The days are getting shorter, but there’s no shortage of ways for Vermonters to connect, learn and have a good time. We’ve compiled seven of this week’s must-do events, including ‘Untitled (Reading Rainbow)’ Drag Show, a performance, spoken word and sound installation with Untitled Queen, DJ Jess Ramsay and friends.

Queen of Arts Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 Drag queen, artist and activist Untitled Queen presents a Drag Show in conjunction with “Untitled (Reading Rainbow),” her new exhibition at White River Junction’s Kishka Gallery & Library. Jess Ramsay and Vermont drag artist Rhedd Rhumm also perform music and spoken word during the weekend of events. The immersive installation explores queerification and decolonization through works in paper, sculpture and textile. Trans Literation Thursday 14 Torrey Peters visits the Vermont Studio Center’s virtual stage for a special reading and conversation with journalist and VSC alum Naomi Gordon-Loebl. This year, Peters’ debut novel, Detransition, Baby, became the first book by an openly transgender woman to be long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Creature Crawl Saturday 16 Ghouls, goblins and grim reapers of all ages gather at Burlington’s Rock Point School for the annual Ooky Spooky 5K Race to Benefit COTS. Costumes are encouraged, especially for anyone angling for the Best Costume Prize, and all funds raised benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter and its advocacy for long-term solutions to homelessness. You Can Jive Saturday 16 For those who have never attended a silent disco, here’s how it goes: You don a pair of wireless headphones, DJ Sean beams his beats straight into your ears, and worries of noise complaints become a distant memory. Lebanon Opera House’s Silent Disco With LIVEMIXKINGS takes place in Colburn Park for a late-night dance party under the stars. Earth Day Sunday 17 At Greensboro’s Highland Center for the Arts, Artists Uniting for Wildlife brings together beloved musicians to raise funds for the Vermont Wildlife Coalition and various Lake Champlain conservation groups. On the docket are troubadour Dave Mallett, roots rockers the Mallett Brothers Band and Americana mainstay Tish Hinojosa. Saving the World Monday 18 As part of its 2021 fall conference This Mazéd World: The Humanities and Climate Change, Vermont Humanities presents an energizing evening with Bill McKibben. In his virtual talk, the 350.org founder and author of the seminal book The End of Nature illuminates how the arts are just as crucial as the sciences in the fight against the climate crisis. Hair-Raising History Tuesday 19 For much of the 19th century, ghosts were having a moment. The Robinsons of Ferrisburgh, whose farm is now the Rokeby Museum, were especially keen on séances and kept records of many of…

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