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In the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school, Hippo’s regular Granite Views contributors will each consider the renewed debate about gun control and other issues related to school shootings in a four-part series running through March 22.

The students’ crusade

Is it counterintuitive to acknowledge that our young people are telling our generation that we ought to do something? After all, is it not the responsibility of adults to educate the young in their social obligations? Yet the student walkouts that have taken place, and will over the weeks ahead, in the wake of school shooting deaths, are as blunt and dramatic gestures of rebuke to elders as can be imagined. They shame us, and it is about time they did. The Psalmist puts it starkly: “God ordains strength out of the mouths of babes…” It would be disrespectful to designate these student leaders as “children,” but they are our youth and they are speaking with a collective voice of grief and anger. The question now is whether their actions will “ordain the strength” to take action or will this, too, pass into our sad history that has all too often been paved over by platitudes, good intentions, and feeble gestures. I do not have a simple answer to what steps exactly are the appropriate ones to stop this carnage. But I do know there is something rooted deeply in all of us who are parents that we must protect those we bring into the world. John Cassidy, writing in The New Yorker, titled his column “America is Failing to Protect its Children.” What don’t we get? True, Second Amendment advocates will argue, we need weapons to protect ourselves and our families. But what weapons are appropriate is a fair question. Who besides our military (and perhaps law enforcement personnel) need assault weapons? Not long ago, my visiting British son-in-law and I were driving past a gun shop and he asked if we could stop in as he had never seen one before. I watched his face as we went to the second floor where the guns and rifles are displayed. “My heavens, it’s an armory. What civilian needs this?” That, for me, is the question of balance; actually one of two questions of balance. The first is what weapons do we need to protect ourselves without putting into our hands those needed only on the battlefield. The second is when should our constitutional right to bear arms be abridged? We have to get these right. Cameron Kasky, a survivor of last week’s massacre, put it bluntly: “To those who say we cannot politicize it, we say it’s only when something is politicized that something gets done.” That time is well long in the coming. Stephen Reno is the executive director of Leadership New Hampshire and former chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. His email is

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ON THE COVER 12 COSPLAY SAVES THE WORLD Local cosplayers are dressing up for fun and for good causes. We talked to these costumed crusaders — pirates, superheroes, Disney characters and more — about the increasingly popular hobby and how it’s become a powerful way to help save the world. Plus, find out how to join a local group, or attend an upcoming cosplay event.

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NEWS & NOTES School safety

Gov. Chris Sununu, Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and state Director of Homeland Security Perry Plummer announced the creation of the Governor’s School Safety Preparedness Taskforce, according to a press release. The group will consist of state and local leaders as well as representatives from law enforcement and schools. “We will not stop until our schools are the safest in the nation. If we can’t put our kids on the school bus and know they are safe, nothing else matters,” Sununu said. The task force builds upon work already being done by Homeland Security and Emergency Management by reviewing 481 of New Hampshire’s 668 schools for issues with access control, early detection and notification and emergency alerting. Schools are encouraged to take advantage of available state resources to assist with preparedness exercises or enhance communication between schools and first responders.

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House lawmakers voted down a bill that would allow handguns on public college campuses, the AP reported. The vote was 231110 to follow the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee’s recommendation to kill the bill. Proponents said adult college students should be able to defend themselves during an active shooter scenario, but opponents argued it would cause unnecessary risk and confusion if law enforcement responds to a college with multiple guns drawn and no clear indication who the shooter is. Meanwhile, the Senate pushed an amendment forward, attached to an education-

Two students are being kept out of Concord High School after they allegedly made threats of a shooting similar to the one in Parkland, Florida, the Concord Monitor reported. The threats were made via Snapchat, a popular social media platform.

related bill, that would give school reduction that benefits people buyboards authority to ban guns. ing homes priced below $300,000, which are in the typical price range for first-time homes. Senate MajorVeterans services The Manchester and White River ity Leader Jeb Bradley praised the Junction VA Medical Centers joint- bipartisan support for the bill. ly announced that Alfred Montoya CONCORD has been appointed the permanent Hate crimes director of the Manchester facilThe House passed a resolution ity, according to a press release. symbolically denouncing racialMontoya has been serving as inter- ly and religiously motivated hate Residents opposed to offim director since July 2017, after crimes in the state. According to a shore drilling proposed by the officials removed the previous lead- press release, Democratic LeadTrump administration held a Hooksett ership following a Boston Globe er Steve Shurtleff criticized the 69 forum on the issue in Rye on investigative report on a pattern Republicans who voted against Feb. 21. NHPR reported the of substandard care at the facility. the measure. The Concord Monimeeting was to give people a The VAMC provides care to about tor reported Republican Rep. Jim chance to give oralGoffstown testimony of their concerns since feder33,000 New Hampshire veterans McConnell criticized the measure al officials are only collecting and operates a budget of over $141 because the examples listed did not written input. MANCHESTER million. Meanwhile, according to a include terrorist attacks by Muslims release, Gov. Chris Sununu signed or violent acts by far-left groups. an executive order directing the Bedford Adjutant General to create memo- Temporary licenses randums of understanding with the The Senate voted to adopt a bill Derry Merrimack Amherst Office of Veterans Services and the that would create temporary licensThe Litchfield Fire DepartBureau of Community Based Mil- es for anyone with an out-of-state ment isMilford considering whether Londonderry itary Programs to streamline and license who is applying for a New to approve plans to build a coordinate state services for vets. Hampshire license so they can work new fire station to replace the existing one, the Teleright away, according to a press graph of Nashua reported. NASH NASHUA Sobriety checkpoints release. “Passing this legislation will The new station would cost The House passed a bill that send a clear message to all potential $3.75 million. would ban traffic checkpoints used employees that they are welcome to by police to screen for drunk driv- come to New Hampshire and begin ers. The AP reported opponents working immediately,” said Repubargued the state shouldn’t take tools lican Sen. Andy Sanborn. away from law enforcement that can be used to protect the public, while supporters said checkpoints are inefficient and ineffective and harm CONCORD THINK TANK relations between the public and According to a recent WalletHub study, the The New Hampshire Center for Public Polipolice. The bill goes to the Senate. city of Concord was ranked one of the 10 Best cy Studies will permanently cease operations

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marked by ICE officials from previous months, beneath the ticket window, where it was picked up, marked again and It’s a frigid morning in Manchester, returned to him by an officer who instructjust an hour before a short-lived snowfall, ed him to return again in 30 days. and Renato Filippi of Nashua is standing outside the Norris Cotton Federal Build- Living in uncertainty ing on Chestnut Street. He and around 50 During that visit, Bruno said they never others are waiting to be let into the build- know if the next time Filippi shows up for ing — which they aren’t allowed to enter his check-in will be the time he’s arrested a minute sooner than 9 a.m. — where they and again slated for deportation. But a decimust check in with immigration officers. sion by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Meanwhile, pro-immigrant protesters are Feb. 20 approved a stay of removal for the marching circles around the building with duration of Filippi’s appeals process, which signs calling for “immigrant justice.” Bruno said is likely to last into the fall. This For Filippi, a native Brazilian who came means he can’t be deported until after the to the U.S. illegally, this has become a process runs its course. monthly ritual that began last September In his late 50s, with white hair, Filippi when Immigration and Customs Enforce- now lives with his wife (who has a green ment told him he would need to leave the card) in Nashua. His grown daughter is country — despite an arrangement he’s an American citizen who has a master’s had with immigration officials that has degree in law enforcement and works for allowed him to stay for the past 15 years. the U.S. Secret Service in Boston. After being ushered into the building, For most of his time in the state, he’s Filippi and George Bruno, an immigration worked as a manager for Morgan Self lawyer helping him with his case, place Storage. their jackets and belts and any metal items Following the directives handed down into a tray for X-ray scanning and wait to by the Trump administration, ICE officials be led through metal detectors. began issuing deportation orders to people Immigrants like Filippi who are check- known to be undocumented immigrants, ing in with ICE officials head to the second including a community of 70 Indonesians floor, about 10 at a time, where they enter living in the Dover area. An exception was a small waiting room with chairs, a ticket carved out for “Dreamers,” undocumentwindow and a door. On the opposite wall ed immigrants who came here as children, are three picture frames that have the por- but all others were reportedly subject to traits of President Donald Trump and ICE deportation. Director Thomas Homan. On this day, Feb. Last September, Filippi was told to 6, the middle frame was empty, awaiting a leave the country by early November. portrait of Homeland Security Secretary After he sued ICE and tried to get a Kirstjen Nielsen, who was sworn in on court injunction, ICE told the U.S. Court Dec. 6 after John F. Kelly left the role to of Appeals in Boston they wouldn’t seek become Trump’s chief of staff. his deportation after all. So the court Filippi placed his sign-in sheet, already

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denied the injunction on the basis that it wasn’t needed. In the process, Filippi outed himself as a former confidential informant. Filippi came to the United States in the late 1990s with a work visa a few times but when he tried to sneak over the border to Texas in 2002, he was apprehended. Then, he said immigration enforcement offered him a deal; work as an undercover informant to catch smugglers and drug dealers and he can stay in the country indefinitely. “It was better to stay here than go back to Brazil, so I agree with this business, and they give promise to give work authorization and after that, Social Security, driver’s license, and they say you can stay here forever if you agree with this monkey business,” Filippi said. They told him it would only take about three months. The ordeal ended up lasting nearly a year. When they freed him, he moved to New Hampshire. That was in March 2003. He was required to check in with ICE once that year, then again in 2006. The visits became yearly after that, until last fall, when they required him to return every 30 days. ICE spokesperson John Mohan said in an email that the agency was unwilling to comment on Filippi’s case. “ICE does not confirm or deny the identity of confidential informants that the agency may interact with on investigations,” Mohan said. “Since we have no further comment, we don’t foresee making an ICE official available on your inquiry.” It’s unclear if the stay of removal will have any effect on his required monthly check-ins.

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Still, Bruno and others representing Filippi are working toward a more permanent solution in the form of an S-Visa, which is a type of visa usually afforded to people who assist law enforcement like Filippi says he did. Pro-immigrant rights protesters marching outside the federal building. Photo by Ryan Lessard.

“At this point, we are trying to reopen his case and trying to press the idea that promises were made to him that he could stay in the United States because of the services that he performed for Immigration and giving them names and details of smugglers and drug dealers,” Bruno said. He said they have submitted Freedom of Information Act requests with 10 different agencies Filippi may have interacted with. He’s also trying to get a hearing on his case at the Board of Immigration Appeals in Virginia. To Bruno, the process right now is a mess. “Why they put him on a 30-day leash is hard to explain, when they’re giving oneyear and six-month extensions to other persons in similar conditions. I think they just want to make an example out of him,” Bruno said. And as he sees it, an S-Visa would be an easy solution since Filippi should have had that to begin with. “And it’s a mystery as to why we’re spending all this energy with the courts, with ICE, with border patrol, when this could so easily be resolved,” Bruno said.

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For eight years, Linda Paquette was president and CEO of New Futures, a Concord advocacy group that primarily focused on alcohol and drug treatment availability, and now also focuses on health care policy and early child care issues. A couple months after retiring at the end of 2017, Paquette looks back on her time there. Can you tell us about your background? I grew up in a very small town of northwest New Jersey. … I then decided to go to law school and came to New Hampshire to go to UNH Law, which was then Franklin Pierce Law Center. I was in the third graduating class of UNH Law and it was a terrific experience. … I was a public defender for a number of years here in New Hampshire. … Then I taught at the law school, at UNH Law, for about 13 or 14 years. … After that, I did a lot of consulting for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, came back and took a job at the Department of Health and Human Services, organizing and then managing their administrative appeals unit. I stayed at the department for almost 14 years doing a number of things. … I left [DHHS] for the best job in the world, and that was coming to lead New Futures. What were the biggest challenges you and the organization faced during your tenure? We at New Futures sort of saw the handwriting on the wall about our state being vulnerable to having a really significant issue with substance use disorder. … The conditions were ripe for a significant issue. ... We had very high rates of youth substance use, we as a state did not invest enough in prevention and treatment and recovery, we were second to last in the country to have a prescription drug monitoring program, … physicians were prescribing opioids at very high rates. … And we are on a major traffic route that allowed for the transport of drugs into our state. What are some of the things that you’re proud the organization was able to accomplish over the past few years? [About three years ago], we held a rally at the Statehouse. At the time, the previous year there had been [about] 326 deaths by overdose. … It is the die-in. To bring about 300 people to the Statehouse wearing yellow shirts … to come out and be willing to talk about their own recovery and … talk with policymakers, it was pretty impressive and I think it ultimately made a difference in the budget for that year. … The passage of Medicaid expansion. [It was] so important

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Right now, it seems like we did a rapid build-up for treatment and recovery but certain pieces are Courtesy photo. crumbling. Serenity Place in Manchester went into receivership last year and Hope for NH Recovery recently announced it’s closing four of its five centers. What do you think is going on? I’m not faulting anyone for trying to build that infrastructure quickly to try to address the [opioid epidemic], but sometimes when that happens, appropriate managerial safeguards are not in place. [DHHS] I think did its best to expand available treatment options in the state, but the department itself is strapped and has lost a lot of positions over the years. When I worked at the department, in the Division of Behavioral Health, we had contract managers … [to] make sure everything was on track around their funding and their finances and so forth. … There wasn’t that kind of support necessarily available to these new treatment providers — treatment providers who previously only contracted with the State of New Hampshire. They had not been Medicaid providers. The billing is different and the way you receive reimbursement for your services is completely different, and it was a huge culture shift for the field of alcohol and drug treatment. And I think it’s to be expected that there were some issues along the way.

What does New Futures need to focus on moving forward? Really focusing on prevention is the way to go. It’s the most cost-effective approach to the issue and really, focusing on prenatal through early childhood. … We have to make sure our children are getting a good start. … [My successor Michele Merritt] is smart, she is savvy and knows the health policy, alcohol and drug policy, early childhood policy inside and out. And I think it was a very wise decision on the part of our board — it certainly thrilled me — that they wanted to engage Michele.

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Board game day

Rep. Kristina Schultz has sponsored a bill to declare April 7 Tabletop Gaming Day that passed the House last Thursday and will now go to the Senate, the AP reported. New Hampshire has seen increased popularity and growing industry with tabletop games and is home to multiple game manufacturers, gaming clubs and a tabletop gaming cafe coming soon. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Granite Game Summit, an event focused on promoting social, open board gaming in New Hampshire, will be held at the Courtyard Marriott in Nashua March 9 through March 11.

Electric rates reduced

New Hampshire’s largest utility, Eversource, has announced a fourmonth reduction in energy costs for its customers effective April 1, as it shifts to buying power from the wholesale energy market, the AP reported. The request to reduce rates to a fixed rate of 7.9 cents per kilowatt hour was approved by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and will be reviewed and adjusted twice a year. QOL Score: +1 Comment: The typical residential customer consuming 600 kilowatt hours monthly would see a reduction of $9.30, or 7.5 percent, from $123.64 to $114.34.

Hope for NH Recovery closing four centers

The state’s largest addiction recovery provider, Hope for NH Recovery, announced it is closing four of its five recovery centers in the state due to a lack of funds. The AP reported support for the Manchester center, which will remain open, has been strong, but the other communities couldn’t keep up with their costs. The organization is funded primarily from donations by businesses and individuals. The four centers are set to be closed by the end of February. QOL Score: -1 Comment: The four satellite locations are in Concord, Claremont, Franklin and Berlin.

