Artist in the house — The Hippo — 07/13/23

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Juston McKinney p. 32 Firebringer p. 15 local news, F ood, arts and entertain M ent F ree inside : a new eatery & a new F ar M

July 13 - 19, 2023

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on the cover

10 In this week’s cover story we take a look at some of the area artist (and musicians and culinary artists) in residence programs and the events where you can meet the artists — starting with the Currier Museum of Art’s Summer Block Party this Saturday featuring current artist in residence Calder Kamen (pictured above and on the cover with her dog Pixel in a photo courtesy of the Currier).

Also on the cover The Teen Actorsingers return to the stage after a long pandemic break to present the musical comedy Firebringer (page 15). Michael Witthaus talks to Juston McKinney (page 32). And in this week’s food section catch up with two new businesses: the Singing Pond Farm in Hollis and Unwined in Milford.

InsIde thIs week

news & notes

4 news In brIef

6 Q&A

7 sports

8 QuAlIty of lIfe Index

9 thIs week

the Arts

15 theAter, clAssIcAl MusIc & vIsuAl Art

16 Arts roundup


18 GArdenInG Guy

Henry Homeyer offers advice on your outdoors.

19 treAsure hunt

There’s gold in your attic.

20 kIddIe pool

Family fun events this weekend.

21 cAr tAlk

Automotive advice.


22 on the job

What it’s like to be a...


24 thIs week’s specIAl Readying the wine glasses at Unwined in Milford; Singing Pond Farm in Hollis; In the Kitchen; Weekly Dish; Try This at Home.

pop culture

28 revIews CDs, books and more. Amy Diaz wanted Twizzlers but had to settle for Mike & Ikes at Insidious: The Red Door and Joy Ride


32 bAnds, clubs, nIGhtlIfe Big laughs with Juston McKinney plus Nite Roundup, concert & comedy listings and more.

33 MusIc thIs week

Live music at your favorite bars and restaurants.

36coMedy thIs week

Where to find laughs.

38 concerts

Big ticket shows.

38 trIvIA nIGhts

Find some friendly competition.

odds & ends

39 ken ken, word roundup

39 jonesn’ crossword, sudoku

40 rock ‘n’ roll crossword

41 sIGns of lIfe, 7 lIttle words

42 news of the weIrd

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DCYF head

The state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) has a new director, Jeff Fleischer, who will start his job on Aug. 1. According to a press release, Fleischer has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Rutgers University and has decades of experience partnering with child welfare and juvenile justice departments across the nation. He has been the CEO of Youth Advocate Programs for 20 years, overseeing 150 program sites in 33 states and several countries, and has served as the chair of the National Human Service Assembly. Fleischer is also a nationally recognized leader in the field of youth advocacy and community-based alternatives to incarceration and out-of-home placements. He will lead a division of about 700 staff serving 15,000 children and their families annually and will be responsible for strategic leadership, programmatic oversight, management and

operational direction for child protection and juvenile justice services.

New development

North Branch Construction has successfully completed the construction of Red Oak at 409 Elm St. in downtown Manchester.

According to a press release, the mixed-use development, spanning 96,250 square feet across six stories, consists of 90 apartment homes, ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, and serves as the corporate headquarters for Red Oak Apartment Homes; Additionally, the ground floor provides co-working office suites, a conference room and a fully equipped business center. The building is furnished with energy efficiency, LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charging stations, as well as resident amenities like package lockers, a resident-only entrance and lobby, in-unit washers and dryers, central heating and

Artist at Canterbury Shaker Village

The Canterbury Shaker Village’s artist-in-residency program is hosting visual artist Ellen Friedlander from Los Angeles through Saturday, July 15, and then again Sunday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 8, according to a press release. According to the release, while at the Canterbury Shaker Village (288 Shaker Road in Canterbury; 783-9511,, Friedlander planned to experiment with her pinhole lens and a new neutral density filter. “In addition to photographing the Village itself, I plan to work on sequencing a

air conditioning, video security, pet-friendly accommodations, bike and extra storage areas, pet and bike washing facilities and a fitness area with a yoga studio.

Local eats

The Merrimack County Conservation District (MCCD) has released a local food guide for 2023, highlighting dairy, produce and specialty food farms in the county. According to a press release, the guide aims to promote the availability and accessibility of local agricultural products and provides a town-by-town list of farms, farmers markets and programs supporting food production in New Hampshire, making it easy for readers to connect with their local agricultural community. The guide also includes informative articles about local farms, emphasizing the importance of understanding where food comes from and supporting the local economy. Digital copies of the guide can be downloaded from the MCCD website, and physical copies are available upon request.

Local power

The University of New Hampshire’s NH Agricultural Experiment Station and Granite State Dairy Promotion host “Meet Your Milk” on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center in durham. According to a press release, the free event will educate people about the dairy industry and provide a firsthand experience of a working dairy farm. Visitors can tour the facility, interact with cows, enjoy free New Hampshire milk and take wagon rides. The Smokin’ Spank’s food truck will also be there, serving barbecue. Visit to learn more.

The Working Dog Foundation/NH Police K-9 Academy has been selected as the beneficiary of Hannaford’s Community Bag Program for July, according to a press release. For every $2.50 Community Bag purchased at the Hannaford store in raymond, $1 will be donated to the academy. The donation will support the care and training of municipal K-9 teams in New Hampshire and Maine.

The Upper Room Board congratulates the winner of its sixth annual Anna Willis Memorial Scholarship, Emerson Carrecedo of windham High School. According to a press release, Carrecedo wants to pursue music and explore how musical performance can make a difference in the community. The scholarship honors the late Anna Willis, a founder of the Upper Room Board of Directors, who was dedicated to making the world a better place. The seventh annual Anna Willis Memorial Scholarship Award will be announced in early 2024 for eligible applicants.

book that I have been working on for about a year,” Friedlander said in the release. Find more about area artist-in-residence programs in this week’s cover story, which starts on page 10.

The Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH), a nonprofit that empowers local communities to choose their electricity sources while working with local utilities on energy governance and infrastructure, announced in a press release its new base rate of 10.9 cents per kilowatt-hour, which will save $5.5 million for their 75,000 customers and generate $1.7 million

for community reserves. CPCNH also plans to offer renewable power options at competitive rates. The Coalition has grown to 35 members and represents 24 percent of the state’s population, according to the release.

Executive order

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order that prohibits the State of New Hampshire from doing business with any company that supports boycotts of Israel. According to a press release,

the order aims to strengthen the ties between New Hampshire and Israel and to oppose anti-semitism and discrimination. The order was signed in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to the UN and Consul General to New England, who thanked the state for its support. The order was also praised by the IAC for Action, a pro-Israel advocacy group. New Hampshire is the 37th state to adopt such a measure against the BDS movement, which seeks to isolate Israel economically and politically.

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Local filmmaker brings a Frost poem to the screen

Local playwright and filmmaker Donald Tongue recently wrapped up filming his adaptation of Robert Frost’s poem “Home Burial” at Canterbury Shaker Village. Tongue discussed what drew him to Frost’s poetry and his approach to interpreting the poem on screen. Follow for updates on the film and how to view it.

What inspired you to adapt Robert Frost’s poem ‘Home Burial’ into a film?

A number of years ago, I wrote a play about Robert Frost titled My Neighbor, the Poet that was commissioned by Theater Kapow. I also staged ‘Home Burial’ a number of years ago at Southern New Hampshire University. … I did a lot of research and read a lot of his poetry and was very much taken with the sort of cinematic quality of his poetry; it has very clear actions that he’s describing … and he definitely seems to focus on characters. … Then, he has a lot of dialogue within his poetry between the characters, or, if there’s one character, there’s some sort of internal dialogue going on. I think, in many ways, he just kind of had this [ability to take] these scenes that he was living out himself and convey them through poetry.

You’ve written a number of pieces for the stage; had you ever written for film before this? How are the processes different for you?

I did a 13-part web series called Candid Candidate, which was sort of a mockumentary about two presidential primary candidates, so I had dabbled in [film] a little bit, but this is my first venture into a real full-length feature film. Film is definitely a totally different process. There are certainly things that are the same: You have to work out the acting, the character motivations, things like that, and we rehearse sort of similarly, [as far as] the line delivery and what’s behind it. But for stage, you’re creating something that is to be performed, and it’s going to be the same for each performance, [whereas] in film, you’ve got to think about the different camera angles and how you’re capturing the story through the lens. I had to do a lot of learning about the different types of shots that filmmakers use and what those convey.

How literal is your interpretation of the poem?

I’ve seen other [adaptations] that just use [the poem] as source material; my approach,

though, was to use the poem verbatim. There is nothing in the film that’s not in the poem. In the moments where there’s dialogue [in the poem], there’s dialogue [in the film]. When [the poem has] description, [the film has] a voiceover, and the actors perform the descriptive verse [during] the voiceover. I feel that it works really well. … It’s just such a great, wonderfully written poem; I didn’t want to mess with it.

How did you interpret the poem’s more abstract themes and visuals on film?

A lot of the action is clear in the poem. It starts out, ‘He saw her from the bottom of the stairs.’ We had to find a staircase with a window at the top to be able to capture that visual from the poem. … The shot starts from the bottom of the staircase and moves up to her at the window. In some ways, it feels like you’re coming out of the grave, like you’re kind of unearthing this moment in time between these two characters; that was one vision I had as far as capturing the feel and emotion of the poem.

What was it like shooting at Canterbury Shaker Village, and why did you choose that location?

There was a schoolhouse building at Canterbury Shaker Village that had what we were looking for: the staircase in a rustic setting with a window at the top of the stairs. It worked well because, being a schoolhouse, the staircase is a little wider than [those in] some of the older-period farmhouses, where the staircases are kind of narrow. That certainly helped to both create the proper setting and accommodate the film crew in the space. … Canterbury Shaker Village was extremely accommodating for our film shoot; they gave us access to areas in the administrative building for our breaks, loaned us some set pieces and even moved the cows to another pasture and made sure the electric fence was turned off for our outdoor scenes.

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The week that was

The Big Story: With the All-Star Game history, the Red Sox are on the clock to decide whether they’ll be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline, which is 18 days away. Their task is made more complicated by their going into the break at 48-43 and on a five-game winning streak, though they’re still last in the AL East with several teams to climb past to get into the play-in game. The clock is ticking.

Sports 101: Which pitcher in All-Star Game history has (a) given up the most hits, (b) given up the most earned runs, (c) pitched the most total innings, and (d) pitched in the most games?

News Item – Shohei Ohtani: After having the best hitting month of June since Lou Gehrig’s 1.470 OPS in 1936, Ohtani is the top story in baseball. The resume will include being the first in 10 years to hit 30 homers before July 1 after a June when he hit 15 homers and 29 RBI while hitting .394 with a third best ever (behind only Babe Ruth’s 1920 and ’21) .952 slugging percentage. And, oh by the way, he’s also 7-4, with a 3.32 ERA, third in baseball 132 strikeouts and the lowest batting average against at .180.

Thumbs Up – LPGA Golfer Amy Olson: In going 79-77 on Thursday and Friday she didn’t make it into the weekend, but let’s give Olson a standing O for having the grit and toughness to compete in the women’s U.S. Open while seven months pregnant. Bravo.

Thumbs Down – ESPN: When the parent company is cutting 7,000 jobs, somebody has to go. But for ESPN to let go its single best analyst overall, Jeff Van Gundy, is nuts. Especially given the number of slugs who survived.

The Numbers:

1 – Red Sox players invited to play for the AL in the All Star game.

80 – age Greg Popovich will be at the end of the $80 million deal he signed last week to remain head coach of the San Antonio Spurs for the next five years.

Of the Week Awards:

Player – The Cincinnati rookie sensation Ely De La Cruz became the first Reds player since 1919 to steal second, third and home in the same plate appearance. It came vs. Milwaukee on Saturday right after he knocked in the lead run and then provided the insurance run with his antics in an 8-5 Reds win on Saturday.

Most Idiotic Idea (If Not in the His-

tory of Mankind) – From supposed CBS-NBA Insider Sam Quinn, who proposed (before Grant Williams was traded to Dallas) the Celtics do the following to give them a “true” Big Three with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown: send Williams, Al Horford, Malcolm Brogdon, Peyton Pritchard and multiple first-round picks to the 76er’s for, no, not Joel Embiid, but (are you ready for this?) 33-year-old no-defense James Harden, last seen stinking up the joint in five of the seven games against the C’s in the 2023 playoffs.

Laugh Out Loud Moment: It was the hilarity of hearing Red Sox right fielder Alex Verdugo whining he’d been unfairly snubbed by the AL All-Star team while hitting a 17th best in the AL .284, with a 94th best six homers and 113th best 35 RBI totals.

Sports 101 Answer: Most hits and earned runs allowed: Whitey Ford (19 and 11). Don Drysdale’s 19.1 innings pitched is the most ever and Roger Clemens with 9 has pitched in the most ASG’s.

Final Thought: Sorry to see Mike Trout get injured ( broken wrist), but it brings to mind something I’ve been meaning to mention for a while. And this comment is aimed at the yackers, not Trout himself. I don’t get how anyone (besides stat geeks) can say he fits among the all-time baseball greats like Aaron, Mays and Ruth. Very good player, yes. But he’s in his 13th year, and while he’s got 368 homers, he’s got just three 100-RBI seasons, with a high of 111. By contrast Junior Griffey did it eight times, with highs of 147 and 146 before he turned 30. A-Rod (I know he has issues) did it 14 times with a high of 156 and for Albert Pujols it’s 13 and three 130-plus seasons.

Then there are his three MVP’s. I’m fine with 2014 when the Angels won the AL West. But being picked over Mookie Betts in 2016 was a joke. Mookie led the AL in total bases, was second in hits and doubles with 31 homers and 113 as his team won the AL East, while Trout’s Angels finished 21 games back and he wasn’t in the Top 10 in homers or RBI. And 2019, when three Red Sox players alone had more total bases, was an even bigger joke. How can a guy be the most valuable player in any league when his team finished dead last 35 games out in their division? It speaks to the ridiculous ways stats are looked at today, where the contrived WAR somehow trumps the only thing that matters, winning.

Trout an all-time all-timer? Sorry, but no.


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quAL i TY OF L i FE i NDE x


The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for most of New Hampshire from Sunday, July 9, through the morning of Tuesday, July 11, warning that heavy rain could lead to flash flooding in parts of Hillsborough, Merrimack, Cheshire, Grafton, Coos, Carroll, Belknap and Sullivan counties, according to a press release. The New Hampshire Department of Safety’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urges residents and visitors to be prepared to “take action and seek higher ground immediately” in the case that a Flood Warning — which means flooding is imminent — is issued.

QOL score: -1

Comment: Most flood deaths happen in vehicles, the release said; never drive through flooded roadways as just 6 inches of water can reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling, and 1 foot of water can sweep a vehicle away. If there is moving water, remain in your vehicle, but if the floodwaters are not moving, abandon your vehicle and move to higher ground.

