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I didn’t vote for Trump. He drives me crazy daily. But he’s still the president and, as with every president, I want him to succeed. As inept as he often seems, I can’t help wondering if there are upsides to his quirkiness. During the campaign, Trump said that he’d defeat ISIS so fast that our heads would spin. Well, what President Obama couldn’t do in eight years, Trump accomplished in less than one year. Is it possible that this is the beginning of the decline of terrorism worldwide? Is it possible that his braggadocious style will lead to other amazing things? Here are a few long-standing agenda items that may be accomplished. Immigration reform: Our presidents, for decades, have tried unsuccessfully to get this done. It seems logical that insulting Mexico and developing countries isn’t a path to comprehensive immigration reform. But is his offensive talk all part of a “bad cop” strategy to concede ground as part of negotiations? I could see President Trump conceding on issues like the height and length of the wall, who’s going to pay for it and more, and actually getting some type of agreement done. North Korea: Kim Jong Un is a nutcase who, in my view, cannot be allowed to build a nuclear arsenal that could destroy our cities. Every other president failed to get a workable deal with North Korea. What if Trump’s seemingly reckless rhetoric scares the North Koreans into making a deal? If this happens, Donald Trump may deserve a Nobel Peace Prize! Trump’s style may not be how recent presidents have approached passing legislation, but it may work. I could see many other issues that have not been successfully dealt with where Trump’s unconventional approach may craft new paths to getting important deals done. I realize that there will be many “Ya, but”s to this article and I’m not saying that there won’t be any long-term damage or that things will actually get done. But I am saying that, like it or not, we are likely to have three more years of Trump, and the jury is out on what he may or may not accomplish. Fred Bramante is the past chairman and member of the NH State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state and national organizations.

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NEWS & NOTES Work for Medicaid

The Trump administration released new guidelines for Medicaid that would allow states to impose work requirements on able-bodied recipients, something Republicans in the New Hampshire House have attempted to pass in previous legislative sessions. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a letter sent to state Medicaid directors the new rules are meant to improve health outcomes by incentivizing work, a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy. The state’s most recent request to allow for such work requirements for expanded Medicaid recipients is now likely to get approved. Gov. Chris Sununu praised the announcement. “Today’s announcement by CMS regarding new flexibility for states to create Medicaid work requirements is good news for New Hampshire’s pending waiver application,” Sununu said in a written statement. New Hampshire is one of 10 states seeking a waiver for work requirements, the AP reported.

Women’s march

Another Women’s March is scheduled to take place on Jan. 20 at various locations around the country, including New Hampshire. According to feminist.org, marches are scheduled in Concord, Portsmouth and Lancaster, as well as Peterborough the following day. Last year’s Women’s March, which was held the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated president, drew thousands to downtown Portsmouth, the AP reported.

Child advocate

Gov. Chris Sununu has appointed Moira K. O’Neill to head up the newly created Office of the Child Advocate, according to a press release. O’Neill held a similar position in Connecticut, where she served as Assistant Child Advocate for 11 years. “Moira has the experience, expertise, and passion necessary to advocate for New Hampshire’s most vulnerable children,” Sununu said in the press release. The position was created as part of a series of reforms aimed at improving the state’s child protection system after a number of high-profile child abuse fatalities, including two toddlers who were under the supervision of the Division of Children, Youth and Families. The Executive Council will likely vote on O’Neill’s confirmation at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Planned Parenthood

Jennifer Frizzell, the vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, is stepping down after 15 years of leadership in the public policy and political arena, according to a press release. She also helped lead the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Frizzell is taking a professional sabbatical in 2018 to spend more time with her family and community involvement.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is expected to hear the case of three women who were ticketed in Laconia for being topless at Weirs Beach in 2016. The AP reported the women argue there

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is no state law against female toplessness and that the city ordinance is discriminatory since there is no such ordinance for men. They also argue the ordinance violates their freedom of expression. The women are part of the Free the Nipple movement, which argues women should be able to be topless in public because men can. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case on Feb. 1.

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Two more candidates have joined New Hampshire Congressional races for 2018. Portsmouth businessman Deaglan McEachern of Portsmouth is the seventh Democrat to enter the open 1st District race, NHPR reported. His father Paul ran for governor several times, according to the story. Incumbent Democrat Carol Shea-Porter said she will not seek reelection this year. Meanwhile, NHPR reported Captain Lynne Blankenbeker is the third Republican to enter the primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Blankenbeker finished her 31-year military career this month.

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Residents Amherst in Bedford whose wells were contaminated with PFCs from a Saint Milford Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack may get clean water from Manchester’s water system, NHPR reported. The state has been negotiating with Saint Gobain over which houses should get connected to the public water.

Goffstown residents will see a decrease in property tax bills thanks to the recent discovery of an accounting error that left over $10 million in school budget surplus dollars unaccounted for over the past few years. NHPR reported an audit of the budgets conducted last month discovered the error, forcing the business administrator to resign. School board members recently voted to return the money to taxpayers by dropping the tax rate. Homeowners could see their tax bill decrease by about $1,200 if their home is worth $200,000.

A transition plan for Serenity Place in Manchester has been developed, Derry the Merrimack AP reported. Serenity Place will continue to offer crisis Londonderry respite care and two transitional housing programs under Families in Transition’s temporary leadership. But NASH about half a dozen programs NASHUA will be given to other groups to manage.

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Merrimack Police Chief Denise Roy said her town has developed a problem with methamphetamine addiction, according to the Telegraph of Nashua. Police say the problem is “severe” and is enough to warrant the creation of a new investigative unit. The drug has contributed to other crime such as domestic violence, kidnapping and arson. Merrimack police want to hire a new sergeant and patrolman to serve on a proposed drug crime unit.

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At the end of 2016, New Hampshire was generating 54 megawatts from solar panels, both commercial and residential. By the end of the third quarter of 2017, that had risen to 67 megawatts. And 2018 is shaping up to be another big growth year for solar power, according to Rob Werner, the state director of the League of Conservation Voters. “That’s a good indication of continued growth,” Werner said. But other forms of renewable energy didn’t fare so well. Biomass in particular, which mostly consists of low-grade wood chips, was hit hard in 2017. Two plants that burned biofuel shut down: Concord Steam and Indeck Energy in Alexandria. That put a significant strain on the low-grade wood market, which relies on biomass plants and paper mills to sell the product and had already been struggling after a number of New England paper plants shut down in recent years. Hunter Carbee, a procurement forester who brokers low-grade wood sales, said the loss of those plants put the New Hampshire market on the edge. “We cannot afford to lose another biomass [plant],” Carbee said. In response to the biomass troubles, the gov-

ernor signed a bill that raised the renewable energy credit class rate for biomass, ensuring that those companies can still profit from selling their RECs to companies that produce energy from dirtier sources like fossil fuels. The Northern Pass project, which would deliver 1,090 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Canada across 192 miles of new power lines through the state, passed a number of milestones last year, from obtaining a number of approvals from state energy and environmental regulators, to a favorable environmental impact statement from the U.S. Department of Energy. Adjudicative hearings before the Site Evaluation Committee wrapped up after 70 days of testimony and its deliberations are due to begin at the end of this month. Warner said it’s been disappointing seeing the direction taken by the White House last year, such as backing out of the Paris Climate Accord, and moves to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s clean power plan and other climate change initiatives. But he’s encouraged by an apparent groundswell of support for environmental protections. “We faced some real policy challenges both nationally and in the states but I, on the other hand … think there’s a large appetite for folks to pick up the baton on the state level and locally,” Werner said. One of the ways that movement has expressed itself is the Climate Mayors project. In New Hampshire, five mayors currently seated in Concord, Portsmouth, Nashua, Keene and Lebanon have signed on to the movement, which means they aim to reduce their city’s carbon emissions in the spirit of the Paris Accords.

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It’s still January, but there have already been significant developments in the energy sector. The most noticeable is how power plants were affected by the recent cold snaps. Carbee said the cold weather helped

increase demand for the biomass plants, which operate 24/7 and are strategically located in parts of the state that benefit from the added power during the winter. That’s taken some of the strain off those plants. “Things are a little better right now even though we lost Concord Steam,” Carbee said. But Kaitlyn Woods, a spokesperson at Eversource, said that spikes in demand during the coldest days of the year also mean an increase in burning dirty fossil fuels. As of Jan. 8, 19 percent of New England’s power supply came from oil and 7 percent from coal. During the recent cold spell, some days saw 30 percent of the energy supply consisting of oil. Natural gas is a fossil fuel but does not emit as much carbon as oil and coal, but recent attempts to add natural gas pipelines in the region have failed. Woods argues Northern Pass would take some of the burden off fossil fuels when and if it is up and running. “It’s clearly needed. I think what we saw with this cold snap is the need for additional sources of energy,” Woods said. Jack Savage at the New Hampshire Forest Society questions whether it’s a good idea to send money to Canada as opposed to developing a more local renewable energy infrastructure. Northern Pass is still highly controversial among conservationists and Werner said there are also unresolved concerns about its scenic impacts. Werner is also a Concord city councilor. Under the currently proposed project, transmission lines taller than the Statehouse dome would cut through the center of the city. Meanwhile, Eversource has concluded a long-running effort to divest from some of its own power generation facilities. In the $175 million deal, stations in Bow, Newington, Groveton and Tamworth were sold to Granite Shore Power. Another deal announced last year would sell Eversource’s remaining nine hydropower plants to Hull Street Energy for $83 million. Earlier this month, two bills related to

Northern Pass Progress in 2017 In January, the Supreme Court ruled it was allowed to use public highways to bury transmission lines. In March the state Department of Environmental Services issued four key permits. In April, the state Department of Transportation issued its final report recommending the project to the SEC. In June, the Public Utilities Commission approved a plan for the transmission lines to cross certain public lands and public waters. In July, Eversource and Hydro-Quebec submitted two proposals in response to the Mas-

sachusetts Clean Energy solicitation, both of which would use Northern Pass to deliver clean energy into the New England grid. In August, the DOE issued its final environmental impact statement. The SEC hosted the last of 26 public comment sessions held in the state over Northern Pass. The DOE finalized a Programmatic Agreement that prescribes the steps necessary to review historic resources. Eversource reached a Project Labor Agreement with local unions such as the IBEW to affirm its commitment to hiring local work-

ers first. The U.S. Forest Service issued a draft record of decision recommending the Northern Pass be allowed to bury 11 miles of transmission lines through the White Mountain National Forest. In November, the DOE issued a Presidential Permit allowing transmission lines be built at the U.S./Canada border in Pittsburg. In December, the SEC concluded the final adjudicative hearings. The Province of Quebec gave approval for Hydro-Quebec to build transmission lines at the U.S./Canada border.


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Thanks to a six-man work crew from the New Hampshire Department of Corrections Transitional Work Center, fire hydrants in Concord were cleared of snow after the recent heavy storms. In recent years, work crews like these have seen an increase in similar jobs that benefit municipalities and nonprofit organizations. Kim MacKay, the director of Community Corrections and Programs at the New Hampshire DOC, said this year work crews have cleared out about 85 fire hydrants in Concord. They’ve been called periodically by the city to clear hydrants in recent years but this year has been a lot more regular. “We’re doing it more frequently and we’re doing more,” MacKay said. The work can be difficult, MacKay said, but she said it’s rewarding as it helps first responders, improves community safety and subsequently instills a sense of community. The workers are part of the minimumsecurity halfway house called the Transitional Work Center and they are supervised by a corrections officer who works with them. “It takes a special person who is willing to go out and stand in 10-degree weather, shoveling all day with the clients to clear the hydrants,” MacKay said. Workers generally earn $2 to $3 per day. “That’s a nominal pay, but I think what they get out of it is a sense of paying back to the community. They take pride in what they’re doing. And we really thank them and make sure that they know that the community appreciates this,” MacKay said. Traditionally, work crews have done work projects in prison facilities or DOC offices. Over the years, they were given opportunities to work on Department of Transportation

jobs like highway cleanup and municipalities like Concord reached out for various other projects. The crews recently have begun clearing snow from the sidewalks on the Interstate 393 bridge in Concord, MacKay said. Most recently, MacKay has been working to connect prison work crews with local nonprofits. “The goal of that program is really to start having the clients come out from the prison and work in the community. So they go out on work crews that are supervised by staff, or a nonprofit or municipality can come to an orientation and they can come and pick up the work crews,” MacKay said. Lately they’ve done painting projects for Concord Christian Academy during its off season and helped animal rescue organizations with things like repairing horse fences or bathing puppies. “One of my favorite things is, when we first started working with the animal rescue, they would come back and we would have these people who have a lot of criminal experience or history and they were so proud and they were so happy and [saying], ‘We gave puppy baths’ … and these are these big guys that are doing the puppy baths and they were really proud of the work they were doing,” MacKay said. They’ve also done some work to get Camp Spaulding ready for campers by cleaning away tree branches and setting up bunks. She hopes more organizations will reach out asking for short-term or long-term projects. “We are always looking in the community to expand on opportunities for them [and] have more work crews options for them,” MacKay said. For nonprofit organizations or municipalities looking to commission the Transitional Work Center crews for a project, contact Capt. Justin Jardine at 271-1924.

the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the New England cap and trade program, went the way environmentalists wanted, according to Werner. One bill that would have redirected money away from energy efficiency projects back to ratepayers was defeated in the House. And another bill that would increase funding for energy efficiency programs is moving forward in the House, he said. But there is another bill, which will have its next hearing on Jan. 18, that aims to restrict the state’s renewable energy portfolio, according to Werner, who said it’s something he does not want to happen. Meanwhile, Werner said the state is expected to get some money from a significant Volkswagen settlement that could

result in more electric cars driving through New Hampshire. “States can use up to 15 percent of the money they receive to help develop an electric vehicle infrastructure,” Werner said. He said Gov. Chris Sununu is supportive of such an initiative. “Because our neighbors, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine, are certainly moving more aggressively in that direction and we’re sort of a bit of a hole with that infrastructure in the region,” Werner said. The New Hampshire Electric Co-op is completing the largest solar installation in the state in Moultonborough, which would add 2 megawatts with 7,200 panels. Concord and Manchester are also looking to build new solar arrays.

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player and I left spring training 2008 as a coach. So that year, I stayed in rookie ball working with the catchers down there at that level. Then, the following year, Courtesy photo. 2009, I got my first managing job and that was in the Gulf Coast League. And then I did that level again in 2010. In 2011, I went up to the Northwest League in Vancouver. And then ’12 and ’13, back to the Gulf Coast League. Then, ’14 and ’15, back to Vancouver — this is all managing — and then 2016, to the Midwest League in Lansing, Michigan. [In] 2017, Florida State League … and this coming When did you realize you wanted to year, I’ll be up there with you guys. So play and get involved in professional I’ve kind of been all over the place. baseball? What was the impetus behind your I knew I was pretty good in high school, especially junior and senior year [when] transition from playing to coaching and you get invited to some tryouts and show- ultimately managing? I think every player kind of undercases and things like that. I loved playing. I loved everything about baseball since stands when the time is right. For me, it I was a kid. And I think one of the real- was a combination of injuries, concusly cool things was both my parents were sions, a couple surgeries that I had on my supportive. They didn’t force it on me; back, and just the fact that I was OK with they supported me because I enjoyed it the fact that if I didn’t make it, I didn’t so much. Both my brothers played. … I make it. Some guys are good enough, think once senior year of high school hit, it some guys are maybe not quite good was pretty evident that I had a pretty good enough. So I was OK with the fact that I never made it. I wouldn’t change anychance to keep playing at a higher level. thing about my career, playing-wise, but I understand you were a catcher for I think it kind of led me to where I am the Fisher Cats about 10 years ago. now in a managerial standpoint. … Being around people and being around playWhat was that experience like? It was a great city, great affiliate for ers and trying to affect them in a positive me as a player. I remember the city being way is something I try to do as a player great. As players and as staff members, and that’s obviously a big part of what I you kind of relate to the stadium, the do now as a manager. So it was a relativecrowd, the atmosphere, clubhouse, all ly easy transition for me. that kind of stuff. … I think once you get Do you think you’ll be able to relate to AA and AAA, you’re getting close to your ultimate goal, so it was a fun time in with the players better or have any other advantages from being a young my career when I was there. manager? I think that’s a huge advantage when What have you been doing since then? I came into spring training 2008 as a you’re quote-unquote “younger,” you can relate to the players and what they’re going through because I’ve been in their What are you really into right now? shoes not that long ago. So I think it’s Chasing around my 1-year-old son. Being easier for them to relate to me and me to a dad is something I’m really busy with relate to them. right now. — Ryan Lessard


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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX Hampton sand sculptor dies A long-time Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Competition participant has died, according to the Union Leader. Michel Lepire, 70, of Quebec, competed in the event every year since it began 17 years ago. He was the first-place winner in 2003 and 2011 and took the People’s Choice Award for his 2017 entry “Seduction,” which depicted two peacocks in love. QOL Score: -1 Comment: Thousands of people visit Hampton Beach to see the competition each year. This year’s will take place June 14 through June 16.

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Retail workforce development program The New Hampshire Retail Association is partnering with Granite State College to create professional development opportunities for association members, according to a press release. The partnership will make customized development workshops available at an affordable rate, which should be helpful for small businesses. “Approximately 95 percent of our members are small retail operators,” said NH Retail Association CEO Nancy Kyle. QOL Score: +1 Comment: With low unemployment and a workforce shortage, the biggest problem facing the retail industry is finding qualified help.