Dartmouth grant to treat pregnant women

Dartmouth-Hitchcock was awarded $2.7 million under the 21st Century Cures Act to help obstetrical practices statewide screen and treat pregnant women suffering from substance use disorder, specifically with opioids, according to a press release. In 2015, nearly 8 percent of all babies born to state residents at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon were diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The two-year federal grant helps Dartmouth to assist seven maternity care practices across the state to develop medication-assisted treatment programs for pregnant and newly postpartum women. QOL Score: +1 Comment: Each program will provide access to Suboxone, treatment, counseling, recovery coaching and case management. QOL score: 64 Net change: +2 QOL this week: 66 What’s affecting your Quality of Life here in New Hampshire? Let us know at


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The sports world gone mad — Part III NCAA Basketball Investigation Kicks Up Some Real Dirt: If Congress is the first swamp needing to be drained, NCAA basketball is the second. We said when its latest scandal broke last fall that it was the tip of the iceberg. More of the iceberg was revealed last week by Yahoo! Sports, which reported FBI wiretaps allegedly have Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to five-star recruit DeAndre Ayton. The report also said the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption implicates 20 programs, including North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas, for providing improper to illegal recruiting benefits. Some are of the ticky-tacky free dinner variety, but others were for major cash payments and more. This has been going on since the beginning of time. There was Kentucky’s point-shaving scandal in the early ’50s and paying off Chris Mills in the late ’80s, rogue booster Sam Gilbert helping fuel the UCLA glory years, the Fab 5-era booster payoffs to Chris Webber and others at Michigan, Memphis’ alleged grade-fixing for Derek Rose and Coach Cal’s other fiasco with Marcus Camby and agents at UMass, academic cheating at supposedly pristine North Carolina and many, many other regular violations at places like Syracuse and UConn. So who thinks it ever will stop? Pitino Whining Again: The first major name to go down in the scandal was Rick Pitino. Anyone around him in Boston, as I was, knows he’s a major crybaby. My favorite was listening to him say after any Celtics loss, “We don’t make excuses,” and then he’d make about 14 of them — “we’re too young, we have no experience, we’re too small,” yada, yada, yada. Not to mention the famed Parish-McHale-Bird

“walking through that door” incident. I always attributed it to two things: first, he’d been deified while Kentucky basketball coach by legions of misguided fans (and media); second, he was flummoxed because he’d never failed before and didn’t know how to act doing so in Boston. But at the heart, he’s really someone who thinks the world revolves around him and can’t take responsibility when something bad happens. So in the wake of losing his job for his program allegedly paying off a high ceiling recruit, he’s suing Louisville for breach of contract because, he says, he didn’t do anything. Just as the Celtics were too young, inexperienced, etc. It’s never about Rick, it always someone else being unfair. Got it. Trey Wingnut scolds Mrs. Brady For Being a Mother: In the aftermath of the SB loss to the Eagles, Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen was overheard telling her distraught daughter that sometimes you have to “let” the other team win. Since this is the social media age where anonymous tough guys roam, Twitter was aglow with nitwits picking up on that, led by idiot ESPN’er Trey Wingo scolding her by saying no one “let” Philly win, they earned it. Earth to Trey: A mom comforting a crying five-year-old sometimes don’t use the most precise words. Picking on someone in that circumstance make you feel like a tough guy, did it? Brady’s Tom-vs.-Time Hoo-Ha: On to more social media nonsense. Haven’t seen Tom vs. Time. Not interested in doing so. But, while much of New England gave it a fawning reception, the takeaway outside the region focused on Brady kissing his son on the lips. The implication being he did something wrong. By taking to social media, it’s true he courted its reaction. Which was OK where he plays, not OK where he doesn’t. Most likely because he usually beats their team like a drum, so they take to social media for a beatdown

on a family issue. Tell me sports “fandom” hasn’t gone mad. No Whites Allowed in Black History Month: Hard not to notice the hoo-ha following an appreciative Tweet from the Boston Police Department during Black History Month about Rick Auerbach’s role in the NBA’s integration. It met with indignant responses as losing mayoral candidate Tito Jackson called it “tone deaf” and the NAACP’s local chapter called honoring a white man for hiring a black person during Black History Month “perplexing and sad.” Sorry folks, what’s sad is the desire by some to paint over black history as just being about black people. Especially when Webster defines history as the whole series of past events connected with someone or something. From Harriet Tubman to Martin Luther King to Rosa Parks to Larry Doby, Joe Louis and Jackie Robinson in sports, there certainly are many African-Americans to justifiably honor each year. But not recognizing what Red did because he’s white is wrong, revisionism, or even a reverse form of racism. He did more than just “hire” a black person. He had the courage to swim against the tide in a racist city during a racist time to hire the best person for the job when it was bad business to do so, particularly when the Celtics were struggling to financially survive. And by being the first to draft a black player (Chuck Cooper), having the first all-black starting five and naming Bill Russell as the first African-American head coach since 1920 he impacted the evolution toward real equality in a very positive way. As Branch Rickey and Happy Chandler did in baseball and Abraham Lincoln, with others, in a much larger way to end slavery. So while none of that should overshadow the contributions of great African-Americans, you can’t sweep it away either, because all of it is part of the black history story. Email

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Two stay undefeated The Big Story: Two Greater Manchester basketball teams completed 18-0 regular seasons last week. The Bedford Girls got there first with a 65-23 thumping of Winnacunnet when Mia Roy had 18 points. It didn’t come quite as easily for the Derryfield boys, who were down 14 points in the third quarter to Epping, before roaring back for a 62-52 win behind Cody Bournival’s 15-point night. Sports 101: On this day in 1996 this man became the ninth coach to win 1,000 NBA games. Name him and the eight others in the 1,000-win club. Career Milestone of the Week: It’s one thing to get your 1,000th career point in the flow of a game, but when you do it on a 34-point night and then pour in 40 points more the next night, as local lad Jourdain Bell did last weekend, that’s like kicking the door in to seize it. The Bishop Brady product did just that as Colby-Sawyer advanced twice in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs over Castleton and Hudson before falling in the final to New England College. Is That All She Wrote? That’s the question being asked in local basketball circles after SNHU was eliminated by Southern Con-

necticut 76-74 from the NE-10 playoffs on a buzzer-beater on Friday. At 15-12 the Penmen aren’t going to NCAA playoffs. And with Stan Spirou in year-to-year mode, that means it may have been the final game of his outstanding Central-SNHU coaching career. Sports 101 Answer: The 1,000-win club for NBA coaches includes Don Nelson (1,335), Lenny Wilkins (1,332), Jerry Sloan (1,221), Pat Riley (1,210), Gregg Popovich (1,185), George Karl (1,175), Phil Jackson (1,155), Larry Brown (1,098) and Rick Adelman (1,042). If you’re wondering: Jackson has the best winning percentage at .704, followed by Pop (.697) and Riley (.636). On This Date – March 1 in 1972: The great Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in NBA history ,to score 30,000 points. It added to his unending list of NBA records which also includes single-game records for points scored (100) and rebounds (55), singleseason records for points scored and average per game (4,029 and 50.4), and rebounds and average per game (2,149 and 27.2). Also in 1,045 NBA games he never fouled out, and in 1961-62 astonishingly he averaged more minutes per game — 48.5 — than there are in a game! 120039

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11 – Pinkerton players to score as the team moved to 15-2 with a 68-25 win over Trinity when Amanda Lemire had a game-high 15 points for the Astros hoopsters. 20 – game-high points scored by Lyric Grumblatt as Memorial ended the regular season at 15-3 with a 69-58 win over Exeter when Jennessa Brunette was next

highest with 13. 26 & 16 – points and rebounds double-double for Kyle Lorenzen as the SNHU women moved on in the NE-10 basketball playoffs with a 76-62 win over St. Rose. 25 – game-high points from Kyler Bosse as the Central basketball team moved to 11-5 with an 82-59 win over Nashua South. 44 – combined points

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by Chris Walters (24) and Daquaise Andrews (20) as SNHU closed its regular season with a 79-75 win over Assumption. 63 – combined points from Chris Paul (25), Cody Ball (19) and Tim Guers (19) as St. Anselm moved on to Wednesday’s NE-10 basketball semi-final match-up vs. Bentley with a 93-86 win over Southern Connecticut.

Rick Pitino: Defrocked coach who went 102-146 with the Celtics before slinking away when the team was on the road. After recent events he may want to re-title his self-absorbed book Success is a Choice, to add So is Failure. The Parish-McHale-Bird Incident: Famed post-game press conference rant by Rick Pitino, brought on by an insane game-winning 40-foot shot by Vince Carter with Adrian Griffin draped all over him, in which Pitino launched into a deranged outburst aimed at fans pining for the ’80s glory days, saying the Big Three “wasn’t coming through that door and if they were, they’d be old and gray.” Abraham Lincoln: Caucasian president with the cool name (our current president will never attain) Honest Abe. He figures in black history for being the driving force behind ending slavery, an action, thanks to John Wilkes Booth, that cost him his life. Happy Chandler: Senator who succeeded Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis when he died in office after keeping baseball lily white for 40 years as commissioner. Chandler, to the contrary, gave Branch Rickey the go-ahead to bring Jackie Robinson to Brooklyn over the objections of baseball’s other 15 owners, a surprising decision for a good old boy sent to Congress by voters in Kentucky. Larry Doby: Cleveland Indians slugger and African-American baseball pioneer. It’s perplexing he gets zero recognition, even though he integrated the AL just three months after Jackie Robinson played his first game in Brooklyn in April, 1947.

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How comics-lovers and movie buffs use their fandom for good causes

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Local fans of superheroes, Jedi Knights, pirates, Ghostbusters, Disney princesses and more are playing dress-up, and in the process these “costume players” — better known as cosplayers — are helping save the world. As cosplaying has grown into a more popular hobby in recent years, a number of organizations have formed that make it easier for cosplayers to give back to their communities with super strength and super speed. “Cosplay has kind of changed in the last few years where it’s a lot broader now,” said Kyle Stark, a cosplayer based in Connecticut who moonlights as Iron Man when he isn’t holding down a job at a CNC machine shop. Stark — using his show name after Iron HIPPO | MARCH 1 - 7, 2018 | PAGE 12

Man’s alter-ego Tony Stark — is one of the leaders of a New England-wide group called the Hero Army. Here’s a look at that group, plus some of the other area cosplay groups that have that superhero spirit.

(Find them at, Twitter @HeroArmyCosplay or Instagram @heroarmycosplay) The independent New England group that calls itself the Hero Army specializes in comic book heroes, according to Pat Covey, a local cosplay event organizer who coordinates with many of these cosplay organizations for things like Granite State Comic Con in Manchester and MASSive Comic Con in Worcester, Mass. “[These events] have a huge amount of people all in different superhero costumes.

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No duplicates, so that way kids can see their favorite heroes that they don’t get to usually see,” Covey said. “So you’re going to see Spider-Man, you’re going to see Iron Man, you’re going to see Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman. All those characters all in one place at one time.” Stark said when the group first started out around 2012, cosplayers would show up with less planning and there would be situations where kids wouldn’t like seeing two different people playing Batman.They learned from that and now make sure to have every unique hero listed on the roster for events. Over the years, Stark said, he’s seen groups like his become more mainstream. “We kinda started it for fun back when big cosplay groups weren’t the norm, as they are now,” Stark said. They still do it for fun, but they also do good work for charity. It’s still an informal club, without any membership dues, and it isn’t a registered nonprofit. Aside from the odd raffle at events, they don’t usually collect money themselves. They partner with organizations like Autism Speaks who have representatives do the fundraising alongside them.

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named Jubileena Bing-Bing. They said they intend to dress up with her for each con in the future. But to Ella, cosplaying is about more than winning awards. Steven said it’s about being able to interact with fellow fans and be treated like everyone else. “She’s incorporated with everybody else who’s dressed up as well,” Steven said. “Everybody likes to come over and say ‘hi’ to her and it’s like she’s just one of them and her disability gets completely overlooked. It’s not about her in her wheelchair, it’s about her having fun with everybody else.” Next year, Ella is thinking about being Spider-Gwen in a spider web or Princess Elsa in an ice castle, but she may come up with more ideas. As of press time, Spider-Man is still her favorite superhero.

And volunteer cosplayers will show up for walks for various causes and visit area children’s hospitals. “When it comes to charity, we don’t want to make it about us,” Stark said. When they work with kids, they stay in character. Stark said the children often ask them questions about the movies, or recognize relatively obscure characters, so the cosplayers need to be up on their trivia. “They keep you on your toes,” he said. He said there are currently about 50 to 60 regular members of the group across New England with costumes for about 140 characters. Stark and many of the other members are based in Connecticut but he said there are also members based in New Hampshire.

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Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes, each with different abilities. That’s a lesson Steven and Cristle Gordon of Hudson try to teach their daughter Ella every day. Ella is six years old and uses a motorized wheelchair because she has spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA. A few years ago she developed an interest in Spider-Man, which gave rise to an interest in all sorts of comic superheroes. Steven said they didn’t know much about them before Ella became interested. “She’s gotten us into it,” he said. When they go to Boston Children’s Hospital, they all wear superhero T-shirts. “We often use superheroes to help her understand how SMA affects her body but also how it gives her superpowers. And also, when we go to the hospital and she gets treatments and stuff, how those are like the super serum that Captain America gets,” Cristle said. Pretty soon that interest in superheroes naturally evolved into an interest in cosplaying. For her first Granite State Comic Con in 2015, she came dressed as baby Groot, from Guardians of the Galaxy. The wheelchair is always incorporated into the costume in creative ways. In the case of Groot, it was the pot that Groot was planted in. Then in 2016 she won the kids cosplay contest at Granite State Comic Con when she dressed as Wonder Woman with an invisible plane made entirely of balloons. She retained her title in 2017 when she came dressed as Vanellope Von Schweetz with her candy race car from Wreck-It Ralph. That year, Steven, who is a facilities maintenance man for a pediatric nursing home, dressed as Fix-It Felix. And Cristle was another candy car racer

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Since Stark made his first Iron Man suit in 2012, he hasn’t stopped making armor sets. He has made seven armor outfits, mostly for Iron Man but also for Pepper Potts and Iron Heart for female cosplayers to wear. “It’s all made out of EVA foam and Plasti Dip,” Stark said. The EVA foam, he said, is available online or at craft stores like Hobby Lobby. The Plasti Dip, which comes in a can, is sold at Home Depot or Walmart. “I apply a lot of what I know as a machinist to trying to maintain building five or six armors at one time,” Stark said. While Carlson mostly uses his two Captain America outfits (the newest being the one seen in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie) he also has costumes for Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled and Fred from Scooby Doo. He made both of those costumes from scratch. Carlson said growing up with a single mother and grandmother who sewed a lot helped him to pick up that skill early on. And YouTube how-to videos help with the rest. He’s even made boots by salvaging the soles of old shoes and sewing cloth and pleather patterns together onto the soles. Right now, he’s trying to learn how to make his own Captain America shield by molding plastics. Covey is often involved in judging costume contests and he said that, besides accuracy and attention to detail, one of the biggest things judges grade cosplayers on is how much of the costume was homemade; the more you make yourself, the more the judges like Covey will be impressed.

been cosplaying for the last year and a half, mostly as Captain America, but he wanted a way to give back to the community. He saw joining CausePlay New England as a good way to do that. On its Facebook page, the group describes itself as a “volunteer organization committed to uniting cosplayers with communities around New England to make a difference.” They visit kids in hospitals and attend charity events. Carlson said they also participate in the Special Olympics and Kids Con New England, which will be in the Nashua Radisson on June 10.

(Find them at, Facebook. com/501neg or Twitter @NEG) Erich Shafer is the commanding officer of two Star Wars-themed cosplay groups. He said there are 167 members throughout New England and they have added to their ranks in recent years. “Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, we’ve seen membership grow exponentially due to the movie-every-year strategy that they seem to have employed,” Shafer said. “A lot more people seem to want to come out and play plastic spaceman.” The 501st Legion New England Garrison focuses on the baddies: Imperial soldiers, Sith lords, bounty hunters and the like. Alderaan Base focuses on the good guys: Jedi Knights, clone troopers, X-wing pilots and more. The Garrison is a local chapter of the international cosplay group the 501st Legion, which has been around since the late 1990s, while Alderaan Base is an offshoot of the light-side club, the Rebel Legion. The organizations are therefore a bit more formalized than many other cosplay groups, with a charter, officers and rules. To become a member of the 501st, you

start out as a “cadet” and work, often with the help of existing members, to create your first costume, such as the armor set of a stormtrooper. The costume needs to meet certain requirements to be canonically accurate and screen-ready. After that, you need only attend one event per year with the costume in order to maintain membership. And you must be over 18 to join. Costumes can range widely in cost. Some stormtrooper costumes can be bought and assembled for only $300 but Shafer said he’s seen people pay up to $3,000 to make sure it’s the highest-quality armor possible. Shafer, who has been a part of the 501st for 10 years, said charity volunteer work is woven into the ethos of the group. “We’ve done a lot of events throughout New England. Everything from cancer walks to walks for autism to raising money for different charities,” Shafer said. “Especially in New Hampshire, our main focus and our main alliance has been Make-A-Wish.” He said they do everything from granting wishes to showing up for breakfasts and lunches or seeing wish recipients off as they board their flight to Disney World. For one wish recipient, a Portsmouth teenager named Cole, the group created a clone trooper outfit for the boy, who had brain cancer. Cole has since showed up to events with the group and Shafer said they consider him a little brother to the Garrison. Usually, organizations like Make-AWish reach out to the 501st when they want to hire their help. And the group doesn’t get paid a cent for its services. “As part of our alliance with Lucasfilm and Disney, we take no money for our services,” Shafer said. “We get paid in happiness and an occasional lunch.” Sometimes they step in to help with special events even when they aren’t called. Recently, a 69-year-old Air Force veteran named Ron Villemaire, who had terminal colon cancer and was receiving hospice

care at a nursing home in Bedford, wanted to watch the newest Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, before he died. But there were complications getting him to a movie theater. The local fire department stepped in to make the arrangements and when that was reported in the news, a 501st member read about it. Shafer said the group immediately wanted to help out. “We saw somebody who had a love of Star Wars. We have a love of Star Wars and felt a kinship and believed that this was doing right for somebody … who was going through a negative experience and we had an opportunity to bring some positivity into their life,” Shafer said. They called up the family, the fire department and the theater to make the necessary arrangements. And when the day came to watch the movie, Darth Vader and four stormtroopers greeted him at the nursing home and about 24 characters escorted him through the theater when he arrived. Villemaire died a month later. Shafer said the 501st is also a community that comes together to help fellow members when they need help with something, whether it’s constructing a new costume or just helping someone move to a new home. “We take a lot of pride in what we do. We’re always looking for more people to join us. If you have a love of Star Wars and you are interested in raising money with good people, we’d love to meet you,” Shafer said.