Light show

A solar storm on Thursday, July 13, could make the Northern Lights visible in 17 states, including New Hampshire, according to an AP story on According to the article, the Northern Lights are caused by solar wind hitting Earth’s magnetic field, making atoms glow, and the storm is part of an 11-year solar cycle that is increasing the chances of seeing the colorful sky show in lower latitudes.

QOL score: +1

Comment: The lights are most likely to be seen between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., somewhere away from city lights. According to the travel guide website, the best place in New Hampshire to see the lights is the region’s highest peak, Mount Washington, which offers a clear and dark view of the sky, intensifying the colors of the lights.

Baby loons!

You can now watch baby loons on LoonCam Live, a live broadcast of loon nests in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, run by the Loon Preservation Committee, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve loons and their habitats in the state. According to the LPC’s website, the LoonCam is currently streaming 24/7 on a nest with two chicks that hatched on July 9 and July 10. The parent loons have left the nest and are guarding their chicks nearby. The broadcast will continue until mid-July, when the loon chicks are expected to fledge. Watch at loon. org/looncam.

QOL score: +1

Comment: Viewers can also find timelapse videos, updates from a loon blogger and information on how to support the LPC’s mission on the LPC’s website.

QOL score: 79

Net change: +1

QOL this week: 80

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This Week

Saturday, July 15

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire (27 Navigator Road in Londonderry;, 669-4820) takes some time off from wings to celebrate wheels at the Classic Car Show today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show will feature a student-built aircraft but also ground-bound vehicles of all eras, according to a press release. The day will also feature food trucks, a raffle and a yard sale, the release said. Admission to the show for

Thursday, July 13

Hillsborough Summer Festival begins tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at Grimes Field (29 Preston St., Hillsborough). The festival runs through Sunday, July 16, with live entertainment (tonight’s entertainment is a DJ; see the website for a list of performers), a midway and car-

spectators costs $5 per adult, children 12 and under are free, and includes admission to the museum (which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), the release said.

nival rides, a fireworks show on Saturday night, a 5K road race on Friday, a hometown parade on Sunday at noon and more, according to the website. The festival is open Friday from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. See

Big EvEnts

July 13 and BEyond

Friday, July 14

It’s NASCAR Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106, Loudon) from today through Sunday, July 16 — weekend happenings include Friday Night Dirt Duels on Friday; a doubleheader on Saturday featuring the Ambetter Health 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race, followed by the Mohegan Sun 100 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour race, and the Crayon 301 race on Sunday. Tickets vary in price, depending on the race. See nhms. com.

Saturday, July 15

The American Independence Museum (1 Governors Lane in Exeter; 772-2622, celebrates the arrival of the Declaration of Independence in New Hampshire (on July 16, 1776) with the American Independence Festival today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The day

will feature a Traditional Artisan Village with artisans demonstrating shoemaking, coopering, millinery, fiber arts, dancing, tinsmithing, brewing and more, according to a press release. The festival will also feature military exhibits, performances, games, a beer garden, food and more, the release said.

Saturday, July 15

Stop in at WineNot Boutique (25 Main St. in Nashua; for a tasting of “Exotic Wines from South America” from 1 to 5 p.m.

Save the Date!

Sunday, July 16

Jake Shimabukuro brings his ukulele to the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St. in Nashua;, 800657-8774) today at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29. Find more concerts this weekend and beyond in the listings on page 38.

Saturday, July 22

The Palace Theatre’s Spotlight Room (96 Hanover St. in Manchester; will host an Intimate Night of Sinatra with Rich DiMare and Ron Poster on Saturday, July 22, with shows at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29.

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Artist in the house

Come to a party, meet the artist

Resident artist at the Currier shows off zero-waste creations

While running a ceramics studio after studying ceramics and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, Calder Kamin felt that clay was no longer the ideal medium to create her art.

“[It] was a very difficult medium to continue without the school’s facilities,” Kamin said. “I started to feel less attachment to the material because it started to feel very

Summer Block Party

Where: Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; 669-6144,

When: Saturday, July 15, 4 to 9 p.m. The event features free gallery admission, art activities, food trucks, face painting, a beer and wine tent, community art projects and more, according to the website. This year’s theme is nature and environmentalism, the website said.

More Currier events

artist in residence prograMs bring artists, Musicians & More into the coMMunity plus Meet the artists at the currier’s blocK party

arbitrary and heavy. It’s expensive [and] demands all these facilities, all this energy [and] all these toxic chemicals.”

Instead, she started making art from post-consumer materials and has involved the community in her efforts during her residency at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

Kamin will be running activities and displaying her work at the museum’s free summer block party on Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 9 p.m.

“It’s a major celebration … for people to come and bring their friends and family and explore the museum,” said Courtney Starrett, the press contact for the Currier. “We’re super excited to have Calder on board doing her activity as well, because it really ties in with our overall theme of nature and the environment.”

Originally from Austin, Texas, Kamin has been traveling to different residency programs, having started at the Currier in

Where: Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; 669-6144, Hours of admission: are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors ages 65 and older and for students, $5 for youth ages 13-17, children younger than 13 are free.

• The next Expressions through Art is on Thursday, July 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. This program provides an outlet for cancer patients, survivors and their families. The museum uses art in the galleries as well as art workshops to help visitors form connections.

• The program Looking Together will highlight Giovan Angelo Montorsoli’s painting “John the Baptist” from the 1530s on Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. or noon. Visitors to the museum will have a chance for a close look at the painting with a member of the museum’s teaching staff to educate them on the work of art.

April. During her time there, she has been working on constructing two 12-foot-long quilts that will become a pair of wings for a plush pegasus. She has enlisted the help of the community to hand-sew feathers for the wings. In each feather will be a dream written on a piece of paper. All of the scraps from the feather-making workshops will be used to form the body of the quilt.

“I make all my art out of garbage,” Kamin said. “Everything [used] has to be from post-consumer materials. I try to use very little, [or] nothing, new.”

Kamin became inspired to recycle material for her art after she took up birding as a hobby.

“I started observing the birds in my neighborhood, and the most interesting behavior to me was watching the birds collect trash to build their nests,” Kamin said. “I thought, ‘Oh, I need to be more like a bird. Nature never wastes. … Everything is used for new energy or new life.’”

Kamin started using trash, mostly plastic bags, which usually take the shape of animals or fantastical creatures.

“It became a real passion to reuse these materials, support the folks that are getting these materials out of the waste stream, and then show the value of these materials to the public by transforming them into beautiful objects,” she said.

During her residency, Kamin has also been holding workshops with activities influenced by other artists. One craft, inspired by Louise Nevelson, involves gluing wood scraps together and painting them

black. Another project incorporates the work of Josef Albers, an abstract painter whose work often took the shape of squares, and Anni Albers, a fiber artist. This results in square felt patches.

Kamin also drains the pigment from old markers to make an ink wash, using the caps to make flowers or beads for a curtain. She was inspired to make the pegasus from her prior residency work.

“I was making art for children’s museums that they couldn’t touch and it started to not make sense,” she said. “[I thought,] ‘Why am I making art you can’t touch for a children’s museum that is purely about interaction?’ So this is my attempt to not only make a project that brought the community in to build, but a piece … that children can touch and play [with].”

Once completed, the pegasus will be part of an exhibition in April 2024 in Texas. From there, it will travel to New Orleans, then to Mobile, Alabama. At the block party, Kamin will show what she has done so far.

The outdoor event will be headlined by Kamin as well as Vermont artist Mark Ragonese, and will include live music, food trucks and many environmental-themed activities and projects.

“We see [the artists in residence] program as a leading way to really create more access points,” Starrett said. “For people to be able to enter the museum when they otherwise feel as though it might not be for them or it’s something they need to pay for. We really want to break down those barriers and let people know it’s … for everyone.”

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Calder Kamin and Pixel. Courtesy photo.

Reflections of memory

The Factory on Willow’s artist explores community

According to Marlana Trombley, the head of marketing and special projects at Orbit Group, Liz and Jeremey Hitchcock created the Artists in Residence program at The Factory on Willow to give artists an opportunity to draw inspiration from the Manchester community.

“The whole program is really just an opportunity to integrate more art into the Manchester community, and for artists from all over the world to get an opportunity to see what a gem the city is and how much we all love it,” she said.

The 12-week residency program provides housing, a food stipend and an art supply stipend, and ends in a capstone exhibition.

“We’re very customized in how we work with each artist,” Trombley said. “Every artist has a different opportunity depending on what is going on in the community. … The whole thing gets shaped while they’re on site.”

The residency has welcomed artists from as far away as the United Kingdom. One of the current artists, Jay Goldberg, comes from New York City. His exploration of memory will be showcased as a multimedia project titled “The Memory of America – Manchester: Remember Your First Baseball Game.” This entails conducting interviews with members of the Manchester community about their first time going to a baseball game.

“For me, it’s all about getting out into the community,” Goldberg said. “I’m really enjoying that in Manchester. … I threw myself right into the community because

upcoming Factory on Willow events

Here are some of the artist in residence events scheduled in July and August, according to The Factory on Willow is at 252 Willow St. in Manchester.

• Justin Tyler Tate, artist in residence showcase, on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free.

• Artist in Residence Workshop: Cup-o-soup with Justin Tyler Tate. Learn how to “remake products such as homemade medicines, balms and other remedies in the form of consumable art-objects,” according to the website. Event is Saturday, July 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $10 per person. See website for tickets.

if I don’t meet people there is no art project.”

Goldberg has been working on other versions of this project centering around other communities for a couple of years, but his interest in the link between baseball and memory is a theme that he feels has been embedded in him since his childhood.

In 2000 Goldberg and a partner owned a design studio company where they made handmade baseballs. On the gift box of each one, Goldberg wrote a paragraph about someone’s memory of going to their first game.

“It touched a nerve with a lot of people. I got such positive feedback,” he said.

Years later, while cleaning out a storage locker that held inventory for a gallery shop, Goldberg rediscovered a letter from his late father.

“He wrote me this note … [and asked] could I do him a favor [and] go to the library and check the microfilm,” he said. “He had this memory [of] the first time he went to a baseball game and he wanted to see if his memory was still good.”

Goldberg intends to showcase the stories and memories of the people he’s talked to via multiple media forms. One of these forms will be an interactive film projection of an interview transcript that will look like it’s being written by a typewriter, the writing becoming slower the longer it takes the story to unfold.

Another will involve a video projection with a looping graphic. With it there will be two lines from different interviews about the same topic but from opposite perspectives.

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• Artist in Residence Workshop: The Atomic Balms with Justin Tayler Tate on Sunday, July 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $10 per person; see website for tickets.

• Artist in Residence Workshop: Lost and Found First Aid with Justin Tyler Tate on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $10 per person; see website for tickets.

• Artist in Residence Workshop: Bath Bomb and Carry On with Justin Tyler Tate on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Admission costs $10 per person; see website for tickets.

• Jay Goldberg, artist in residence showcase, on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free.

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Jay Goldberg. Courtesy photo.
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Standing ovation

Londonderry-based theater company gives students the chance to learn and lead

Meg Gore, a theater producer and director with more than 35 years of experience, founded Ovation Theatre Company in Londonderry in 2019 with the intent to focus on education.

“It’s always my goal that when someone enters any of our programs … that by the time they finish they’ve learned something,” Gore said.

upcoming Ovation Theatre shows

• Newsies Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the Derry Opera House (29 W. Broadway in Derry).

Tickets cost $20 ($25 after July 15). See

• The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House (29 W. Broadway in Derry). Tickets cost $17 ($20 after Aug. 5). See

At Ovation, students are involved in every step of the production process through their artists in residency program. Unlike other artists in residency programs, Ovation does not offer housing and funding for artists, but instead gives high school and college students the opportunity to take on a role in production under the guidance of mentors. This includes positions lasting anywhere from around one to six months, such as student director, stage manager and choreographer, that are tailored to the goals and needs of the artist.

“We don’t necessarily have a set program … but at whatever level we can, whenever we can, we do involve the students,” Gore said.

Ryan Kaplan, a soon to be sophomore at Windham High School, has been doing theater since he was 8 years old, working specifically with Ovation for the past three to four years.

“I got started from a pretty early age for theater and it’s always something I’ve been

Blending passions

really passionate about,” he said. “I really believe in the power of art to heal people … and I think that theater is such a powerful way to do that, because you’re putting real humans in a space with people that they’re presenting their art to and just that added layer of human connection. It’s a really powerful way of storytelling.”

While at Ovation, Kaplan has had the opportunity to be an assistant director and stage manager of Ovation’s production of Glynn Cosker’s show, Masked. He was also then invited to work on the production of The Little Mermaid, Ovation’s first completely student-run production. He is now working as an assistant director for the summer camp.

“I would love to have some sort of career in theater, or to have it be a major part of my life in some way,” Kaplan said. “I’ve been given so many avenues to explore different branches of theater and different jobs in the theater. I’m actually really not sure right now if I would want to be a theater educator

Artist combines passion for music and nature at Avaloch Farm Music Institute

Avaloch Music Farm Institute, set on the grounds of what used to be an apple orchard in Boscawen, offers artists a rural respite to focus on their craft.

“What makes us so unique is [while] there are many residency programs in the U.S. and abroad, very few of them are geared toward performing artists,” said Ashley Bathgate, the director, and six time former resident, at Avaloch. “I think it allows the performing touring artist to find a home and be able to work together which is a luxury.”

Located near the mountains, Avaloch was the ideal venue for musician Payton MacDonald to work on his project, Sonic Peaks, which blends his passions for music and nature through the creation of graphic scores.

“A graphic score is a piece of music that has a mixture of notation styles,” MacDonald said. “It has traditional notation, it has text, it has pictures, diagrams, all kinds of things … It also functions as visual art in a way.”

Originally from Idaho, MacDonald has always loved the outdoors, enjoying endurance sports, triathlons, hiking, camping and mountain biking. His interest in music also dates back to his early years. He started tak-

ing drum lessons when he was 9 years old and eventually branched out into other percussive instruments, such as the marimba and xylophone.

“I’ve just been passionate about music ever since I can remember,” MacDonald said.

He heard about the residency program through Bathgate, and having wanted to hike the White Mountains, took the opportunity. During his residency in June, MacDonald completed three graphic scores, two of which were inspired by hiking Cannon and North and South Kinsman in the White Mountains during his time at


“Avaloch is incredible. I can’t say enough good things about it,” MacDonald said. “I just had an absolute blast. I didn’t

upcoming events

Avaloch Farm Music Institute, 16 Hardy Lane, Boscawen,

• Evenings at Avaloch, on Friday, July 14 and July 21, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 donation is suggested.

• Composers Conference Ensemble Concert #1: Lighting, Wednesday, July 26, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 donation is suggested.

• Composers Conference Guest Compos-

or go into directing or performing or what specifically that is, but I definitely know that theater and performance art is definitely the path that I want to go down.”

want it to ever end, honestly.”

According to Bathgate, the completion of Avaloch’s new concert barn gives musicians a new venue to share their art, expanding Avaloch’s community engagement by bringing the community to the farm with the Evenings at Avaloch concert series, which features a wide variety of music from musicians all over the world.