Flu deaths in New Hampshire So far this season, there have been five influenza-related deaths in the Granite State, according to WMUR. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention categorize New Hampshire’s flu prevalence as “regional” but in 46 other states it’s considered “widespread.” The strain that’s causing most people to get sick is H3N2, which is difficult to fight, according to the story. Officials say it’s never too late to get a flu shot. QOL Score: -1 Comment: This flu season has been severe in California, where 27 related deaths have been reported. QOL score: 52 Net change: 0 QOL this week: 52 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire?

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ball. It had three games with endings ranging from wild to incredible to beyond belief. The fourth was the only one that followed the script, despite national expectations that a speculative ESPN.com story of division within the Patriots’ holy trinity would throw them off course. Noise, which bothered hopeful types in the peanut gallery a lot more than it did the Patriots. After a slow start, they ran off 35 straight points in a total 35-14 domination of the not yet ready for prime time Tennessee Titans. It sets up a surprising Jacksonville-vs.-New England match-up for the AFC title. A classic good news-bad news situation. The good is, with the early exit of the Steelers, we don’t have to put up with their whiny fans spewing their “they’re cheaters, if we’d only had LeVon last year, that wasn’t a fumble, the refs were on their side” conspiracy theory/excusemaking rhetoric that would have made the week seem like an eternity. However, getting Jacksonville brings with it the Coughlin Curse, as the only man to ever have Bill Belichick’s number is now Jacksonville GM Tom Coughlin, who was, gulp 5-1 lifetime vs. Coach B. That includes two dramatic Super Bowl wins over your New England Patriots by the G-Men. As GM, he won’t be on the sidelines, but you can bet he’ll be in on the planning and that can’t hurt the cause. So the question is, is this match-up trouble, or a chance to exorcise the demon Coughlin? Here are a few more thoughts on last weekend’s playoff action and what lies ahead on Sunday: Aside from me, anyone else pick Jacksonville to upend the Steelers? Though given that it happened in a 45-42 shoot-out, I’m not sure I deserve much credit. I was expecting a defense-led low-scoring affair like their 10-6 opening-round win over Buffalo.

With that in mind, which is it: The Bills are better than most think, or the vaunted Steelers defense was overrated? In that vein: Was that an incredible win for the Vikings? Or after looking like sure winners after taking the lead with 14 seconds left, has the New Orleans 29-24 loss to Minnesota now become the NFL’s answer to Game 6 in the 1986 World Series? Under the heading of what the definition of news is and is not, do we really need to know Marcus Williams cried after his missed tackle on Mookie Diggs’ game-winning TD? He is going to see that clip and hear talk about it for the rest of his life, so leave the kid alone. By the way, nice call by Rex Ryan. He gave Patriots Nation an “upset alert” on ESPN because “the Patriot defense can’t stop Derrick Harvey and the Tennessee running game.” Final tally – Pats 35, Titans 14, as Harvey ran for 28 yards on 12 carries good for 2.3 a carry. In case you are wondering, Jags Coach Doug Marrone was 1-3 vs. NE with the Bills. Though the win was a Week 17 squeaker when the Pats had already locked up their important goals. Do you think Mike Tomlin was afraid his defense couldn’t get a stop when he on-sides kicked with the Steelers down 42-35 and 2:18 left to go? Because the math doesn’t back it up, as he still had two timeouts and the twominute warning to stop the clock. If he kicks deep, with a turnover machine at QB, you have to figure Marrone goes really conservative deep in their own territory. Thus, a three and out gives Pitt the ball with about 1:50 left. More than enough for his on-fire offense to go in for the tying score. Instead Jacksonville got primo field position leading to the easy field goal that made it a two-score game. Pittsburgh then scores, but with one second left, meaning they had to recover and score a TD off an on-sides kick. Bottom line: The loss goes on Tomlin for a really bad decision.

Dan Fouts then wondered on TV if any defensive team had ever scored like that. Answer: Kinda, sorta. I once saw 49ers tight end Ted Kwalick take it all the way down the sideline for a score in the ’70s after catching a kick on a full gallop. But they called it back, because the rules were different in the olden days. How good is Antonio Brown? Both catches on long passes into the end zone with Jacksonville defenders hanging all over him were simply unreal. Brandin Cooks wouldn’t have come close to making either one. When is having 12 tackles a bad thing? When you’re a DB and they come because the guy you’re covering keeps catching balls, as was the case for Logan Ryan in his return to Foxboro when Danny Amendola had a career-best 11 catches while matched up against Ryan. Bonehead of the weekend is Jacksonville’s Telvin Smith for taunting while running a fumble back for a TD right before the first half ended. The 15-yard penalty gave Big Ben enough time to engineer a momentumbuilding last-second TD drive to make it 28-14 to negate Smith’s crowd-deflating TD that should have sent Jax to the locker room leading 28-7. Guess the Falcons don’t like tight ones at the end of the game. They’re one more bad one away from being scarred for life. This wasn’t a pro football story per se. But since the great Keith Jackson was the very first play-by-play guy in the glory days of Monday Night Football it is worth mentioning that sadly he died Friday at 89. Rest in peace. Finally, when it comes to admitting a mistake, Donald Trump has nothing on Max Kellerman. Unless of course Max the Moron’s definition of an aging QB falling off the cliff is a 337-yard, three-TD, 102.5-QBrating day. If so, Tom Brady’s now in free fall. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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Guers lights St. A’s fires Who’s Hot: Not sure if St. Anselm’s Tim Guers is thinking of going hardship to the NBA after this year, but the junior guard has it rolling. Coming off last Saturday’s 41-point effort vs. Adelphi, he put 18 more on the board in just 20 minutes of action in the Hawks’ easy 93-69 win over Southern Connecticut on Tuesday, which was followed up with a 32-point night in an easy 86-58 win over AIC on Friday. It brings the overall scoring average to 24.0 a game for the 13-3 Hawks. Sports 101: There have been just four NFL teams to never play in the Super Bowl. Name them. Coming and Going: One-time Fisher Cats catcher John Schneider was introduced last week as the team’s next manager in a hiring offer with two noteworthy sidebars. At 37, he’s the youngest manager in F-Cats history, and he’s the first ex-player to manage the team. Knick of Tyme Award: To Katelyn Parker, who won it for Central on a layup with 8 seconds left for a 35-33 final over Nashua North on Friday. You Don’t See That Every Day Moment of the Week: It’s rare enough for someone to go to the line 15 times in a basketball game. Still rarer to make all 15 of those shots. But Clairee Putnam’s 15-point night in St.

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Anselm’s 67-53 win over Southern Connecticut is still rarer, as she got all of them by going 15 for 15 from the line! I’ve been watching basketball since Wilt Chamberlain was bricking them from the line and have never seen that. The closest was occasional foul line bricklayer Tom Roche setting the SNHU school record by going 15 for 15 from the line back in the day with a few from the field mixed in as well. Sports 101 Answer: The four NFL teams that have never played in a Super Bowl are the Houston Texans, the NFL’s newest team; the Detroit Lions, who last won an NFL title in 1953; the Jacksonville Jaguars, who can rectify that by beating the Patriots Sunday, and of course the moribund Cleveland Browns. On This Date – Jan. 18: 2004 – Round 1 goes to Tom Brady in his first post-season meeting with Peyton Manning. David Givens scores their only TD, Antwon Smith pounds away for 100 yards, Adam V. kicks five field goals as Brady throws for 237 yards, one TD and a 76.1 QB rating. Manning’s was a microscopic 35.5 thanks to a swarming defense that got four sacks, four picks (Ty Law 3, Rodney Harrison 1) and a safety in the Patriots’ 24-14 win over Indy in the AFC title game.

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In this third part of our four-part Look Good, Feel Great series, we’re heading to the gym! We talked to local fitness pros about the benefits of cardio, weight training and group classes, and they shared some advice on how to nail your indoor workout. Remember, before making any significant changes to your exercise routine, talk to your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.

All about cardio Crystal Reynolds of Concord is the owner and operator of 43 Degrees North Athletic Club, a new locally owned health club that is set to open later this month in Concord. Reynolds previously owned her own fitness studio in Concord and was a science teacher for 17 years, teaching anatomy and physiology and biomechanics.

pre-existing injuries. Before I give any fitness advice, I like to sort of find out what your history is and what you’re trying to achieve.

What is better; high-intensity cardio activity for a short period of time, or low intensity Crystal Reynolds for longer periods of time? That varies too. People might be training for a specific sport and working What are examples of cardio exercises on their agility, or are also playing intramural sports. For someone who is doing or techniques? Cardio is ... typically performed to long-distance running, for example, they increase your cardiovascular endurance, so may have shorter runs spread out throughanything from treadmills and ellipticals to out the week. indoor cycling bikes and spin bikes. How much cardio exercise is enough or Why might you choose cardio exercise too much? The American Heart Association’s over another type? First, it would have to do with what your recommendation for an overall healthy indioverall goal is, whether it’s long-distance vidual is 30 minutes a day, five days a week. race or sprint training, or rehabbing. That But it’s really important that you check with factors into it, as well as your age, over- your doctor to find out what a good baseline all fitness level and whether you have any would be for you individually. There are a

lot of other standard guidelines people can go by that are loosely based on one’s age that say how much time, and frequency and intensity per week [is ideal]. Do eating habits affect your cardio exercise recommendations? The recommendation for food in general is just that you need to think of fueling your body for what you want it to do. The one specific thing I would say is that you need to make sure you have adequate hydration throughout the day. How do you calculate your own target heart rate? The best way to determine your target heart rate is to conduct a max heart rate test, and there are a couple of different ways to do that. I like to recommend my clients work with a certified trainer to calculate it using a heart rate monitor and a telemetry strap, which wraps around your wrist like a watch. There is also an antiquated method out there called the Karvonen method that is based on your age and resting heart rate.

It gives you a general sense but otherwise is not as accurate.

Besides weight loss, what are the other health benefits of consistent cardio exercise? Some other benefits would be stress reduction, increased strength of the heart and lungs, and helping to increase the consistency of your sleep patterns. Basically aerobic or cardio activity is universally agreed as having benefits to it, by sports trainers, doctors and other exercise specialists.

What is the best time of day for cardio exercise? In my experience, I have noticed that people have predictable patterns of behavior, so some people are just morning people and others are ready to go at 4 p.m. But I don’t think there’s a specific time during the day that would benefit people more than another. Again, it goes back to personal preference and what your own goals are. — Matt Ingersoll

How to add some muscle to your routine Danielle Perreault is the co-owner of Fortitude gym in Manchester. She started the gym with her partner Lisa Maria-Booth because of their shared passion to help others make a change in their lives. Perreault talked to the Hippo about how and why you might want to HIPPO | JANUARY 18 - 24, 2018 | PAGE 12

add strength training to your fitness routine. What are some of the benefits of weight training over other forms of exercise, like cardio or yoga? It keeps your bones strong and healthy,

it can ward off cardiovascular disease and it boosts your metabolism for sure. That’s where I think people often misunderstand the benefits of it. They wonder, ‘If you had to choose between lifting weights over cardio,’ if you had to really press me, I’d say

definitely lift the weights. You need a combination of both but the benefits that you gain from strength training are numerous. You are just burning more calories if you have more muscle. It’s like an active tissue, it burns more energy compared to fat. 13


What are the pros and cons of doing a full-body workout instead? That’s a hard question to answer because it depends on your client. We probably do about 130 personal trainings a week and every single person is there for a different reason. You Danielle Perreault might have a woman come in that says, ‘I’m getting married in three months,’ or you might have someone What are the pros and cons of isolating come in who wants to be a bodybuilder different parts of the body during a week or someone that just wants to gain overall core strength. We have trainers develop of workouts? Everybody has different schools of our program toward our clients’ goals. thought. For me, when I train, I typical- Many people have injuries so we could ly like to train from top to bottom. I may just be working around those injuries to focus on a certain area but I always include help someone overcome those injuries, core work in every one of the trainings that play that sport they haven’t played in a litI give. There’s always a little bit of cardio tle while. in every training I offer my clients. I like to have a mix of both. I might focus on one Is muscle confusion, or mixing up your area a little bit. So if they are going to train workouts, effective? with me a day later, I might move away Your body is always ready. It’s always from that area and move to a different part, saying, ‘Oh, this is something new, this is because your body needs time to recoup. something new.’ It’s like running. If you So, for instance, if you really worked your just run and run the same distance every shoulders one day they need time to repair day, you don’t climb any hills, you don’t because that’s what we’re doing; we’re make any change, you just plateau. Your tearing those muscle fibers when we’re body likes to be confused. … We have the strength training. So your body needs time same classes each week but the variety of to repair them and that’s how your muscles exercises changes always. One of the bigget stronger. gest difficulties for people is boredom. 12

Can weight training be a good weight loss tool? Yes, definitely, because of what it does to your metabolism. You tend to burn more calories the more muscle that you create. And with the resistance training you burn calories for a longer period of time afterward because the muscle keeps building.

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They don’t get bored and their muscles don’t get bored because we are constantly throwing new challenges at them. Do you recommend light with high reps or heavy weight with low reps? Studies have really shown that they kind of come out equal. I think it depends on the person if they can handle the heavy weights. If that’s what their goal is, they get excited to see that weight change, see those weights go up. You are definitely going to build good muscle mass. There are different schools of thought on it, but for me, it’s going to be what my client can handle, if their form is proper.

Is it possible to overdo it when starting weight training, and what are the signs and how would you recommend avoiding them? Absolutely, it happens all the time. … When I’m starting with a beginner I always tell someone to focus on form. Form is essential in any weight training or fitness regime. People get hurt when they have improper form. … We do encourage people in a class, when you see that they have the form, to step it up a bit, get to ‘uncomfortable.’ That’s my biggest thing; people aren’t going to make any change if they don’t get to uncomfortable. And uncomfortable doesn’t mean you’re in an ambulance going to a hospital; it means the last few reps should be difficult and challenging. What advice would you give to someone who is intimidated by weight training? Start slow, start light. And seek help, don’t do it on your own. A few instructions, a few cues. Because we have so many group classes, people can be a little intimidated if they are out of shape. So oftentimes we have people come in that just want to do a few personal training sessions, so they learn the forms with the weights, so they feel more comfortable going into a group class. — Ethan Hogan

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Do people need to be flexible with their goals sometimes? Yeah, life happens: jobs change, schedules change, injuries happen. So you do need to be able to change stuff up. … That’s why I like to have horizon goals too, because even when you change things up, you change things up in such a way that it’s still going to get you to your horizon goal. … Your fiveyear goal, your 10-year goal, whatever that is. … Let’s say it is to run a marathon and you break your toe at work, so you can’t run. OK, but we have other stuff that we can do and we’re going to just maybe increase your strength training for a while because you won’t be able to get out on the track. Broadly speaking, what advice do you have to make sure people stick to their resolutions? One great thing to help you stick with your resolution is accountability. Whether that’s a personal trainer … or it’s an accountability partner where, if you don’t show up at the gym at 6 in the morning like you said you were going to, they’re not going to have somebody to spot for them and they’re going to be upset. For some people, it’s enough to just have a journal and it’s your daily thing that you fill out that journal.

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What’s the biggest mistake you think people make after deciding to exercise more as part of their New Year’s resolution? Ben Hartford The biggest mistake that I see people make is not setting goals properly. They’ll say things like ‘I want to lose weight. I want to get stronger. I want to be healthier.’ But they don’t make them time-bound, they don’t make them reasonable, and they don’t break them up into chunks. A better [goal] than ‘I want to lose weight’ would be ‘I want to lose 10 pounds by April vacation by going to the gym for three days a week and doing a combination of strength training and cardio.’ That is something that is very doable and you can check all those things off [like], ‘I’ve done these things, let’s move on.’

Does it help to have a workout buddy to keep you motivated? It helps to have a workout buddy even if you are motivated. If you have a partner, let’s say … you’ve got a partner who can deadlift more than you but you squat more than them and you bench about

the same, you’ve got something you’re chasing — their deadlifting — and they’ve got something they’re chasing — your squats — and you guys are always pushing each other on and on with the bench, because you’re neck and neck. And then, if you’re a beginner, you’re trying to get into [the gym], it’s very important too because then … you’ve got somebody who is depending on you to be there, and somebody who is going to notice that you’re not there.

How do you get into the right mindset just to start exercising? You’ve got to know that everybody was a beginner once. If you have a friend on Facebook that is a gym rat, you might have seen their memes talking about ‘Get ready, January is coming and we’re going to have an influx of new people in the gym.’ But everybody was a beginner at some time. There’s no question that you’re going to ask that hasn’t been asked inside of a gym before.

What are some of the biggest motivation-killers that you’ve seen in your experience? The biggest motivation-killer that I come across is people that don’t like success. I come across family members of gym-goers … and friends who say things like, ‘You’re crazy to do that. That’s gonna be hard. Nobody ever does that.’ … You’ve got to find people that are going to support you and tell you that your goals are worthy to have and that your attempt at the goals is a worthy endeavor.

Are there other things people can do outside of the gym, like shopping for workout clothes, for example, that can help them get pumped up? First of all, if you don’t have the quoteunquote “right” gear, I don’t care. Don’t worry about that. Get in the gym. You will find out what the right gear … is eventually. But basically, a good pair of shoes. … I’ve seen people say, ‘I’m going to buy myself a new workout outfit for each month that I adhere to this plan.’ So people will reward themselves for sticking to the plan that way. … One thing I suggest people do, if you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat or whatever, start following people that are doing the thing that you want, a step or two ahead of you. … It helps to see people who were recently in your shoes. That works along the same lines as having a workout buddy. 15


14 In the course of reaching your goals, somewhere in the middle is there a hump that people have to get over? If so, what do they have to do to get over it? A lot of people will hit a plateau where they stop making progress. The key to that, I believe, is proper training. We at One2One, for example, employ a system called the conjugate system, which, when done properly, is able to mitigate, or negate even, almost all plateaus. But if you end up hitting

a plateau anyways, the name of the game is changing it up. … If you’re a marathon runner and you just can’t get your 10 gauge time down, you can’t get your 20 gauge time down, can’t get your marathon down, what I would suggest is go work on your sprinting for a while. Once you’ve worked on your sprinting for six to eight weeks, come back to your marathon. I’m willing to bet you’re going to hit a [personal record]. — Ryan Lessard

Find your perfect fitness class Cathy Dispensa is the owner of Gateway Hills Health Club in Nashua. She leads the MyZone group training classes and Surfset classes, and she is yoga and spin class certified.