(Find them at or email ghostbustersnh@ Jonny Ruckus of Auburn is the answer to the question: Who you gonna call? He and a small group of friends are Ghostbusters, with outfits and props straight out of the 16 1984 movie starring Bill Murray.


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15 “We basically dress up as ourselves, so our name tags have our own last names on it,” Ruckus said. He and a few other guys created their costumes and proton packs (the bulky equipment they wear on their backs) in 2009. Ruckus said when they wore them in public in Salem, Mass., during Halloween that year, they got a lot of attention and everyone wanted to take pictures with them. Then, that same night, they met a guy with a Back to the Future Delorean time machine who was raising money for charity. The Ghostbusters looked at each other and thought this was something they could do too. They even went as far as creating the Ecto-1 car with a Chevy HHR. Ruckus, who is a graphic designer, made the logo and painted the car. They had a welding shop attach the rack to the top of the roof, which is wired for a blue light bar and a sound system. There’s even a motor for a rotating device called a “sniffer.” And it all just started out as a craft-making hobby. “We never really intended to wear costumes. We just wanted to own props from the movies and have them in our house,” Ruckus said. Now there are four core members, about seven total in New Hampshire, he said. They’ve since built other big props for photos such as a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a giant portrait of Vigo the Carpathian. He said it’s not cheap to make the proton packs. His cost him about $5,000 and he worked on it for two years. Cheaper versions can run you between $1,500 to $2,000. Other things like belt gizmos and goggles are less necessary than the proton pack, he said. Covey said there are Ghostbusters groups in about every New England state now.

Ruckus said the New Hampshire group does charity work with a few different groups such as The One Fund, the Red Cross and area children’s hospitals. “Our go-to is usually Make-A-Wish,” Ruckus said. Usually, they collect donations for charities from people who want their picture taken with the Ghostbusters. People can get pictures for free, but the cosplayers kindly ask for donations. They also do raffles.

(Find them at, or Twitter @ thenebpirates) If space soldiers or superheroes aren’t your thing, you could try living the pirate’s life. Brandon Berry of Manchester had been a member of the 501st Legion for about two or three years when he started to dress like a pirate for events. “I’ve been dressing up as Jack Sparrow for over 10 years now,” Berry said. He started the group six years ago, inspired by his experience with the Legion, and the pirates have been around ever since. After briefly having official membership, he opened it up to anyone who wants to participate. All that’s needed is a periodaccurate pirate costume, or as accurate as something from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and an interest in volunteering for a good cause. Members must be at least 18 years old and attend at least three events per year, not counting parades. He said the group can number anywhere between around four and 35 at a comic convention. At the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston, he expects as many as 50 to 60 pirates to march with him. About

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20 of them also march in the Manchester Christmas Parade. He often raises money through donations in a treasure chest while people take photos with them or play games like sword fighting on a suspended wooden plank. They’ve built some elaborate backdrop props for photos that include a big ship wheel. “I do a lot of charity through a lot of comic cons,” Berry said. Usually comic cons are raising money for a charity themselves. Granite State Comic Con often partners with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, for example. They’ve also volunteered for events that raised funds for Toys 4 Tots and a fund called Live for Liv, which raised money for domestic violence prevention efforts. Recently, Berry and a partner have started a for-profit venture called Feature Presentations, where they sell $5 selfies with a Stranger Things-themed backdrop with the Christmas lights alphabet on the wall, or $10 for a printed picture. Some of the money from that will also be donated to charity and help to fund the Brethren’s expenses.

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Friday, March 2

Vince Giordano brings the music of the Jazz Age to modern ears (and sometimes modern TV and film, as you can see from his IMDB page) and is the focus of the documentary Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past (NR, 2016) which is screening tonight at 7 p.m. at NHTI (Sweeney Hall Auditorium, 31 College Drive in Concord, Admission is open to the public with a $5 suggested donation (free for NHTI students).

The New Hampshire State Home Show opens today and runs through Sunday, March 4, at the Radisson Hotel (700 Elm St. in Manchester, The event features more than 300 vendors as well as demonstrations and seminars related to home builders, home products and services and New England artisans and craft foods. The show is open from 1 to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Look for a Lego build contest Saturday and Sunday mornings. Tickets cost $9 for adults; kids under 12 get in for free.

Eat: Indonesian cuisine Enjoy a three-course Indonesian meal along with music at the Indonesian Culinary Night on Friday, March 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Somersworth Vocational Center (12 Memorial Drive in Somersworth). Tickets cost $25 per person. See

Sunday, March 4

Cheer on your favorite film at Red River Theatres’ (11 S. Main St. in Concord, 2244600, annual Red Carpet Oscar Party tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $60 and include appetizers, music and dancing at neighboring O Steaks and Seafood. Then head to the theater to watch the awards ceremony and enjoy some treats. For more Oscar fun, see Amy Diaz’s picks and predictions on page 40.

Drink: Local beer with dinner Brookstone Event Center (14 Route 111 in Derry;, 328-9255) will host a four-course meal paired with beers from Henniker Brewing Co., Kelsen Brewing Co. and Pipe Dream Brewing on Friday, March 2, from 6 to 9 p.m. The meal costs $60 per person; call for reservations.

Wednesday, March 7

Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss and Stone Building: How to Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way, will discuss these local landscape features and how they were built today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Wadleigh Memorial Library (49 Nashua St. in Milford; wadleighlibrary. org, 249-0645).

Be Merry: With a free movie Give blood, get a ticket: that’s the deal on Friday, March 2, at O’Neil Cinemas in Brickyard Square (24 Calef Highway, Epping,, which will be hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All donors will receive a free movie pass to any O’Neil Cinemas location. Appointments are encouraged; go to to make an appointment (sponsor code ONEILCINEMAS).

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ARTS Cartoon and catastrophe

The Simpsons goes post-apocalypse in Mr. Burns By Angie Sykeny

A purposefully bizarre new play that brings The Simpsons into a post-apocalyptic world will see its New Hampshire premiere when theatre KAPOW presents Mr. Burns, a postelectric play, opening March 2 at the Shepard Auditorium in Derry. The first act opens on a group of survivors after a nuclear catastrophe has wiped out the electrical grid and much of the population. Sitting around a fire, they find solace from their grim reality by reminiscing about The Simpsons, particularly the “Cape Feare” episode, a spoof on the 1962 film Cape Fear. The second act follows the same group seven years later as they form a theater troupe and perform Simpsons episodes, commercials and all, to the best of their recollection. “It’s a dark comedy for sure,” director Matt Cahoon said. “The way [the survivors] remember the episodes and commercials is hilariously funny, but it’s all against the backdrop of a major event that wiped out the population, so there’s a darkness to it.” In the third and final act, set 75 years after the second act, the theatrical Simpsons reenactments have evolved into a fully staged operetta with a mashup of references to preapocalypse pop culture. “It’s very disjointed,” Cahoon said. “There’s something interesting about how a tale told several times over many decades Mr. Burns, a post-electric play Where: Shepard Auditorium, Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry When: Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors 62+ More info:

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warps and changes, like a game of ‘telephone.’ The comedy of the original Simpsons episode is still there, but more broadly, it has become a story about the wrongs of mankind and how it led to this nuclear event.” The score in the third act combines the Simpsons theme song with music and dancing inspired by classic hits like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and “Bye Bye Bye” by NSYNC. Complex a cappella harmonies are mixed with crude piano, guitar and percussion accompaniment. “It’s a tricky score — very limited and skeletal, with a lot of overlapping pieces,” musical director Candace Gatzoulis said, “but it’s interesting to see how people’s memories of music transcend time, and how the connections between those pieces turn into this full-scale musical.” Not commonly used as a theater performance venue, Shepard Auditorium is a 1950s-era decommissioned gymnasium on

the campus of Pinkerton Academy, purposefully chosen by theatre KAPOW to enhance the mood of the play. “We liked the idea of the actors in the play finding this old gymnasium to perform in rather than an actual theater space,” Cahoon said. “It adds another level of complexity and gives our audience a different kind of experience.” One of the most intensive elements of the play, Cahoon said, is the costumes, which progress from post-apocalyptic, “Walking Dead-style” attire in the first act to Simpsons costumes, complete with wigs and masks, in Act 3. Cahoon and his crew have spent many hours building, texturing and painting 14 papier mache masks. The challenge, he said, is creating Simpsons costumes that are “slightly off,” as the characters in the play have a waning recollection of what the Simpsons actually looked like. “[The Simpsons] are still so present in our culture. They’re one Google search away,”

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Cahoon said. “Every time we sit down to work on the masks, someone will say, ‘I can’t quite remember what [the Simpsons character] looks like,’ and our first impulse is to pull out our phones, when, in fact, we should just go by what we remember rather than strict adherence to what they look like, because [in the play], they’re just a faded memory.” Mr. Burns is the second of three productions in theatre KAPOW’s 10th anniversary season “Faith and Story” series. The plays chosen explore faith in humanity or a higher power and provide insight on how storytelling contributes to the human experience, and Mr. Burns “fits perfectly” with that theme, Cahoon said. “[The characters in the play] are very active storytellers who have lost faith in humanity, but grab onto a cultural mythology,” he said. “It really speaks to human resilience and how people manage to survive, with entertainment being a central part of human existence.”



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• Exploring addiction: Theater of War presents the Addiction Performance Project at the Stockbridge Theatre (44 N. Main St., Derry) on Wednesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. The show uses readings of Act 3 of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night as a catalyst for town hall discussions about addiction as it affects patients, their families and health professionals. Each reading will be followed by a panel discussion led by a diverse panel of community experts. The show features renowned actors from film and television, including David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck., Lincoln, The Bourne Ultimatum), Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Oz, What About Bob?) and Alex Morf (The Good Wife, Of Mice and Men, Mindhunter). Tickets cost $10 to $32. Call 437-5210 or visit • Guys only: The Majestic Theatre presents a musical dinner theater show, Beer for Breakfast, at the Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester) on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 4, at 1:30 p.m. The comedy, written by Sean Grennan, follows a group of middle-aged buddies who reunite for a “guys’ weekend” in a snowedin cabin. A battle of the sexes ensues when the wife of an absent friend shows up at the cabin. Tickets cost $42 for the Friday and Saturday shows and $38 for the Sunday show.

Theater Auditions/open calls • FRINGE SEACOAST Seeking performers for a new summer arts festival. Applications accepted through March 1. Dover, NH Dover., Visit • SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD AUDITIONS Community Players of Concord production. Sun., March 11, and Mon., March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Community Players Studio, 435 Josiah Bartlett Road, Concord. Visit Productions • BLACK TUESDAY - A WHIMSICAL LOOK AT THE GREAT DEPRESSION A musical comedy by George Hosker-Bouley. Feb. 23 through March 11. West End Theater, 959 Islington St., Portsmouth. Tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for students, seniors and military. Call 978-683-7745.

Mandolin Festival player Marla Fibish. Courtesy photo.

Call 669-7469 or visit • Mandolin concerts: Concord’s 16th annual March Mandolin Festival returns with concerts on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at The Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket) and Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Concord Community Music School (23 Wall St., Concord). Performers will include renowned mandolin player Marla Fibish, Will Patton of Vermont, Matt Shipman of Maine, and Concord Community Music School Folk Department chair David Surette, plus special guests polystylist Bruce Victor and folk singer and guitarist Susie Burke. They will play a broad range of styles, such as bluegrass, Celtic, classical, New England, folk and blues. The cost for The Stone Church concert is $10 in advance or $12 the day of the show, and the cost for the music school concert is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The festival also features mandolin workshops, which still have a few spaces left, on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, at Concord Community Music School. Visit or call 228-1196. — Angie Sykeny

• GREASE The Palace Theatre presents. Feb. 23 through March 18. Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. , Manchester. $25 for children ages 6 through 12, $39 to $46 for adults. Visit • THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME The Seacoast Repertory Theatre presents. Feb. 9 through March 4. 125 Bow St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $16 to $38. Visit or call 433-4472. • I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE Lend Me A Theater presents. March 2 through March 18. Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $17 dollars for adults, $14 for members, seniors and students, Visit • ADDICTION PERFORMANCE PROJECT Theater of War presents. Wed., March 7, 7 p.m. Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry. Visit • LEADING LADIES Bedford

Off Broadway presents. March 9 through March 18. Bedford Old Town Hall, 2 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. $10 to $12. Visit • MADAGASCAR - A MUSICAL ADVENTURE JR. Kids Coop Theatre presents. Fri., March 9, 7 p.m., and Sat., March 10, 1 and 6 p.m. Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. $14. Visit • KEARSARGE CONSERVATORY OF PERFORMING ARTS A celebration of dance, drama, music, acting, and musical theatre by Award winning students and talented instructors. Sat., March 10. Whipple Hall , 25 Seamans Road, New London . Visit • AESOP’S FABLES The Junior Service League of Concord presents. Fri., March 23, 7 p.m., and Sat., March 24, 1 p.m. St. Paul’s School, 325 Pleasant St., Concord. Suggested donation $7 or $5 with a non-perishable food item. Visit

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Different dimensions

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Amor Caritas, 1898, plaster.

Makerspace artist exhibits mixed media paintings

To Tiphereth Andre Bertolino art. Courtesy photo.

By Angie Sykeny

Mixed media artist Andre Bertolino joined Manchester Makerspace six months ago to pursue a longtime dream of building his own sailboat. After many hours working in the space, however, he felt like something was missing. “The pure, unadulterated desolation of the white walls began to bother me,” he said. “I realized I had a surplus of artwork at home that I could easily transport there.” Now, the walls of nearly every room in the Makerspace are adorned with Bertolino’s art as he prepares for a one-day solo exhibition, “Dimensional,” to be held there on Saturday, March 2. The exhibition will feature almost his entire body of work, which includes more than 50 paintings created over many years, some as far back as 2001. There will be live musical accompaniment, and wine, fruit and cheese will be served. Bertolino works with a wide variety of media, including oil paint, acrylic paint and watercolor; stencils and spray paint and linocuts; asphalt and roofing tar; and, his newest endeavor, ultraviolet reactive paint. Many of his paintings are done on canvases “made out of garbage,” he said, like cereal boxes and a piece of a tree stump he found on the side of the road. “[The exhibit] looks like it has a number of artists; you wouldn’t think one person did all this,” he said. “I’m always experimenting with new styles. Once I master a style, I get bored of it and I move on. I’m always trying to learn new things.” Bertolino’s art covers all kinds of subject matter, from a tree designed with a fractal pat“Dimensional” - Andre Bertolino exhibition


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tern to a maze inspired by a story in Greek mythology. His goal, he said, is to consistently push his own boundaries, and to “evoke bizarre feelings from my audience.” The source of his inspiration is often difficult to pinpoint. “I’ve found that it is possible to explore many foreign ideas through art,” he said. “I just go into a trance sometimes. I feel like it’s not really me [painting], but something else that’s working through me.” Most of Bertolino’s recent art is done using stencils, which he carves out of paper with a craft knife. For large canvases, he converts the stencil to a Photoshop image and has it printed out in a larger size at a copy shop. One stenciled piece in the exhibition that Bertolino is especially proud of, he said, is a UV reactive painting of a robot. “It looks good in the UV light and in natural light,” he said. “It’s thought-provoking and complex, and its surface is textured and has a presence to it.” Even across many different media and subject matters, Bertolino’s work reveals a signature artistic style, primarily through the way in which he uses color and form. “I think my work has polish,” he said. “The edges are sharp, the paint is very saturated, and it looks like [the work of] both someone trained as an architect and someone trained in advertising.” Bertolino developed an interest in art at a young age. By the second grade, he said, it was apparent that he had “a gift for imagining three-dimensional objects in space, aboveaverage dexterity and a unique perspective that allows for objectivity.” While growing up in upstate New York, he would often take the train into Manhattan to visit art galleries and learn all he could about art. He took a few art classes in high school and college but is largely self-taught. His lack of formal training, he said, is proof that anyone can be an artist. “I think I inspire a lot of people to make more art,” he said. “My message is, ‘If I can do it, you can do it, and maybe I can show you how with my art.’”



• Sculpture exhibition: The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester) will celebrate its latest special exhibition, “The Sculpture of Augustus Saint-Gaudens,” with an after-hours event on Thursday, March 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. Dr. Henry Duffy, curator at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, will be available for conversation in the gallery. A short film by the National Historic Site, An Introduction to the Life and Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, will be screened, Currier Art Center faculty members will be drawing in the galleries, and small focus tours of the exhibition will be offered. Manchester Community Music School will provide live harp music. A full menu and cash bar will be available in the cafe. The event is free with regular museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students and $5 for youth, plus an additional $5 special exhibition fee. Visit or call 669-6144. • Bowls for sale: The New Hampshire Institute of Art (77 Amherst St., Manchester) Ceramics Department will have its annual bowl sale Tuesday, March 6, through Thursday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All bowls are handcrafted by NHIA students and faculty and cost $20 each. Proceeds will fund a student trip to the 2018 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference. Visit or call 623-0313.

