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From both the left and the right free trade has become a dirty word, and that’s unfortunate. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both campaigned against the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership), a trade deal between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Why? That was unclear. But based on opposition it would either hurt the economy or hurt the environment. The reality is that trade helps us. It lowers the cost of things that we buy, from gas to homes to cell phones. By lowering the cost of those goods, free trade increases our buying power. Or, put more bluntly, it allows us to buy more with less. This raises our standard of living. Historically, lower tariffs (taxes on goods coming into this country) were an issue supported by more populist candidates. Back then people knew that higher-priced booze, cotton and wood hurt them. Big companies liked high taxes on goods coming here because it allowed them to charge inflated prices for goods made here. What about claims that free trade ships jobs to Mexico, China and other places? Some of that is true. Companies have shifted production (and thus jobs) to Mexico and then shipped those — now cheaper — goods back here. But global competition — competition that we weren’t going to stop — was already lowering prices and American manufacturers had to compete. In other words those jobs were leaving one way or another. They could go to Mexico or just go away period. We don’t live on an island or in a vacuum and we aren’t going to stop the Chinese from making cheap goods and shipping them all over the world. This means that we can compete or try and throw up a wall. Could we stop them from shipping them here? Sure, we could, and then we’d have much more expensive things and become less competitive worldwide and our economy would not grow as fast. The result would be fewer jobs created. From 1990 to today, the U.S. economy has doubled in size. Doubled. Our economy is 30 percent of the world’s economy. Yet we’re about 4.4 percent of the world’s people. The Trans Pacific Partnership wasn’t about shipping jobs to Australia or Chile or Vietnam; it was about creating a trading bloc to rival China. Now we’re less economically secure and no jobs have been saved. If we want America first, then we need to lead and we need to lead by being competitive. We lead by innovating and by being more productive. We lead by being free to trade with our neighboring countries. And that’s how we really win.

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ON THE COVER 12 TRIBUTE MANIA Some New Hampshire bands play original songs; some play covers. And some, like Beatles tribute band Studio Two, completely transform into their music idols when they take the stage (and for Hippo cover photo shoots!). We talked to some of New Studio Two in the Manchester Millyard. Hampshire’s tribute acts Photo by Emma Contic — Ozzy Osbourne, (conticcreative.com) Foreigner, Kenny Chesney — plus the venues that have made a home for this very specific kind of music. ALSO ON THE COVER, Queen City Kamikaze returns with retro video games, cosplay and more, p. 26. The New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival will screen 11 films, including For the Love of Spock, p. 47. If you’re looking for something tasty to do, there’s a brewing company anniversary and a gourmet food fest (p. 36), plus plenty of other foodie fun that you can find in the listings starting on p. 37.

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NEWS & NOTES 4 Where have all the fishers gone? Historic flags; PLUS News in Brief. 8 Q&A 9 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS

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THE ARTS: 20 THEATER The Bremen Town Musicians. 22 ART Martha Emerson. 24 CLASSICAL Listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 27 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 28 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 29 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 30 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 34 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 36 BREW COMPANY CELEBRATION Gourmet food festival; food-to-go store opens; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Wine; Perishables. POP CULTURE: 46 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz appreciates the tropical weather of Kong: Skull Island. NITE: 52 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Jennifer Kimball; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 54 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 55 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants. ODDS & ENDS: 60 CROSSWORD 61 SIGNS OF LIFE 61 SUDOKU 62 NEWS OF THE WEIRD 62 THIS MODERN WORLD


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NEWS & NOTES Youth summit

During the first ever New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness at the SNHU Arena in Manchester on March 7, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise appearance. According to multiple news reports, thousands of the state’s middle school and high school students attended the three-hour event. There were multiple guest appearances, performances by local dance groups and a personal video message from Mark Wahlberg. Gov. Chris Sununu and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas spoke at the event, urging students to take personal responsibility by not using drugs. WMUR live streamed Sessions’ speech, during which he said, “What is happening here today is not an ordinary event, in my opinion. It is a special thing. That’s why I cleared my schedule here today, to be with you.” Sessions called the event historic and the largest such gathering in history. He harkened back to his time as a federal prosecutor in the 1980s and spoke about the impact of drugs back then. The purity of heroin and cocaine was much lower then, he said. Sessions said he believes the drug crisis must be tackled three ways: with prevention, criminal enforcement and treatment. In response to Sessions’ appearance, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen re-sent a press release stating Donald Trump’s administration is going to make the drug crisis worse by repealing the Affordable Care Act, which helped insure some 50,000 Granite Staters through expanded Medicaid. The summit was presented by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

Body scanners

The Department of Corrections’ plan to install body scanners at the state’s prisons is facing delays. The AP reported DOC officials expressed concern that current state law is too broad, making potentially anyone required to submit to a scan. Officials want more discretion when deciding who gets scanned, so a bill was submitted this session with language that would provide prison administrators that discretion. Now, that bill has been stalled, according to the article.

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Storm water permits

Gov. Chris Sununu wrote in a letter to newly confirmed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he believes the new municipal stormwater discharge permit will be burdensome to New Hampshire’s cities and towns. In the letter, Sununu refers to the MS4 permit under the agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, saying a new version released in January is “significantly more stringent and wide ranging than the previous one.” Sununu said the new form is 250 pages long whereas the previous form was 30 pages. He said the change will present a significant financial cost to the 44 communities required to obtain the permit. Rochester, Sununu said, would have to pay about $25 million in compliance costs.

Waitlist

The state Health and Human Services Department is asking for money in the budget to help eliminate the chronic waitlist for developmental disabilities services. Additional funding has already been proposed in Gov. Chris Sununu’s budget to the tune of $57 million for developmental disability services, $10 million of which would be targeted toward shortening the waitlist. NHPR reported that DHHS Commissioner Jeff Meyers said the additional funding will help the department significantly cut the waitlist — which currently has 194 people — but it would not eliminate it entirely. Meyers made his formal request in front of the House Fiscal Committee.

AG Foster

State Attorney General Joseph Foster is stepping down at the end of March after four years as the head of the New Hampshire Department of Justice. NHPR reported Foster gave his resignation letter to the Executive Council, in which he called his experience in the office an “extraordinary honor,” according to the story. Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to name Foster’s successor soon. Foster was appointed by former Gov. Mag-

gie Hassan, a Democrat who served with Foster previously in the state Senate.

Online registration

A bill that would have allowed people to register to vote online failed to pass the state Senate. NHPR reported one of the bill’s co-sponsors, Democratic Sen. Lou D’Alessandro of Manchester, spoke in defense of the bill by saying the state has $10 million in federal funds from the Help America Vote Act. But opponents argued it would be too costly and the state’s internet capacity is insufficient to create an online registration system. The bill had already failed to obtain a recommendation from the Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee before it died in a party line vote.

Marriage law

A bill to raise the minimum age to be married to 18 seemed likely to pass but was killed in a close vote in the House. NHPR reported the bill received a unanimous recommendation from the Children and Family Law committee but a Republican lawmaker, Jim Spillane of Deerfield, argued it would make it difficult for young veterans who would marry before deployment to secure spousal military benefits. Spillane motioned to postpone the bill indefinitely, which won by 11 votes. The issue cannot be revisited for two years. The current minimum marriage age is 14 for males, 13 for females. New Hampshire has seen 88 marriages involving minors in the past 10 years.

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Voters in Chichester voted 71-34 to expand to a full-day kindergarten program. The Concord Monitor reported the program will cost $48,235.

CONCORD

While many communities are adopting full-day kindergarten, voters in Dunbarton opted to revert back to half-day kindergarten just one year after the program Hooksett was adopted. The Concord Monitor reported voters were concerned with the space requirements after preGoffstown enrollment numbers showed 22 students signed up, twice as many as were originally MANCHESTER projected. State officials need more participants from among Bedford customers of the Merrimack Village District Water Works to provide blood samples to testAmherst for perfluorooctanoic acid, which seeped into the Milford groundwater in the area near the St. Gobain plastics plant. The Telegraph of Nashua reported the state health department has received 145 out of 200 samples needed.

Transgender bill

The House voted 187-179 to table a bill that would protect transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations, according to a press release from House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff. In a statement, Shurtleff called the move “particularly disappointing.” The House Health and Human Services Committee

Megan Carpenter, a nationally renowned intellectual property expert, was named the next dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord, according to a press release. Carpenter founded and codirected the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law. She was selected after an extended national search and will be the first woman to lead the law school since its founding in 1973. UNH Law has been ranked among the top 10 schools for intellectual property studies consecutively over the past 25 years.

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NH MOTOR SPEEDWAY

According to multiple news reports, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway is losing one of its two marquee NASCAR races to Las Vegas. Since 1996, the speedway has been host to two major race weekends — one in September and one in July. Now, the September race event will take place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which is owned by the same parent company as the New Hampshire speedway, SMI. Gov. Chris Sununu released a statement saying he was disappointed but looks forward to partnering with the speedway to identify new events that can be hosted there.


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NEWS

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The state’s population of fishers — the weasel often mischaracterized as a “fisher cat” — has dwindled significantly in recent years and wildlife experts say there are multiple factors behind the shift, from disease to a losing turf war with other animals.

How we know

Conservation officials don’t have any hard data on the fishers’ population or any means of arriving at a reliable estimate, like they have for some other species, according to Fish and Game wildlife biologist Patrick Tate. “It’s very costly to acquire population estimates,” Tate said. Instead, the best data regarding changes in fisher population are derived from trapping numbers. Looking just at how many animals are trapped is misleading on its own since that can fluctuate based on market demand for furs and the number of people engaged in trapping. To overcome this limitation, Tate uses a formula to arrive at what’s called the catch per unit effort index, which counts catches per traps per 100 nights. Based on this model, fisher numbers have decreased steadily for most of the past decade. In response to this, Tate said, the limit on trapping licenses was lowered to 450 for the 2015-2016 season. It was about 550 for the past few years. The reduction is also evident anecdotally to folks who’ve been observing local wildlife for the past several years, like naturalist Dave Anderson with the New Hampshire Forest Society. He said the biggest decrease can be seen in the northern parts of the state. “The decrease in New Hampshire fisher populations has not been as marked in southeast New Hampshire,” Anderson said.

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Anderson believes one of the biggest contributing factors to shrinking fisher numbers in the White Mountains area and north of the mountains is the success of other animals like bobcats and the fisher’s weasel cousin, the pine marten. Bobcats and martens are antagonistic to fishers. While fishers hunt for similar prey as martens — mostly small mammals like rodents and hares — martens prefer more forested and higher-altitude areas and, unlike fishers, they can hunt beneath the deep snow in the White Mountains. While martens are native to the area, they had largely left the state when much

of the forests were cleared for agriculture, preferring places like Maine instead. Since the state’s forests have rebounded, martens have returned over the past 15 years or so, according to Anderson. Similarly, bobcat numbers have rebounded thanks to conservation efforts that banned bobcat hunting and a better environment for prey species. Tate thinks the bobcat relationship may play a bigger role in determining the fate of fishers. Studies in Maine that shows fishers were the No. 1 killer of Lynx kittens (a species similar to bobcats) and where bobcat populations were highest in Minnesota, fisher numbers were lowest. What we know about fisher and bobcat populations in New Hampshire follows a similar model. While fishers might be eating the occasional bobcat kitten, bobcats eat fishers too, but they tend to focus on the smaller females, which can have an exponential impact on the production of future generations. Add to that the spread of diseases like canine distemper among the state’s fishers, and bobcats have an edge over the weasels. Distemper was positively identified in two of three fishers tested by Fish and Game. Tate said distemper is a sort of population control mechanism. When the population of an animal species grows too dense, food grows scarce and starvation lowers the animal’s immune system. Right now, this is a natural period of decline in a system of cycles, according to Tate. He said marten numbers are growing in the state because fisher numbers are shrinking, not the other way around. “Marten are doing so well because the fisher numbers are so low,” Tate said.


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A look at historic flags that have found a home in New Hampshire ed by a First Lady,” said MHA Executive Director John Clayton. So far, the campaign has raised $5,330 of $7,000 as of Monday morning. The following are some of the most noteworthy flags collected by the Manchester Historic Association and the New Hampshire Historic Society.

Wool bunting Fifth Liberty Loan Fund flag used in Manchester (1918) for World War I. MHA collection. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

Another Fifth Liberty Loan Fund flag used in Manchester (1918) for World War I. MHA collection. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

Flag of the 10th New Hampshire Veterans Association (early 20th century). MHA collection. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

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Garfield and Arthur pennant from the 1880 Presidential campaign. MHA collection. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

7th N.H. Regiment Militia Flag (1835 - 1850). Courtesy photo, NHHS.

Lincoln and Hamlin campaign flag from 1860 Presidential campaign. MHA collection. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

Spanish Flag (1860-1898) removed from a palace in Puerto Rico by an Army general. Courtesy photo, NHHS.

2nd N.H. Regiment Flag from Revolutionary War (1777). Thirteen rings represent the colonies. Courtesy photo, NHHS.*

6th N.H. Regiment Presentation Flag (1862). Courtesy photo, NHHS.

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Off the streets

Former homeless youth talks about her experience Kadyja Harris, 21, of Rochester was homeless from 2014 to 2016, spending her time mostly in Manchester and Concord. She emerged from homelessness with the help of the Transitional Living Program at Child and Family Services. On March 24, CFS is hosting the third annual SleepOut in downtown Manchester to raise awareness and funds so it can continue helping youth like Harris find stable homes. First of all, can you tell me a little bit about who you are? What are your interests and aspirations? I’m a really caring person. I’m very passionate about people. … I currently work at the Farnum Center in Manchester. I’ve been working there for like eight months now. I love it; it’s a really great job, I’m really, really passionate about it. … I obtained my associate’s degree in September of 2016 in drug and alcohol counseling. So I started working in my field of study a couple months before I graduated. … I’m a resident instructor in the medical detoxification unit. … After I graduated high school, I first went to New England College for criminal justice. I was there for a year, but I kind of felt like I wasn’t as passionate about criminal justice as I am about drug and alcohol counseling. … Both of my parents were addicts, so that’s what kind of got me introduced to the field in the first place. How did you come to be homeless and how old were you at the time? I was homeless twice. I wasn’t kicked out or anything like that. My parents’ addiction really got the best of me. I was about 17 at the time and it just came to the point where things were just so crazy at the house that … my only option was to leave. It started to affect my well-being, me being in school. And when it comes to education, it’s something I take very, very seriously. … I was living with my stepsister for a little bit. … And then I was going back and forth for a couple of years at my best friend’s house, and once that didn’t work out I would go back to Manchester to my cousin’s. There were a few times that I actually slept in my car. … But for a majority of the time, I was at my best friend’s house. … It wasn’t until after when I was 18 that I was able to get a place of my own. … So I was living in a couple of rooming houses. [It was] a really bad environment. There was … a revolving door of drugs going in and out of the whole building.

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How did the experience change you? When I was 15 I got diagnosed with anxiety and depression, so I had to deal with that … as the years passed. And because my Courtesy photo. parents were addicts, I didn’t want to be dependent on any medicine, so I wasn’t really on medication for a long period of time. … I think overall what changed me was when I was in high school and they introduced me to the Upward Bound program. … It’s a program for high school kids who are [in] low-income families. … I applied for it and got into it. It’s basically a program where you are in school for the whole summer and they house you at the University of New Hampshire and you’re there for six weeks and you go home on the weekends. They feed you, they pay for your classes, they do everything. … I was there for three years. I ended up getting college credits for taking the classes there. I think that’s what really changed me because I was around people who went through the same things that I went through. … I didn’t feel like I was so alone. What are the biggest lessons you learned from the ordeal? Honestly, the biggest thing that I struggled with was dealing with life and how life came. How these things happen in your life you just think that it can’t get any lower and then it does. You don’t have to give up. I’m a fighter and I fought my whole life to get where I am now. … There are places out there that will help people from these kinds of backgrounds. It doesn’t mean that you have to be alone. I believe there are people who go through this who have mental illnesses that … [think] their only option is using drugs [or] to just be OK with being homeless. … It’s doesn’t have to be that way. … It took me two years to even agree to go into transitional living because I was so independent and I thought that I had it all under control, when in reality I didn’t. And once … I put my pride aside and asked for help, it changed my life around for the better. — Ryan Lessard


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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 2016 overdoses exceed 2015 The Chief Medical Examiner’s office has predicted for months now that 2016 will see a greater number of drug-related deaths than the years prior. In the most recent update sent from the ME office, the death toll reached 456. The total for 2015 was 439. The number for 2016 overdose deaths can still rise as there are 22 cases pending toxicology. The ME office is projecting a total of 478. QOL Score: -1 Comment: So far, there have been 14 confirmed overdose deaths in 2017, mostly caused by fentanyl.

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If a new civics class offered in Nashua is any indication, more people are becoming interested in civic engagement. NHPR reported the 13-week program on city government filled up fast and organizers closed registration at 50 students. Mayor Jim Donchess was reportedly surprised by the program’s popularity. Some folks enrolled in the program told NHPR they want to pursue elected office themselves to make a difference in their communities; others include refugees who want to learn more about how local government works and share that with fellow refugees. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The course teaches everything from sewage treatment to tax assessment, according to the story.

First day of spring Leaving aside the recent frigid temperatures and the snowstorm that’s happening right now, as this paper goes to press, winter is nearly over. The season ends officially on March 20, making way for spring on Tuesday, March 21. So despite the new piles of snow, the finish line is in sight. QOL Score: +1 Comment: QOL is also enjoying the post-work evening light, courtesy of daylight saving time.

But when spring does arrive … New Hampshire locals will have to be extra cautious and diligent about checking for ticks in 2017; according to a recent story by the Associated Press, it’s shaping up to be another big Lyme disease season in New England. Bradley Tomkins, an infectious disease specialist, said in the story the trend is due to warming weather, which pushes the tick habitat farther and farther north. Also to credit is the reforested New England land; it creates a habitat for whitefooted mice and deer, which both carry Lyme disease. QOL Score: -1 Comment: QOL would still rather check for ticks than for frostbite. QOL score: 69 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 69 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at news@hippopress.com.

