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In 2005, the New Hampshire State Board of Education made a landmark decision that would change the course of education in the Granite State and start a national education redesign movement. The board decided that it did not care about how long students sat in classrooms. It cared about whether or not students actually mastered their lessons and skills. This new way of thinking about education is called competency-based learning. In 2014, the board, along with the education community of the state — largely, school administrators — reaffirmed the competency-based direction. But here we are entering 2020, 15 years since 2005, and largely our schools still resemble the old system when time was the constant, (180 days, move on by age) and learning was the variable (As, Bs, Cs, Ds). While New Hampshire set the direction for the future of education in America, since 2005 there has been a largely lacking job demonstrating the kind of leadership shown by the 2005 state board. Make no mistake, advances have been made since 2005, but clearly not enough. The easiest to understand example that we have not made the kind of progress required to demonstrate to our citizens and the rest of the nation that we are the competency-based leader is the fact that we still have snow days. Any educator can tell you that snow days are, largely, a waste of time. Students know that these days were added to the end of their school year because it snowed and they got a day off. They believe that they are required by law to make up for it. But their brains are, generally, not in learning mode. They’re thinking about what they’re going to do on summer vacation. Abnormal absences are not uncommon on these days because some students and their families already had other plans. The work done in classrooms is often glorified babysitting. Snow days should become a thing of the past a representation of a learning model that was largely rejected by the 2005 State Board of Education, which made the bold statement that good schooling is not about time. It’s about whether or not students actually learned and an acknowledgement that good learning directed by our educators can happen whether you’re in school or not. So, school districts, show us you actually understand what the 2005 state board was trying to accomplish with competency-based learning by getting rid of snow days. Fred Bramante is the past chairman and member of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. He speaks and consults on education redesign to regional, state and national organizations.

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ON THE COVER 12 TRAIN LIKE A SUPERHERO Maybe you’re not fending off villians or trying to save the world, but improving your fitness is still a noble endeavor. In the first of our fourpart Look Good, Feel Great series, we talked to local experts about the best ways to ramp up your cardio, build strength and increase flexibility so you can get into superhero shape. ALSO ON THE COVER, Game Knight opens in Manchester, p. 22. Taste of Bedford returns with bites from Bedford-area restaurants, p. 28. And there are several chances to catch a comedy show this week, p. 45.

INSIDE THIS WEEK NEWS & NOTES 4 News in Brief. 6 Q&A 8 QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX 10 SPORTS THIS WEEK 18 THE ARTS: 19 ART Jess Barnett. 21 THEATER Curtain Call; listings for events around town. 21 CLASSICAL Listings for events around town. INSIDE/OUTSIDE: 23 KIDDIE POOL Family fun events this weekend. 23 TREASURE HUNT There’s gold in your attic. 24 GARDENING GUY Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors. 25 CAR TALK Automotive advice. CAREERS: 26 ON THE JOB What it’s like to be a... FOOD: 28 TASTE OF BEDFORD Simply Delicious Baking Co.; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Beer; Try This At Home. POP CULTURE: 34 REVIEWS CDs, books, TV and more. Amy Diaz makes room on the best films of 2019 list for Little Women and catches up some other 2019 movies worth checking out. NITE: 40 BANDS, CLUBS, NIGHTLIFE Laughs at a winery; Nightlife, music & comedy listings and more. 41 ROCK AND ROLL CROSSWORD A puzzle for the music-lover. 42 MUSIC THIS WEEK Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.




First sports bet On Monday, Dec. 30, Gov. Chris Sununu placed the first legal sports wager in New Hampshire as the New Hampshire Lottery formally premiered legalized sports betting in the Granite State. According to a news release from the Lottery, Sununu made the ceremonial wager at a launch party at Shopper’s Pub and Eatery in Manchester alongside Lottery executive director Charlie McIntyre, former New England Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich and Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder of DraftKings, the sports betting giant managing the state’s mobile betting service. According to the Lottery, the state will retain 51 percent of all gross sports betting revenues. Building permits up More new housing permits were approved in 2018 than at any time since the start of the subprime mortgage crisis. According to the findings

of a newly released report from the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives, 4,285 new building permits were issued by Granite State municipalities in 2018. As detailed within the report, 2018 marks the fifth straight year of growth in total permits issued and makes 2018 the year with the most issued permits since 2008. Of the 4,285 permits, 27 percent were sited in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties, 50 percent were for single-family homes, 44 percent were for multifamily homes and 3 percent were for manufactured housing. Despite steady growth, the report notes that the 4,285 represents less than half of the near 10,000-permit peak between 2003 and 2004.

4 include additional seating areas, a cafe area, new paint, carpet and lights and movement and consolidation of collections, places no tax burden on citizens and is funded entirely by a donation from Doris E. Jones, an Amherst native. While the library will stay open during the renovation process, the library notes that access and certain services may be limited.

A historic barn in Deerfield was destroyed by an early morning three-alarm fire, according to a Dec. 29 story in the Union Leader. The barn was previously the home of Bozeman & Co. Organ Builders, which produced and restored pipe organs in Deerfield between 1976 and CONCORD 2005, the article said. In an interview, George Bozeman Jr. told the Union Leader that the barn itself likely dated back to the 19th century.


Library redo On Monday, Dec. 30, the Amherst Town Library began an eight-week period of long-planned renovations thanks to a generous local benefactor, according to a news release from the library. The improvements, which

Parking app Residents and visitors to Manchester will now have the option to pay for street parking using a new digital app. In a Dec. 23 news release, the Office of Mayor Joyce Craig announced the launch of Passport Parking, a new mobile app that will allow motorists to pay for parking at more than 3,000 spaces located throughout the Queen City. Additionally, the release notes the app will allow users to monitor time left on their meter, remotely extend a parking session or review receipts from past parking.

Work Play NH and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, and ending the day with a 7:15 p.m. town hall at the Exeter High School cafeteria. On Friday, Jan. 3, Booker will take his turn on NHPR’s 2020 candidate forum on The Exchange at 9 a.m in Concord at NHPR’s studio before heading to WMUR’s Candidate Café, filming at 11 a.m. the Airport Diner in Manchester. And at 12:45 p.m. Booker will hold a meet and greet in Nashua with immigrant-led small businesses at Zco Corporation. Visit • Elizabeth Warren: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be in the state Thursday, Jan. 2, according to the campaign. At 12:30 p.m., Warren will hold a town hall in Concord with the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy at the Grappone Conference

Center, followed by a town hall at 5 p.m. at the Hanover Inn Dartmouth in Hanover. Visit • Michael Bennet: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet will hold several events in the state over the weekend, according to the campaign. On Friday, Jan. 3, Bennet will hold a meet and greet with voters in Somersworth at Teatotaller followed by a 5:30 p.m. house party in Exeter and a 7 p.m. meet and greet in Newmarket at the Newmarket Democrats Committee Office. That Saturday, Jan. 4 at 1 p.m., Bennet will hold a house party in Dover and a 7 p.m. house party Concord. On Sunday, Jan. 5, he will hold another house party at 10 a.m. in Amherst before going to Manchester to speak at the 2020 NH College Convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown. Visit

Aviation fans have just a short time left to make their way to Goffstown Londonderry to visit the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire’s “Festival of Toy Planes” exhibit. MANCHESTER According to a news release from the museum, the exhibit, which features thousands of models and toy Bedford aircraft “from the era of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh to Toy Story’s Buzz Lightyear,” will end its Merrimack run onAmherst Sunday, Jan. 12.





Politics This Week • Andrew Yang: Entrepreneur Andrew Yang will be in the state Thursday, Jan. 2, according to the campaign. At noon he will be at Concord High School to play basketball with students; at 4 p.m. he will be in Plymouth for the opening of a new campaign office at 75 Main St.; and at 7 p.m. he will visit Governor’s Inn & Restaurant in Rochester. Visit • Cory Booker: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will stage a slate of events in the latter part of the week, according to the campaign. On Thursday, Jan. 2, Booker will be in Concord at 1:30 p.m. to speak at a forum on Civil Liberties & the Presidency hosted by ACLU-NH and the UNH School of Law in Concord before heading down to Manchester for a 3:30 p.m. appearance at Politics Unplugged 2020, hosted by Stay

• Tulsi Gabbard: Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will make multiple stops this week, according to the campaign. On Thursday, Jan. 2, Gabbard will hold a town hall in Epsom at 6 p.m. at the Circle 9 Ranch Bingo Hall in Epsom. On Friday, Jan. 3, she will attend a 6 p.m. town hall in Warner at MainStreet Bookends. On Saturday, Jan. 4, she will attend a 4:40 p.m. town hall in Grantham at the Farmers Table Cafe and on Sunday, Jan. 5, she will host a 6 p.m. town hall in Hanover at Hopkins Center for the Arts. On Monday, Jan. 6, she will hold a 6:30 p.m. town hall at the Enfield Community Center; on Tuesday, Jan. 7, she will attend a 6 p.m. town hall in Northfield at American Legion Post 49, and on Wednesday, Jan. 8, she will hold a 7 p.m. town hall in Concord at the

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Visit • Pete Buttigieg: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will hold several events in the state over the weekend, according to the campaign. On Friday, Jan. 3, Buttigieg will have an 11:30 a.m. town hall at the North Conway Community Center, followed by a 6:15 p.m. town hall at the Portsmouth South Church. On Saturday, Jan. 4, at 11:30 a.m., Buttigieg will host a town hall in Nashua at Nashua Community College, followed by a 3 p.m. town hall in Claremont at Stevens High School and a 6:30 p.m. town hall in Wolfeboro at Kingswood Regional High School. At 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, Buttigieg will stage a town hall in Franklin at Franklin High School. Visit

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Is there a story or experience that How did the idea for really sticks out in your mind? a bike donation program Webster House probably stands out get started? to me, because we’ve always been very During those first couple years when we had some success close to Webster House in the past. I going, we thought about what we know that the kids go there for situawould want to do to give back to tions that are way beyond their control, our community. We came up with Arthur Sullivan, principal and Webster House does such a phean idea and said to each other “You of Brady Sullivan prop- nomenal job with those kids. The kids erties. know, why don’t we give a couple aren’t necessarily there for a lifetime, of bikes away? Because nothing makes a kid but they may be in a bad state of being when they happier or smile more than having a brand new get there. But when they get that bike, I’ve seen bike.” So, we went out at that time and bought that it lights their world on fire. 100 bikes, which was a big deal for us at that time back then, and we gave those to folks like the SalThere’s no shortage of groups and organizavation Army, the Boys & Girls Club and Webster tions that organize toy drives for underprivileged House. We’ve talked about it every year since kids at this time of the year. Why do you focus then, but last year we said, “You know what? We on bicycles? talk about this every year: The best thing we ever When Shane and I had that conversation back did was give those 100 bikes away to the kids in in 1992, we said, “What types of gifts do you our community.” So we decided to do it again. remember receiving the most growing up?” And we both thought that everybody always rememWhat made you decide to turn this into a tra- bers getting their first bike — it can be very, very dition after all of these years? meaningful. It was so special when we did it back in 1992 and also when we repeated it on a larger scale last Are there other charitable acts that Brady year, the outcome was just so tremendous — see- Sullivan does in the Manchester community? ing the kids get these bikes, seeing our employees Giving back to the community has always be able to be involved in every aspect of getting been a very important part of what we do. About these bikes together. a month ago we donated 500 coats for local children to a drive organized by the Manchester Fire What’s the process for getting all of this Department. Recently, we donated some sneaktogether? ers for girls who needed sneakers at Girls Inc.and There’s a lot that goes into it. We order the the YWCA. These were kids that wanted to play bikes through and work with Walmart in Man- sports, but we found out they couldn’t because chester, and they’re just phenomenal at getting they didn’t have sneakers ... [and we] said, “You these bikes assembled for us. Then we go out and know what? We’re gonna pick these kids up, get orders from the different nonprofits, and we bring them to the store, size them up with our try to size the bikes right for the different kids. employees and buy them some brand new sneakWe pick up the bikes ourselves and we have our ers.” Those are all good moments where you employees act as drivers for all of the different realize that you’re doing some really good work. drop-off points throughout New England. This is Managing so many properties in Manchester, a really great feel-good moment for us. I imagine you folks must have your collective How did you decide what nonprofit organiza- fingers on the pulse of the city. Over the years you’ve been in business, how have you seen the tions you wanted to donate the bikes to? This year we actually had our staff members community’s charitable needs change? When we think about the economy, it’s easy in every community that we serve go out and determine who they think would be the best can- to think “Wow! Things are fantastic!” But things didates to receive the bikes. We did that because aren’t always fantastic for everyone in the comwe wanted our employees to play a part in deter- munity, in both good times and bad. So, we mining who the recipients should be. The criteria realize there’s always a need to lend a helping was all about kids. If there were kids who nev- hand to those around us who can’t always get the er had the opportunity to own a brand new bike, help they need. that’s who we wanted to see. — Travis R. Morin


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QUALITY OF LIFE INDEX New Year’s resolutions

Granite Staters have the chance to win a prize while pursuing better physical and mental health through the annual Granite State 90-Day Winter Challenge. Put on by the Governor’s Council on Physical Activity and Health, the initiative calls on people of all ages to spend at least 20 minutes a day moving or exercising in some way. With suggestions covering everything from walking inside your local mall or department store three times to going downhill skiing, those of any ability level or age are encouraged to take part. Participants who complete the challenge, track their daily activity and complete an online survey are eligible to win a 2020 New Hampshire state parks family season pass, a three-month membership to the Concord Family Y or a Genius rechargeable toothbrush. Score: +1 Comment: To sign up for the challenge and track your progress, go to and register through Eventbrite.

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Residents of the state’s southwestern corner faced unhealthy air quality conditions between Dec. 20 and Dec. 23 and possibly longer, according to an air pollution advisory issued by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. The region faced unhealthy concentrations of fine air particles that could adversely impact sensitive individuals (for example, children, older adults, and those suffering from heart or lung diseases) living in heavily populated areas, according to the advisory. The Department of Environmental Services said the concentration was likely the combination of low temperatures, calm winds and air pollution emitted by home heating devices. Score: -1 Comment: Symptoms of particle pollution exposure could include chest pain, heart palpitations and difficulty breathing, the advisory said.

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Dozens of volunteers and thousands of donated presents came together to make the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of needy kids in the greater Nashua area. In a Dec. 20 news release, Nashua-based Front Door Agency announced it was able to fulfill the holiday wish lists of more than 730 area children as part of the group’s annual Holiday Santa Program. This year’s effort was undertaken with the help of local organizations and businesses like the Courtyard Marriott Nashua, Stanley Elevator and BAE Systems, whose employees “adopted” over 200 children through the Front Door Agency, and proceeded to deliver “two truckloads of gifts” for the effort. In a statement, Front Door CEO Maryse Wirbal called the response to this year’s Holiday Santa Program “a reflection of our community’s generosity, and we are grateful to everyone that helped make the holidays brighter for our neighbors.” Score: +1 Comment: In 2018 the Front Door Agency assisted more than 1,200 people in Greater Nashua through core programs like transitional housing programs and financial literacy courses, the release said.

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Seven local optical offices joined forces over the holiday season help to curb hunger in their communities. In a Dec. 20 news release, MVC Eye care marketing director Bobby-Ann Dostie said that MVC teamed up with Evision Eyecare & Eye See Vision Care collected over 1,650 food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank — surpassing their original goal of 1,000 items. In a statement, Dr. Kevin Chauvette, practicing optometrist and owner of MVC Eye Care, said he “couldn’t be more thrilled” that the drive exceeded its goal. Score: +1 Comment: While charitable giving is top of mind during the holiday season, the New Hampshire Food Bank notes that they work “year-round to provide nutritious food and resources to thousands of New Hampshire residents in need.” QOL score: 50 Net change: +2 QOL this week: 52


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We just witnessed the worst Patriots season since at least 2009, when they were beset by personality issues as they struggled to go 10-6. You’ve heard all the postmortems over the startling loss to Miami from all involved with some well-earned acrimony from Patriot Nation. So I won’t go there just yet. Instead, let’s see if there’s a lesson to be learned from that 2009 season. That was the last time they did not have a firstweek bye in the playoffs and it (gulp) led to being blown out by the Ravens 33-14 in Foxboro no less, when Ray Rice took the first play from scrimmage 83 yards to the house to have them trail just 17 seconds into the game. In the worst playoff game of his career Tom Brady followed that up by throwing interceptions on their first three possessions, which Baltimore turned into 17 more points for a game-set-match 24-0 lead after the first quarter. Oh, and they tuned up for that debacle by giving up 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points in Week 17 to turn a 27-13 lead into a 34-27 loss to Houston. Fast forward to 2019, where with an opening-round bye on the line they played the first quarter on Sunday like they were in a coma. That put them in a 10-0 hole and that wasn’t even the worst part. That would be the defense coughing up a 24-20 lead to let Miami waltz down the field for 75 yards on 13 plays to win it with 24 seconds left, to give new meaning to the phrase “bye-bye.” So I’ll ask, after seeing all that, how hard is it to envision the defending champs getting run out of this in a similar fashion on Saturday as they did in 2009? Here are a few more observations from Sunday’s debacle and on what lies ahead vs. Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans.