“This is going to change the possibility and programming for the future because we’ll be able to share what these artists are working on with the surrounding communities,” Bathgate said. “Just the fact that we have jazz and early music, classical music, experimental music, electronic music, it’s just a wealth of genres, [and] also these artists who are coming from the West Coast, the Midwest, from Israel, South America and all sorts of different countries, I think is an incredible resource and win for this community.”

er Spotlight: Michelle Lou, Thursday, July 27, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Composers Conference: CMW Artists-in-Residence Concert #1. Friday, July 28, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 donation is suggested.

• Composers Conference Ensemble Concert #2: Ethos, Saturday, July 29, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 donation is suggested.

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Ryan Kaplan. Courtesy photo. Payton MacDonald. Courtesy photo.

Therapy through theater

Using theater to teach social emotional skills

For Corrie Owens-Beauchesne, a company artist at New Hampshire Theater Project in Portsmouth, theater has always been an outlet to access and process emotions. Now she is able to help others experience this themselves through the artists in residency program at NHTP.

NHTP was established in 1988 as an artists in residency program, eventually becoming a theater, when founding executive director Genevieve Aichele began going into schools and introducing them to story theater.

“Story theater utilizes these stories that don’t have a main character,” Owens-Beauchesne said. “The kids work together and they learn through this [that] theater [is a] group process where it takes a whole village to create a story.”

Today, NHTP acts as a liaison to form connections between artists and organizations, sorting out the budgeting and creating the contracts for each to sign. The artists then run theater-related programming at the organization.

“[The artists] have such a broad, diverse

New Hampshire Theatre Project

959 Islington St., No. 3, in Portsmouth;, 431-6644

• NH Theatre Project will be holding auditions for its 2023-2024 season on Tuesday, July 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. Find the signup and registration forms on its website.

• Preview the new season, which starts with the production Thirst for Freedom on Sept. 22, on the website, where you can find a list of shows and see a video preview.

MacDowell Medal Day

MacDowell (100 High St. in Peterborough; macdowell. org, 924-3886), which provides artists in a variety of fields a residential environment to work in and is billed as the nation’s first artist residency program, will hold its 63rd awarding of the MacDowell Medal on Sunday, July 23, from 12:15 to 4 p.m. The Medal, awarded to an artist who makes outstanding contributions in their field, goes this year to Alanis Obomsawin, a filmmaker who is Abenaki, was born in New Hampshire and “is

range of specialties, but a lot of them have improv expertise and use theater as a tool that can help people in other areas of life,” Owens-Beauchesne said.

These organizations include elementary schools, universities and senior living homes. Through these tools, people are taught skills in areas such as public speaking or social emotional learning.

Owens-Beauchesne started taking classes at NHTP when she was around 6 years old. At the theater, she found a safe haven to express and process her feelings.

“[My family was] pretty poor, and I think because of that there was a lot of distress in my family,” she said. “Theater really gave me this outlet and I remember it totally changed how I felt like I could express myself. I would come to the theater and I would have all these feelings inside me, like anger or frustration or sadness, and I would have a place [where] it was OK to share those and people around me had tools for processing [them].”

Owens-Beauchesne has received a degree in theater education and has her license in elementary education in Massachusetts. Though she has experience in the public school system, she feels she has more freedom through her work as a company artist. She is able to design her own curriculum, which implements, improv, modified theater games, and is influenced by her study of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

“I see it really helping these kids gain better skills about how to be in community with each other and how to help themselves when they’re feeling bad,” Owens-Beauch-

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known as a clear-eyed chronicler of the lives and concerns of First Nations people and explores issues of universal importance,” according to the MacDowell website. The event is free and open to the public, though you can order a picnic basket (the deadline for online ordering has passed but call for information). The day will include the medal ceremony at 12:15 p.m. and open studios from 2 to 4 p.m., when visitors can see the work of current artists in residence, according to the website.

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Corrie Owens-Beauchesne. Courtesy photo.
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Building a community

The Art Center in Dover puts the emphasis on artists

The residency program at The Art Center provides a built-in community of artists and art-lovers. Rebecca Proctor, the owner and founder of The Art Center, said that she wanted to give artists of varying disciplines a space to work and also to be inspired and to receive feedback.

“To be able to be in a space where you can learn from other artists and be inspired by other artists is exciting and beneficial to artists who maybe don’t have a studio,” Proctor said.

There are two programs at The Art Center, one for miscellaneous visual arts, and one specifically for printmakers, and both are four months long. At the end of the residency, Proctor said, the artists will have completed a small collection of work that will be displayed in the center’s gallery

Several former artists in residence now

The Art Center

1 Washington St., Suite 1177, Dover, 978-6702,

The deadline for applications for the next residency, Oct. 1 through Jan. 31, is on Sept. 19. Submit applications via email to

Find works by the Art Center’s residents and member artists via the website.

Culinary Artist in Residence

rent studio space, including the first artist in residence for the printmaking residency, Diane St. Jean. St. Jean teaches printmaking classes and helps the printmaking resident with their projects. Part of why St. Jean stayed with the Art Center is the community built there.

“The other artists give their opinions and encouragement, even if they aren’t printmakers,” said St. Jean. “Everyone is supportive and friendly.”

The current artist in residence, Pep Manalang, has already completed several works. “It’s free from pressure that you get at galleries and from buyers to develop art,” Manalang said. “Here, I can spend lots of time thinking.”

The Capitol Center for the Arts has a Culinary Artist in Residence program, a position currently held by Batulo Mohamed. She serves up Somali-inspired cuisine, such as the sambusa (a Somali meat pie) she was known for before opening Batulo’s Kitchen at the Cap Center’s Bank of New Hampshire Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord). The eatery is open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. See

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“Somebody asked me once to describe what the project is in one word, which is almost impossible, but as I thought about it, I realized I can describe what it’s really about in one word, and it’s about love,” Goldberg said. “The stories go in all different directions but part of why I enjoy it so much is no matter what direction they go in [it] always gets down to love in one way or another.”

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esne said.

Through this work, she is able to give children the tools that she was given as a child at NHTP.

“Honestly, I really believe that theater is pretty therapeutic,” Owens-Beauchesne said. “It was a huge tool in my life I’d say, and then as I got older I just learned more and I saw it transforming other people’s lives, and I knew that [was] something I wanted to continue to be a part of.”

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Diane St. Jean. Courtesy photo.
Batulo Mohamed. Courtesy photo.

ART S it’s finally showtime

The Teen Actorsingers troupe puts on its first show in three years

The excitement was palpable while the 13-person cast of Firebringer rehearsed on Tuesday, June 27, just a little more than two weeks from opening night. The group of teens sang, acted and joked in the rehearsal space, giving their all for the rehearsal runthrough of the show’s first act.

Firebringer, a musical comedy about how cavemen, and cavewomen, discovered fire, is the first show the Teen Actorsingers have put on since closing down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Director Christine Conticchio said she was excited to help highlight the young talent of southern New Hampshire.

“I am excited that we’re a small group but a mighty group,” Conticchio said. “What I didn’t get in quantity, I made up for in quality.”

The show follows a tribe of humans during the Stone Age, with the leader, Jemilla, focusing on keeping the peace in the tribe, having everyone do their designated jobs and duties, and keeping the tribe safe.



• CONCORD ARTS MARKET, an outdoor artisan and fine art market, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rollins Park (33 Bow St., Concord). on Saturday, July 15. See

• GARDEN TOUR The Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester;, 6685588) will hold a Garden Tour on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Tickets cost $25; participants will start at Demers Garden Center in Manchester and then

Zazzalil, an outsider who doesn’t enjoy hard work, decides to try to figure out a shortcut.

Conticchio said she wanted to bring something that would make audiences excited for the reinvigorated youth program. Firebringer gained online popularity due to the meme of Zazzalil singing about how she doesn’t want to do the daily work, and that viral video was enough for Conticchio to get the show up and running. Another benefit was the ensemble nature of the cast, leading to multiple named parts, and the overall lighthearted and feel-good message the show leaves the audience with.

Sophia Scribner, who plays the leader of the tribe, Jemilla, said the whole show revolves around changing perspectives and learning to be open to that change.

“Because of Zazzalil, [Jemilla] realizes that new inventions, like fire, don’t have to be scary,” Scribner said.

Zazzalil, played by Maeve McNeal, starts the show out as an outcast and a troublemaker, but finally becomes accepted by the end of the show, after becoming the titular firebringer and realizing that Jemilla

head off on a self-guided, selfpaced tour of eight private homes in Manchester with other special stops along the way, according to the website.

• SUMMER BLOCK PARTY at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier. org) on Saturday, July 15, from 4 to 9 p.m. The event features free gallery admission, art activities, food trucks, face painting, a beer and wine tent, community art projects and more, according to the website. This year’s theme is nature and environmentalism, the

might have had some good points.

“She’s all over the place, but eventually people start to understand her,” McNeal said. “She ends up feeling like she belongs in the end. It’s cute, very coming-of-age.”

In the past, Teen Actorsingers have won awards for their productions, but that isn’t something that Conticchio is focusing on. With the organization finally coming back from the pandemic, Conticchio said she is just excited to be surrounded by passionate young actors.

“They’re wanting a challenge,” Conticchio said about the cast. “These harmonies are not easy, these rhythms are not easy, but they have thrived in that challenge.”

As Conticchio sees it, people often write off teen actors and performances — she said a lot of organizations will shy away from more difficult shows, or choose to do the teen or junior adaptations of popular musicals. Conticchio said that is a disservice to the young actors.

“There’s a fine line between treating [teens] like babies and treating them like they’re almost adults,” Conticchio said.

“I think that’s the understatement of teen theater; a lot of people underestimate what these young people can do, and I want to show them that this is what they’re capable of.”


From the Teen Actorsingers (actorsingers. org)

Where: Janice B. Streeter Theater, 14 Court St. in Nashua

When: Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20 for adults and $18 for seniors and students plus fees (discounts for group tickets).

website said.


• “HEROES, RENEGADES & ROGUES” Artist Darren Taylor will exhibit his works in a solo show at Taylored Art Studios (31 A S. Main St. in Concord; through Friday, July 21. The show will feature more than 35 original works in acrylic, pastel and mixed media, according to a press release. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. See

“The ComplexiTies of presenTaTion”

Kimball Jenkins (266 N. Main St. in Concord;, 225-3932) has partnered with the Greater Manchester Chamber (54 Hanover St. in Manchester; to present the show “The Complexities of Presentation” at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Boardroom at the Chamber offices, running Thursday, July 13, through the end of August, according to a press release. The show will feature the works of artists Sylvan Dustin and Leaf Comstock, the release said. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature live music, treats by Dancing Lion Chocolate, and an opportunity to meet the artists, the release said. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured artist Sylvan Dustin. Courtesy photo.

• (IR)REVERENT Two Villages Art Society (846 Main St. in Contoocook; will feature the work of Andrew Heath, a Concord-based artist focused on printmaking, photography, sculpture and found media, through Saturday, July 29, according to a press release. The Two Villages Art Society gallery is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

• “WISHING YOU BLUE SKY” The Seacoast Artist Association (130 Water St. in Exeter; will feature a “Body of Work” show that focus on a single artist, sculptor Natasha Dikareva, in the exhibit “Wishing You Blue Sky.” Meet Dikareva at a reception on Friday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., when music will be provided by Cheryl Sager and Peg Chaffee, the release said. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

• “A GARDEN STORY” a photography exhibit at the New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center (84 Silk Farm Road in Concord;, 2249909) featuring the photographs of Kate Osgood will run through Friday, Aug. 4. The McLane Center is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• “OCEAN GEMS,” a show

featuring works by Sandra Kavanaugh, is on display at Sullivan Framing and Fine Art Gallery (15 N. Amherst Road in Bedford; The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit will run through Saturday, Aug. 26.

Theater Shows

• CABARET the Actors Cooperative Theatre presents the musical at the Hatbox Theatre (270 Loudon Road in Concord; hatboxnh. com, 715-2315) through Sunday, July 16, with times at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $22, $19 for seniors and students.

• BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Palace (80 Hanover St., Manchester, July 11 through July 14. Children’s Series productions have shows Tuesday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $10.

• CATCH ME IF YOU CAN is presented by the Majestic Theatre at the Derry Opera House (29 West Broadway). The show will open on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. and have additional performances on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets

range from $15 to $20 and can be purchased at

• PETER PAN Up, up and away at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, for the Palace Youth Theatre’s version of Peter Pan on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $12.

• MARY POPPINS JR. is at the Chubb Theatre (44 S. Main St., Concord, on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $18.75 for adults, $15.75 for seniors and students.

• RAPUNZEL at The Palace (80 Hanover St., Manchester, July 18 through July 21. Children’s Series productions have shows Tuesday through Thursday at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $10.


The Nashua Choral Society will hold two Summer Sing events where participants can learn and sing a piece of classical music, The first Sing will be Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. and will focus on “Rutter Requiem”and will take place at the Pavilion at Bethany Covenant Church (1 Covenant Way in Bedford), the release said. Email with questions. Admission costs $10.


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The cast of Firebringer. Photo by JK Photos.

603.437.5571 | 113 Hillside Ave, Londonderry, NH

Tues-Friday - 9-5 | Sat 9-4 | Sunday 10-4 | Closed Mondays

• Willkomen: Actors Cooperate Theatre wraps up its two-week production of Cabaret at the Hatbox Theatre (Steeplegate Mall, 270 Loudon Road in Concord; hatboxnh. com, 715-2315) with shows this Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Tickets for this presentation of the Tony-winning musical about a Berlin nightclub at the end of the Weimar Republic cost $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and students.

• Barns tell the story: The New Boston Historical Society will feature John Porter to discuss “The History of Agriculture as Told By Barns” on Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at New Boston Community Church (2 Meetinghouse Hill Road), according to a press release. Porter was a dairy specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension and authored several books about old barns, the release said. The event is free; see

• New at the Currier: The new exhibit “Distant Conversations: Ella Walker and Betty Woodman” will open to the public at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester;, 669-6144) on Saturday, July 15. The exhibit is the first in a series of “Distant Conversations” exhibits “exploring intergenerational dialogues and artistic conversations between practitioners who have not necessarily met in real life but whose work similarly resonates despite their differences,” according to the Currier’s website. The exhibit will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 22. You can see the exhibit for free during Saturday’s Block Party, which runs from 4 to 9 p.m.

• NH Music Festival: The New Hampshire Music Festival ( will perform two concerts at the Gilford Community Church (19 Potter Hill Road in Gilford): an orchestra concert on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. and a chamber music concert on Monday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the orchestra concert cost $40 for adults, $15 for students; tickets for the chamber concert cost $35 for adults, $15 for students. See the Festival’s website to purchase tickets.

• The history of Freedom Summer: The Derry Public Library ( will host a virtual program called “Civil Rights Investigation: Mississippi Burning,” about the disappearance of three civil rights workers during the Freedom Summer of 1964, on Wednesday, July 26, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., according to the website. The program is presented by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.

• Sy Montgomery: Author Sy Montgomery and illustrator Matt Patterson will be at Balin Books (Somerset Plaza, 375 Amherst St. in Nashua;, 417-7981) on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m. to discuss and sign their new children’s picture book The Book of Turtles, according to a press release.

