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    March 18,2005

    MONTPELIER – An afternoon of cutting-edge fiction and poetry from young transgender writers challenging the boundaries of gender and artistic expression, comes to Black Sheep Books, 4 Langdon St., Sunday at 5 p.m. Your genderscape may never be the same again!

    The afternoon features readings by:

  • Tennessee Jones – southern ex-punk with high pompadour whose first book, "Deliver Me from Nowhere," explores the sex and gender badlands of Middle America through the prism of Bruce Springsteen's album "Nebraska";

  • Charlie Anders – author of "Choir Boy," a bittersweet and surreal story of a choirboy who takes female hormones to keep his voice from changing and discovers a world of gender confusion. Anders publishes other, the magazine of pop and politics for the new outcasts;

  • Carolyn Connelly – high-femme metal head whose magazine, "A Brooklyn Diary," includes tales of growing up queer and working class in Brooklyn, and hanging out with Metallica when the band actually mattered.

    For more information, call 225-8906.

    Twinfield circus

    MARSHFIELD – The circus is coming! The circus is coming!

    Twinfield Union School will be hosting Circus Smirkus coach Brent McCoy of Hardwick as artist-in-residence for two weeks, March 14 – 25, introducing students to the circus arts' combination of performing arts and physical discipline. The residency will culminate in a performance for the community on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m., in the school gymnasium.

    As the core group for this residency, the fifth and sixth graders will work with McCoy most intensively to discover the hidden unicyclists, jugglers and clowns in their midst. All other students in the K-12 school will have an opportunity to spend one or more sessions with him and try their hands at the smorgasbord of circus props he'll have on hand. Meanwhile, elementary classes will also be working with various artists from the community to create skits for the final performance.

    Finally, McCoy will perform his own one-hour show for the entire school on Friday afternoon, March 25 at 1:30. Community members are invited to enjoy this show, as well.

    Call 426-3213 for information.
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