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Who should take a class as opposed to working out solo? It depends on the person. Anyone who has the ability and What kinds of fitness classes wants to improve the way they work out can do a group class. If are there? Whether you just want to Cathy Dispensa you’re someone who is unfit and not familiar with working out at stretch or get a real workout or something in between, there’s something all and you’re shy about it, maybe a group for every person. There are different types class isn’t a great option for you. There are of yoga — hatha style, yin style — boxing beginner classes, though, and the instrucclasses, Surfset, barre, spinning, Zumba, tors are made aware of new people in the Crossfit, TRX. … Then, there’s MyZone, class and can give them individual attenwhich is really popular. It’s like a small tion and help them along. group training class, with a 12-person cap on it. There’s one for “burning,” which is How do you figure out which class is focused on cardio, and one for “building,” right for you? which is focused on weights. A personal I tell everyone when they join our club trainer runs it, and it’s something different to try every class that we offer. Go out of every time you take it. your comfort zone a little. You never know your passion until you give everything a What happens in a fitness class? try. Maybe you’ll love power yoga. Maybe It’s different in each class and with every spinning will be your passion. You might teacher, but it always starts with a warm- be surprised at what connects with you. up of some type. Some teachers will write If you’re a beginner, I recommend going out what they’re going to do up on a board to the morning classes, because they are while others just say, “This is what we’re slower and more relaxed, and there are going to do.” They’ll teach you how to do less people, so you can get more individthings the right way, how to use some of ual attention. It can be intimidating at first the equipment, and they’ll teach you things if you’ve never worked out before, but we that you can do during your workouts on love helping people grow and find someyour own. Then, they always end with a thing they’re passionate about. cool-down. How often should you take a class? Why is a class a good option for workIt depends where you are in your fitness ing out? level and what kinds of workouts you’re If you don’t want to come up with [exer- doing. There are so many options, so if you cises] on your own, you can just have do a variety of classes, you could do one someone guide you and tell you what to every day. You can do a class with weights do, and you can let your mind go. You can three to four times a week, and then do relax because they’ll watch your form for something less intensive like yoga or barre you and correct you if you aren’t doing on your “off” days, or something that’s just things the right way and make sure you straight cardio like spinning. It’s important don’t injure yourself. You also tend to push to mix things up, because it can get boring yourself harder, because the instructor and if you do the same repetitive things, and everyone in the class is there to help moti- when you do the same exercises over and vate you and cheer you on. It’s like a little over, that’s when injuries happen. family. You build a rapport with the other 16

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And when you’re looking for something different... Looking to change up (or start) your routine? Here are some examples of classes that can mix up your workout regimen. Many gyms offer similar classes so check your favorite workout spot if you can’t make it to one of these locations. Aerial Yoga Where: EVO Rock + Fitness Climbing Gym, 10 Langdon Ave., Concord What: Yoga moves that are done while suspended from the ceiling When: Dates and times TBA

wraps and drops to promote flexibility and build strength When: Tuesday, 6 p.m.

Lightsaber class Where: Granite State Lightsaber Academy in Concord/Nashua Aqua Zumba What: A combination of martial arts, various Where: Health Club of Concord, 10 Garvin weapons styles, theater and exercise that incorFalls Road, Concord porates the favored weapon of the Jedi knights What: Like a traditional Zumba dance class from Star Wars. but in water When: Monday nights 8 to 11 p.m. at 55 Lake When: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, 9 a.m. St., Nashua; Wednesday nights 7 to 8:30 p.m. at 221 N. Main St., Concord. Barre classes Where: Local Beauty Barre, 217 W. Hollis MyZone Burn St., Nashua Where: Gateway Hills Health Club, Nashua What: Full-body workouts that incorporate Health Club and Fitness Center, 100 Innovaballet basics designed to elongate muscles tive Way, Nashua When: Once a week at varying times and What: Small group training cardio class dates. See the schedule at wellnessliving.com. When: Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, noon and 5:30 p.m.; Brazilian jiu-jitsu & mixed martial arts Friday, noon Where: Team Link BJJ and MMA, 1338 New Rider 101 Hooksett Road, Hooksett When: Monday through Saturday at various times. Where: All Out Cycle, 345 Amherst St., Check the schedule at tokyojoeshooksett.com. Nashua What: An introductory fitness cycling course Circuit Class that familiarizes riders with basics Where: One2One Fitness, 2 Pillsbury St., When: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. alloutcycle. Concord zingfit.com What: A class that combines strength training and aerobic conditioning in one workout Ride 43 When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Where: 43 Degrees North Athletic Club, 2 5:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Home Ave., Concord What: Eco-friendly power bike classes that Fight Fit include electronic tablets equipped to give you Where: The Knights Hall, 55 Lake St., Suite the ability to control the cadence on your bike 4, Nashua When: Mondays at 9:15 a.m., and WednesWhat: Feature high-intensity interval training, days and Fridays at 5:15 p.m., once the gym using Tabata methodology, body weight exer- opens (expected Jan. 29) cises, kettlebells, isometrics and cardio training When: Classes are held on Monday and TRX Bootcamp Wednesday evenings starting at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Where: Fortitude Fitness, 775 Canal St., Manchester Intro to Aerial Fitness What: A fun, high-energy combination of Where: Kama Fitness, 55 S. Commercial St., strength training on the TRX straps along with Manchester the cardio and strength benefits of bootcamp What: Utilizes split silks fabric with 15-foot- When: Visit fortitudeht.com for updated high mill building ceilings to explore climbs, schedule


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Visit the Manchester Makerspace (250 Commercial St., Suite 4019, Manchester) for an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Check out the tools and expertise available at the makerspace and ask questions, explore the space and learn about the benefits of membership. The makerspace has regular workshops in welding, woodworking, programming and more. Visit manchestermakerspace.org.

EAT: surf Join Surf (207 Main St., Nashua) for a Famille Hugel Wine Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. Host Jean-Frederic Hugel will pair each dish in the meal with a select wine. Tickets are $130 per person. Visit facebook.com/SurfNashua or call 595-9293.

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Join Bella Vita Dance Studio (250 Commercial St., Suite 4019, Manchester) for its first Salsa and Bachata social of the year from 7 to 11 p.m. Beginner bachata lessons will be held from 7:15 to 8 p.m. and social dancing will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Dance to Latin music and BYOB. Visit bellavitadance.com or call 275-9762.

DRINK: PradoRey wine Enjoy a Tasting of PradoRey Wines at WineNot Boutique (221 Main St., Nashua) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Join Elena Garcia, U.S. export manager for Bodegas PradoRey, and taste her very limited selection of wines from the Ribera del Duero, Spain, area. Prices for the wines range from $17.99 to $64.99. Visit facebook.com/ WineNotBoutique or call 204-5569.

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Join Pope Memorial SPCA (94 Silk Farm Road, Concord) for Bunny Yoga with Kara from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. This 45-minute class will be taught among free-roaming rabbits. The class is intended for all skill levels. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $15. Visit facebook.com/popememorialspca or call 856-8756.

BE MERRY: coloring Join the Positive Street Art’s Downtown Art Movement with a Coffee & Coloring event at JaJaBelle’s (182 Main St., Nashua) on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will color in designs created by local emerging artist Magaly Rios and enjoy discounted coffee. A $5 donation pays for all supplies, discounted coffee and helps pay for future PSA events. Visit facebook.com/ PsaDowntownArtMovement.

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STEPs does Seussical Jr., says goodbye By Angie Sykeny

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After 10 years of youth theater productions, camps and workshops, the Specialized Theater Enrichment Program, better known as STEPs, is closing its doors — but not without one final production. Seussical Jr. opens Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Derry Opera House. The musical, which debuted on Broadway in 2000, is based on a combination of Dr. Seuss stories, particularly Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.” “It’s been a favorite show of ours,” said Yvonne Sarafinas, STEPs founder and director with her sister Nicole Murray. The two were involved with a Seussical production at another local youth theater program prior to starting STEPs. “Kids love it and it’s a great family Seussical Jr. When: Thursday, Jan. 18, through Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. each night Where: Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry Tickets: $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors, available at the door or online More info: stepsnh.org

show, so it seemed like a no-brainer to do it as our final production,” Sarafinas said. Murray and Sarafinas also wanted to do a show that offered a large number of parts to give as many kids an opportunity to perform as possible. The Seussical Jr. cast features around 20 kids in grades 8 through 11, five of whom are first-time STEPs performers. “It’s a great show for that,” Murray said. “It’s got a million different parts, from lead roles to a couple-of-lines parts to dancing and singing roles, so every kid gets featured in some way.” STEPs has a unique approach for its productions that entails fewer rehearsal periods and an emphasis on theater education and performance techniques as opposed to only rehearsing the production itself. Rather than teaching kids exactly how to play their characters, the program allows them to interpret and develop their characters in their own way. They have the freedom to control their characters’ mannerisms, tone and pace and give their input on costumes and makeup. “It’s all about enhancing [the kids’] skills. The challenge is for them to take those skills that they’ve learned and incorporate them into building their characters on their own,” Murray said. “We give everything over to them and ask them

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STEPs presents Seussical Jr. Courtesy photo.

what they want the show to look like.” With only nine rehearsal periods for the Seussical Jr. production, the kids are also expected to work on their roles outside of rehearsals. “They do great with that; we’ve never had any issues,” Sarafinas said. “We’re all on the same page as far as our commitment and passion for theater.” While working with other local youth

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theater programs prior to starting STEPs, Murray and Sarafinas noticed that many kids were frustrated by the conundrum of being turned down for roles due to a lack of experience, and lacking experience because they can’t land a role. They created STEPs as a solution to that problem: a program with a focus on education so that kids could acquire the skills needed to play any role, even without performance experience. “I can give our kids any show,” Murray said, “and all they have to do is memorize the lines. Beyond that, they have the education to fill whatever role they want.” STEPs launched in 2009 with a summer theater camp, then grew to produce a couple big shows every year. Past shows have included Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Fame, Chicago and others. With many STEPs kids going on to get major roles in their school and community theater productions, Murray and Sarafinas said they’ve accomplished what they set out to do, and that it’s simply time for them to move on and focus on their families. “We’ve prided ourselves on helping kids believe in themselves,” Sarafinas said. “We’ve given them a chance to get roles that they never thought they could get, and seeing their confidence grow has been the best thing for us.”

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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 • GREASE, MAMMA MIA AND 42ND STREET AUDITIONS Presented by The Palace Theatre. Auditions open to ages 16 and up. Mon., Jan. 22, 6 p.m., for

dancers, 7 p.m., for singers. The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. Call 668-5588. Productions • TRU A one-man play adapted from the words and works of Tru-

man Capote. Jan. 12 through Jan. 21. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. Call 715-2315. • ROCK OF AGES The Palace Theatre presents. Jan. 12 through

Feb. 3. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. , Manchester. $25 for children 6 through 12, $39 to $46 for adults. Visit palacetheatre.org. • THE ODD COUPLE FEMALE VERSION A New Hampshire Theatre Project pro-

duction. Jan. 12 through Jan. 28. 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. $28 for general admission, $24 for seniors, students and veterans. Visit nhtheatreproject.org. • HEATHERS THE MUSICAL - HIGH SCHOOL EDITION

PAPA presents. Jan. 12 to Jan. 21, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. $15 to $20. Visit seacoastrep.org. • SEUSSICAL JR. STEPs Company presents. Thurs., Jan. 18, through Sat., Jan. 20, 7 p.m. Derry

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• Best in show: The New Hampshire Theatre Awards will take place at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. The 16th annual gala awards ceremony highlights the best in New Hampshire theater with performances by original cast members and an ensemble of actors. Tickets cost $38.50 to $50 at ccanh.com. There will also be an after party with socializing, cocktails, appetizers and dancing. Tickets for that cost $15 in advance and $25 the day of the event at eventbrite.com. Visit facebook.com/NHTheatreAwards. • The King is missing: The Majestic Theatre presents a dinner theater show, Elvis Has Left the Building, on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 21, at 1:30 p.m., at the Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester). When Elvis Presley disappears before a show, his manager, who is deep in debt and can’t afford to cancel, is forced to improvise. Hijinks ensue as he scrambles to find an Elvis impersonator while a pesky reporter is on his trail, trying to find out the truth about what happened to the real Elvis. Tickets cost $42 for the Saturday and Sunday

Opera House , 29 W. Broadway , Derry. $12 to $15. Visit stepsnh. org. • GILLIGAN’S ISLAND: THE MUSICAL The Rochester Opera House presents. Jan. 18 through Feb. 4. 31 Wakefield St. , Rochester. Tickets start at $16. Visit RochesterOperaHouse.com. • A NEW BRAIN Red Light presents. Thurs., Jan. 25, through Sat., Jan. 27. Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. $20 to $25. Visit seacoastrep.org. • BYE, BYE, BIRDIE - YOUNG PERFORMERS EDITION The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts presents. Fri., Jan. 26, and Sat., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 28, 2 p.m. Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway , Derry. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and above, and $10 for youth age 17 and under. Visit majestictheatre.net. • ONE ACT PLAY FESTIVAL The Saint Anselm Abbey Players present one-act, experimental plays directed by students. Thurs., Feb. 1, through Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. Dana Center , 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester. $9. Visit anselm.edu.

The Majestic Theatre will perform a scene from High Fidelity at the NH Theatre Awards. Courtesy photo.

shows and $38 for the Sunday show. Call 669-7469 or visit majestictheatre.net. • Directors needed: The Nashua Theatre Guild is looking for directors for its July Shakespeare shows at Greeley Park in Nashua. Interviews will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Nashua Public Library (2 Court St., Nashua). Bring a show you’re passionate about and make your pitch. Email nashuatheatreguild@gmail. com for an application. • Three shows auditions: The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester) will hold auditions for its upcoming professional productions of Grease, Mamma Mia! and 42nd Street on Monday, Jan. 22. A dancer call will begin at 6 p.m., and a singer call will begin at 7 p.m. Prepare 16 bars of a song that showcases your talent. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions are open to performers age 16 and up. Call 668-5588 or email Megan Quinn at meganquinn@ palacetheatre.org. — Angie Sykeny

Art In the Galleries • “SAWDUST” Features works by local artist Sam Trioli. On view through Jan. 31. Carnegie Gallery, Rochester Public Library, 65 S. Main St. , Rochester. Visit rochestermfa.org. • “ART: SALON-STYLE” New Hampshire Antique Co-op presents exhibit that showcases original paintings from the 1800s to the present, hung in the style of traditional 19th-century French salon exhibitions. There will be more than 50 oil paintings and watercolors in a variety of styles including landscape, impressionist, abstract and realist. Sketches by Leon Kroll and Lucy Hariot Booth, a large impressionist beach scene by Stefanos Sideris, still life works by Frederick Rhodes Sisson, and works by notable local area artists such as David Dodge, Christopher Myott, Peter Sandback, Steve Previte and Daryl Johnson will be featured. Art will range from $30 to $995. On view Nov. 24 through Jan. 30. Tower Gallery, 323 Elm St., Milford. Visit nhantiquecoop.com. • “FROM THE MANY - ONE” Exhibit will include a single work

from each of more than 20 Seacoast artists. On view through January. The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 N. Main St. , Rochester. Call 812-1488. • “BOTANICAL TRANSMUTATIONS: SELECTIONS FROM THE FORM AND SPACE SERIES” Exhibition featuring the work of Nathan Sullivan. On view Jan. 5 through Feb. 3. 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. Visit 3sarts.org. • “LOOKING BEYOND DISABILITY” Special exhibition of art created by individuals with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders. On view Jan. 10 through Jan. 21. NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “FEED THE SOUL” NHAA members submit works in all media about what feeds their souls – peaceful scenery, a spiritual image or something that just makes them feel good, like reading. On view Jan. 10 through Jan. 21. NHAA’s Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. Visit nhartassociation.org. • “ART & BLOOM” The Con-

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Andrew Thompson treads stealthily through the woods, scanning the area for tracks and signs of life. In full camouflage, he lies in wait, sometimes for hours, until out from among the trees an animal approaches, totally unaware that it is about to become his next target. With bated breath, he aims and shoots, each click of the camera more exhilarating than the last. Photographing wildlife isn’t easy, but for Thompson, it’s the most rewarding kind of art there is. “You try to capture those private moments, something revealing,” he said. “It’s about getting an image that’s universal, that resonates with people and shows them that animals are living things like us; they just experience life differently.” Thompson is one of more than 50 juried members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen whose work is featured in the League’s latest fine craft exhibition, “Black and White Encore,” on view at the League’s Exhibition Gallery in Concord. For the exhibition, members were challenged to create pieces using a palette of black, white and shades of gray, with optional small pops of color. “Many of the members bringing in work use a varied palette with a number of colors and don’t typically work in just black and white,” gallery manager Catherine Green said. “It’s fun to see how they each interpret the use of black and white in their own work and with their own distinctive voices as they “Black and White Encore” Where: League of NH Craftsmen Exhibition Gallery, 49 S. Main St., Concord When: On view now through March 28. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info: nhcrafts.org, 224-3375 Art & Bloom

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Coinciding with “Black and White Encore” is the “Art & Bloom” show, which will feature floral arrangements created by the Concord Garden Club, inspired by the exhibition. Twenty-four arrangements will be paired with pieces from the exhibition and from the League’s permanent collection. “A lot of time was spent by the garden club choosing the pieces to pair with,” League gallery manager Catherine Green said. “We’re really looking forward to seeing how they interpret our members’ work.” “Art & Bloom” will be on view Friday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Thompson photography featured in “Black and White Encore.” Courtesy photo.

approach this challenge.” The exhibition is an “encore” of the League’s first black and white craft exhibition held 11 years ago, which Green said “had an incredible response and was hugely successful.” Members were invited to submit up to three pieces created within their juried craft. Their work includes wood folk art, fiber wall hangings, placemats, jewelry, African ceremonial pieces, scenic photography, wearable art, glass and clay vases and sculptures, baskets, metalwork, mixed media art and more. “[The exhibition] made them rethink how they look at their work,” Green said. “They may not have realized that they could express themselves in such a limited palette, but in some cases the black and white palette actually gives more focus to the subject matter than color does.” Thompson found that to be true with his own work when he changed his color photography to black and white. He will have three wildlife photographs in the exhibition — an owl, a raccoon, and a bald eagle — which he chose because of the naturally monochromatic qualities of the animals, as opposed to photographs of animals with distinctive colors, such as a blue jay or a red cardinal. “Black and white communicates something that gets lost in color,” he said. “The color foliage and blue sky in the background can be distractions, especially with the animals that are not colorful, so when you eliminate the color from those other things, it draws your attention up front to the animal in a way I never thought of before.” Thompson edited the color photographs in Photoshop by converting them to grayscale and adjusting the tones to add depth and enhance certain details. In the bald eagle photograph, he felt that the eagle’s yellow eyes were a defining element of the image, so he left them untouched, giving the photograph a pop of color. “Part of this artistic process was giving a quality to the photo where it’s interesting to look at, but doesn’t look unreal or too heavyhanded with the manipulation,” he said. “You still want it to look like something that exists in real life.”