• Creme de la Creme and Oshibana: The Art Center and NH Art Association present their “Creme de la Creme” members exhibition at The Art Center (Suite

Chef’s Kiss

Back at their home base, Kimball Jenkins (266 N. Main St. in Concord;, 2253932) will present a “Chef’s Kiss” reception on Friday, July 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. “Amanda Whitworth, former Artist Laureate of New Hampshire, has given her heart to assist in a live performance painting with artists Nicholas So and Jeryl Palana Pilapil. We encourage attendees to wear white and tip artists to paint a live painting on their person! Materials will be available for those who want to paint on each other instead of leaning on an artist! Light fare will be provided,” according to a press release. The reception kicks off a multi-artist summer show that will run from Friday, July 14, through Tuesday, Sept. 12, with gallery hours Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ship at Rest. Courtesy photo.

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1177, 1 Washington St. in Dover; through the end of August, according to a press release. An artist reception will be held for the exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m, the release said.

The Art Center is also running the exhibit “Oshibana — The Botanical Collection” featuring the artwork of Roberta Garrison in the Jim Reagan Gallery through Aug. 31, according to a press release. Oshibana is an art form originating in 16th-century Japan involving “arranging pressed flowers and botanical elements into stunning works of art,” the release said. Garrison’s work focuses on the beauty of local birds, the release said. An artist reception for this show will also be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Printmaking on display: The New Hampshire Art Association and the Monotype Guild of New England are presenting the exhibit “Hot Off the Press,” a showcase of New England printers, at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery (136 State St. in Portsmouth;, 4314230) through Sunday, July 30, according to a press release. The exhibit showcases printmaking from New England with a mix of etching, collagraph, letterpress, relief, lithograph and more, the release said. The gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday

from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

• Save the date for even more printmaking: Big Ink weekend at the gallery at 3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth;, 766-3330) will feature “the Big Tuna” — a giant mobile printmaking press — that local artists will use to create large-scale relief prints, according to a press release. The printing, which the public can watch, will run Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists printing at 3S Artspace include Michelle Stevens, Leslie Evans, Poppy Lord, Denise Manseau, Lisa Schwarz, Le Huong Huynh, Heather Hughes, Sarah Robbitts-Terry, Jennifer Benn, Lauren Audet, Christie Norton, Emily Noelle Lambert, Ronald Pacacha, Mary Mead, Jessica McKeon, Eric MacDonald, Alison Freidlin, Ashley Doke and William Wright, the release said.

• Save the date for ukuleles: The Southern New Hampshire Ukulele Group will hold its 8th annual ukulele picnic, SNHUFest, on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rotary Arts Pavilion Stage at Henry Law Park in Dover. The festival, which is free, features a full day of ukulele performances as well as food, vendors, raffles and more, according to a press release. See

shaKespeare on The Green

Get two weekends of Shakespeare under the stars at “Shakespeare on the Green” featuring Macbeth Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, July 29, with all shows at 7:30 p.m., according to a press release. The plays, presented by Theatre Kapow (, will take place on Founder’s Green outside the Dana Center (Saint Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive in Manchester; Tickets cost $25 for general seating; ages 12 and under get in free. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers and snacks, according to the website. Courtesy photo.

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July chores for the gardener

Have you thinned your root crops yet?

For me, July has started off wet: rains, heavy at times, three days a week and going on for weeks. Although I like not having to water my new plantings in the vegetable garden and flower beds, some plants are having a tough time — they need sunshine!

It’s fortunate that I make raised beds in my vegetable garden, which is near our stream. Hoeing up the earth from the pathways and adding compost has helped me considerably. Even though the beds are only 6 inches above the walkways, it helps to drain soggy soil. Of course it’s too late to do that if you have already planted on the flat of the garden — but remember for next year, as we may see these conditions again.

If you haven’t thinned your carrots, beets and other root crops yet, now is the time to do so. I try to get that done by July 4, but later is OK. You can thin to 1 inch if you

want to thin them again to 2 inches in a few weeks, or you can just thin to 2-inch spacing now. The advantage to thinning twice is that your carrots will be big enough to eat when you thin them the second time.

Carrots are heavy feeders, so you may want to side-dress the rows with a little slow-release organic fertilizer like Pro-Gro or Espoma Garden Tone. Just sprinkle a thin line of fertilizer alongside the carrots, and then use a hand tool to work it in a little.

I recently finished mulching my pathways and around bigger plants like tomatoes. I put down a layer of newspaper, four sheets or more, and cover it with straw. This does a good job of keeping down the weeds. Hay is cheaper, of course, but has seeds, which can grow.

For onions, carrots and other things planted close together in straight rows I tear strips of newspapers and cover them with grass clippings or, better still, chopped leaves from last fall. FYI: Newspapers rip well from top to bottom, but not across the page.

I did lots of staking of peonies in June, as many of them have such heavy blossoms

that they bend over and land on the ground, particularly after a rain. Tall fall asters and goldenrod and even phlox will fall over later on as they get too tall to stand up to rains and wind.

I have lots of 4-foot and 5-foot quarter-inch-diameter iron rods I had custom-made for me for holding up these fall beauties. The iron rods go deep into the soil more easily than thin bamboo stakes, and are stronger. To avoid getting poked in the eye when bending over, I put a wine cork on the top of each one. I drill a quarter-inch hole into the cork and slide it on. They are a good excuse to buy a nice bottle or French red from time to time with a real cork!

It’s getting late in the season to cut back tall flowers to keep them shorter, but you might try cutting back some phlox or asters now if they haven’t started making flower buds yet. Traditionally this is called the “Chelsea Chop” and is named after the Chelsea Flower Show in London, which occurs in late May each year. After the Chelsea show English gardeners prune back big tall plants. They bloom later, are shorter, and often have many more blossoms. Good candidates for hard pruning include asters, Boltonia, purple coneflower, Joe Pye weed, sneezeweed (Helenium), bee balm, Russian sage, phlox, obedient plant, rudbeckias of all sorts and Culver’s root.

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Wine corks placed on tips of iron rods protect me against a poke in the eye when bending over to sniff the peonies. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

Not all flowers respond well to the Chelsea Chop. Do not do this with lady’s mantle, columbine, goat’s beard, astilbe, delphinium, gas plant (dictamus), foxglove, geraniums, daylilies, hostas, iris, lupines or oriental poppies, among others. You can find lists of which to cut and which to leave alone in Tracy DiSabato-Aust’s fine book The Well-Tended Perennial Garden. Everyone should have a copy of it.

Weeding flower beds is loved by a few gardeners but avoided by many. I am so lucky that both my wife Cindy and I like to weed. Cindy is a formidable weeder, even better than me, and she has much more endurance than I do. If you don’t enjoy weeding, set a goal: Work for half an hour. Work until this small bed is weed-free. Weed every morning or evening for 15 minutes. Small efforts done every day really make a huge difference.

My advice? Get a good weeding tool that you like, one that will get under the roots so that you can lift from below and pull from above. For us, that is the CobraHead weeder ( It’s made like a curved finger with just a single tine. I can tease out roots that, if broken, would


Hello, Donna. Picked these tickets up at a yard sale last year. Would these be valuable today? I found them interesting.

Debbie in Candia

Dear Debbie, Pine Island Park is a big part of Manchester’s history. It opened in the early 1900s and closed in the early 1960s. The story is a long and interesting one, worth researching..

I have seen many pieces of memorabilia from the park — souvenirs, trinkets, park benches etc. Even though I was just a child when the park closed, I always enjoyed owning a piece of memorabilia.

I have seen tickets for as much as $10 each. So yes, they have value, I think, to any-

re-sprout. It’s important to get the entire root system out so you don’t have to pull the same weed over and over.

We use ground fall leaves in the flower beds, or, lacking enough, we buy double-ground bark mulch. But be careful: If you use too much, you can starve your plants of water from light rains. An inch and a half is what I strive for. Anything less than an inch looks good but won’t do much to deter weeds. And if there are roots from things like goutweed or Japanese knotweed, no amount of mulch will deter those culprits.

Henry is a lifelong organic gardener and the author of four gardening books. Reach him at

one who wants a piece of Manchester’s history and amusement park pieces. Thanks for sharing, Debbie, and putting a smile on my face.

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 ( 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 tall coreopsis was cut back by half in late June to keep it a manageable size. Photo by Henry Homeyer.

Farm fun

• New Hampshire’s 4-H youth will show their animals at the Stratham 4-H Summerfest on Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Stratham Hill Park Fairgrounds (270 Portsmouth Ave. in Stratham). Animal shows include dairy, beef, sheep, goats, dogs, rabbits and working steer, according to There will also be displays of projects by Strafford and Rockingham county 4-H youth as well as forestry and tractor driving contests and other presentations, the website said.

• Pick your own lavender is slated to continue at the Pumpkin Blossom Farm (393 Pumpkin Hill Road in Warner; daily through July 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (check with the website before you head out to see if weather has changed the schedule). Walk through the lavender fields and on a shaded trail, take photos and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Lavender plants and other lavender items will be available for purchase, according to the website. Lavender bundles cost $20 on weekends and $15 during the week.

Theater stuff

• The 2023 Bank of New Hampshire Children’s Summer Series continues at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.og, 668-5588) with Beauty and the Beast on Thursday, July 13, at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Friday, July 14, at 10 a.m. The next week, the production Rapunzel, which runs Tuesday, July 18, through Thursday, July 20, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Friday, July 21, at 10 p.m.

The Palace Youth Theatre camp will present its production of Peter Pan at the Palace on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for kids.

• Kid-friendly productions are coming to Capitol Theatre for the Arts ( stages. RB Productions presents Mary Poppins Jr. at the Chubb Theatre (44 S. Main St. in Concord) on Friday, July 14, and Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. RB Productions will also bring Into the Woods to the Chubb Theatre on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the show cost $18.75 for adults, $15.75 for seniors and students.

• The Franklin Footlight Theatre will present Beauty and the Beast at the Franklin

Opera House (316 Central St. in Franklin; from Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16; and from Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22 — showtimes are at 2 p.m. on Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. for the rest of the nights. Tickets cost $18 for adults and $16 for seniors, students and children.

Movie stuff

• It’s a “Pic in the Park” as part of Nashua’s SummerFun with a screening of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) on Friday, July 14, with a screening at dusk at the bandshell at Greeley Park (100 Concord St. in Nashua).

• At O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square (24 Calef Hwy., Epping, 679-3529, the Summer Kids Series screening for Monday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 19, is Croods 2 (PG, 2020). The movies start at 10 a.m. and tickets cost $3; get a popcorn and drink combo for $8.

• If you’re at Hampton Beach Monday night, check out Movie Night Mondays next to the playground starting at dusk. On Monday, July 17, the film is Vivo (PG, 2021). See

• Regal Concord (282 Loudon Road, Concord, will feature The Bad Guys (PG, 2022) and Playing with Fire (PG, 2019) on Tuesday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 19, at 2 p.m. both days for its Summer Movie Express Series.

Game time!

• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ( will play a series of games against the Altoona Curve at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in downtown Manchester starting Friday, July 14, at 7:05 p.m. On Saturday, July 15, at 7:05 p.m. the Fisher Cats become the Gatos Feroces for a night as part of “Copa de la Diversion” with postgame fireworks from Atlas Fireworks. On Sunday, July 16, the game starts at 1:35 p.m.; kids can run the bases after the game.

• The Nashua Silver Knights have their next home game at Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St. in Nashua) on Monday, July 17, at 6 p.m. vs. the Norwich Sea Unicorns. Single game tickets cost $10; see

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How to avoid royally annoying your mechanic

Dear Car Talk:

I have an Emily Post question that falls into the category of appropriate customer behavior when visiting your mechanic’s place of business. I’ve been going to this particular shop around where I live for several years and have given them quite a lot of business because I drive a very old car that I have been rehabilitating part by part.

I had committed a mortal sin, so I closed the hood and apologized to him and to his crew, who eventually did fix the car (crankshaft pulley) on another day.

Did I commit a major faux pas? And did I miss a lesson in garage etiquette in all my years of driving? — Tom

I think the manager of the shop was having a bad day, Tom.

and stand there with hands on hips, making eye contact with every mechanic, waiting for people to drop what they’re doing and provide immediate service. That’s a faux pas. But that doesn’t sound like you.

I’m hoping you, in all your wisdom, can tell me what it is. Thank you! — Charmon

The day after an expensive set of belt and pulley related repairs recently, I noticed there was still a squeaking noise coming from the area. Since I needed to drive over to the shop anyway because I left my credit card there the day before, I parked the car out front and opened the hood as a courtesy to whomever might come out to listen to the noise it was making. I was not expecting an immediate repair, but I did want to know if the vehicle was unsafe to drive.

In less than a minute, the manager of the shop comes running out and says, “If you want to royally tick off my guys working the bays, drive in and open your hood as you just did.” He was polite about it, but nonetheless did a really good job of making me feel like

He may have overbooked the shop, had two guys call out sick with hemorrhoidal flare-ups, dropped a car off the lift, and taken a sip of transmission fluid instead of orange soda with his burrito at lunch.

A manager not having a bad day (or with better people skills), would have said, “Hi Tom, we’re pretty slammed today, are you able to wait a while, or make an appointment and come back?”

You sound like a considerate guy, Tom. I mean, you even left your credit card there. That’s a sure sign of goodwill. They could have outfitted the shop with an array of widescreen TVs on your dime. So, I think the manager overreacted.

To be fair, I’ve had customers who are not considerate. And sometimes it’s a matter of body language. I’ve had the rare customer drive right onto the shop floor, open the hood

My hope is that the manager of the shop regrets his overreaction. But now that you know this guy is particularly sensitive, leave the hood closed and end every sentence with “if it may please you, my liege.”

Dear Car Talk:

I recently purchased a 2013 Toyota RAV4 LE. After a few days of in-town driving, it began to make a high-pitched whining sound from the back end — definitely not coming from inside the car.

It doesn’t happen reliably, though when it does, it tends to begin after I’ve been on the road for 20 minutes or so. When I brake, the noise stops, then begins again when I let off the brake. Hitting a pothole once also made it stop mid-whine.

Another thing I noticed is that the sound doesn’t happen when the roads are wet, though this could be just coincidence. It’s anybody’s guess when it may happen, which has made it hard to convince my mechanic that it’s happening at all!

It sounds like you may have a sticky brake caliper, Charmon. When you step on the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the brake pads around the brake rotor — slowing the wheel. If the caliper is old and sticky, though, it may not release quickly, or completely. So even though you’d taken your foot off the brake pedal, the pads may still be touching the rotor a little bit. And when the pads are just barely touching the rotor, they tend to vibrate, and that’s the noise.

If you move them one way or the other — either press the pads harder against the rotor, or move them fully away — the noise will stop. That’s why stepping on the brakes brings a temporary quiet. When you hit the pothole, it probably jolted the caliper to release the pads. And when it’s raining, the water acts like a lubricant and prevents the pads from vibrating and making noise.

So, it all makes sense, Charmon. Ask your mechanic to check both rear calipers. I think at least one is sticking and needs to be cleaned and greased. And get it done before it binds up completely and chews up your pads and rotor, too.