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If your favorite thing is watching great team-builders fit the pieces together up close, you can’t live in a better place than right here, because in Dave Dombrowski, Danny Ainge and Bill Belichick we have three of the best guys in their sports doing that for the Sox, Celtics and Patriots. Each does it with a mix of creativity and vision while having the guts to make the bold move most wouldn’t when opportunities arrive. Throw in the stuff Theo did minus the freeagent mistakes, and from the 2004 Nomar deal to this week it’s been quite fun watching it all go down Don’t believe me? The biggest trade of baseball’s off season was Dombrowksi’s adding Chris Sale to a rotation with two Cy Young winners. And he did it without giving up anyone off the projected 2017 roster. Yes, he gave up baseball’s top prospect, but he was blocked. As for Danny, every so-called local expert said you can’t build on the fly, but after tanking just once the C’s have gone from 25 wins to 38 to 48 to projecting 54 this year thanks to a succession of creative moves. That’s positioned him to finish the rebuild this summer where by signing one more free agent and using Brooklyn’s Top 3 pick he’ll be a trade for a big away from having a realistic chance to win an NBA title. All done with superior vision and the guile to make the incredible Brooklyn deal that will provide three Top 3 picks for three fading stars. Then we have Coach B. Based on his track record, he did not one but two things last week no one thought he’d ever do. The first was lavishing $42 million guaranteed on free agent DB Stephon Gilmore. Then with me saying “no way he’d spend a first pick on any wide receiver” he gets speedy Brandin Cooks from New Orleans for a first and sliding his 103rd overall thirdround pick into the fourth round at 118.

Then he got Chris Long’s replacement for just sliding back eight spots from 64 to 72 for versatile Carolina D-lineman Kony Ealy. And for now, he’s also kept Malcolm Butler, which, if it stays that way, quite possibly could give him the best secondary he’s had in Foxboro. All of which was enough to drown out the arrival of the NCAA basketball tournament, something that, courtesy of Danny’s Brooklyn heist, should hold high interest locally with the C’s possibly having the top pick in this coming NBA draft. Here are a few more thoughts on the week that was, and the one we’re headed into. In case you missed it during the flurry of free agency signings: Litchfield tight end Ryan Griffin re-upped with his Houston Texans in a four-year deal reported to be worth in the neighborhood of $2.2 million. Insurance mogul Dick Lombardi has the best idea I’ve heard for the Jimmy G mess. Keep him and franchise him at the end of 2017. Then, like Michael Jordan did in Chicago to bring in Dennis Rodman and others, get the rich beyond belief Brady to take back-up QB money, to let them pay Garoppolo what he’d get on the open market, with the bonus being that it would send the haters into an absolute tizzy after being outsmarted once again. Chris Long’s classy Twitter explanation for why he was moving on probably provided a clue to the Patriots’ overall success, and also why they moved on from Jamie Collins. He’s basically leaving because he wants a larger role than his had evolved into here. Which says to me, the Patriots take good players, or those whose weaknesses were exposed when previous teams asked them to do more than they were able, and boil them down to just their strengths, then carve out niches for that into the overall scheme. Said another way, it’s like the Borg collective on Star Trek: The Next Generation – to maximize their awesome

power the individual skills of their halfhuman, half-droid beings are plugged into the “collective” because their whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The Borg also are the show’s all-powerful villains, which of course fits how the rest of the NFL sees the Pats as well. And maybe that’s what they felt they couldn’t do with Collins – so they moved on from him. Given the hoo-ha over not getting Jimmy Butler or Paul George at the trading deadline, here’s what I would do instead to get the second 20-point scorer everyone says they need. Go hard after Gordon Hayward if he opts out in Utah. He’s a better get than either, because his 20 per come in the flow and you don’t need to break up the core to get him. Plus, having played for him at Butler, he’s a Brad Stevens type player. Keep the Brooklyn pick and then use the considerable remaining inventory of draft assets and expendable players (see the glossary) to overwhelm a team in a deal for the kind of defensive/rebounding guy I say they need most. That happens, they’re knocking on the door. Markelle Fultz is the one most say will be the next No. 1 NBA pick. But I hope UCLA gets a long run in the tourney so I can see more of Lonzo Ball because I love guys who see the floor, and he’s like – take your pick – Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson and, yes, my friends, Larry Bird. I’m not exaggerating either, so he would be an intriguing addition if it comes to that. Even with all the puffing up of Coach B earlier, he should get some blow-back in the locker room for giving an outsider who’s done nothing for the cause gigantic money in free agency, after guys who have done something like Butler, Collins, Chandler Jones and maybe Dont’a Hightower had or will have to go elsewhere to get paid. That would bug me if I played there. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress.com.

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SPORTS DAVE LONG’S PEOPLE, PLACES & OTHER STUFF

Bedford splits 1-1 in tourney The Big Story: With two teams in the finals of their sport, it was a big weekend. In hockey the 19-1-1 Bedford boys dismantled Concord 7-0 at the SNHU Arena. For the Bedford girls, it was close but no cigar as they came up short to now two-time defending champion 19-1 Bishop Guertin 52-49 at the SNHU gym. Jay Roberto closed out his career at the SNHU with a gigantic five-point day that included a hat trick. In the girls’ final BG pushed the lead out to 40-27 late in the third period and then had to hold after B-town fought back to down two at 44-42, before hanging in to win by three. Molly Dee (fense) had a game-high 19 for the Cardinals while Jenoyce Laniyan had 13 for the Bulldogs. Sports 101: In order from most to least, name the schools in the Top 5 of most wins in the NCAA Tournament. Steak Game of the Week: That would be the opening-round playoff affair between Nashua North and Memorial where North ran off 14 consecutive points to start the game before Memorial got on the board. The giant lead was gone at 31-31 on a Crusaders three by Elvin Barbosa. But then

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2 & 3 – points and rebounds in eight minutes of PT for Wenyen Gabriel as Kentucky breezed to an 82-65 win over Arkansas in the SEC Tournament final. 20 – game-high points scored by Nashua’s Jeff Lunn as Keene State advanced to the national quarter-final game in the NCAA Basketball Tournament with a 68-64 win over Babson.

North went off to the races again with a 13-0 third-period run that propelled them to a 73-62 win behind Alonzo Linton’s game-high 22 points. Mike Roumraj led the Crusaders with 18. Out-of-Town Scores: It was tough going for locals at the Division II East Regional last weekend. SNHU got derailed by a 42-point game from Mike Mallory in losing 109-98 to So. Conn., while St. Anselm was a 91-72 loser to St. Thomas Aquinas. Devin Gilligan had a career-high 31 for SNHU, while Cody Ball led the Hawks with 17. Sports 101 Answer: With 121, Kentucky has won the most NCAA Tournament games, followed by North Carolina (117), Duke (107), Kansas (100) and UCLA (98). On This Date – March 16: 1964 – Green Bay and Detroit stars halfback Paul Hornung and Alex Karras (uncle of Patriots lineman Ted Karras) are reinstated after a one-year suspension for gambling on NFL games. 1969 – Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and the rampaging Bruins score an NHL record 8 goals in one period. 1985 – 1968 31-game winner Denny McLain gets 25 years in the big house for racketeering.

23 – game-high points by BG’s Clay Crowell and Londonderry’s Jake Coleman when the Cardinals eliminated the Lancers from the Division I Basketball Tournament with a 64-57 win. 25 – career-high points for Max Chartier in leading Bedford to the Final Four of the Division I State Tournament with a 47-41 win over Merrimack. 34 – combined points

from Merrimack’s Ian Cummings (18) and Owen Ploss (16) as the 6-seed T-Hawks moved on in the NHIAA Boys Basketball Tournament with a 48-38 Round 1 win over Nashua South. 44 – combined points from Alexa Meservey (15), Aly Filion (15) and Maddie Blake (14) as Bedford dispatched Pinkerton 47-33 to move on to the Division 1 State Basketball Final.

Sports Glossary The Borg: Dastardly advanced civilization on Star Trek: The Next Generation bent on assimilating the entire universe into the Borg Collective. After kryptonite, JR Ewing, Bill Laimbeer and Roger Goodell, the greatest villain ever seen on TV. Said another way, basically the Nazis in WWII. They brought the galaxy to its knees on many occasions, even captured heroic Captain Jean Luc Picard in the greatest season-ending cliffhanger since “Who Shot J.R.?” But thanks to good old third-rock-from-the-sun ingenuity they (SPOILER ALERT) beamed him off the ship just as he was being assimilated into the collective as Locutus moments before the Enterprise blasted the Borg cube back to whence it came. Most Creative Danny Ainge Trade: By somehow providing Cleveland cap space to make the Kevin Love deal, he got Tyler Zeller and a first pick without giving up any player or draft pick. A while later he flipped the pick to Phoenix for Isaiah Thomas. Which means he basically pulled the good Isaiah out of thin air. Celtics Trade Assets Available This Summer: First-round picks of Brooklyn, Memphis and Boston in 2018, and of L.A. (Clippers) and Boston in 2019, along with Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Terry Rozier, Kelly Olynyk and the two first-round picks now stashed in Europe. 2017 Target List of Needed NBA Defenders/Rebounders: Blake Griffin (sign and trade free agent), Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony Town, Andre Drummond, Hassan Whiteside, Nerlens Noel, Marc Gasol, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan.

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How local bands are bringing old-school music back to life

By Angie Sykeny

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Off stage, local musician Stephen Murray is a fan of John Lennon and The Beatles. But catch him on stage with his band Studio Two and you’ll find that he’s more than just a fan — he is John Lennon, alongside his fellow mop-topped Beatles. Studio Two is a Beatles tribute band that recreates, as authentically as possible, the concerts of the Beatles’ early years, from the outfits and accents to the instruments and

musical subtleties. “You can listen to any album or watch any video, but to see and hear the music performed live right there in front of you, it’s a different experience,” Murray said. “A tribute gives anyone who didn’t get to see a certain band a chance to have that live experience.” Studio Two is one of many local bands using the spotlight to pay tribute to the music they love, and to give other fans of that music a chance to hear it performed it live. Looking to rock out? You might like Foreigner tribute Cold As Ice or Ozzy Osbourne tribute Wiz-

ard of Ozz. If country is more your style, give The No Shoes Nation Band Kenny Chesney tribute a try. Whether it’s at a local bar, performance venue or community event, there are tribute bands playing all the time, and you don’t have to travel far or clean out your wallet to see them.

More than covers

When southern New Hampshire Foreigner tribute Cold As Ice formed, they rehearsed twice a week for over a year and went through several roster changes before

setting foot on a live stage. They spent countless hours studying Foreigner recordings and concert footage, transcribing sheet music and critiquing their own rehearsals, all of which they filmed to help them perfect their act. It stands to reason, then, that being likened to cover bands strikes a nerve for guitarist and co-founder Bruce Bennett. “I don’t like it when these cover bands learn a couple songs to play at the bar and call themselves a tribute,” Bennett said. “A tribute is not how you think the music should be played. It’s not how you want to play it.

Just for show Events like the weekly Saturday tribute nights at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery in Gilford and the monthly live music series hosted by Rob Azevedo (host of the Granite State of Mind radio show, which airs live every Thursday at 7 p.m. on WKXL 103.9 FM in Concord) at New England College Concord are giving local original musicians an outlet to pay tribute to notable bands and solo artists. “We already had musicians play with certain styles like Neil Young or Bob Marley or this and that,” Patrick’s owner Allan Beetle said, “so it wasn’t a huge leap to say, let’s focus on paying tribute to some of the great bands and performers of our time and do that every Saturday night.” Since Patrick’s started the series this past fall it has hosted tributes to The Beatles, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and others, with each HIPPO | MARCH 16 - 22, 2017 | PAGE 12

show featuring one local performer or group playing a two-hour set. While live music is held at Patrick’s throughout the week, Beetle said they “turn up the volume a little more” on Saturday nights and make the tribute shows the focal point rather than background entertainment. “You won’t get everyone when you say there’s going to be an Elton John tribute, but it does connect with a larger base of people when they know they’re coming to hear that music, as opposed to when we say, ‘Soand-so [original act] is performing tonight,’” Beetle said. In January, Azevedo decided to host a Grateful Dead tribute night as part of his monthly live music series at New England College Concord. It was such a hit, he did a Neil Young tribute in February and now has trib-

ute shows scheduled through June. “These are classic, super-innovative and influential artists that I think everyone gravitates to in one form or another,” Azevedo said. “For a lot of musicians, these are the artists they wanted to emulate when they first picked up a guitar and were finding their voice.” Each show features about 10 local musicians, each performing one to three songs by the chosen artist or band. Then, to close, all of the musicians come to together perform the final song, which they practice for an hour before the show starts. For the Neil Young tribute, it was “Rockin’ in the Free World.” “It’s like a family,” Azevedo said. “You have a bunch of musicians who have never met before get in a room together, and there’s this undeniable connection fortified by this one particular artist. It’s like they’ve known each

other their whole lives through that artist.” Saturday Tribute Nights at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841, patrickspub.com) are held weekly with music starting at 8 p.m. Upcoming shows include a tribute to U2 on March 18, and a tribute to James Taylor and Bob Dylan on March 25. Tribute Nights hosted by Rob Azevedo of Granite State of Mind take place one Saturday a month at New England College Concord (62 N. Main St., Concord, 715-2306, facebook.com/NECConcord). Upcoming shows include A Tribute to The Women of Classic Country on March 25, The Beatles on April 22, Bruce Springsteen on May 13, and Bob Dylan on June 17. Doors open at 5 p.m., and shows start at 5:30 p.m.


BEHIND THE TRIBUTE: THE BEATLES My dad came home one day with a [Beatles] cassette tape … and right from the get-go, at 2 or 3 years old, it was like, ‘Beatles! Beatles! Beatles!’ You wonder why The Beatles still have fan clubs all over the world … I think it’s that they have this mystique, especially since the four of them were only together from 1962 to 1970. In that short amount of time, eight years, look at all the albums they made and all the stuff they accomplished.”

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AL FRANCIS, “PAUL MCCARTNEY” It’s not how you guess it is. I’m talking about a real, focused tribute where every member studies the person they’re supposed to play and learns the part note for note.” Cold As Ice even went so far as to contact real Foreigner guitarist and founding member Mick Jones to settle a question on one of the lyrics, with which he was happy to help. In fact, Foreigner is exceedingly supportive of Cold As Ice, deeming them the No.1 Foreigner tribute and honoring them with a signed platinum record. Original Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm even gifted the band with a video in which he introduces them to stage. They screen the video at the beginning of every show. “Any member of this band could step up on stage with Foreigner tomorrow and play a set with them,” Bennett said. “If they’re calling us their No. 1 tribute, you know we’re going out of our way to play their music and represent them as professionally as possible.” Marc Pilcher, frontman for Deerfieldbased Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute Southern Breeze, said that while his band isn’t an exact replica of Lynyrd Skynyrd — it has five members, whereas the real Lynyrd Skynyrd had up to seven at points — what it lacks in technicalities it makes up for in energy. “It’s one thing to do a song as a cover band and go through the motions, but if you call yourself a tribute, there can’t be anything vanilla about it,” Pilcher said. “Since we’re stripped down to a five-piece, we do have to take some liberties, but we try to give people the same live experience they may have had at a Skynyrd show in 1976. We channel that same energy, and I think the crowd can appreciate that.”

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A serious tribute band studies not just the original band’s songs but also their attire, mannerisms, speech, instruments, equipment, audience interaction and general live show atmosphere. It’s no easy task recreating the concert experiences of some of the biggest acts in music history, especially when there are diehard fans in the crowd who notice details as small as a guitar pick. “For a laugh, I had ordered a set of teardrop guitar picks online, the same kind The Beatles used,” Murray said. “At one show, I dropped it on stage, and a guy picked it up and said, ‘Hey, this is the pick they used!’ I was like, ‘Wow, you noticed that?’ People are definitely looking at the little things.” Studio Two has made their job a little easier by committing exclusively to The Beatles’ early years during which they performed in small clubs around England. By narrowing the focus to one era, the band can dive deeper into the intricacies of those Beatles’ shows. Plus, they don’t have to worry about recreating the more complex psychedelic effects that accompanied The Beatles’ later material. Many tributes to bands with wide and varied fan bases such as The Beatles or Grateful Dead employ this same tactic; honing in on a certain piece of the musical catalog not only allows the tributes to prioritize quality but also lets them distinguish themselves from their peer tributes and appeal to a more niche audience. Sometimes a tribute will recreate songs or even a whole set from one particular concert as opposed to the studio recordings or a more generalized version of the band’s live performances.

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STEPHEN MURRAY, “JOHN LENNON” “I’ll take things one step further,” Murray said. “If there’s a recording where John [Lennon] plays a note but it doesn’t ring out because he didn’t hit it all the way or he muted it on accident, I will make a note of that on the sheet music and remember not to hit it all the way. They’re crazy little details only one or two people might know, but that’s what’s fun.” Not all tributes get as in-depth as Studio Two does, but a good tribute will at least work to perfect the original band’s trademark quality. For Kenny Chesney, it’s all about the fun, party atmosphere; Foreigner goes big with the arena rock stage and oversized amps; and if you go to a Neil Diamond show, you can expect to be dazzled. “I wear the sequined outfits and ’80s hair,

and I try to talk like him and duplicate his gestures,” said Ron Eskin, a Neil Diamond tribute artist based in Nashua. “I try to give it the energy and feel of a real Neil Diamond concert. I may not be a dead-ringer lookalike, but when I start performing, everyone looks at me as the real Neil Diamond.”

True musicians

While tribute bands receive a lot of support from their fans and sometimes even from the band they’re paying tribute to, they also have their share of naysayers. Some would say that it requires less musical talent to perform another band’s songs than it does to perform original music. “We’ve all heard it,” said Al Francis, bassist and “Paul McCartney” of Studio Two.

Jerry Jam Every summer in July, more than 2,000 people make the trip to a rural farm property in Bath for Jerry Jam, a family-friendly three-day festival celebrating the musical legacy of Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead. The festival brings in around 30 bands from all over the country and has even captured the attention of JGB, the reformation of Garcia’s most prominent side project, the Jerry Garcia Band, which he formed in 1975. This year’s Jerry Jam will be the fifth to feature JGB, which is currently led by longtime Jerry Garcia Band member Melvin Seals, who performed with Garcia from 1980 until Garcia’s death and the group’s disbandment in 1995. The rest of the lineup consists of both fulltime tributes to Jerry Garcia and/or Grateful Dead and original acts playing special tribute sets for the festival. They come from a variety of genres including dub and reggae, Americana, bluegrass, funk and jam. “Jerry had a really broad musical career, and we try to represent all his different musical styles,” said Julia Butterfield, one of the festival coordinators. “The music catalog is so varied that there really is something for everyone.” Some of the notable bands making their Jerry Jam debut this year include Assembly of Dust, Cabinet, Kung Fu, Max Creek, Pink Talking Fish and others. One of the most anticipated acts, Butterfield said, is an original band from Illinois called The Giving Tree Band.

“We saw their cover of ‘Brown Eyed Women,’ which was part of the Dead Covers Project,” Butterfield said, “but they really embody the spirit of what Jerry Jam is all about — the richness of the legacy of the Grateful Dead, and the sense of family that comes along with that community.” The festival started a little over two decades ago as a small, one-day get-together of a few dozen friends in a barn in Bethlehem. Since then, the number of festival-goers, or “the Jamily” as they’ve come to be called, has grown every year with Garcia and Grateful Dead fans of all ages. “I think that’s a big part of what people love about Grateful Dead music,” Butterfield said. “When this community gets together, there’s a feeling of instant family. That’s not something you find at just any gathering or concert or event.” If you go: The 22nd annual Jerry Jam kicks off Friday, July 21, at 9 a.m. and continues through Sunday, July 23, at Klay Knoll Farm, 471 Pettyboro Road, Bath, N.H. Full weekend passes are $115 each and are currently available for purchase online. Tickets at the gate may also be available as capacity allows. Weekend passes include tent camping; RV passes are sold separately for $50 to $75. All ages are welcome, and children age 12 and under are admitted free, accompanied by a parent. BYOB is welcome for festival-goers 21+. For more information, visit jerryjam.com or facebook.com/ TheJerryJam.