Art Events • PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATION Damian Kane demonstrates the ancient technique of woodblock printing. Fri., March 2, 6:30 p.m. Creative Ventures Gallery, 411 Nashua St., Milford. Visit • ART SHOW Andre Bertolino presents more than 50 paintings and other artwork. Fri., March 2, 6 to 9 p.m. Manchester Makerspace, 36 Old Granite St. , Manchester. Openings • “SHIFT REGISTER” OPENING RECEPTION Group art exhibit centered around ideas of layers, shifts, and changing positions. Fri., March 2, 5 to 8 p.m. Foundation Art Space, 111R Water St., Exeter. Visit • “A PARTIAL INVENTORY OF TOTALLY USELESS OBJECTS” OPENING RECEPTION Exhibition features a quirky, high-spirited, and intensely colored assortment of minimal and abstract 3D paper


Dominque Boutaud art. Courtesy photo.

• Abstract paintings: Don’t miss the final day of Rivier University Art Gallery’s (420 S. Main St., Nashua) exhibition “Sifting for Gold,” Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition features the paintings of Dominique Boutaud, a native of France who now lives in New Hampshire. An internationally recognized abstract painter, Boutaud has exhibited her work in Europe, Asia and the United States and has received a number of prestigious awards, including a Peace Trophy from Italy and a Gold Canvas Award from France. Call 897-8275 or visit rivier. edu/artgallery. • Printmaking demo: Creative Ventures Gallery (411 Nashua St., Milford) will feature printmaker Damien Kane at its monthly First Friday Art Talk series on Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. Kane will give a demonstration showing different stages of how woodcut prints are carved and pulled. The event is free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served. Visit or call 672-2500. — Angie Sykeny

objects, or “gestures,” organized in a loose grid suggestive of an alphabet of shapes or a hypothetical collection of imaginary artifacts. Fri., March 9, 5 to 7 p.m. Sharon Arts Center Exhibition Gallery, 30 Grove St., Peterborough. Visit Workshops/classes • NUNO-FELT SCARF WORKSHOP Choose your materials from an abundance of fibers including hand-dyed silk, silk roving, printed silk materials and dyed locks. Please note: this workshop requires standing for most of the day. Sat., March 3, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of NH Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $62 tuition, plus a $35 materials fee. Visit or call 595-8233. • FORMING THE FIGURE: SCULPTURE MASTER CLASS Professional artist Tom Devaney will create a half life size sculpture in clay from a live model. Sat., March 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Currier Museum of Art,

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Vintage electronics expo comes to Nashua By Angie Sykeny

For years, the New England Antique Radio Club has hosted an annual antique radio show, but this year’s show, newly named the New England Vintage Electronics Expo, will have a lot more than just radios. It takes place Sunday, March 4, at the Courtyard Marriott in Nashua, and will feature more than 100 tables and 60 vendors selling a wide variety of vintage electronic items. “Ninety percent of the people in our club are over [age] 60, which is why we’ve decided to migrate from antique radios to all kinds of vintage electronics,” club president Bruce Phillips said. “Vinyl records and early computers and games ring a bell more with the younger crowd. People under [age] 40 can relate to that better than they can to a tube radio.” The show is the largest of its kind in New England and attracts vendors and attendees from all over New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Canada. Items for sale will include tube and transistor radios, tube New England Vintage Electronics Expo Where: Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua When: Sunday, March 4, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost: Admission is $10 per person or family between 8 and 11 a.m., free for all after 11 a.m. More info:, 772-7516

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audio gear, record players, vinyl records, stereo receivers, speakers, telephones, televisions, early computers and calculators, parts and ephemera, amateur radio and communication devices, vacuum tubes, telegraphs and gaming gear. All items are 25 years old or older, most ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s, but some dating back as far as the 1890s. Additionally, raffle prizes like novelty tube radios and 8-track players will be awarded every hour. “It runs the gamut,” Phillips said. “We’ve had radios that have sold in the $3,000 to $4,000 range, and we’ve had other stuff that has sold for as little as $2 or $3, so you nev-

er know what will be there.” People seek out vintage electronics for a number of reasons, Phillips said; some people intend to use them for their original purposes while others buy them simply as collection items. Then, there are those who are interested in the technical aspects of the electronics, while others focus on the aesthetic qualities. “By virtue of all vintage things other than automobiles, radios have the best design variety of anything ever made,” Phillips said. “The term ‘eye candy’ comes up a lot. There may be a radio with Mickey Mouse on it, or one that looks like the dashboard of a 1960s car,

or one with a beautiful color blue. They’re so much more unique and interesting than just a box with a tuning knob.” The event serves not only as a place to purchase vintage electronics, but also as a place to learn about them. Many people attend just to browse, take pictures and ask the vendors questions. “We love it when a family comes in and shows their young child an old telephone with a rotary dial, and the kid is like, ‘Huh? What is this?’” Phillips said. “It’s a wonderful learning opportunity for younger people … and [older people] like to think back to their younger days. It brings back a lot of memories.”

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Take the older kids to see Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure followed by Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey on Thursday, March 1, at Cinemagic & IMAX in Hooksett (1226 Hooksett Road, cinemagicmovies. com). (Both the 1989 original and the 1991 follow-up are rated PG but keep in mind that your 1980s PG can be a modern-day PG-13, especially in this case.) Tickets cost $8.75 to each screening and to see both movies you will need to purchase a ticket per person for each film.

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Barnes & Noble Nashua (235 DW Highway in Nashua, 888-0533) will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2) with a story time featuring Seuss-related stories, games and activities on Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. And fans of Eric Carle can return on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m. for storytime and activities focused on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Area libraries will also say happy birthday to the Cat in the Hat creator. At the Hollis Social Library (2 Monument Square in Hollis;, 465-7721) they’ll celebrate with cake, a hat-making craft and more all day on Friday, March 2. The Nashua Public Library (2 Court St. in Nashua) will hold a celebration on Fri-

Children & Teens Children events • EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Bid on more than 150 stunning Easter gift baskets, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments and pose for a selfie with the Easter Bunny. There will also be activity tables for kids, live characters, valuable silent auction items and more. Fri., March 16, 3 to 8 p.m., Sat., March 17, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., March 18, noon to 5 p.m. Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road, Concord. $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and free for kids 12 and under. Visit Clubs Events • NASHUA REPUBLICAN CITY COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING Guest speaker is Shannon McGinley, executive director of Corner-


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day, March 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. for kids age 2 to 11, who are invited to wear Seuss attire. The event will feature stories, crafts and more. Also this weekend, the Nashua Public Library will hold a family film screening of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG, 2014) on Saturday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The Concord Public Library (45 Green St. in Concord;, 225-8670) will hold a birthday party for Dr. Seuss on Friday, March 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The Goffstown Library (2 High St. in Goffstown,, 4972102) will hold its Dr. Seuss birthday celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for kids up through grade 5. Enjoy cake, a craft and story readings at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Leach Library (276 Mammoth Road in Londonderry,, 4321132) will hold its celebration on Monday, March 5, at 4 p.m. Check with individual libraries about registration requirements.

stone, will talk about life, marriage and family. Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m. Hampton Inn, 407 Amherst St., Nashua. Free. Visit or call 864-9287. Garden • NASHUA GARDEN CLUB MARCH PROGRAM: PROVEN WINNERS Featuring Russ Knowles of Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon as the presenter. Wed., March 7, 7 p.m. First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Visit • MILFORD GARDEN CLUB MARCH PROGRAM- BIRDSCAPING: HOME SWEET HABITAT Learn about the joys and benefits of creating beautiful layered gardens designed to bring avian performers right into your own backyard. Mon., March 12, 10:30 a.m. First Congregational Church Parish

House, 10 Union Ave., Milford. Free. Visit milfordnhgardenclub. org. Continuing Education Certificate/degrees • UNH GRADUATE SCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION This session will provide participants with an opportunity to meet with a representative from the Graduate School at UNH Manchester to discuss study opportunities. Wed., March 7, 6 p.m. UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St., Manchester. Free. Visit or call 641-4313. Crafts Fairs • AMOSKEAG QUILTERS GUILD QUILT SHOW This show features more than 150 quilts, vendors, raffles, technique demonstrations, hand-



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Even the best vegetable gardener can struggle to keep house plants alive. Why? Because the growing conditions are very different, and indoors plants depend on us to keep them alive much more than outdoor plants. I recently received a review copy of a new book from Button Street Press, Don’t Repot That Plant and Other Indoor Plant Care Mistakes by Will Creed. Creed has 35 years of professional experience caring for indoor plants for businesses and homes in New York City. I like the book, and learned from it. Creed starts out by explaining that most houseplants do not need to be re-potted very often, that most thrive with roots that are crowded in a pot. His test for re-potting is based on how long it takes for the soil medium to dry out after a good watering. If the plant dries out in less than three days, it’s time to re-pot. He points out that it takes years for a plant to use up the minerals in a soil mix, and an occasional application of fertilizer is usually better than (and easier than) re-potting. When re-potting you only want to step up one pot size, so choose a pot that is about an inch wider at the top than the existing pot. Creed suggests watering a plant well 24 hours before re-potting — a trick I did not know. Select a potting mix that is suitable for your particular type of plant. Orchids, for example, need a very loose material with large chunks of bark. A cactus soil needs a sandy mix, and many plants do well with a peat-based mix. Try to match what the plants came with. Various potting mixes are sold at garden centers. Creed warns against putting pebbles or pot shards at the bottom of the pot, a practice that was common in the past. Add about an inch of new soil mix in the bottom of the pot, but never any on the top of the root ball. Using your fingers or a table fork, push new material down along the sides of the root ball, and water the mixture in. Never pack it too tightly. Most houseplant owners understand that too much water will kill potted plants. Why? Two reasons: 1. Roots that are constantly wet are prone to rot, and 2. Soggy soil doesn’t allow roots to get oxygen. That’s right, green plants do not get their oxygen through their leaves, but from their roots. Too much water can drown a plant. For many houseplants a once-a-week watering that reaches the bottom of the pot and leaks out a little is just right. Keep your houseplant in a saucer or on a plate, but never let it sit in water. Creed does not like the technique of using ice cubes as a water source. Yes, they melt slowly and allow water to be absorbed, but rarely will you see water drip out of the pot

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— his test to see if water has reached the roots at the bottom of the pot. And although there are moisture meters, he does not recommend them either. They can be inaccurate if you use fertilizer, or if you have hard water. A finger poked into the soil is his preferred method for testing moisture levels. Another factor for success with houseplants is to know how much light a plant needs. Many house plants are tropicals that are shade plants in their native habitat. I remember hiking through the jungle in Cameroon where the light levels were so low that even on a sunny day my camera required a flash! Creed defines the various indoor light levels carefully and gives examples of plants that thrive in each category. Generally, of course, the plant tag will tell you if a plants needs indirect bright light, direct light in a southfacing window, or low light. He says if you can’t read a newspaper in the light you have, you can’t grow any plant there! If you aren’t attentive to house plants, you want low-light plants. Creed says “Plants in low light must be neglected. Do not repot them; don’t fertilize them; and let the soil become quite dry before watering. Remember the needs of low light plants are minimal.” What are some low light plants? Heart-leafed philodendron, various Dracaena, peace plant and cast iron plant. Fertilizer is another mystery for many houseplant owners. Creed’s rule? Less, or none, is generally better. Always dilute the fertilizer to half the recommended amount. He explains that plants need more nutrients when they are in a growth spurt, not when they are sick or relatively dormant. Don’t think that fertilizer will fix what’s wrong with your plants. Adjusting light or watering patterns is more likely to help them. I know, for example, to give my rosemary plants more water in the spring to avoid losing them. Creed’s book also includes chapters on good indoor plants, complete with photos. Read Henry’s blog at


Dear Donna, I have a figurine and I was wondering if you might help me with a value on it. It is marked Royal Doulton. Thank you for any help. Shannon from Manchester Dear Shannon,

The history of The Royal Doulton goes back to the 1800s when it was first called just Doulton; in the 1900s it switched to The Royal Doulton. The history of the company and how it started is very interesting to read if you like research books or can Google it. Today another company owns the rights to it, so the marks are different. Yours has a mark from the 1960s, and is called Bluebeard. The company made lots of figurines and dishware and more. It’s known for its quality even now. The older pieces, however, are the ones that have value to collectors. Years ago, before the internet, it was harder to find figurines, and when you did they were expensive, but now you are just a finger click away from finding any one of them online. This is a great asset to have but it also makes things so easy that it has driven the

made boutique items, refreshments, and a raffle quilt to benefit St. Joseph Community Services’ Meals on Wheels program. Sat., March 24, and Sun., March 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Manchester Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester. $8 multi-day admission. Visit Jewelry-making • EARRING-MAKING WORKSHOP Tools, techniques and guidance will be provided to create 2 to 3 pairs of earrings in this introductory jewelry class. Sat., March 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $23 registration, plus a $20 to $25 materials fee. Visit or call 595-8233. Other craft events • NUNO-FELT SCARF WORKSHOP Choose your materials from an abundance of fibers including hand-dyed silk, silk roving, printed silk materials and dyed locks. Please note: this workshop requires standing for most of the day. Sat., March 3, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $62 tuition, plus a $35 materials fee. Visit or call 595-8233.

prices down, not just on figurines such as yours but on some other things as well. Some Royal Doulton figurines that used to sell for anywhere from $200 to $1,000 now can easily be bought for half the price (if not less). Remember this is because they were mass produced so when you have a large network for shopping for them and can easily find them, the demand goes down and so do the prices. I would say your figurine has a value of $100 in today’s market. Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown ( She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@ Or drop by the shop (call first, 6248668).

• QUILLING WORKSHOPS Taught by Leslie Kennedy, a member of the North American Quilling Guild. Quilling is the art of curling and shaping narrow strips of paper and laying them on edge to form intricate filigree designs. Wed., March 7, 6 to 8 p.m., and Sun., March 11, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Pelham Public Library, 24 Village Green, Pelham. Free; registration is required. Visit or call 635-7581. • ALCOHOL INK EASTER EGGS Combine the fun of alcohol inks with the colorful decor of the Easter season. Learn the art of dyeing both plastic and real eggs with just a few flicks of the wrist. Sat., March 10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Nashua Gallery, 98 Main St., Nashua. $35 registration, plus a $10 materials fee. Visit nhcrafts. org or call 595-8233. Dance Special folk dances • FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE Presented by the Monadnock Folklore Society and featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling, with Alden Robinson, Glen Loper and Dan Faiella. Sat., March 3, 8 p.m. Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough. $10 general admission, or $7 for students

and seniors. Visit or call 762-0235. • ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE Presented by the Monadnock Folklore Society. The theme is “Dance Around Monadnock.” Beginners and singers are welcome. Sun., March 18, 2 to 5 p.m. Hastings House, 14 Union St., Walpole. $10. Visit or call 876-4211. Festivals & Fairs Events • LABELLE WINERY’S 5TH ANNUAL WINTERFEST FAMILY FUN EVENT Featuring activities like sledding, snowshoeing, nature tours, snowman crafts, face painting, a bonfire, a scavenger hunt, a collaborative community mural project, a photo booth and a New England wildlife display. Refreshments, including maple syrup on snow, s’mores and liquid nitrogen ice cream are complimentary. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, coffee and boxed lunches will be available for purchase. Sat., March 3, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst. Free. Visit or call 672-9898. • CITY ARTS NASHUA PSYCHIC FAIR Featuring psychic readings, crafts for sale and more, all to benefit City Arts

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Weighing the pros and cons of using the parking brake Dear Car Talk: Is it a good idea to ALWAYS put on the parking brake? Does doing so keep the transmission from being stressed to hold the car in place? My By Ray Magliozzi son told me this, and I do believe him; it makes sense. But I just want to make sure. Most of my friends do NOT set the parking brake. If it really is a good thing to do, should I be advising them to do it also — without sounding like a “smarty-pants”? — Ann To parking brake, or not to parking brake? It’s not as simple as it seems, Ann. I guess my answer is that it’s a good habit to get into. It’s a backup safety system. Assuming you have an automatic transmission, the parking brake is not needed to keep the car from moving, certainly not on flat ground. But if, for some crazy reason, the car slipped out of gear (or, as is unfortunately too common, the driver forgot to put it in park), then the parking brake would prevent the car from rolling away, or — even worse — rolling over the driver as he or she tried to exit the vehicle. That’s a pretty good reason in itself to use

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the parking brake. The other advantage is that it can make it easier to get the car out of park when you park on a hill. When you park on a steep hill, after you put the car in park and take your foot off the brake, you’ve probably noticed that the car rolls down the hill a bit. That jams the transmission’s parking pawl against its ratchet mechanism. That doesn’t do any mechanical harm, but it can make it hard to get the shifter out of park when you want to drive away. If you’re a parking-brake user, and you put the car in park and then apply the parking brake before you release the brake pedal, the parking brake will keep the car from rolling, and will make it easier to shift out of park and drive away. Just remember to shift the lever into gear before releasing the parking brake on your way out. What’s the downside of using the parking brake? Well, if you rarely use it, the cables can rust and stick in the “on” position. Then you’ll have to get it towed and repaired. And the other downside is that you forget it’s on, and drive away smoking your brakes, wondering why the car doesn’t seem to have its usual power. But I’d say overall, I think it’s a good habit to get into. And kudos to the car-

makers who are starting to make cars with parking brakes that apply themselves automatically when you put the car in park, so future generations won’t have to struggle with this terrible moral dilemma, Ann. Dear Car Talk: I have a 1991 Mazda Miata that I bought new nearly 27 years ago. It has 230,000 miles on it and, believe it or not, is having its first problem: a leaky radiator. The radiator is leaking all around its top seam, so it needs to be replaced. My problem is that I cannot afford to do it right now. I’ve been driving it with the radiator not full, because if I fill it, it just leaks out. The temperature rises to normal and has never gone above that. Am I doing any damage? In a Quandary — Ron Wow, 230,000 miles. You’re only 20,000 miles from the moon, Ron. The question is: Are you going to make it? Might be time to fire the retro rockets. If you’re not currently overheating, then my guess is you’re not driving very far or very fast. If you really heat up this engine, the cooling system won’t be able to hold pressure, and the car will overheat. So keep that in mind, and don’t plan any road trips to Quito, Ecuador.