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renee and Jamie King

Cpr instructors

Renee King, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, of Merrimack is a CPR instructor and runs her own business, JandRteachCPR, with help from her 8-year-old daughter, Jamie.


What led you to this career field and your current job?

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. I absolutely love my career and all the people I’ve met along the way. I’m required to recertify my CPR certification every two years. My uncle has his own CPR business, and he is the one who encouraged me to stop taking the classes and start teaching them.

What kind of education or training did you need?

I have a Family Nurse Practitioner mas-

ter’s degree. To be an instructor with the American Heart Association, you need to be certified with the AHA and take an additional instructor course.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

Clothes that are easy to move in. Most of the time we end up on the floor.

What is the most challenging thing about your work, and how do you deal with it ?

Where to store all of my supplies. I have mannequins all over my living room; it’s

not the decor I want to go with!

Five favorites — Renee

Favorite book: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Favorite movie: thrillers

Favorite music: country

Favorite food: olives and feta

Favorite thing about NH: how beautiful it is

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career?

That my son would want to be part of the business. He showed zero interest when I was thinking about launching but quickly changed his mind when he saw how much fun my daughter and I were having. If I could go back, I would have included his initials in the name of my company.


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What do you wish other people knew about your job?

I offer other training, too, not just CPR.

What was the first job you ever had? A convenience store.

What’s the best piece of work-related advice you’ve ever received?

To always help and teach my coworkers, because one day they may actually be my nurse.


Explain your job and what it entails. I help [my mom] when she forgets things, because that happens a lot. I help show the baby and the adult. Actually, I help with everything.

How long have you had this job?

It’s been four months.

What led you to this career field and

Five favorites — Jamie

Favorite book: Harry Potter

Favorite movie: Avatar

Favorite music: Taylor Swift

Favorite food: steak and cheese sub

Favorite thing about NH: The Old Man of the Mountain viewing spot

your current job? Because my mom impressed me.

What kind of education or training did you need?

I needed to know how to do CPR and how to use epipens.

What is your typical at-work uniform or attire?

Fancy clothes and something flexible.

What is the most challenging thing about your work?

I’m not strong enough to do the adult CPR mannequin.

What do you wish you’d known at the beginning of your career? Everything.

What do you wish other people knew about your job?

That we want to help them all.

What was the first job you ever had? This.

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To always carry around my business cards. — Angie Sykeny

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News from the local food scene

• Art of wine blending: Create your idea of the perfect wine at LaBelle Winery in Derry (14 Route 111) on Saturday, July 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. Once you arrive, you will be given all the necessary materials to create your own unique blend in a personalized bottle. Winemakers Amy LaBelle and Melaney Shepard will guide you, teaching you the fundamentals of wine blending and how to balance flavor and aroma varieties. Ages 21 and up are welcome. Seats are limited, so purchase your ticket now for $70 at

• Rosé Tasting – Sip and Savor: Visit Vine Thirty Two, a self-pour wine bar in Bedford (25 S. River Road) on Wednesday, July 19, at 6 p.m. to learn about rosé while sipping four different blends from all around the world that will be paired with cheese. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online via Eventbrite.

• Wine Down workshop: Sit and sip while creating your own custom bracelet with Caitlin and Emily of Seaside & Sunflower during a beading workshop at Vine Thirty Two, a self-serve wine and graze bar in Bedford (25 S. River Road) on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. All materials will be provided. Tickets include one custom bracelet and a $10 credit for wine tasting. Additional bracelets can be purchased during the event and the food menu will be available for additional purchase. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased via Eventbrite.

• Murder mystery dinner party: Find out who dunnit at LaBelle Winery’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party (Amherst 345 Route 101, Amherst) on Saturday,

For English sommelier Emma Round, wine is more than just a drink. It stirs up memories, adding depth to life’s moments. In 2021 she had the idea to open Unwined, a wine bar and restaurant, to bring this experience to others. In addition to wine it will also offer cocktails and a diverse range of food served small-plate and sharing style. It is projected to open its doors in late August or early September.

“I was like, ‘You know, it’s after Covid, I’m going to open a restaurant and wine bar in southern New Hampshire,” Round said. “‘I don’t even live in America, but I’m going to do it and it’s going to be great … why not?’ Yeah, I think I temporarily lost my mind.”

With a love for wine and a background in business management in the United Kingdom, Round started looking for locations. She noticed that while the wine industry was growing in America, people were moving out of cities after the pandemic.

“You shouldn’t need to travel to Portsmouth or Portland or Boston to go to a really great place,” Round said. “There are so many places in southern New Hampshire right now that are opening up and creating experiences that you would have expected in these large cities. … I’m hoping we can add a new layer to that.”

In England, Round grew up in a culture and family in which wine was a staple. Wine bars were plentiful, and the beverage was key at family dinners. On the contrary,

Round felt that Americans often associated wine with older, wealthier populations. It was important to Round to eliminate this misconception, as well as to educate people in a welcoming environment.

“For us it’s really about taking away that pretentiousness [and] making an inclusive environment that is accessible to everyone,” she said. “We’re hoping to be able to educate people in a fun and approachable way.”

Prior to the establishment of Unwined, Round had never been to New Hampshire but had worked in hotels in Boston. She discovered that she loved New England, finding small-town America to be particularly charming. When looking for a location, she knew she wanted to find somewhere that was easily accessible and central to other locations. She researched areas near the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, eventually deciding on Milford.

“I felt there was a really nice space for us there with the wine just to kind of [add to] the Milford food and beverage scene as a whole,” she said.

According to Round, the process of opening Unwined has been intense but incredible.

While she had experience in the U.K., she had to learn how to manage a business in the U.S. She feels her European background will allow her to include unique and unusual wines not stocked at other wine bars.

“We’ve managed to source lots of fantastic products locally, and the entire community has been great,” Round said. “Milford town is chomping at the bit for us to open, and everyone has been so generous and open with me. … People have been incredible and so helpful, which I really appreciate.”

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Putting down roots

Couple establishes new farm in Hollis

Life has been busy for Jack and Audrey Hertenstein Perez. They moved from Chicago to New Hampshire about a year ago, have a new 2-month-old baby and opened Singing Pond Farm, in Hollis, in January. They are attending both the Nashua and Derry farmers markets this season, where they sell their farm’s produce, such as romaine lettuce, kohlrabi, beets and radishes, as well as cut flowers and handmade pottery.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jack Hertenstein Perez grew up around dairy farms and was influenced by his mother, who was an avid gardener.

“Growing up as a child, I loved gardening with my mom and felt how special it was having fresh, local food,” he said. “As I got older, I saw how valuable that was.”

Audrey had a similar upbringing, on a farm in central Illinois. The two met in Boston while in college, both pursuing degrees in health-related fields, Jack earning a master’s degree in public health; Audrey went on to become a family medicine doctor.

“[I] saw the connection between how important food is to your health [and] food access, and having access to nutritious food is kind of the baseline for your well-being,” Jack said. “That was also a connection [to] seeing food and food production as a way to promote the health of our communities.”

As a doctor, this was something Audrey

Singing Pond Farm

Find them: and at the Nashua Farmers Market (Nashua Public Library parking lot, 2 Court St. in Nashua, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Derry Homegrown Farmers and Artisan Market (1 West Broadway in Derry, Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m.).

saw firsthand.

“A lot of illnesses just come back to having access to healthy, fresh food, which was hard to come by for the population I was working with,” she said.

The two wanted to start something of their own somewhere out of the Midwest. They bought a house on a field in New Hampshire to put down new roots.

They plowed the land to turn the soil and bury dead grass, and implemented organic practices. According to Jack, this means working with handmade pesticides and fertilizers, like blended seaweed and fish, and covering crops with nets to keep away insects. It was also important to the pair to help those dealing with food insecurity, so they made the decision to donate a portion of each harvest to local organizations addressing this issue.

“Another motivation for moving to this career is the environmental impact,” Audrey said. “Especially having kids we’ve become more concerned about that … [having] a new life who’s going to be living through the more severe changes of climate change really motivated us to want to be part of the solution.”

She added that the fuel emission needed to transport food is one of the biggest contributors to the issue. Getting your food from local sources is a great way to help cut back on emissions while also supporting local farmers.

“Coming out to farmers markets is a great way. There’s a lot of local farmers you can connect with there,” Audrey said. “We live in a great area here in New Hampshire. I know there are a lot of bigger farm stands and local grocery stores that will actually source produce from local farmers … so we live in a really supportive area, which is something that hopefully the rest of the country can model from.”

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WiTH CHriS DaviS

Chris Davis has been a cook at Red Arrow Diner for the past six months. Originally from Arizona, Chris moved to New Hampshire to be closer to family, with no prior cooking experience. A self-proclaimed “jack of all trades,” Davis has worked as a mechanic, in contractor work and construction and was ready to try something new.

What is your must-have kitchen item?

Spatulas, because if you don’t have a good spatula it affects how you make your egg … affects how you cook.

What would you have for your last meal?

My last meal would probably be steak and lobster.

What is your favorite local eatery? Definitely would be here.

Name a celebrity you would like to see eating in your restaurant? I would probably like to meet Mark Wahlberg.

What is your favorite thing on your menu?

I would have to say the Trump Burger. [The Trump Tower Burger is two grilled cheese sandwiches replacing the bun with a handcrafted beef burger topped with fried mac and cheese and cheese sauce, served with fries, according to the Red Arrow’s menu.]

What is the biggest food trend in NH right now?

Flatbread would probably be the most trending thing going on up here.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?

Chicken enchiladas.

Grilled Cajun Shrimp

From the kitchen of Red Arrow Diner

Fresh shrimp sautéed with diced red onion and diced tomatoes sprinkled with Cajun seasoning. Served over a bed of rice pilaf and sautéed baby spinach.

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Try This aT home quick Pickled Watermelon Rind with Baking Spice

Summer is the season of watermelon. Most of the time we simply throw out the rinds. Why not find a use for some of this leftover produce?

This recipe is really simple and creates a slightly tart, slightly sweet snack. Pickled watermelon rind makes a fine addition to a charcuterie tray, a nice topping to a salad, or a different side to serve with burgers.

When making this recipe, the most difficult step is removing the layer of green rind. You can try using a vegetable peeler; however, I found it to be a slow process. I recommend using a paring knife to remove the green rind. Just take your time, as you are working with a slippery ingredient.

Once your rind is ready for brining, the rest of the process is simple. The only tricky part is waiting 24 hours to enjoy the final product. It’s well worth it. In that amount of time the rind absorbs a nice amount of flavor. As these are quick pickles, they do need to be stored in your refrigerator and will last about one month. (That is if they aren’t all eaten by then!)

Michele Pesula Kuegler has been thinking about food her entire life. Since 2007 the New Hampshire native has been sharing these food thoughts and recipes at her blog, Think Tasty. Visit to find more of her recipes.

Quick Pickled Watermelon Rind with Baking Spice

Makes 1 pint

2 cups watermelon rind

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 Tablespoon black peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon whole cloves

To get 2 cups of watermelon rind, you need 1/4 of a small watermelon.

Cut out the watermelon flesh, and save for another use.

Using a knife, remove all of the green skin from the watermelon rind.

Cut the rind into small, bite-sized pieces, about 1/2-inch cubes.

In a small saucepan, combine the vin-

egar, water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cloves.

Bring to a boil over high heat. Once it begins boiling, stir occasionally until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add watermelon rind, and lower to a simmer.

Cook, stirring occasionally, until watermelon cubes are fork tender, about 8 minutes.

Transfer rind to either 1 pint jar or 2 half-pint jars.

Top with brining liquid. Allow to cool for an hour before sealing with lids.

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.

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• Great American Ribfest: Save the date

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Craving, Call Of The Sirens (Massacre Records)

I’m barely doing Facebook at all lately because I’m trying to finish a new book, but one thing I did notice in my recent drop-ins to that hell-site was the descent of local author and Hippo co-founder-or-whatnot Dan Szczesny into the ranks of epic metal fanboys; in other words, he really likes bands like Nightwish and Visions Of Atlantis, which, basically translated, means bands that are basically like Trans Siberian Orchestra except there’s a lot more opera and all that stuff. Usually he’s a Springsteen-head, but it’s a free country, so here’s an album I can recommend to Dan and whoever else might dig “epic metal as defined as ‘melodic black metal and melodic death metal,’” mainly because the drummer of this German trio broke the “unofficial world record in playing blast beats at 250 bpm for over 20 minutes straight,” why aren’t you buying this album right now? OK, maybe you shouldn’t; it’s big into old-school black metal, going by opening tune “Mich Packt Die Wut” and much of the rest of this stuff, but it is indeed epic, fusing Scandinavian hardcore grog-oi to the dulcet caterwauling of Deafheaven. It’s fine. A —Eric

Cut Worms, Cut Worms (Jagjaguwar Records)

This is as good a time as any to let all you local bands in on a secret: If you’re paying for studio time to make a record, don’t hire a producer. Do. Not. Unless they’ve cut an actual Top 10 album, the producer is as lost as you are. You want a certain sound, just tell the engineer to get it for you. I bring this up because this follow-up to Brooklyn indie dude Max Clarke’s 2020 album Nobody Lives Here Anymore is better than that one because he took the helm himself: It nails the happy-go-lucky Beatles-meetsBen Kweller vibe he wants. It’s retro ’70 radio pop at its best (there are moments in opener “Don’t Fade Out” that evoke Todd Rundgren for sure, Let It Be-era Beatles in “Take It and Smile,” etc.). These tunes just want you to feel good, and they go a long way toward that without any forced awkwardness or lonely precarity like so many of his peers are into. Nice stuff here. A — Eric


A seriously abridged compendium of recent and future CD releases

• Ahoy, mateys, looky yonder, hard a-larboard (which means “to the right” in Moby Dick language), it’s a whole fleet of new albums coming this way, sure to delight the senses and such and so, when they all go on sale this Friday, July 14! OK, let’s do this, you trolls, the first thing to get out of the way is the inevitable “too soon” album to appear after the recent death of Canadian folk-pop genius Gordon Lightfoot! This one is a live album, titled Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall, featuring all his greatest hits and more, from “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” to “Sundown,” which was a really great song indeed. The only real tangent I can offer as far as Gordon Lightfoot stories is the time I was a rising young business executroid doing phone sales stuff for IBM. I was on a call with some software company and suddenly I was talking to his actual daughter, and no, I’ve totally forgotten her name, but she was nice. Anyway, that’s it, gang, that’s it, Gordon Lightfoot everyone, go buy this new album so his nice daughter can quit her software job.