Given how inept the offense has been while losing five of their last eight it’s hard to believe many around here were talking about running the table for an undefeated season after Week 6. That seems unfathomable now. Tom Brady is not the only one having a bad season. Coach B goes into that category too. The latest was his curious decision to let the clock run out at the end of the first half when he had all three timeouts left and Miami punting with 1:50 on the clock. It’s true nothing is certain with the 2019 offense, but they were moving the ball and had more than enough time to go the 35 yards needed to get in field goal range. Since they lost by three you can make a case that decision cost them the game. I mean didn’t we just see Buffalo score a TD last week after getting it back with just 50 seconds left and no time-outs? It’s four days later and I still don’t know if Sony Michel or Julian Edelman was Brady’s target on Eric Rowe’s pick 6. A most annoying play since I don’t recall Rowe ever stopping any pass thrown his way in his two-plus underwhelming years here. Elandon Roberts’ TD catch was the first by a defensive player while playing on offense since 2008. The last to do it was – wait for it – the great Vrabel himself. Though all of his were short-yardage jobs, not a 38-yarder like Roberts’. How many times do you suppose Ben Watson is going to get an offensive pass interference call to take away a big play as he did again Sunday on a much-needed Mohammed Sanu first down? You’d think a 16-year veteran wouldn’t continue to make the same mistake. By getting torched by Devante Parker for eight catches and 137 yards, Stephen Gilmore probably coughed up his shot at being defensive player of the year. A shame because he had a terrific year, but you’ve got to finish strong and he did not.

Lost in the misery of the Miami loss was Brady passing Peyton Manning’s 539 to be second on the all-time TD passing list. You’d think an accomplishment like that would get a little more attention, but it seems par for the course in this weird year. It almost always stands out that outof-town announcers don’t know as much about the Patriots as us folks watching on TV do. It was really bad Sunday with the usually reliable Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. Two examples: They kept saying the defense was being talked about much more than the offense in 2019 (sort of true, but not since October when the ineffectiveness of the offense has been the huge topic), and Green kept saying it’s odd for Brady to be as inaccurate as he was Sunday. Sorry, Trent, that’s been the case for most of the year. Oh, and when the Pats lined up for their final play, how could the irony of needing the same miracle play to save their bye as the Dolphins got on them during last year’s Miracle in Miami not flash through their mind? They never mentioned it. That’s not doing your homework. How much of the Miami game plan that rendered the Pats defense pretty ineffective came from the insider knowledge of former Patriots assistants Brian Flores and offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea? Well, that could be the case again Saturday with Vrabel, who put his insider knowledge to use when the Oilers, er, Titans handed them their worst loss of 2018. I think Brady’s going to retire. If correct, that means unless they win Saturday, then miraculously beat the Ravens and KC loses to whoever they face, Saturday will be his last game at Gillette. So when introduced, hopefully he gets the final reception he’s earned for giving all of us a spectacular 20 years of nothing but winning and true greatness. If you think I’m wrong, then wait until he comes back to town with the Rams. Email Dave Long at dlong@hippopress. com.

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Sad day in Tempe The Big Story: That’s what you call a tough loss for Ryan Day and Ohio State in the College Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday. Not only did it end with OSU being intercepted in the end zone to preserve Clemson’s 29-23 lead after coming back for a late TD. But it was that close only because they had trouble punching it in in the red zone before settling for FG’s. Worse was having two TD’s overturned on replay. One correctly, but the call back of Jordan Fuller’s scoop and score was, to use the words of David Puddy on Seinfeld, “Bogus, man!” Sports 101: Two alumni players from the same school have been MVP’s in the Finals in two separate major sports in the same season just once. Name those players and school they attended. One More Thing Award: As heartbreaking as the Clemson loss was, in winning his first 17 games as a head coach Day achieved something that Knute Rockne, Bear Bryant, Joe Paterno, Nick Saban or his mentor Urban Meyer never did. Think about that company for a second. Wow! In Case You Missed It: The Queen City Invitational Basketball Tournament cham-

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pionship again went to Exeter. This time, in a reverse of the 2017 final, they beat Manchester Memorial 63-57. After scoring 22 in the final and 56 overall the MVP went to the Blue Hens’ Mike Leonard. Freshman of the Week: That would be West all-name teamer Kur Teng for scoring 76 points in his first three varsity games, when he had 30 to go along with 12 rebounds in the season-opening win over Milford, then 20 and 26 in a 73-45 thumping of Central and 83-70 loss to Memorial in the QCIBT. Sports 101 Answer: It just happened this year when San Diego State alums Steven Strasburg and Kwahi Leonard were MVP’s of the World Series and NBA finals. On This Day – Jan. 2: 1965 – The New York Jets stun pro football followers by signing Alabama QB Joe Namath for a beyond belief at the time $427,000 contract. 1984 – Fifth-ranked Miami stuns invincible top-ranked Nebraska in an epic 31-30 Orange Bowl upset. 1985 – Outlaw Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian gets his 600th career victory with a record-setting 142-140 triple-overtime win over Utah State.

Christmas Tournament. 19 – saves by Will Pegnam for the shutout in Concord’s 6-0 win over Memorials in the Brian C. Stone Memorial Holiday Hockey Tournament as Joey Ala and Matt Hauschild each had a pair of goals for the Crimson. 26 – first-period shots on goal taken by Bedford to four by Goffstown in a 7-0 win over G-town in BCSMHHT when Will Scott had

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How to build super speed, strength and flexibility (cape optional)

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In this first part of our annual four-week Look Good, Feel Great series, we talked to local fitness experts about what it takes to get your body into superhero shape! Find out how to make the most of your cardio workout, power up with strength exercises and gain flexibility at a barre class or on a yoga mat. Remember, before making any significant change to your health routine, talk to your doctor to make sure it’s right for you.

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Get stronger

How to build a fitter body By Matt Ingersoll

Strength-based exercises like deadlifts, squats and push-ups are about more than just building muscle — in fact, local experts say they directly coincide with all other types of training. “Strength is one of the most important fitness qualities. You’re going to perform better on everything else you do in the gym when you’re stronger,” said Matt Skeffington, owner of Dynamic Strength & Conditioning in Nashua. “I tell people that their fitness is like a house — you can have a beautiful home, but it won’t matter if you have a poor foundation.” There are several basic strength exercises you can perform either at home or in the gym. Not only are they easy to practice, Skeffington said, but they are critical in mastering the foundation of movement and increasing your body’s resilience. The squat, for example, is a lower body core strength exercise in which you lower your hips from a standing position down to a squatting position, then back up to standing while holding dumbbells in each hand. There is also the split squat, which involves taking steps forward and backward while lowering your knees. Both methods build muscles and HIPPO | JANUARY 2 - 8, 2020 | PAGE 12

support in your knees and hips, according to Skeffington, who said using around 10-pound dumbbells is a good place to start. Other exercises like push-ups help increase your upper body strength. Justin Soryal is the owner and head athletic trainer of Roots Athletic Development (which recently moved its operations from Hooksett to a new facility in Manchester). He said the push-up is a great example of how proper strength training can prevent injury, both in and out of the gym. Performing a standard push-up will usually involve bending your elbows down to about a 45-degree angle to your torso, according to Soryal, while your hands are about shoulder-width apart, your feet are close together and your toes are pointing up. “Push-ups are one of the things people tend to do wrong the most,” Soryal said. “Their hands are either way too wide or high up, and not in line with their shoulders … so what happens is your shoulder blades run out of room and run into each other.” Similar in position to a push-up is the plank, Skeffington said, though instead of bending your elbows, you keep your forearms on the ground to support your weight for as long as you can. “The plank … works to strengthen

Here are a few places in southern New Hampshire that offer group classes, CrossFit and individual programs designed to help you build strength. • Battle CrossFit (2008 Dover Road, Unit 2, Epsom, 736-0200, offers fitness classes for teens and adults ages 14 and up, at various times every Monday through Friday, as well as Open Gym times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 7 to 8 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 8 to 10 a.m. Membership costs range from $125 to $165 per month. • Breathe CrossFit (8 Tinkham Ave., Derry, 260-5103, offers individual and group coaching and workout programs, with a varying schedule of classes and Open Gym times throughout each week. See the calendar on the website for the most up-to-date class times. The cost for a 12-week Boot Camp program is $249. • Complete Athlete Sports Performance Center (22 Manchester Road, Derry, 894-5555, offers both group and private training sessions available for purchase online or in person at the gym. Ninety-minute speed and strength classes are offered at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. most weeks from Monday through Friday. The cost is $169 per eight monthly classes, or $199 for unlimited monthly classes. • CrossFit Amoskeag (21 Commerce Park N, Bedford, 978-219-4647, offers individual and group fitness classes for kids, teens and adults ages 7 and up. Group classes are offered at several morning, afternoon and evening times throughout each week (see website for schedule). Membership rates for access to all classes range from $165 to $185. Personal training packages range in cost from $99 to $1,500, depending on the number of sessions.

• CrossFit Earned (26B Columbia Circle, Merrimack, 262-5959, offers group fitness classes six days a week, as well as various Open Gym times; see the calendar on the website for a precise schedule. Membership rates are between $135 and $155 per month for adults and between $50 and $100 per month for kids and teens. A free introductory session is available to sign up online for all beginners. • CrossFit Epping (75 Railroad Ave., Epping, 953-5681, offers classes throughout the week, including a Fundamentals course consisting of four one-hour classes over a two-week period; group CrossFit classes with a different workout of the day; and personal training programs. Classes are held seven days a week, as well as several Open Gym times; see calendar online for a complete schedule. Free introductory sessions are available for beginners. • CrossFit Free (5-7 Delaware Drive, Unit 3, Salem, 365-5724, offers several group classes and Open Gym times seven days a week, as well as group coaching sessions; see the calendar on the website for a full schedule. A free introductory consultation is available for beginners. • CrossFit IronBorn (229 S. Main St., Concord, 856-7708, offers oneon-one and group training classes and programs six days a week, as well as various Open Gym times. The cost starts at $20 per drop-in session. • CrossFit Nashua (106 Perimeter Road, Nashua, 595-6400, offers various group CrossFit classes and personal training programs six days a week, as well as Open Gym hours on Sundays, from 8 to 10 a.m. A free introductory trial class is available. CONTINUED ON PG 13

the muscles that stabilize your spine and especially are effective for preventing injuries to the lower back,” he said. When it comes to weight-lifting, a few basic exercises include the row, which involves pulling a cable toward you while either standing or sitting; and the deadlift, in which a loaded barbell is lifted off the ground to about hip level before being placed back down. If you’ve never performed a deadlift exercise before, Kyle Briere of Veritas Performance Training in Nashua said he recommends basic variations of movement like the hip hinge, a simple bowing motion that can be done with or without a dowel rod. There is more movement in your hips with a hip hinge, as opposed to a squat, which is dominant in your knees. “With the deadlift, you need to use your hips and not your back,” Briere said. Most importantly, Soryal said strength training even translates into everyday life, giving you more endurance to perform all types of regular activities from walking up a flight of stairs to picking things up off the ground. “It all comes down to reducing the risk of injury and just being able to move better overall. It makes a huge difference,” he said.

Get stronger continued • CrossFit New Hampshire (399 Willow St., Manchester, 782-8230, crossfitnewhampshire. com) offers up to seven CrossFit classes per day to choose from every Monday through Friday, in addition to Open Gym hours on Saturdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. Membership rates are $155 per month for three classes per week, or $165 per month for unlimited access to classes. There is also a drop-in rate of $20 per class. • CrossFit Souhegan (261 Elm St., Milford, 213-5945, offers various CrossFit, personal training and nutrition coaching programs, with several times to choose from six days a week. A free introductory CrossFit class is available for all beginners. • Dynamic Strength & Conditioning (115 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 882-2348, dynamicsc. com) offers group strength training classes at several times from Monday through Friday each week. Each session is one hour. Month-to-month membership costs range from $78 to $225, depending on the number of weeks. For a six-month commitment, the cost ranges from $65 to $189. • Executive Health & Sports Center (1 Highlander Way, Manchester, 668-4753, offers group strength training classes Monday through Friday each week. Multiple membership packages are available; call for details. • GAIN Strength & Conditioning (270 West Road, Portsmouth, 294-9137, offers individual strength training and classes. Member-

ships are customized; call for cost details. • Granite State Fitness (880 Page St., Manchester, 935-8653, offers monthly memberships for unlimited access to all classes, including in strength training and conditioning. Free 10-day trial passes are available. • Inspire Strength & Fitness (200 Perimeter Road, No. 3, Manchester, 782-7933, offers a unique “boot camp” workout that combines a variety of exercises, including strength-building techniques. More than 30 class times, each an hour long, are available to choose from throughout the week, in the morning, afternoon and evening. • Mental Edge CrossFit (200 Gay St., Manchester, offers CrossFit classes six days a week. The cost for an unlimited membership is $159. • Roots Athletic Development (159 Frontage Road, Manchester, 892-9134, offers both individual and group training programs that focus on a variety of areas of fitness, including strength and conditioning. Regular gym access from 8 a.m. to noon each day during the winter is $39 per month. There are also training camps in which you select the days and times. Those costs range from $199 to $399 per month, depending on the number of weeks. • Seacoast Strength & Conditioning (52 Lafayette Road, Rye, 379-9928, offers individual and group training programs, spe-

cializing in strength and conditioning. Class dates and times vary throughout the week and are maintained on a calendar on the website. A trial pack of four one-on-one private sessions is $119. • T.I.M.S. Strength & Conditioning (1176 Hooksett Road, No. 3, Hooksett, 809-9600, offers several strength and conditioning classes throughout the week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m., on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30 or 8 a.m., and on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Call for cost details. • Veritas Performance Training (41 Simon St., Unit 1B, Nashua, 978-496-8994, offers a unique six-week starter program for $99, in which you can come in for three days a week and get introduced to the basics of strength training. • White Mountain CrossFit (1 Ripley St., Concord, 224-7203, offers CrossFit classes at various times throughout the day every Monday through Friday, as well as Open Gym hours on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to noon, and on Sundays, from noon to 2 p.m. The cost is $125 per month for three classes a week, or $150 per month for unlimited access to all classes. • The Zone Gym (The Phanzone Sports Center, 142 Route 111, Hampstead, 329-9585, offers a variety of individual and group fitness programs, including a strength-based class called Weights 101, which is held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Membership costs range from $29 to $49 per month.

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Power cardio

How to ramp up your cardio workout By Travis R. Morin

If you’re heading into the new year hoping to power up your cardiovascular fitness, you may be eager to jump on traditional cardio machines like treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals. But a few minutes in — once the sweat is pouring and the podcast in your ear is taking its first commercial break — you find yourself, well, bored and ready to hit the showers. “A lot of people tend to join the gym and think a treadmill and a key tag is going to get them results, but that’s not necessarily true,” said Blake Kirschenman, area supervisor for Pure Core Personal Training in Manchester.