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of healthcare, counseling and legal experts. Thurs., March 8, 5:15 p.m. Wilmot Community Association, 64 Village Road, Wilmot. Free. Visit wilmotwca. org. • TRANSFORM YOUR SELF AND WORLD WITH LOVING-KINDNESS MEDITATION This workshop is an intensive introduction to the Metta Bhavana meditation practice. Basic methods of setting up meditation and the traditional Buddhist meditation form will be taught. Sat., March 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aryaloka Buddhist Retreat Center, 14 Heartwood Circle, Newmarket. $70/$55/$30 sliding scale. Visit or call 659-5456. Marketing & Business Job fairs • 3RD ANNUAL FOUNDERS ACADEMY JOB FAIR This job fair is open to all applicants with a passion for teaching. Applicants should bring their resumes, credentials, sample lesson plans and register for a ten-minute appointment online. Wed., March 7, 3 to 6 p.m. The Founders Academy, 5 Perimeter Road, Manchester. Free. Visit • STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB JOB FAIR A job fair for seasonal staff at Stonebridge Country Club (hospitality positions only). Bring a resume, cover letter and any certifications. Sat., March 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Stonebridge Country Club, 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown. Visit or call 497-8633. Marketing workshops • SBA RESOURCES TO HELP START OR GROW YOUR BUSINESS Economic development specialist Warren Haggerty will provide information, tips and resources for starting or growing a small business. SBA services include one-on-

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Granite State Independent Living will hold its eighth annual Hoops on Wheels wheelchair basketball tournament on Saturday, March 3, with games beginning at 8 a.m. and running all day at Rundlett Middle School (144 South St., Concord). Teams are made up of members from several local businesses and nonprofits, like Hopkinton Rotary, Mobility Works, New Hampshire Healthy Families, CGI Business Solutions and others. Gov. Chris Sununu will also be a part of the games this year as a member of the Capitol Hoops team. Each team commits to a fundraising goal of $1,000 from sponsors, with proceeds benefiting GSIL’s programs. Admission to watch the games is free and open to the public. Visit or call 228-9680 for more details.


Networking groups • SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS WORKSHOP Instructor Christine Halvorson of Halvorson New Media will give participants an overview of cheap and easy ways to create and edit videos for their businesses. The goal of this workshop is to help business owners and nonprofits improve and manage using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and video marketing. Fri., March 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester. $50 registration, includes lunch. Visit loebschool. org or call 627-0005. Miscellaneous Pop culture • QUEEN CITY KAMIKAZE A one-day gaming and anime convention for all ages. Featuring a cosplay contest, game show competitions, card game tournaments and more. Sat., March 17, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Manchester Memorial High School, 1 Crusader Way, Manchester. $10. Visit

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fill orders. A huge part of our business now is wedding work. How long have you worked there? I’ve worked here since I opened it in 2005. How did you get interested in this field? I feel like it goes back to childhood. … I was born in Alaska, kind of literally in the middle of nowhere. So at a very young age, we had a greenhouse and I remember just being in awe of growing things and being enveloped in sunlight when it’s cold outside and the smell of dirt. … My parents also owned a café … in a rural town. So I watched kind of what can happen when you have a space that

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FOOD Any way you slice it Pizza Allegria set to open in Salem News from the local food scene

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More than 35 years ago, Pelham resident Haytham Kandil had his first job in the restaurant business as a pizza maker at Milan Pizza in Lowell, Mass.. After a career spanning three decades in hospitality and banquet directing at several hotels in the Boston area like InterContinental, the Marriott and the Park Plaza Hotel, Kandil is returning to his pizza-making roots — this time as owner of a new farm-to-table pizzeria in Salem. Pizza Allegria is a new 30-seat pizzeria set to open later in March, and Kandil has big plans for the space. In addition to dine-in, take-out and delivery services, the new restaurant will be offering catering, pizza-making classes for kids, festivals and other specialty events Kandil hopes to host for the community. Kandil took over the site of the former Orange Leaf frozen yogurt store on Main Street in Salem in early December and transformed it into a pizzeria, complete with new wall designs and custom-made red lighting. Pizza Allegria takes its name from the Latin word meaning “happiness,” he said. Pizzas can either be ordered as a specialty menu flavor, or you can create your own. All of the topping ingredients — as well as the pizza oven — are visible to the custom-

• Gauchos opens in Nashua: Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse now has a second location in Nashua. According to owner Jose Nieves, the new restaurant at 6 Elm St. is a little smaller than its Manchester counterpart, but all of the same menu items are available, including a dozen skewered meats like prime rib, bacon-wrapped filet, flank steak, pork loin, chicken and lamb. Like the Manchester Gauchos, this one has a companion breakfast cafe, called Suzette Crepes & Waffles, which serves a variety of crepe offerings like corned beef, crab cake and more, as well as coffees, teas and other breakfast menu options. Visit or call the Nashua location at 881-3663 for more details. • A distillery for Derry: Andy Day, coowner of Cask & Vine in Derry, is planning to open a distillery in the vacant commercial space directly adjacent to the restaurant, according to the Union Leader. To be named Doire Distilling, the project could be ready to go by May. The plan is to offer a variety of beverages like white whiskey, vodkas, gin and bourbon. The name “doire” (pronounced dwar-ay) comes from the old Irish word meaning “oak branch.” Visit doiredistilling. com for updates. • Church suppers: Join Main Street United Methodist Church (154 Main St., Nashua) for its next ham and bean supper on Saturday, March 3, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. These dinners are served on the first Saturday of every month and feature ham, your choice of navy or kidney beans, potato salad, coleslaw, bread, your choice of a drink (coffee, tea, 34 Looking for more food and drink fun? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and

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Pizza Allegria An opening date will be announced via social media in March. Visit the website or Facebook page, or call for updates. Where: 390 Main St., Salem Anticipated hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit:, find them on Facebook at, or call 912-5198

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er who dines in, something Kandil said he felt was important. “We’re trying to create an atmosphere where you walk in here and feel like you’re at home,” he said. “You know, the people give you eye contact, they know your name, you feel like you’re loyal. We don’t want people to feel like we’re hiding anything. You can see everything.” The wood-fired pizza oven, Kandil said, is imported from Italy and can reach up to 1,500 degrees, cooking pies in just four minutes. Specialty pizzas on the menu include a margherita with tomato, mozzarella, basil and olive oil; a meat lover’s with marinara sauce, Italian sausage, pepperoni, soppressata and shredded mozzarella; and a Mediterranean with crushed tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, Kalamata olives, red bell peppers, artichoke hearts, spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese. Kandil said creating your own pizza comes with the added benefit of not being charged extra per topping that you want. Instead, there is just a $2 add-on for unlimited topping options. On days you don’t want pizza, other options available include cold subs like Italian, turkey and vegetarian, as well as hot subs that are also cooked in the wood-fired oven, like hot pastrami, sausage, meatball and Buffalo chicken. The menu also features several

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After months of renovations, the new Lakehouse Tavern in Hopkinton is now open. The historic building was originally a house more than 80 years ago, and most recently was the site of the former Number 5 Tavern on Main Street in Hopkinton, according to Richard Ridinger, who took over the space in October. “I’ve lived in town since 2000 and I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant,” said Ridinger, who co-owns Lakehouse Tavern with his wife, Nancy Hoffmann. “Then a restaurant four miles from my house went on the market.” As was the case with the Number 5 Tavern, there is a downstairs seating area with a bar and live music acts, as well as an upstairs seating area that offers a more quiet dining atmosphere. The Lakehouse Tavern renovations included tearing down a wall on the lower level to add more dine-in and bar seats. The upstairs room has a small sitting area for people waiting to be seated, and a door leading out onto a deck, where additional seating overlooking the lake will be available in the summer. Ridinger said the same menu will be available on both floors. “We’ll be open for lunch and dinner,” he said in the days leading up to the opening. “The dining room [upstairs] will just be open for dinner, unless down the road the lunch is going to be so busy that we need to open the dining room for it. But primarily lunches will be served downstairs.” Prime rib will likely be available every Thursday through Sunday. “We’re also going to have hand-cut fries and onion rings, which are going to be really good,” he said. “We’ll have lobster fritters as appetizers, and some nice salads.”

Other items include Coquilles St. Jacques, a scallop dish with shallots, mushrooms, cheese and bread crumbs in a wine sauce. “That’s a little unique to this area,” Ridinger said. “We serve it … with some crostini and it’s just yummy goodness. Traditionally, it could actually be an entree, but we’re going to try ours out as an appetizer. But if you like scallops and wine, it’s pretty tasty.” The menu also includes burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes and other unique options like stuffed mushrooms which can have either a seafood or a vegetarian stuffing. For drinks, a variety of wines and local craft beers are available at the bar, courtesy of Granite State breweries like Henniker Brewing Co. and Concord Craft Brewing. Ridinger said he expects the restaurant to become a great option for families traveling through the area. “You know, for people who come up skiing on the weekends, or go to lake houses, and want to stop somewhere to feed the kids, have a glass of wine or whatever, this place is perfect,” he said. He said he also hopes to rent the space out in the future for events like weddings and parties. “We’re envisioning that if someone wants do an outdoor wedding by the lake, they can rent a tent, and we could provide the food either inside or outside,” he said.

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milk, iced tea, hot tea or water), and an assortment of pies for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 60 and up, $4 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Visit or call 882-3361. The Knights of Columbus Council 11907 in Nashua will present its next fish dinner on Friday, March 2, at 4:30 p.m. at St. Christopher’s Parish (62 Manchester St., Nashua). The meal will include baked haddock, coleslaw, vegetables and rolls. Cheese pizza will also be available, as well as dessert tables, soda, water, coffee, raffle items and more. The cost is $12 for the fish dinner or $2 per

slice of pizza. Visit or call 882-0632. • Cappellacci class: Learn to make your own roasted butternut squash cappellacci pasta at Tuscan Market (63 Main St., Nashua) Tuesday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., along with sage browned butter sauce and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. The class is part of Tuscan Market’s Scuola Culinaria series. Other upcoming classes include cake decorating on March 13, pizza making on March 19 and lasagna baking on March 27. The cost of the cappellacci pasta making class is $70.85 per person. Visit or call 912-5467.


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role. For another meal, I used it to make some amazing salmon cakes, using a recipe from one of my favorite blogs. Erin Holt of Erin Holt Health is a nutritionist living here in New Hampshire. She’s passionate about real and local food and gave me the idea to use bacon fat for cooking. She insists on pasture-raised meats for the same reason I’ve written about pastured eggs: They are more nutrient-dense. Because animals are allowed to be, well, animals and eat the foods they’re meant to eat and experience the sunlight they’re meant to experience, their bodies contain more nutrients like vitamins A and D and even Omega-3 fatty acids. So even though we think of bacon as an unhealthy food, in moderation it (when it’s the real thing) can be quite good for us. Enjoy her recipe below and next time you make some bacon, save the fat for some deliciousness later on. — Allison Willson Dudas

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When you are finished drinking a bottle of wine and no longer need the cork, what do you do with it? In my house, corks go into my cork cage. I’d keep them there until it got full and then donate them to someone else’s craft project. This all changed recently when I began planning my wedding. I’ll be getting married at a nearby winery this summer so naturally I’ll be incorporating corks into the décor. For the first time in my life, I faced a big dilemma: I did not have the necessary amount of corks needed to adequately decorate. I did what most people do these days when they need something and turned to social media. I asked my Facebook friends for corks and got an overwhelmingly positive response. I had friends and family send corks from all over the country, including Texas, Chicago, Maryland and Georgia. And of course, when I got them, I studied them carefully. I was very impressed with the selection! I now have them sorted by Champagne/sparkling, real cork and synthetic cork. Now I just need to figure out what to do with them! I have scoured Pinterest at this point, so if you have some extra corks around, I have a few ideas of things you can make with them (and you don’t need to be planning a wedding, either). Here is one tip I picked up online: Soak corks in hot water for 10 minutes before you cut them so they don’t crumble. In some cases, cutting them means you have a flatter surface to work with. Cork board: This may seem very obvious, but instead of buying a cork board, you can make your own. All you need is a frame, some glue and a pattern. I have seen people use everything from old drawers to picture frames. Cork letters & numbers: This is an idea I am using for my wedding. I am planning to make at least a “B” out of corks for my new last name, but may attempt table numbers as well. You could make your own initials, a number or a shape out of them; there are many possibilities. Jewelry holder: I really like this idea because I haven’t found one I like in stores. To make this, all you need is some corks, glue, string and some hangers or hooks. Glue the corks together in a horizontal line with them facing the way they would in the bottle. Add a hook to the bottom of each. When you are finished, attach a string to each end and then hang up. Now your necklaces and bracelets can be neatly organized.

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Wreath: This is a wreath you can display year-round to let people know you are a wine enthusiast. There are several ways you can do this. One of the easiest is to start with a foam base and glue the corks onto it, creating whatever pattern you want. From there, you can decorate it with ribbon, grapes or embellishments. Coasters: Cork is absorbent, so it is a natural material for coasters. For this one, you could cut the corks into smaller rings or even cut them in half so you have a flat surface to work with. It may also be helpful to find corks around the same thickness so they line up evenly with each other. I have also seen these made in small wooden frames as well to keep them flat.