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cord Garden Club and League of New Hampshire Craftsmen present an exhibition featuring floral arrangements inspired by an imaginative craft piece on display during the Craftsmen Gallery’s winter exhibition. On view Jan. 18 through Jan. 20. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, 40 S. Main St., Concord. Visit facebook.com/ concordgardenclubnh or nhcrafts. org. • “ART EXHIBIT WITH A CONSCIENCE” Featuring the oil and pastel artwork of Emily Moore. On view Jan. 20 through March 2. Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom. Visit epsomlibrary.com. • “SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED ... I’M YOURS” A show of envelopes embellished by artists, students, hobbyists, scrapbookers and more with paint, collage, drawings, calligraphy, etc. On view Jan. 27 through Feb. 28.

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watercolor artwork of local sights and wildlife by the New Hampshire Watercolorists, a growing group of 60 local artists, including award-winning artists and artists just beginning to explore watercolor. Call 6682045 or visit nhaudubon.org. • Paper and pendants: The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Fine Craft Gallery (98 Main St., Nashua) will host two workshops on Friday, Jan. 20. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., it’s a decorated paper workshop. Create unique decorated papers for mixed media projects with monoprinting using Gelli plates, stamps and more. Explore techniques on a variety of papers using layers of paint, stamps and masks. The cost is $35, plus a $25 materials fee. From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., it’s a pendant workshop. Learn several easy techniques to apply to large glass stones using a variety of materials to create your own glass pendant. You’ll bring three pieces home. The cost is $23, plus a $10 materials fee. Both workshops are open to adults and teens ages 12 and up. Visit nashua.nhcrafts.org or call 595-8233. — Angie Sykeny

Studio 550 , 550 Elm St. , Manchester. Visit 550arts.com. Open calls • “SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED ... I’M YOURS” A show of envelopes embellished by artists, students, hobbyists, scrapbookers and more with paint, collage, drawings, calligraphy, etc. All envelopes can be purchased and mailed and should be priced between $2-12 each. Members of the community and people of all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply. Doodles, sketches, as well as fully thought-out artworks are welcome. Deadline is Jan. 26 by 9 p.m. Studio 550, 550 Elm St., Manchester. Visit 550arts.com. Openings • “ART EXHIBIT WITH A CONSCIENCE” RECEPTION Featuring the oil and pastel art-

work of Emily Moore. Sat., Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Road, Epsom. Visit epsomlibrary.com. Classical Music Events • “LISTENING, LOOKING, AND THINKING ABOUT MUSIC” Symphony NH lecture series celebrating the variety of cultures in the Nashua community through music. Next date is Sun., Jan. 21, 10 a.m. Temple Beth Abraham, 4 Raymond St., Nashua. Visit symphonynh.org. • GUITAR TRIPTYCH II: DAVID WILLIAM ROSS Classical and contemporary acoustic guitar. Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $17 dollars for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students, Visit hatboxnh.com.

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• Art for a cause: Epsom Public Library (1606 Dover Road, Epsom) presents “Art Exhibit with a Conscience” Jan. 20 through March 3, with a reception on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It features colorful floral and abstract oil paintings and pastels by Deerfield artist Emily Moore. After an experience working with Syrian refugees in Greece in 2016, Moore decided to make four of her paintings available as note cards, with two-thirds of the sales going to the International Rescue Committee to help refugees worldwide. Twenty percent of the sales from her paintings and framed prints will also be donated. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 736-9681 or visit epsomlibrary.com. • January artist: The ArtHub (30 Temple St., Nashua) is featuring local artist Kathleen Meighan for January, with an opening reception on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. Meighan experiments with a variety of media including pastels, colored pencil, graphite and acrylics. Her work includes painted glassware and altered books which showcase her painting, calligraphy, mixed media art and collage. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 405-698-1951 or visit naaa-arthub.org. • Nature watercolor: New Hampshire Audubon hosts a “New Hampshire Beauty Watercolor Exhibit” at the Massabesic Audubon Center (26 Audubon Way, Auburn) now through Feb. 5. It features

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A family legacy continues at McIntyre Ski Area with a day of ski and snowboard races that will honor Bob Gilman, who in the late 1980s helped protect the ski programs for Manchester’s high schools. With the city’s ski programs in danger of being cut from the budget, Gilman decided to fund the programs and coach the kids himself. Gilman remained the champion of the ski program from then until he died of cancer at age 47 in 1995. His daughter, Laura Gilman, organized the Fun Run last year to commemorate her father’s work, share her love of skiing with others and raise money to help those affected by cancer. “I always wanted to ski race in college and my father knew it was important that I ski for my high school team so [he] went to the school board and said he would volunteer his time as well as fund all three Manchester city ski teams in order for them to continue on,” she said. “He was responsible for single-handedly keeping the Bob Gilman Fun Run Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Way, Manchester When: Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon Cost: Two timed runs included with $38 lift ticket Visit: mcintyreskiarea.com or bobgilmanfunrun.com

Alpine ski racing program in the city of Manchester.” Last year, 40 racers pre-registered online and another hundred showed up the day of the event, Laura Gilman said. The event’s success prompted her to add separate snowboard runs this year. Racers will do timed runs from 10 a.m. to noon, and their times will be averaged. At the end of the races, awards for first, second and third are given out in more than 20 age categories ranging from 2½ to 75. During the races, raffles and auctions will be held to raise money for two cancer programs: the Mary & Elliot Charitable Foundation pet-

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ty cash fund, which is used to help patients pay for transportation to Elliot Hospital to get treatment, and New Hampshire Oncology and Hematology, which is one of the biggest chemotherapy dispensaries in southern New Hampshire. The event raised just under $6,000 last year, according to Laura Gilman. “I think it is important that people have the opportunity to get life-saving treatments, and sometimes [they] just can’t afford the means to be there or to get the medication they need that will help save their life,” she said. Ski lessons, tubing, and the cafeteria in the lodge will be open the day of the races. Depending on the

weather, there might be a bonfire and an outdoor tiki bar. “McIntyre Ski Area is a place that’s near and dear to my family and a lot of people in the city of Manchester. It’s kind of a hidden treasure. A lot of people don’t even know it exists, but it’s very cool that we have a learn-to-ski mountain in our city,” Laura Gilman said. She is still an avid skier, skiing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at McIntyre. After Bob Gilman passed away, a couple of his friends picked up his role as coach. Shortly after, the city began to fund the program and hired coaches. The program still runs today.

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During hard winters like this, when we tend to be somewhat housebound, it’s important to have a landscape that we can enjoy from indoors. When I first gardened I only grew vegetables and flowers, which disappear from view in winter. But now I delight in growing trees and shrubs, and placing stones and whimsy in the garden. When I do gardening consultations I often ask to go inside the house. I want to look out the window from the kitchen sink, and to sit in the armchair by the picture window. After all, most of us spend more time indoors in the winter than we do trudging around the garden on snowshoes. I need to see more than snow outside. One of my favorite woody plants for winter viewing is a twisted, curly-branched shrub or small tree called Harry Lauder’s walking stick. This is a type of hazelnut that has been propagated vegetatively from a mutant plant found in a hedgerow in England in the mid 1800s. It was named after Scottish entertainer Harry Lauder, who was known for his singing and comedy routine. Around World War I he

was the highest paid performer in the world. Harry Lauder’s walking stick gets to be about 10 feet tall and wide, but I have pruned mine to stay smaller than that, about 6 feet tall and wide. I use it in a flower bed that borders my vegetable garden. Mine has purple leaves which are outstanding in the early summer, all dark and shining, but most have green leaves. It does not, however, produce any nuts. It does best in full sun with rich, moist soil. Over the years I have installed a few standing stones. They contrast nicely with flowers in the summer, and better yet, they stand out in winter. I have chosen stones that are 3 to 4 feet long and quite narrow. When I install the stones, I dig a hole that is mushroom-shaped — a cylinder down 18 to 24 inches, then blooming out at the bottom. Before placing the stone I pour concrete into the hole and make sure it spreads out to the sides. The mushroom shape makes a good solid footing. That way they are steady, even after time. Years ago I installed one in a mall in Lebanon that stands nearly five feet tall, and it has never budged. Strings of tiny blue lights adorn my Merrill magnolia behind my house. I turn them on in the late afternoon, and they brighten my land-

scape — and not just at Christmas time. I use these all winter, and find them good for brightening my spirits on dark gray afternoons. With snow on the branches, the magnolia just shines. I love it for its big, furry buds and their promise of a thousand large, white and lightly fragrant blossoms in late April. Snowmen are not just for kids. Snow sculpture is a gamble, of course. We could have a thaw and a hard rain the day after you spend an entire afternoon building a whimsical figure. I love seeing them and know the young at heart will always build a few. Dartmouth College in Hanover is known for the snow sculptures made each February for its Winter Carnival, and they are worth a trip to see. There is usually one giant sculpture on the Green, and smaller ones around the campus. But check online before making a trip to see them. I’ve heard that enthusiasm for getting cold and wet is diminishing. Kids today! (Truth be known, when I was a student at Dartmouth I did not participate much in building ice sculptures.) The old-fashioned peegee hydrangea is a wonderful plant in winter, and if you don’t have one, you should. Most hydrangeas bloom in August with big pompoms of white

florets. When frost comes the flowers turn brown, but most stay attached to the stems. In winter they hang on, decorating the white landscape and reminding me that summer is coming, eventually. Actually, my favorite of the hydrangeas is one called Pink Diamond. This has flower panicles that are longer and more pointed than the standard peegee. The stems are stronger and less likely to flop, too. These are great in winter. A well-pruned apple tree is glorious in winter. Most gardeners prune apples in the spring; it’s warmer and easier to work then. But if you do prune in the fall or winter, you will be rewarded with a living sculpture that stands out against the snow. Trim out all those pesky water sprouts, dead branches, and clutter. I like to say that a bird should be able to fly through a well-pruned apple tree. Greenery is especially nice in winter. That may account for the number of yews, arborvitae, junipers, hemlocks, Mugo pine, dwarf blue spruce and rhododendrons that are planted in the landscape. You may reach Henry by email at henry. homeyer@comcast.net or by mail at PO Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746.

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IN/OUT CAR TALK

LED lights can interfere with radio signal Dear Car Talk: My husband installed LED lights in our 2012 Chevy Malibu LTZ. Since then, the radio signal has been awful! Even some of the 50,000-watt stations By Ray Magliozzi don’t come in very well anymore. My favorite radio station is mostly static, and cuts in and out so much that it makes me miserable. I have even taken to driving our 2002 Chevy Suburban with the crappy radio. He says it’s the station’s fault, but it started when he changed out the lights. What did he do, and what does he need to do to fix it? — Kathy I’m guessing that the power source for the cheap, poorly shielded LED lights your husband bought probably is creating some radio frequency interference that’s being picked up by the car’s radio antenna. The most surefire way to solve that is to rip out the LED lights and leave them on his side of the bed, with a note that says, “Hope you saved the old lights, Fred.” But before you resort to that, he should try to find a dedicated car stereo shop that does nothing but install and upgrade automotive sound systems. Having dealt with

their share of irate customers, I’m sure they’ll have some ideas about whether the offending parts can be successfully shielded, and if so, how. We spoke to our car stereo go-to guy, Jim Cavanaugh of Sound in Motion in Boston. He agrees that the cheap LED kit is what’s causing the problem. He says your husband can try something called a CAN Bus, which is a filter you install between the car’s light connection and the headlight kit. It might help, but just as likely, it won’t. However, at only $20, it’s worth a shot. When the CAN Bus doesn’t help, he’ll have to remove those cheap LEDs and either reinstall your old halogens, or invest in a higher-quality, properly shielded LED light kit. Jim says he’s had good success with LED kits from PIAA, Race Sport and Putco, if you want some suggestions. In the meantime, you can keep driving the Suburban, Kathy, or look on Craigslist for a 1981 Sony Walkman. Good luck. Dear Car Talk: I have a 2016 Volvo XC60. When going to start the car yesterday, a “low coolant, stop engine” warning came on the dash. I opened the hood and checked, and indeed the coolant level was about an inch below

the “MIN” line. We filled the coolant, and the warning on the dashboard went away. But now I am concerned that there is a coolant leak somewhere, even though I haven’t noticed any puddles under my car. The car is under warranty, and when I called the dealer, he seemed unconcerned. He said this is something that’s expected and happens in the fall because of the change in temperature, and also because the coolant sensor is really high in the reservoir, so it thinks the coolant is low when it really isn’t very low. He said to just top it off and not worry about it. Is there really a phenomenon of coolant “contracting” in cold weather that would explain the low level of coolant that I clearly saw? I have never experienced this with any other car, and I am finding it hard to believe. — Lisa Well, things do contract when they get cold, Lisa — ask any guy you know who’s ever gone swimming in the ocean. But I don’t think the coolant would contract enough for you to lose an inch of it all at once in the overflow tank. It’s possible that you were right on the edge, and a drop in temperature put the level just below the sensor. But I think it’s more likely that you are slowly leaking some coolant somewhere.

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Held simultaneously in 700 cities across the world, the Global Game Jam is a collaborative video game development phenomenon. Teams of students, alumni and professionals will gather on Friday, Jan. 19, at NHTI to receive an assignment from the Global Game Jam through a broadcasted keynote. The message will reveal the theme of the event, and teams will split off into groups, racing to start their game development. “The moment I reveal the theme, it’s game on,” professor and program coordinator Greg Walek said. “They’re forming teams, they’re brainstorming. Most of the people that come, they don’t have a team formed so teams form around ideas. Then it’s nonstop development till Sunday.” The teams — made up of artists, programmers and designers — have 48 hours to design, code and present their games using the NHTI programing facilities and their imaginations. “We need artists. A game isn’t just programing — building a game is a team effort,” said Walek. The number of teams can depend on the complexity of the ideas developed for the theme. Themes in previous years have included waves, heart beats and the concept of evolution. Walek said last year’s waves theme produced games that centered around everything from sound waves to ocean waves. Walek said the event is an opportunity for him to expose his students — and anyone interested in game creation, as the Game Jam is open to all — to a fastpaced, collaborative work environment that resembles experiences they will face in the game industry. “The decisions you make on a small game jam are the same as the fundamental question at a [game development company] in the real world,” said Walek. The game jam is non-competitive for Walek, who wants to see the teams working together and sharing ideas. “Once you put a prize out there, once you make it non-collaborative, any hopes of collaborating go out the the window. You can’t

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Global Game Jam Where: NHTI, 31 College Drive, Concord When: The reveal of the game jam’s theme is Friday, Jan 26, at 5 p.m., and the presentation of games is Sunday, Jan. 28, at 5 p.m. at Little Hall. Cost: Free for the public. Participants should expect to buy food. Visit: globalgamejam.org. Anyone who would like to join the game jam can email gwalek@ccsnh.edu to reserve a spot.

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Bill Ryerson Snake Researcher

Bill Ryerson of New Ipswich is an assistant professor at Saint Anselm College and the head of a snake laboratory at the school. Explain what your current job is. I currently teach anatomy and physiology at Saint Anselm College. I also teach exercise physiology. And then my research is on biomechanics and behavior in amphibians and reptiles. … I’m interested in how animals move and what I’m doing in my lab now is trying to see how captivity affects anatomy and behavior. There’s a lot of pet snakes out there and we really don’t have a good understanding of what being a pet snake does to their anatomy and to how they behave. A lot of what my students are doing is trying to tease those things apart, like how fast do they strike, how fast do they slither, what are some of the changes to the muscles

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and bones? … Depending on what species of snake you are looking at, some of them move just like wild snakes; you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. And then others really slow down and they’ll miss their food more often, they don’t open their mouths as wide and they don’t really resemble wild snakes at all. How long have you worked there? I have been in the field a little more than 10 years and I’ve been at Saint Anselm for [four years].

activities. And then I went to a lecture by a Duke professor … and he talked about how whales and and other animals rely on aspects of physics to move around and how the physics really drives a lot their anatomy and their behavior. That just kind of blew my mind. … Tying the physics and biology together really piqued my interest.