Staying on target

While many people dislike cardio exercises, their ability to quickly and efficiently warm your body up for additional exercises cannot be overstated, says Kirschenman, who notes that seven to 10 minutes of cardio will bring your heart rate up to “the fat burning zone,” which will help to make the most out of the remaining activities in any gym session. “Everyone’s max heart rate zone is about 220 [beats per minute] minus their age, and the target heart rate for fat burn is about 70 percent of that,” said Kirschenman. Once in that 125 to 170 bpm fat burn range, Kirschenman recommends gym goers transition into weight training for 20 to 30 minutes before rounding out the session with 20 to 30 more minutes of cardio. If it’s done properly, Kirschenman says, gym goers can ensure that their bodies will Fuel up


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Not so unlike the car that brings you to the gym, your body needs fuel to move. In the case of your vehicle, it’s gasoline, diesel fuel or an electric charge; in the case of your body, it’s food and water. Contrary to the commonly held sentiment that you shouldn’t eat before a cardio session, Li encourages anyone preparing for exercise to have a light snack that will help to sustain them during the workout. “I always recommend people to eat a piece of fruit before exercises. It will be easy to digest and will bring you energy as you break down the sugars,” said Li. Within an hour after the workout, Li suggests a more substantive, high-nutrient meal with an emphasis on lean protein, like fish and poultry, and carbohydrates. Li also suggests that almost all hydration take place before exercises have begun so you don’t end up with water sloshing around in your stomach during your workout.

continue to burn fat for as long as an hour and a half after they’ve finished exercising thanks to the science of delayed onset muscle soreness. “The reason you make muscle when you lose body fat is because exercise will put micro tears into your muscles,” said Kirschenman. “But you’re still burning calories during your body’s process of repairing those tears.” When it comes to helping your heart to quickly get up to that fat burning zone, Jim Olson, CEO and founder of Individual Fitness Personal Training Studio, said there’s power in creating a fast-paced workout music playlist. “You want to get the music on your playlist to about 130 to 140, or 150 beats per minute,” Olson said. “Your body’s naturally going to end up going to the beat of the music.” The songs that fit this profile are by no means limited to a single genre, with the website identifying Maroon 5’s “Harder to Breathe,” Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” and Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” all within the 150 beat per minute cardio range.

Change it up

So cardio is important — but what will make you want to stick with it? Chi Li, the head of the personal training department at Fit Lab in Manchester, says that along with keeping motivation levels high, changing up routines helps people avoid allowing their bodies to “plateau,” or to adapt to any one kind of cardio. “A lot of people get bored of doing a lot of cardio exercises,” Li said. “If you happen to run around the neighborhood one mile a day for five days a week for six to eight weeks, your body would get used to it and CONTINUED ON PG 15


Flex effects

How to improve balance and flexibility By Angie Sykeny

Kate White, studio director at YogaBalance in Manchester, said building flexibility is key to counteracting the negative effects that long periods of immobility, like sitting at a desk or in a car, can have on the body. “What a lot of people don’t realize is that their body doesn’t have to hurt. They don’t have to have aches and pains all the time,” she said. “You can be comfortable and feel good in your body, and flexibility can really help with that.” Yoga is one of the best types of exercise for building flexibility and balance, White said, because yoga forces the body to move in ways that it doesn’t usually move on a typical day. Yoga can be beneficial not only for people who are largely sedentary, but also for people who engage in other kinds of exercise routines that are repetitive and work primarily their muscles. “Flexibility is about more than just muscles,” she said. “When you’re doing those full-body movements with that full range of motion, you’re getting into the muscles, connective tissue and joints, comprehensively, which a lot of [other exercises] don’t do.” Yoga can also help a person improve his or her balance, White said, because the poses, some of which can be challenging to perform, force the person to become more CONTINUED FROM PG 14

adapt to it. So other things you need to do include increasing the distance, the speed or intensity.” Additionally, Li recommends getting into unconventional cardio exercises like yoga and tempoed weight training as a way to stave off the drudgery of being stuck on a machine for half hour intervals at a time. Other creative cardio exercises include use of battle ropes, tai chi, swimming, jumping rope and kettlebell swings. “If you can find a happy marriage between all of those creative approaches to cardio and some strength training, you will absolutely get the results you’re looking for,” Kirschenman said. But even if you prefer to stick to more traditional cardio machines in a gym setting, spinning classes like Fortitude Health and Training’s “Fortcycle” program offer a modern take on the exercise bikes of old. Set in a dark room lit only by candles and filled with the sound upbeat music, each participant follows their own personal cycling workout while still benefiting from the sup-

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aware of their body. “We live most of our lives in our heads and don’t think about our bodies until we’re uncomfortable,” she said. “By connecting with our bodies, knowing where our bodies are in space and feeling the ground beneath us, we can build a sense of balance and improve coordination and the ability to work with different parts of the body at the same time.” Another form of exercise that can help improve flexibility and balance is barre, which combines ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates and yoga and focuses on building core strength. “Working the core with good posture strengthens all the little muscles and protects the joints that allow us to be flexible CONTINUED ON PG 16

portive atmosphere of an exercise group led by a professional instructor. “We put cardio exercise in a fun format that is attainable for all fitness levels, all ages, all different types of limitations and workarounds,” said co-owner Fortitude co-owner Lisa Maria-Booth. “It really it puts everybody on a completely even playing field in a super high energy, fun atmosphere.” While you’re home enjoying more sedentary pleasures like a sports game or a good old-fashioned Netflix binge, there are still ways to make time for cardio. Stating that “the body can become a chief cardio source” wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, Olson suggested putting commercial breaks to use as high-intensity workout sessions with simple body workouts like windmills or body squats. “You can do body squats for two minute intervals during commercials in between your half hour episodes,” Olson said. “Or if you’re doing the Netflix [thing] and binge watching, after each 35- or 40-minute episode you’re just doing body squats for two minutes or more. But the point is that you start building on that.”

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with everyday movement,” Ashley Oberg, owner of Barre Life in Manchester, said. Barre may entail plies, a pose in which you stand, bending and straightening your knees; chair pulses, for which you pulse your muscles while in a seated position; and using props such as balance discs, flow balls and even trampolines.

Like yoga, barre can be beneficial for both people who are inactive and people who do a lot of strength training and cardio. “Barre is super good for runners, especially,” Oberg said. “A lot of runners don’t even realize how inflexible they are. They really need to mix in something that strengthens their core.” If taking a fitness class isn’t feasible, there are exercises you can do at home

and work to help improve your balance and flexibility, White and Oberg said. White emphasized the importance of stretching throughout the day. If you’re sitting, you can raise one arm over your head and to the side for a side stretch, or, for a leg stretch, try bending one leg and extending the other, then leaning down with your back straight. If you’re standing, try twisting your torso from side to

side to get some mobility in the spine. “The biggest thing with flexibility is to just keep moving,” White said. Oberg urges people to be conscious of their posture and pull in their core while sitting or standing; doing so will improve their balance, she said. “You don’t realize how hunched over you are for most of the day,” she said.

Yoga studios At Om Yoga, 51 S. Main St., Concord, 545-7380, Banyan Tree Yoga, 5 Pine St. Extension, Unit 2A, Nashua, 8891121, Bikram Yoga, 70 Foundry St., Suite 201, Manchester, 669-7711, bikramyogamanchester Blossom Yoga & Wellness, 120A N. Main St., Concord, 226-9642, Eden Yoga, 40 Thorndike St., Concord, 978-621-5542, Forever Yoga, 19A Nashua St., Unit A, Milford, 809-5123, Full Circle Yoga, 273 S. River Road, Unit 4, Bedford, 785-6016,

Hot House NH Yoga & Pilates, 254 N. State St., Unit A, Concord, 715-5891, Joyful Yoga NH, 604 D.W. Highway, Thornton Place, Suite 102, Merrimack, 281-5386, Kama Fitness, 250 Commercial St., Suite 3007A, Waumbec Mills, Manchester, 702-3737, Mountain Base Yoga, 3 Church St., Goffstown, 548-4778, New Hampshire Power Yoga, 704 Milford Road, Merrimack, 5942494, Ohana Yoga, 44 Cedar St., Contoocook, 748-1539, ohanayoganh. com

PranaSTRONG Yoga & Wellness, 1 Merrimack St., Penacook, 724-5006, Sharing Yoga, 64 N. Main St., Concord, 520-8987, sharingyoga. com Sol Power Yoga, 25 S. River Road, No. 106, Bedford, 732.6185, Sweet Heat Yoga & Pilates, 5 Pine St. Ext., No. 3 Mill South, Nashua, 880-9642, Turtlesong Yoga Studio, 198 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 935-9822, White Swan Yoga Studio, 1889 Elm St., Suite B, Manchester, 6269642, Yoga, Body & Mind, Weare

Town Hall, 16 N. Stark Highway, Weare, 660-9579, Yoga By Janice, 43 Lowell Road, Suite 202B, Hudson, yogabyjanice. com The Yoga Center, 28 S. Main St., Concord, 224-2183, nhyogacenter. com Yoga Room, 472 State Route 111, Hampstead, 339-2471, yogaroomnh. com Yoga Sanctuary, 15 Locke Mill Drive, Litchfield, 231-9443, YogaBalance, 135 Hooksett Road, Manchester, 625-4000, YogaCaps, various locations in Merrimack, Nashua, Manchester and Londonderry, 674-3770,

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Thursday, Jan. 2

Still looking for entertainment for a broad swath of holiday houseguests? Cinemagic in Hooksett (38 Cinemagic Way in Hooksett; will screen 1994’s Forrest Gump (PG-13) starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $8.75 per person.

Fans of the old WBCN, 104.1 FM out of Boston, can head to Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St in Concord; starting today when the documentary WBCN & the American Revolution looking at the creation of the station in 1968 and its early years, begins screening. The documentary is scheduled for four screenings today and tomorrow, then three times daily through Thursday, Jan. 9. See the theater’s website for tickets. Go to to see a trailer for the film.

EAT: Italian sweets Join Tuscan Market (63 Main St., Salem) for a tiramisu cooking class on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. Participants will learn to make their own Italian tiramisu under the direction of Tuscan Market’s pastry chefs. The cost is $35 per person. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite, by visiting

Saturday, Jan. 4

Catch Kashmir, billed as “the Live Led Zeppelin Show,” tonight at 8 p.m. at Tupelo Music Hall (10 A. St. in Derry; tupelomusichall. com). Tickets cost $35 to $40. Find more live music to heat up your January nights in our Music This Week listing, which starts this week on page 42.

DRINK: Your new favorite wine Tickets to the 17th annual Easterseals Winter Wine Spectacular on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 9 p.m., are available now at Tickets cost $65 per person; for $135, get a ticket that also allows you access to the Bellman’s Cellar Select room featuring high end wines. The event takes place at DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown (700 Elm St.) and is part of New Hampshire Wine Week.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Get going on those resolutions with help from Freeze Your Buns 5K, a five-week running series meeting every other Sunday through March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Conway Arena in Nashua. The cost is $5 per race or $20 for the series ($3 per race or $12 for the series for ages 17 and under). See freeze-buns-5k-series.

BE MERRY: With a little bit more holiday The Palace Theatre’s Silver Stars, a senior performance group, will present Silver Stars: A Silver Screen Christmas on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre. org). The show will celebrate favorite holiday movie soundtracks, according to the website. Tickets cost $10.


ARTS A new look

Artist opens abstract art gallery in Concord By Angie Sykeny

Abstract paintings are the focus in Concord artist Jess Barnett’s new art studio and gallery, located in the Patriot Investment building in Concord. Barnett didn’t begin painting until she was 24 years old, at which time she was living in Boston and dating someone who painted. “I never went to art school. I just decided to try it out and really enjoyed it from the start, and that’s basically how I started,” she said. “I’ve been painting ever since.” It wasn’t long before she became involved with the arts scene in Boston, participating in group exhibitions and art events like the Beacon Hill Art Walk, the SoWa Art Walk and The Boston Arts Festival. In 2013 she left Boston, moving a few times before settling in Concord last year. Prior to opening her gallery, Barnett joined Artistic Roots, an artists’ co-op in Plymouth, but found that there weren’t many other artists there doing abstract art. “That was the reason I decided to branch out and do my own thing,” she said. “I thought it’d be interesting to see what came of [opening an abstract art gallery].” Barnett held a grand opening for the gallery in December. It’s now open by appointment,

Jess Barnett’s art studio and gallery. Courtesy photo.

with regular hours Friday through Sunday. “I feel like, in New Hampshire, you see a lot more traditional work, but the people who came to my opening seemed like they were really interested and appreciated abstract art,” she said. Barnett uses a variety of media in her work, including spray paint, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, watercolor, gouache, pastels and even eye shadow, and said she enjoys com-

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bining different media and techniques. She calls her style of art “abstract expressionist,” since it is “more focused” in that there is usually a theme to her work. One theme she often returns to is space. She is currently working on a series called “Dying Star,” which is inspired by celestial events and nebulae. “I like looking at the stars and the sky, and at NASA photos, and reading about space

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Includes listings for gallery events, ongoing exhibits and classes. To Includes listings, shows, auditions, workshops and more. get listed, e-mail To get listed, e-mail Art In the Galleries • ROOM FOR MEMORY Featuring the work of Heather Morgan. 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth). Now through Jan. 5, 2020. Visit • BRUCE MCCOLL: NEW PAINTINGS Labelle Winery in Portsmouth (104 Congress St.). Now through Jan. 6, 2020. Visit • “THE SHAKERS AND THE MODERN WORLD: A COLLABORATION WITH CANTERBURY” Special exhibition. Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St., Manchester). Now through Feb. 16. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youth. Visit or call 669-6144. • CHERYL VRATSENES Artist exhibits paintings full of color and unique with subjects such as coastal birds, fish, animals and landscapes of New Hampshire. CCA Global Partners (670 N. Commercial St., Suite 300, Manchester). Now through Feb. 28. Paintings are available for purchase through Sullivan

Framing & Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road, Bedford, 4711888, • “THE ROAD: PAINTINGS FROM 2009 TO 2019” London based surrealist painter Emily Fischer Field will show more than 50 paintings, large and small. The House of Art, 846 Main St., Contoocook. On view Dec. 27 through Jan. 26. • “NATURE’S PALETTE An exhibition of paintings by New Hampshire Art Association artist Debbie Campbell. On view Dec. 31 through March 19. Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 49 S. Main St. Visit • “CONSTRUCTED VISIONS” An exhibition featuring the mixed media works of Adele Sanborn and composite photography of Richard Moore that assembles images, words and memories into new narratives. 2 Pillsbury St., Concord. On view Dec. 31 through March 19. Visit • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERS SPECIAL INTEREST EXHI-

BITION Works by members in the plein air, painting and photography groups. Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. On view Jan. 14 through Feb. 2. Visit • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION NEW MEMBERS EXHIBITION Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. On view Jan. 14 through Feb. 2. Visit • 18TH ANNUAL ART & BLOOM EXHIBIT The Concord Garden Club and the League of NH Craftsmen present floral arrangements created by Garden Club members and local floral professionals, inspired by works by League craftsmen. On view Jan. 16 through Jan. 18. League of NH Craftsmen, 49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord. Visit Markets & fairs • ANNUAL CUP SHOW AND SALE. Studio 550 Art Center (550 Elm St., Manchester). Now through Feb. 28. Browse mugs

by clay artists from around the country to find the perfect Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift. Visit Openings • 18TH ANNUAL ART & BLOOM EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION The Concord Garden Club and the League of NH Craftsmen present floral arrangements created by Garden Club members and local floral professionals, inspired by works by League craftsmen. Thurs., Jan. 16, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. League of NH Craftsmen, 49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord. Free and open to the public. Visit • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION MEMBERS SPECIAL INTEREST EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION Works by members in the plein air, painting and photography groups. Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. Fri., Jan. 17, 5 to 8 p.m. Visit • NEW HAMPSHIRE ART ASSOCIATION NEW MEM-

and physics, and I feel like that shows up a lot in my work,” she said. Another theme she has explored is redemption, which she started thinking about after accidentally tearing a canvas; rather than throw the canvas away, she decided to sew it back together with thread. “And I actually liked the way it looked,” she said, “so this idea of redemption occured to me. There’s this ripped canvas, but if I sew it up, I can redeem it and still use it.” Barnett’s mission with her gallery is not only to showcase her art to the public, but also to connect with other artists in the area. She hopes to feature works by other abstract artists. “I think that could be really cool, because I haven’t seen a lot of [abstract art] in the area, and I think [the gallery] could be a good outlet for those artists who are looking to hang their work somewhere,” she said. Jess Barnett’s art studio and gallery Location: Patriot Investment building, 4 Park St., Suite 216, Concord Hours: Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. More info:

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Includes symphony and orchestral performances. To get listed, e-mail BERS EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State St., Portsmouth. Fri., Jan. 17, 5 to 8 p.m. Visit

are $20 each, and students bring their own supplies. Diane Crespo Fine Art Gallery, 32 Hanover St., Manchester. Call 493-1677 or visit

Workshops/classes • PHOTOGRAPHERS FORUM CAMERA CLUB PROGRAM NIGHT: DYNAMICS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Mon., Jan. 6, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Bishop Guertin High School, 194 Lund Road, Nashua. Visit • MINDFULNESS MANDALA ART CLASS Taught by Kathryn Costa, Manchester artist and full-time mandala art instructor, and author of The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art. Every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. Studio 550. • ONGOING ART CLASSES For adults and kids ages 12 and up, of all levels and 2-dimensional media. Classes run in 4 week sessions on Thursdays and Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays are drop-in classes, (require a 24-hour notice) and pay-as-you-go. All classes

