “My Sky” invites children and adults to explore the Sun, the Moon and the stars in an immersive, inviting environment. Families are encouraged to «look up» when they visit the exhibit and in their everyday lives. Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA. 1 College Street; echovermont.org.
Phoenix Books Burlington
Story Time with City Market
May 5: 11 a.m. “Miss Maple’s Seeds,” Eliza Wheeler. Seed starting activity.
May 12: 11 a.m. Reed Duncan, “Llama Llama Loves to Read;” reading, activities. All ages.
Free. 191 Bank St. 448-3350. phoenixbooks.biz
MEETINGS, CLASSES, CONFERENCES
Fitness at Any Age
Tuesdays 9:15 to 10 a.m. Interval type, moderate to high intensity exercise class. $10. Charlotte Senior Center. 212 Ferry Road. 425-6345, email@example.com
Chittenden County Chess Club
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Registration 7-7:15 p.m.; Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Great competitive fun. Information: Dave at 324-1143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, 122 Bostwick Road.
Introduction to Genealogy class
May 9 at 1:30 p.m. Learn to trace your ancestors and find sources to make your search easier and more enjoyable. Discover how events in history helped shape ancestors’ lives. Three-session class. Free. Call to register: 985-5124. Held in Room 2 at the Shelburne Town Offices.
Shelburne Town Hall
Sun Style Tai Chi
Basic: Monday/Wednesday 9-10 a.m. or Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sun 73: Monday/Wednesday 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Age Well. Donations welcome. Information: Chris Curtis, email@example.com, or Lee Sheridan-Orr, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Mountain Chapter Embroiderers’ Guild of America
May 9: 9:30 a.m. Open stitch session; bring your project and bag lunch. All abilities. First meeting free. The Pines, 5 Aspen Drive. Car-pooling: 372-4255, email@example.com
UVM Fleming Museum
Alison Bechdel exhibit
Through May 20. Alison Bechdel’s “Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel.” East Gallery.
Through May 20. “Bluestockings” or “Les Bas Bleus,” featuring the work of French caricaturist Honoré Daumier, a series of 19th-century lithographs. Wolcott Gallery.
61 Colchester Ave. flemingmuseum.org.
Through June 3: Puppets: World on a String.
May 4: 6 p.m. Public lecture, “Sesame Street: The Longest Street in the World.” Husband-wife creative team Annie Evans, a Sesame Street writer, and Martin P. Robinson, Muppet captain and creative performer (Telly Monster, Mr. Snuffleupagus, Slimey). $10, $5 kids 5-17. Free for Vermont educators, kids under 5 and members. Followed by exhibition tour and art activity.
May 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Springtime at Shelburne Museum.” Special activities and Muppet guest, “Walkaround Elmo,” Circus Lawn.
Register online at eventbrite.com/e/sesame-street-the-longest-street-in-the-world-tickets-44845658572
Pizzagalli Center. 6000 Shelburne Road. 985-3346; shelburnemuseum.org. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discover Jazz Festival
June 1-10. 35th annual. Schedule and details at discoverjazz.com. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts MainStage
Vermont Symphony Orchestra
May 5: 7:30 p.m. Masterworks featuring Shelagh Abate, Mark Emery and Gloria Chien. vso.org/event/masterworks-featuring-shelagh-abate-mark-emery/
May 11: 8 p.m. Violinist and songwriter, Gaellynn Lea.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
UVM Recital Hall
Workshop (Nonet) Ensembles
May 3: Jazz Guitar Ensemble & Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Vermont Brass Ensemble
May 6: 3 p.m. “Brass Classics and Favorites.”
7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; public welcome. 384 S. Prospect St. 656-7776.
Saint Michael’s College
A capella concert
May 3: 8:30 p.m. Concert by Sleepless Knights, a co-ed a cappella group.
McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall.
Town Hall Theater
Middlebury Community Music Center
May 5: 1 p.m. Students and faculty from MCMC will perform bluegrass, classical, jazz, and more in a fundraiser concert to support MCMC’s goal to offer high quality music instruction to everyone. Reception follows. Tickets: $10 general admission/ $20 generous admission.
Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
May 4: 8 p.m. Dick Forman directs as the college’s big band swings into spring with a concert of bops, jazz standards, and Great American Songbook tunes. A Music Department event. Free. middlebury.edu or 443-3168.