… How you balance your teaching and your research as well as making sure you’re not just 100 percent work all the time — thinking about that early on was huge for me.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career? The value of … the liberal arts education. … All my education was very What kind of education or training did kind of professionally focused, so I missed you need for this? out on a lot of the history classes and philosI needed to get my Ph.D. I went and got ophy classes that I kind of regret [missing] a bachelor’s degree at the University of now. Maine, master’s degree at the University of South Florida and then my Ph.D. at the UniWhat is your typical at-work uniform? versity of Connecticut. From there, I was During the academic year, when I have to eligible for post-doctoral research jobs and teach, it’s definitely more of a business casuuniversity jobs as well. al style. When I’m working in the field, it’s anything that I can ruin. How did you find your current job? I was looking for places that had a lot more What was the first job you ever had? teaching. … At some of the bigger state uniI worked for a general contractor in Hawversities, the professors are there to do their thorne, New Jersey. — Ryan Lessard research. … In a school like Saint A’s, it’s the WHAT ARE YOU REALLY INTO opposite. My priority is teaching and then my RIGHT NOW? research is a way to get skills to my students. Courtesy photo.

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I enjoy powerlifting a lot. … It gives me a little credibility with my students when I teach my exercise physiology course. … [And] I really enjoy riding my motorcycle.

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FOOD Asian infusions

Sakura Asian Bistro opens in Nashua By Matt Ingersoll

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A new Asian restaurant nearly a year in the making that recently opened on Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua is fast becoming a hot spot for specialty Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. Sakura Asian Bistro opened on Dec. 13 in the former space of Tokyo Steakhouse and later of Tomo Hibachi, restaurants both beloved for their hibachi grills and their sushi menus. Everything from the grills, the lighting and the bar counters to the booth seats, chairs and tables has been completely remodeled. Between the restaurant and bar area, Sakura Asian Bistro seats around 140 people, according to co-owner Jay Zheng. Zheng, who owns the restaurant with his cousin Michelle Kim and whose family also runs an Asian bistro in Attleboro, Mass., said they wanted it to be a place where you can choose from several dishes of multiple Asian origins. “We have [hibachi grills] and a sushi bar … but we also have a little bit of Chinese food and a little bit of Thai food as well,” he said. Among the menu items Zheng said was not previously available in the other restaurants that preceded Sakura is the Thai red or green curry — depending on the peppers added in — that can be ordered with your choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, tofu or

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• Shorty’s closes in Bedford: New Hampshire-based restaurant chain Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse announced the closure of its Bedford location earlier this month, according to the Union Leader. An automated message states that it closed as of Jan. 1, but that the Nashua and Manchester Shorty’s locations remain open for business. The Bedford location was the second of what was as many as eight Shorty’s eateries open at one time, opening in May 1990 just a year after the first Shorty’s opened in Litchfield. Former Bedford Village Inn general manager Jon Carnevale bought the three remaining restaurants in February 2016 before selling the Bedford location. “I had an offer to purchase the space that I could not refuse,” Carnevale told the paper. “It really worked out great as it will allow us to focus on on our … [other] locations as well as look for new locations to expand the brand in the short term.” • Champagne brunch: The Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford) is hosting a Champagne brunch on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its Great Hall. Tickets are $55 per person and include access to unlimited mimosas, a brunch buffet, a raw bar, a chocolate fountain and more while listening to live music. This is a 21+ only event and reservations are required. Visit bedfordvillageinn.com or call 472-2001. • Italian eats: The Atkinson Lions Club is hosting an Italian dinner at the Atkinson Community Center (4 Main St., Atkinson) on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meal includes chicken Parmesan, meatballs, spaghetti, salads, bread and butter, 34 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and hipposcout.com.

Sakura Asian Bistro Where: 166 D.W. Highway, Nashua Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m. Visit: sakuranashua.com or facebook. com/sakura166nashua, or call 589-9815

Dynamite Salmon (with crabmeat mixed with cucumber, tempura, salmon and tobiko). Courtesy photo.

vegetables. It’s also prepared with potatoes, sugar peas, basil, broccoli and mushrooms. The curry sauce can be ordered with roti canai as an appetizer as well, an Indian-influenced flatbread popular in many regions of Indonesia. Other appetizers include an edamame salad with steamed soy beans, Peking raviolis served with Chinese pork dumplings, deep fried oysters, fried calamari and tempura shrimp with deep fried vegetables. There is an extensive menu of soups and salads as well. The sushi bar has appetizers of its own, like the Sakura Pizza, which is topped with tuna, salmon, seaweed salad, crab sticks, cucumbers and spicy mayonnaise, and the Dynamite Salmon, served with a mix of crab meat and cucumber and topped with salmon and tobiko (flying fish eggs). Both cooked and uncooked items are available a la carte from the sushi bar, and there is also an menu of entrees, each served with miso soup. You can order combinations

as entrees like the salmon combo (salmon sushi, salmon maki and spicy salmon), tuna combo (tuna sushi, tuna maki and spicy tuna), and tri-color sushi (served with three pieces of tuna, three pieces of salmon and three pieces of yellowtail and rainbow maki). Maki — or sushi rolls — also come either cooked or uncooked. Cooked maki dishes include avocado, cucumber, peanut avocado, crispy eel, caterpillar (made with eel, cucumber and tobiko and topped with avocado and eel sauce) and volcano (with eel, avocado and cucumbers, topped with with a spicy scallop and crab meat mix, tempura flakes and spicy mayonnaise). Many of Sakura Asian Bistro’s signature sushi rolls have their own names that are as unique as their flavor combinations, according to Zheng. “We wanted customers to look at it [on the menu] and go, ‘Oh that’s an interesting name, I want to see what that looks like,’” he said. Examples include “Snow White” (served with spicy tuna, crab meat and avocado inside), “Christmas” (served with shrimp tempura and cucumber inside, and topped with tuna, avocado and eel sauce), and “OMG” (served with shrimp tempura and cheese inside, and topped with salmon, crab meat, tobiko, scallions, spicy mayonnaise and eel sauce), among others. If you prefer to eat from the hibachi grill, there is a wide variety of entree options there as well, in addition to several chef specialties. The entrees include chicken, calamari, sirloin steak, salmon, shrimp, swordfish, sea bass, filet mignon, scallop or lobster tails. All entrees come with onion mushroom soup, green salad, vegetables, fried rice and appetizer shrimp. But if you want to switch it up, you can order pineapple shrimp, mango chicken or black pepper steak as specialty entrees too. 33

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32 For Chinese entrees, there are several beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian options that can be served with either tofu or various mixed vegetables. Finally, a small menu of special entrees is available as well, like the Mongolian beef (flank steak slices stir-fried with mushrooms, scallions and onions), the spicy Thai beef, chicken or basil shrimp, and the pan roasted sea bass (served with spicy tuna and spicy crab and topped with teriyaki sauce). At the bar, you can choose from more than a dozen craft cocktails, martinis and margaritas. There is also a small dessert menu of

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brews. But the event is family-friendly and open to all ages, with games like cornhole, ring tosses using hula hoops, and live music from DJ Alex Martino of First Class Weddings. According to Red Hook’s general manager, Nick Wright, while the weather conditions on the day of the festival have an impact on its turnout, the Polar Grill Fest is always held “snow or shine.” “You know, we’ve had it from when it was 60 degrees out … to when there was a much as a 10-inch snowstorm coming through, and even then I’d say we probably had 500 or 600 people come out,” he said. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. Polar Grill Fest When: Saturday, Jan. 20, noon to 5 p.m. Where: Redhook Brewery & Pub, 1 Redhook Way, Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth Cost: $5 general admission; food plates and beers cost an additional $5 each Visit: redhook.com

just a few items, but Zheng said they will likely add more to it in the near future. There are a few flavors of fried cheesecake and fried ice cream, as well as mochi ice cream, which you can choose as either strawberry, green tea, vanilla or mango. “Mochi ice cream … is a Japanese ice cream that’s got a rice skin on the outside and an ice cream filling on the inside, so it tastes very smooth, kind of like eating a rice cake,” Zheng said. The restaurant also offers take-out and online ordering. Zheng said they may consider incorporating live entertainment acts in the future.

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It may be the middle of winter, but that won’t stop the Redhook Brewery & Pub in Portsmouth from throwing an outdoor cookout, complete with live entertainment, beer tastings, local restaurant vendors and, for the first time this year, food trucks and an adult hot chocolate and coffee station. The seventh annual Polar Grill Fest is happening Saturday, Jan. 20, from noon to 5 p.m. With a peak turnout of more than 2,500 people, the event has grown into one of the largest winter festivals in the area. “It’s hard not to want to just hide inside this time of year, so the event has generally become a great way to get the community to come out together and have fun,” Redhook’s banquet and events manager Meagan Cowan said. The festival features a heated tent as well as fire pits people can use to stay warm. There are five participating food vendors total — two restaurants and three food trucks. “We’ve already been starting to get some great feedback … from people who are excited about the food trucks,” she said. “We’re going to have the Travelin’ Bones BBQ truck, we’ll have Melt, which serves pressed sandwiches, and we’ll have Sabor Latino, which is Latino comfort food.” The other food vendors are Eastern Burger Co. from Stratham and the Portsmouth Gas Light Co., which has participated in the past. Red Hook Brewery will be serving its own fresh apple crisp and beers for $5 as well. “We ask each vendor to have at least one item priced at $5 and the rest of their menu … can go from there, depending on what they are offering,” Cowan said. A new station will offer beer-infused hot chocolates and coffees using Red Hook’s

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Mike Jacovino is the owner and chef of Heritage Restaurant (91 W. Broadway, Derry, 260-6756, find them on Facebook), which had its soft opening in June and grand opening on Oct. Each course is paired with wines from 20. The Belfast, Maine, native has decades of culinary experiBroadside Winery from Paso Robles, California ence, working in restaurants since the age of 16. His resume Special Guest includes a stint as the executive chef at the Birch Heights Co-Founder & Winemaker Brian Terrizzi 4.69”wide x 2.6” high retirement community in Derry and he spent a few years cook$ 85 pp plus tax & gratuity HIPPO Horizontal 1/8 page ing at restaurants in south Florida. Though his background in Call for reservations mainly in seafood, a wide palate of other dishes is available at Heritage. Popular menu items that have been added since Chef Owned and Operated 488-5629 • 170 Rt. 101 Bedford • RestaurantTeknique.com the restaurant’s opening include Mediterranean chicken pes118885 to, grilled blackened mahi over Parmesan risotto, baked stuffed scallops with crab meat, and personal pan-sized grilled pizzas cooked on the charbroiler, with flavors like barbecue chicken, pesto chicken and vegetarian. Jacovino chose the name “Heritage” for the restaurant to be reflective of several styles of cuisine.

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What is your must-have kitchen item? be really awesome to be able to talk to them A nice sharp knife. Usually it’s a chef’s and just hear their stories. knife, but one that’s pretty versatile that often gets overlooked is a paring knife. What is your favorite thing on your You can do just about anything with one of menu? those. I always recommend the pistachioencrusted chicken. What would you choose to have for your last meal? What is the biggest food trend in New Without giving it too much thought, I’d Hampshire right now? have to say beef Wellington with a Maker’s I think people are appreciating fresh Mark on the rocks. ingredients and the whole farm-to-table approach more so now than they were even What is your favorite local restaurant? 10 years ago. Dishes can always come and I really actually don’t go out to eat all go, but I think that [farm-to-table] is a trend that often, but I’ve been to Cask & Vine that is going to stick around long-term. [in Derry] once. They had a beef tenderloin dish that I got that was really good. What is your favorite thing to cook at home? What celebrity would you like to see eatIt’s got to be chicken Marsala. I like to ing in your restaurant? serve it with a fresh pasta, usually angel Jimmy Page or Robert Plant. That would hair.— Matt Ingersoll Jalapeno pepper dip Courtesy of Mike Jacovino of Heritage Restaurant in Derry

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Russet potatoes Every year, my friends throw a huge Friendsgiving party. Everyone brings something, we get sitters and we stay up late pretending we’re in college again. We all pay for it the next day but it continues to be one of the best nights of the year. This year was no different! I can always count on my friend Brianna bringing her twice-baked potatoes to the party. Let me tell you, they are so good, they will make you cheat on mashed potatoes and not think twice about it. This year, I knew I had to get the recipe. If anything, I want to make them for football Sundays or the next party that requires some kind of appetizer or brilliant side dish. While many potato recipes do fine with just about any kind of potato, I’m particularly loyal to russet for this one. Russet potatoes are the most common kind of potatoes and are grown all over North America. Twice-Baked Potatoes Adapted from the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook 4 medium russet potatoes At least 4 ounces cheddar cheese At least 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 cup buttermilk (regular milk will result in a sweet, less tangy filling) At least 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup minced fresh chives (or more) Salt and pepper to taste Heat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub potatoes and puncture a few times with a fork. Bake for one hour, or until soft. Remove potatoes from oven. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out inner flesh, leaving about a quarter to

Food & Drink Author events/lectures • AUTHOR’S NIGHT AT ZORVINO VINEYARDS More than 60 local and nationally known authors will visit the vineyards, including author and television chef Mary Ann Esposito, who will be there to sign her books. There is also going to be a cash bar, an open winery for sampling, and food available for purchase. Fri., Feb. 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Zorvino Vineyards, 226 Main St., Sandown. Free admission. Visit zorvino. com or call 887-8463.

Formally called the Russet Burbank Potato, it is quite versatile and hearty. It’s resistant to “black leg” and can be stored for a long time. It’s also quite tasty especially when mixed with cheese, butter, sour cream and herbs. Swoon. According to SF Gate’s website, russet potatoes provide 10 percent of one’s daily value of iron, 13 percent daily value of magnesium and 12 percent of phosphorus. It’s a pretty dense food that’s quite filling and makes a great comfort dish. While it doesn’t have as good a reputation as the sweet potato in terms of health, the russet potato is still worth consuming. Perhaps its bad reputation comes from how we cook it and what we add to it. With that being said, I encourage you to try this decadent recipe below. It’s wonderful and worth every calorie! — Allison Willson Dudas half-inch layer inside the shell. Bake shell in oven for about 10 minutes while making the filling. Filling: mash the potatoes, buttermilk, butter, cheddar, sour cream, salt and pepper together until smooth and creamy. Stir in cut chives. Be generous with your filling ingredients. I never measure but just eyeball it and adjust based on taste. Fill potato shells with filling (I like to use a piping bag, but a spoon will work just fine). Sprinkle with paprika. Potatoes can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated until they are needed. If refrigerated, let sit at room temperature for one hour before baking. Second baking: bake at 500 degrees for approximately 15 minutes. Allow 10-minute cooling time before serving.

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• THE FARMER’S DINNER AT STAGES AT ONE WASHINGTON Join The Farmer’s Dinner for a six-course menu inspired by New England winters. Optional wine pairing is also available. The menu will include scallop and seaweed, compressed squash salad, pan seared pollock, chestnut capeletti, duo of duck and pumpkin pie. Sun., Jan. 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Stages at One Washington, 1 Washington St., Dover.

winery within the Rodney Strong winery. In 2007, Rodney Strong purchased the Davis Bynum brand, which is a smaller label but is family owned like Rodney Strong. Greg said that while Rodney Strong is an established and recognized brand, being family owned is an advantage because they still have so much control over their winemaking — from growing the grapes in their vineyards, to bottling the wine, and everything in between. They can draw upon their history and their stories, while also being good stewards of the land. “It is really about the vineyards. Because we have our own vineyards, we get to do whatever we want, plant what we want, make whatever we want, and that gives us full control,” he said. “Having that control is something that not all wineries have.” Today, Rodney Strong has 14 estate vineyards totaling about 815 acres and an additional 500 acres on long-term lease. They grow grapes in single vineyard sites under Davis Bynum, resulting in wines that no one else can make. Greg also noted that the Russian River Valley give the wines their own unique characteristics. I asked Greg what kind of wines he enjoys, and he said it is all about balance. That may mean a chardonnay with acidity and not so much oak and richness. He also mentioned pinot noir, calling it “an amazing grape,” and said that Sonoma County is one of the best places to grow it, though the area also boasts many other varietals including sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon, among others. Greg will be at CR’s The Restaurant in Hampton for a wine dinner next Wednesday, Jan. 24. Then, he will be at the Winter Wine Spectacular on Thursday night, where they will be pouring several Rodney Strong wines, including Symmetry, Alexander Crown Cabernet Sauvignon, among some other cabs, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir. I am looking forward to stopping by their table. For more information about these events and more, visit nhwineweek.com.