Theater Productions • TITLE OF SHOW Actorsingers (320-1870, actorsingers. org) present. Opening Jan. 3, at the Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $12 to $20. • PIANO MEN Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, presents. Opening Jan. 10. Tickets are $25 to $46. • THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, Jan. 22. Tickets are $44.50 to $79.50. • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF JR. The Majestic Theatre (6697469, presents. Opening Jan. 24 at Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets cost $12 to $15. • NEW HAMPSHIRE THEATRE AWARDS Celebrate the

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NH art world news

• Surrealist paintings: London-based surrealist painter Emily Fischer Field is showing more than 50 paintings, large and small and ranging in price, in a show called “The Road: paintings from 2009 to 2019,” now through Jan. 26 at The House of Art (846 Main St., Contoocook). The show is “a beautiful, funny, serious, colorful, uplifting show by this young starving artist who has won many awards,” as described in a press release. Gallery hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. See “The House of Art” on Facebook. • A woman’s world: 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth) presents an exhibition, “Room for Memory,” featuring the work of Heather Morgan, now through Jan. 5. Morgan’s oil paintings depict figures, mostly women, who are performing their identities. “Vivid and theatrical as these images are, the viewer is thrust into discomfiting intimacy with these defiant characters,” the artist statement on the website said. “These works invite the viewer to look and to covet, presenting an alluring world that is also potent and seething.” Visit • Paint animals: There is an eight-week art course, “Painting Animals in Oils,” taught by award-winning artist Acacia Rogers, running Jan. 7 through Feb. 25, at the Lakes Region Art Association and Gallery (120 Laconia Road, Tanger Outlet Mall, Suite 132, Tilton). Rogers will cover animal anatomy, form and perspective, how to improve your drawing skills, color mixing, matching and values, and how to use layers to build dimension, and will discuss materi-


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best in New Hampshire theater in 2019. Highlights from the year’s most memorable performances will be performed by original cast members and an ensemble of actors. Sat., Jan. 25. Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111, • A NIGHT OF ONE ACTS Nashua Theatre Guild ( presents. Opening Jan. 31, at Janice B. Streeter Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua. • FROZEN JR. Riverbend Youth Company (672-1002, presents. Opening Feb. 7 at The Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Tickets are $8 to $12. • THE ODD COUPLE (THE FEMALE VERSION) Community Players of Concord (753-6653, communityplayer-

“Ye Clouds that Sail in Heav’n Along,” oil on canvas, by Seacoast Artist Association artist Brittany Soucy. Courtesy photo.

als you’ll need and where to buy them at the best prices, plus tips on choosing references materials. There will be side-by-side easel time with Rogers as well as group critiques. At the conclusion of the course, students’ works will be posted on Rogers’ website and social media. The course is limited to 10 students. Call 965-5551 for information on course costs, materials needed and to register. Visit to learn more about Rogers. • Painting around the world: The Seacoast Artist Association (130 Water St., Exeter) has several exhibits and events planned for January. One is the SAA Featured Artist Exhibit, which depicts many worldwide locations that a group of artists traveled to and painted plein air, including Tuscany, Sicily, Spain, Greece, Brittany, France, Portugal, Coronado, California, Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico and Puerto Vallarta. Framed works as well as acetate-wrapped matted works will be on display. January’s theme show wall will feature black and white artwork in a range of media. There will be a reception on Friday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m., to celebrate the featured artists and exhibits. Visit — Angie Sykeny opening Feb. 14 at Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord. Tickets are $18 to $20. • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Cue Zero Theatre Company (cztheatre. com) presents. Opening Feb. 28 at Krevia Academy, 470 Pine St., Manchester. • LEND ME A TENOR Lend Me A Theater ( presents. Opening Feb. 28, at the Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road, Concord. Tickets are $12 to $18. • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Theatre KAPOW (info@tkapow. com, Opening Feb. 28 at Derry Opera House, 29 W. Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $15 to $20. • NOVEMBER Milford Area Players (milfordareaplayers. presents. Opening

March 6 at The Amato Center for the Performing Arts (56 Mont Vernon St., Milford). • MIRIAM Manchester Community Theatre Players (327-6777, manchestercommunitytheatre. com) presents. opening March 20 at the MCTP Theatre at The North End Montessori School (698 Beech St., Manchester). • CHILDREN OF EDEN Stockbridge Theatre, 5 Pinkerton St., Derry, 437-5210, Opening March 20. • URINETOWN THE MUSICAL Windham Actors Guild ( presents. Opening May 1 at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road, Windham. • LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL Peacock Players (886-7000, Opening May 8, at Court Street Theatre, 14 Court St., Nashua.


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Notes from the theater scene

• A show within a show: The Actorsingers present [title of show] Jan. 2 through Jan. 12, with showtimes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road, Concord). The show is about the creation of itself by its real author and composer Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell as they prepare to submit the musical to a new musical theater festival that is three weeks away. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. Visit or • Dinner theater: The Majestic Theatre will hold its first dinner theater production of its 2020 season, The Good Doctor, on Friday, Jan. 3, and Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 5, at 1:30 p.m., at The Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester). The Neil Simon comedy features a series of sketches. A feisty old woman storms a bank and scolds the manager for his gout and lack of money. A father takes his son to a house to introduce him to the mysteries of sex, which leaves the son even more perplexed. A crafty seducer tries to take advantage of a woman, only to realize she has been in control all along. Finally, a man offers to drown himself for three rubles. The cost is $42 on Friday and Saturday and $40 on Sunday. Reservations are required at last 24 hours in advance; however, limited tickets will be available up to three hours prior to the show. The Good Doctor is the first of four dinner theater

Workshops/other • PLAYWRIGHT’S CIRCLE Cue Zero Theatre Company hosts a monthly Playwright’s Circle for local playwrights looking to improve their craft. Playwrights of all ages and experience levels are invited to bring 10 pages of an original work, which the circle will read aloud and offer feedback on while discussing the process and philosophy of playwriting. Bring at least one copy of your scene for every character. Every third Sun., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit Classical Music Events • “A GRAND TIME FOR SINGING” Suncook Valley Chorale with the New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus and the New Hampshire Master Chorale perform. Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord) on Sun., Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $23. Visit

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events scheduled for 2020. Call 669-7469 or visit • Seeking singers: The Nashua Choral Society, a non-auditioned choir presenting classical and contemporary music, will hold the first three rehearsals of its semester, free and open to prospective singers, on Mondays, Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at Judd Gregg Hall at Nashua Community College (505 Amherst St., Nashua). Visit • Comedy writer conforms: A Thousand Clowns opens at the Players’ Ring (105 Marcy St., Portsmouth) Jan. 3 through Jan. 19, with showtimes on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m. The play follows an unemployed, eccentric comedy writer who is forced to conform to society to gain legal custody of his 12-year-old nephew. There will be a talkback, giving the audience a chance to discuss the performance with the actors and director, following the 3 p.m. show on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tickets cost $20, with discounts for students and seniors. Visit or call 436-8123. — Angie Sykeny

Seeking New Members • NASHUA CHORAL SOCIETY Non-auditioned choir presenting classical and contemporary music. The first three rehearsals of each semester are open to prospective singers for free. The next open rehearsals are Mondays, Jan. 6, Jan. 13 and Jan. 20, at 7 p.m., at Judd Gregg Hall at Nashua Community College (505 Amherst St., Nashua). Visit • GRANITE STATE CHORAL SOCIETY Non-auditioned chorus performing Broadway tunes, folk songs from around the world and well-known classical works. Spring registration is at the first spring rehearsal Sunday, Jan. 19, beginning at 3:15 p.m. at the First Church Congregational (63 S. Main St., Rochester). Rehearsals run from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Annual dues are $100. Visit • THE CONCORD COACHMEN CHORUS Non-auditioned men’s barbershop-style chorus

that sings doo-wop, gospel, jazz and pop. If interested, stop by a rehearsal on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m., at Parish Hall at St. John the Baptist Church (10 School St., Allenstown). Visit • GRANITE STATESMEN BARBERSHOP CHORUS Men’s a cappella group and Nashua chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Attend three rehearsals to express your interest in joining. Then, you will be given an application for membership. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., at the Nashua Senior Center (70 Temple St., Nashua). Visit • MANCHESTER CHORAL SOCIETY Auditioned community choir for serious choral singers. Complete a registration form and sign up for an audition online. Dues are $150 annually or $100 per semester and $75/$50 for students. Visit

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INSIDE/OUTSIDE Turning the tables

Tabletop gaming space and retail shop opens in Manchester By Angie Sykeny

Tabletop gaming enthusiasts have a new space to play, socialize and purchase games and gaming accessories. Game Knight, a tabletop gaming shop and gaming center located at the North End Shops at Livingston Park in Manchester, had its soft opening the second week of December and is now open to customers, with a grand opening event planned for the weekend of Jan. 24. The shop’s owner, Matthew Summers, is also the assistant manager at Bert’s Better Beers craft beer shop, which relocated to the same plaza in the space next to Game Knight the same week as Game Knight’s soft opening. The idea, Summers said, is for the two businesses to work in conjunction with each other; the gaming shop will, pending licensing, be a BYOB space, and customers are encouraged to purchase their beverages at Bert’s Better Beers. “For about five years now, some friends of mine and my brother Steve, who have all been working on and off at Bert’s Better Beers, have been trying to start a cards, comics and collectibles store … but realized there are a lot of stores like that already,” Summers said, “so we decided that, instead of trying to carry comic books and things like that, we’d try the concept of a BYOB craft beer gaming store, with a focus on anything related to sit-down gaming.” 23 Kiddie pool Family activities this week. Children & Teens Children events • DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS “CELEBRATE MEMORIES!” Several characters in the Disney universe will be featured during this multi-day event. Thurs., Jan. 9, and Fri., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.; and Sun., Jan. 12, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. SNHU Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. Tickets start at $18. Visit • WINTER FAMILY FESTIVAL Presented by the Town of Milford’s Recreation Department, this annual event will feature ice skating, children’s games, marshmallow roasting, hot cocoa, a skate swap and more. Fri., Jan. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Shepard Park, Nashua Street between Shepard and Linden streets, Milford. Free admission. Visit or call 249-0625.

A game underway at Game Knight. Courtesy photo.

Game Knight has three small tables designed for playing card games such as Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and Yu-GiOh, seating around eight players each; two larger tables for playing tabletop and role playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, which can seat between 12 and 14 people; and a table for four to eight people with a wall-mounted television screen, which Summers said is a unique feature not offered at many tabletop gaming spaces. “We feel like the television screen is a major draw because there are a lot of programs and applications that you can use for these role playing games,” Summers said. “Someone could bring in their laptop and hook it up to the television screen to display maps and show where the characters

go and what areas they have and haven’t explored.” Renting a table costs between $2.50 and $8.50 per player, per hour of game play. Groups can also rent games and gaming accessories, such as dice, miniature figures, rule books, maps and drawing materials. Summers said Game Knight will also begin scheduling its own in-house games and tournaments for people to join, with prizes. In addition to the gaming tables, there is one computer in a secluded area that can be rented for computer gaming, complete with a microphone and webcam for gamers who are interested in live streaming their gameplay. Right now, the space is attracting primarily existing groups, but Summers said there

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Clubs Events • BEDFORD DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE’S ANNUAL POTLUCK & NEW YEAR KICK-OFF Dan Feltes, gubernatorial candidate and New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader, will be the guest speaker at this annual potluck dinner. Mon., Jan. 6, 6:30 p.m. Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford. Free and open to the public. Visit or email Dance Special folk dances • FIRST SATURDAY CONTRA DANCE Presented by the Monadnock Folklore Society, the dance will feature Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Spintuition. Sat., Jan. 4, 8 p.m. Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St., Peterborough. $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Visit

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Fairs & Festivals Expos • WZID WEDDING EXPO Presented by Bellman’s Jewelers, the expo will feature vendors, a fashion show, prizes and more. Sun., Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester. Visit Health & Wellness Workshops & seminars • CONTROL AND REVERSAL OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES THROUGH DIET AND LIFESTYLE Presenter David Riese will look into the nature of autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis and how drugs mostly target symptoms or suppress our immune system responses. Thurs., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1 ½ Hood Road, Derry. Contact Stephen Soreff, MD, at or at 895-6120.

• CREATE A VISION BOARD FOR 2020 Master life coach Diane MacKinnon will lead this hands-on session to create a “vision board” to help you manifest your best destiny in 2020. Participants will come away with a map created to live their best lives. All supplies provided. Tues., Jan. 14, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free; registration is requested. Visit or call 886-6030. Miscellaneous Holiday events • GIFT OF LIGHTS Now through Sun., Jan. 5, guests drive through more than two miles of light displays. New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 1122 Route 106 North, Loudon. The cost is $25 per car at the gate. Visit Trips & travel events • WINTER HOLIDAYS IN RUSSIA: THEN & NOW Ref-

will soon be a community message board on the shop’s website where solo players can connect with other players and groups, and where groups can announce openings for new players. In the retail section of Game Knight, there are games and all kinds of gaming accessories for sale, including miniature figures, gaming books, Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, dice and dice boxes, booster sets for card games, playing mats and more. The shop even has 3D printers where players can create their own custom miniature figures. “We have pretty much anything that’s directly related to gaming,” Summers said, “and we plan on carrying more retail products in the future.” Summers said the Game Knight staff is currently working on developing an original Game Knight tabletop game, and they encourage other game developers to utilize the space to test out their original games. “You don’t see many other shops creating their own material and letting customers test new games that they are working on,” he said. “We like to think that’s another thing that sets us apart.” Game Knight Location: The North End Shops at Livingston Park, 545 Hooksett Road, Manchester Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info: website-1,

25 Car Talk Ray gives you car advice. erence librarian Natasha Bairamova will take attendees on a tour of Russia and its winter holidays. You’ll hear tales of winter celebrations of the past and the present, while enjoying traditional Russian snacks and drinks. Thurs., Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway, Derry. Free admission; registration is requested. Visit or call 432-6140. Museums & Tours • A HISTORY OF THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY This program will present a brief history of the state’s presidential primary, from its origins during the Progressive Era of the early 20th century to its present status. Clips from the documentary The Premier Primary, New Hampshire and Presidential Elections will be interspersed with a discussion and questions, facilitated by John Gfroerer. Thurs., Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Brookline Pub-

lic Library, 16 Main St., Brookline. Visit Nature & Gardening Animals • NEW ENGLAND REPTILE EXPO Thousands of reptiles will be on display and for sale as pets. Vendors will also be selling cages, supplies, frozen feeder rodents, feeder bugs and other reptile-related items. Sun., Jan. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, 700 Elm St., Manchester. $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12 and free for children under 7. Visit Nature art & photography • PHOTOGRAPHERS FORUM CAMERA CLUB PROGRAM NIGHT: DYNAMICS OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Mon., Jan. 6, 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Bishop Guertin High School, 194 Lund Road, Nashua. Visit


Family fun for the weekend

Day at the museum

Still need an out-of-the-house but insidea-building attraction for visiting friends and family? At the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry;, 669-4820) the current exhibit is the “Festival of Planes,” which has more than 3,000 vintage aviation toys, model aircraft, puzzles and promotional items. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 12, and through then the museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum costs $10 ($5 for seniors, veterans and active military and students under 13; children under age 5 get in for free). The Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester;, 669-6144) is back to regular hours (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday). Admission to the museum costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for kids ages 13 to 17; kids under 13 get in for free. Current exhibits include “The Shakers and the Modern World: A Collaboration with Canterbury Shaker Village” and “We Are For Freedoms.”

The Millyard Museum (200 Bedford St. in Manchester; 622-7531, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $6 for college students, $4 for kids ages 12 to 18; admission is free for children under 12. Show off the Queen City role in the presidential primary with current special exhibit “Manchester and the Path to the Presidency.” The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (6 Washington St. in Dover;, 742-2002) will be open regular hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m weekdays and Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday) starting Thursday, Jan. 2. On Friday, Jan. 3, the museum will be open through 7 p.m. as part of the $3 after 3 p.m. First Friday promotion (for $3 admission per person after 3 p.m.). Regular admission costs $10 for everyone age 1 year and over (seniors get in for $9; children under 1 year old get in free). The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord; starhop. com) will be open daily through Sunday, Jan. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $11.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12, $10.50 for seniors and students and $8.50 for people in groups of 15 or more (children 2 and under get in free). Planetarium show tickets cost an additional $5 per person; children 2 and under are free. The SEE Science Center (200 Bedford St. in Manchester; 669-0400, is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $9 for everybody ages 3 and up.