BEHIND THE TRIBUTE: LYNYRD SKYNYRD I grew up singing these songs. I’ve been a huge Skynyrd fan ever since the age of 10 when a neighbor first handed me an album. Once it hooked into me, I was a fan, and now I always will be. When everyone moved on to something else, I never let go. … Now they’re still on the radio and are appealing to a younger crowd. They’re just good, solid songs, and I think people still enjoy that.”

MARC PILCHER, LEAD SINGER OF SOUTHERN BREEZE “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but you can’t let it get to you. We know that what we’re doing is a craft just like original music is a craft, and for every one person who says it’s not, there are a hundred more that come to our shows and love what we do.” Becoming a tribute artist isn’t indicative of a lack of talent or inability to write and perform original music, Bennett said, because

many have prior experience as an original artist or maintain a side project focused on original music in addition to their tribute act. Some tribute artists have even studied music academically, including Stephen Murray and his brother Robert Murray, guitarist and “George Harrison” of Studio Two, both of whom are graduates of Berklee College of Music.

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NH’s tribute bands • Blue Light Rain, a tribute to Grateful Dead (find them on Facebook) Next show is on Saturday, April 8, at 9 p.m. at Penuche’s Concord, 16 Bicentennial Square. • Cold As Ice - The Ultimate Foreigner Tribute (theultimateforeignertribute.com, facebook.com/ForeignerRocks) Next show is on Saturday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets are $25 at palacetheatre.org. • DEAD UnderCover, a tribute to Grateful Dead (facebook.com/DeadUnderCover) Next show is on Saturday, March 25, 8 p.m. at Riverside Barbeque Co., 53 Main St., Nashua. • Doctor X, a tribute to Queensryche (facebook.com/doctorxnh) Upcoming shows are on Friday, March 31, and Saturdays, May 27 and June 24, 9 p.m. at Crow’s Nest Pub and Grill, 181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow. • Fallen Angel - Poison Tribute Band of New England (facebook.com/fallenangelrocksnewengland) Show dates TBA. • Four Sticks, a tribute to Led Zeppelin (facebook.com/fourstickszeptribute) Show dates TBA. • Invisible Airwaves, a tribute to Rush (invisibleairwaves.com, facebook.com/ InvisibleAirwavesTribute) Currently on hiatus but will return later this year. Check band’s Facebook page for updates. • No Shoes Nation Band, a tribute to Kenny Chesney (noshoesnationband.com, facebook.com/NoShoesNationBand) Show dates TBA. • Not Fade Away Band, a tribute to Grateful Dead (facebook.com/NotFadeAwayBand) Next show is on Saturday, June 10, 8:45 p.m. at The Shaskeen, 909 Elm St., Manchester. • The Priest, a tribute to Judas Priest (thepriestdof.wixsite.com/thepriestnh, facebook.com/thepriestnh) Next show is Friday, May 5, 9 p.m. at Crow’s Nest Pub and Grill, 181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow. • Problem Child, a tribute to AC/DC

(newproblemchild.com, facebook.com/ problemchildmanchesternh) Show dates TBA. • Ron Eskin’s Tribute Show to Neil Diamond (neildiamondtributeshow.com) Available primarily for private events, but has a two-hour public show for the Merrimack Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, July 19, 6 p.m. at Abbie Griffin Park, 6 Baboosic Lake Road. • Southern Breeze, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet (find them on Facebook) Upcoming shows are on Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Manchester Harley-Davidson open house, 115 John E. Devine Drive, Manchester; Saturday, May 20, 9 p.m., at American Legion Post No. 90, Harriman Hill Road, Raymond; and at Laconia Motorcycle Week on Saturdays, June 10 and June 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. • Stone Temple Posers, a tribute to Stone Temple Pilots (stonetempleposers. com, facebook.com/Stone.Temple.Posers. of.New.England) Next performance is at the “80s meets 90s” show on Friday, June 2, at Crow’s Nest Pub and Grill, 181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow. Show also features Rebel Waltz, a tribute to the Clash. • Studio Two, a tribute to The Beatles (studiotwotributeband.com, facebook.com/ studiotwotribute) Upcoming shows are on Saturdays, March 18 and May 6, 9 p.m. at Cork N’ Keg Grill, 4 Essex Road, Raymond. • Wizard of Ozz, a tribute to Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath (wizardofozzusa.wixsite.com/ozzytribute, facebook.com/ wizardofozzusa) Next show is Saturday, April 22, 8 p.m. at Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester. Tickets are $8 to $10 at ticketfly.com. • Wooden Ships, a tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (facebook. com/WoodenShipsTributetoCrosbyStillsNashandYoung) Next show is on Saturday, June 10, 7 p.m. at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery St., Berlin. Call 752-1028 for tickets.

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“I’ve written over 100 songs in my life, and I still sit on my couch sometimes and just write songs,” Bennett said. “But personally, I don’t feel a need to go record them or shove them down someone’s throat. I’m OK with playing Foreigner’s music. I get to perform in front of hundreds of people I don’t know. If I did original music, I’d be playing for maybe 50 people who are all my friends and family.” Not only can a tribute artist be as talented as an original, he said, but a case could also be made that being a tribute act requires more “attention to detail, focus and discipline,” to portray another artist’s vision and

do it justice. Bob Catalano, bassist for Seabrook-based Kenny Chesney tribute The No Shoes Nation Band, agrees. “I think when people say negative stuff [about tributes], maybe it’s out of jealousy or because they’re a starving musician who can’t make it and it looks like we took the easy way out,” he said. “But it’s not just about singing the songs. A tribute is all-encompassing. You have to be an actor also, and recreate the effect of those concerts and engage the audience even when you aren’t singing.”

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These bands aren’t based in New Hampshire tribute, Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m., $24 but are coming to the Granite State to play at to $29, The Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com various tribute-band-friendly venues. • Live Bullet, a tribute to Bob Seger & • AfterFab, a tribute to the Beatles’ solo the Silver Bullet Band, Saturday, May 20, careers, Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m., $25, 9 p.m., The Chop Shop Pub & Grub, 920 Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester, Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706, chop669-5588, palacetheatre.org shoppub.com • Alive! ‘75, a tribute to KISS, Saturday, • The Mersey Beatles, a tribute to The May 6, more details TBA, Jewel Music Venue, Beatles, Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., $26 61 Canal St., Manchester, 819-9336, jewelnh. to $49, The Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com com • Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Saturday, • Nirvanish, a tribute to Nirvana, Friday, July 1, 8 p.m., $18, Casino Ballroom, 169 May 19, 8 p.m., $24, Rochester Opera House, Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 335-1992, rochesteroperahouse.com casinoballroom.com • Dark Star Orchestra, a tribute to Grate- • One Night of Queen, a tribute to Queen, ful Dead, Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m., $36 Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m., $30 to $44, The to $39, The Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St., Keene, 3522033, thecolonial.org Keene, 352-2033, thecolonial.org • Dazed, a tribute to Led Zeppelin, Satur- • Patsy Cline Remembered, featuring day, April 29, 9:30 p.m., The Shaskeen Pub vocalist Liz Saunders and Clayton “Skip” and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester, Poole, Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., $28 to $38, 625-0246, theshaskeenpub.com Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Con• Dirty Deeds: The Premiere AC/DC Trib- cord, (tickets through Capitol Center for the ute, $10, Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m., Whiskey Arts), 225-1111, ccanh.com Barrel Music Hall, 546 N. Main St., Laconia, • Slip-Not, a tribute to Slipknot, Friday, 527-8210, whiskeybarrelnh.com April 28, 7 p.m., $12, Jewel Music Venue, 61 • EagleMania, a tribute to the Eagles, Sat- Canal St., Manchester, 819-9336, jewelnh. urday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., $25 and up, The com Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, • Stormbringer, a tribute to Deep Purple, 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com Friday, March 24, 9 p.m., $8 to $10, Jewel • The Everly Brothers Experience fea- Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester, 819turing The Zmed Brothers, Sunday, May 7, 9336, jewelnh.com 7 p.m., $30 to $35, Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A • The Weight Band, a tribute to The Band, St., Derry, 437-5100, tupelohall.com Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m., $29 to $39, The • Get The Led Out: The American Led Flying Monkey, 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, Zeppelin Experience, Saturday, April 29, 8 536-2551, flyingmonkeynh.com p.m., $26 in advance, $31 day of the show, • Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael JackCasino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton son Experience, Friday, May 19, 7 p.m., $25 Beach, 929-4100, casinoballroom.com to $35, Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. • Lez Zeppelin, all-female Led Zeppelin Main St., Concord, 225-1111, ccanh.com


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If your dream is to see The Beatles or another disbanded legend perform live, concert DVDs and YouTube clips are the closest you’re going to get. But with an open mind and a little imagination, you can go to a tribute show to get a taste of the experience you missed. “If there’s a band that doesn’t exist anymore or doesn’t tour anymore or is inaccessible for whatever reason, a good tribute band that took the time to learn the material can bring that band back and make that music accessible again,” Catalano said. “It’s the perfect way to still be able to see that band you love.” If, like Kenny Chesney, the real band or artist is active and touring, there are still some perks to sticking with a tribute, one being the cost; tickets for popular tribute shows held at local music venues typically fall into the $25to-$40 range, and there are many other shows held at bars and clubs that you can see for free or a small cover charge. Compare that to Kenny Chesney tickets. “It costs more than a hundred dollars a ticket to see him, then you get there and he looks half an inch tall,” Catalano said. “But that’s what he has to charge. He sells out stadiums. He could never play a small venue, but we can. We bring his show to a different level so you can see it up close for just the cost of getting into the club.” Smaller venues also give the audience a chance to interact with the performer in ways they would not be able to in a stadium setting. That can make a big difference for fans of an artist like Neil Diamond, who is known for his charisma and dynamic stage presence. “I like to play up to the audience. I’ll come out and walk through the crowd as I’m singing and people will reach out to me. You can’t do that at the real concert,” Eskin said. “If you let the imagination go a bit and can pre-

tend you’re there at his show, it’s like you’re getting the real thing, only more personalized and at a fraction of the cost.” The original artists are often more limited when it comes to tour dates, the length of their shows and their setlists. One as wellestablished as Foreigner may only perform in New England once every couple of years, but you can get your “concert fix,” as Bennett calls it, from a Cold As Ice show while you wait for Foreigner to come around again. For a band like Foreigner, the standard 90-minute show isn’t a lot of time, especially when they have over 40 years of material. So, to appeal to the largest part of their fan base, classic bands nearly always prioritize their hits. A tribute band, however, can perform more frequent local shows, which lessens the pressure to play a hits-centric set and gives them the flexibility to cater to the interests of diehard fans. “A tribute band like us can truly get into the tribute by playing a lot of the deeper cuts,” Bennett said. “We can play all those songs on the album that you love but will never hear the real Foreigner play live because they only have time for their biggest hits.” Finally, while there is no replacement for the novelty or bucket-list appeal of seeing the decades-old band you grew up with perform live, many of them have been reduced to a skeleton of their original lineup — Foreigner currently has one original member, Lynyrd Skynyrd has two — and are nearing the end of their careers. The reality is, you may be getting more bang for your buck at a tribute show when it comes to performance quality. “The average age of the guys in Foreigner is like, 70. They can only play rock ‘n’ roll for so much longer,” Bennett said. “But they support us and we support them because we have a common goal, which is to keep this classic arena rock music alive.”

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Don’t miss the 50th annual New Hampshire State Home Show at the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm St., Manchester), presented by the New Hampshire Home Builders Association. Visitors have the opportunity to meet and interact with builders, remodelers, decorators, landscapers and other types of home solutions providers. The show is planned for three days, on Friday, March 17, from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62 and up, and free for kids under 12. Visit nhstatehomeshow.net or call 226-6538.

EAT: locally grown food The Indoor Winter Farmers Market continues at Cole Gardens (430 Loudon Road, Concord) on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of homegrown products will be available, including seafood, baked goods, coffee and tea, beef, pork and more. The market will continue to be open every Saturday through April 22. Visit concordwintermarket.com or call 2290655 for more details.

DRINK: wine Taste from a selection of more than 80 high-quality wines at WineNot Boutique’s first annual Spring Wine Spectacular on Friday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua). The cost is $35 per person. Visit winenotboutique.com or call 204-5569.

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Nashville-based countryrock duo Sally and George perform at the Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (35 Railroad Square, Nashua) at 7 p.m. The group released its debut studio album Tip My Heart on Feb. 10. Admission is free. Visit riverwalknashua. com or call 578-0200.

The Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors club will host its spring military flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milford Army National Guard Armory (Armory and Osgood roads). Several vendors will be on hand to offer a large collection of vehicle parts, military uniforms, manuals, memorabilia, books and more. The cost to attend is $5 per person, and free for kids under 12 and for active-duty service members. Visit mvmvc.org/ spring-flea-market.

BE MERRY: for crafts and prizes Don’t miss Lil’ Iguana’s craft fair and raffle on Saturday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nashua High School North (8 Titan Way). There will be more than 70 vendors attending, with opportunities to win one of more than 50 prizes valued at up to $100. Admission is free. Visit liliguanausa.org/marchcraft or call 8819805.

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Concord’s Junior Service League performs The Bremen Town Musicians By Kelly Sennott

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Most members of Concord’s Junior Service League have little to no theatrical experience, but that doesn’t stop them from producing a spring play every year. Their inspiration is their mission: to raise money for New Hampshire school children. This year’s production is The Bremen Town Musicians, a one-act children’s show directed by Karen Braz, which they perform March 17 and March 18 at St. Paul’s School. The play, based on the original Brothers Grimm story, is about four animals — a donkey, a dog, a cat and a rooster — all past their prime years who decide to leave their home and find a new life in Bremen. Their plan is to become musicians. The JSL, which celebrates its 85th birthday this year, is made up of about 25 to 30 members who aim to support women and children in crisis through civic service, fundraising and volunteerism. Their The Bremen Town Musicians Where: St. Paul’s School, Memorial Hall, 325 Pleasant St., Concord When: Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. Admission: $7 or $5 at door with canned good Contact: jslconcord.org

The Junior Service League rehearsing The Bremen Town Musicians. Courtesy photo.

spring play is a decades-long tradition that typically sees audience members during the week via school productions and at weekend public shows. Cast and crew have been meeting regularly since January to rehearse, make costumes and get ready. All play proceeds go toward backto-school supplies for local kids this fall. Braz has been directing JSL plays more than 20 years and is always touched by the dedication. “It’s their idea, first and foremost, to give back to the community by providing

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live theater. It’s an experience for children who might not ever be able to see a live show,” Braz said. “What amazes me is they are able to open up like that and just be silly. Theater isn’t in their blood. … but they’re just going for it.” JSL member Carol Clark said via phone the group tries to choose short plays an hour or less with important morals. Most of the actors are members, but some alumni, like Laura Sagris, come back every year for the spring play. Sagris said she does it for the kids in

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Concord, and for her grandchildren, who get a kick out of seeing her on stage and bring flowers after every show. “I absolutely love that we present it to children,” Sagris said. “I don’t think of it as a fundraiser — my thing is the experience the children get. … They think it’s this really big production. I’ve continued to do it now because I have grandchildren, and to have my grandchildren come see me is awesome. We do the autograph session at the public shows, and it’s hysterical.” Costumes are borrowed from the Community Players of Concord whenever possible or made by the women themselves. The painted backdrop is rented from Charles Stewart in North Andover, Mass. Since becoming a member, Clark said she’s learned so much about theater, from the terminology — stage right, stage left, upstage, backstage — to the process of putting up a play. She’s come a long way since her third-grade play, Hansel and Gretel, when she forgot she was on stage and didn’t speak her lines. “I was so engrossed in the play, I just stood there,” Clark said. Braz would like to see this anniversary commemorated with a packed house. “I don’t think the public understands how important it is to support the Junior Service League of Concord. They do nothing but charitable work all year long,” Braz said.

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Looking for more art, theater and classical music? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store or Google Play. Theater Auditions/open calls • NEW HAMPSHIRE THEATRE PROJECT YOUTH REPERTORY COMPANY AUDITIONS Open to teens ages 10 to 17. Mon., March 20, 4-7 p.m.; Tues., March 21, 4-6 p.m. Schedule time by calling 431-6644, ext. 4. Email info@ nhtheatreproject.org. • AUDITIONS: WALPOLE PLAYERS For Walpole Old Home Days production, George Washington Slept Here. Thurs., March 30, and Fri., March 31, at 6:30 p.m. Walpole Town Hall. Play occurs in June. Contact codirectors Tara Sadd at 756-4861 or call 756-4545. Productions • THE LEARNING MAN Dra-

matic tale about brain injury and recovery. Written and performed by Alan Wilbar. March 3-March 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. $16.50. Visit hatboxnh.com. • HAIRSPRAY Palace Theatre mainstage production. March 3-March 26. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Tickets $25-$45. Call 668-5588. • THE WIZARD OF OZ Palace Youth Theatre production. Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets $14. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit palacetheatre.org. • VIOLET Seacoast Repertory Theatre production. On view March 10-April 2. Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St.,

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Portsmouth. Prices vary; visit the site for details. Visit seacoastrep.org. • THE ODD COUPLE Leddy Center for the Performing Arts production. March 10-March 29, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m,. Sundays at 2 p.m. Leddy Center for the Performing Arts, 38 Ladd’s Lane, Epping. $20. Call 679-2781. • A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD Peacock Players production. March 10-March 19. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St., Nashua. $12-$17. Visit peacockplayers.org. Call 886-7000. • PLAY ON! Comedy by Rick Abbott, directed by Joe Pelonzi. Bedford Off Broadway produc-

tion. Fri., March 17, at 8 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 8 p.m. Bedford Old Town Hall, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. $12. Visit bedfordoffbroadway.com. • LOVE, SEX AND THE IRS Milford Area Players production. March 10-March 19, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon Road, Milford. Visit milfordareaplayers.weebly.com. • IS HE DEAD? Mark Twain play, performed by NH Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company. March 17-26, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. $20. Visit nhtheatreproject.org. Call 431-6644, ext. 5.