• I know diddly about ’80s funk/soul-poppers Kool & The Gang except for the fact that I never really cared about them at all, so please enjoy yourselves as you watch the silly journalism man try to fill some space with random brain droppings about the group’s new album, People Just Wanna Have Fun, an album title I think would be much more fitting if the group were a death metal band, but you do you, Kool and the Whatevers! No, OK, I’m kidding, k-i-d-d-i-n-g, folks, I think they had a song on the New Jack City soundtrack, which automatically makes them relevant forever — nope, it wasn’t them, never mind, they’re still irrelevant, except no, they did that song “Celebrate,” and recorded the worst funk song ever in music history, “Emergency.” There, that all should serve as a usable intro to the Kools, and now let me just duck out of here for one second and head to YouTube to listen to the new single, “Let’s Party,” which, if I recall correctly, was named after something really gross the maintenance crew had to clean up after Aztec ritual sacrifices. It sounds like a cross between Daft Punk and the Weeknd; your puppy would probably jump around cutely to it if you played it on your phone and told the little rascal you were going to upload the video to TikTok.

• Kosovo-born electropop-singing lady Rita Ora is back, with a new album, her third, You & I, and she wants you to listen to it, because — wait, “Rita Who?” you ask? Why, just one of the most famous England-based singing ladies in the world at the moment, that’s who! Wait, let me dial it down and Americanize it for y’all, you’ve heard of the song “Black Widow featuring Rita Ora” by Iggy Azalea, right? Well that explains everything right there, because she’s the same Rita Ora! Other than that she gets hundreds of millions of views on her videos from British bots and the occasional stray human of course, but who even cares about all that, let’s just go listen to her new Fatboy Slim-produced single, “Praising You,” won’t that be coooool? Right, it’s neo-disco with a neat little U.K. garage-ish drum sound underneath. I like it fine, but you might not.

• Lastly, it’s Norwegian nu-disco producer Lindstrøm, who has gotten in line to become this year’s Steve Aoki. Everyone Else is a Stranger is his new album, and it features the tune “Syreen,” an Aoki-ized house jam that’d be fun at a beach club if there were any such thing as fun anymore.

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Better Living Through Birding , by Christian Cooper (Random House, 282 pages)

“Writing a memoir is akin to taking off one’s clothes in public” is how Christian Cooper begins his acknowledgments, wherein he thanks everyone who made his memoir possible, with one extremely notable exception: the Central Park “Karen” who vaulted him to fame.

Cooper is the bird enthusiast who was out early on Memorial Day 2020 looking at birds when an unleashed dog came running in his direction. He politely asked the dog’s owner to leash her dog, as the law requires in the part of the park called the Ramble. When she said she wouldn’t — that her dog needed exercise — he started filming their exchange, which later went viral because the woman called the police, falsely reporting that Cooper, who is Black, was threatening her.

The incident was bad enough on its own, but was magnified because of something else that happened that day — the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. And within days Cooper had become something of a folk hero, an example of the ordinary dangers of being Black while driving, while jogging, while birding or doing any number of ordinary activities. He became famous while the dog walker, Amy Cooper, became infamous. And he has leveraged that fame into an enchanting memoir that has surprisingly little to do with what happened that day, but instead is an ode to the natural world and an account of growing up Black, gay and intellectual in 1970s America.

The first sign of how well-crafted this memoir is comes in the first chapter, “An Incident in Central Park.” He describes running through the park alone and says, “I know what this looks like.”

“My sneakers are old and muddy, my jeans in need of a good washing, and my shirt, though collared, could at best be described as unkempt. I am a Black man on the run. And I have binoculars.” As it turns out, the “incident” is not what we think, but something entirely different, related to birding. It is a smart, charming entry into Cooper’s story, which has a mystery at its heart: How, exactly, does an otherwise normal person get so rabidly obsessed with birds?

In Cooper’s case, birds were, like science fiction and comic books, a mental sanctuary as he was growing up on Long Island in a lower-middle class family where intellectual pursuits were prized.

When he was 9 he attended a summer woodworking class, where he was given a choice of making a footstool or a bird feeder. He picked the bird feeder, and the first bird to come to that feeder, a red-winged blackbird, became his “spark bird,” the creature that began his birding obsession.

After carefully navigating high school while keeping his sexuality secret, Cooper went to Harvard on a scholarship, where he finally was able to come out as gay. (When he told his father, the father asked if he wanted to see a psychiatrist, he said.) But it wasn’t until he spent time in South America, on a post-grad uation fellowship funded by Harvard, that he really began to embrace his sex uality and see that being a Black man in other countries was a vastly different experience from being a Black man in America. “In Buenos Aires,” he writes, “I had found myself in a city full of white folks who desire me because my Blackness, not in spite of it. … I’d spent my whole life being told that as Black person I was not quite as worthy as a white person, and on an uncon scious level, I had internalized that proposition.”

Even then, there were the birds, and Cooper writes beautifully about their migrations, their habitats and his search es for them, from the Blackburnian warbler to the alarmingly named Oven bird. This man is really, really into birds, and he wants us all to be. While the nar rative meanders through Cooper’s work and relationships, it is interspersed with birding tips and interludes about the “pleasures of birding” — for example, “the joy of hunting, without the bloodshed.”

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Eventually he returns to the other “incident in Central Park” and offers a much fuller understanding of what happened that day.

To his everlasting credit, Cooper has been remarkably chill about the exchange that enraged millions of Americans and effectively canceled the dog walker for life. He wasn’t even responsible for the video going viral; he had shared it with a small group of friends on Facebook, where he normally shared what notable bird he had just sighted, and his sister asked permission to post it on Twitter. He agreed — “after all, how much attention could it get?”

The tweet landed in the feed of comedian Kathy Griffin, who retweeted it, and within hours the media were calling. (Interestingly, he found out about the George Floyd video during an interview with “Inside Edition.”)

Although Cooper was pressured by


author events

• JOAN NEWLON RADNER will discuss her book Wit and Wisdom: The Forgotten Literary Life of New England Villages at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

• KEITH GENTILI will talk about his book White Mountains State, about hiking New Hampshire’s 4,000foot mountains, at Pelham Public Library (24 Village Green, Pelham, 635-7581) on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required; register at

• TOM RAFFIO will be at the Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; on Friday, July 14, at 5 p.m. to discuss his book Stories from the Starting Line, about runners in New England. The event is free; register online.

• ROCCO BOULAY will be at Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; on Saturday, July 15, at 3 p.m. to discuss his book Getting Things Off My Chest: The Big Fat Truth About Your Health and How to Fix It The event is free; register online.

• PAUL TREMBLAY & JOE HILL, bestselling horror authors, will be in conversation at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter, 778-9731, on Saturday, July 15, at 6 p.m.

• JAMES RENNER will be at Bookery (844 Elm St. in Man-

the district attorney’s office, and many people in the public, he declined to participate in any charges related to the incident. He said what the dog walker did and said was “incredibly racist” but passes no judgment on Amy Cooper herself. But he has also made clear that he had no interest in any sort of kumbaya-esque reunion with her and says she never reached out to him personally to apologize for that day. “It’s not about Amy Cooper,” he writes. “What’s important is what her actions revealed: how deeply and widely racial bias runs in the United States. (Ironically, she was born in Canada, yet she still tapped into that dark vein that carries its poison to every part of this land.)”

Fame that erupts on social media is often fleeting and unearned. Christian Cooper is the rare exception — his is a story worth telling, and in this memoir he does so exceptionally well. A — Jennifer Graham

chester; on Tuesday, July 18, at 5 p.m. to discuss his true crime book Little, Crazy Children. The event is free; register online.

• JOYCE MAYNARD will discuss her new novel, The Bird Hotel, at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m.

• MARJORIE BURKE presents her new book Claiming Me: Reflections of an Octogenarian at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, 2240562, on Thursday, July 20, at 6:30 p.m.

• COLSON WHITEHEAD will discuss his latest novel, Crook Manifesto, at The Music Hall Historic Theater (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; 4362400, on Thursday, July 20, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $5 plus fees and the required purchase of a $30 book voucher per one or two tickets.

• CHASTEN BUTTIGIEG will be hosted by the Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester; on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. in Manchester. Two tickets plus one signed copy of his book I Have Something to Tell You cost $30 plus fee; visit bookerymht. com to purchase.

• SY MONTGOMERY & MATT PATTERSON will talk about their new nonfiction picture book, The Book of Turtles, at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter, 778-9731, on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m.

• JACK NOON will discuss his book New Hampshire Fish & Game, A History on Saturday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at the Warner Town Hall. The event is followed by a dessert reception. Tickets are $10 and books will be available for purchase. For more information call MainStreet BookEnds at 456-2700 or visit

• CHUCK COLLINS will discuss his new novel, Altar to an Erupting Sun, at Water Street Bookstore (125 Water St., Exeter, 778-9731, on Tuesday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

• KELLY SMITH will discuss his book A Fire to Be Kindled on Friday, July 28, at 3 p.m. at Bookery (844 Elm St. in Manchester;

• SY MONTGOMERY, author of the new children’s book The Book of Turtles, will be at Balin Books (375 Amherst St. in Nashua;, along with The Book of Turtles illustrator Matt Patterson to discuss and sign their books on Saturday, July 29, at 11 a.m.


• HYLA BROOK READING SERIES at Robert Frost Farm (122 Rockingham Road, Derry, 432-3091, brings acclaimed poets reading their work on various Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Featuring Liz Ahl on Thursday, July 13.

• MATTHEW E. HENRY will present his poetry at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St., Concord, 224-0562, on Wednesday, July 19, at 4:30 p.m.

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Joy Ride (R)

Four 20-somethings road trip through China in the soft-hearted comedy Joy ride.

Attorney Audrey (Ashley Park) and artist Lolo (Sherry Cola) have been best friends ever since Audrey’s adoptive parents (Annie Mumolo, David Denman) excitedly approached Lolo’s parents (Debbie Fan, Kenneth Liu) to ask if the girls — the only two Asian girls in their hometown of White Hills — could play together. Thus began a best friendship that lasted through elementary and high school and well after college.

Audrey is up for a big promotion at work, one that hinges on her closing a deal with a Chinese company. She speaks conversational Mandarin, she tells her boss (Timothy Simons) — but really this woman raised by American parents doesn’t speak Chinese. Though Lolo’s genitalia-based art isn’t the image Audrey wants to project professionally, she asks Lolo, a truly fluent Chinese speaker, to join her when she travels to China to act as a translator for Audrey’s meetings. Lolo’s cousin Deadeye (Sabrina Wu), an awkward K-pop megafan, unexpectedly tags along. In China, Kat (Stephanie Hsu), Audrey’s college roommate who has become a big star of Chinese TV, also joins the group.

The foursome spends a night drinking with Chao (Ronny Chieng), the man Audrey is trying to close a deal with. He wants to know more about Audrey and her ties to China. Lolo lies and says Audrey is close with her Chinese birth mom. This leads the gang on a frantic quest to find Audrey’s birth mother, which sends them to a more rural region of China and through a series of unexpected detours due in part to an American drug dealer and a Chinese basketball team stacked with hotties.

For a movie with some impressively explicit sex scenes, Joy Ride is cute and huggable in its whole friendship vibe.

Film venues

• Asteroid City (PG-13, 2023) will screen at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600, on Thursday, July 13, at 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16, at 1:30, 4 & 6:30 p.m.; Monday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 18, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 19, at 4 p.m.

• Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (PG-13, 2023) will screen at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, 224-4600, on Thursday, July 13, at 3:45 & 7 p.m.; Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16, at 12:30, 3:34 & 7 p.m.; Monday, July 17,

Lolo and Kat have a frenemy relationship as dueling best friends of Audrey, who is wound tight and feels that she doesn’t fit in anywhere (not white like “everybody else” in their American home town but not connected to her Chinese heritage like Lolo and Kat). Deadeye is eager to find friendships IRL, having previously only made good buddies via K-pop fan sites. The various discomforts of the group seem like the discomfort of their relative youth, trying to figure out who they each are and what they want. It’s all ultimately very sweet, and while I did at times feel like some of the jokes could use another pass to make their comedy and their observations sharper, I enjoyed spending time with these characters. Park may be the central character but the excellent Hsu and Cola are the standouts.

Joy Ride isn’t perfect but it is a light and fun bit of friendship, road trip comedy. B

Rated R for strong and crude (and unapologetic! and totally giddy!) sexual content, language throughout, drug content and brief graphic nudity, according to the MPA on (where you can see a crudebut-cute alternate title for this movie). Directed by Adele Lim with a screenplay by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao, Joy

through Wednesday, July 19, 3:45 & 7 p.m.

• Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One (PG-13, 2023) will screen at the Park Theatre (19 Main St., Jaffrey, on Thursday, July 13, and Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 15, at 2 & 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 16, at 4 p.m.; Tuesday, July 18, through Sunday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, July 25, through Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m.

• A secret movie Park Theatre (19 Main St., Jaffrey, will screen what they’re describing as “a sneak preview of a new animated feature-length film” on Friday, July

Ride is an hour and 37 minutes long and is distributed in theaters by Lionsgate.

Insidious: The Red Door (PG-13)

The Lambert family returns in insidious: The red Door, the fifth insidious movie, which picks up on events of the second movie.

The third and fourth movies were both prequels — a fact remembered thanks to Wikipedia because even though I’ve seen and liked all of these movies I forgot basically everything about them other than Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson. Quick recap: Father and son Lambert both have the ability to astral project into a demon-y realm called The Further, and sometimes demon-y beings try to follow them back.

It’s been a decade since the second movie and the Lambert family isn’t doing great. We first see Josh Lambert (Wilson) at the funeral for his mother. Renai Lambert (Byrne) and the kids — Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and Kali (Juliana Davies) — are with him but leave in a separate car because Renai and Josh have split up. Josh has a difficult relationship with the moody Dalton, who is headed

to college. Renai suggests that Josh drive Dalton to school so they can spend time together.

What we know from the movie’s start that the oldest two Lambert dudes don’t is that Josh and Dalton have been hypnotized to forget the previous Insidious movies. So everything about The Further, their journeys to this place and the demons that plagued them there and followed them into the world has been sort of erased. Sort of. They’ve been left with enough shadows of what happened to feel uneasy and foggy.

Once at school, an art teacher’s assignments have Dalton starting to draw and remember the Further. Dalton makes friends with Chris (Sinclair Daniel), a girl mistakenly assigned to room with him for just long enough that she gets dragged into his whole spooky deal. Meanwhile Josh also has flashes of the Further and its denizens. The more father and son remember, the more the demon-y world starts to bleed into our own.

It takes about two-thirds of the movie for the characters to catch up to where we are at the movie’s start. Wilson is engaging as always and there’s some cute stuff between Dalton and Chris as they investigate Dalton’s growing strangeness, but the movie just takes way too long to ramp up. And then it feels a bit like we race to the finish. I wish the movie could have found some way to better balance that mix of when the characters aren’t and then are up to speed, and bring the whole family, including Byrne, who brings such a good exasperated energy, back together faster. C

Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, frightening images, strong language and suggestive references, according to the MPA on Directed by Patrick Wilson with a screenplay by Scott Teems, Insidious: The Red Door is an hour and 47 minutes long and is distributed in theaters by Screen Gems.

14, at 12:30 p.m. The screening is “not a children’s animated film, it has more adult themes,” according to a press release from the theater, which also said the director and producer of the film will attend a Q&A after the film. Admission is free.

• Nashua’s SummerFun “Pic in the Park” series starts Friday, July 14, at dusk with a screening of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) at the bandshell in Greeley Park at 100 Concord St.