Dear Donna, I have a painting that belonged to my mother. I believe she won it in a contest in Toronto, Canada. It is signed by E.M. Carr. I was wondering if you could tell me anything about it. Susan

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Dear Susan, I did do some online research for you on E.M. Carr and found lots of works by an artist from Canada named E.M. Carr. She was an artist from the 1800s to 1945. The one you sent in doesn’t seem to match the style of the artist I found. But I am not an expert on art work. We can’t have knowledge in everything out there, but at least I can do some research for you and hopefully point you in the right direction for an appropriate value. I thought there was some similarity in the pieces that I found, but this wasn’t quite like all the others and was possibly done by another artist. So my suggestion is to contact Skinners in Bolton, Mass., and send them a photo or two

and a close-up of the signature. They have a specific department just for artists. They do not charge for this, or at least they didn’t a few years ago. Some of the work by E.M. Carr was bringing a high value so I think it’s worth checking into it further. I would love to hear back from you with the results. I wish I had more time in a day to do all the work myself. I so enjoy learning something new all the time, and I hope you do have a treasure. Donna Welch has spent more than 30 years in the antiques and collectibles field, appraising and instructing, and recently closed the physical location of From Out Of The Woods Antique Center (fromoutofthewoodsantiques. com) but is still doing some buying and selling. She is a member of The New Hampshire Antiques Dealer Association. If you have questions about an antique or collectible send a clear photo and information to Donna at, or call her at 391-6550 or 624-8668.


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This past year was, overall, a good one in the garden. It started off cold and wet in early summer, but then turned hot and dry. Most vegetables and perennial flowers did fine for me. I finally splurged and got an Itoh hybrid peony, one called Garden Treasure, and it bloomed gloriously. It is a cross between a perennial peony and a tree peony. Carrots and onions, however, were a bust for me this year. Granted, I had them in a place where they got more shade than ideal. Still, my carrots were pathetic, very small. I accept that each year something will under-perform. Fortunately there are good organic farmers who have anything I need. I bought half a bushel of organic onions at the Norwich Farmers Market, something I had never needed to do before. Oh well. And good carrots are always available. My tomatoes did all right. I tried hard to pick off diseased leaves, which always helps. I regularly sprayed an anti-fungal solution called Serenade that contains a bacterium said to combat fungi. I didn’t spray a couple of plants to see if there was a difference, but didn’t notice much difference. It may have delayed the onset of disease, but basically the only way I can get enough tomatoes is to have lots of plants. Last summer I wrote about a farmer in Pennsylvania who said that staking tomatoes was a waste of time and energy. I said that I would test his theory and report back to you. The results? Staked tomatoes did better for me. During that dry time in August I installed some drip irrigation in a garden for a client, and found it very helpful for new installations. Gardeners Supply Co. ( sells a “Snip and Drip” system that installs easily and delivers water just to the places that need it. I encircled new trees and shrubs with sections of soaker hoses that “leak” when the water is turned on. I found watering daily was fine, and I used a timer to control it. Magnolias in my part of the world bloomed deliciously this year. My ‘Merrill’ magnolia bloomed a little late this year, just barely blooming for my birthday in late April, but holding its blossoms well into May. I met a new (to me) magnolia this year, a yellow one called the cucumbertree magnolia. I am looking for a space to plant one, perhaps this year. Two years ago I planted a catalpa tree, a 10-foot specimen, in the middle of a section of lawn. I had fallen in love with the blossoms on a neighbor’s tree. The blossoms are creamy white with purple-red stripes inside, and are fragrant. It bloomed after its first winter, but not this past year. But the tree showed no winter kill, and I imagine next summer it will blossom dramatically. Not all trees bloom every year, and weather has a lot to do with that, I think. So as I nestle

‘Garden Treasure’ Itoh peony. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

in here near the woodstove, I dream of catalpa blossoms in 2020. Maybe gardeners live longer, in part, because we so want to see our plants perform. Grapes produced huge quantities for most everyone this year. I made over 5 gallons of juice and froze it in half-gallon plastic jugs. I used a NorPro brand steamer/juicer for this, and it was very easy. The grapes were purple Concord type, and produced juice with a very intense flavor. Each year it gets harder for me to find space to plant more spring bulbs, but each year I find some. This year we planted 300 or more bulbs at our home here in Cornish Flat. I can’t wait to see them bloom, and to see the others I’ve been planting for decades. What else happened in 2019? My life partner, Cindy Heath, finally moved in with me in Cornish Flat. We had lived 6 miles apart for the last 10 years, but this May we joined forces here. She is an avid gardener who loves to weed, which really helps a lot! Life is good. In August I broke a bone in my ankle while pruning a tall apple tree when my ladder slipped off the branch it was on, and I hit the ladder with my ankle when I landed. The fracture was not serious, but it kept me from doing as much as I’d like. It is only now that I am fully healed. Fortunately, I met and made friends with Jim Spinner, a retired fellow who wanted to learn to garden and who has lots of energy. He helped me a lot, as did Cindy, and by the end of October our gardens were in great shape. I managed to help them despite wearing a big plastic boot much of the time. And in 2019 two of my good buddies, Jerry Cashion and Brian Steinwand, passed away. I had known them for a total of over 80 years, and miss them a lot. We had all worked in Africa together. But I find that gardening is a fix for almost any sadness. Get out, dig in the dirt, plant a flower or pick a tomato and life seems a little bit better. I wish you all a wonderful 2020. I hope you will start thinking about the garden now: dream, read gardening books, make lists, and learn about trees or flowers you want to try this coming year. That’s how I make it through the winter. Henry may be reached by email at henry.


Ten years overdue for new tires Dear Car Talk: I have a 1995 Honda Accord wagon with 128,000 miles and 16-year-old tires. Do I have to worry that my tires are going to split apart By Ray Magliozzi one of these days? The car is in excellent condition otherwise. I am a member of the Old Ladies Club! — Ronda If you never drive more than about 6 mph, Ronda, you’ll probably be fine with those 16-year-old tires. But if you ever drive at high speeds, like 8 or 10 mph, I’d strongly suggest you pony up for a new set of tires. Tires wear out in two ways. One way is through use: The rubber creates friction with the road surface. That friction is what allows you to do things like turn and stop. As the rubber creates that friction, it literally gets scrubbed off the tire. So, every time you drive, your tires give up a tiny bit of their surface. Eventually, they wear down to the point that there’s not enough tread left to provide sufficient friction or channel away water. And at that point, it’s time for a new set. But tires also degrade due to exposure to the ozone in the air. If you left a brand-new tire outside, even if you never put it on a car, the rubber would eventually degrade, dry out and crack. And once it dries out and loses its pliability, the tire becomes dangerous and is a candidate to blow out.

I don’t know how many miles you have on your tires, but with 16 years of exposure to the atmosphere, I’m pretty sure they’re cooked. If you look at the side walls, you’ll almost certainly see hundreds of little cracks. Tire manufacturers recommend you buy new tires every six years, whether you’ve worn them out or not, due to the degradation of the rubber. Now, even assuming they’re a little overeager to sell new tires, you’re still well outside any reasonable life expectancy for a set of tires, Ronda. So, take the car to your regular mechanic and ask them to recommend some new tires for you. Based on how long you’ve waited to buy tires, ask him to do a complete safety check on this 25-year-old car to make sure there’s nothing else (brakes, steering, ball joints) that’s a good 10 years overdue for replacement Dear Car Talk: Even in new cars these days, I can feel every bump on the road. The type of car doesn’t matter. Remember cars from the ‘70s and ‘80s? Not only could you not hear the engine or the road, but the ride was comfy, quiet and nice. Are there any cars like that made in the U.S. today? The last cushy ride I had was in my 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan minivan. But now you spend $20,000 and the ride is worse than in my 1985 Chevy. What a car! Even without a muffler, the 6-cylinder engine was quiet. And the ride! It was a

pleasure to drive. You could drive 79 mph on the highway and whisper to your passengers. What car would you recommend so the ride will not shake my brains out and make me lose my hearing after a few hours on the highway? — Andy You forgot “And get off my lawn!” Andy. I think you’ve got a bad case of selective, nostalgic memory. Or a serious ear infection. Overall, carmakers have made great progress with reducing noise and vibration in the past few decades. I had a 1990s Dodge Grand Caravan. And while the ride wasn’t bad, the rattles and squeaks alone in that thing nearly drove me off the deep end. Not to mention the road and tire noise. It’s true that a lot of cars from the 1970s had very cushy rides. And that’s true of cars that were designed in the ‘60s and ‘70s and soldiered on for decades, largely unchanged, like the Lincoln Town Car and some Cadillacs. GM, in the 1970s, in particular, was known for its famous “squish” suspension, and Jello-like handling, which I think they developed in collaboration with Betty Crocker. You turned the wheel left, and about 90 seconds later the car would list to the right and then come about. And the oversized engines in some of those cars (before we cared about gas mileage) had to work so little that you didn’t hear much noise from the engine. Today, several factors can make some inex-

pensive cars noisier. We have smaller, more fuel-efficient engines that rev higher. And as Americans demanded better handling, we got tires with shorter sidewalls that create more road noise. When you pay more for a car, those things can be mitigated. And there are plenty of cars now that do a great job with ride comfort and noise suppression. Lots of cars now have much better cabin insulation, insulated glass, fewer squeaks and rattles, and even electronic noise canceling systems. And there are some buyers who — like you, Andy — still want a living room on wheels. In our experience test driving new cars, the manufacturers that seem to prize isolation and quiet the most are Lexus, Buick and Lincoln. So, go visit a few dealers and tell them your priorities are a soft, isolating ride and a quiet cabin. And avoid anything with the word “sport.” You might drive a Lexus ES350, a Buick LaCrosse or Enclave, or a Lincoln MKZ or Aviator, and see what you think. Then tell the dealer you’re looking to spend $20,000 and watch them frog-march you out to the far end of the used car lot. For real luxury cars that prioritize a truly isolated cabin, you’ll probably end up spending twice that. But look on the bright side: Then you can legitimately whine about everything being too damn noisy and expensive these days, Andy. Visit



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How did you find your current job? I was actually reached out to by a former manager of mine and asked if [the job] would be something I was interested in. They were looking for someone to start up the business development team and get momentum going. Having been my manager before, he was familiar with my work and thought I was up to the task.

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What’s the best piece of work-related advice anyone’s ever given you? Becky McMurray of Goffstown is a manager of product and business development The only constant is change. You have to in the product development division [specializing in the design, development and be able to go with the flow. Nothing is ever manufacture of intelligent scenting systems, hold music and messaging and in-store set in stone and the faster you can pivot to messaging and background music) of Pica Product Development in Derry. the needs of the company, the more successful you will be. Can you explain what your How did you get interested in this field? What do you wish you’d known at the current job is? I’ve been working in sales and business I am the manager of business development for over five years, and it was beginning of your career? Networking is huge. Never burn bridges. development at Pica Product always my goal to become a leader of a Development in Derry. I’m in charge of team and be able to teach and train others You never know who will come back into all outbound potential customer reach-outs and help them grow. I was part of the mentor your professional life, and those connections and am currently working on building [my] program at my last job and it really solidi- can be a big part of your forward growth. role out. It involves a lot of research, a lot of fied my desire to help others reach their full What is your typical at-work uniform? phone calls, emails and a lot of motivation. potential. Currently wearing jeans and a sweater. How long have you worked there? What kind of education or training did Keep it respectful, but no uniform. Literally one month as of today [Satur- you need for this job? What was the first job you ever had? day, Dec. 21]. All relevant education and training for Working the front counter of the Holthis has been on the job. Formal educa-

Becky McMurray. Courtesy photo.

lis Flea Market snack shack. I was 13 when I started doing it every Sunday of the season. I kept that up every year until I was 18. — Travis R. Morin What are you into right now? Reading has always been a constant for me. I love a good psychological thriller. I think I have read somewhere around 30 books this year.

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FOOD Bedford bites

Taste of Bedford returns for third year By Matt Ingersoll

News from the local food scene

By Matt Ingersoll

• Bert’s Better Beers moves to Manchester: Specialty craft beer shop Bert’s Better Beers has moved all of its operations from Hooksett to a new location at the North End Shops at Livingston Park (545 Hooksett Road, Manchester), owner Bert Bingel confirmed. The new shop, which opened in mid-December, is in a much larger space, allowing Bert’s to expand its product selection. In addition to its extensive selection of beers, ciders and meads from New Hampshire beverage producers, Bingel said, more seasonal offerings and non-alcoholic beverages are now available at the new shop. Visit bertsbetterbeers. com or call 413-5992. • Instant deliciousness: Join Local Baskit (10 Ferry St., Suite 120A, Concord) Instant Pot Tips and Tricks, a workshop on cooking with pressure cookers scheduled for Monday, Jan. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Liz Durant from Affinity Fitness. The workshop is designed for attendees to get more used to using their pressure cookers, with several tips, a few recipe demonstrations and samples to be provided. Local Baskit’s Instant Baskit pressure cooker meal kits will also be available for ordering. Admission is free but RSVPing is requested, as space is limited. Visit or call 219-0882. • A community meal: Main Street United Methodist Church (154 Main St., Nashua) will host its next ham and bean public supper on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The family-style meal is prepared right at the church, featuring ham and two types of homemade baked beans (navy or kidney), plus potato salad, coleslaw, bread and an assortment of pies for dessert. Various drinks such as coffee, tea, milk, brewed iced tea and iced water will also be served. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 60 and over, $4 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children ages 5 and under. Visit mainstreet-umc. org or call 882-3361.

Bedford-area restaurants and caterers will once again congregate at the town’s high school for an evening of food sampling, raffles, live entertainment and other activities. Known as the Taste of Bedford, the event will return for its third year on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. During the tasting, more than half a dozen local vendors offering gourmet appetizers, pizzas, salads, sweets and much more will have tables set up throughout the school’s cafeteria. Attendees are free to walk around and sample as they go upon paying the entry fee. Tasting co-organizer and high school teacher Christina Wilczewski said the event has quickly grown into a popular evening out for people interested in trying new foods and discovering new restaurants right outside their backyards. Featured vendors will include several that have participated in the tasting in the past, like Pizza Bella, which will provide grilled chicken, cheese and pepperoni pizzas; and Hannaford Supermarkets, which will serve up samples of its own chips, salsa and guacamole. Others are new additions to this year’s event, like The Inside Scoop, a year-round indoor ice cream shop that serves Richardson’s Homemade Ice Cream. They will be offering hot fudge sundaes, Wilczewski said.

Taste of Bedford. Courtesy photo.

“We’ve actually expanded it this year to be open to restaurants beyond just Bedford,” she said, noting the additions of other newcomers, like Sweet Ginger of Merrimack. The authentic Thai eatery will be bringing a whole smorgasbord of options from its menu, including lemongrass chicken, vegetarian fried rice, crab rangoons and veggie and chicken pad Thai. Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine of Manchester will be another featured outof-town eatery, though its owners, Omer and Cigdem Yasan, are from Bedford. A few other restaurants, while not serving any samples at the tasting, have donated gift cards and certificates that will be raffled off, according to Wilczewski. They include the Harvest Market of Bedford, Frederick’s Pastries and Great New Hampshire Restaurants, the

3rd annual Taste of Bedford

Participating vendors

When: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Bedford High School, 47B Nashua Road, Bedford Cost: $15 per person, $45 per family of four or $60 per family of five (families must include at least one parent) Visit:

• Caroline’s Fine Food (Bedford, • Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Bedford ( • Hannaford Supermarkets of Bedford ( • The Inside Scoop (Bedford, • Matbah Mediterranean Cuisine (Manches-


parent company of T-Bones Great American Eatery, CJ’s Great West Grill and the Copper Door. In addition to the food, a student pianist at the high school will perform live. Copies of a Bedford-themed custom Monopoly board game called “Bedford-opoly,” which features actual businesses in town on the board, will be sold as well. The event is the flagship fundraiser for Bedford High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapter, one of the largest in the state, according to Wilczewski. Proceeds help reduce the cost of travel for local student entrepreneurs who participate in business competitions at the state and international level. “The businesses here in town are incredibly supportive of our group and what we’re doing,” she said.