• THE LION KING JR. Majestic Theatre Production. Fri., March 17, at 7 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 7 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 2 p.m. Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets $15. Call 669-7469. Visit majestictheatre.net. • CABIN FEVER RADIO FOLLIES Highlights from the golden age of radio, radio plays, skits, gags, songs. Sat., March 18, at 7 p.m. Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm St., Walpole. $10. Call 756-4545. • CHILL Merrimack Repertory Theatre production. 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass. March 22-April 16. Tickets $26-$70. Visit mrt.org. Call 978-6544678. • DANCE NORTHEAST Sole City Dance celebration of

dance. Sat., March 25, at 2 & 7 p.m. Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester. $8-$14. Visit rochesteroperahouse.com. Call 335-1992. • THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Saint Anselm Abbey Players production. Fri., March 24, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 25, at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 26, at 2 p.m.; Fri., March 31, at 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. $15. Visit anselm.edu, call 641-7700. • THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Windham High School Theater Dept. production. Fri., March 24, at 7 p.m.; Sat., March 25, at 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun., March 26, at 2 p.m. Windham High School, 64 London Bridge


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Road, Windham. $13. • FAME Musical presented by Maskers Drama Club, Central Community Players. Fri., March 24, at 6:30 p.m.; Sat., March 25, at 6:30 p.m. Central High School, 207 Lowell St., Manchester. $12. • LES MISERABLES: THE CONCERT Fundraiser to benefit Pine Street Players Youth Theatre Company. Sat., March 25, at 7 p.m. Exeter Town Hall, 10 Front St., Exeter. $40. Visit christchurchexeter.org. • GALILEO GALILEI: THE STARRY MESSENGER Dramatic adaptation of Galileo’s short treatise, Siderius Nuncius, performed by actor Mike Francis. Tues., March 28, at 7 p.m., at the Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn. Call 483-5374 or visit griffinfree. com. Second event Thurs., April

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p.m.; Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. The show is about two musicians, Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur, who live together. To save money, Jon has been filing tax returns listing the pair as married, leading the Internal Revenue Service on to an investigation. Chaos follows. Tickets are $10 to $15. Visit milfordareaplayers.weebly.com. • No. 9: The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Amare Cantare, Portsmouth ProMusica, St. John’s Choir and Portsmouth High School students, plus professional regional soloists, at a concert at Portsmouth High School, 50 Andrew Jarvis Drive, Portsmouth, on Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. (with a 2 p.m. pre-concert discussion). Tickets are $25; visit portsmouthsymphony.org. — Kelly Sennott

20, at 6:30 p.m. Brookline Public Library, 16 Main St., Brookline. Visit brookline.nh.us. • THE STORY OF A BAD BOY Pontine Theatre production, play by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. Strawbery Banke Museum, 14 Hancock St. Portsmouth. Fri., March 31, at 7 p.m.; Sat., April 1, at 4 p.m.; Sun., April 2, at 2 p.m.; Sat., April 8, at 4 p.m.; Sun., April 9, at 2 p.m. Tickets $24. Visit pontine.org. • MURDER IS A GAME Majestic Theatre dinner theater presentation. Fri., March 31, at 7 p.m.; Sat., April 1, at 7 p.m.; Sun., April 2, at 1:30 p.m. $42 Friday/Saturday, $38 Sunday. Call 669-7469. Visit majestictheatre.net. • YOURS, ANNE Manchester Community Theatre Players production. March 31-April 9. Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30

p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. North End Montesori School, 698 Beech St., Manchester. $10-$20. Visit mctp.info or call 800-8383006. • A SHAKESPEARE SONNET SLAM Matchbox Players show. All actors of all ages invited to perform one of Shakespeare’s sonnets and compete in the slam. Sat., April 15, at 7:30 p.m. Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey. Tickets $5. Call 532-6527. Email matchbookplayers@gmail.com. Workshops • NEW HAMPSHIRE THEATRE PROJECT Spring adult theater workshops all spring. Voice acting, scene study, business and strategic storytelling, improv. $40-$150. Visit nhtheatreproject.org for schedule.

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• Chill time: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents Chill March 22 through April 16 at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass. The play, by Eleanor Burgess and directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, is a bittersweet drama about all life throws at you between the ages of 18 and 28, following four Massachusetts young adults across a decade of a changing America. Tickets are $25 to $70, on sale at mrt.org or by calling 978-654-4678. • Documentary about local musicians: On Sunday, March 19, at 3:30 p.m., Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St., Concord, screens the premiere of the documentary Welcome Here Again: A Recording Session with the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. The film is about a reunion that happened Sunday, March 20, 2016, when former members of the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra came together in Concord, Mass., to make a recording for the first time since 1972. The only one of the group who was part of that first recording was Dudley Laufman, now 85, who lives in Canterbury. The film tells about the people, the traditions, and most of all the music. For more on the film, visit laufman.org or redrivertheatres.org. • Last weekend: The Milford Area Players presents the final productions of Love, Sex and the I.R.S. by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, directed by Jennifer Belanger, at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford, this weekend, on Friday, March 17, at 8

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Martha Mae Emerson combines two loves in Pebbles and Pearls By Kelly Sennott

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Concord artist Martha Mae Emerson loves everything about the outdoors — gardening, hiking, eating breakfast on her back porch. She can’t get enough of it. “I find nature exciting. I find it soothing. I find it nurturing,” she said during an interview at her home studio last week. “If I had my choice, I would spend much of my life outdoors.” Naturally, this theme plays out in her jewelry business, Pebbles and Pearls, inspired by elements you can find outside — tiny stones and freshwater pearls, combined or standing alone in minimalist earrings, bracelets and necklaces. “Because I’m a minimalist in my life in general — except when it comes to color — I find limiting my materials feels very comfortable to me,” Emerson said, who that day sported a teal Marmot turtleneck, striking fuchsia eyeglasses and pearl orb earrings — her most popular design, featuring a mother of pearls against baroque pearls. (“They go with everything. They’re my go-to jewelry,” she said.) Emerson’s downtown Concord apartment was indeed bursting with color, decorated “New Works 2017” Where: MainStreet MarketPlace & Gallery, 16 E. Main St., Warner When: On view March 24 through May 1; opening Friday, March 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Contact: etsy.com/shop/PebblesandPearlsNH, pebblesandpearls@comcast.net

Art Events • CURRIER ART CENTER STUDENT EXHIBITION AND OPEN HOUSE Sat., March 25, noon-4 p.m. at the Art Center, Pearl St., Manchester. Visit currier.org. • EMPTY BOWLS THROWDOWN Sat., April 8, 10 a.m.1 p.m. Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester. Make bowls to fight hunger. Clay provided. Email info@550arts.com to reserve a wheel; space limited. • ART, CONVERSATION & COFFEE Slow art day at the Lamont Gallery, Frederick R. Mayer Art Center, Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main St., Exeter. Call 777-3461. Sat., April 8, 10-11 a.m. Openings • “50 FOR 50” Exeter Fine

Jewelry by Martha Mae Emerson. Kelly Sennott photos.

with art she made, art she bought, and art made by her two granddaughters, ages 2 and 4, whom she watches every week. The eldest especially loves art, Emerson said, gesturing toward the colorful framed pieces leaning against her stairway and hanging on the walls. They have this in common. “I have a creative urge that cannot be denied! It expresses itself in different ways, depending on what’s happening in my life,” Emerson said. “I think it’s in my cells.” Emerson turned to jewelry-making about 10 years ago, but before that, she was a

Crafts exhibition celebrating 50th anniversary. Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St., Exeter. On view March 1-March 31. Featuring donated works of art on 50 6-inch by 6-inch panels, all $50. Call 778-8282. Reception Fri., March 24, 6-8 p.m. • “PETER SANDBACK AND CHRIS MYOTT: TWO NEW HAMPSHIRE ARTISTS AND THEIR MODERNIST VISIONS” Exhibition at NH Antique Co-op, 323 Elm St., Milford. Call 673-8499. On view through June 30. Reception Sat., March 25, 1-3 p.m. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. • “EXPLORING RELATIONSHIPS: INSTRUCTORS & STUDENTS” On view at The Brush Art Gallery, 256 Market St., Lowell. March 18-April 25. Reception Sat., March 25, 2-4 p.m. Email director@thebrush.

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org. Visit thebrush.org. • “TWENTY YEARS OF A SINGULAR VISION” Celebrating 20 years with Sarah Chaffee. McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord. On view March 28-April 28. Reception Fri., March 31, 5-7 p.m. Visit mcgowanfineart.com. Call 2252515. • “A LITTLE ABSTRACTED” Abstract art show featuring work by Marcia Santore, Kate Higley, Ethel Hills, Lotus Lien. On view April 1 through May 13. Opening reception Thurs., April 6, 5-7 p.m. Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St., Boscawen. Visit twiggsgallery.wordpress. com. Call 975-0015. • “AMERICAN IMPRESSIONISM: HARBOR SCENES” On view at the Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. April

sewing and fiber artist. “Right out of college, I had my degree in French, and what did I do? I opened an original design dress shop in Portsmouth,” she said, laughing. Emerson also worked as a photographer, juried with League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, for 25 years. As an elementary school guidance counselor, she hosted integrated art programs. One of her students found working with clay especially soothing — and actually, so did she. “He was kind of my inspiration. We’d be

1-May 26. Reception Sat., April 8, 2-4 p.m. Visit whistlerhouse. org, call 978-452-7641. In the Galleries • “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” Art show featuring work by pastel artist Mary Ellen Brown and oil painter William Turner. On view Feb. 10 through March 17. Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., Hollis. Visit wildsalamander.com. Call 465-WILD. • “AT LARGE” Women’s Caucus for Art exhibit; includes paintings, prints, mixed media works. On view Jan. 26-March 23. Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Durham. Visit greatbay.edu. • “SETTING THE STANDARD” League of NH Craftsmen multi-media work by jurors. On view Jan. 13-March

sitting together talking. He would be rolling clay, and I would be rolling clay. That was when I made my first pebbles,” she said. “We ended up developing this really fun little jewelry business for him in the staff room.” During this recent visit, Emerson was working on restocking the New Hampshire shops she sells through, which include the Currier Museum Shop, Gondwana and Divine Clothing, the Mill Brook Gallery and MainStreet BookEnds, whose “New Works 2017” exhibition she’s participating in, March 24 through May 1. “All the participating artists who were invited have to deliver totally new work. Last year they asked me to make three pieces. I was in the middle of my move, and everything was packed up. But it was such a wonderful inspiration, to have to produce, and I came up with six new works,” Emerson said. Sitting on her workbench were polymer pebbles waiting to be assembled, and in the corner hung some of her first pieces — chunky, colorful necklaces. On a side table were some of her newest designs, which contained stones flecked with gold. Often production is tiring, particularly around the holidays, but other times it feels organic and meditative, and her jewelry reflects this, with design names like “Zen,” “Wave” and “New Moon.” On these days, Emerson doesn’t mind working alone in her studio, with only her cat, Mr. Stitch, to keep her company. The reward is when customers react in the same way seeing the result. “Some people have said to me my designs give them a sense of calm and peacefulness,” Emerson said.

24. The Craft Center, 49 S. Main St., Concord. Visit nhcrafts.org. • “HOW DID A WHITE GIRL GET HERE: LIVING WITH THE NOMADS OF THE EAST” Featuring work by Valerie Hird. On view Feb. 21-March 24. McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord. Visit mcgowanfineart.com. • “PARADISE LOST: A DOUBLE-SIDED MYSTERY” Currier exhibition featuring artwork by Max Pechstein. On view through March 27. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Free with museum admission. Visit currier.org. Call 669-6144. • “MYSTERY AND MAGIC OF THE NATURAL WORLD” Art show featuring work by Alicia Cubbage. On view Feb. 18 through March 30. Hancock Town Library, 25

Main St., Hancock. Visit hancocktownlibrary.blogspot.com. • REVELLE TAILLON AND STUDENTS Art show at Seacoast Artist Association, 130 Water St., Exeter, through the end of March. Visit seacoastartist.org. • SIMON SARRIS Photo show with work that came from recent trip to Lisbon. On view through March 31. Rochester Public Library, 65 S. Main St., Rochester. Visit rochestermfa.org/ gallery. • “ANDI & LANCE OLSEN: THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE TIME” Show that blends visual art, the written word, blurred boundary between fact and fantasy. On view Feb. 24-April 1. NHIA, Roger Williams Gallery, 77 Amherst St., Manchester. Email exhibitions@nhia.edu. Visit nhia.edu.


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• City Hall art: On view through April at Manchester City Hall on Elm Street is “Reconsiderations,” which comprises 36 original photos by Ella Carlson. The new body of work explores the meaning of looking at an ordinary thing and finding a “whole new world within its fabric,” according to a press release. Walk around the city and you may also see the artist’s work in Manchester businesses, including Hunt’s Photo and Video on Vinton Street; the Palace Theatre on Hanover Street; the Millyard Museum on Bedford Street; and Cafe la Reine on Elm Street. Ten percent of all sales will go to the Manchester Arts Fund to help the Manchester Arts Commission. There’s an opening reception on Thursday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. Visit ellaprints.com. • Cultural district: The Queen City now has a six-block cultural district surrounding Victory Park, from Lowell Street to Hanover Street between Elm and Union streets, which encompasses several local arts and cultural institutions, including the Palace Theatre, the Manchester Historic Association, the Manchester City Library and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The goal: to spur economic development through art and design initiatives. The Manchester Cultural District Coalition, which formed in March 2015, came to the Board of

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“Rose” by Ella Putney Carlson, on view at Manchester City Hall. Courtesy photo.

Mayor and Aldermen with the proposal last month, and the city aldermen voted last week in favor, according to the Union Leader. • Calling all high schoolers: The Nashua Area Artists Association is accepting scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 collegiate school year. Applicants must have received acceptance as a full-time student to a college with a focus on the arts. Submission guidelines are at nashuaareaartistsassoc. org. Scholarship winners will be formally awarded at the Greeley Park Art Show next August, with required materials due by May 6. In addition, the organization hosts a 2017 spring art show for emerging art students at ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua. The show is open to all children and young adults ages 6 to 18; there’s no entry fee. Registration and art drop-off is at the NAAA office Friday, March 31. Email naaaeastshow@gmail.com. Call 405-698-1951. — Kelly Sennott

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scapes of Southern NH and beyond, plus wildlife. On view through April 14. Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library, 151 Main St., Epping. Visit eppinglibrary.com. • “CLEW: A RICH AND REWARDING DISORIENTATION” Art show with work by Deborah Barlow, Todd Hearon, Jung Mi Lee, Jon Sakata. Music, poetry, visual arts. On view Jan. 20-April 15. Phillips Exeter Academy, 11 Tan Lane, Exeter. Call 7773461. Visit exeter.edu/lamontgallery. • “FLIGHTS OF FANCY” Work by 6 NH artists inspired by Boston artist/teacher Bill Flynn’s workshop on drawing. On view March 11-April 22. Epsom Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom. Visit epsomlibrary.com. • “THE HEART OF NATURE” Manchester Artists Assoc. show. On view through April 22. NH Audubon, 26

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The New Hampshire Theatre Project’s Youth Repertory Company presents Is He Dead?, a farce by Mark Twain and David Ives, at the West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth, March 17 through March 26, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. It will be brought to life by a cast of 11 teens and directed by Robin Fowler. The piece was written by Twain in 1898 but remained undiscovered until 2003, according to the press release. Playwright David Ives presented this adaptation in 2007. Tickets are $20, $16 for students and seniors. Call 431-6644, ext. 5, or email reservations@nhtheatreproject.org. Pictured, Anthony Megliola, Connor Adams and Josh Goldberg in Is He Dead? Meghann Beauchamp photo.

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Audubon Way, Auburn. Call 668-2045. Visit nhaudubon.org. • “FROM TELLING TO KNOWING” Exhibit of paintings by artist Nan Hockenbury. On view through April 28. Mandarin Asian Bistro, 24 Market St., Lowell. • “DEEP CUTS: CONTEMPORARY PAPER CUTTING” Showcasing work by contemporary artists who reconsider, redefine and subvert practice of paper cutting. On view Feb. 25 through May 21. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Visit currier.org. With Deep Cuts artists Jane South, Randal Thurston, Lisa Nilsson. • “STORIED BOOKS” Currier Library and Archives exhibition showcasing volumes from rare book collection. On view Feb. 6 through June 9. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Visit currier.org. • “SOO SUNNY PARK: BIOLATH” Site-specific work by Soo Sunny Park in Putnam Gallery. On view Feb. 25 through Aug. 6. Currier Museum of Art, 150 Ash St., Manchester. Visit currier.org. Workshops/classes/ demonstrations • ERIC EBBESON Art show. On view April 7-May 5. Aryaloka Buddhist Center, 14 Heartwood Circle, Newmarket. Visit aryaloka.org or call 6595456.

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Classical Music Events • LAKES REGION SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Welcome Spring! concert. Sat., March 18, at 7:30 p.m. InterLakes Auditorium, 1 Laker Lane, Meredith. $15. Visit lrso. org. • BEETHOVEN’S NINTH SYMPHONY Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra community event/concert. Sat., March

18, at 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 3 p.m. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. $25. Visit portsmouthsymphony.org. • NEW ENGLAND IRISH HARP ORCHESTRA Concert. Tues., March 21, at 7 p.m. Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover. Call 5166050. • TOM ROBINSON, NOELLE BEAUDIN Concert, “Robinson & Beaudin: The Voice of the Soprano Saxophone,” piano and saxophone music. Wed., March 22, at 7:30 p.m., Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Visit concordcityauditorium.org. • SHARE THE MUSIC GALA Fundraiser for Manchester Community Music School. Cocktail, beer samplings, silent and live auctions, performances by music school students. Sat., March 25, at 5:30 p.m. BradySullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester. $75. Visit mcmusicschool.org. • MAESTRO DINNER Join Symphony NH Music Director Jonathan McPhee for preview of symphony’s 94th season. Dinner, live music. Sat., March 25, at 6 p.m. Nashua Country Club. 25 Fairway St., Nashua. $50. Visit symphonynh.org, call 595-9156. • MATT ULERY, OURBIGBAND Concert Sun., March 26, at 4 p.m. (Seacoast Jazz Appreciation Project performance) and 6 p.m. (concert, $10). The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., Portsmouth. • NASHUA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SPRING GALA EVENT Music, silent auction, wine, hors d’oeuvres. Sun., March 26, at 3 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 NH-101, Amherst. Visit labellewinerynh.com or nco-music.org. Tickets $30. Call 582-5211. • ORGAN MASTERS III Work by Bach, Franck, Men-

delssohn, others by Methuen native Andrew Scanlon. Sun., March 26, at 4 p.m. The First Church UCC, 1 Concord St., Nashua. Free. Visit first-music. org. • TRIO D’AMIS INC CONCERT: THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY Concert featuring Amy Lee, Robert Mayes, John Guarino. Sun., March 26, 4-5 p.m. Amherst Town Library, 14 Main St., Amherst. Call 673-2288. • ROSS DALY, KELLY THOMA Music performance. Tues., March 28, at 7 p.m. Mariposa Museum, 26 Main St., Peterborough. Call 9244555. Tickets $17. • MERRIMACK VALLEY FLUTE CHOIR Concert at Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Sun., April 2, at 2 p.m. Call 589-4610. Visit nashualibrary.org/visit/directions. • SMETANA AND DVORAK Symphony NH concert. Fri., April 7, at 8 p.m., Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord; Sat., April 8, at 8 p.m., at Keefe Auditorium, 117 Elm St., Nashua; Sun., April 9, at 3 p.m., Lebanon Opera House. Tickets $18-$49. Visit symphonynh.org. • “ANNELIES” By British composer James Whitbourn. Piece focusing on Anne Frank’s life during Nazi occupation of Amsterdam during World War II. Portsmouth Pro Musica concert. Sun., April 9, at 3 p.m. Portsmouth Middle School, 155 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth. $15. Visit portsmouthpromusica.org. • MANCHESTER CHORAL SOCIETY Concert. Performance of Voltaire’s “Candide.” Dana Center for the Humanities, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. Sat., April 29, at 7 p.m.; Sun., April 30, at 3 p.m. Tickets $25. Visit mcsnh.org. Call 472-6627.