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If you’re a Boomer who really wants to feel old, this reissue’s press release reminds us that it’s been 40 years since this album was released and — get this — 50 since Tull first appeared on the scene. Sad, I know, but not for me so much; I was never a Tull fanatic and have blown off something like three opportunities to see what’s left of them, which has usually meant singer Ian Anderson’s dropping in at Tupelo Music Hall, if I recall correctly. 50 bucks will get you this set, which features three CDs and two DVDs that mark this “New Shows” edition. That only means that there are seven of nine bonus tracks that were previously unreleased, and live tracks were mixed to surround-sound. Released after the Songs From the Wood, which dwarfed its success, this was nowhere near their biggest album, written when Anderson was still nostalgic about running around the English suburbs as a boy, but maybe not as inspired. But that’s debatable, of course, especially for fans, and yes, there’s a 96-page booklet for full immersion. A — Eric W. Saeger Drishti Beats, Paradise High (self-released)

I got a ration of guff once during an interview on a local yoga-focused radio show, when a caller took umbrage with my criticism of “fashion yogis,” you know the type, yoga’s answer to weightlifting bros who refuse to acknowledge or help newbies who obviously need it. And that was 10 years ago, when I first started teaching gentle Kripalu classes and had to fake a few ashtanga poses — I could sense the smirks of the jocks even back then. I mention all this because this band of Virginia beatmakers has incorporated their smooth, surprisingly good blend of EDM into their own yoga teacher trainings; whether it’ll catch on is a big question, but at this point, with the practice being increasingly more about body than mind in America, it isn’t a dumb idea. The songs are more deep-house than EDM, leading off with Rihanna and Usher soundalikes cold-chilling over a bubble-pop line that Tricky might have thrown together as a slow-cooker during the mid-Aughts. That tune has sax in it, which isn’t welcome, but “Santoor Chop” fares much better, with tabla and a sitar sample emulating a harp and thankfully no pop elements. The diva stuff returns in “Defeat Gravity” but it’s less annoying; “Vitality” delivers primal drumming and cogent EDM. A- — Eric W. Saeger

PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases

• Our list of Jan. 19 releases starts with homegrown guitar hero Joe Perry’s new album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, isn’t that awesome? Guess who’s on here, no, seriously, guess! That’s right, underemployed New York cabbie David Johansen, Perry’s two synth-dabbling sons and the guy from Cheap Trick — no, not the one who wrote all the songs, the other guy. Perry’s Hollywood Vampires bandmate Johnny Depp is the “producer,” which means that everyone drank fifths of gin and someone accidentally pressed “record” from time to time. I’d love to take this more seriously, but at press time the only available YouTubes for this LP are nothing more than joke things with some jazz girl singing Christmas carols. A blurb here says Robin Zander sang his part over the phone, because he wasn’t in the studio at the time. And you think your job is tough, huh? • You all know British six-piece The Go Team from their 2007 LP Proof of Youth — ah ha, look at you, you forgot all about that one, didn’t you! But you do remember digging their bizarre but catchy formula of double-Dutch-jump-rope/hip-hop/indie-pop, because it was cool. Whatever, they have a new album coming out, called Semicircle, led up by an unnamed single (unless it’s indeed called “Semicircle Song,” which feels like a troll). There’s a college school band doing things in there, and more doubleDutch sing-song. There’s no way to hate it, and don’t think that I didn’t try. • Bratty skater kids love “power pop” whinebags Fall Out Boy, whose new album, MANIA (yes, the upper-case title is intentional), is heading your way post haste and speedily. I have no idea why bands like this even bother using real guitars, what with all the effects and wimpy shrinkwrap processing that goes on; they might as well just run around with Devo keytars and funny hats and Bozo the Clown pantaloons, it’s not like the emo kids wouldn’t still buy their albums, which these days actually means “make pirate mixtapes using YouTube-to-MP3 converter sites,” not that bands even expect record sales anymore, but geez, you know? But pontificating about petty online theft is not my job, keeping an open mind is, so off I go now, to the YouTube, to see if these lads still sound like the Brady Bunch Metal Band, with a guitar sound that’s the aural equivalent of a vanilla milkshake with jimmies. It’s a new year, right? There’s a single, but I’m going to skip that and just check out some other song, “The Last of the Real Ones,” off this album. Meh, there are Gorillaz and Bruno Mars influences; it’s not horrible, just something you’d hear at the mall while over-sugared children jumped around in the bouncy house. Yes, it’s that rockin’. • New Zeakland singer Kimbra releases her third LP Primal Heart on Jan. 19. The single “Everybody Knows” is bloopy chill, like Goldfrapp. That’s a compliment. — Eric W. Saeger

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On a cold winter night in 2003 Steve Szmyt’s wife awoke to find him hunched over a computer, typing away at what would be the inspiration for his first book, The Kingdom. He had had a short but vivid dream about a werewolf and, upon waking, felt the immediate need to write it down. Once he started typing, however, it became more than just logging the dream; it started taking shape as a story. “I went to work the next day, came home, and went right back to it,” said Szmyt, who lives in Portsmouth. “The process kind of took over after that, and I was just a passenger along for the ride. The ideas kept coming, and I kept typing.” The Kingdom is a fantasy-science fiction novel about a secret society of werewolves known as The Kingdom, living among humans in positions of wealth and power. For years, smaller clans of werewolves have sought to overthrow The Kingdom. The story centers on Anne, a graduate student at the top of her class, who is called on by a professor to collaborate on a history book about what she believes to be a group of people living with the delusion that they are werewolves. As she moves forward with the project, weird things begin to happen, suggesting that werewolves may be more than fiction. Anne ultimately finds herself caught in the crossfires of the werewolves’ plot to take down The Kingdom once and for all. Szmyt will present the book at the Discover Local Authors day at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on Wednesday, Jan. 24. He will be joined by Jeffrey L. Diamond, author of the murder-mystery thriller series Live to Air and Live to Tape, and Maresha Donna Ducharme, author of the spiritual living book The Way Home To Love: A Guide To Peace In Turbulent Times. The focus of The Kingdom, Szmyt said, is not the werewolves, but the main character Ann’s journey and evolution.

“If you’re not into werewolves, don’t think this story isn’t for you,” he said. “The story is really about this young woman who starts as a straightlaced student but grows up rather quickly as she finds out more and realizes this fight that she’s gotten into.” The book is filled with plot twists and chapter-ending cliffhangers, making it a “fast read” that’s hard to put down, Szmyt said. “No one seems to know [the twists] are coming. Things that you think might happen or could happen end up going in a completely different direction,” he said. “ I wrote it that way so that you always want to know more and want to keep reading at the end of every chapter.” Szmyt finished writing The Kingdom by 2004 and started pitching it to publishers on his own. With no success, he put it on the shelf and forgot about it until 2015, when he met a publicist through a friend. The publicist agreed to help STEVE SZMYT him get the book published, and after another six months of editing and writing new chapters, Szmyt had it polished enough to be accepted by a publisher. It was officially released last spring. “Initially, when I read it after years of not looking at it, I thought, I’m glad it didn’t get published at first,” he said. “It wasn’t as ready as I thought it was, but I’ve gotten it to a place now that I’m really proud of.” The ending of The Kingdom “leaves things a little up in the air,” Szmyt said, but at the urging of his readers and publicist to give the story more resolution, he has started work on a sequel, which he hopes to have published by the end of this year.

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Cynics might point out that “master persuaders” might also be described in less flattering terms, such as “shyster,” “charlatan” and “fraud.” The “persuasion tips” that Adams sprinkles throughout Win Bigly include using a “fake because” — giving people a reason, however crazy, to accept what you’re saying — and embedding an intentional error in your message to attract attention. Cynics might also roll their eyes at Adams’ slavish endorsement of hypnotism. He repeatedly calls himself a “trained hypnotist” whose interest in the field began during his childhood in upstate New York. His family doctor was a hypnotist, and his mother claimed to have delivered Adams’ sister without painkillers through hypnotism. He also considers democracy an illusion, “more a mental condition than a political system,” and admits to routinely lip-syncing the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem, moving his lips while thinking “blah, blah, blah.” Couple that with Adams’ admission that he doesn’t vote, even though he endorsed three candidates during the course of the campaign, and on paper Adams seems an accidentally successful, anti-America kook. (Though to be fair, his “endorsement” of Hillary Clinton was more a sly joke than a political statement. After attracting the brickbats of what he termed “Hillbullies,” Adams wrote that he was endorsing Clinton for his own personal safety. An endorsement of Gary Johnson was also short-lived.) But Win Bigly, like Adams’ 2013 book How To Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, is surprisingly sensible and engaging, and a refreshing take on how Trump smashed through the second dimension to operate in a world where facts are irrelevant. “If you watched the entire election cycle and concluded that Trump was nothing but a lucky clown, you missed one of the most important perceptual shifts in the history of humankind,” Adams writes in the opening of the book. By its close, you’ll understand what happened — at least, what happened in the movies playing in Adams’ head. You may not agree with him — that’s the beauty of realities we create ourselves — and may find his worldview deeply unsettling, but as in his signature comic strip, Adams reliably makes us laugh as he nudges us to think. One might call him a master persuader. B — Jennifer Graham


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• Congresswoman visits: Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) presents Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro in discussion with New Hampshire Congresswoman Ann Kuster about DeLauro’s book The Least Among Us: Waging the Battle for the Vulnerable on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. The book is DeLauro’s impassioned defense of America’s safety net in the time of hyperpartisan politics. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com or call 224-0562. • Rethinking sugar: The Music Hall Loft (131 Congress St., Portsmouth) welcomes award-winning science writer and investigative journalist Gary Taubes on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m., as part of its Innovation and Leadership series. Taubes will present his New York Times bestseller, The Case Against Sugar. The book makes the case that sugar is the “tobacco of the new millenium,” ingrained in the American lifestyle, backed by powerful lobbies and making people sick. The event features an author presentation and moderated Q&A, a book signing and a meet-and-greet. Tickets cost $30 and include an autographed copy of the book and a bar beverage. Visit themusichall.org or call 436-2400. • Finding freedom: National Book Award finalist Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar will be at Saint Anselm College (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., for a lecture, panel discussion and book signing of her book Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. The book follows the true story of a courageous young slave in George Washington’s household who ran away to find freedom. Visit nhhumanities.org. • Poetry reading: The Toadstool Bookshop (12 Depot Square, Peterborough) will host a reading with three poets on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. Kathleen Fagley is a Pushcart-nominated poet, author of How You Came to Me and a writing instructor at Keene State College. Susan Roney-O’Brien is the author of the poetry collections Farmwife, Earth, and Legacy of the Last World. Roberta Visser is the author of birds are calling, Elov! Elov! And has been featured in the New Hampshire Poets’ Showcase, Women in Judaism and more. Visit toadbooks.com or call 924-3543. — Angie Sykeny

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• GAZMEND KAPLLANI Author presents A Short Border Handbook: A Journey Through the Immigrant’s Labyrinth. Thurs., Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore. com. • JOJO MOYES Author presents Still Me. Wed., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. The Music Hall , 28 Chestnut St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $13.75. Visit themusichall.org. • MASHERI CHAPPELLE Author presents The Oracle Files: Escape. Thurs., Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • ALEXANDRA WELCH ZERBA AND SHEILA WELCH Authors present Animals in My Room. Sat., Feb. 3, 11 a.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • E.C. AMBROSE Author presents Elisha Daemon. Tues., Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com. • ERIC PINDER Author presents The Perfect Pillow. Sat., Feb. 10, 11 a.m. Gibson’s Bookstore , 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit gibsonsbookstore.com.

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POP CULTURE FILM REVIEWS BY AMY DIAZ

Paddington 2 (PG)

The friendly, marmalade-eating bear returns in Paddington 2, a wonderfully gentle family movie.

The red-hat-wearing bear Paddington (Ben Whishaw voices the CGI bear in the otherwise live-action world) has settled into life with the Brown family: insurance-selling father Henry (Hugh Bonneville), illustrator mother Mary (Sally Hawkins), teen daughter Judy (Madeleine Harris), slightly younger son Jonathan (Samuel Joslin) and live-in helpy person Mrs. Bird (Julie Walters). Paddington has made friends with most of the neighbors, which is perhaps why they are OK with a talking bear working as a window-washer — one of his ideas for making money to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy, who is back in “Darkest Peru” living in a home for retired bears. He even finds the perfect gift, an antique pop-up book featuring 12 London landmarks. Just as he’s nearly earned enough to buy Aunt Lucy’s book, a shaggy-looking man burglarizes the antique shop and makes off with the book. He gets away before the police arrive, but Paddington, who attempted to stop the robbery, is left as the only witness and is arrested for the crime. Paddington goes to prison, where he stumbles into friendship with fellow prisoners such as Knuckles McGinty (Brendan Gleeson), Spoon (Aaron Neil) and Phibs (Noah Taylor). The Browns, meanwhile, try to track down the man Paddington saw, even as more suspicious characters are showing up at break-ins at landmarks around the city. What we in the audience know is that Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant), a oncefancy-pants actor whose latest gig has been dog food commercials, stole the book and is now using it to collect clues at the landmarks regarding the whereabouts of a treasure chest. Phoenix is a great kids’-movie villain: his goal is to steal a box of jewels, he’s a total buffoon (and Grant is delightfully game) and he’s never really physically threatening. In

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In theaters Opening Friday, Jan. 19: Twelve Strong (R) Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon star in this movie about the early days of the war in Afghanistan; Den of Thieves (R ) Gerard Butler is on Team Cops and 50 Cent is on Team Robbers. Quick Takes *The Shape Of Water (R ) Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins. Elisa (Hawkins), who can’t talk and communicates through sign language, works

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fact, one of the most “threatening” moments in the movie features Paddington delivering what his aunt calls a “hard stare” to someone who is being rude. Paddington 2 feels like what would happen if you took The Great British Baking Show, dialed up the kindness, gave everybody winning bakes and a jar of marmalade and added a bear. It is sweet (without being overly sugary) and gentle but still fun and with moments of bear-centered pratfalls and adventures. I checked the Common Sense Media age suggestion on this movie before I went (my daughter is not quite old enough for everything with a PG rating). They suggest 6; my nearly 6-year-old daughter agreed that it wasn’t scary (there are a few moments of danger for Paddington). Even better, she never appeared bored and I enjoyed the movie’s ability to be silly and funny without being a catch-phrase-spouting paint-splatter of loudness. Paddington 2 is a thoroughly delightful bit of entertainment for younger (maybe kindergarten, give or take, and up) moviegoers and a welcome bit of kindness for their parents. A-

a night shift at a government lab circa the Cuban missile crisis where she meets and falls in love with “the asset” (Doug Jones), a fish/reptilian-like humanoid creature who is brought into the lab in this monster movie fairy tale from director Guillermo del Toro. Her friends (Jenkins, fellow lab cleaning lady Octavia Spencer) worry about her attraction to this supernatural-seeming being but help her when he is endangered by Strickland (Michael Shannon), the cruel bully in charge of the “asset” project.

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The Shape Of Water is eerily lovely to look at. The dark lab and frequent nighttime settings give the movie an underwater look even when the action is on dry land. The performances feel equally noir-ish but also well constructed. Hawkins would be my pick for the standout here ― she has to do all of her work with her face and her gestures. She sells Eliza’s nearly instant connection with the creature. It all works, putting this kind of fairy tale in the Cold War setting and how del Toro

Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor, according to the MPAA. Directed by Paul King and written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (from the books by Michael Bond), Paddington 2 is an hour and 43 minutes long and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The Post (PG-13)

Katherine Graham, owner and publisher of the Washington Post, risks the future of her paper with the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 in The Post, a nice bit of newspaper nostalgia from director Steven Spielberg.

The New York Times publishes bits of a study given to them by Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) about U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the degree to which the U.S. knew that involvement to be a failure even as it sent more troops. Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) spurs his reporters to find their own angle on the story even as he considers how his chumminess with President Kennedy might have kept him from pushing for answers on issues like Vietnam.

chooses to stylize it all. The Shape of Water is a charming, well-made fantasy. B+

Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) doesn’t like losing out on a story but as the movie begins we suspect she’s not so upset it isn’t the Post breaking the news. Worried about the financial stability of the paper, she’s preparing for the Washington Post’s public stock offering. As the New York Times battles the Nixon administration in court for the right to publish more of the Pentagon Papers, the Post has a chance to break its own Papers story — which could possibly derail the sales of stock. Faced with a to-print-or-not decision, Graham has the added stress of being the rare woman heading a media company. Many of the men on her own board don’t have faith in her resolve or her decision-making abilities — nor to some extent does Graham herself. While I liked the nostalgia — the oldfashioned newsrooms, the shoe-leather reporting, the pay phones — it’s Kay Graham as a character I found the most interesting part of the movie. She isn’t bombastically heroic. She’s a person who has had to transition not just in how society views her but in how she views herself. Streep is, of course, good at giving us a person in this situation. She allows Graham to be indecisive and even lacking in confidence without making her seem weak or unintelligent. We watch her learn how to make a hard decision and figure out for herself the difference between taking direction from a Trusted Man and listening to advice but forming her own decision. It is this character study that pushes The Post beyond just a by-the-numbers look at one historical moment in time (a really well-made by-the-numbers recounting of a historical moment — this is Spielberg and Hanks, after all). But it is Streep’s performance that gives the movie its depth. B Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence, according to the MPAA. Directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post is an hour and 56 minutes long and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.

a woman who knows how to take care of business (especially if business is shooting baddies) but who protects a Proud Mary (R ) kid ― Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) ― in trouble. Taraji P. Henson, Danny Glover. But the story of warring Just because a movie starts crime families is the weakest with a promising idea ― Tar- of sauce, as is her character’s aji P. Henson is a kick-butt “I don’t know, reasons” motivation for suddenly taking a hitwoman ― doesn’t mean it doesn’t also need a sense- hard turn into settling scores making story, a script with and escaping the life. Is there a Kickstarter campaign to dialogue people might reasonably say and actors who remake this movie with the appear to have read said same cast but a streamlined, script more than once. Hen- tighter story and more lively son is indeed badass as Mary, dialogue because I will hap-

pily contribute for a chance to see someone do right by Henson in an action role. D The Commuter (R ) Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga. This is a stupid Liam Neeson action movie. And, if you read that as “this is a stupid Liam Neeson action movie! Yay!” this movie is totally for you. If you painted a clear coat of Taken on top of Unstoppable and added a spritz of The Box, you’d have something like this tale of a man who must, to paraphrase the vague instructions 43


POP CULTURE AT THE MULTIPLEX tuition checks for his colter, find the person riding his lege-bound son are about to commuter train who doesn’t bounce. If he doesn’t mark belong carrying a bag with somebody for what he suspects will be death, his wife something in it and slap a GPS on them. If he does and son will die. this, he will get $100,000 This setup might be the cash ― a nice way to end ultimate in unnecessarthe day in which he’s been ily complicated murder fired and learned that the plans. An organization that

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WILTON TOWN HALL 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, wiltontownhalltheatre.com • Darkest Hour (PG-13, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. • Lady Bird (R, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., through Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 21, 2 and 4:30 p.m. • The Shape of Water (R, 2017) Fri., Jan. 19, through Thurs., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Jan. 21, 2 p.m. • The Buddy Holly Story (1978) Sat., Jan. 20, 4:30 p.m. • An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (PG, 2017) Sun., Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. CINEMAGIC 1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 644-4629; 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 423-0240, cinemagicmovies.com • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

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MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY Main Branch, 405 Pine St., Manchester, 624-6550; West Branch, 76 Main St., Manchester, 6246560, manchester.lib.nh.us • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13, 2017) Wed., Jan. 24, 1 p.m.