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Simply Delicious Baking Co. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

By Matt Ingersoll

Alexa Firman’s career as a baker has taken her all over the country — while a student at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, the Bedford native interned at a farmto-table resort in Tennessee. Now, after working for a caterer in Alaska over the summer, Firman has returned to her home town to open her own bakery and coffee shop. Simply Delicious Baking Co., which opened Dec. 14 on Route 101 in Bedford, offers locally roasted coffees, teas and espresso drinks, plus a selection of scones, cakes, pies and cookies, all of which are baked fresh daily. With the help of Firman’s father Ken, mother Tami and brother Ben, the space that once housed an antiques store in the Village Shoppes of Bedford has been completely renovated over the past several months. New floors, countertops, tables and even the outside sign give the shop a casual and rustic feel. Firman, who also owned a homestead baking business, said opening her own shop to expand her product line has always been a goal of hers. “[The menu] was similar, but it wasn’t as extensive,” she said. “I’ve always loved working with coffee and espresso … but I couldn’t necessarily do that out of the house.” She uses a local roaster — Java Tree Gourmet Coffees of Londonderry — for her coffees, which include a medium-roast house blend, as well as a dark roast and a cold brew. There are also espresso drinks on the menu like lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos, with options for flavorings, like vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and almond; and alternative milks, like almond, coconut or oat milk. You can also purchase the bakery’s house blend coffee in 12-ounce bags, as well as Simply Delicious Baking Co.-brand coffee mugs. Besides coffees, the drink offerings include hot chocolate, a line of hot and iced teas and a couple of flavors of smoothies. The food menu, Firman said, has also

expanded from when she only took custom orders. A glass display case behind the front counter is filled with newly baked pastries every morning and restocked throughout the day. Featuring everything from cinnamon scones and traditional coffee cakes to assorted cookies, raspberry oat bars, brownies, apple crumb and cherry pies, breads and rolls, almost all of her baked goods are priced either as single servings or by the dozen. “I focus on seasonal and local [ingredients] with all my baked goods,” Firman said. “I’ll have the chocolate peanut butter cakes and the carrot cakes available as eight-inch or five-inch sizes for people to walk in and order, or they can order ahead.” Opening her own bakeshop in the town where she was born and raised comes full circle for Firman, who took her first cake decorating class at the age of 10 before taking baking courses throughout high school, eventually graduating from college with a degree in baking and pastry arts. She also worked at LaBelle Winery in Amherst for a time when she returned to New Hampshire, constructing the pastry menu for its onsite Bistro. It was while she was in Alaska, she said, that her parents contacted her about the newly vacant space at the Village Shoppes. “I was actually looking in this plaza and I had always wanted to be here, because I thought this would be a perfect location,” she said, “so when this spot came up, I jumped on it and luckily I was fortunate enough to get it.”

Mediterranean Chicken Bake Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 (7 oz.) container Cedar’s® Taboule Salad 1 small red onion, chopped 1 small red bell pepper, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 pound fingerling potatoes, cut in half 1 (14 oz.) can quartered artichoke hearts, drained 1 cup cherry tomatoes 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 2 tsp. black pepper divided 1/2 tsp. McCormick® Crushed Red Pepper 1 lb. Nature’s Promise® boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat 1 tsp. McCormick® Oregano 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives 1/4 cup crumbled feta 1 small lemon, juiced

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, toss first seven ingredients with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon black pepper and red pepper flakes. Spread out evenly onto baking sheet. 2. Place the trimmed chicken thighs on top of the veggies, spacing them out evenly on the baking sheet. Drizzle the chicken with the remaining olive oil and season with the remaining pepper and oregano. Roast until the chicken has begun to brown on top, and the veggies have softened, about 30 minutes. 3. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle with kalamata olives and feta. Return to the oven and cook for 10 more minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should register 165°F. Remove the pan from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Top with fresh lemon juice and enjoy!

Simply Delicious Baking Co. Where: 176 Route 101, Bedford Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Closed on Sundays (hours may be subject to change). Contact: Visit, find them on Facebook @ simplydeliciousnh and Instagram @simplydeliciousbakingco or call 488-1988

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Kara Massingham and Ted Combes of Londonderry are the owners of BakedHops (bakedhops@gmail. com, find them on Facebook @bakedhops), a homestead business offering custom cupcakes made with beer from local breweries that launched last year. After starting out by featuring their products for sale at Long Blue Cat Brewing Co. in Londonderry, BakedHops has since worked with other local brewers to create unique cupcake flavors for sale at events and as private orders. They have a small menu of pre-selected signature desserts, like maple bacon cupcakes baked with a brown ale; lemon cupcakes baked with an IPA; or chocolate whoopie pies baked with a stout and filled with marshmallow buttercream, but they can also do custom orders with a local brewery of your choice. The cost is $18 for six and $36 for a dozen and orders can be placed through email or Facebook.



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• Corvino’s Pizzeria opens in Hudson: A new locally owned spot for Italian-style pizzas, calzones, subs, salads and healthy bowls is now open in Hudson. Corvino’s Pizzeria and Grille held its grand opening on Dec. 9 in the former space of Giovanni’s at 1 Industrial Drive in Hudson, according to its Facebook page. The menu features more than a dozen types of specialty pizza toppings available in three sizes, from chicken pesto to Buffalo macaroni and cheese, or you can

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Potato salad Hello, 2020! It’s the time of resolutions for many. I personally haven’t made a resolution in years. I believe in making changes and doing things for the better, but I’ve found that resolutions aren’t usually the way to go about it. Of course, I’m not against them, so if you’ve got a resolution, I wish you all the best in making it happen. The most popular resolution almost every year is to eat better and/or lose weight. In an attempt to assist with this, the recipes for the next few weeks are going to feature healthy recipes. Bye-bye, indulgent treats of December; hello, healthy (and very yummy) dishes of January. I’m starting this healthy eating theme with a salad. This isn’t your typical salad. Nope. It’s so much more than that. First of all, it’s a warm salad, and that’s definitely something you’ll enjoy on a cold night in January. Second, the main ingredient is a sweet potato. So this salad is going to be filling, while still being good for you. To keep this salad healthy, there is very little oil used in the making of it. You use a little to coat the sweet potatoes and a tiny amount to make the dressing, and that’s it. Voila! You have the start of a healthy recipe. The blue cheese and walnuts are both

Warm Sqeet Potato Salad with Spinach & Cranberries. Photo by Michele Pesula Kuegler.

optional. While they do add some calories and fat, if this is a main dish salad, the toppings will be welcome. They add tanginess and crunch to the salad and make it a pinch more filling. Even if you’re eating healthfully, you also want to eat foods that are interesting. So, here’s to the new year! Be sure to read my column next week for a dessert recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping your diet on track! Michele Pesula Kuegler has been thinking about food her entire life. Since 2007, the Manchester resident has been sharing these food thoughts and recipes at her blog, Think Tasty. Please visit to find more of her recipes.

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“Which cookies do you want me to take to my office?” my wife asked. “I don’t know, I mean, I’ve had enough of all of them,” I said. And it was true, I had had more than enough of all of the cookies, chocolate chip squares, brownie pie, snickerdoodles and chocolates, not to mention pasta, to get me all the way through 2020. “You can take them all,” I said. At some point during the holidays, it just hits you that, wow, you’ve been consuming a lot of food and maybe it’s time to lighten up — at least that’s the case for me. The same goes for beer. After drinking rich porters and stouts for the past month or so, my taste buds were crying out for something lighter. I’m guessing your taste buds are too. Well, we’re all in luck as craft brewers haven’t forgotten about lighter options. Sometimes, we all just need a beer that tastes like a beer, but maybe we don’t need a mass-produced light beer. Here are six lighter brews to help reinvigorate your taste buds:

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Perpetual Gruven by Great Rhythm Brewing Co. (Portsmouth) First, you’ve got to love the name, but second, this Kolsch-style ale is brewed with 100-percent German pilsner malt and hops making for a bright, yellow pour, and a very crisp, very refreshing brew.

Tommy by Kettlehead Brewing Co. (Tilton) I’ve never tried this one, which is Kettlehead’s first Pilsner, but I think it’s indicative of the changing craft beer movement: yes, IPAs are still king but I think more and more, Handline Kolsch by Devil’s Purse people are appreciating that craft brewing Brewing Co. (South Dennis, Mass.) means more than just IPAs. According to the This German-style kolsch is a great brewery, you’ll find hints of lemon-lime in choice when you’re bogged down by the this brew. decadence of the season: sort of lemony and fresh smelling, with a very crisp, Country Pale Ale by Wachusett Brewrefreshing character. You don’t have to ing Co. (Princeton, Mass.) think too much about it: It tastes like a I know, I can’t help but reference this beer. brew, but there’s a good reason for it: it’s flavorful, extremely easy to drink, but it’s just Hell Yes! Helles Lager by Moat Moun- got a little more character to it than the typtain Smoke House and Brewing Co. ical mass-produced “light” options. One of (North Conway) This is just the epitome the world’s great all-around beers. of easy living, but while the brew is quite light, the flavor is pronounced, including Jeff Mucciarone is a senior account mannotes of caramel you probably wouldn’t ager with Montagne Communications, expect in a brew like this. Refreshing but where he provides communications supnot overly crisp. Great choice when you’re port to the New Hampshire wine and spirits trying to clean out the palate. industry. Boniface by Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton) Schilling boasts an array of quality lighter brews offering beer drinkers more complexity and character than they might expect from a beer on the lighter side. Boniface is “a medium-bodied, yet highly drinkable golden lager with gentle acidity traditionally brewed with an intentionally higher gravity and hop content for shipment out of country. Malt and hops are finely balanced resulting in an exceptionally quenching and clean profile,” according to the brewery.

What’s in My Fridge Cold Snap by Samuel Adams Brewing Co. (Boston) I bought this one for my wife, but I also appreciated this as a change of pace. This has been a regular from Sam Adams in recent years. This is a white ale brewed with “spring spices,” which, according to the brewery, “signals that spring is on its way,” but which I think is utter nonsense since it was available prior to winter even beginning — but let’s not let that detract from what is otherwise a crisp, flavorful and refreshing brew, featuring just a little bit of sweetness. Cheers!



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This Haitian-Canadian DJ and record producer is a third culture kid in every sense, including artistically. His techno-centric deep-house angle obviously comes from a lot of spare hours spent listening to things like Paul van Dyk and Deadmau5 interchangeably, but the way he adds sporadic bob-and-weave tribal percussion to his beats indicates a clear familiarity with the likes of Fela Kuti, Afrika Bambaataa and whatnot. There’s a soulfulness to these proceedings that gets deeper the more you venture into them, from the brightly percolating “Do It” to the cyber-roller-rink joint “Gray Area” (guested by a particularly Bill Withers-voiced Mick Jenkins), but the most world-music-tinged effort is reserved for a collab with Pharrell Williams, of all people, in the closing track “Midsection.” That tune offers the clearest glimpse into his proverbial “third culture,” one that sprang from a range of authentic, none-too-far-removed experiences, celebratory but, each in their own way, reverent. I’m only surprised that this sound isn’t more common, what with hipster admirers at places like Pitchfork trying to embrace diversity, but we won’t go there. A+ — Eric W. Saeger

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I was never a big Dream Theater fan, mostly because I tended to view prog-rock as something essentially separate from hard rock or metal. I mean, it was nice that this band was like a cleaner, more sanitary version of Rush in its way, even if it was never anything too sonically goofy to be considered innovative, especially with bands like Iron Maiden around, pointing their Richie Blackmore-wannabe musicianship at songs about maniacal zombie-monster dudes. Mind you, this new project only has two guys from Dream Theater in it, and in fact the bass player is none other than Billy Sheehan, who was considered the best around during the ’80s — you get it, this is basically prog-metal’s answer to Return to Forever, with Sheehan playing the role of Stanley Clark. I won’t deny that such a band would appeal to serious epic-metal nerds, and to be honest, I kind of dig when these overlong songs suddenly drop their pomp-rock wetwork filibustering to lay down some aggro-metal a la Meshuggah, whom even these guys have heard of by now. But it’s still missing something — wait, I know: pain. B+ — Eric W. Saeger

PLAYLIST A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases • Point of Order Dept. We’re into 2020 now, looking through the albums to be released on Jan. 3. What that means is that at last, I’m not starved for new albums to review. In fact, I’m sure there are a ton of them, not that I’ve looked yet. But on we go, launching the 16th year of this column (the only music review column to have won a one-time special “Best of New Hampshire” award). More recently, a Facebook thread indicated that I picked up another Constant Reader in 2019, which makes, as far as I know, three. Surely there are more, but I know that many readers and local bands are afraid of me, for some reason. Perhaps it’s because, as Latest Constant Reader said, I insult albums “to the point of cruelty,” so everyone assumes I’m a full-time, showboating jerk, perhaps even a borderline sociopath. But wait. As we hurl ourselves into what could very easily prove to be the final year of the American empire, what I want to point out is that, I promise, in 2020, I will still continue to cut local bands so much slack that it sometimes causes me physical pain. I want local bands to succeed. I demand that you stop being afraid of me. I am a nice person, and I want to help your band, or your laptop-techno project, or Ecuadorian folk-metal record, or whatnot. If it makes me throw up after three notes, don’t worry, I won’t review it. I’ll just ghost you in email/Messenger/Twitter. Everything will be fine, I promise. You are safe. I’ve ticked off enough people over the years, and it holds no charm for me anymore. Just the other week, some metal kid with a band whose name couldn’t possibly be printed in this newspaper accused me of being part of the Corporate Problem, and I explained that young moms don’t always watch what their kids are looking at in the Laundromat, and besides, don’t be a moron. We ended up friends though, after a brief email back-and-forth that looked like a 4chan flame war. I loved it. Anyway, the point: You can get a review in this paper. Just ask. • That all said, let’s take a look at what’s coming up. In an effort to build up a tolerance to bubblegum radio, I’ve been listening to nothing but WJMN lately. Nothing has changed — they only play five songs all day — except every song has Auto-Tune, as well as lyrics that Laundromat kids shouldn’t be exposed to. Oh for cripes sake, there’s nothing new coming out on Jan. 3. There’s an album called The Church Will Sing Vol. 1. It’s pretty cool, featuring a bunch of unknown gospel choirs from churches around the country. Maybe you should shut off that stupid “Roxanne” song and try it. • Got you, you little rascal, here’s one: Carolyn Sampson and the Minnesota Orchestra’s new LP, Symphony 4! The title refers to classical icon Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, written around 1901. A little Tchaikovsky, some screamy violin, my cat loves it. • Finally, awesome industrial-rock maniacs Stabbing Westward’s new EP Dead & Gone is coming Jan 3. You should buy it now. — Eric W. Saeger Local (N.H.) bands seeking album or EP reviews can message me on Twitter (@esaeger) or Facebook (eric.saeger.9).