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Compete in tabletop and video game tournaments, get your nostalgia fix on with retro video games and discover dozens of local art, comic book and anime-themed vendors at the eighth annual Queen City Kamikaze. The one-day convention returns to Manchester Memorial High School on Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is a one-stop shop for lovers of all things comic, video game and science fiction. Dressing up as your favorite comic book superhero or video game character — or “cosplaying” — is encouraged but not required. Kamikaze co-organizer Jeff Normandin said the convention has continued to grow larger each year since it began as a small fundraising event for the high school’s video game and anime clubs. “It started out as just a small thing with a few local artists and vendors, but now we fill the gym up with vendors from all over New England, basically,” he said. “The original plan [for Queen City Kamikaze] was to make it kind of on par with some of the larger conventions in New England like Anime Boston, but also making it more affordable for people … and we also try to make it more engaging for them.” A $10 entry fee at the door will give you access to all that the convention has to offer, another feature

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When: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Manchester Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester Cost: $10 Visit: queencitykamikaze.com

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Children & Teens Activities • INTOWN MANCHESTER’S SEAMUS THE LEPRECHAUN Seamus the Leprechaun will be in hidden in downtown Manchester businesses on weekdays, now until Friday, March 17. Intown Manchester will write rhyming

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Two cosplayers dressed as Pearl and Rose Quartz from Steven Universe at the Queen City Kamikaze (left) and Mike K. dressed as Big Boss from Metal Gear Solid. Courtesy of Candice Campbell of Sakura Yume Photography (sakurayumephoto.com).

Normandin said is often not the case with some of the larger conventions. “With other conventions, you’ll pay to get in the door, but then you may pay an additional fee to do any of the tournaments or contests,” he said. “But here, we don’t charge extra to participate in any of the events. You pay the $10 and you can do whatever you want for the day.” Throughout the day, the school’s gymnasium will be filled with vendors selling merchandise, from comic books to video games and everything in between. NeonBomb, a Manchester comic book store Normandin co-owns, will be there as a vendor. Other vendors will include illustrators and graphic designers selling their original works. Several specialized workshops and panel discussions are planned in a few of the classrooms and hallways surrounding the gym, including in screenplay or novel writing, crafts, drawing and more. “One of the things we’re doing a bit different this year is called the Project Cosplay Challenge,” Nor-

riddles about the leprechaun’s whereabouts and share them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Once the leprechaun is found, the business will then award the finder a prize. Weekdays, through March 17. Downtown, Manchester. Free. Visit intownmanchester.com or call 645-6285.

mandin said. “It’s going to be sort of like a Project Runway type of thing in which participants come in and will be given a bunch of supplies … and they’ll have some parameters to make their own costume using what they’ve been given, and they’ll go out and show off what they’ve made.” Other Kamikaze staples involving cosplayers include a “cosplay dating game” from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and other game parodies of TV shows like Jeopardy! and Whose Line Is It Anyway? In each game, participants act out the character they are dressed up as. Set up along several hallways during the convention will be video game tournaments and multiple televisions with old-generation gaming consoles like Atari and Super Nintendo. There will be tournaments for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and also for Street Fighter V. “The retro games are going to be more of a pick-up-and-play type thing, so that people can try out different games and systems,” Normandin said. “The tournaments

Clubs Events • BEDFORD DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAUCUS Officers for the coming two-year period will be elected to the Bedford Democratic Party. Wed., March 22, 6:30 p.m. Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Free. Visit bedford.nhdems.org.

people can sign up at the door for when they pay the entry fee.” Card game tournaments are also planned, featuring the games Magic: The Gathering, Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz and Force of Will. Kamikaze-goers will need to pay additional fees for food. Normandin said different organizations associated with the high school often participate in the convention as their own community fundraiser. “Oftentimes the [school] track team sells pizza, and the yearbook group will have a cart of ramen noodles, so they always get involved too,” he said. He added that if you’ve never attended an anime or video game convention before, Queen City Kamikaze is a great starting point. “It’s become one of the first conventions that a lot of people end up going to,” he said. “It’s a good one to get your feet wet [as a visitor], because it’s small, but it’s also a good first event as a vendor to see how you do selling your artwork at a convention.”

Garden • HOOKSETT GARDEN CLUB MARCH MEETING Regular monthly meeting will be followed by a presentation by master gardener Ron Trexler, “Starting Plants from Seeds for the Summer Garden.” Wed., March 29, 4 p.m. Hooksett Public Library, 31 Mount St. Mary’s

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Join Kimball Jenkins School of Art (266 N. Main St., Concord) for its next Alice in Wonderland Tea Party on Sunday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy teatime, storytelling, crafts, art, hot cocoa and more. Costumes are encouraged. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult. The cost is $10 per person and pre-registration is required. Visit kimballjenkins.com or call 225-3932.

Crazy for camp

The next summer camp and program expo will be held at the Courtyard Marriott (2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua) on Saturday, March 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get information on New Hampshire-area summer camps from more than 50 camp representatives to find the right place for your kids this summer. Admission is free. Visit parentingnh.com/summer-camps for more details. Can’t make it to this expo? Check out the Hippo’s summer camp guide; visit hippopress.com, click on past issues and then click on the pdf version of the Feb. 16 issue. The guide starts on p. 12.

Maple madness

Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia) hosts its next two Maple Express events on Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, in honor of Maple Month. Get the full experience of maple sugaring in New Hampshire on a working farm, and enjoy horse-drawn rides, a sugar shack tour and maple tasting. The cost is $19 per person and free for kids under 23 months. Go to visitthefarm.com or call 483-5623 to view available times or to set up your own.

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C-2 Computer Solutions. Tues., March 21, 1 p.m. Jutras American Legion Post No. 43, 56 Boutwell St., Manchester. Free. Visit nhretiredmen.org. Crafts Fairs • CABIN FEVER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Sat., March 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Deerfield Town Hall, 10 Church St., Deerfield. Workshops • BASKET WEAVING Participants will choose one bas-

ket design to make and learn the fine craft of basket-making, using reed and hardwood. All tools and materials will be supplied. Sat., March 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Meredith, 279 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua. $100. Visit meredith.nhcrafts. org/classes or call 279-7920. • BEGINNER’S BRACELET BEADING CLASS All supplies to make one bracelet, with your choice of colors, will be included. Fri., March 24, 6 to 8 p.m. Fresh Threads, 515 Daniel Web-

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“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” That quote is from French journalist, novelist and critic Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, who lived from 1808 to 1890. He’s right, of course; being thankful for the good attributes of flowers is important even though some also have some problematic traits. It would be easy to ban every flower that misbehaves. On this cold March day I can think of several problem-child flowers that I love. Obedient Flower certainly does not live up to its name: it is not at all well-behaved. I started growing it in a sunny spot with rich, moist soil. It grew to be 3 to 6 feet tall with square stems and lovely pink flowers in mid-July. But soon it wandered, taking over walkways and neighboring beds. It got into my rhubarb patch. It spread by root, and even a fragment left in the soil would come back. Ultimately I hired a young man who spent 10 hours or more digging it out. “Take no prisoners,” I said. He did a good job by loosening the soil deeply with a garden fork and then teasing out the roots with a CobraHead weeder. The CobraHead is a single-tined hand tool that is fabulous for getting out roots. Of course, given the beauty of the flowers and the fact that they have great vase-life, I had to re-plant a few of these non-obedient flowers. Where? Along the edges of a field that is partially shaded by willows, in an area with goldenrod and other tall, aggressive plants. I didn’t want to make life too easy for these beauties, and that worked. I can go pick stems for arrangements, and if the flowers want to spread I can mow them. Another vigorous spreader is the Clustered Bellflower. This is a lovely globe-shaped cluster of blossoms that are a bluish-purple on stems about 18 inches tall. Like Obedient Plant, it spreads by root and can be invasive if planted in full sun with rich moist soil. It showed up in my garden without ever being purchased. Some scrap of root must have come in with another flower, perhaps a gift plant. But Clustered Bellflower is much easier to control than Obedient Plant. It digs easily, and I putting it in drier, shadier locations made it a very nice addition to the garden. Joe Pye Weed is a native wildflower that grows alongside my brook, flowering in August. I like the flowers even though they don’t last long in a vase. It’s great food for bees and butterflies. It can reach 6 feet or more tall and has many small pink-purple flowers growing in clusters. A related species, E. maculatum, is said to be a bit shorter and tidier, especially a named cultivar, Gateway. I bought Gateway and liked it, for several years.

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Then, like many of us, it spread in middle age. A tidy 2-foot-wide plant became a messy 5-foot-wide plant, tall and floppy. It had to go. Digging up my Joe Pye was a real test of my mettle. No helper available, I went at it with a shovel and fork. It didn’t even wiggle. So I cut off all stems and went at the roots with a pick-ax. Three hours later I had removed the roots. Later I learned about a cultivar called Little Joe of a related species, E. dubium. This one, I read, is a really nice size, maybe 2 feet tall and wide. But elsewhere I see it listed as 3 to 4 feet tall. Hmm. I need to be wary about these flowers. But I bet if I see one for sale, I’ll try it. Silly me. Once I decided to try planting a true bamboo plant. I had been warned that bamboo can take over a garden, spreading by root. So to prevent that, I planted the bamboo in a 50-gallon plastic drum. First I drilled drainage holes in the bottom and buried it, leaving a 3 inch lip above the soil line. I filled it with great soil and compost. The bamboo barely survived the first winter, and eventually succumbed. But better safe than sorry. There are many plants that have been introduced to the United States with good intentions (or by mistake), only to turn invasive. Purple loosestrife is one, Japanese Knotweed is another. Neither is controlled by any native American insect pests and they spread like wildfire. Both have root systems that are daunting, and a mature purple loosestrife plant, I have read, can produce a million seeds or more. And those seeds last for years. Fortunately, purple loosestrife, which can take over marshes and wet areas, is now being controlled by a beetle imported from Europe, where the loosestrife comes from. The beetle was tested before being released and it was found to be species-specific: it won’t eat your peonies or your tomatoes. So what have I learned from my experiences? Don’t give rambunctious plants what they want. Give them less sun, less water and poor soil. Those are better places for overly enthusiastic plants. But also enjoy what they have to offer — and don’t focus on the thorns. Reach Henry at henry.homeyer@comcast. net. Visit dailyuv.com/gardeningguy.


IN/OUT TREASURE HUNT

Dear Donna, My husband and I have a question for you. We are looking to add to a set that was given to us by my husband’s family. We don’t know how to go about it. We believe the pieces we have could be silver, but how do we find out how to acquire more? Sandy from Concord Dear Sandy, I love to hear that you are going to add to a family set. First let’s start with your set, which is by the Rogers Brothers Co. The company started in the late 1800s and did both sterling and silver plated. If yours is sterling it would be marked so, and also the pattern will tell you whether it is or not. Your pattern is called Siren and it is a silver plated pattern so this means your set is not solid but plated with silver. No matter what, it’s a beautiful design and not to easy to come by. Some patterns are easier than others to get, which makes them inexpensive to pick up to complete or add to a set today. But yours may be a bit harder for you. You could go through a replacement company now that you know the maker and pattern. But they tend to be a bit more expensive than if you can find pieces on other retail websites. Another thought is

Dance Folk dance classes • CONTRA DANCE Caller Tony Parkes is accompanied by the southern string band sounds of the Dead Sea Squirrels. Beginners, singles and families are welcome. Sat., March 18, 8 to 11 p.m. East Concord Community Center, 18 Eastman St., Concord. $7 general admission, $5 for ages 15-25, and free for ages 15 and under. Visit homepage.nhvt.net/dwh/contra.htm or call 225-4917. Health & Wellness Childbirth & parenting • ESSENTIALS OF PEDIATRIC DEVELOPMENT Learn all about your child’s development throughout the years. Participants will learn how to engage the unique needs of their children, starting from birth and throughout adolescence. This workshop is perfect for someone you know who may be expecting or has children already. Tues., March 21, 6 p.m. Awakening Chiropractic, 7 Grange Road, Tilton. Free. Email awakeningchiropractic@ gmail.com or call 729-0009. • PARENTING WORKSHOP Topics will include effective parenting styles, effective disci-

making some calls around New Hampshire and let antique shops know you are looking for certain pieces for your set and ask them to contact you if any of them show up. As I said, if it’s not a common piece it can be tough to find, and expensive. A fork in your pattern in good condition should be in the $10 to $15 range. The more unusual the piece, the higher the cost. I will keep my eyes open for you. Good luck in your hunt. Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@ aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 6248668).

pline skills, the power of giving our children choices, routines and more. Wed., March 22, 6:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Free; registration is required. Visit derrypl.org or call 432-6140. Events • MEDICATION SAFETY: ASK THE PHARMACIST This presentation will review safe prescription and over-thecounter medication use. Additionally, a few words about opioids will be discussed to bring awareness to the current epidemic. Thurs., March 16, 6 to 8 p.m. St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua. $10 fee; includes dinner. Visit stjosephhospital.com/classes or call 595-3168. • PROGRAMS ABOUT OPIOIDS From 6 to 7 p.m., the City of Nashua Division of Public Health will hold a workshop on what substance-use disorder is. At 7 p.m., human relations teacher Lisa Yates will lead a conversation for 18- to 25-yearolds about opioids, addiction and transformation. Young adults are encouraged to come talk about the impact the opioid epidemic has had on their friends and families and what can be done about

it. Thurs., March 23, 6 & 7 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free; registration is required for the 6 p.m. program. Visit nashualibrary.org or call 589-4600. Miscellaneous Pop culture • JIM’S TATTOO 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION This event features a pig roast, food and beverages, live music, special guests, giveaways and more. Sun., March 26, noon to 6 p.m. Jim’s Tattoo, 256 Lafayette Road, Seabrook. Free. Visit jimstattoo.com or call 474-8754. Conversation groups • ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP The event is an opportunity for people learning English as well as native speakers to talk about the topics of everyday interest, share their languages and enjoy refreshments. It’s sponsored by the Cultural Navigators of One Greater Nashua. Thursdays, March 16, April 20 and May 18, 2 to 3 p.m. Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Free and open to the public; no registration required. Visit nashualibrary.org or call 589-4600.

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IN/OUT CAR TALK

This is one tough wish list Dear Car Talk: I’m 64 years old and drive a 2005 Buick LaCrosse with 56,000 miles. Dealers want me to trade in my car. OK, here is what I want in my next car: (1) ManBy Ray Magliozzi ual roll-down windows for front and back. I’m not lazy. (2) I want the little triangular window in the front window. I won’t need to use air conditioning, and will be able to save gas with this window. (3) I want a wide car. The length of a car doesn’t impress me; make the cars wider for heavier people. (4) I want to be able to open all of my doors with a key. It will come in handy when locks are frozen. (5) I don’t want all the high-tech gadgets. Give me heat, AC, rear-window defroster and radio. I know how to back up without assistance; I know enough to slow down when approaching a vehicle; I know enough to look when changing lanes. (6) Get rid of the rear slanting window. I don’t want to bend down to look through the back window. Your comments and suggestions? — Leo That’s a tough shopping list, Leo. I think you’ll be able to find a wide

car. That won’t be a problem. And there are plenty of cars that still use keys, for the time being (sometimes as backups to remote key fobs), so I think you’ll be able to find one of those, too. But manual roll-down windows are hard to come by these days. And the triangular windows up front are gone — at least the vent-style windows that open. Touch screens are becoming ubiquitous, as are backup cameras, which will be mandatory starting in model year 2018 — so you’d better move fast, Leo. And the other safety equipment you refer to (automatic pre-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring, etc.) is trickling down into lots of less-expensive cars, too. You still can avoid that stuff by buying the lower or lowest trim levels. Since most people want those features (and we strongly recommend them), car makers sell them as part of more-expensive option packages. But you can just decline those. And the extreme slant of the rear window is the current style. It’s aerodynamic, and hard to avoid unless you buy a station wagon or a squared-off SUV. So I don’t think you’re going to get everything on your list, Leo. Actually, now that I think about it, I may have the perfect car

for you. When you’re ready to sell this ‘05 Buick, what you need is ... a 1955 Buick! Or maybe a DeSoto. No, wait ... the DeSoto doesn’t have the rear-window defroster. But maybe you can get a hibachi and leave it on the shelf behind the rear seats. I’m not sure what to suggest, Leo. A barebones “stripper” version of a wide-ish car probably is going to come closest to what you want. But even then, it’s going to be a challenge. Let me know what you end up with, so at least I’ll have something to steer my other readers away from. Good luck! Dear Car Talk: When starting my Camry cold, white smoke billows from the rear tailpipe. What is this? — Sherry This is the universal signal to grab a new auto-loan application, Sherry. Well, maybe not. But white smoke usually is caused by vaporized coolant, which often is the result of a blown head gasket. At the middle of the engine, you have the cylinders, which combust gasoline and air. All around those cylinders are passages for coolant, to keep the cylinders from overheating. And when everything is correct, the twain never shall meet: Coolant stays outside the cylinders, and the com-

bustion materials stay inside. But when there’s a breach -- like a blown head gasket -- the coolant, which is under high pressure, will seep into one or more of the cylinders after you turn off the engine. Then, when you restart the engine, that coolant gets combusted, along with the gasoline and air. And that makes white smoke. So, the first thing to do is ask your mechanic to do a head-gasket test. If he believes the head gasket is bad, then you’ll have to decide whether to put $1,000-plus into the car. That’ll depend on how old the car is, what kind of shape it’s in, whether you still love it, and how much credit is available on your home-equity line. Of course, once he opens up the engine, he might find that it’s worse than a blown head gasket: that it’s a cracked head, or a cracked block — which both are way more expensive. So be aware that there’s some uncertainty going into any such operation. And depending how close the call is regarding whether to fix the car or dump it, you may want to issue a DNR in case the mechanic discovers a crack in the head or block. I’ll think good thoughts for you, Sherry. Visit Cartalk.com.