RIVER STREET THEATRE 6 River St., Jaffrey, 532-8888, theparktheatre.org • Mom and Dad (R, 2018) Fri., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 20, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 21, 2 p.m. • The Florida Project (R, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 25, and Fri., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 27, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 28, 2 p.m.

NASHUA PUBLIC LIBRARY 2 Court St., Nashua, 589-4611, nashualibrary.org • My Little Pony: The Movie (PG, 2017) Sat., Jan. 20, 2 p.m. • Dunkirk (PG-13, 2017) Tues., Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. REGAL CONCORD 282 Loudon Road, Concord, (844) 462-7342 ext. 464, regmovies.com • Den of Thieves (R, 2018) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. • 12 Strong (R, 2018) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. THE MUSIC HALL Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, themusichall.org • Dealt (NR, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. • The Florida Project (R, 2017) Fri., Jan. 19, Sat., Jan. 20, Tues., Jan. 23, and Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. • Tom of Finland (2017) Sat., Jan. 20, 7 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 21, 4 p.m.; and Tues., Jan. 23, and Wed., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. • The Opera House (The MET) Sun., Jan. 21, 1 p.m. • Shadowman (2017) Fri., Jan. 26, and Sat., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 28, 1 p.m.; and Tues., Jan. 30, and Wed., Jan. 31, 7 p.m. REGAL FOX RUN STADIUM 45 Gosling Road, Newington, 431-6116, regmovies.com • 12 Strong (R, 2018) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 and 10 p.m. • Mary and the Witch’s Flower (PG, 2017) Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 and 8 p.m.

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NITE Heps and balous

Comedian Poundstone’s happiness formula

By Michael Witthaus

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• Top tribute: Time stands still when Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show hits the stage. The Dallas-based tribute act brings back the heyday of Mick, Keith and the boys. Thursday, Jan. 18, 8 p.m., Whiskey Barrel, 546 Main St., Laconia. Tickets are $20 to $25 at ticketfly.com. • Good vibes: With just-released EP in tow, Freevolt returns to Concord. Singer Michael Bernier’s positivity is infectious, as are the seven tracks contained on the new disc, Open Up Your Door. The title track sounds like an update of Paul Butterfield’s Woodstock anthem “Love March,” and the reggae-fied “Pounds of Love” is another gem. Saturday, Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m., Area 23, 254 N. State St., Concord. See enjoyfreevolt.com. • Soulful song: Evan Goodrow plays a solo afternoon set with barbecue and beer in Nashua. The Boston singer-guitarist is a nice fit for the weekly Soulful Sundays acoustic series. His latest album, Burn, is an eclectic mix of covers including a loping version of Steely Dan’s “Peg” and “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” and sublime originals like “Let’s Burn Everything.” Go Sunday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m., Pig Tale Restaurant, 449 Amherst St., Nashua, 864-8740. • Local laughs: Comedian and entrepreneur Jay Grove revisits and then retires his act over two nights at the club he opened last November. Grove will riff on his hardscrabble upbringing, the curious behavior of men and the general absurdities of modern life, before tossing it out and starting from scratch. Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at 8 p.m., Curlie’s Comedy Club, 12 Union St., Rochester. Tickets $15 at curliescomedy.com.

Born in Massachusetts, Paula Poundstone has lived in California for decades — but she often returns to do shows in New England in the dead of winter. “When people have stressful weather conditions, that’s a good time for me to show up,” she said via phone from her home in Santa Monica. “It’s especially good to laugh then.” The sum of what makes one smile is on Poundstone’s mind a lot these days. Last year, she published an entire book on the topic, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness. In it, she conducted a series of experiments aimed at finding that path. She learned tae kwon do and swing dancing, decluttered the house, volunteered, enjoyed a family movie day, went hiking with her daughter and communed with many pets. She even splurged on a Lamborghini rental. Adhering to something like the scientific method, she took notes, identified constants and made observations. “If I throw away a screw I find in the junk drawer, I guarantee the refrigerator door will fall off tomorrow,” she wrote during the “Get Organized” experiment. To tally the success of each activity, Poundstone invented units of measurement. A small dose of happiness was called a “hep,” after one of her cats. Four heps made a “balou,” named after yet another cat. Heps and balous are a lot like calories, some more rich than others. One batch of heps provided short-term pure enjoyment, while others offered a sustained boost of calm when it was really needed, like the

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time she locked horns with her teenage son over computer use. “What could give me happiness [that meant] I still had some gas in the tank [to deal with problems]?” she said. “That would of course not be the Lambo, because the minute you push on the pedal, you no longer have gas.” Thus, driving an expensive sports car was a sugar rush, while going to the gym provided heps and balous with staying power. Though she would note in the book’s conclusion that “happiness was more complex than I thought,” getting fit really was a biggie, “a lot of the answer,” she said. “I do think that one just feels better if they’re not hauling around extra weight and they exercise.” Mind you, Poundstone isn’t really a fan of the getting fit process. A tae kwon do studio was chosen based on proximity to her house, not because of the actual workout. “It was so I had to walk the shortest distance in order to work out,” she said. “I really am lazy. So I don’t enjoy working out, but I have to say I enjoy the results of working out.” A late-night ride with her son, hip-hop blasting from the stereo, netted a balou, maybe two, but it was fleeting happiness. “It’s never as cool as it looks in the movies,” Poundstone said, noting that the endeavor was out of step with the rest of her search. “I think the chapter turned out funny, but I didn’t want to just be doing things that were very expen-

sive, because ... A, I don’t have that kind of money and B, then I don’t think you’re telling people things that they can do.” The book took seven years to write, and during that time Poundstone’s three children grew up and left the nest. That story is told alongside the tongue-in-cheek science. In many ways, it dominates Happiness. “I knew that would be the focus, and that those other things were a hook to hang that on,” she said. “The book’s No. 1 job was to be funny, and I knew that by doing the experiments it would be, but the story was one of my home life.” Poundstone is famous for working the crowd and never doing the same show twice. She calls it the best part of being a comic. “I mean, I have an act and I do it. I have, somewhere rattling around in my head, 38 years of material,” she said. “But my favorite part of being on stage is when I’m not doing material. I’m just talking to the audience members.” Oddly, signing and schmoozing offstage used to paralyze her, but Poundstone began embracing the experience after her first book tour. Last New Year’s Eve, she met a group of blind people after a show in San Francisco. While talking to one of them, she didn’t notice his extended hand until midway during the conversation. This was because, she told him, she had poor peripheral vision. “He goes, ‘Oh, really, why?’ and I said, ‘I have glaucoma,’” she said. She then had a moment of epiphany that begged for a lab coat and a clipboard. “I realized, I am whining about my somewhat limitedly impaired vision to a man who has none. It was classic Paula Poundstone. If you bottled up the essence of me, it would be that conversation. ‘Really, you’re blind? That’s too bad. You know, I can’t see when I look down in a little part of my left eye. You can’t imagine the challenges I face.’”

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Bristol Back Room at the Mill 2 Central St. 744-0405 Kathleen’s Cottage 91 Lake Street 744-6336 Purple Pit 28 Central Square 744-7800

Contoocook Covered Bridge Cedar St. 746-5191 Farmer’s Market Town Center 369-1790

Epsom Circle 9 Ranch 39 Windymere Drive 736-9656 Hilltop Pizzeria 1724 Dover Rd. 736-0027

Atkinson Merrill’s Tavern 85 Country Club Drive 382-8700 Auburn Auburn Pitts 167 Rockingham Rd 622-6564 Auburn Tavern 346 Hooksett Rd 587-2057 Barrington Dante’s 567 Route 125 664-4000 Bedford Bedford Village Inn 2 Olde Bedford Way 472-2001 Copper Door 15 Leavy Drive 488-2677 Shorty’s 206 Route 101 488-5706 T-Bones 169 South River Road 623-7699 Belmont Lakes Region Casino 1265 Laconia Road 267-7778 Shooters Tavern Rt. 3, 528-2444 Boscawen Alan’s 133 N. Main St. 753-6631

Deerfield Nine Lions Tavern 4 North Road 463-7374

Exeter Station 19 37 Water St. 778-3923

Derry Coffee Factory 55 Crystal Ave 432-6006 Francestown Drae Toll Booth Tavern 14 E Broadway 216-2713 740 2nd NH Tpke N 588-1800 Dover Claremont Cara Irish Pub Common Man Gilford 11 Fourth St. 343-4390 Patrick’s 21 Water Street Dover Brick House 542-6171 18 Weirs Road 293-0841 Taverne on the Square 2 Orchard St. 749-3838 Schuster’s Tavern Falls Grill & Tavern 2 Pleasant St. 680 Cherry Valley Road 421 Central Ave. 287-4416 293-2600 749-0995 Fury’s Publick House Goffstown Concord 1 Washington St. Area 23 Village Trestle 617-3633 State Street 881-9060 25 Main St. 497-8230 Sonny’s Tavern Barley House 132 N. Main 228-6363 83 Washington St. Greenfield 742-4226 Cheers Riverhouse Cafe 17 Depot St. 228-0180 Top of the Chop 4 Slip Road 547-8710 1 Orchard St. 740-0006 Common Man 1 Gulf Street 228-3463 Hampton Dublin Granite Ashworth By The Sea 96 Pleasant St. 227-9000 DelRossi’s Trattoria 295 Ocean Blvd. 73 Brush Brook Rd Hermanos 926-6762 11 Hills Ave. 224-5669 563-7195 Bernie’s Beach Bar Makris 73 Ocean Blvd 926-5050 East Hampstead 354 Sheep Davis Rd Boardwalk Inn & Cafe Pasta Loft 225-7665 139 Ocean Blvd. 220 E. Main St. Penuche’s Ale House 929-7400 378-0092 6 Pleasant St. Breakers at Ashworth 228-9833 295 Ocean Blvd. 926-6762 Epping Pit Road Lounge Cloud 9 Holy Grail 388 Loudon Rd 225 Ocean Blvd. 64 Main St. 679-9559 226-0533 601-6102 Popovers Red Blazer Community Oven 11 Brickyard Square 72 Manchester St. 845 Lafayette Road 734-4724 224-4101 601-6311 Telly’s Tandy’s Top Shelf CR’s Restaurant 235 Calef Hwy 1 Eagle Square 287 Exeter Road 679-8225 856-7614 929-7972

Thursday, Jan. 18 Claremont Exeter Ashland Taverne: Bob & Shane Duo Station 19: Thursday Night Live Common Man: Jim McHugh & Steve McBrian (Open) Concord Gilford Granite: CJ Poole Duo Patrick’s: Eric Grant Auburn Hermanos: Dave Gerard Auburn Pitts: Open Jam w/ Penuche’s: Green Heron and Hampton Hometown Eulogy CR’s: The Last Duo Gordy and Diane Pettipas Wally’s Pub: Ja Rule Bedford Dover Copper Door: Steve Tolley 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Pez Hanover Fury’s: BandBand Salt hill: Irish Trad’ Session Boscawen Alan’s: John Pratte Epping Hillsborough Telly’s: Chris Powers Turismo: Line Dancing

Logan’s Run 816 Lafayette Road 926-4343 Millie’s Tavern 17 L St. 967-4777 Purple Urchin 167 Ocean Blvd. 929-0800 Ron Jillian’s 44 Lafayette Road 929-9966 Ron’s Landing 379 Ocean Blvd 929-2122 Savory Square Bistro 32 Depot Square 926-2202 Sea Ketch 127 Ocean Blvd. 926-0324 The Goat 20 L St. 601-6928 Wally’s Pub 144 Ashworth Ave. 926-6954

The Bar 2B Burnham Rd 943-5250

Derryfield Country Club 625 Mammoth Road 623-2880 Laconia Foundry 405 Pub 50 Commercial St. 405 Union Ave 524-8405 836-1925 Broken Spoke Saloon Fratello’s 1072 Watson Rd 155 Dow St. 624-2022 866-754-2526 Jewel Margate Resort 61 Canal St. 836-1152 76 Lake St. 524-5210 Karma Hookah & Naswa Resort Cigar Bar 1086 Weirs Blvd. Elm St. 647-6653 366-4341 KC’s Rib Shack Paradise Beach Club 837 Second St. 627-RIBS 322 Lakeside Ave. Murphy’s Taproom 366-2665 494 Elm St. 644-3535 Patio Garden Penuche’s Music Hall Lakeside Ave. 1087 Elm St. 206-5599 Pitman’s Freight Room Salona Bar & Grill 94 New Salem St. 128 Maple St. 624-4020 527-0043 Shaskeen Tower Hill Tavern 909 Elm St. 625-0246 264 Lakeside Ave. Shorty’s 366-9100 1050 Bicentennial Drive Hanover Whiskey Barrel 625-1730 Canoe Club 546 Main St. 884-9536 Stark Brewing Co. 27 S. Main St. 643-9660 500 Commercial St. Jesse’s Tavern Lebanon 625-4444 224 Lebanon St 643-4111 Salt Hill Pub Strange Brew Tavern Salt Hill Pub 2 West Park St. 448-4532 88 Market St. 666-4292 7 Lebanon St. 676-7855 TGI Fridays Skinny Pancake Londonderry 1516 Willow St. 644-8995 3 Lebanon St. 540-0131 Coach Stop Tavern Whiskey’s 20 176 Mammoth Rd 20 Old Granite St. Henniker 437-2022 641-2583 Country Spirit Pipe Dream Brewing Wild Rover 262 Maple St. 428-7007 40 Harvey Road 21 Kosciuszko St. Pat’s Peak Sled Pub 404-0751 669-7722 24 Flander’s Road Stumble Inn 428-3245 20 Rockingham Road Meredith 432-3210 Giuseppe’s Hillsboro 312 Daniel Webster Hwy Tooky Mills Loudon 279-3313 9 Depot St. 464-6700 Hungry Buffalo 58 New Hampshire 129 Merrimack Hillsborough 798-3737 Homestead Mama McDonough’s 641 Daniel Webster Hwy 5 Depot St. 680-4148 Manchester 429-2022 Turismo British Beer Company Jade Dragon 55 Henniker St. 680-4440 1071 S. Willow St. 515 DW Hwy 424-2280 232-0677 Merrimack Biergarten Hooksett Bungalow Bar & Grille 221 DW Hwy 595-1282 Asian Breeze 333 Valley St. 792-1110 Tortilla Flat 1328 Hooksett Rd Cafe la Reine 594 Daniel Webster Hwy 621-9298 915 Elm St 232-0332 262-1693 DC’s Tavern Central Ale House 1100 Hooksett Road 23 Central St. 660-2241 Milford 782-7819 City Sports Grille J’s Tavern 216 Maple St. 625-9656 63 Union Sq. 554-1433 Hudson Club ManchVegas Pasta Loft AJ’s Sports Bar 50 Old Granite St. 241 Union Sq. 11 Tracy Lane 718-1102 222-1677 672-2270 Fratello’s: Jazz Night Laconia Whiskey Barrel: Satisfaction: Manchvegas: Open Acoustic International Rolling Stones show Jam w/ Jim Devlin Penuche’s Music Hall: DJ Jesko Shaskeen: Green Jello/Meatsaw/ Lebanon Willzyx Salt hill: Celtic Open Session Shorty’s: Brad Bosse Strange Brew: Frank Drake’s Londonderry Hashtag Hoedown Coach Stop: Ted Solovicos Whiskey’s 20: DJs Shawn White/ Stumble Inn: Jillian Jensen Ryan Nichols/Mike Mazz Manchester Central Ale: Jonny Friday Blues Meredith Giuseppe’s: Joel Cage City Sports Grille: DJ Dave Foundry: DJ Marco Valentin

Shaka’s Bar & Grill 11 Wilton Road 554-1224 Tiebreakers at Hampshire Hills 50 Emerson Road 673-7123 Union Coffee Co. 42 South St. 554-8879 Moultonborough Buckey’s 240 Governor Wentworth Hwy 476-5485 Castle in the Clouds 455 Old Mountain Road 478-5900 Nashua 110 Grill 27 Trafalgar Sq 943-7443 5 Dragons 28 Railroad Sq 578-0702 Agave Azul 94-96 Main St. 943-7240 Boston Billiard Club 55 Northeastern Blvd. 943-5630 Burton’s Grill 310 Daniel Webster Hwy 688-4880 Country Tavern 452 Amherst St. 889-5871 Dolly Shakers 38 E. Hollis St. 577-1718 Fody’s Tavern 9 Clinton St. 577-9015 Fratello’s Italian Grille 194 Main St. 889-2022 Haluwa Lounge Nashua Mall 883-6662 Killarney’s Irish Pub 9 Northeastern Blvd. 888-1551 O’Shea’s 449 Amherst St. 943-7089 Peddler’s Daughter 48 Main St. 821-7535 Pig Tale 449 Amherst St. 864-8740 Portland Pie Company 14 Railroad Sq 882-7437 Shorty’s 48 Gusabel Ave 882-4070 Stella Blu 70 E. Pearl St. 578-5557 Thirsty Turtle 8 Temple St. 402-4136 New Boston Molly’s Tavern 35 Mont Vernon Rd 487-2011