• Oklahoma! A screening of the 1998 filming of the stage musical starring Hugh Jackman at the Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400, on Sunday, July 16, at 1 p.m. and

Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

• The Circle (1925) a silent film starring Joan Crawford with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis will screen Sunday, July 16, at 2 p.m. at Wilton Town Hall Theatre (40 Main St., Wilton,, 6543456).

• National Lampoon’s Vacation (R, 1983) a 40th anniversary screening will run on Sunday, July 16, at at AMC Londonderry, Cinemark Rockingham Park in Salem and O’neil Cinemas in Epping at 4 p.m. and at Regal Fox Run at 4 and 7 p.m. as well as on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at those locations. Find tickets at

• Curious George (G, 2006) will screen at all three area Chunky’s (707 Huse Road, Manchester; 151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham, on Monday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m. as part of a Little Lunch Date screening. Reserve a seat with a $5 per person food voucher.

• Summer Kids Series Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. $3 per ticket. Croods 2 on July 17 and July 19 at O’neil Cinemas at Brickyard Square 24 Calef Hwy., Epping, 679-3529,

• Summer Movie Express Series, at Regal Cinemas (282 Loudon Road in Concord) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $2 per ticket,

often at 2 p.m., The Bad Guys and Playing with Fire (PG, 2019) on July 18 and July 19.

• Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba see a live-capture stage reading screened at Cinemark Rockingham Park and Regal Fox Run on Tuesday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Find tickets at

• The General (1927) a silent film starring Buster Keaton with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis will screen Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth.

• Spellers (NR, 2023) will screen at Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St., Concord, on Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m.

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Joy Ride.

• Feel like redo: After what he thought was his final tour in 2019, Peter Frampton came back from a diagnosis of inclusion-body myositis. Thus, his current run is dubbed the Never Say Never tour, as the guitar hero whose LP Frampton Comes Alive broke records in the mid-’70s returns to perform his biggest hits. Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion, 72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, $35 and up at

• True veteran: Early in his career, Tom Rush was the first to record songs by Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Later, his own “No Regrets” became a standard, with covers from Emmylou Harris and Midge Ure, among others. He’s been touring for more than 50 years and remains one of the funniest and most engaging performers around. Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., 7 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts, 201 Main St., Nashua, $29 and up at

• Good cause: Memorializing a local sports hero, the Two to Lou Festival raises scholarship money to help students pursue athletics or music in college. Past years have featured premier tribute acts, and this time around it continues, with all-star act Beatlejuice covering the Fab Four, and Cars doppelgangers Panorama. Preciphist and River Sang Wild are among a dozen performers rounding out the bill. Saturday, July 15, noon, Sandlots Sports & Entertainment, 56 North Road, Sandown. Tickets $25. More at

• Heavy metal kids: An unholy trinity of core (death, metal and hard), Devitalized is a young Massachusetts band inspired by acts like Alpha Wolf and Chelsea Grin. The latter is featured on their latest single, “Godslayer.” The band describes itself as having “a heart of gold and a taste for blood,” with music that “features rebellious themes inspired by … collective backgrounds in bullying, abuse, poverty, addiction, mental illness, and more.” Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m., Nashua Garden, 121 Main St., Nashua, $39 and up at

• Long players: Over 25 years, Utah rockers Royal Bliss have released six albums; their latest, the aptly titled Survivor, dropped in the spring. Support for an area show is provided by Royal Thunder and New Monarch. Wednesday, July 19, 8 p.m., Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main St., Concord, $23.75 and up at

LaBelle Winery welcomes comic Juston McKinney

Ever a relatable comedian, Juston McKinney tries to find the local angle wherever he performs. His latest YouTube special, On the Bright Side , was filmed in Concord. It begins with a story about a The Price Is Right contestant from Massachusetts winning a trip to the Capitol City.

The prize came with a round-trip flight — between Los Angeles and Manchester. “She’s gotta go all the way out and come all the way back,” McKinney joked. “She didn’t win a vacation; she won the longest tax-free liquor run in history!”

For a July 13 show at Labelle Winery, some anecdotes will come from closer to home. “My grandfather ran McKinney Dairy in Derry, and that’s where he met my grandmother,” the comic said in a recent phone interview. The punch line: “So she ended up marrying the milkman!”

McKinney primarily performs in New England, which keeps him nearer to his family; he lives in Newmarket. This makes for a lot of repeat business, forcing him to keep his act fresh. “I try to tell people that if you give me a year and I come back, I’ll have an 80 percent different show.”

It can be a double-edged sword for fans with a favorite bit; the memory bank can only be so full before it overflows. Consider a recent comment on Facebook. “It said, ‘I saw you 20 years ago, and I’m still laughing at your Old Navy button fly joke.’ I have no freaking idea what the Old Navy button fly joke is,” McKinney recalled. “I gotta message the guy … because if it’s really good, I’m gonna do it again.”

Juston McKinney

When: Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Where: LaBelle Winery, 14 Route 111, Derry

Tickets: $40 at

Another side effect of keeping to the region is making the rest of the country feel slighted. “People are getting mad that I’m not leaving,” he said. “They’re literally like, ‘Oh, you’ve got something against South Dakota?’ So I’m trying to get out a little bit, just to give something to these fans. I just did Ohio, and now I’ll do Detroit. I usually try to do Vegas every couple of years.”

To enjoy family time with his wife and two teenage sons, McKinney maintains a light summer schedule.

“I have a house with a water view … yeah, we put an above ground pool in the backyard,” he joked. “My whole trick has been balancing being a dad with being a comedian. Not looking back when these years have passed and going, ‘Oh, my kids are going to college [and] I’ve been on the road 40 weeks a year.”

Unsurprisingly, McKinney mines his home life for laughs — to a point. “Sometimes my wife will cut it right in

the bud and go, ‘You’re not doing a joke about that,’” he said. “I get in this argument about how I’m gonna frame the joke, and finally I’ll say, ‘Alright, I’ll make it about my friend.”

On the other hand, McKinney’s boys can be a bit more agreeable about inspiring his standup.

“I’ll say something funny, and they’ll say, ‘You should do a joke about that.’ As long as it’s not at their expense, and they’re not the butt of the joke. My kid the other day WTF’d me in a text because I was late. I go, ‘You don’t WTF your parents!’ He goes, ‘Dad, I didn’t spell it out, it’s just the abbreviation.’ I’m like, ‘So is FU; don’t you put it in a text to me.’ He’s like, are you going to do a joke about that?’ I go, ‘I don’t know, but you’re gonna get in trouble if you do it again.’”

He tends to avoid flashpoint topics like politics, but in McKinney’s hands, even the war in Ukraine can provide a chuckle. In On the Bright Side , he observes that their draft age tops out at 60. “That’s kind of pushing it; I mean, I go to bed at nine thirty. I got a CPAP machine; I’m gonna need an outlet,” he said. “Is that a problem?”

This idea would never work in the United States, McKinney added. “We can’t get 18- to 60-year-olds to go to work, let alone go to war,” he said. “We should draft people into jobs.”

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Juston McKinney. Courtesy photo.
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alton Bay

Dockside Restaurant

6 East Side Drive, 8552222

Foster’s Tavern 403 Main St., 875-1234

amherst LaBelle Winery 345 Route 101, 6729898


Auburn Pitts 167 Rockingham Road, 622-6564


Copper Door 15 Leavy Dr., 488-2677

Murphy’s Carriage House 393 Route 101, 488-5875

T-Bones 169 S. River Road, 6237699

Village Common Park Gazebo Bell Hill Road

Thursday, July 13


Boscawen Avaloch Farm

16 Hardy Ln., 796-2270


Chen Yang Li 520 S. Bow St., 228-8508


The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge

28 Central Square, 7447800


The Alamo Texas Barbecue & Tequila Bar 99 Route 13, 721-5000

Averill House Winery 21 Averill Road, 3712296


The Barnyard Venue 285 Old Candia Road, 483-4888

Smyth Public Library Gazebo

55 High St., 483-8245

Canterbury Canterbury Shaker

LaBelle: Won’t Back Down, 7:15 p.m.


Auburn Pitts: Nicole Knox Murphy, 6 p.m.


Copper Door: Charlie Chronopolous, 6 p.m.

Murphy’s: Caylin Costello, 5:30 p.m.

T-Bones: Ken Budka, 6 p.m.


Alamo: open mic with Travis Rollo, 6 p.m.


The Barnyard: Steve Haidaichuk, 6:30 p.m.


Town Gazebo: New Leaves, 7 p.m.

Village 288 Shaker Road, 7839511

Chichester Town Gazebo

54 Main St. Concord Area 23 State Street, 881-9060


17 Depot St., 228-0180

Concord Arts Market Rollins Park

Courtyard by Marriott Concord 70 Constitution Ave.

Hermanos Cocina

Mexicana 11 Hills Ave., 224-5669

Lithermans 126 Hall St., Unit B

Penuche’s Ale House 16 Bicentennial Square, 228-9833

Tandy’s Pub & Grille

Concord Area 23: karaoke, 9 p.m.

Cheers: Pete Peterson, 6 p.m.

Common Man: Lucas Gallo, 6:30 p.m.

Hermanos: Krimson Krewe, 6:30 p.m.

Lithermans: Kimayo, 5:30 p.m.

T-Bones: Sean Coleman, 5 p.m.


Fody’s: music bingo, 8 p.m.


Railpenny: Cormac McCarthy, 6 p.m.

Telly’s: Mark & Carl’s Unplugged Jukebox, 7 p.m.


Hill Top: music bingo w/ Jennifer Mitchell, 7 p.m.


Sawbelly: Max Sullivan, 5 p.m.

Swasey Parkway: Marcy Drive

Music, live and in person

These listings for live music are compiled from press releases, restaurants’ websites and social media and artists’ websites and social media. Call the venue to check on special rules and reservation instructions. Get your gigs listed by sending information to

1 Eagle Square, 856-7614


404 S. Main St., 7151999

Uno Pizzeria 15 Fort Eddy Road, 226-8667

White Park

1 White St., concordnh. gov


Contoocook Farmers Market

896 Main St., 746-3018

Gould Hill Farm & Contoocook Cider Co.

656 Gould Hill Road, 746-3811

Deerfield The Lazy Lion

4 North Road, 463-7374

Derry Amphora 55 Crystal Ave., 537-0111

Fody’s Tavern 187 Rockingham Road, 404-6946

Band, 6 p.m.

Goffstown Village Trestle: D-Comp, 6 p.m.


Bernie’s: Adam Luffkin, 7 p.m.; King Kyote, 8 p.m.

CR’s: Rico Barr Duo, 6 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Paul Lussier, 1 p.m.; Lewis Goodwin, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: Nashville Line Dance, 6 p.m.; Alec MacGillivray, 7 p.m.; Chris Janson, 7:30 p.m.

Smuttynose: Johnny Friday Duo, 6:30 p.m.

Wally’s: Sheldon Benton, 2 p.m.; Reverend Horton Heat, 7 p.m.

Whym: music bingo, 6 p.m.


Luk’s: Phileep, 7 p.m.

Lynn’s 102: karaoke w/George Bisson, 8 p.m.

T-Bones: Johnny Angel, 6 p.m.


Saddle Up Saloon: karaoke w/DJ Jason, 7 p.m.


Anthony’s Pier: Organized Chaos, 6:30 p.m.

Fratello’s: Gabby Martin, 6 p.m.

Tower Hill: karaoke w/ Luke

Hare of the Dawg

3 E. Broadway, 5523883

MacGregor Park East Broadway, 4366136

Sabatino’s North Italian Restaurant

1 East Broadway, 4327999


Cara Irish Pub & Restaurant

11 Fourth St., 343-4390


Holy Grail 64 Main St., 679-9559

Railpenny Tavern

8 Exeter Road, 7342609

Telly’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

235 Calef Hwy., 6798225

Epsom Hill Top Pizzeria 1724 Dover Road, 7360027


Sawbelly Brewing

156 Epping Road, 5835080

Skyrocker, 8 p.m.


Sea Dog Brewing Co. 5 Water St., 793-5116

Shooters Pub

6 Columbus Ave., 7723856

Swasey Parkway 316 Water St.


Old Meetinghouse 1 New Boston Road, 731-5119

Gilford Beans and Greens 245 Intervale Road, 293-2853

Patrick’s 18 Weirs Road, 2930841


Village Trestle 25 Main St., 497-8230

Hampton Bernie’s Beach Bar 73 Ocean Blvd., 9265050

Bogie’s 32 Depot Square, 6012319

Community Oven 845 Lafayette Road, 601-6311

Stumble Inn: Mugsy Duo, 6 p.m.


Bookery: Celtic Psalms, Hickory Horned Devils, 5 p.m.

Cactus Jack’s: Lou Antonucci, 5 p.m.

City Hall Pub: Sam Hammerman, 7 p.m.

Derryfield: Red Duo, 6 p.m.

Firefly: Dani Sven, 5 p.m.

Foundry: Malcolm Salls, 5 p.m.

Fratello’s: Chris Cavanaugh, 5:30 p.m.

Goat: Cox Karaoke, 8 p.m.

CR’s The Restaurant 287 Exeter Road, 9297972

Hampton Beach Sea

Shell Stage

Events are on southern stage

L Street Tavern 603 17 L St., 967-4777

McGuirk’s Ocean View Restaurant & Lounge 95 Ocean Blvd.

Sea Ketch 127 Ocean Blvd., 9260324

Shane’s Texas Pit 61 High St., 601-7091

Smuttynose Brewing 105 Towle Farm Road

Wally’s Pub 144 Ashworth Ave., 926-6954

Whym Craft Pub & Brewery 853 Lafayette Road, 601-2801

Henniker Angela Robinson Bandstand Community Park, Main Street

KC’s Rib Shack: Phil Jacques, 6 p.m.

Murphy’s: Doug Thompson, 5:30 p.m.

Strange Brew: Faith Ann, 8 p.m.


The Range: Fox and the Flamingos, 5 p.m.

Meredith Giuseppe’s: The Sweetbloods, 5:45 p.m.

Merrimack Homestead: Tim Kierstead, 5:30 p.m.

Tomahawk: Bella Perrotta, 5 p.m.

Hillsboro Main Street Grill & Bar 126 W. Main St., 2904887

Hooksett Big Kahunas Smokehouse 1158 Hooksett Road, 935-7500

Hudson The Bar 2B Burnham Road

Luk’s Bar & Grill 142 Lowell Road, 8899900

Lynn’s 102 Tavern 76 Derry Road, 9437832

T-Bones 77 Lowell Road, 8826677

Jaffrey Park Theatre 19 Main St., 532-9300


The Farm at Eastman’s Corner 224 Amesbury Road, 347-1909


Saddle Up Saloon 92 Route 125, 369-6962

Tortilla Flat: Dave Clark, 6 p.m.


Riley’s Place: open mic, 7 p.m.


Casey Magee’s: open mic, 7:30 p.m.

Fody’s: DJ Rich Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

Pressed Café: Rebecca Turmel, 6 p.m.


Over the Moon: open mic, 6 p.m.