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For nearly a decade, police officers and firefighters from across the Granite State have been facing off in ice hockey exhibition matches to raise money for Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. On Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m., the two departments will renew their friendly rivalry at the SNHU Arena in Manchester during the 10th annual Battle of the Badges Hockey Classic. Tom Gauthier, community relations and event coordinator for CHaD, said just over $200,000 is raised from the hockey version of the Badges Classic each year from a combination of player sponsorships, ticket sales and charitable donations. About $1.7 million has been raised from the game since its 2008 debut, and he said players are eyeing a goal to reach $2 million this year. “Each player on each team commits to raising a minimum of $1,500, and they might do that by selling tickets to their family or friends,” Gauthier said. “People can also buy special red or blue wristbands to support their favorite team directly.” The Hockey Classic is one of CHaD’s largest annual fundraising events, and to mark 10 years, several “alumni” team players who have participated in past games over the course of the game’s history will be recognized. Players that made each team have been practicing at the SNHU Arena each month since December ahead of the big game. Among them are seven skaters who will play in their first Badges championship. Retired Manchester Police Lt. Pete Favreau and Dover Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Mickey Drouin will resume their previous roles as captains of their respective teams. Also playing this year is Dover

Police Officer Chris Plummer, the game’s all-time leading scorer with 21 points, and Nashua Police Officer Mike Dore, who has raised more than $100,000 over eight years as the leading fundraiser. “Hockey certainly is one of the more finely tuned sports, but you’d be surprised to see that the teams are made up of some generally pretty good players,” Gauthier said. “A lot of the guys that make the teams either used to play or still play in men’s hockey leagues.” He said the structure of the game will be not unlike that of a normal Manchester Monarchs game, complete with all of the fun features and other games between periods and after the game is over. “There will be different factors and tidbits going on both in the stands and on the ice throughout the course of the game,” he said. “There will be sign-making stations and photo stations, and we’ll also have some CHaD patients get a chance to pair with some of the players and cheer them on. … The kids will get to meet with the players on ice and help launch T-shirts in the crowd, so that should be fun.” Team Police has won more games in the Classic’s history, including a 12-5 win over Team Fire last year. “For the most part, the games have been pretty close, but I’m sure after last year’s, Team Fire has got some extra motivation,” Gauthier said.

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Kelsen Brewing Co. celebrates its third year of brewing with a special anniversary event on Tuesday, March 21, at Cask & Vine in Derry. There will be a dozen beers on tap plus a cask, Kelsen-inspired dishes, opportunities to meet and talk with Kelsen brewers and a couple surprises. “We are very excited to be celebrating our third year,” Paul Kelly of Kelsen said. “We couldn’t have made it this far without the support of the local community, our fans and local bars and restaurants such as Cask & Vine.” One of the highlights of the night is the Russian imperial stout Vinatta, a collaboration or “friendship” beer started between Kelsen and Cask & Vine shortly after Kelsen opened. Attendees will have the chance to try the 2015, 2016 and recently debuted 2017 versions, as well as the final batch of the pilot version. “That was like the test version. It’s kind of a special thing for us, like the end of the beginning,” Andy Day of Cask & Vine said. “It will be cool to sample all four of those side by side.” Day describes the 2015 batch as having “aged nicely, with a creaminess to it

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• Green specials at Firefly: Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, fireflynh.com) is offering a full menu of specials for St. Patrick’s Day with a variety of Irish fare, including potato leek soup, a mulligan’s stew with Guinness, a corned beef plate, bangers and mash, bread pudding with an Irish whiskey sauce and more, as well as special themed mixed drinks like the Peppermint Paddy (Hellcat Maggie Irish Whiskey, creme de menthe and white chocolate liqueur), the “If I Should Fall from Grace with God” (Guinness, spiced rum, espresso vodka and dark creme de cacao), and the Pot o’ Gold (Jameson, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and Goldschlager, topped with ginger ale). For more St. Patrick’s Day food events, go to hippopress.com, click on “past issues,” click the March 9 pdf and check out “Green cuisine” starting on p. 34. • Spring wine tasting: WineNot Boutique of Nashua is hosting its first annual Spring Wine Spectacular at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua) on Friday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. The tasting will feature more than 80 high-quality, hardto-find wines from prestigious wineries like Carol Shelton, Jadot, Viberti, Gamba, and Anton Bauer as well as from small wine producers in Italy, France, California, Austria, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain, Portugal and South Africa. The tasting will also feature local artisan foods, ciders, craft beers and appetizers prepared by Crowne Plaza Executive Chef Todd Lytle. Tickets cost $35 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, call WineNot at 204-5569 or visit winenotboutique.com. • St. Pat’s with class: Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725, pastry.net) will have a St. Patrick’s Day adult cake decorating class on Thursday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. Create a “Mug O’ Beer” with chocolate, vanilla or purple velvet cake and frost it with buttercream. The cost is $65. Register online. Ooo La La Creative Cakes of Meredith will host a St. Patrick’s adult cake class at Jump N Joy (477 Province Road, No. 3, Laconia) on Thursday, March 16, at 6 p.m. Create a 6-inch “Pot of Gold” cake with green and chocolate batter, vanilla or Bailey’s Irish Cream buttercream, fondant shamrocks and more. The cost is $35. 42

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and the chocolate coming through more.” The 2016 batch “still has a little kiss of sweetness to it, but definitely more of that leathery tobacco taste and dark fruit.” The 2017 batch, he said, “has bittersweet chocolate up front with a little fruit and a little more roastiness.” There will be beer flights offered with Kelsen Brewing Co. Third Anniversary When: Tuesday, March 21, 4 to 10 p.m.; if March 21 sells out, event will also be held Wednesday, March 22, 4 to 10 p.m. Where: Cask & Vine, 1 E. Broadway, Derry Cost: $10 reservation fee, will be applied to bill for the evening Visit: vinatta2017.bpt.me

all four variations of the Vinatta as well as flights of Kelsen’s other flagship beers on tap. The cask beer will be Cappuccino Paradigm Brown — a one-off made exclusively for the anniversary event — and there will be a couple surprise beers making their debut as well. Food specials will include soups or appetizers, an entree and a dessert that incorporate Kelsen beers. Finally, attendees will have the chance to meet and chat with Kelsen brewers throughout the evening. “It’s cool to be able to sit there and talk with them about the beer industry and their experiences and stories about the beer,” Day said. “Vinatta means friendship, and that’s what this is all about — spending a night drinking good beer and talking with these fantastic people.”

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tries of Amherst and Bedford, plus some newcomers like Big Kahunas Cafe and Grill of Merrimack. Most restaurants offer dishes that are “not everyday fare,” Bryar said, and are either new or specially prepared for the Gourmet Festival. “The fun of the festival is that we never know quite what to expect, but we have never been disappointed,” Bryar said. “We had a tuna tartare last year, steak tartare


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on crostini, some gourmet meatballs with specialty sauces that were amazing, tasty risotto and lamb and a chocolate mousse dessert.” The beverage vendors will also offer signature drinks created for the event. For example, Bryar said, Southern Wine & Spirits of New England will be offering a special martini, a “Cowardly Lion’s Courage” Manhattan and an infusion drink using the new Baileys Almande, an almond milkbased Baileys. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk directly with some of the chefs and beverage producers as they make their way around the tasting. “That’s one of the unique appeals that’s really kind of cool,” Bryar said. “The chefs are right there for people to engage them in conversation and ask about where they source their ingredients or ask about a new menu item.” While the tasting is going on, there will be opportunities to bid on silent auction items, and later that evening there will be a live auction and a brief program about The Front Door Agency’s mission. Proceeds from the event will benefit families in the greater Nashua area that are facing homelessness. Food & Drink Author events/lectures • BREAKFAST AT INA’S Showing of the documentary Breakfast at Ina’s, including a special gala brunch before the film and a post film discussion with Ina Pinkney. Pinkney will also be selling and signing her acclaimed cookbooks. Sun., March 26, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. South Eastern Regional Education Center , 29 Commerce Drive, Bedford. $36, $48.50 after March 20. Search event on brownpapertickets.com.

Gourmet Festival When: Sunday, March 19, 4 to 8 p.m. Where: Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway St., Nashua Cost: $85 per person Visit: frontdooragency.org/events/ gourmet-festival Participating vendors 110 Grill Bertucci’s Big Kahuna Burton’s Grill Celebrations Catering Cruzin’ Cakes Fratello’s Frederick’s Pastries LaBelle Winery MT’s Local Kitchen/Surf/Buckley’s Great Steaks Nashua Community College Nashua Country Club Not Your Average Joe’s Pine State Beverage Riverside Barbeque Southern Wine and Spirits of New England Stella Blu Whole Foods Nashua You You Japanese Bistro

• TEA PARTY Tea expert Lynda Simmons comes to discuss tea etiquette, history, and health benefits. Wed., March 29, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Call 432-6140. • DERRY COOKBOOK GROUP Group will choose a new cookbook for each meeting and make something from the book, then bring it in to share. Discuss tips, tricks and troubles and eat. Cookbooks will be available to borrow at the front desk. First Fri., 11:30

a.m. to 1 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Contact Jessica at jessicad@derrypl.org or call 4326140. • PELHAM COOKBOOK EXPLORERS Group explores a new type of cuisine or diet each month. Share your cooking successes and challenges and leave with new recipes. Monthly. Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. Free and open to the public. Email wflint@pelhamweb.com.

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and Australia). Learn about two fundamental winemaking philosophies for creating complex wines: the art of blending and the art of the single vineyard as well as how to differentiate the two. Thurs., April 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St. , Nashua. $30. Call 204-5569. • PAIRING WINE WITH FOOD Class will cover the do’s and don’t’s of food and wine pairing and how to select the perfect wine for any meal. Thurs., April 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St., Nashua. $50. Call 204-5569. • PAIRING WINE WITH EXOTIC CHOCOLATE AND ARTISAN CHEESE Class will explore the elements of wines, cheeses and chocolates from various parts of the world and how to pair them. Thurs., April 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WineNot Boutique, 170 Main St. , Nashua. $50. Call 204-5569. • CHEESE AND WINE PAIRING Part of the Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Class Series. Wed., July 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. $25. Call 6729898 or visit labellewineryevents.com. Beer, wine & liquor dinners • WINES OF THE WORLD TOUR Each dinner party focuses on a different wine region of the world. Top-picked wines will be paired with five regional-influenced tasting courses. Menu will be local farm-to-table driven. See website for “Tour Schedule.” Third Thurs., 6:15 p.m., Nov. 17 through Oct. 19. Colby Hill Inn , 33 The Oaks St., Henniker. $115 for first class, $95 for additional classes. Registration is required. Call 4283281 or visit colbyhillinn.com/ wines-of-the-world-dinners.htm. Beer, wine & liquor festivals & special events • SPRING WINE SPECTACULAR Wine tasting event

features 80 high quality wines poured along with craft beer, appetizers, steak tips, cheese, fine chocolate and more. Fri., March 17, 6 to 9 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua. $35. Call 2045569. • NH BEER CLUB Monthly meetings feature a Granite State brewer, plus a limited edition or unique brew. Mon., March 20, April 17, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett. Cost is $30 per event. See nhbeerclub.com. Chef events/special meals • CHEF’S TABLE DINNER Specialty dinner at the winery prepared by Chef James. Sat., March 25, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Flag Hill Winery & Distillery , 297 N. River Road (Route 155), Lee. $60. Call 659-2949 or visit flaghill.com. • NIGHT AT THE QUILL Dinner at the student-run, finedining restaurant to benefit the Easter Seals programs. Wed., March 29, 5 to 8 p.m. The Quill Restaurant at SNHU, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester. $65. Visit easterseals.com. • FIRE & FUSION EXECUTIVE CHEF COMPETITION Eight chefs compete preparing dishes with four secret ingredients for a panel of celebrity judges. Evening includes hundreds of unique appetizers, desserts and coffee. Wed., May 3, 6 p.m. Alpine Grove Banquet Center, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis. $40 general admission, $55 VIP. Visit nashuaseniorcenter.org. • FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER CLUB Monthly fourcourse dinners prepared with local food and paired with wine or beer samplings from local wineries and breweries. Monthly, last Thursday, 6 p.m. Roots Cafe at Robie’s Country Store , 9 Riverside St., Hooksett. $40. Call 485-7761, or visit rootsatrobies.com.


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Shirataki noodles The general public seems to always be on the hunt for noodle variations. From wholewheat pasta to rice vermicelli to zoodles, noodles run the gamut. There’s something universally appealing about the noodle shape, and it’s not going away. I am not a noodle connoisseur but I have eaten my fair share of noodles. I love Italian, devour Japanese noodle bowls and have been known to eat carrots in noodle form! Imagine my surprise when I found out about a noodle virtually without calories or carbohydrates. Impossible! I had to explore. Shirataki noodles are derived from the konjac yam. Glucomannan starch is extracted from the konjac yam to make these slippery noodles. According to the Serious Eats website, this starch is fiber that the body cannot digest. Since the body Noodles for One 1 (7-ounce) package shirataki noodles, drained and rinsed well ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup shredded carrot 1/3 cup finely sliced bell pepper ¼ cup chopped scallions 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2 eggs Sauce Adapted from Show Me the Yummy 1/4 cup soy sauce. 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar. 2 tablespoons sesame oil. 1 teaspoon Sriracha more to less to taste. 2 tablespoons coconut sugar packed.

Church & charity suppers/ bake sales • CHOWDER LUNCHEON Features fish chowder and corn chowder served with homemade bread, coffee or tea, and choice of homemade pie slice for dessert. Take-out is also available. Tues., March 14, and March 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Greenland Parish House, 44 Post Road, Greenland. $8 per person. Call 436-8336 or visit communitychurchofgreenland.org. • COMMUNITY SOUP NIGHT Bring a soup, a bread or dessert, and your own bowl and spoon. Fri., March 24, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dunbarton Public Library, 1004 School St., Dunbarton Center, Dunbarton. Call 774-3546.

can’t digest it, there are essentially no carbs or calories. It’s kind of crazy, right? You’ll find shirataki noodles in the refrigerated section near the tofu or, like I did, at your local Asian market. Shirataki noodles come packaged in water and need to be rinsed well before eating. Warning: the liquid in which they are stored smells a little fishy. While opening the packaging isn’t pleasant, I assure you the noodles don’t taste fishy at all. Like tofu, they seem to take on the taste of whatever they’re near or whatever they’re cooked with. While I wouldn’t recommend substituting shirataki noodles in Italian meals, I do think they’re top-notch for Asian dishes. Try them in your favorite recipe or follow mine. — Allison Wilson Dudas 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger. ½-1 teaspoon red pepper flakes to taste 2 cloves garlic minced or pressed. Topping: Toasted sesame seeds Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium high heat. Dry fry noodles until a lot of the wetness is gone, about 2 to 3 minutes. Push to the perimeter of the pan. In empty space in middle of pan, add vegetables and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, mix and cook for about 30 seconds, then move to perimeter. Crack eggs in space created and scramble, mixing all ingredients together. Add sauce and stir together until everything is blended. Serve and top with toasted sesame seeds.

Classes/workshops • INTRODUCTION TO CHOCOLATE Learn the history and myth-perceptions of chocolate, make chocolate like the Mayans by grinding beans, and taste four different chocolates. Thurs., March 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dancing Lion Chocolate, 917 Elm St., Manchester. Cost is $45 per person. Call 625-4043 to register. Visit dancinglion.us. Fairs/festivals/expos • CHOCOLATE, WINE & CHEESE FESTIVAL Taste more than 80 wines, gourmet chocolates, artisan cheeses and specialty food products, including pastas, caramel & hot fudge, mustards, spicy ketchups, relishes and chutneys, dressings, jellies,

infused maple syrups, infused sea salts, olive oils, balsamic vinegars and more. Sat., March 18, 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Radisson Hotel , 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua. $30 general admission, $10 designated drivers. Visit chocolatewinecheese. eventbrite.com. • “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME” - GOURMET FESTIVAL & AUCTION Event features cuisine and fine spirits from more than 20 of the area’s best chefs, bakers and beverage vendors, as well as silent and live auctions. Benefits families in the community at risk of homelessness. Sun., March 19, 4 to 8 p.m. Nashua Country Club, 25 Fairway Road, Nashua. $85 per person. Visit frontdooragency.org or call 886-2866.

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Recently, five Seacoast area wineries held their second barrel tasting event. Guests had the chance to taste wines right from the barrel while they were still going through the aging process. My friend Carol and I made it to two of the wineries on Saturday: Appolo Vineyards in Derry and Sweet Baby Vineyard in Hampstead. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and other commitments, I did not make it to Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton, Flag Hill Winery & Distillery in Lee or Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown (though I have visited them all before and like them all very much). We made our first stop at Appolo and purchased our tasting glasses. Only $10 bought us a glass to use for the whole tour, which spanned both days of the weekend. The winery is adorable and I can only imagine how nice it looks during the summer months when the vines are green and full of grapes. We packed into the winemaking area with several other guests, joined by Michael, owner and winemaker. We had the chance to try a few wines right from the barrel: China Girl, a dry rosé made from 100 percent chambourcin grapes, and 2016 Dragonfly Red, a red blend made from maréchal foch, frontenac and marquette grapes. I enjoyed both, but especially the Dragonfly Red. We also tried the already bottled 2015 version for comparison. This wine was mellower, but very smooth and easy to drink. The 2016 red blend had only been aging since October, but it did not taste like a young wine to me. This was my first time visiting Appolo and I really enjoyed the wines that I had the chance to taste. I hope to return to do a regular tasting soon. Next, we stopped at Sweet Baby Vineyard, which was as busy as Appolo. There, we tried amarone and maréchal foch from the barrel, along with the Niagara. Sweet Baby’s amarone is my current favorite of their offerings, so I enjoyed it from the barrel as much as I do bottled, and had to take a couple bottles home as it was almost sold out. If you attended this event, I hope you had a great time. If you did not, I hope you can attend next year because it is a great winter activity and way to experience more New Hampshire wineries.

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to the time of the Romans. According to VinePair, this was found out by accident. Originally, wine was transported in clay amphorae, but transporting it became more and more difficult. Oak was chosen because it was softer and easier to bend than other woods, so barrels could be made quickly, and the wood was abundant in European forests. After a while, after using oak, winemakers realized that oak barrels brought out certain qualities in the wine — including mellowing out the tannins in red wines and making it “softer.” VinePair notes that because the wood used in the oak barrels is lightly toasted, the wine can take on a variety of aromas and flavors including cinnamon, caramel, vanilla, or even butter (in the case of chardonnay). Red wines are more commonly oaked, but California chardonnay is an example of a white that is oaked. Often, barrels that are new are more “aggressive” than those that have been used already, which makes sense because the wood is brand new. Today, American and French oak are typically used to age wine, and the length of aging depends on the desired outcome and the wine itself. Some wines are only barrel-aged a short period of time, say around six months, while others may remain in the barrel for a year or more. Some winemakers even use oak barrels that were once used to age whiskey. However aging in oak came to be, it was a game-changer in the world of winemakWhy oak? Speaking of aging wine in oak barrels, ing and continues to help us enjoy the wine why is this done? This method dates back we know and love today.