Merrimack Homestead: RC Thomas Merrimack Biergarten: Jocelyn Oldham

Milford J’s Tavern: Justin Cohn Union Coffee: Phileep & the Beat

Nashua Agave Azul: DJ K-Wil Ladies Night Country Tavern: Charlie Christos

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Northwood Tough Tymes 221 Rochester Rd 942-5555 Peterborough Harlow’s Pub 3 School St. 924-6365 La Mia Casa (Wreck Room) 1 Jaffrey Road 924-6262 Pittsfield Main Street Grill & Bar 32 Main St. 436-0005 Plaistow Crow’s Nest 181 Plaistow Rd 974-1686

Racks Bar & Grill 20 Plaistow Road 974-2406

Thirsty Moose 21 Congress St 427-8645

Chop Shop 920 Lafayette Rd. 760-7706

Portsmouth British Beer Co. 103 Hanover St. 501-0515 Cafe Nostimo 72 Mirona Road 436-3100 Demeters Steakhouse 3612 Lafayette Rd. 766-0001 Dolphin Striker 15 Bow St. 432-5222 Fat Belly’s 2 Bow St. 610-4227 Grill 28 200 Grafton Road (Pease Golf Course) 433-1331 Hilton Garden Inn 100 High St. 431-1499 Latchkey 41 Vaughan Mall 766-3333 Martingale Wharf 99 Bow St. 431-0901 Oar House 55 Ceres St. 436-4025 Portsmouth Book & Bar 40 Pleasant St. 427-9197 Portsmouth Gas Light 64 Market St. 430-9122 Press Room 77 Daniel St. 431-5186 Redhook Brewery 1 Redhook Way 430-8600 Ri Ra Irish Pub 22 Market Square 319-1680 Rudi’s 20 High St. 430-7834

Raymond Cork n’ Keg 4 Essex Drive 244-1573

Sunapee Anchorage 77 Main St. 763-3334 Sunapee Coffee House Rte. 11 & Lower Main St. 229-1859

Rochester China Palace 101 S. Main St. 332-3665 Gary’s 38 Milton Rd. 335-4279 Governor’s Inn 78 Wakefield St. 332-0107 Lilac City Grille 103 N. Main St 332-3984 Mel Flanagan’s Irish Pub & Café 50 N. Main St. 332-6357 Radloff’s 38 North Main St. 948-1073 Revolution Tap Room 61 N Main St. 244-3022 Smokey’s Tavern 11 Farmington Rd 330-3100

Wolfeboro Wolfeboro Inn 90 N Main St. 569-3016

Friday, Jan. 19 Auburn Auburn Pitts: Nicole Knox Murphy Auburn Tavern: Peter Pappas

Salem Copper Door: Clint Lapointe

Weare Stark House Tavern 487 S. Stark Highway 529-0901

Seabrook Castaways 209 Ocean Blvd 760-7500

Newmarket Stone Church: Irish Music w/ Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki & Jim Prendergast

Rochester Revolution: Gabby Martin

Warner Schoodacs Cafe 1 East Main St. 456-3400

Windham Common Man 88 Range Road 898-0088 Old School Bar & Grill 49 Range Road 458-6051

Seabrook Chop Shop: Spent Fuel

Portsmouth Beara Irish Brewing: Weekly Irish Music Dolphin Striker: The Mica Sev Project Fat Belly’s: DJ Flex Martingale: Tim Theriault Portsmouth Book & Bar: Beat Night The Goat: Jon Hollywood Thirsty Moose: DJ Night

Tilton Rio Burrito 276 Main St. 729-0081 Winni Grille 650 Laconia Road 527-8217

Salem Jocelyn’s Lounge 355 S. Broadway 870-0045 Sayde’s Restaurant 136 Cluff Crossing 890-1032

Fody’s: DJ Rich Padula Fratello’s: Kieran McNally O’Shea’s: Mando & The Goat Riverwalk Cafe: Donkilo! Afro Funk Orkestra

Peterborough Harlow’s: Bluegrass Night w/ John Meehan La Mia Casa: Soul Repair

Suncook Olympus Pizza 42 Allenstown Rd. 485-5288

Weare Stark House: Ryan Williamson

Belmont Lakes Region Casino: Jonie Cunningham Band Boscawen Alan’s: Steven Chagnon Bridgewater Bridgewater Inn: NH Shameless Claremont Taverne: Conniption Fits Concord Area 23: Sensual Sequoias/Sensitive Men/Andre DuMont Penuche’s: Moon Boot Lover Pit Road: Blues Tonight Band Tandy’s: DJ Iceman Streetz (105.5 JYY)

Derry Coffee Factory: Dave LaCroix Drae: Peter Higgins

Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Music / Frisky Friday Dover Brickhouse: The Screen/ Killer at Large/A Different Engine Fury’s Publick House: Freevolt Top of the Chop: Funkadelic Fridays Epping Holy Grail: White Steer Telly’s: Rob & Jody Francestown Toll Booth: Boogie Men

Gilford Patrick’s: Dueling Pianos: Jim Tyrrell vs Matt Langley Schuster’s: Dan The Muzak Man Goffstown Village Trestle: Clavis Brudon

Hampton Logan’s Run: Peter James Gang


NITE MUSIC THIS WEEK Nashua Boston Billiard: Adam Payne Country Tavern: Malcom Salls Hanover Fody’s: Amanda McCarthy Duo Jesse’s: Chris Powers Fratello’s: Rick Watson Salt Hill Pub: Doug Lantz Haluwa: Bad Medicine Skinny Pancake: Zack DuPont O’Shea’s: Jenni Lynn Duo & Matt Deluca Duo Riverwalk Cafe: Becca Stevens Stella Blu: Wood, Wind, and Henniker Whiskey Country Spirit: Joel Cage Thirsty Turtle: Dance Night w/ Sled Pub: Almost Acoustic - Jay Samurai Hometown Eulogy New Boston Hillsborough Molly’s: Clint Lapoint/Dan Murphy Mama McDonough’s: Granite State Revival Newmarket Stone Church: Blues Project ft Hooksett Jon Butcher Asian Breeze: DJ Albin DC’s Tavern: Off Duty Angels Northwood Umami: Chris O’Neill w/Dave Hudson Gerard The Bar: Barry Breathy Peterborough Laconia Harlow’s: Sheepdip Pitman’s: Rule of 3 Whiskey Barrel: Sweep the Leg Plaistow Crow’s Nest: Doctor X Londonderry Queensryche Tribute Coach Stop: Karen Grenier Racks: Big Time VIPs Stumble Inn: Brad Bosse Portsmouth Manchester 3S Artspace: Deerhoof w/ Palm, British Beer: Austin Pratt Olivia Neutron-John & Lina Bungalow: Letting Go Tour Tullgren Kickoff w/Fathom Farewell, British Beer: Jonny Friday Duo Polarity and more Dolphin Striker: George Belli & Derryfield: Last Kid Picked The Retroactivists Foundry: Justin Cohn Grill 28: Ryan Williamson Fratello’s: Ted Solovicos Latchkey: Kacie Grenon and Jewel: Bella’s Bartok / Leon Last Reach Trout Martingale Wharf: Jump Street ManchVegas: Bite The Bullet Nibblesworth: Chris Hayes Penuche’s: Boneshakerz Portsmouth Book & Bar: Shaskeen: Heartbeat City Hadacol Bouncers Strange Brew: Ken Clark & Portsmouth Gaslight: Sev/Paul Friends Rainone Whiskey’s 20: DJs Jason Spivak Ri Ra: Lestah Lounge & Sammy Smoove Rudi’s: Duke Wild Rover: Fat Bunny Thirsty Moose: Jamsterdam Meredith Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois Merrimack Homestead: Jeff Mrozek Milford J’s Tavern: Gary Nault Pasta Loft: Baby Jakes Tiebreakers: Brian Weeks Moultonborough Buckey’s: Supernothing

Rochester Radloff’s: Dancing Madly Backwards Duo Seabrook Chop Shop: Red Sky Mary Somersworth Old Rail Pizza: Double Take

Weare Stark House: Tim Kierstead Saturday, Jan. 20 Boscawen Alan’s: Austin Pratt Bow Chen Yang Li: Mikey G Bristol Purple Pit: Swing Rocket Concord Area 23: Freevolt Hermanos: Paul Speidel Penuche’s Ale House: Holmes Pit Road Lounge: Shameless Tandy’s: DJ Iceman Streetz True Brew: Justin Moyar Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Music / Sexy Saturday Dover Brickhouse: Tiger Bomb/ Duck & Cover/Muck & The Mires Fury’s: Four Sticks East Hampstead Pasta Loft Brickhouse: Gary Nault & Susan Goyette Duo Epping Holy Grail: Holy Furlone Telly’s: Jamie Martin Trio Epsom Circle 9: Country Dancing Gilford Patrick’s: Trib. to Rolling Stones: Paul Hubert Schuster’s: Dan The Muzak Man Goffstown Village Trestle: Jennifer Mitchell Band Hampton Community Oven: Tim Kierstead Old Salt: Mica-Sev Project The Goat: Brianna Grace Wally’s Pub: Wildside Hanover Salt Hill Pub: Groove Sum Skinny Pancake: The Wheelers

Sunapee Sunapee Coffeehouse: Rachel Henniker Sled Pub: Apres Ski Music Kilgour Nick’s Other Band

COMEDY THIS WEEK AND BEYOND

Thursday, Jan. 18 Manchester Strange Brew Tavern: Laugh Attic Open Mic

Warner The Local: Eric Lindberg & Brad Myrick

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The Goat: Rob Benton Wally’s Pub: Bailout

Rochester Milford Curlie’s Comedy Pasta Loft: Paul Club: Jay Grove (also Nardizzi/EJ Edmonds 1/20) Newmarket Friday, Jan. 19 Saturday, Jan. 20 Stone Church: 5th Nashua Manchester Anniv. w/ Juston McKChunky’s Pub: Lenny Headliners: Mike inney, Xazmin Garza, Clarke McCarthy more

Plymouth Flying Monkey: Paul D’Angelo/Christine Hurley/Mitch Stinson Monday, Jan. 22 Concord Penuche’s: Punchlines

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Hooksett DC’s: American Who Sensation Granite Tapas: Nicole Knox Murphy

A blend of two different batches, both brewed with floor malted Scottish Maris Otter barley. Very understated hop character. Strong, dark and malty. Named after the mythological, Gaelic 'Divine Hag' of winter. 8.7% ABV

Goffstown Village Trestle: Wan-tu Blues Band & Jam

Newmarket Stone Church: Sojoy Jazz Septet

Hudson River’s Pub: Acoustic Jam

Laconia Broken Spoke: Ghost Riderz Pitman’s Freight Room: Swing Dance with The Tall Granite Whiskey Barrel: Among the Living (feat. Peter Higgins)

Newport Salt hill: Mike Preston w/ Kim Curry and the Buckstop Band

Laconia Whiskey Barrel: Rob Benton

Lebanon Salt Hill Pub: Plushfoot

Plaistow Crow’s Nest: Fifth Freedom Racks: Two Flights Up

Londonderry Coach Stop: Rick Watson Stumble Inn: Three Chords and the Truth

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Manchester Backyard Brewery: Ken Budka Bonfire: Annie Brobst Bungalow: SleepSpirit “Nightmares” Video Shoot W/ Dopeghost, Pinnacle, Northwoods City Sports Grille: Eden’s Lie w/ Tony Waniski Derryfield: Songs With Molly Foundry: Tristan Omand Fratello’s: Lachlan Maclearn Jewel: Magic Mike XL Penuche’s: Brazen Cane Salona: Vital Signs Shaskeen: Granite Lion Showcase Strange Brew: Discenso/Clark Expedition Whiskey’s 20: DJ Hizzy/Shawn White Wild Rover: John Ridlon Duo Meredith Giuseppe’s: Putnam Pirozzoli Merrimack Homestead: Paul Luff Biergarten: Andrew Merzi

ENTERTAINMENT THIS WEEK

FRIDAY THE 19TH

Milford J’s Tavern: Vinyl Legion Band Union Coffee: Andy Lightning, Shenanigans Nashua Agave Azul: DJ Roberto Boston Billiard Club: DJ Anthem Throwback Country Tavern: Heartstrings Dolly Shakers: enCircle Fody’s: The Squires of Soul Fratello’s: Jeff Mrozek Haluwa: Bad Medicine Peddler’s Daughter: Beneath the Sheets Riverwalk Cafe: Lespecial w. Mammal Dap Stella Blu: Wooden Soul Thirsty Turtle: Jay Samurai Dance Night

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But he started it!

Tennis instructor Osmailer Torres, 30, of Miami, was arrested in July 2016 after hitting a 5-year-old with the child’s pint-sized tennis racket and causing a bruise on the boy’s arm and a lump on his eyebrow, reports the Miami Herald. But now Torres believes he has a grand-slam defense: Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense law. Defense lawyer Eduardo Pereira told the Herald the child was the “initial aggressor” who had participated in “various violent altercations” against other children, and Torres had acted “reasonably in trying to prevent harm” to others. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Oscar RodriguezFonts will consider the claim in an upcoming hearing.

incident — which might not be so remarkable were it not for the distinctive, whole-face tattoo Hughes sports, which makes his face look like a human skull. He was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail.

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from the store, and Jones said she has learned her lesson. “You should never feed the deer because they’re going to keep coming back.”

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A mom in Hillsboro, Oregon, came up with the perfect retaliation for a porch pirate who nabbed her baby son’s Christmas pajamas package off the front porch. Angie Boliek told KATU she wanted to get her own “passiveaggressive revenge,” so she taped up a box full of 10 to 15 dirty diapers with a note reading “Enjoy this you thief!” Boliek left the box on her porch on Dec. 3, and by the evening of Dec. 4 it was gone. Boliek alerted Hillsboro police, but they don’t have any leads in the investigation. “It was fun to come home and see that it was gone,” Boliek said.

Malcolm Whitfield of Rochester, New York, was only trying to help when he ordered a Lyft car to deliver a drunk woman home from a bar in November. But when the woman vomited in the car, Whitfield was hit with a $150 fine to cover the damage. “For a second, I was like, ‘Never do anything nice again!’” Whitfield told 13WHAM. Lyft’s terms and conditions include damage fees, which most people don’t see in the fine print. Update: Lyft later refunded Whitfield’s fine and added $100 to his Lyft account for future Family values Mazen Dayem, 36, of Staten Island, New rides. “Mr. Whitfield absolutely did the right New World order York, obtained a restraining order against his thing by helping someone get home safely,” Taisei Corp., a construction company based father-in-law, Yunes Doleh, 62, in Septem- said Scott Coriell, a Lyft spokesperson. in Tokyo, announced in December that it will ber after Doleh repeatedly tormented him by use autonomous drones, taking flight in April, waving his hairpiece at Dayem, provoking Oh, deer to combat karoshi, or overwork death, reportDayem’s greatest phobia — the Tasmanian It was just another early December day at ed The Independent. The drones will hover Devil of Looney Tunes fame. Not easily the Horsetooth Store, Gas and RV Park out- over desks of employees who have stayed at deterred, Doleh was arrested on Nov. 5 for side Fort Collins, Colorado, as employee Lori work too long and blast “Auld Lang Syne,” a violating the order after he “removed his Jones conducted inventory and restocked tune commonly used in Japanese shops getwig (and) made hand gestures” at a funer- shelves. Suddenly, she looked up to see ting ready to close. A company statement al the two attended, Dayem explained to the “Mama,” a doe deer, inside the store, “look- said: “It will encourage employees who are New York Post. “It’s just a very large fear of ing at the sunglasses. Then she looked at the present at the drone patrol time to leave, not mine, his damn wig. ... I have nightmares.” ice cream and over at the chips,” Jones told only to promote employee health but also Court papers say Doleh “proceeded to gri- CBS Denver. “I kind of did a double take.” to conduct internal security management.” mace, snarl, gurn and gesticulate.” He was When shooing the deer away didn’t work, she Experts are skeptical: Scott North, profescharged with criminal mischief in Staten broke out a peanut bar and lured the doe into sor of sociology at Osaka University, told the Island County court, and then sued his son- a nearby field. Jones then returned to work, BBC that “to cut overtime hours, it is necesin-law for defamation after photos from the but soon looked up to find Mama was back, sary to reduce workloads.” arrest appeared on social media. this time with her three fawns in tow. It took another peanut bar to draw the family away Visit newsoftheweird.com.

Least competent criminals

Teller County (Colorado) Sheriff Jason Mikesell listed his SUV for sale on Craigslist in November, and he was a little perplexed when he received a response from Shawn Langley, 39, of Vail, offering to trade the SUV for four pounds of marijuana. Langley even provided photos of his black market booty and boasted about its quality, reported The Colorado Springs Gazette. “I saw that text, and I started giggling,” Mikesell said. Detectives set up a meeting and arrested both Langley and Jane Cravens, 41, after finding the promised four pounds of marijuana in their car. Sheriff Mikesell has removed his SUV from Craigslist.

Hiding in plain sight

On Nov. 27, 27-year-old Corey Hughes, who was due to be released from prison in February after serving most of a weapons charge, walked away from a San Joaquin County sheriff’s work crew in Stockton, California, according to the Fresno Bee. It took police almost a month to track him to a home in Stockton, where they surrounded the dwelling and apprehended him without


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