Banquet of the Spirits
May 5: 8 p.m. Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista has performed on five Grammy-winning albums and toured with Yo-Yo Ma, Trey Anastasio, Herbie Hancock, Sting, and Paul Simon. He leads his quartet –Banquet of the Spirits – on a virtuosic trek through Afro-Brazilian beats. A Performing Arts Series event. Tickets: $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$10 for 18 and under. middlebury.edu or 802-443-3168.
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall.
First Thursday Concert
May 3: 6-8:30 p.m. Steve Hartman. Free. Family friendly. Outdoors if weather permits. Food and wine available. 6308 Shelburne Road/Route 7. 985-8222, shelburnevineyard.com, Facebook.
Trinity Episcopal Church
May 6: 3 p.m. Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble and High Peaks Ringers of Lake Placid, N.Y.
“Spring, Joy, Love and Bells.” Benefit for church which is the rehearsal venue for Northern Bronze. $12 adults, $8 under age 12. Fellowship hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 5171 Shelburne Road. 899-4934, email@example.com.
Ben & Jerry’s Concerts on The Green at Shelburne Museum
May 26: 6 p.m. gates, 7 p.m. Fleet Foxes.
June 9: The Decemberists.
All ages. 12 and under free. $35 Early Bird, $40 GA advance, plus $4 day of show. 877-987-6487, highergroundmusic.com; ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1604214
Phoenix Books Burlington
May 3: 7 p.m. Meg Little Reilly, new novel “Everything That Follows.”
May 8: 7 p.m. Reeve Lindbergh, author of new book, “Two Lives.” Daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh discusses intersection of fame and privacy.
7 p.m. talks: $3 for Vermont Foodbank; includes $5 discount coupon for featured book. Coupons expire at end of event.
191 Bank St. 448-3350. phoenixbooks.biz.
Phoenix Books Essex
May the Fourth
May 4: 6 p.m. All things Star Wars. All ages. Costumes encouraged.
2 Carmichael St. 872-7111, phoenixbooks.biz.
May 3: 6:30 p.m. Flying Pig Bookstore presents author Reeve Lindbergh and her
first new memoir in nearly 10 years, “Two Lives.” The daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh reflects on her role as the public face of her extraordinarily famous 20th-century family while simultaneously leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont. Free. RSVP appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: reevelindbergh.com and email@example.com, 985-3999.
Introduction to Genealogy
May 9: 1:30 p.m. How to trace ancestors, find sources. Free. Sponsored by Pierson Library, Room 2, Shelburne Town Offices, 5420 Shelburne Road. Register: 985-5124.
May 3: 7:30 p.m. Machine de Cirque. Quebec City acrobats, jugglers, musicians.
153 Main St. 86-FLYNN, flynntix.org.
“The Man Who Came to Dinner”
May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12: 7:30 p.m.
May 6 and 13: 2 p.m. Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s 1939 comedy; radio celebrity slips on ice and becomes an imperious long-term houseguest of small-town Ohio family just before Christmas. Directed by Adam Cunningham. Essex Memorial Hall, Towers Road. Tickets: essexplayers.com; box office two hours before show. Peggy Bonesteel, 881-7116, firstname.lastname@example.org
Town Hall Theater
Heart in the Hood
May 6: 2 p.m. Mike Sommers’ autobiographical one-man show. Vermont native and a star of Sense8, the Netflix science fiction drama. $15.
68 S. Pleasant St. 388-1436, townhalltheater.org.
Life in Motion
Joseph Cashore presents “Life in Motion” with his collection of marionette masterworks Friday at 7 p.m. at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a unique full evening show. $18, $10 for ages 12 and under. 68 S. Pleasant St. 388-1436, townhalltheater.org.
Lost Nation Theater
May 3, 4, 5: 7:30 p.m.
May 6: 2 p.m. Lauren Gunderson’s beautiful and entertaining play about boundary-shattering astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, 1868-1921 (Courtney Wood), discoverer of over 2,400 variable stars and the cepheid variable period-luminosity relationship. With G. Richard Ames, Emme Erdossy, Lindsey Newton, Eve Passeltiner. Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St. 229-0492, lostnationtheater.org.