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Hampton author Bonnar Spring made Apple Books’ “Winter’s Most Anticipated Reads” with her new thriller Toward the Light, set to be released on Jan. 7. The plot centers around Luz Concepcion, a young Guatemalan woman who was relocated as a child with her mother to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to escape violence. After her mother dies, Luz decides to return to her native country, seeking revenge against the man responsible for killing the rest of her family. That man, Martin Benavides, rose from rebel fighter to president and controls a major drug network. Luz’s resettlement officer, Richard Clement, who now works for the CIA, has his own reasons for wanting Martin dead. Together, Luz and Richard devise a plan in which Luz will work as a nanny to Martin’s grandson in order to get closer to Martin. Luz then finds herself in the world of the CIA, undercover work, strongmen, violent political factions, corruption and drugs, all while struggling with her own moral dilemmas and threat of physical danger. “[Luz] is a real everywoman kind of protagonist,” Spring said. “She’s a woman who desperately wants to accomplish something — revenge — but is in a little over her head and is just trying her best.” Although Luz’s intent is to kill a man, she is the heroine of the story, Spring said, because she is still “trying to make the best choice when there is none.” “If you’re in a situation where all you have are bad choices, what moral compass do you have to follow to make a choice?” she said. Spring drew some inspiration for the story, she said, from the summers she spent travelling to Mexico and Central America while she was growing up in Texas. Her mother was a teacher and would take her along for the trips. “I loved it down there,” she said. “I loved the food. I made friends. I picked up Spanish. I actually just returned a month ago from another trip to Guatemala.” As an ESL teacher for more than 25 years, Spring has met many immigrants and their children who, like her main character and even herself, she said, “have a foot in each culture.” “Some of [my students] still don’t know where they belong as they are trying to negotiate their life in the States,” Spring said. “That’s who I’m writing about. … My protagonist is Guatemalan, but has been away [in New Hampshire] for 20 years, so she is experiencing her native country as a stranger, and that’s so important to the story.” While many thrillers rely on “twists and turns” in the plot that “mess with the readers’ minds,” Spring said, Toward the Light

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Silence, please. For more than 51 million Americans, there’s either too much of it, or too little. An estimated 1 million of us are completely deaf; roughly 50 million of us have tinnitus, a perpetual ringing or hissing in our ears. I’m one of the latter and joke that I’m part cricket, since I’m accompanied by their song 24-7. David Owen is part cicada. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he’s had that sound in his ears since 2006, when he got off a flight from China with a high-pitched whine in his ears that never left. He wrote about this in The New Yorker in 2017; his new book Volume Control expands on that article and Owen’s search for a relief for his own hearing problems and those of others. There’s a big audience for this topic. Two-thirds of Americans 70 and older have hearing loss, and Baby Boomers who grew up on loud rock ’n’ roll are increasingly among them. Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton are among musicians with severe hearing issues because of long-term exposure to loud music. My own ears were irrevocably damaged on the top row at a BTS concert. “Wear earplugs,” Townshend said. I did. The crickets sing anyway. Owen’s book is a cautionary tale that will likely be read primarily by those who are similarly afflicted; “those of us who can hear are often extraordinarily reckless with this extraordinary gift,” he writes. Owen himself wasn’t reckless; he had a bad cold on that China flight and believes that loss of cabin pressure contributed to his condition. And sometimes it’s not our recklessness to blame, but that of others. Owen’s grandmother’s hearing was permanently damaged when a hunter fired a gun near her ear. Although music — both in live concerts and in earbuds — is a major cause of hearing problems, so too are guns; one professor told Owen that the biggest threat to ears in Texas is recreational shooting. And people who have served in the military have high rates of ear damage. (Not-so-fun fact: One veteran told Owen that he used cigarette butts as ear plugs in Vietnam. Thankfully, the Army now has more high-tech ear protection for soldiers.) The book explores not just tinnitus but total and partial hearing loss, the plethora of hearing aids, the stigma associated with hearing loss, and medical interventions such as cochlear implants, like the radio host Rush Limbaugh has. Among its more interesting revelations: the village of Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, at one time had the highest concentration of deaf people in the U.S. This was later found to be because of a recessive genetic mutation “whose effects had been multiplied, over generations, by the limited marital opportunities available within what was then an isolated farming and fishing community.”

Volume Control provides camaraderie for those of us with ear issues, and is thick with interesting anecdotes but short on hope. Owen has interviewed top hearing doctors but has not found a meaningful solution for his tinnitus. He does offer some useful information — cupping your ears is a surprisingly useful way to home in on specific sounds; Bose makes a product called Hearphones that helps people hear better in noisy environments. But, as he says, “No one should ever take medical advice from a freelance writer,” and the main advice he offers for those seeking solutions is to “start with free, and work your way up the cost ladder.” There’s a German company, for example, that is promoting a therapy that purports to rewire the brain and relieve tinnitus, which is a phantom noise the brain generates when hair cells in the ear have been damaged. But Owen is skeptical of the $4,500 cost and says he expects an app will soon arise that does the same thing for much cheaper. Although Owen is a capable wordsmith, I found Volume Control to plod at times, particularly in his descriptions of how the ear works. To be fair, it’s hard to make discussion of basilar membranes and submicroscopic stereocilia scintillating to the masses. But connected as we are through cicadas and crickets, I expected to be rapt, not mildly interested. Also, one product that the author uses and recommends — Bose’s noise-masking sleepbuds — has been discontinued because of battery issues, and the company is offering refunds through the end of December. (Details on This was announced shortly before the book was published, so it’s not a failing of Owen or his publisher, but be forewarned. Meanwhile, the book’s most important message is also its simplest: If you have hearing damage, wear earplugs. If you don’t have hearing damage, wear earplugs. As Owen says, “Our ability to deafen ourselves with ordinary activities has never been greater than it is now.” B— Jennifer Graham


• Memoir and historical fiction at Gibson’s: Randy Pierce visits Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord) on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to discuss his memoir, See You at the Summit: My Blind Journey from the Depths of Loss to the Heights of Achievement. Pierce was just 22 when an unexpected neurological disorder rendered him blind, but that didn’t stop him from making historic achievements in hiking, winning a National Marathon Championship and becoming a motivational speaker. Also at Gibson’s, Christine Duffy Zerillo will do a reading and book signing of her new historical fiction novel Still Here on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m. The story is told in the voices of Mary Rowlandson, a minister’s wife captured in an Indian raid in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and her captor, Sachem Weetamoo of the Pocasset Wampanoags, who travelled across Massachusetts and into western New Hampshire during King Philip’s War in 1676. Visit or call 224-0562. • Family secrets: Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Family Next Door, will present her new book The Mother in Law at Whipple Free Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. All Lucy ever wanted was to impress her mother-in-law, Diana. Now, Diana has been found dead with a suicide note, but the autopsy reveals that the cause of death was suffocation, and everyone in the family has something to hide. Call 487-3391 or visit • Book sale: Chichester Town Library (161 Main St., Chichester) will have a book sale on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be a wide variety of books in the library’s Down Cellar Bookstore for low prices. Call 798-5613 or visit — Angie Sykeny Books Author Events • RANDY PIERCE Author presents See You At the Summit. Sat., Jan. 4, 2 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Call 2240562 or visit gibsonsbookstore. com. • CHRISTINE DUFFY ZERILLO Author presents Still Here. Wed., Jan. 8, 6 p.m., Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Call 224-0562 or visit • LEAF SELIGMAN Author presents From the Midway: Unfolding Stories of Redemption and Belonging. Tues., Jan. 14, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Call 224-0562 or visit • CYNTHIA HERBERT-BRUSCHI ADAMS Author presents Italian Spices: A Memoir. Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Concord. Call 224-0562 or visit

Book discussion groups • ANIME & MANGA CLUB A new club seeks members to join. Will involve book discussions, anime viewings, and workshops. No set date. Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson. Free. Visit Call 886-6030. • BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP Second Thurs., 7 p.m. Manchester City Library , 405 Pine St. , Manchester. Visit • BOOKENDS BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion group. First Sun., 4 to 5 p.m. MainStreet BookEnds, 16 E. Main St. , Warner. Visit • BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB Book discussion group. Last Tuesday, 12:15 p.m. Manchester City Library , 405 Pine St. , Manchester. Visit • GIBSON’S BOOK CLUB Monthly book discussion group. First Monday, 5:30 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St. , Concord. Visit • MORNING BOOK GROUP Monthly discussion. Fourth Wed., 10 a.m. to noon. Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Visit • MORNING BOOK GROUP Book discussion group. Second Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon. Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Visit • NASHUA NOVEL READERS Monthly book discussion. Second • MIMI BULL Author presents Thursday, 7 p.m. Nashua Public Celibacy, a Love Story: Memoir Library, 2 Court St., Nashua. Visit of a Catholic Priest’s Daughter. Thurs., Jan. 23, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Con- Writers groups cord. Call 224-0562 or visit gib- • PLAYWRIGHT’S CIRCLE Cue Zero Theatre Company hosts • JIM FINI Author presents a monthly Playwright’s Circle Locally Grown: The Art of Sus- for local playwrights looking to tainable Government. Fri., Jan. improve their craft. Playwrights 24, 6 p.m. Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 of all ages and experience levels S. Main St., Concord. Call 224- are invited to bring 10 pages of an 0562 or visit gibsonsbookstore. original work, which the circle will com. read aloud and offer feedback on • ERIN MORGENSTERN while discussing the process and Author presents The Starless Sea. philosophy of playwriting. Bring Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m. Gibson’s at least one copy of your scene for Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., Con- every character. Every third Suncord. Call 224-0562 or visit gib- day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover St., Manchester. Visit • MIKE ERUZIONE Author presents The Making of a Miracle. • WRITERS GROUP All levels Thurs., Jan. 30, 6 p.m. Gibson’s and abilities are welcome. SecBookstore, 45 S. Main St., Con- ond and fourth Friday, 6:30 to cord. Call 224-0562 or visit gib- 7:30 p.m. Candia Smyth Public Library, 55 High St., Candia. Call 483-8245. Visit




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Little Women (PG)

The March sisters deal with the financial realities of life in Civil War era America while they contemplate their futures in Little Women, an adaption with a screenplay by and directed by Greta Gerwig.

My Little Women background is best described as “I’m pretty sure I read some of the book,” so I didn’t go in as a superfan. But this movie has made me a fan and even casual readers probably know the basics of the story: The March family, living in Massachusetts during the Civil War as the story starts, is scraping by while their father (Bob Odenkirk) is at war. Their mother, Marmee (Laura Dern), doesn’t let financial difficulty get in the way of helping others — convincing the girls to bring the family’s Christmas breakfast to a local family in need, for example. Her daughters, who in the movie’s earliest chronological moments seem to be at various stages of teenager-ness, are on the cusp of having to make their way into the world. Meg (Emma Watson) is the oldest and a talented actress, though she seems more interested in a future as a wife and mother. Amy (Florence Pugh), the third daughter, seems the most realpolitik about her future: She wants to live a life more financially secure than that of her mother and knows

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that doing so will require her to marry well — though perhaps she also has some hopes in her artistic abilities. Beth (Eliza Scanlen), the youngest, is sweet and shy and musical. And then there’s Jo (Saoirse Ronan), the second oldest and a writer who is happiest creating plays for her sisters to star in. She is disinterested in the “be a lady and marry well” advice of her wealthy Aunt March (Meryl Streep), even when Laurie (Timothee Chalamet), the grandson of the Marches’ wealthy neighbor (Chris Cooper), takes an interest in her. You probably know some of this and how

the narrative unfurls. But I think even Little Women fans will appreciate how this movie lays out the story, beginning not at the beginning but after the middle (which is a smart choice, I think, when so much of a story is well known). This also allows us to get to know each girl on her own, to get a more layered and rounded picture of each than “the quiet one” or “the responsible one.” We get to know a little of their inner life, their thought processes about their choices and how those choices are working for them, which makes for a more interesting story

than just who’s going to marry whom. Not that “who’s going to marry whom” is silly, nor does the movie treat it as silly. This PG costume drama does a lot of good work considering the options available to women at the time and makes the discussion of how the women think about their choices and compromises feel both period appropriate and eternally relevant. Gerwig makes smart choices about how she works this element into the movie, just as she makes smart choices about how she arranges the jumps between timelines and what she focuses on in the lives of these women, both thematically and literally in terms of what the camera zooms in on. All of the parts of this movie, from the lived-in appearance of the March house to the way Gerwig uses lighting to the care taken with each character, are flawlessly constructed and fit together with precision. Did I go into this movie a Gerwig fan? Sure, I’ll cop to that. Did the Ladybird director make, as her second solo directorial effort, another perfect movie? Yes. A Rated PG for thematic elements and brief smoking, according to the MPA. Directed by Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the screenplay (from the book by Louisa May Alcott), Little Women is two hours and 15 minutes long and is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

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Catching up on some 2019 movies — available for home viewing now By Amy Diaz

The year-end movies of 2019 will keep on rolling into theaters in 2020 but plenty of solid movies (even some awards hopefuls) are available now for home viewing. Here are a few I missed when they came out but that are worth a look. Dolemite Is My Name (R) Rudy Ray Moore is a man with a dream in this comedy starring Eddie Murphy. Moore (Murphy, who received a Golden Globes best actor nomination; the movie received a nomination in the comedy or musical category) was a real-life comedian in the 1970s who, in this movie at least, is floundering as the MC at a Los Angeles comedy club when he hits on the idea of Dolemite, a flamboyant pimp persona crafted in part from the joke rhymes he heard from a local homeless man. When Rudy talks about that man’s jokes and the jokes, stories and insult battles of that man’s peers to his friends, they say it reminds them of barbershop humor and, while they laugh at the stories, they think they’re too old-school to find a new audience. But then Rudy gets himself a wig, a walking stick and pulls the stories into a new act HIPPO | JANUARY 2 - 8, 2020 | PAGE 38

and it takes off. He makes albums and hits the touring circuit, even picking up a protegee in Lady Reed (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), a woman he explains the mechanics of the act to who then has a comedy act of her own and occasionally sings with him. His albums sell and help him sell tickets to his shows, but then he decides to go bigger. Leveraging the profits from his albums, he raises the money to make a movie — something that blends humor, action, a bit of raunch and, because he’s a fan, some martial arts. His bet is that African American audiences will turn out for his movies as they have for his shows — even if Hollywood distributors and production companies don’t think the idea has promise. I’m a sucker for “let’s make a movie” movies and Dolemite has all the winning elements, to include the joy of first-timers creating a movie they would enjoy watching, the entertaining delusion of the crew’s leader and genuine heart. Murphy does an excellent job selling both the raunchy Dolemite humor and the determined hustle of Rudy. The movie also has an exceptionally strong supporting cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Snoop Dogg and Wesley Snipes. AAvailable on Netflix.

The Farewell (PG) The Golden Globes have given nominations to Awkwafina (for best actress in a comedy) and the movie itself (for best foreign language film) for this sweet funny movie about a family coming together to see their ailing grandma one last time. Except Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) doesn’t know she’s ailing or that that’s why her sons, the America-based Hiayan Wang (Tzi Ma) and the Japan-based Haibin (Jiang Yongbo), and their children have shown up in China to see her. She thinks it’s for the wedding celebration of one of her grandchildren, Hao Hao (Chen Han), and his fiancee Aiko (Aoi Mizuhara), who is Japanese and doesn’t speak Chinese, which makes for some good moments when clearly she doesn’t understand what’s going on and possibly doesn’t really know what she’s signed up for. Billi (Awkwafina), Hiayan’s daughter, isn’t invited. Born in China, she’s mostly lived in America and has American ideas about all of this, like that Nai Nai should know what’s happening to her and have a chance to truly say goodbye. You can’t hide your emotions, Billi’s mother Lu Jian (Diana Lin) says, stay home. But Billi, who is in a late youth lull (behind on her rent, a grad school opportunity fell through), goes anyway and extremely

reluctantly goes along with the deception. She also loves her grandmother and the movie does a really lovely job of blending the way a family can love and support each other while also still having all these messy elements to their relationship. The Farewell also gets to the difficulty of a multi-culture life and to the experience of being not wholly part of where you came from or where you’ve landed. It’s a lot of really lovely story-telling that risks getting lost in this awards season in part because it isn’t cleanly a non-English language film; Billi and her parents drift in and out of English and the movie’s use of language feels like part of the texture of the story itself. It also has a gentleness and a contemplativeness that might keep it from duking it out with louder The Irishman-type fare. But these are also reasons to see the movie, along with Awkwafina’s first-rate performance. A Available to rent or own. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary Made by Screen Junkies, the maker of the Honest Trailers series, this deep-dive look at the 1999 movie is absolutely charming. The documentary gets most of the cast to give their accounts of making the film with the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rock-

39 well, Enrico Colantoni, Justin Long and even Rainn Wilson (who, did you know he has a bit part?). Tim Allen turns out to be a stone-cold sci-fi geek, gleefully showing off the phaser he stole from the set of Galaxy Quest as well as other sci-fi pop culture memorabilia, making it clear what a thoroughly perfect choice he was for the role of the William Shatner-esque actor who, along with his “crew,” is kidnapped by aliens that believe their Star Trek-like show is real. The actors tell stories about the late Alan Rickman that will make you miss him all the more. Behind-the-scenes types discuss the pre- and post-production life of the movie (including the brief involvement of director Harold Ramis). The documentary also brings in other voices, from actual Star Trek actors like Wil Wheaton (The Next Generation’s Wesley Crusher) and Brent Spiner (Data) to guys like Damon Lindelof (producer on the J.J. Abrams Star Trek) and others who can talk about the impact of Galaxy Quest, especially in terms of how fans have incorporated elements of its sensibility in their own projects.