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Fresh from New York City comes this new set of busy, lively originals from the jazz saxman, whose Friday night shows at the Roxy’s Django lounge appear to have come to an end despite their popularity. His harmonic concepts, so the one-sheet says, are treated in a contemporary manner, which is to say that it’s heavy on the lounge, not too out-there, but like I said, it’s busy. The melodies are bold-print if intricate, a rare thing in most jazz albums not from the city. In one example of their deftness with chill, the band flirts with bossa nova in “You’re Better Than That,” giving breezy, endlessly competent trumpeter Josh Bruneau a good amount of stretching space. Opener “Maker’s Marc” is a standout, a whiz-bang bit of modern-bop rubber-burning, while “Fall Back” gives the Yellowjackets a run for their money. Lots of charisma throughout, really a great one. A+ — Eric W. Saeger Tashaki Miyaki, The Dream (Metropolis Records)

Nothing overly subtle about the lyrical content from the Los Angeles duo: “All the boys will want me, and everyone will like me” sings Paige Stark on “Girls on TV,” which otherwise brings the best part of Raveonettes and super-glues it to Wilco. Singer and drummer Stark is the typical sexually ambivalent shoegaze type, impossible to fathom but equally impossible to resist, and her Jack White counterpart Luke Paquin, while not completely obsessed with Nels Cline loopback techniques, nevertheless blankets these floaty, jangly ditties with all the right sorts of phase-shifted noise, particularly on “Out of My Head,” in which Stark’s depressed, Patsy Cline-redolent moping seems like it had always been half-cybernetic. “Cool Runnings” has a slight flavor of — how would you say this — Hawaiian twee, a bizarre blending of ukulele-emulated Belle and Sebastian and Glasvegas. It’s a weird trip but enjoyable, like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club with a muzzle. A — Eric W. Saeger

• I remember techno artist Moby’s star dwindling back when Nelly Furtado was new, at least among the velvet-rope lounge crowd; maybe he’s a thing again (I honestly don’t know or care), but nowadays he’s claiming that the CIA tried to recruit him to tweet about Russiagate, which is something you don’t just blab at every microphone that gets thrust in your face. On March 2, his new album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt will be out in your stores and Spotifies, and I’d expect that if he kept up with music all through 2017, this new stuff will reflect the same slow-drip of social decay that everyone else was doing, but let’s go see, in the YouTube window. Wait, breaking news, he’s still a babbling babbler who tries to make this new stuff sound a hundred times more complicated than it is, but let’s slog on. Huh, look at that, “Motherless Child,” the single, is indeed dystopian and lost (but draped in his trademark gospel edge), punctuated by some disaffected rapping and an anxious, wan chorus sung by some girl. Everyone is doing this now — it’s like Zola Jesus took over the world, boy howdy. • Soccer Mommy is the Twitter-developed alias of former NYU student Sophie Allison, a Nashville kid who was lucky to have the sort of patient dorm-mates who’d put up with her cobbling songs together on her guitar and messing up all over the place while they were trying to sleep off their drank. She previously released a couple of EPs she didn’t expect anything to happen with, but that led to a mild sort of fame, and now a debut album, Clean, streeting March 2. One of the songs, “Your Dog,” demonstrates a born ability to karaoke Sheryl Crow, leaving me somewhat surprised that she bagged NYU and went back to Tennessee to build on this; the hook is good enough, I suppose, but I’d assume people would think it’s an old Sheryl Crow B-side. At least there’s a weird ringout at the end, I’ll say that. • At 77 now, Joan Baez is still around, good lord. Whistle Down The Wind, her new album of cover songs, is led off by the title track, and incidentally that’s the Tom Waits song, not the Sarah Brightman one. In this version — and you should look away for this evil-hearted spoiler — Baez strums an acoustic guitar and it’s all kind of sad. • Titus Andronicus is a punk band from New Jersey, but judging from their love for The Pogues and a secondary Wiki genre designation as “art rockers,” they’re probably sort of like Wire, since they started as pure punks. A Productive Cough is the forthcoming new LP, which spotlights the single “Number One (in New York),” which isn’t punk at all, just a disjointed sludge of slow-motion hayloft indie, E Street horns and pub-rock hollering. Why is this song 10 minutes long? Maybe because they’ve done a rock opera before, for whatever reason. — Eric W. Saeger

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Poetry events • NH POETRY OUT LOUD SEMI-FINALS Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program open to all high school and homeschool students in grades 9 through 12. Top students will compete for the opportunity to represent their schools at the state championship in Concord on Friday, March 9. Thurs., Feb. 15, 6 p.m., in Henniker; Tues., Feb. 20, 6 p.m., in Rochester; Thurs., Feb. 22, 6 p.m., in Manchester; and Mon., March 5, 6 p.m., in Lincoln. New England College, 98 Bridge St., Henniker. Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St. , Rochester. Southern New Hampshire University , 2500 N. River Road, Manchester . Jean’s Playhouse, 34 Paper Mill Drive, Lincoln . All events are free and open to the public. Visit

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Books Author Events • ESTELLE FALARDEAU Author presents Angels Among Us: A Book About Miracles and The Haven’s Cove. Sun., March 4, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Pelham Public Library , 24 Village Green, Pelham. Visit pelhampubliclibrary. org. • GENEEN ROTH Author presents This Messy Magnificent Life: A Field Guide. Thurs., March 8, 7 p.m. The Music Hall , 28 Chestnut St. , Portsmouth. Tickets cost $40. Visit • WALTER MOSLEY Author

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• Author presents two books: Local author Estelle Falardeau be at Pelham Public Library (24 Village Green, Pelham) on Sunday, March 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., to discuss and sign two of her books. Angels Among Us: A Book About Miracles is a collection of stories about true miracles. The Haven’s Cove is a novel about a woman who goes into a coma after falling off a horse and is transported back in time to the early 1920s. Visit or call 635-7581. • Art books: The Bookery Manchester, a new independent bookstore opening this spring, will host an art book pop-up shop at Kelley Stelling Contemporary art gallery (221 Hanover St., Manchester) on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, from noon to 6 p.m. Browse a curated selection of contemporary art books for adults and children. Visit • Poetry on view: For the month of March, the Peterborough Town Library (2 Concord St., Peterborough) will have an exhibition of poetry by local author Becky D. Sakellariou. The exhibition, titled “...still awaiting the fire,” will feature a number of poems printed for viewing, one large installation piece covering an entire wall of the library, and pocket poems for people to take. Sakellariou has worked as a writer, editor and counselor in Albania, Bulgaria and Greece and has had her poetry published in six books and many journals. The exhibition will be available to view during library hours, which are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 924-8040 or visit • Bags of books: Baker Free Library (509 South St., Bow) will run its March Madness Bag O’ Books sale March 1 through March 31. Fill a regular-sized plastic grocery bag with books for $2. There will be a wide selection of gently used children’s, youth, young adult, fiction and nonfiction books. The sale will be open during library hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit or call 224-7113. — Angie Sykeny


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or call 224-0562. • CHESSY PROUT Author presents I Have the Right to: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope. Sun., March 18, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit or call 224-0562. • TOM RAFFIO Author presents Mindfulness: A Better Me; A Better You; A Better World. Wed., March 21, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit or call 224-0562. • TY GAGNE Author presents Where You’ll Find Me: Risk, Decisions, and the Last Climb of Kate Matrosova. Sat., March 24, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Visit or call 224-0562. • RITA BANERJEE Author presents Echo in Four Beats. Tues., March 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord St. , Manchester. Visit



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Or maybe it’s just “Never Three Billboards” for my Oscar picks By Amy Diaz

Men podcast had an excellent episode on Feb. 16 explaining Oscar’s “preferential ballot” voting for best picture, which gives the win not to the top vote-getter but to the movie that gets 50 percent of voters’ support (meaning second and third choices become important). On that podcast, writer Daniel Joyaux predicted that Dunkirk would be the consensus choice. Gold Derby had The Shape of Water favored for weeks before Three Billboards (which won the BAFTA on Feb. 18) pushed ahead; FiveThirtyEight keeps Shape of Water in front. My rough guess at how supporters of movies likely to get fewer first-place votes would vote in the second and third slot makes me think Three Billboards (which also won the Golden Globe in the drama category) might be the pizza topping everybody agrees on, I say hoping that I’m wrong. My vote: Lady Bird. Or Get Out. No, Lady Bird — for me those two movies are thisclose in my ranking of the nine nominees. Lady Bird remains in my mind a perfect movie. Shoulda been a contender: Wonder Woman, which was my favorite movie of 2017 and is a better movie than at least four (Darkest Hour, Phantom Thread, The Post and Three Billboards) on this list. If you only watch one: Sorry, you have to see two — Lady Bird and Get Out. Both are excellent movies that are a welcome break from the kind of ponderous saga that the words “Oscar movie” usually imply. If you have more time, I’d add Call Me By Your Name, The Shape of Water and Dunkirk to your list. How to watch: By the time you read this, all but two of these movies should be available for home viewing in some form with the exception of Phantom Thread, which Comcast lists as available on March 13, and The Post, which whatever is estimates will come out sometime in April.

How do you pick between favorites? This Oscar season, I am Team Lady Bird. I think Greta Gerwig’s coming-ofage movie is expertly made. But I’m also Team Get Out — Jordan Peele’s use of the horror genre to talk about race is clever, original and fun as well as well-written and well-acted. When the Oscars are handed out on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 p.m. on ABC, what I’m actually hoping will happen is that voters will spread the love between movies, giving several movies recognition instead of piling the accolades on just a few movies. Well, and I’m also hoping that very few of those accolades go to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the Oscar movie I’m most ready to never think about again. What follow are my picks and predictions for what could happen on Sunday. A few disclosures: I checked out and their predictions based on some kind of aggregation of predictions by experts, editors and site users;’s model based on other awards handed down this season, and some other predictions out there in the predicting Internet Lady Bird universe and then made my best guesses based on what seems to have stayed the same since back when Golden Globe nominations were announced (I feel like Gary Oldman has been a lock since forever) and what may be shifting (I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of Laurie Metcalf stories in the last few weeks). And, since the whole point of movies is to watch them, I’ve tried to explain how you can see this year’s nominated films. Many are still in theaters but, delightfully, most of them are easily accessed at home. (A note on “home viewing”: some of these movies will be available for rent by the time you read this, some only for purchase and some only through Netflix.) Best Director And now, the (correct) envelope please... Nominees: Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk, Jordan Peele for Get Out, Greta Best Picture Gerwig for Lady Bird, Paul Thomas AnderNominees: Call Me By Your Name, son for Phantom Thread, Guillermo del Darkest Hour, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Toro for The Shape of Water. Bird, Phantom Thread, The Post, The Prediction: Del Toro. FiveThirtyEight Shape of Water, Three Billboards Outside and Gold Derby have him out front and I Ebbing, Missouri. agree that he seems to have the momentum Prediction: Three Billboards Outside (he took home the directing Golden Globe) Ebbing, Missouri. Vanity Fair’s Little Gold and the body of work worth recognizing. HIPPO | MARCH 1 - 7, 2018 | PAGE 40

Interestingly, Nolan feels like he occupies a similar space, straddling the line between “serious film” and movies people actually see. If he somehow sneaks past del Toro, I won’t be surprised. My vote: Gerwig. If we’re using the Top Chef rules of prize-awarding (that the Oscar should be for this movie and not for cumulative work) then it should go to Gerwig, who truly put together an excellent film where all of the pieces serve the whole and everything works exactly as it should. Shoulda been a contender: Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman. Watch Wonder Woman and then watch Justice League and then tell me Jenkins doesn’t deserve some recognition.

Best Actress

Nominees: Saorise Ronan in Lady Bird, Meryl Streep in The Post, Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water, Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Margot Robbie in I, Tonya. Prediction: Frances McDormand. People (me) can disagree with Three Billboards acclaim but McDormand does turn in a solid performance and she is every predictor’s favorite. I wouldn’t vote this way but it won’t make me mad when she wins. My vote: Saorise Ronan. She doesn’t do something big, Get Out she does something specific. Her Christine/Lady Bird feels like a fully formed person I knew at that age. How to watch: I, Tonya will be available for home viewing March 2, according to Comcast.

Best Actor

Nominees: Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name, Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour, Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out, Daniel Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread, Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq. Prediction: Oldman, whose win in this category has been conventional wisdom since before I knew this movie was coming out. It is such a standard Oscar-winning role (serious drama, World War II, historical person, prosthetics). Day-Lewis in his “final” (?) performance would be the dark horse. My vote: Kaluuya, and not just because I really liked his supporting role in Black Panther (a movie that deserves to be all over this list next year). Even though he’s in a fantastical situation, he plays a real person, with real-person reactions. Shoulda been a contender: Andy Ser-

kis (already!). He brings a grace to Caesar’s story that frequently had me forgetting I was watching a CGI chimpanzee. How to watch: Roman J. Israel, Esq. is available for home viewing.

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Mary J. Blige in Mudbound; Allison Janney, I, Tonya; Lesley Manville in Phantom Thread; Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird; Octavia Spencer in The Shape of Water. Prediction: Metcalf. FiveThirtyEight and Gold Derby have Allison Janney (Golden Globe winner for this role) and I agree that she’s probably the person to beat. But Metcalf turned in the more nuanced and heartfelt performance. This might be a spot where voters reward the solid performances of Lady Bird. My vote: Metcalf. Because, also? It’s a totally awesome performance that captures so much about that specific mother-daughter relationship and also mother-daughter relationships in general. Shoulda been a contender: Tiffany Haddish. Using her for Oscar nominations announcements (with other “shoulda” Serkis) seems to telegraph both that she should be on the list and that she wouldn’t be. Good arguments could also be made for Sarah Silverman in Battle of the Sexes, Karin Konoval (the human behind Maurice in War for the Planet of the Apes) and Beanie Feldstein of Lady Bird. How to watch: Mudbound is available on Netflix.

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project; Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri; Richard Jenkins in The Shape of Water; Christoper Plummer in All the Money in the World; Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Prediction: Willem Dafoe. Gold Derby has Rockwell in front (as does FiveThirtyEight, though it makes him look like less of a sure thing) and he is a totally decent actor whom I like in many things. (And he won a Globe for this performance.) But this is the only spot that the much-lauded The Florida Project has on the Oscar ballot and Dafoe also has a solid resume to support a win. My vote: Rockwell, I say tepidly (though I feel like the work he’s doing is much better than the rather thin and, as they say, problematic character he was given).

Nominees: A Fantastic Woman, The Insult, Loveless, On Body and Soul, The Nominees: The Boss Baby, The Bread Square. Winner, Coco, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent. Prediction/my vote: A Fantastic WomPrediction: Coco. It’s Pixar. I’m sure an, about a transgender woman navigating the internet prognosticators agree but who her own grief and society’s even needs to look? cruelness after her beloved My vote: Loving Vinboyfriend dies unexpectedly. cent. This is the last of this This is another category where year’s Oscar nominated films the winner seems to stick out I watched and I was truly well above the other entries. blown away by the artistry of it. This story, which takes the A Fantastic Woman feels like Citizen Kane interview-style the most relatable movie with approach to looking at the last human relationships at its core days of Vincent Van Gogh’s and is the one I definitely life, is illustrated with hand would recommend. paintings that essentially set If you only see one: A Fanthe action of the story inside tastic Woman. I would also images reminiscent of Van A Fantastic Woman strongly suggest The Insult, Gogh’s work. which looks at the relationships between If you only watch one: Loving Vincent (which is rated PG-13 and is definitely Lebanese Christians and Palestinians living and working in Lebanon. It has spePG-13 in terms of content). If you only watch one with your kids: cific historical context as well as universal Ferdinand, with your, maybe, elementary themes. It also does a good job of keepschool age and up kids. With your, say, 12- ing its characters as people, with their own or 13-year-olds, I’d say The Bread Winner, flaws and motivations, and not just making which mixes beautiful visuals and a story them mouthpieces for an argument. about a girl in 2000-era Afghanistan. How to watch: The Square is available How to watch: All of these movies are for home viewing. On Body and Soul is available for home viewing. on Netflix. A Fantastic Woman is currently screening at Kendall Square Cinema in Best Documentary Cambridge, Mass., as is The Insult, which, Nominees: Abacus: Small Enough to if you’re looking to see it but not drive so Jail; Faces Places; Icarus; Last Men in far, is slated to open on March 9 at Red Aleppo; Strong Island. River Theatres in Concord. Loveless is Prediction/my vote: Faces Places. This scheduled to open at Kendall Square Cineis also the front-runner on Gold Derby and ma in Cambridge, Mass., on March 9. FiveThirtyEight, probably for the same reason I think it will win, which is that it stands Want more picks? See if I can improve out from the other four. It is light, fun, my standard 60-percent-correct prediction rompy — director Agnes Varda (who is 89) rate by making guesses on the whole list. and photographer JR (who is 34) relaxedly travel around and make public art togeth- A longer version of this story covering all er. It is such a palate-cleanser from the categories (and where you can find those good but serious-themed (financial crisis, movies) will be at

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Annihilation (R)

It’s all people-trees and sharkgators and rat-bears, oh my, in an alien-terraformed bubble in the American Southeast in Annihilation, a not-bad but very “chapter one”-ish sci-fi action movie.