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• Wow, we’ve got a lot of big albums coming for March 17, and no, I’m not talking about Paul Schaffer And The World’s Most Dangerous Band, whose self-titled album is on its way to the five grandmothers who couldn’t get enough of Schaffer’s crazy Vegas shtick on David Letterman. This album contains a random group of guests, including Dion, Jenny Lewis and actor Bill Murray, who appears on a version of Stevie Wonder’s early hit, “Happy Street,” which is something people used to do “The Twist” to. You know who else is on here, is the guy from Hootie and the Blowfish. Shaggy too. OK, let’s move on to something modern humans might be able to stomach. • Austin, Texas, indie-art-poppers Spoon are always interesting if not awesome, and to celebrate this fact they’re releasing a new LP, Hot Thoughts, on March 17. For those of you who are getting senile and forgetting, the band is cut from the same cloth as Strokes and Cold War Kids, like a mellow Franz Ferdinand but non-sucky. With that, maybe you know who they are. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you’re saying “Yes, I know them, Mr. Idiot Person, please proceed.” Fine, whatever, the title track from this new album is slightly funky, chill, danceable — it kind of reminds me of INXS, who were a sexfunk-pop band from the 1980s. The 1980s took place during the last millennium. Now, if everyone’s caught up, let’s continue on to our next whatchamacallit. • Hee hee, it’s time for fun with Depeche Mode, that old sort-ofgoth dance-rock band. My heart has basically always been with the goths, but I’m not a huge fan of Depeche Mode, like I think Siouxsie and Sisters of Mercy are 100 times more awesome than Depeche Mode. So, the fun part is when I tool on these posturing popinjays and my goth-leaning friends give me crap about it, and then I laugh to myself and live out my secret existence under my favorite troll bridge. So, right, the fast-approaching new album is called Spirit; now let’s go cover our mouths and point our fingers and laugh at this new album. The single is “Where’s the Revolution.” It has glitchy circuit-fritzing in the beat, but other than that it’s boring, the usual can of electro beans that sounds like a million other goth bands. Gawd, I’d rather listen to Marky Mark (chuckle)! • Oh, just great, Conor Oberst again. I don’t care about his fulltime band, Bright Eyes, and I definitely don’t care about his solo stuff. He has a new LP called Salutations. If you like Conor Oberst, you and I can still be friends, but you would have to play something more interesting in the car when we went to the hemp festival to hang out with your loony indie-folk friends, or you could just let your muffler drag on the asphalt, that would even be better. The single, “A Little Uncanny,” has a nice rawness to it, but the tune rips off some other song, maybe Flaming Lips, I’m not sure. He’s prattling on about Sylvia Plath and Ronald Reagan, blah blah … wait, what? He just said “I miss Christopher Hitchens.” I agree with that 100 percent. I need to rethink this whole thing. Conor Oberst is awesome. If Hitchens had lived, it would have been Bernie Sanders vs. Marco Rubio, not Wrestlemania XXVII. I approve. — Eric W. Saeger

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one looked to raise $600,000 via Kickstarter. But he and Adam Nimoy hit it off when they met in person, and de Mello-Folsom found himself drawn to the story — and not just because it was Star Trek. (He’s embarrassed to admit he preferred Star Wars as a kid.) “Without knowing Star Trek, I knew who Spock was, and I knew who the actor Leonard Nimoy was. He was such an iconic person and character,” de Mello-Folsom said. “At the heart of this movie is a story about a father and son, their conflict and their coming back together at the end of Leonard’s life. It’s a beautiful story and great tribute to a wonderful man, and obviously, for the avid Star Trek fans we also have lots of facts and fun stories from the sets.” For the Love of Spock comprises archival footage and interviews with sources like William Shatner and Walter Koenig. The crowdfunding campaign, launched in June

2015, raised $662,640, becoming Kickstarter’s most-funded documentary, and filming began around the same time, as the crew wanted to finish before the Star Trek 50th anniversary in September 2016. Adam Nimoy and his dad began talking about the film Thanksgiving 2014. Initially, the idea was to focus on the Spock character, but when Leonard Nimoy died months later, the angle changed to look at Leonard Nimoy himself, as a dad, actor and person. “[Adam Nimoy] was reluctant to include himself, and include his story into the film, as that’s not what he intended when he and his dad first started working on it. But Leonard’s widow started encouraging him to include his experience,” de Mello-Folsom said. “I think the fact that he was willing to open up through this process and share this personal part of him and his dad was the most interesting aspect of the film.”

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Translated from Spanish, in Thus Bad Begins, author Javier Marias tells a dark and strangely captivating mystery tale centered on the volatile relationship between filmmaker Eduardo Muriel and his wife Beatriz. The meandering and erotic story is told by Juan de Vere, or “young de Vere” as he is frequently referred to by Muriel and his close circle of distinguished friends. De Vere details his efforts to get to the bottom of two separate though related mysteries involving Muriel and his wife and, separately, Muriel’s good friend, the esteemed Dr. Jorge Van Vechten. De Vere tells his tale as he looks back on his time as a young man working as an assistant to Muriel, though it becomes clear de Vere was hardly a bystander in this story, which is set about five years following Spain’s transition back to democracy after Francisco Franco’s death. Muriel, an intriguing and father-like figure to de Vere, tasks de Vere with a difficult and sordid assignment. He tells de Vere that he had recently received news that his longtime friend Van Vechten had been “indecent with a woman, possibly more than one,” which Muriel described as “the lowest of the low.” He asks de Vere to “draw-out” Van Vechten in an attempt to gauge the veracity of what he has been told. Muriel asks de Vere to befriend Van Vechten, to bring him out with his friends, despite the multi-generational gap in ages, to essentially egg him on and to encourage Van Vechten to open up about any past (or present) transgressions with women. On top of that potentially perilous assignment, de Vere, who has his own room at Muriel’s home, bears witness to Muriel’s repeated and wounding verbal attacks on his wife. He listens to him insult her appearance and her intelligence, over and over again. He even watches from his room in secret as Beatriz paces outside Muriel’s room, begging him to let her in, which he ultimately denies. The abuse is bizarre and uncomfortable, not only because it is so hurtful, but because it appears particularly out of character for the mild-mannered and understanding Muriel — along with the fact that it is entirely unclear why Muriel

treats her in this fashion. Beatriz complains about the treatment to her friends and while divorce is apparently soon to be legalized in early 1980s Spain, she will never leave Muriel. De Vere is naturally curious about the cause of the abuse and moves toward solving that mystery as well. Before de Vere befriends Van Vechten, he notices Beatriz regularly leaves the house on her own. On one such trip, De Vere follows Beatriz, discreetly, to Our Lady of Darmstadt Sanctuary, where he witnesses, from a tree and through a window, Beatriz and Van Vechten alone together in a building on the property, and de Vere’s task of drawing out Van Vechten becomes even more complicated. Still, de Vere easily persuades Van Vechten and his perfectly “rectangular smile” to come out with him several times per week to bars and clubs. His friends — young women included — seemingly enjoy the doctor’s generous, fatherly and gregarious presence. When alone, De Vere questions the doctor about his sexual prowess and Van Vechten states, ominously after much prodding, “And nothing gives one more satisfaction than when a girl doesn’t want to do it, but can’t say no. And I can assure you most of them do want do do it, once they realize they’re obliged to.” Marias’ style of writing is long-winded, to say the least, but it does not take away from the story. On the contrary, his beautiful, winding sentences pull the reader in, and right down the rabbit hole. (It certainly didn’t feel like I was reading translated material.) With the title, and the black cover — with just the image of presumably Beatriz’s face visible — it is clear the novel is taking the reader down a dark road. That said, the novel is at times funny and perfectly ridiculous, especially in scenes involving Muriel’s friend Professor Rico and his appetite for long-winded lectures on seemingly anything and everything. A strong political vein runs throughout the novel as well, as the wounds from Spain’s transition to democracy have yet to heal. Thus Bad Begins is a compelling and at times bizarre story about principles, betrayal, friendship, control, and how people justify their own behavior, no matter how vile. B+ — Jeff Mucciarone


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• Celebrating Robert Frost: The Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry, hosts a birthday party for the famous poet who used to live in town with “Celebration of Robert Frost” Monday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Local historian Rick Holmes will talk about the life of Robert Frost and his time in Derry. The event is open to the public; for more information or to sign up, call 432-6140. • Bang for your buck: The Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford, hosts a Local Authors Open House Saturday, March 18, at 3 p.m., at which time local writers sign their books and talk about their work. Participating authors include Elizabeth Delisi, Sue Coletta, Nikki Andrews, Patricia S. Hageman, Coleen Burpeau and Rich Marcello. Visit toadbooks.com. Call 673-1734. • Storytelling: Sometimes storytelling happens not via books but aloud, as with the upcoming event at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, “High Anxiety: The Moth” in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m., hosted by Dame Wilburn. The event will feature a mix of national storytellers and local voices. Tickets are $39 to $45. Visit themusichall.org. If you want to tell your own tales, the New Hampshire Institute of Art hosts its first-ever Storytelling Festival Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m., in its French Hall Auditorium. The public is welcome to submit — writers, storytellers, illustrators, graphic novelists — to this Moth Radio Hour-style event. Tales can be true or embellished, and each presenter is limited to five minutes. Send a brief description of the story to membership@nhia.edu by March 17; those with images accompanying their stories should submit their image files as well. Call 836-2143. — Kelly Sennott

Books Author Events • LISA CAREY Author talks about The Stolen Child. Thurs., March 16, at 6:30 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. Call 673-1734. • JACQUELYN BENSON Author talks about The Smoke Hunter. Thurs., March 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Great Room at Alnoba, 24 Cottage Road, Kensington. • LOCAL AUTHORS OPEN HOUSE Featuring Elizabeth Delisi, Sue Coletta, Nikki Andrews, Patricia S. Hageman, Coleen Burpeau, Rich Marcello. Sat., March 18, at 3 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Visit toadbooks.com. Call 673-1734. • CHRISTY DAY Author talks about Walking From Here to There: Finding My Way on El

Camino. Tues., March 21, at 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • TED REINSTEIN Author talks about Wicked Pissed: New England’s Most Famous Feuds. Thurs., March 23, 6:30-8 p.m. Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Call 362-5234. • DIANALEE VELIE Writer talks about Ever After. Sat., March 25, at 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • GLORIA NORRIS Author talks about Kookooland. Sat., March 25, at 2 p.m. Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Depot Square, Peterborough. Call 924-3543. • HOWARD MANSFIELD Author talks about new book, Sheds. Toadstool Bookshop, 614 Nashua St., Milford. Sat., March 25, at 3 p.m.

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• KERRY& BRIAN KELLOGG Author/illustrator talk about The Adventures of Otis Pendleton: The Hunt for Autumn. Sun., March 26, noon-1 p.m. MainStreet MarketPlace & Gallery, 16 E. Main St., Warner. • RON KRUPP Author talks about The Woodchuck’s Guide to Gardening. Sun., March 26, at 2 p.m. at 2 p.m. MainStreet MarketPlace & Gallery, 16 E. Main St., Warner. • ABBY FABIASCHI Author presentation about I Liked My Life at RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet St., Portsmouth. Wed., March 29, at 6:30 p.m. Call 4312100. Email info@riverrunbookstore.com. • DAVID ELLIOTT Launch party for Bull. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Fri., March 31, at 6 p.m. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • PEGGY ORENSTEIN Author talks about Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. Fri., March 31, at 7 p.m. Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main St., Exeter. • JOHN SCALZI Author talks about The Collapsing Empire. Thurs., April 6, at 7 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • MEG KEARNEY Author talks about When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee’s Search for Her Birth Mother novel in poems and journal entries. Sat., April 8, at 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • ANTHONY DOERR Author talks about All the Light We Cannot See, part of Writers on a New England Stage. The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth. Sun., April 9, at 4 p.m. Tickets $27. Visit themusichall.org. Poetry/writing events • WRITING WORKSHOP Book launch for Kendra Levin’s The Hero is You, includes free workshop. Self-help book for writers. Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m. Water Street Bookstore, 125 Water St., Exeter. • A CELEBRATION OF ROBERT FROST Birthday celebration to poet who lived in Derry. Rick Holmes will talk about the life of Robert Frost and his time in town. Mon., March 20, at 6:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Call 432-6140.

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POP CULTURE FILM REVIEWS BY AMY DIAZ

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13)

Scientists find another stash of giant animals in the Pacific in Kong: Skull Island.

According to Wikipedia, this is the second movie in the MonsterVerse of films from Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. that also includes Godzilla. Scientists Bill Randa (John Goodman) and Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) are desperate to get approval for their project before the Vietnam War ends. They get the OK just as President Nixon announces “peace with honor.” Before all the soldiers head home, though, Bill asks for a military escort to take him, Brooks, fellow scientist San (Jing Tian) and some officials from Monarch (their parent company or project codename or something) out to Skull Island, a mysterious island in the Pacific that is perpetually surrounded by storms. The scientists join up with a squad led by Lt. Col. Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), who jumps at the “one last mission” assignment. His men include Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell), a man who has a family and new job waiting for him back home and frequently writes letters to his son (and might as well be saying “last day before retirement!” and “I’ll be right back!”). Other men (Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Eugene Cordero) on the mission also talk about their big plans for when they get home. James (Tom Hiddleston), an ex-British military guy good at hacking his way through a jungle, also joins the group. And joining the trip for absolutely no reason that makes sense at all is photojournalist Mason Weaver (Brie Larson). Once on the paradise-like island, the soldiers in helicopters head out to drop charges

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that Randa and Brooks say are meant to figure out something about the geological features. In reality, the charges are meant to wake up whatever they believe lives on the island and hoo, boy, does it ever. King Kong announces his presence by throwing a tree at one helicopter and then swatting down a few more. When the smoke has cleared and Packard finds himself holding the dog tags for the men who won’t be going home, he vows vengeance on Kong, Packard giving the skyscraper-sized gorilla the staredown like only Samuel L. Jackson can give something the staredown. Scientists, soldiers and Brie Larson are thusly scattered across the island and need to find each other and their way to the predetermined rescue spot. When part of the group meets Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly), a World War II soldier we see crash on the island at the start of the movie, they

ing to care for an even more broken Charles Xavier in a world where mutants are dying out. When a young girl with familiar abilities shows up, Logan must reluctantly take on the role of her protector. Excellent performances all around make this gritty (but still not grim) movie one of the better entries in the X-Men universe. B

meet his girlfriend’s parents, the fact that her white family doesn’t know he’s black is the very least of his troubles. This is an exceptionally wellconstructed horror movie where the tension and menace comes from one kind of racism until you realize that something stranger but just as dehumanizing is going on. Smart on so many levels, Get Out is also funny (thanks in part to supporting actor Lil Rel Howery) and legitimately scary. A

hear how Kong, in addition to smacking down interlopers, keeps a whole host of large scary lizard things at bay. Kong gets loaded with a lot of stuff: the nature of war in general and the Vietnam War specifically; the whole “soldiers on their final mission” thing; some monster-related world-building, and whatever the movie was trying to do with Samuel L. Jackson’s character. (An aside on worldbuilding: I’m not keen on this idea that you need to take notes at every movie so you can refer to them later, say in 2019 when the next Godzilla movie is scheduled to come out, according to Wikipedia. But if expanded cinematic universes are your jam, it is worth staying until the end of the credits for a bonus scene and a certain sound effect that still gives me chills.) Not unlike with the 2014 Godzilla movie, the bare bones of Kong aren’t bad: mysterious The best Batman/DC universe movie in a long time, this animated take on the Dark Knight is so much fun ― full of nice jokes about the character’s many movie and TV iterations as well as solid storytelling about both orphaned Bruce Wayne and the vigilante crime fighter. The Lego animation is, as in The Lego Movie, a big part of the fun, with the visual humor of Legos and their Lego accessories melding perfectly with the movie’s tone. B+

Pacific island, early atomic age and its connection to giant subterranean monsters, the primal fear of monsters, the idea that man can try to tame nature but nature can fight back, the fun of “big thing want smash” as the source of your action. (I even appreciate the addition of the modern-feeling idea that war on one enemy can end up empowering another.) But in Kong, as with Godzilla, I, like a kid picking broccoli and mushrooms off a pizza, would like to scrape off a good helping of Kong’s toppings. Goodbye, everything to do with Vietnam. See you later, Capt. Father-Guy and his letters to his kid. Whittle the team down to John Goodman and the two main scientists, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson (more for tradition’s sake than because her character had anything interesting to do), John C. Reilly and no more than three Monarch guys/soldiers to get eaten during the action scenes. This movie is at its best when the humans are trying to figure out the giant animal puzzle, specifically the Kong paradox of both needing to get away from him and needing him to keep a lid on all the weird lizard creatures. Kong: Skull Island is a decent enough stab at bringing King Kong back to screens. I just wish it, and the rest of this MonsterVerse thing, would just keep its eyes on the monsters and let some of the human drama go. BRated PG-13 for intense sequences of scifi violence and action and for brief strong language. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, Kong: Skull Island is an hour and 58 minutes long and distributed by Warner Bros.

adventures of Twilight-fanfiction personified and her unhealthy relationship with a creepy stalker are done in by some draggy plotting and the ongoing lack of chemistry between the two leads. C-

The Great Wall (PG-13) Matt Damon, Jing Tian. Damon, sporting some kind of interesting accent (let’s say Irish, maybe), is a Euro*Get Out pean mercenary searching Daniel Kaluuya, Allison for gunpowder in ye olde Williams. China in this very odd speFrom the mind of writer*The LEGO Batman Movcial-effects-heavy movie Out now director Jordan Peele (of Key ie (PG-13) Fifty Shades Darker (R) about a beautifully rendered *Logan (R) & Peele fame) comes this Voices of Will Arnett, Dakota Johnson, Jamie army with color-coded armor Hugh Jackman, Patrick terrifying movie where the Michael Cera. Dornan. fighting some iffy CGI lizStewart. suburbs/exurbs are creepy Also Rosario Dawson, Ralph Less sexy and less fun than ards. The human half of the The last (probably) hurand the monster is racism! Fiennes, Zach Galifianakis, the first movie (Fifty Shades battle scenes looks very cool; rah for Jackman’s Wolverine When a man goes to the Billy Dee Williams and so of Grey ― now better by the rest of the movie feels finds him a broken man help- country for a weekend to many more. comparison!), the continuing like slap-dash filler. CHIPPO | MARCH 16 - 22, 2017 | PAGE 50

Split (PG-13) James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy. M. Night Shyamalan presents this standard horror movie (complete with the brutalization of young women, because of course) dressed up in some artsy nonsense, not the least of which is a final scene that does not forgive all previous sins. CRings (PG-13) Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe. This extremely unnecessary sequel to the early 2000s series does nothing new with the idea of a scary ghost girl who kills you seven days after you view her mildly disturbing video short. C-


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WILTON TOWN HALL 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com • Lion (PG-13, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7:30 p.m. • Moonlight (R, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7:30 p.m. CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 44 S. Main St., Concord, 2251111, ccanh.com • Idomeno (Met in HD) Mon., March 27, at 6 p.m.

