#1 | Harp to it
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Brandon Music, Brandon
The award-winning indie harpist/singer-songwriter, Gillian Grassie delivers literary lyrics with an expressive, soulful soprano over a blend of jazz-inflected folk/pop that’s smart, accessible and captivating. Frequently weaving stories of her travels and life into her sets, Grassie’s engaging stage presence lands her on the Regina Spektor end of the indie spectrum. Tickets: $15; pre-concert dinner available for an additional $15. Reservations are encouraged. Venue is BYOB. Visit brandon-music.net for more info. Listen more here.
#2 | All in the family
The Speckers Fiddle Duo
Friday, 7 p.m.
Taps Tavern, Poultney
This father-daughter duo will get you on your feet or at least tapping your toes with some excellent bluegrass sounds. Listen at thespeckers.com.
#3 | You gotta shop around
Downtown Brandon will be keeping the lights on and the doors open until 9 p.m. (or later) this Friday, which just happens to be the last First Friday event of the summer and 2013. Shop. Eat. Drink. Browse. Stroll. Enjoy the evening. Sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce. More info at brandon.org.
#4 | Feel good about Hood
Recognized as one of the most innovative and influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso was at his most ferociously inventive between 1930 and 1937, when he created a dazzling series of etchings that are known today as the “Vollard Suite.” The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, one of the few museums in the world to own the complete series, is presenting the entire “Vollard Suite” in its upstairs galleries through Dec. 20. For more info, visit hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu.
#5 | Women at work
Labor of Love, created by Vermont Works for Women, in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, showcases 29 women from across the state who are passionate about their work, exemplify excellence in their fields, and are inspirations to others. The exhibit consists of high-quality photographs of the women honorees paired with audio clips accessed on the spot via one’s own mobile phone. The exhibition is a year-long project, traveling to various sites throughout Vermont. Times and additional info at chaffeeartcenter.org.