Lena (Natalie Portman) doesn’t know about the shark-gators or the Shimmer, as the impenetrable and slowly growing bubble in the Louisiana-ish region is called. All she knows is that her husband, Kane (Oscar Isaac), a special-ops military type, has been gone for a year and officialdom has given her no word about his whereabouts or status. She floats through her days as a biology professor, assuming that Kane is dead, until suddenly he shows up. He has a foggy memory about where he has been (about who he is, even) and suddenly starts bleeding. By the time he’s in an ambulance, he seems in serious distress — though it’s not until the government SUVs force the ambulance off the road that Lena realizes it’s not all physical distress. When Lena wakes after being sedated, she finds herself in something that seems part hospital, part prison, part forward operating base. Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a psychologist, explains that she’s in a place called the Southern Reach, at the edge of the Shimmer. The Shimmer appeared three years earlier, centered on a lighthouse (in the very beginning of the movie, a meteorlike object hits the lighthouse). It has grown slowly, requiring the evacuation of a few small towns (under the pretext of a chemical spill) but so far most of the area it covers is undeveloped swamp land. But it’s still growing and attempts to study it have failed. No transmissions of any kind can go in or out, everything or everyone that has ever gone in it hasn’t returned, except for Kane, who gets sicker by the hour. Because Lena, who was also once in the military, assumes that whatever’s killing Kane comes from the Shimmer — a pathogen or toxin — she thinks her best chance at saving him is to join the latest expedition headed in to the Shimmer. Thus does she suit up with Ventress, quiet physicist Josie Radek (Tessa Thompson), bravado-filled paramedic Anya Thorensen (Gina Rodriguez) and the steady geologist Cass Sheppard (Tuva Novotny). Immediately on entering the Shimmer, stuff gets weird. Lena walks into the Shimmer and then wakes up inside her tent. Based on the amount of rations used, the women estimate they’ve been inside a few days but have no memory of that time. The deeper they get into the Shimmer, the odder the wildlife gets, with a single plant sprouting different species of flower and an alligator sporting shark teeth. What is messing with the DNA of all the lifeforms and how long until it starts messing with the members of the latest expedition? As Anya states early on, the theories about the Shimmer are essen-

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tially that something inside it kills the people who enter or something inside it drives them mad and they kill each other. Annihilation does a thing that is so nice it probably kicks up my overall appreciation for this movie at least half a grade: the women are just there. At one point, Lena asks “all women?” about the group going into the Shimmer and someone else says “all scientists” and the movie leaves it there. I realize there’s a book this may be hewing to in some way but for the movie itself, there is no reason why, in the bad old days, Kane wouldn’t have been made the brother, instead of the husband, of a “Lenny” who goes into the Shimmer with a group of dudes. Instead, we get, in a very organic way, a group of women with different personalities and flaws and abilities without it being a thing about “women fighting aliens” and without all of them having to be superlative. And it’s great! More, more of this please! More sorta mediocre movies with enough women (who, here, are also of various ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations) that a female character isn’t simply “the girl one” and they get to have other standard “militaryish unit on mission” characteristics! To be fair, Annihilation scores higher than “mediocre.” It has some nice moments both in terms of the sci-fi and in terms of the human relationships, some good performances by Portman and others and the overall idea behind this specific alien threat is fun, even if it feels like the movie doesn’t completely know where to take it. As a one-off movie, Annihilation feels like it needs more work with its core ideas — both the alien-life element and the LenaKane relationship, specifically in deciding how to resolve both. As the start of a series (and I suppose time and box office numbers will determine whether it becomes that), it left me moderately interested in seeing more of this story. B Rated R for violence, bloody images, language and some sexuality, according to the MPAA. Directed by Alex Garland, who also

wrote the movie for the screen (from the novel by Jeff VanderMeer), Annihilation is an hour and 55 minutes long and is distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Game Night (R)

A competitive couple is accidentally tangled up in various kinds of criminality during a murder mystery game gone wrong in Game Night, a low-pressure comedy starring Jason Bateman.

Max (Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) take charades and Trivial Pursuit way too seriously at their weekly game nights with friends Kevin (Lamorne Morris) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury) and Ryan (Billy Magnussen) and his ever-changing roster of very young, not too bright blonde girls. Sick of always losing, when the gang heads to game night at Brooks’ (Kyle Chandler) house, Max’s brother Ryan brings the older, smarter Sarah (Sharon Horgan), who clearly thinks she’s on the date with the dumb blonde. Max is also sick of losing — he feels like he’s always behind Brooks, who has a lucrative career, big house and flashy classic car. When Brooks casually makes his car the prize for the winners of game night, Max decides it’s his. But Brooks isn’t proposing a game of Scrabble. He has ordered an interactive game where he’s going to be kidnapped and the other players will have to find him using an assortment of clues. When men in masks show up, fight with Brooks and then drag him out of the house, the gang is impressed with the elaborate nature of the setup. The three couples each work to try to get an edge to find Brooks but eventually all of them learn that the “fake” fight and kidnapping was real and Brooks is really in danger. Absurd crime caper stuff juxtaposed with suburban married couple manners and Bateman’s line delivery, which is very similar to the character he’s been playing in comedies

for the last 15 years (more or less, Arrested Development forward, with a few deviations). Some of it works, because Bateman plus good timing plus the right kind of absurdity is a solid recipe. Some of it feels like it’s leaning a little too much on how much we’ve seen him do this before. The movie has a few too many subplots. One involves weirdo neighbor Gary (Jesse Plemons), a police officer who used to come to game night but was phased out after his divorce from his wife. Another is the rivalry between Max and Brooks. Both of them are (and read as) way too old to have a rivalry this stupid play out in this way. Another is Annie and Max’s uncertainty over having kids, which feels lazy, from a story perspective. And I get that this is the kind of movie where the overt “movieness” of story beats is treated as part of the joke, but that doesn’t make it any less lazy. Though this movie isn’t all that long, shaving off everything that isn’t game night and leaning harder into the absurdity of what wealthy people (liveaction murder mystery) and rich people (fight club!) do for amusement would have made for sharper comedy. Game Night, though sorta dumb and at times too cute with its knowing winks, is also fun and at times laugh-out-loud funny. I found myself thinking of the TV show Castle, which ended its eight-season run on ABC in 2016. That was a perfect couch-snooze TV show. It was light and fun and if you fell asleep at minute 15 and woke up at minute 53 you wouldn’t really be lost. This is the Castle of movies, a little smarter at times maybe, but basically that. And it’s good for basically whenever you’d need a Castle — a little nontaxing relaxation after a long day at work, an afternoon when you’re home with the flu. Because it’s in a theater, Game Night even works right now as a date movie if all you want to do is be in a theater with someone and you don’t really care what’s on the screen. BRated R for language, sexual references and some violence, according to the MPAA. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein with a screenplay by Mark Perez, Game Night is an hour and 40 minutes long and distributed by New Line Cinema.

Every Day (PG-13)

A high school girl falls in love with a person who lives every 24 hours in the body of someone different in Every Day, a nice little teenage love story that feels like the pilot of a smart TV dramady.

Rhiannon (Angourie Rice) is surprised when her boyfriend Justin (Justice Smith) agrees to cut school and spend the day hanging out with her at the beach. They have a delightful day in what we guess is a not always delightful relationship — Rhiannon seems desirous of more attention from Justin, Justin seems interested in Rhiannon when he


wants to be. The next day, Justin is angry that he apparently blew off assorted obligations and has no memory of the beach trip. What we know that Rhiannon doesn’t is that “Justin” was actually A, a soul that lives each day in a different body and on beach day woke up as Justin. After cycling through a girl (Jeni Ross) who claims to be new to town, a boy (Lucas Jade Zumann) who claims to be the cousin of a friend, a girl (Katie Douglas) who tries to explain the situation to Rhiannon and another boy (Jacob Batalon) who lives an hour or so away from Rhiannon, A is able to convince Rhiannon that A is real. A is roughly the same teen-age as Rhiannon and has inhabited people whose ages match A’s own. A inhabits both boys and girls. (Are you a boy or girl, Rhiannon asks. Yes, A says.) Each person A inhabits is somewhere not too far from the last, which means that

when A’s current body travels A is often stuck in that new city. A has access to the person’s memories but the people tend not to remember A and A tries hard not to rock the boat of the current person’s life. That is until A meets Rhiannon and makes an effort with each day to attempt to see her. Can’t you see the TV show? Here’s the genius of it: your main character is just writing. You can make A anybody, any cheap, not-yet-a-star-who-demands-a-big-payday body. It’s like Quantum Leap without having to pay Scott Bakula! As a story concept, Every Day is smart with lots of nice possibilities for things it can do with its characters and with what identity means. I had a very hard time not being sidetracked by all the serialized story potential here because this story spent time on (wasted time on) the ho-hum Justin-Rhiannon relationship and introduced but never got around

to developing Rhiannon’s family: a brash older sister (Debby Ryan), a father (Michael Cram) recovering from a mental illness and a mother (Maria Bello) suffering under the strain of holding her family together and her difficult relationship with her husband. This movie juggles more story points than it has time to deal with and, though not every subplot needs a tidy end, it would have been nice to have more resolution overall in this movie, emotionally even if not narratively. That said, Every Day was ultimately more satisfying than not and offers a gentle, optimistic view of young love. B Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language, teen drinking and suggestive material, according to the MPAA. Directed by Michael Sucsy with a screenplay by Jesse Andrews (from a novel by David Levithan), Every Day is an hour and 35 minutes long and distributed by Orion Pictures.


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• Song man: Veteran singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey performs an intimate show. Now on Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records — she produced his latest album, 2017’s Are You Listening? — Mulvey began as a Boston busker and has produce a wideranging catalog. Go Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m., Flying Goose, 40 Andover Road, New London. Tickets are $25; reserve at 526-6899. • Rock show: Eight bands on a bill topped by Boston quartet Exhale kick off the weekend at an original music showcase with a harder rock ’n’ roll attitude. Also slated to appear at the Livespot Music event are Sunshine Riot, Just Alright, Dark Rain, Screw Cart, 13 High and burly Boston power trio Heavy America. Go Friday, March. 2, 7 p.m., O’Shea’s Irish Tavern & Cigar Bar, 449 Amherst St., Nashua. The 21+ show is free; see • Diva night: A benefit show for Girls at Work features comedy from Patty Ross and Jody Sloane. Ross’s diverse resume includes opening arena shows for Andrew Dice Clay. Sloane cut her comedy teeth hosting Boston Duck Tours. Go Saturday, March. 3, 6 p.m., Southern New Hampshire University, 2500 N. River Road, Manchester. Tickets $25 to $50 at • Funny fifth: Boston comic Will Noonan tells jokes at a weekly showcase that’s nearing venerable status as it celebrates five years of offering national talent. Most shows are no cover, though there are a few special ticketed shows, including Comedy Central star Joe Derosa and local hero Jay Chanoine doing a big April 4 anniversary show. Go Wednesday, March 7, 9 p.m., Shaskeen Pub, 909 Elm St., Manchester. See Want more ideas for a fun night out? Check out Hippo Scout, available via the Apple App Store, Google Play and online at

Though performing a beloved album from start to finish is a thing for many classic rockers, Eric Johnson was a reluctant convert. The guitarist tends to move forward, shifting between genres and bringing something new to each of them. His last three discs were 2010’s Up Close, which touched on his Texas blues rock roots, Eclectic, a 2014 collaboration with jazz guitarist Mike Stern, and the all-acoustic EJ, released in 2016. On his latest record, last year’s Collage, Johnson reinvents songs by personal heroes like Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Dick Dale and The Beatles, and offers an equal number of inventive originals. Maybe doing covers put him in a nostalgic mood — when it was suggested that he let fans pick a favorite record for him to play in its entirety, he agreed. To the surprise of few, Ah Via Musicom ran away with the votes. The 1990 effort established Johnson as a singular talent, winning a Grammy and awestruck praise from the music community. Guitar World ranked the album’s biggest hit, “Cliffs of Dover,” as No. 17 on its Greatest Guitar Solos list. Equally impressive, three instrumentals from the disc made the Mainstream Rock Top 10, in a time when grunge was ascendant. Midway through rehearsals for the upcoming Ah Via Musicom tour, Johnson has warmed to the idea. “It really is kind of meaningful to me; I’m enjoying this,” he said by telephone. “When we decided to do it, I was kind of wondering Eric Johnson Ah Via Musicom Tour When: Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. Where: Tupelo Music Hall, 10 A St., Derry Tickets: $46-$65 at

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... but it’s fun.” A big reason for his jocular mood is the chance to again work with drummer Tommy Taylor and bass player Kyle Brock. “They were the original guys in the band. So it’s nostalgic, brings back a lot of memories,” he said, adding it didn’t take long for the three to reconnect. He and Taylor occasionally collaborate, but he hasn’t done anything with Brock in “many, many years. It’s interesting, we got together and started rehearsing and there’s a chemistry there that’s really nuts.” Johnson stressed the shows don’t consist of a lockstep re-creation of the disc. “There’s space inside all of the songs. ... It’s not written in stone; we get to improvise and stuff,” he said. “If it was note-for-note the same it might not be as fun, but it gets to change a little bit. But we’re trying to play it pretty close to the record.” Nashville singer-songwriter Arielle is opening on the tour and sitting in with Johnson later; occasionally, he joins for her early set. “She’s just really awesome, a great songwriter and singer,” he said. “I’m really kind of surprised that in this day and age that she

would have any trouble at all getting things rolling, because she’s just so talented.” Early in his career, Johnson’s painstaking musicianship led to long gaps between recordings, but that’s not a problem these days. “I have a bunch of music that I want to record; I want to speed up my process,” he said. “I have a second volume of my acoustic record that I’d like to finish, as well as an electric record. Then maybe some specialty projects with other people. I’d like to do a blues record and then a country record, with chicken picking kind of things.” Johnson has worked with many great guitarists, including the first incarnation of G3 with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The loss of many seminal artists has hit him, with B.B. King’s death a particularly hard one to absorb. “The reality is a lot of the original guys are fading away,” he said. “But his passing was like, wow, the world’s different now.” The two shared stages over the years. “Just such a nice gentlemen, eloquent, always treated us wonderfully,” Johnson said. “He would take time, give me advice. It was beautiful. Some of the advice he’d give me I didn’t get right away, then 10 years later I’d say, ‘Oh, that’s what he meant.’” During one tour, Johnson gifted King with a vintage Lab amplifier, a favorite piece of gear of the blues legend. He found the amp in a pawn shop, in near-mint condition. “It was exceptional-sounding,” he said. “I wanted to keep it for myself, but I thought, no, and I made a little gold plaque that said, ‘Thank you so much for everything,’” A few months ago, Johnson ran into King’s former guitar tech at a gig. “He told me, ‘You know, Eric, B.B. used that amp all the way to the end; he just loved that amp,’” Johnson said. “That just made my day — that he not only accepted the amp, but he used it for all those years.”

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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

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, March 1 Concord Common Man: Joel Begin Ashland Common Man: Jim McHugh & Granite: CJ Poole Duo Steve McBrian (Open) Hermanos: Paul Desmarais Makris: Boo Boo Groove Auburn Auburn Pitts: Open Jam w/ Dover Gordy and Diane Pettipas 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Pez Boscawen Alan’s: John Pratte

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Hampton CR’s: Steve Swartz, The Joy of Sax Wally’s Pub: Mechanical Shark & Country Music DJ

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 Lebanon Salt hill Pub: Celtic Open Session Londonderry Coach Stop: Doug Thompson

Hanover Salt hill Pub: Irish Trad’ Session Manchester Randy Miller/Roger Kahle Central Ale House: Jonny Friday Blues City Sports Grille: DJ Dave Hillsborough Turismo: Line Dancing Foundry: DJ Marco Valentin Fratello’s: Jazz Night Laconia Great North Ale Works: Alli Beaudry Hosts Whiskey Barrel: Djdirectdrive

Manchvegas: Open Acoustic Jam w/ Jim Devlin Penuche’s Music Hall: College Night - DJ Stef Strange Brew: Seldom Playrights Whiskey’s 20: DJs Shawn White/ Ryan Nichols/Mike Mazz Merrimack Homestead: Brian Walker

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

Country Tavern: Ted Solovicos Fody’s: DJ Rich Padula Fratello’s: Stephen Decuire O’Shea’s: Mando & The Goat Riverwalk Cafe: Cold Engines w. Trade

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

Nashua Peterborough Agave Azul: DJ K-Wil Ladies Harlow’s: Bluegrass Night w/ Night John Meehan

New London Flying Goose 40 Andover Road 526-6899

Newbury Goosefeathers Pub Mt. Sunapee Resort 763-3500 Salt Hill Pub 1407 Rt 103 763-2667

Newmarket Riverworks 164 Main St. 659-6119 Stone Church 5 Granite St. 659-7700

Newport Salt Hill Pub 58 Main St. 863-7774

North Hampton Barley House Seacoast 43 Lafayette Rd 379-9161

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

La Mia Casa: Soul Repair Portsmouth 3S Artspace: Honor Killing Beara Irish Brewing: Weekly Irish Music Fat Belly’s: DJ Flex Martingale Wharf: Mica Sev Project Thirsty Moose: Thirsty Thursday DJ Night Seabrook Chop Shop: Spent Fuel Weare Stark House Tavern: Mikey G Windham Common Man: Kim Riley Friday, March 2 Auburn Auburn Pitts: Pop Farmers Belmont Lakes Region Casino: DJ Mark Boscawen Alan’s: Johnny Angel Concord Area 23: Hank & Chas

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

Tilton Rio Burrito 276 Main St. 729-0081 Winni Grille 650 Laconia Road 527-8217 Warner Schoodacs Cafe 1 East Main St. 456-3400 Weare Stark House Tavern 487 S. Stark Highway 529-0901 Windham Common Man 88 Range Road 898-0088 Old School Bar & Grill 49 Range Road 458-6051

Seabrook Castaways 209 Ocean Blvd 760-7500

Wolfeboro Wolfeboro Inn 90 N Main St. 569-3016

Derry Coffee Factory: Dave LaCroix Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: DJ Music / Frisky Friday Dover Brickhouse: Stop Tito Collective, The Feel Goods Fury’s Publick House: Dog’s That Know They’re Dogs Top of the Chop: Funkadelic Fridays East Hampstead Pasta Loft Brickhouse: Polar Sea Francestown Toll Booth Tavern: Clavis Brudon Band Gilford Patrick’s: Dueling Pianos - Jon Lorentz vs Gardner Berry Schuster’s: Dan The Muzak Man

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A petition to terminate parental rights over your minor child(ren) has been filed in this Court. You are herby cited to appear at a Court to show cause why the same should not be granted. Date: March 06, 2018 Courtroom 6 -9th Circuit Court- Nashua 30 Spring Street, Nashua, NH Time: 1:00 pm - Time Alloted: 1 Hour A written appearance must be filed with this Court on or before the date of the hearing, or the respondent may personally appear on the date of hearing or be defaulted. CAUTION You should respond immediately to this notice to prepare for trial and because important hearings will take place prior to trial. If you fail to appear personally or in writing, you will waive your right to a hearing and you parental rights may be terminated at the above hearing.