AVIATION MUSEUM OF NH 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, 669-4820, aviationmuseumofnh.org • Silent Film Double Feature with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, The Phantom Flyer (1928) & The Sky Rider (1928) Fri., March 24, at 7 p.m. MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY 405 Pine St., Manchester, 6246550, manchester.lib.nh.us; some films at the West Branch, 76 Main St., Manchester, 6246560 • Queen of Katwe (PG, 2016) Wed., March 22, at 1 p.m. NEW HAMPSHIRE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE 31 College Drive, Sweeney Auditorium, 03301, 271-6484, ext. 4115, nhti.edu, nhstudentfilm.com • Lawrence of Arabia (PG, 1962) Fri., March 24, at 7 p.m. NASHUA PUBLIC LIBRARY NPL Theater, 2 Court St., Nashua, 589-4611, nashualibrary.org • How to Train Your Dragon (PG, 2010) Sat., March 18, at 2 p.m. • Doctor Strange (PG-13, 2016) Tues., March 21, at 7 p.m. • The Goonies (PG, 1985) Wed., March 22, at 2 p.m. PETERBOROUGH PLAYERS THEATER 55 Hadley Road, Peterborough, 924-9344, peterboroughplayers. org • A Contemporary Evening (Bolshoi Ballet) Sun., March 19, at 1 p.m. PETERBOROUGH COMMUNITY THEATRE 6 School St., Peterborough, pctmovies.com • The Founder (PG-13, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m. • The Shack (PG-13, 2017) March 17 through March 30, Wed., Sat., Sun. at 2:30 & 7 p.m.; Thurs & Fri. at 7 p.m. • We the Tiny House People (documentary, 2012) Tues., March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

THE MUSIC HALL 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org, Some films are screened at Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth • Manchester by the Sea (R, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m. • BANFF Mountain Film Festival Thurs., March 16, at 7 p.m. • 20th Century Women (R, 2016) Fri., March 17, at 7 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 7 p.m.; Wed., March 22, at 7 p.m.; Thurs., March 23, at 7 p.m. • Saint Joan (National Theatre London in HD) Sun., March 19, at 1 p.m. • Fences (PG-13, 2016) Sun., March 19, at 4 p.m.; Tues., March 21, at 7 p.m.; Wed., March 22, at 7 p.m.; Fri., March 24, at 7 p.m. • Stella Dallas (1937) Tues., March 21, at 7 p.m. 3S ARTSPACE 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 3sarts.org • A Plastic Ocean (documentary, 2016) Thurs., March 23, at 7 p.m. THE FLYING MONKEY 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 5362551, flyingmonkeynh.com • Sadie Thompson (1928) Thurs., March 16, at 6:30 p.m., silent film with musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis • The Red Turtle (PG, 2016) Fri., March 17, Sat., March 18, Sun., March 19 at 6:30 p.m. • The Secret of Kells (2009) Sun., March 19, at 3:30 p.m. • Fences (PG-13, 2016) Wed., March 22, Thurs., March 23, Sat., March 25 & Sun., March 26 at 6:30 p.m.

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RED RIVER THEATRES 11 S. Main St., Concord, 2244600, redrivertheatres.org • I Am Not Your Negro (PG-13, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7:50 p.m. • Lion (PG-13, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 7:25 p.m. • Moonlight (R, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 2:10 & 5:35 p.m. • The Eagle Huntress (G, 2016) Thurs., March 16, at 2:05 & 5:25 p.m.; Fri., March 17, at 1 & 5:30 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 1 & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 1:30 p.m.; Mon., March 20, at 2:05 & 5:25 p.m.; Thurs., March 23, at 2:05 & 5:25 p.m. • A United Kingdom (PG-13, 2017) Thurs., March 16, at 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Fri., March 17, at 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 6 p.m.; Mon., March 20, at 7:25 p.m.; Tues., March 21, at 2:05 p.m.; Wed., March 22, at 2:05 p.m.; Thurs., March 23, at 7:25 p.m. • The Sense of an Ending (PG13, 2017) Fri., March 17, at 1:15, 3:40, 6:10 & 8:40 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 1:15, 3:40, 6:10 & 8:40 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 1:15, 4:40 & 6:10 p.m.; Mon., March 20, at 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Tues., March 21, at 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Wed., March 22, at 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m.; Thurs., March 23, at 2, 5:30 & 8 p.m. • Kedi (NR, 2017) Fri., March 17, at 1:10, 2:55, 4:40, 6:25 & 8:10 p.m.; Sat., March 18, at 1:10, 2:55, 4:40, 6:25 & 8:10 p.m.; Sun., March 19, at 1:10, 2:55, 4:40 & 6:25 p.m.; Mon., March 20, at 2:10, 5:35 & 7:20 p.m.; Tues., March 21, at 2:10, 5:35 & 7:20 p.m.; Wed., March 22, at 2:10, 5:35 & 7:20 p.m.; Thurs., March 23, at 2:10, 5:35 & 7:20 p.m.

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NITE Songbird Local music news & events

By Michael Witthaus

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• Stand-up guy: Raised on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Brian Regan is a seasoned comic with a keen eye for everyday absurdities, from Fig Newtons to doughnut sprinkles. Occasionally topical – “it’s hard to ignore the orange elephant in the room,” he said recently – most of his act is an escape from all that. Plus, he’s primarily a stand-up, though he does have an upcoming project with a Farrelly Brother. See Brian Regan on Thursday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 Main St., Concord. Tickets are $47.50 at ccanh.com. • Green scene: Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Jeff Snow, who plays a wide range of instruments, from guitar to autoharp, bouzouki, bodhran and other forms of percussion. Snow combines a love for “The Softer Side of Celtic” music with a knowledge of his Scottish heritage. Go Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Grange Hall, 54 Main St., Chichester. See jeffsnow.net. • Soft opening: Tupelo Music Hall’s first show in its new Derry digs features Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel and Tantric. The official grand opening is Peter Frampton’s sold-out April 11 concert, but there are a few gigs ahead of it, including Candlebox (March 23 & March 24), Alan Doyle (March 26), Tom Rush (March 31) and a night of comedy (April 7). Two more are already sold out: Blue Oyster Cult (March 25) and Ann Wilson (April 2). Go Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m., Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry. Tickets $60-$75 at tupelohall.com. • Song man: His newly released CD Great Divide has earned Walker Smith comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, with character-driven songs about hard luck and hope focused on what Smith describes as “the conflict between leaving everything behind or figuring out the world enough to be a part of it.” He performs a solo show for the brunch crowd Sunday, March 19, at 10 a.m., Country Tavern, 262 Maple St., Henniker. See cdbaby. com/cd/walkersmith. • Get happy: Enjoy jazz, classical and folk music as Tom Pirozzoli & Gerry Putnam perform in celebration of World Happiness Day – if you didn’t know that was a thing, you do now. The two friends’ instrumental interplay is a mainstay in the regional music scene; Pirozzoli is also a talented painter. Go Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Hall, 198 Route 103, Newbury. The show is free. See pirozzoli.com. Want more ideas for a fun night out? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and online at hipposcout.com. HIPPO | MARCH 16 - 22, 2017 | PAGE 52

Jennifer Kimball introduces new LP, Avocet By Michael Witthaus

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A shifting music business landscape has turned the studio into a luxury for many performers. Jennifer Kimball had no plans to make another album after 2006’s Oh Hear Us, but on her birthday two years ago, she received a surprise gift from her husband, Ry Cavanaugh: a recording session with an A list of Boston players. In a recent interview, Kimball — a fixture in New England music circles since her early ’90s time with The Story — recalled the sweet subterfuge that began a process culminating in her new LP, Avocet. It started when close friend and fellow singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst concocted a story about needing to drop off a guitar at Somerville’s Q Division studio. “I completely believed her,” Kimball said. “We walk in to give the guitar to Peter Mulvey, with whom she’s playing later, and I know everybody. I said, ‘Who are you recording?’ and no one would answer me. Then my oldest and dearest friend in the room, Duke Levine — an amazing guitar player — said, ‘It’s your session; we’re doing your songs.’ I just lost it; I cried, and then we got to work.” The work that day resulted in six songs but left Kimball wondering if the experience was simply a great day, or something more. “After the session was so fun, I was stumped again,” she said. “Now what do I do?” Among the musicians at the session was one Kimball hadn’t met before: Alec Spiegelman, of Brooklyn chamber pop band Cuddle Magic. “Ry thought I would love working with him,” she said, and it turned out that the feeling was mutual. “He loved the project, and he took it on.” Spiegelman brought his bandmates along to make the rest of the record, and what Jennifer Kimball Where: Portsmouth Book & Bar, 40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth When: Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. Tickets: $5 More: jenniferkimball.com

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resulted is different from anything in Kimball’s catalog. “That sound is all Alec and Cuddle Magic,” Kimball said. “They’ve played together for so long and have this real chemistry. They’re all New England Conservatory graduates; that’s where they met.” Kimball describes Cuddle Magic as “avant folk pop electronica,” and said Spiegelman’s production exposed her songs in surprising ways. “He unwound them to their essential notes, from the way I played them back to him,” she said. “My instruments basically disappeared into these saxophone and flute lines. It’s magic.” The unique sound of Avocet is another departure in a career that’s included a few. After The Story split, Kimball rocked it up with Maybe Baby, a Somerville supergroup that included Cavanaugh, Levine and drummer Billy Beard. She later covered Crowded House on her first solo record and has always charted an unconventional path. “I’ve never really thought of myself as a folk musician, and that’s what I get called, because I’m sort of pretty to listen to, I guess,” she said. “But I didn’t grow up listening to folk ... and I still don’t really know much about traditional folk music. Even folk pop music was pretty far from my early vocabulary. I think I’m drawn to a wide variety of

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sounds, and I don’t want to be pigeonholed into any one place.” One constant is the personal nature of Kimball’s songwriting. “Love & Babies,” “All Truth is Better” and “Someone to Read To” reflect her experience as a mother; her son is now 10 years old. “Reedy River,” written on her first tour after his birth, is particularly evocative. “I missed him so badly,” Kimball said. “There was a heat wave in South Carolina [and] people were wading into the river in the middle of town in this beautiful park and I saw this woman swishing her baby’s feet in the water — it was so moving to me.” The record’s title comes from a nickname given to her late mother, repeated on “Love & Birds,” the record’s second track. “Mom had a friend who called her an avocet, an elegant, and to East Coasters, exotic and unusual bird,” she said. “Long-legged ... a little bit aloof, kind of beautiful. That was my mom.” To mark the release of the new CD, Kimball will perform a short run of shows with Spiegelman and Deni Hlavinka, of alt folk band The Western Den, that includes a March 21 show at Portsmouth Book & Bar. “Now that I’ve been introduced to this new form of playing, this is all I want to do,” Kimball said. “I just want to play gigs with Cuddle Magic.”

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“Just Average” — if two don’t fit... Across 1 Lend a hand 5 “I got it!” reactions 9 “... like ___ out of hell” 13 “___ F” (hit instrumental of 1985) 14 Like the sound of French vowels 16 Attack with the tongue

17 Picture that absolutely has to be seen? 19 See 41-Down 20 Make amends (for) 21 12 of 12, briefly 22 Spicy coffee shop order 23 Denims kept clean during auction

time? 27 Be in another form? 30 Dave Grohl band ___ Fighters 31 Concert purchase 32 “The Addams Family” cousin 33 Actor Diggs 35 Firm ending? 37 Actor James Van ___ Beek 39 What part of each theme answer has to do to fit 45 Six-pack unit 46 Glass on NPR 47 Schooner steerer 48 “Do you even lift, ___?” 50 Cobra ___ (“The Karate Kid” dojo) 53 Bother 55 “Sure thing” 56 Author of “A Series of Unfortunate Kravitzes”?

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SIGNS OF LIFE — and, weirdly, help me understand show business better. Mind. Blown. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) I kept trying to be a vegan until I realized that part of my motivation was that I wanted to be able to go on the Ellen show and bond with her over it. … You can’t make life decisions motivated by the hope that you’ll be invited to Ellen and Portia’s to eat lentils and watch Seinfeld. You can, but you shouldn’t. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) It didn’t take me long to realize that everyone who works at REI is named Tad. ... Tad and all his-coworkers, Tad, wear matching vests adorned with loops and hooks. You may briefly wonder if the Tads go out after work wearing their matching vests, or if they’re just part of a cult whose members love to fish. Tad is always happy and positive. The only time I’ve ever seen Tad a little bit down was when I told him I thought all sleeping bags were alike. Don’t be sad, Tad! I know better now. Not all sleeping bags are alike. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) Magazines don’t like it when you say too little about your personal life — it makes the pages very hard to fill. That’s their problem. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) … they’ll ask you who’s the best kisser you’ve ever worked with. DON’T ANSWER THIS. It will result in an article stating you’ve “broken your silence” about how awful it was to kiss everyone else. Don’t answer it. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) … but I avoided handsome actor-types as a rule. Over the lears I’d learn that my concerns were unfounded ... attractive, straight, successful actors actually don’t get as much attention as you might think, because women find them so intimidating that they — AHAHAHAHA, I can’t even finish that sentence with a straight face. Those dudes get all the attention you think they do, and then some. Avoid handsome actor types.

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Quotes are from Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham, born March 16, 1967. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) Every morning my father eats half a loaf of bread with butter, a giant smoothie, maybe an omelette with cheese, and then he has breakfast. I just want a piece of toast once in a while — is that so wrong? No, it is not. Have your toast. Aries (March 21 – April 19) When I hear Kim Kardashian lost her baby weight on Atkins, I’ll eat steak for three days straight until I remember that, oh yeah, I’ve tried this before and it didn’t make me feel that great. You have to find what works for you, not what works for someone else. Do not eat steak for three days straight. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) I’ve learned that a little readiness goes a long way when facing the elements, be they rain, or snow, or Access Hollywood. Just like in the outdoors, I’ve learned it’s much easier to strip off a layer if you find you don’t need it than to put one on. If you’ve already exposed yourself it may be too late. Layer up. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Our new show runners were talented writers who knew the show well. But just like when David Lee Roth was replaced as the lead singer of Van Halen, no matter how hard we tried singing the same songs, they just didn’t sound quite the same. That’s how it goes. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Most movies are made for people who want to watch Jurassic World over and over. Repeated viewings might bring new perspective. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) Over the course of this first season, we began to realize that our tough time slot might actually have been a gift. You can rally in a tough time slot. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) I had never been to an REI store and didn’t know what REI stood for or what they sold there. … What I was to discover at REI would blow my mind

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In February, two teams of South Korean researchers announced cancer-fighting breakthroughs by taking lessons from how two of medicine’s most vexing, destructive organisms (diarrhea-causing salmonella bacteria and the rabies virus) can access often-unconquerable cancer cells. In journal articles, biologist Jung-joon Min of Chonnam National University described how his team “weaponized” a cancer-fighting invader cell with salmonella to stir up more-robust immune responses, and nanoparticle expert Yu Seok Youn’s Sungkyunkwan University team coated immunizing cells with the rabies protein (since the rabies virus is remarkably successful at invading healthy cells) to reach brain tumors. • Gemma Badley was convicted in England’s Teesside Magistrates’ Court in February of impersonating British psychic Sally Morgan on Facebook, selling her “readings” as if they were Morgan’s. (To keep this straight: Badley is the illegal con artist, Morgan the legal one.) • Michigan is an “open carry” state, and any adult not otherwise disqualified under state law may “pack heat” in public (except in a few designated zones). In February, an overly earnest Second Amendment fan, James Baker, 24 (accompanied by pal Brandon Vreeland, 40), believed the law was an invitation to walk into the Dearborn police station in full body armor and ski mask, with a semi-automatic pistol and a sawed-off rifle (and have Vreeland photograph officers’ reactions). (Yes, both were arrested.) • Wells Fargo Bank famously admitted last year that employees (pressured by a company incentive program) had fraudulently opened new accounts for about 2 million existing customers by forging their signatures. In an early lawsuit by a victim of the fraud (who had seven fraudulent accounts opened), the bank argued (and a court agreed!) that the lawsuit had to be handled by arbitration instead of a court of law because the customer had, in the original Wells Fargo contract (that dense, fine-print one he actually signed), agreed to arbitration for “all” disputes. A February Wells Fargo statement to Consumerist.com claimed that customers’ forgoing legal rights was actually for their own benefit, in that “arbitration” is faster and less expensive.

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Great art!

French artist Abraham Poincheval told reporters in February that in his upcoming “performance,” he will entomb himself for a week in a limestone boulder at a Paris museum and then, at the conclusion, sit on a dozen bird eggs until they hatch “an inner journey,” he said, “to find out what the world is.” (He apparently failed to learn that from previous efforts, such as the two weeks he spent inside a stuffed bear or his time on the Rhone River inside a giant corked bottle.) He told reporters the super-snug tomb has been thoroughly accessorized, providing for breathing, eating, heart monitor and emergency phone except, they noted, nothing on exactly how toileting will be handled.

The job of the researcher

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration “bioacoustic research” team recently reported recording and listening to about 2 million underwater sounds made over a four-month period by various species of dolphins (“whistles,” echolocation “clicks,” and “burst pulses”) and can, they believe, distinguish

the sounds to match them to a particular dolphin species (among the five most prevalent) with 84 percent accuracy. The team built a computer algorithm to also make estimating dolphin populations much easier.

The continuing crisis

After the North Dakota House of Representatives voted yet again in January to retain the state’s Sunday-closing “blue laws,” Rep. Bernie Satrom explained to a reporter: “Spending time with your wife, your husband, making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed” is better than going shopping.

Weirdo-American community

Stephen Reed, the former mayor of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on the eve of his January trial on corruption counts stemming from the approximately 10,000 items of “Wild West” and “Americana” artifacts worth around $8 million that he had bought with public funds during 28 years in office. For some reason, he had a single-minded obsession with creating a local all-things-cowboy museum, and had purchased such items as a stagecoach, stagecoach harnesses, a “Billy the Kid” wanted poster, a wagon wheel and a totem pole. Somehow, he explained, as he was leaving office after being voted out in 2009, the items he had purchased (theoretically, “on behalf of” of Harrisburg) had migrated into his personal belongings. Visit weirduniverse.net.


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