Need a snowy day double feature? I can think of nothing better than Never Surrender, followed by a Galaxy Quest screening. A Available to rent or own. The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) A man with aspirations of being a pro wrestler sets off on a journey to meet his hero in this sweet movie with strong work by its cast. Zachary Gottsagen is the movie’s lead, playing Zak, a 20something with Down syndrome who has no family and is cared for by the state of North Carolina at a nursing home. Though this is the first time I’ve seen solid performer Gottsagen, his co-lead is Shia LaBeouf (no, wait, he’s good here) and the supporting cast includes Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Thomas Haden Church, John Hawkes and Jon Bernthal, all really well used here. LaBeouf plays Tyler, a fisherman who is basically on the run, and happens upon Zak, who has just escaped the home (the most recent escape of many, we’re told). Together, they try to stay out of sight in the Carolina countryside with Tyler agreeing to travel with Zak for a while as he looks for the Salt Water Redneck (Church), a pro wrestler who runs a wrestling school.

Johnson plays Eleanor, a volunteer from the home who is sent to find Zak. Do they pull together as a found family? Of course, but this is all done with more skill you expect. The movie tells Zak’s story, not just a story that he facilitates for other characters. For all that there is romantic tension between Eleanor and Tyler, it’s the brotherly relationship between Tyler and Zak that forms the core of this movie. B Available to rent or own. The Report (R) Adam Driver plays Daniel Jones, the lead investigator in the Senate’s look at the CIA’s use of torture during the first decade in the war on terror. This movie started off as sort of a tough sit, both because we see reenactments of some of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” which is multiple kinds of unpleasant and because there are scenes that just feel like information dumps. The dates, locations, assorted CIA people we see in flashbacks and who approved what before who knows whatever got a little jumbled for me. But about halfway through (and as I realized this

is definitely a “full attention required” movie), I found myself really invested in Jones’ work and the way the movie shows him dancing on the edge of whistle-blowing when it seems that his findings might get buried by a CIA that doesn’t want to admit wrongdoing and an Obama administration that isn’t particularly interested in prosecuting the past. As the Senate pressures the CIA to make more of these activities from the Bush years public, Jon Hamm, playing White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, makes the “Obama ended torture, let’s let it go” argument, increasingly infuriating not just Jones but senators like Dianne Feinstein (Annette Bening, who got a Golden Globe nomination for her performance) and Mark Udall (Scott Shepherd). Yes, the movie has a point of view, but I think I liked, in the end, that it let archival footage of John McCain be the “character” to deliver the message most directly. Though this (the Bush years, the 2014 release of the report’s summary) can seem like an infinity of news cycles ago, it’s interesting to revisit this moment of legislative oversight and how it did (and didn’t) work. B Available on Amazon Prime.

MOVIES OUTSIDE THE CINEPLEX ​ ED RIVER THEATRES R 11 S. Main St., Concord, 2244600, • Fantastic Fungi (NR, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. • Uncut Gems (R, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Sat., Jan. 4, 12:30, 3:15, 6:15 and 9 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 5, 12:30, 3:15 and 6:15 p.m.; Mon., Jan. 6, Wed., Jan. 8 and Thurs., Jan. 9, 2:05, 5:30 and 8:15; and Tues., Jan. 7, 2:05 p.m. • Little Women (PG, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Sat., Jan. 4, 12:15, 3, 6 and 8:45 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 5, 12:15, 3 and 6 p.m.; and Mon., Jan. 6, through Thurs., Jan. 9, 2, 5:25 and 8:10 p.m. • WBCN and the American Revolution (NR, 2019) Fri., Jan. 3, and Sat., Jan. 4, 12:45, 3:10, 5:35 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 5, 12:45, 3:10 and 5:35 p.m.; and Mon., Jan. 6, through Thurs., Jan. 9, 2:10, 5:20

and 7:45 p.m. • Motherload (2019) Tues., Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. • Vertigo (PG, 1958) Thurs., Jan. 16, 6 p.m. • In Search of Mozart Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m. WILTON TOWN HALL 40 Main St., Wilton, 654-3456, • Little Women (PG, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Thurs., Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., plus Sundays at 2 p.m. • Uncut Gems (R, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Wed., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., plus Sundays at 2 p.m. MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY Main Branch, 405 Pine St., Manchester, 624-6550; West Branch, 76 Main St., Manchester, 6246560, • Room (R, Kanopy Film Series) Tues., Jan. 7, 1 p.m. (main)

• Godzilla: King of the Monsters (PG-13, 2019) Wed., Jan. 8, 1 p.m. (main) NASHUA PUBLIC LIBRARY 2 Court St., Nashua, 589-4611, • Good Boys (R, 2019) Tues., Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m., and Thurs., Jan. 9, 1 p.m. • Toy Story 4 (G, 2019) Sat., Jan. 11, 2 p.m. CINEMAGIC 1226 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 644-4629; 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 423-0240, • Forrest Gump (PG-13, 1994) Thurs., Jan. 2, 8 p.m. (Hooksett only) • Mystify: Michael Hutchence Tues., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. • Wozzeck (Metropolitan Opera) Sat., Jan. 11, 12:55 p.m., in Merri-

mack, and 2 p.m., in Hooksett • Caddyshack (R, 1980) Thurs., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. (Merrimack only) • Blind Eyes Opened: The Truth About Sex Trafficking in America Thurs., Jan. 23, 7 p.m. CHUNKY’S CINEMA 707 Huse Road, Manchester, 2063888; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, 635-7499; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua, 880-8055, • Clueless (PG-13, 1995, 21+ showing) Thurs., Jan. 9, 8 p.m. • The Breakfast Club (R, 1985, 21+ showing) Thurs., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. • The Big Lebowski (R, 1998, 21+ showing) Thurs., Jan. 23, 21+ showing) Thurs., Jan. 23, 8 p.m. • Top Gun (PG, 1986, 21+ showing) ) Thurs., Jan, 30, 8 p.m. THE MUSIC HALL Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; Loft, 131 Con-

gress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, • Marriage Story (R, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Sat., Jan. 4, and Tues., Jan. 7, and Wed., Jan. 8, 7 p.m. (theater) • Judy (PG-13, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, through Sat., Jan. 4, and Tues., Jan. 7, through Thurs., Jan. 9, 7 p.m. (loft) • Les Miserables - The Staged Concert on Screen Fri., Jan. 3, and Sun., Jan. 5, 3 p.m. (theater) • Akhnaten (Metropolitan Opera) Sat., Jan. 4, 1 p.m. (theater) PETERBOROUGH COMMUNITY THEATRE 6 School St., Peterborough, • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (PG, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, 7 p.m.; and Sat., Jan. 28, and Sun., Jan. 29, 2:30 and 7 p.m. • Knives Out (PG-13, 2019) Fri.,

Jan. 3, and Thurs., Jan. 9, 7 p.m.; and Sat., Jan. 4, Sun., Jan. 5, and Wed., Jan. 8, 2:30 and 7 p.m. • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG, 2019) Mon., Jan. 20, 1 p.m. CINEMAGIC STADIUM 10 2454 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 319-8788, • Mystify: Michael Hutchence Tues., Jan. 7, 7 p.m. • Wozzeck (Metropolitan Opera) Sat., Jan. 11, 12:55 p.m. • Blind Eyes Opened: The Truth About Sex Trafficking in America Thurs., Jan. 23, 7 p.m. THE FLYING MONKEY 39 S. Main St., Plymouth, 5362551, • Fantastic Fungi (NR, 2019) Thurs., Jan. 2, 6:30 p.m.

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Comic Sweeney does winery show

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• Quirky: Gonzo singer-songwriter Eli Elkus continues his offbeat TroubaTour in a downtown bookstore. Led by the hard-luck twang of “Folk Singers’ Lament (Rag Time Hag),” his solo album Nonsemble made a few best-of lists at the end of 2019. Elkus wears a weathered cowboy hat that looks older than he is and describes himself as a “vaudevillian wingnut country faerie folk hobo jazz pirate king troubadour.” Thursday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m., Bookery, 844 Elm St., Manchester. See • Rootsy: A double bill of smart bluegrass music includes The Double Crossers, who removed “Dirty” from their moniker a few months back. The string trio of Gordon Berry, Paul Driscoll and Derek Russell Fimbel offers crisp harmonies anchored by steady-handed playing. Green Heron open; the duo of Scott and Betsy (formerly Green) Heron have a style that will appeal to fans of Gillian and David. Friday, Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Zinger’s, 29 Mont Vernon St., Milford. Tickets $12 at • Heavy: Three original bands lead off a show that closes with tribute acts at Manchester Metalfest. Disturbed doppelgangers The Sickness debut, along with Project 666 covering Iron Maiden and Megadeth tribute group Mechanix. Edgewize, a Queen City band that formed 20 years ago, gets things rolling, along with Absence of Despair and Project Mayhem. Saturday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m., Jewel Music Venue, 61 Canal St., Manchester. Tickets $10; show is 21+. See • Boss-y: The E Street Band is on hiatus, but Jake Clemons, who joined on sax after his father, Clarence, died in 2011, is keeping busy. His latest, Eyes on the Horizon, finds him focused on social issues. Tom Morello plays guitar on the fiery “Consumption Town,” while “Ayuda! (When The Sun Goes Down),” has him declaring, “If one of us ain’t free, then we’re all oppressed.” Monday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m., Rex Theatre, 23 Amherst St., Manchester. Tickets $29 and $39 at

With nearly five decades as a comic, Steve Sweeney has earned the title King of Boston Comedy. He shows no signs of slowing down either. In 2018, he starred in Sweeney Killing Sweeney, a mockumentary about the many characters in his act taking revenge when he removes them to be more West Coast palatable. Currently, Sweeney is readying a film version of his one-man show, Townie. Sweeney began as an actor in his late teens and fell almost immediately into comedy. He was integral to the scene centered at Harvard Square’s Ding Ho Restaurant in the ’90s, as depicted in 2003’s When Stand Up Stood Out. Acting moved him west for a spell, but the pervasive careerism there eventually sent him home — even as he landed roles in movies like Celtic Pride, There’s Something About Mary and Me, Myself & Irene. “I lived in L.A. for eight years and had a lot of success,” he said in a recent phone interview. “But there’s a lot to be said about living where you want to live, especially as you get older. There’s an interaction between where you work and the big picture of your life. That’s why I’m in New England — a miserable angry mother****er.” Inspired by observational comics he’d seen on the Ed Sullivan show, Sweeney built a cast of figures from his life early on. “Some kids are born and they’re just naturally musical. … I was always a good impressionist,” he said. “I’d be doing my uncle or neighborhood guys, or the priest. That’s kind of what I loved to do, and that’s where it all began.” He’s continued to focus on building a world of his own making in his act, rather than recreating the famous. “Jonathan Winters came from the Midwest and did people around him; Richard Pryor was from Indiana and did that too,” he

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said. “You kind of reflect what you see in any art form, you know? That’s what I do.” In the well-reviewed Sweeney Killing Sweeney, the comic is offered a national cable show with the caveat that the local Boston references — lonely alcoholic Jimmy, Townie mother Mary Ellen McCarthy, bike helmeted do-gooder Marshall Mellow and beer-bellied raconteur Fitzy — be expunged from his act. As the title indicates, they all become real and try to do him in. “Punch lines are funny until they start punching back,” one ad for the film declared. Several of Sweeney’s Boston pals helped out for the project, like Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke, Bobby Slayton, Tony V, Frank Santorelli and Jonathan Katz. On Jan. 11, Sweeney returns to the Fulchino Vineyard in Hollis for a show that also features fellow Boston comic and Dirty Water star Dave Russo. Sweeney enjoys performing in the Granite State but is a bit bemused by how homogeneous crowds can be here. “I open every New Hampshire show the same way — in 20 years I’ve never had to change it,” he said. “I say to the audience, ‘Take a look at each other; I want to congratulate you for the diversity that you see. This is the true picture of America. Other people

could say this is a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan, but I’m not saying that.’ It’s very pale.” More than a few comics opened for Sweeney before moving on to bigger things, including Joe Rogan, Bill Burr and Marc Maron. While promoting Sweeney Killing Sweeney, he appeared on both Rogan’s and Maron’s podcasts. He waves off any effect he may have had on their later success, however. “That’s kind of interesting but not to me,” he said. “I know them kind of tangentially; when I went out there and they all knew me, I was very humbled and flattered because they’re all good guys, they’re all talented and they all followed their own path and voice. They’re out there doing all this great stuff. I’m in Hollis at a winery. So there you go. I think that just about says it all, doesn’t it? One of the things I said to all of them was, ‘Yeah, it’s good you open for me. Your career will go through the roof. I’ll be here still, but you’ll be fine.’” Comedy Uncorked with Steve Sweeney When: Saturday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. Where: Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis Tickets: $69 - call 439-5984


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19. Hallelujah-inspired Kid Rock song, perhaps 20. For the Beatles, he fronted the ‘Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (8,6) 23. Muse ‘Black __ And Revelations’ 24. Drummer Cool of Green Day 25. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The __ 27. Bon Jovi will let it happen ‘__ Other Day’, but not today 28. Crowd does this, for mellow sing/ songer show 32. ‘08 Killers album ‘Day __ __’ (3,3) 34. Co-founder of LaFace Records (2,4) 36. T and Vanilla 37. Bon Jovi’s Thin Lizzy cover ‘The __ In Town’ (4,3,4) 40. Pianist icon Billy 42. Van Morrison noticed a ‘Wonderful __’ someone said 43. Stone Sour song for taking a drag? 46. ‘Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)’ __ Days


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47 NITE CONCERTS Bank of NH Stage 16 Main St., Concord, 225-1111 Capitol Center for the Arts 44 S. Main St., Concord 225-1111, The Colonial Theatre 95 Main St., Keene 352-2033, The Flying Monkey 39 S. Main St., Plymouth 536-2551,

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Happy New Year! Here are some favor- started when his family found a box of his ites from 2019. great-grandfather’s suits. He now researches, designs and sews clothing for himself and other history buffs, to great response: People different from us Asparagus is healthy and delicious. But “I’ve been all over the world and people are for 63-year-old Jemima Packington of Bath, inquisitive and appreciative,” he said. England, the columnar vegetable is much more: Packington is an asparamancer, a per- Dumb and dumber Rogers, Arkansas, neighbors Charles son who can foretell the future by tossing the spears into the air and seeing how they Eugene Ferris, 50, and Christopher Hicks, land. “When I cast the asparagus, it creates 36, were hanging out on Ferris’ back porch patterns, and it is the patterns I interpret,” on March 31, drinking and enjoying the Packington said. “I am usually about 75 to spring air. Ferris was wearing his bullet90 percent accurate.” In fact, out of 13 pre- proof vest — because why not? — and dictions she made for 2018, 10 of them came invited Hicks to shoot him with a .22-calitrue. What’s in store for 2019? Packington ber semi-automatic rifle. KFSM reported the tells Metro News that England’s women’s vest blocked the bullet from striking Fersoccer team will win the World Cup; A Star ris, but it still hurt and left a red mark on his Is Born will win an Oscar; and fears over upper chest. Next, Hicks donned the vest and Brexit will be largely unfounded. Oh, and Ferris “unloaded the clip into Christopher’s asparagus will see an all-time high in sales. back,” according to the police report, also leaving bruises. That’s where it all would have ended had Ferris not gone to the hosPeople with issues KION TV reported on Jan. 7 that a Salinas, pital, where staff alerted the Benton County California, family’s Ring doorbell camera Sheriff’s Office. Ferris initially told officers captured video of a man licking the doorbell an elaborate story about being shot while for more than three hours. The homeowners protecting “an asset” in a dramatic gunfight, were out of town during the encounter, which but Ferris’ wife spilled the beans about the took place around 5 a.m., but their children back-porch challenge. Both men were arrestwere inside. Sylvia Dungan, who was alerted ed for suspicion of aggravated assault. to the activity at her front door on her phone, said, “I thought, boy there’s a lot of traffic. ... Free speech TSA agents at Juneau International Airport Who the heck is that?” Salinas police identified the man as Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33. logged unexpected cargo on April 15 when a Arroyo also relieved himself in the front yard “large organic mass” was spotted in a travand visited a neighbor’s house. “You kind eler’s carry-on bag. TSA spokesperson Lisa of laugh about it afterwards because techni- Farbstein explained to KTOO that such a cally he didn’t do anything,” Dungan said, flag can indicate the presence of explosives. although police later charged him with petty However, when agents opened the bag, they found a plastic grocery bag full of moose theft and prowling. “nuggets.” “The passenger told the TSA officers that he collects this and likes to present Inexplicable • Sharisha Morrison of Albuquerque, New it ‘for politicians and their (bleep) policies,’” Mexico, and her neighbors have been the Farbstein explained. The passenger was not recipients since Jan. 1 of an odd gift: plastic detained and was allowed to continue on grocery bags with slices of bread and bolo- with his bag of moose poop. Later that day, gna inside, delivered by an unknown man. 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