You are hereby notified that you have a right to be represented by an attorney. You also have the right to oppose the proceedings, to attend the hearing and to present evidence. If you desire an attorney, you may notify this Court within ten (10) days of receiving this notice and upon a finding of indigency, the Court will appoint an attorney without cost to you. If you enter an appearance, notice of any future hearings regarding this child(ren) will be by the first class mail to you, your attorney and all other interested parties not less than ten (10) days prior to any scheduled hearing. Additional information may be obtained from the Family Division Court identified in the heading of this Order of Notice. If you will need an interpreter or other accommodations for this hearing, please contact the court immediately. Please be advised (and/or advise clients, witnesses, and others) that it is a Class B felony to carry a firearm or other deadly weapon as defined in RSA 625.11, V in a courtroom or area used by a court.

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Weare Stark House: Walker Smith

Milford Pasta Loft: April Cushman Band Union Coffee: Will Hatch/Jake Klar

Sunday, March 4 Ashland Common Man: Chris White Solo Acoustic

Rochester Magrilla’s: Mica-Sev Project Revolution Tap Room: Jeff Hayford Seabrook Chop Shop: Aaron Carter


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Northwood Umami: Tony Depalma


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Northwood Umami: Bluegrass w/ Cecil Abels

Portsmouth Beara Irish Brewing: Irish Music Ri Ra: Irish Sessions Rochester Lilac City Grille: Music @9:30


Seabrook Chop Shop: Acoustic Afternoon Monday, March 5 Concord Hermanos: Paul Bourgelais Hanover Salt hill Pub: Hootenanny

Manchester Central Ale House: Jonny Friday Duo Fratello’s: Rob Wolfe or Phil Jacques Meredith Giuseppe’s: Lou Porrazzo

Merrimack Able Ebenezer: Live from the Ale Room Homestead: Chris Cavanaugh

Goffstown Village Trestle: Wan-tu Blues Band & Jam

Nashua Fratello’s Italian Grille: Ryan Williamson

Hudson River’s Pub: Acoustic Jam

Portsmouth Dolphin Striker: Old School Earth Eagle Brewings: Joe Young Ri Ra: Oran Mor

Manchester British Beer: RC Thomas Shaskeen: Rap night, Industry night Strange Brew: Jam Wild Rover: DJ Dance Night Meredith Giuseppe’s: Open Stage with Lou Porrazzo Nashua Agave Azul: DJ Rich - Smokin’ Sunday Riverwalk Cafe: Odds Bodkin: Beowulf Newbury Salt Hill Pub: Mark & Deb Bond Newmarket Stone Church: Senie Hunt Lazy Sunday Briunch

Tuesday, March 6 Concord Hermanos: Mike Walsh

Dover Fury’s Publick House: Tim Theriault and Friends Sonny’s: Soggy Po’ Boys Gilford Patrick’s: Paul Luff hosts

Manchester Backyard Brewery: Acoustic Tuesday Fratello’s: Mark Huzar Shaskeen: James Keyes Strange Brew: David Rousseau Whiskey’s 20: Sammy Smoove & DJ Gera

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Barrington Nippo Lake Restaurant: Bolt Hill Bluegrass Band

North Hampton Barley House Seacoast: Great Bay Sailor


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Newmarket Stone Church: Bluegrass Jam North Hampton Barley House Seacoast: Traditional Irish Session Peterborough Harlow’s: Celtic Music Jam Portsmouth The Goat: Rob Benton Seabrook Chop Shop: Bare Bones

Dover 603 Bar & Lounge: Rock the Mic w/ DJ Coach Falls Grill: Rick Watson Dublin DelRossi’s Trattoria: Celtic and Old Timey Jam Session Gilford Patrick’s: Cody James - Ladies Night Hillsborough Turismo: Blues Jam w Jerry Paquette & the Runaway Bluesmen Londonderry Coach Stop: Brad Bosse

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NITE CONCERTS 536-2551, Franklin Opera House 316 Central St., Franklin 934-1901, The Music Hall 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth 436-2400, The Music Hall Loft 131 Congress St., Portsmouth 436-2400, Palace Theatre 80 Hanover St., Manchester 668-5588,

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Blues Traveler 30th Anniversary Tour Thursday, March 1, 8 p.m. Rochester Opera House Del & Dawg Friday, March 2, 8 p.m. Cap Center Memories of Patsy Cline Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre Weird Al Yankovic w/ Emo Philips Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. Music Hall The Subdudes Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Weird Al Yankovic w/ Emo Phillips Saturday, March 3, 8 p.m. Music Hall Loft Delta Rae Sunday, March 4, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Andrew Bird Tuesday, March 6, 8 p.m. Music Hall Melvin Seals & JGB Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. Flying Monkey Spirit of Johnny Cash Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. Rochester Opera House Eric Johnson - Ah Via Musicom Tour 2018 Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Lyle Lovett/Shawn Colvin (Sold Out) Friday, March 9, 8 p.m. Music Hall Loft Tab Benoit Saturday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. Flying Monkey Edgar Winter Saturday, March

10, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Jesse Terry Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m. Music Hall Loft Mr. Speed & the Shot of Poison Sunday, March 11, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry Altan Thursday, March 15, 8 p.m. Cap Center Peter and Jeremy Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. Flying Monkey Five For Fighting w/ String Quartet Friday, March 16, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry PMAC Jazz – East Coast Stylings Friday, March 16, 7&9 p.m. Music Hall Loft Phil Vassar Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m. Flying Monkey Masters of Soul Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. Rochester Opera House Glengharry Boys Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry PMAC Jazz – West Coast Stylings Saturday, March 17, 7&9 p.m. Music Hall Loft Dixie Dregs Sunday, March 18, 8 p.m. Tupelo Derry We Are Messengers (Irish Worship) Tuesday, March 20, 8 p.m. Colonial Theatre Damn The Torpedoes – Tom Petty Tribute Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m. Flying Monkey Kip Winger Friday, March 23, 8

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Concord Hermanos: Paul Donahue

Harold Square: Houdana the Magician (Tableside Magic)


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16 Party appetizer 17 Poet/dramatist Hughes 19 Quirky French title role of 2001 20 Furniture to display cheesy stuff? 22 ___ Soundsystem 23 Baled stuff

24 Symptom that might require eye drops 26 Attach, as a button 29 Pre-flight org. 31 Stewart who sang “Maggie May” 32 Till the soil 33 Hot off the presses 34 Changes gradually, graphically 37 Kiwi’s much larger cousin 38 Go faster 40 Sturdy tree 41 Dress shirt component 43 Connectivity issue 44 U.S. : counter(clockwise) :: U.K. : ___(clockwise) 45 “Captain Underpants” creator Pilkey 46 Two-___ toilet paper 47 Incas’ mountains


48 Goof 51 Teensy carpenter 52 European peak 53 Tiny mythical creatures on patrol? 59 2004 Jude Law drama 61 “Music for Airports” composer 62 “Come ___, we’re expecting you ...” (“The Love Boat” theme lyrics) 63 Confident finish? 64 Armitage who plays “Young Sheldon” 65 Frosty maker 66 ___ Thérèse, Quebec 67 Gambler’s numbers

21 Underwire’s locale, maybe 25 Neither companion 26 Built to ___ 27 “Sesame Street” character voiced by Ryan Dillon since 2013 28 Is totally up for nestling in bed? 29 Golf prop 30 Get bigger 33 “Science Friday” airer 34 Cocoa container 35 Really dislike 36 Equipment used at the Winter Olympics 38 Viciousness 39 Sunup to sundown Down 42 Back muscle, for short 1 Part that’s egg-centric? 44 Actor Banderas 2 Jai ___ (fast-moving sport) 46 Shepherd’s pie bit 3 Landlord’s check 47 “Black Beauty” novelist Sewell 4 Competition for toys? 48 Colorful parrot 5 Comic strip character known for say- 49 “___ right back!” ing “Ack!” 50 Many residents of Erbil in Iraq 6 Tons 51 Limber 7 “Girls” creator Dunham 54 Some baseball stats 8 Balancing device 55 “Gosh darn it!” 9 Mention a connection, perhaps 56 Name in spiral notebooks 10 “First of all...” 57 Noddy creator Blyton 11 Body of water that’s surrounded? 58 Mumford & ___ 12 Humongous movies 60 Melancholy 13 “Dirty ___ Done Dirt Cheap” (AC/ DC song) ©2018 Jonesin’ Crosswords 18 Read a QR code (







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SIGNS OF LIFE ly’s house. Luckily, Melvin’s garage door was open. Even luckilier, Melvin’s glow-in-thedark time-traveling Robo-Squid suits were there too. Proper equipment is important. Virgo (Aug. 23 – Sept. 22) ‘Are you alright, Mr. Meaner?’ asked the psychologist. ‘You look a little strange.’ ‘I’m much more than alright,’ replied Mr. Meaner. ‘I’m exceptionally impeccable!’ Mr. Meaner’s fellow teachers looked worried. They had never heard him use anything larger than a threesyllable word before. Personal growth is for everyone. Libra (Sept. 23 – Oct. 22) ‘SEVENTEEN POUNDS OF HOMEWORK?!!?’ shouted Harold. ‘WE’RE DOOMED!’ … George and Harold stayed up until 5:00 A.M. answering questions, filling in blanks, and showing their work. Show your work. Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21) George and Harold looked at each other with sadness … then walked back to their tree house, brokenhearted. ‘Aw, man,’ said Harold. ‘Our parents like the new versions of us better than they like the us versions of us.’ There’s only one you, but different parts can be strengthened. Sagittarius (Nov. 22 – Dec. 21) ‘Don’t look now,’ cried Mr. Rustworthy, ‘but a bunch of kids are out in the parking lot filling up our cars with low-fat cottage cheese!’ The teachers all rushed to the windows. The question is where did they get that much cottage cheese. Capricorn (Dec. 22 – Jan. 19) … the school secretary, Miss Anthrope, was sound asleep on the floor under her desk. … the sixth-grade AV club was answering the phone and filing papers. If you want something done, you may have to do it yourself. Aquarius (Jan. 20 – Feb. 18) ‘If all the kids in school are blindly following the orders of adults,’ said George, ‘then maybe they’ll follow OUR orders, too, since we’re dressed like an adult.’ Maybe.




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All quotes are from Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-a-Lot, by Dav Pilkey, born March 4, 1966. Pisces (Feb. 19 – March 20) In no time at all, the entire student body … was transformed. Now every kid in school had Attention Superfluous Lethargy Syndrome. It’s OK to slow down. Aries (March 21 – April 19) ‘Wait a minute,’ said the psychologist. ‘What if we follow his advice to NOT follow his advice? Are we still following his advice?’ The two doctors became so entangled in their deep, paradoxical conversation that they didn’t even notice Mr. Meaner walking out the exit door. Bigger questions may have to wait while you deal with current concerns. Taurus (April 20 – May 20) The mathletes were filling out the teachers’ tax forms, while the shop kids were washing all the cars in the faculty parking lot. Finally, George and Harold reached the cafeteria, where several teachers were lying on the lunch tables getting Ashiatsu massages and mani-pedis at the same time. You can break out of an old role. Gemini (May 21 – June 20) George and Harold rummaged through their houses until they found what they needed. There was no way they were going to show up at school looking like themselves again. They’d learned that lesson in our last book. George and Harold needed a disguise, and it needed to be convincing. A fake mustache isn’t going to cut it. Cancer (June 21 – July 22) ‘I’ll say,’ said Ms. Guided. ‘I was happy enough when my students were finally able to sit still and pay attention all day. But when I found out that they’d follow my every command without question, it changed my life!’ Your wish is no one’s command. Leo (July 23 – Aug. 22) George and Harold ran across town through the choking brown fog until they reached Melvin Sneed-

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NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY ANDREWS MCMEEL SYNDICATION system beneath the streets of London. The huge glob of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes was finally blasted out after nine weeks of work. On Feb. 8, the Museum of London put on display a shoebox-sized chunk of the fatberg, the consistency of which is described by curator Vyki Sparkes as being something like Parmesan cheese crossed with moon rock. “It’s disgusting and fascinating,” she told the Associated Press. The mini-fatberg is enclosed within three nested transparent boxes to protect visitors from potentially deadly Ewwwww! About a week after an 11-year-old bacteria, the terrible smell and the tiny flies boy scraped his elbow while playing in a that swarm around it. The museum is also tidal pool on a California beach, pediatri- selling fatberg fudge and T-shirts. cians treating him for the resulting abscess removed a small, hard object and were sur- Why not? Terran Woolley of Hutchinson, Kansas, prised to discover a live checkered periwinkle marine snail, according to United Press Inter- got a bright idea after he read the bylaws and national. Dr. Albert Khait and his colleagues requirements to become the state’s governor. at Loma Linda University wrote in BMJ Case “I was reading some stories about the young Reports that a snail’s egg had apparently teenagers that were entering the governor’s become embedded in the boy’s skin when he race ... and I thought, ‘I wonder if ... Angus scraped it. The mollusk later hatched inside could run,’” Woolley explained to KWCHthe abscess. Dr. Khait said the boy took the TV. Angus is Woolley’s wirehaired vizsla, a snail home as a pet, but it did not survive liv- four-legged, furry friend of the people who Woolley said would promise soft couches and ing outside its former home. a “completely anti-squirrel agenda” if elected. Alas, on Feb. 12, the Kansas secretary of Blimey! Michelle Myers of Buckeye, Arizona, suf- state’s office declared that despite the fact that fers from blinding headaches, but it’s what there are no specific restrictions against a dog happens afterward that until recently had doc- being governor, Angus would be unable to tors stumped. Myers, who has never been out carry out the responsibilities of the office.


A North Little Rock, Arkansas, law firm celebrated Valentine’s Day in an unconventional way: Wilson & Haubert hosted a contest to win a free divorce (a $985 value). “Are you ready to call it quits?” the firm’s Facebook post asked. “Do you know someone that is?” Firm co-founder Brandon Haubert told WISTV that the firm had received more than 40 entries in the first day it was offered.

of the United States, has awakened from her headaches three times in the last seven years with a different foreign accent. The first time it was Irish; the second was Australian, and both lasted only about a week. But Myers’ most recent event, which was two years ago, left her with a British accent that she still has. Doctors have diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare condition that usually accompanies a neurological event such as a stroke. Myers told ABC-15: “I feel like a different person. Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins.”

New World Order

A new golf course at The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Oregon, will take “the golf experience ... to a new level” in 2018, owner Scott Campbell announced in early February to the website Golf WRX. This summer, golfers will be offered goat caddies to carry clubs, drinks, balls and tees on the resort’s short seven-hole challenge course, McVeigh’s Gauntlet. “We’ve been developing an unprecedented caddie training program with our head caddie, Bruce LeGoat,” Campbell went on, adding that the professionally trained American Range goats will “work for peanuts.”


News of the Weird reported in September on the giant “fatberg” lodged in the sewer

Least competent criminal

Kenneth R. Shutes Jr. of New Richmond, Wisconsin, bolted from a midnight traffic stop on Feb. 6, but he didn’t make it far before having to call 911 for help. The Twin Cities

Pioneer Press reported that Shutes got stuck in a frozen swamp in rural Star Prairie and, after about an hour, became unable to walk as temperatures dipped to minus 8 degrees. Fire and rescue workers removed Shutes from the wooded area, and he was later charged in St. Croix County Circuit Court for failing to obey an officer, marijuana possession and obstructing an officer. Shutes told a deputy he “needed an incident like this because he was making poor decisions in his life.”

Animal incidents

• A helicopter crew contracted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in Wasatch County to track and capture an elk hit a snag of sorts on Feb. 12, according to KUTV. As the crew lowered the aircraft to less than 10 feet above the ground to cast a net over the elk, the animal jumped and hit the tail rotor of the helicopter, causing it to crash. Mike Hadley with DWR said helicopters are used to “capture and collar hundreds of animals every winter and we’ve never had this happen before.” The two crewmen walked away with just scratches and bruises, but the elk was killed. • The Federal Agency for Environmental Protection in Mexico is investigating a Feb. 7 attempt to express-mail a Bengal tiger cub from Jalisco to Queretaro, reported WDBJTV. The cub had been sedated and packed into a plastic container; a dog sniffing for contraband detected it. Wildlife agents said the cub was underweight and dehydrated but otherwise healthy, and its papers were in order. Because mailing it was considered mistreatment, it was relocated to a wildlife protection center. Visit



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