Cisco Brewers: The Leafy Greens,

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He’s been called the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele and is widely credited with a revival in the humble four-stringed instrument. Jake Shimabukuro comes to the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St., Nashua, 800657-8774, on Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $29 to $69, plus fees.

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Anthony’s Pier 263 Lakeside Ave., 5278345

Bar Salida

21 Weeks St., 527-8500

Belknap Mill 25 Beacon St. E., No. 1, 524-8813

Bernini Pizzeria and Wine Bar

1135 Union Ave., 5278028

Cactus Jack’s 1182 Union Ave., 5287800

Defiant Records & Craft Beer 609 Main St., 527-8310

Fratello’s 799 Union Ave., 5282022

Naswa Resort 1086 Weirs Blvd., 3664341

4 p.m.

T-Bones 1182 Union Ave., 5287800

Tower Hill Tavern 264 Lakeside Ave., 3669100

The Wreck Yard 322 Lakeside Ave.

Londonderry Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern 176 Mammoth Road, 437-2022

The Common 265 Mammoth Road Stumble Inn 20 Rockingham Road, 432-3210

Manchester Backyard Brewery 1211 S. Mammoth Road, 623-3545

Bonfire 950 Elm St., 663-7678

Gas Light: Chris Powers, 2 p.m.; Dana Brearley Duo, 7 p.m.

The Goat: Isaiah Bennett, 9 p.m.


Copper Door: Jordan Quinn, 5 p.m.

Field of Dreams: Tru Diamond, 6 p.m.

T-Bones: Lou Antonucci, 5 p.m.

Tuscan: Rob Thackery, 6 p.m.


Backyard Burgers: Jennifer Mitchell, 6 p.m.

Red’s: Chris Lester, 8 p.m.


Earth Eagle: open mic w/Dave Ogden, 6 p.m.


Pour Decisions: music bingo, 7 p.m.

Bookery 844 Elm St., 836-6600

CJ’s 782 S. Willow St., 6278600

City Hall Pub

8 Hanover St., 232-3751

Currier Museum of Art 150 Ash St., 669-6144

Derryfield Country Club 625 Mammoth Road, 623-2880

Elm House of Pizza 102 Elm St., 232-5522

Firefly 21 Concord St., 935-9740

The Foundry 50 Commercial St., 8361925

Fratello’s 155 Dow St., 624-2022

The Goat

Friday, July 14

alton Bay

Dockside: music bingo, 7 p.m.

Foster’s: Dave Zangri, 7 p.m.


Auburn Pitts: Leaving Eden, 7 p.m.


Murphy’s: Sean Coleman, 6 p.m.


Avaloch Farm: Makaris, SlapSlap, Steph Davis, 7:30 p.m.


Alamo: Kat Ivy, 6 p.m.


The Barnyard: Due South Duo, 6:30 p.m.

Concord Area 23: Rebecca Turmel, 8 p.m.;

50 Old Granite St.

Great North Aleworks

1050 Holt Ave., 858-5789

The Hill Bar & Grille

McIntyre Ski Area 50 Chalet Ct., 622-6159

KC’s Rib Shack 837 Second St., 627RIBS

Olympus Pizza 506 Valley St., 6445559

Murphy’s Taproom 494 Elm St., 644-3535

Pizza Man 850 E. Industrial Park Drive, 623-5550

Salona Bar & Grill 128 Maple St., 624-4020

Shaskeen Pub 909 Elm St., 625-0246

South Side Tavern 1279 S. Willow St.,

Kimayo, 9:30 p.m.

Hermanos: Scott Solsky, 6:30 p.m.


Contoocook Cider Co.: Brian Booth, 5 p.m.


Lazy Lion: Nicole Knox Murphy, 6 p.m.


Holy Grail: Jackie Lee, 6:30 p.m. Railpenny: Harrison Goodell, 6 p.m.

Telly’s: Chad LaMarsh, 8 p.m.


Shooters: Tim Theriault, 6 p.m.


Beans and Greens: Luciano Monzione, 6 p.m. Patrick’s Pub: Henry Laliberte,

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The Florida-based blues and Americana band Southern Hospitality two-steps through New England with a stop at The Range (96 Old Turnpike Road, Mason, 878-1324, on Saturday, July 15, at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $180 for a table for four, plus fees.


Stark Brewing Co. 500 Commercial St., 625-4444

Stark Park Bandstand River Road

Strange Brew 88 Market St., 666-4292

To Share Brewing

720 Union St., 8366947

Wild Rover 21 Kosciuszko St., 6697722

Mason The Range 96 Old Turnpike Road, 878-1324

Meredith Giuseppe’s 312 Daniel Webster Hwy., 279-3313

Lakeview Tavern 7 Main St., 677-7099

6 p.m.


Twin Barns Brewing 194 DW Hwy., 279-0876

Merrimack Abbie Griffin Park 6 Baboosic Lake Road

Homestead 641 DW Hwy., 429-2022

Tomahawk Tavern 454 DW Hwy., 365-4960

Tortilla Flat 595 D W Hwy., 424-4479

Milford The Pasta Loft 241 Union Square, 6722270

Riley’s Place 29 Mont Vernon St., 380-3480

Stonecutters Pub 63 Union Square, 2135979

Moultonborough Buckey’s 240 Governor Went-

Village Trestle: Chris Powers, 5 p.m.


Bernie’s: Sheldon Benton, 8 p.m.

CR’s: Greg DeCoteau, 6 p.m.

McGuirk’s: Kieran McNally, 1 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Clint Lapointe, 1 p.m.; Ray Zerke, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: Groove Alliance, 7 p.m.

Smuttynose: Mica’s Groove

Train, 6:30 p.m.

Wally’s: Chris Toler, 3 p.m.; Scott Brown & The Diplomats, 9 p.m.

Whym: Mark Lapointe, 6:30 p.m.


Main Street: Taylor Hughes, 6 p.m.


Luk’s: Chad Verbeck Duo, 7 p.m.

Lynn’s 102: karaoke w/George Bisson, 8 p.m.


Belknap Mill: Clandestine, 6 p.m.

Defiant Records & Craft Beer:

Dakota Smart, 5:30 p.m.

Fratello’s: Chris Taylor, 6 p.m.

Naswa: Bob Pratte, 6 p.m.

Tower Hill: Chase Campbell band, 9 p.m.


Coach Stop: Peter Miles, 6 p.m.

Stumble Inn: Swipe Right, 8 p.m.

worth Hwy., 476-5485

Nashua Casey Magee’s Irish Pub 8 Temple St., 484-7400

Fody’s Tavern 9 Clinton St., 577-9015

Pressed Cafe 108 Spit Brook Road, 718-1250

Sky Meadow Country Club 6 Mountain Laurels Dr., 888-9000

New Boston Molly’s Tavern & Restaurant 35 Mont Vernon Road, 487-1362

Northfield Boonedoxz Pub 95 Park St., 717-8267

Penacook American Legion Post 31

Manchester Backyard Brewery: Brad Myrick, 6 p.m.

Bonfire: Maddi Ryan, 9 p.m.

Derryfield: TMFI, 6 p.m.; Amanda Dane Band, 8 p.m.

Firefly: Sam Hammerman, 6 p.m.

Fratello’s: Jeff Mrozek, 6 p.m.

The Foundry: Justin Cohn, 6 p.m.

The Hill: KOHA, 5:30 p.m.

KC’s Rib Shack: Austin McCarthy, 6 p.m.

Murphy’s: Jae Mannion, 5:30 p.m.; Whiskey 6, 9:30 p.m.

Olympus Pizza: Chris Perkins, 7 p.m.

Pizza Man: Eddie Sands, 6 p.m.

Shaskeen: Trichromes, 8 p.m. South Side Tavern: Cox Karaoke, 9 p.m.

Strange Brew: Peter Ward, 9 p.m.

To Share: Ian Galipeau, 6:30 p.m.


Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois, 5:45p.m.

Lakeview: karaoke, 7 p.m.

Twin Barns: Garrett Smith, 5 p.m.


Homestead: Chris Gardner, 6 p.m.

Tomahawk: Jason Michelson, 5 p.m


Pasta Loft: Rich & Bobby, 8 p.m.

Stonecutters Pub: DJ Dave O karaoke, 9 p.m.


Buckey’s: Red Hat Band, 6:30 p.m.

11 Charles St., 7539372

Pittsfield Over the Moon 1253 Upper City Road, 216-2162

Portsmouth Cisco Brewers 35 Corporate Dr., 3807575

Clipper Tavern 75 Pleasant St., 501-0109

The Gas Light 64 Market St., 430-9122

The Goat 142 Congress St., 5904628

Mojo’s West End Tavern 95 Brewery Lane, 4366656

Press Room 77 Daniel St., 431-5186

Summer in the Street


Casey Magee’s: karaoke, 9:30 p.m.

Sky Meadow: Jack & Kristen, 4:30 p.m.

New Boston

Molly’s: Peter Pappas, 7 p.m.


Boonedoxz Pub: karaoke night, 7 p.m.


American Legion Post 31: Jennifer Mitchell, 7 p.m.


Cisco Brewers: Harper & Midwest Kind, 4 p.m.

Clipper Tavern: Max Sullivan, 9 p.m.

Gas Light: Johnny Friday, 2 p.m.; Dave Ayotte, 7 p.m.; Krystian Beal, 9:30 p.m.

The Goat: Chris Toler, 9 p.m.


Luna Bistro: Lou Antonucci, 7 p.m.

Tuscan: Souled Out Show Band, 7 p.m


Red’s: Jumpstreet, 9 p.m.


Earth Eagle: Wheel of Awesome Live, 6 p.m.


Anchorage: Jennifer Mitchell, 8 p.m.

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Pleasant Street to Porter Street to Market Square


Porter’s 19 Hanson St., 3301964


Copper Door

41 S. Broadway, 4582033

Field of Dreams Community Park 48 Geremonty Drive

Luna Bistro 254 N. Broadway, 4582162

The Livery: Eric Lindberg, 7:30 p.m.


Pour Decisions: Tom Boisse, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 15

alton Bay

Dockside: Lewis Goodwin, 8 p.m.

Foster’s Tavern: The Lone Wolf Project, 7 p.m.


Murphy’s: Doug Thompson, 6 p.m.


Purple Pit: Rumboat Chili, 7 p.m.


Alamo: Austin McCarthy, 6 p.m.

Bow Chen Yang Li: Dusty Gray, 7 p.m.


The Barnyard: Henry Laliberte Trio, 6:30 p.m.


Area 23: Acoustic circle, 2 p.m.; Raging Rockaholics, 8 p.m.

Concord Arts Market: Mary Fagan, 10 a.m.; Rebecca Turmel, 12:30 p.m.

Hermanos: Gerry Beaudoin, 6:30 p.m.

Lithermans: Andrew North & The Rangers, 4 p.m.


Contoocook Farmers Market: Paul Gormley, 9 a.m.


T-Bones 311 South Broadway, 893-3444

Tuscan Village 9 Via Toscana, 2129650

Salisbury Black Bear Vineyard

Railpenny: Common Ground Acoustic, 6 p.m.

Telly’s: Brian Johnson, 8 p.m.


Sea Dog: Team Independence

Jam, 11 a.m.

Shooters: Todd Hearon & Friends, 6 p.m.

Swasey Parkway: Chad Verbeck, 6 p.m.


Beans and Greens: Garrett

Smith, 12;30 p.m.

Patrick’s Pub: Don Severance, 6 p.m.


Village Trestle: Brickyard Blues, 6 p.m.


Bernie’s: MB Padfield, 1 p.m.; Pop Daddy, 8 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Ryan Williamson, 1 p.m.; Ralph Allen, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: The Midtown Horns, 7 p.m.

Smuttynose: ODB Project, 1 p.m.

Wally’s: Russ Six, 3 p.m.

Whym: Tom Rousseau, 6:30 p.m.


Main Street: Sean Von Clauss, 6 p.m.


Luk’s Bar: No Decision, 7 p.m.

Jaffrey Park Theatre: Bernie & Louise Watson, 5:30 p.m.


The Farm at Eastman’s Corner: Hubcap Romeo, 2 p.m.

& Winery 289 New Road, 6482811

Seabrook Backyard Burgers & Wings 5 Provident Way, 7602581


Fratello’s: Ramez Mataz, 6 p.m.

Naswa: Marlena Phillips, 5:30

p.m.; Bob Pratte Band, 7:30 p.m. Tower Hill: line dancing, 7 p.m.; Chase Campbell Band, 9 p.m.

The Wreck Yard: Andrea Paquin, 1 p.m.


Coach Stop: Joe McDonald, 6 p.m

Stumble Inn: Kaleidoscope, 8 p.m.


Backyard Brewery: Tyler Levs, 6 p.m.

Derryfield: Dave Ayotte Duo, 6 p.m.; The Ride, 8 p.m.

Executive Health Club: John Angel, 6 p.m.

Firefly: Chris Gardner, 6 p.m.

Fratello’s: Paul Gormley, 6 p.m.

Foundry: Mikey G, 6 p.m.

The Goat: musical brunch with Brooks Hubbard, 10 a.m.

Great North Aleworks: Lucas Gallo, 4 p.m.

The Hill: Pete Massa, 5:30 p.m.

KC’s: J-Lo Duo, 6 p.m.

Murphy’s: NKM, 1 p.m.; Sam

Hammerman, 5:30 p.m.; Dis n Dat, 9:30 p.m.

Shaskeen: Bandidos Yanquis, 9 p.m.

Strange Brew: Lisa Garvey & A Train present Son Hobbs & The Mystery Horns, 9 p.m.

Wild Rover: Scotty Cloutier, 5 p.m.


Giuseppe’s: André Balazs, 5:45 p.m.

Twin Barns: Kimayo, 3 p.m.

so GooD, so GooD, so GooD

Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” has become an anthem for sports fans throughout New England, making this a great time to catch The Sweet Caroline Band at Castle in the Clouds (455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, 476-5900) on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $165, plus fees.

Beach Deck Bar & Grill 207 Ocean Blvd., 8141562

Chop Shop Pub 920 Lafayette Road, 760-7706

Red’s Kitchen + Tav-


ern 530 Lafayette Road, 760-0030

Somersworth Earth Eagle North 350 Route 108, 8415421

Homestead: Jeff Mrozek, 6 p.m.

Tomahawk: Jordan Quinn, 5 p.m.


Pasta Loft: Plan B, 8:30 p.m.


Casey Magee’s: live music, 8 p.m.

Sky Meadow: Gerard Truffle Duo, 3 p.m.

New Boston

Molly’s: Matt Bergeron, 7 p.m.


Over the Moon: Errol Wayne, 7 p.m.


Cisco Brewers: Harper & Midwest Kind, noon

Gas Light Pub: Dave Clark, 2 p.m.; Radio Daze, 7 p.m.; Matt Langley, 9:30 p.m.

The Goat: Mike Forgette, 9 p.m. Summer in the Street: Eleanor Ivy, 5:30 p.m.


Luna Bistro: Phil Jakes, 7 p.m.

Tuscan: Chelsea Curve, 7 p.m.


Black Bear: Lisa Guyer, 2 p.m.

Seabrook Chop Shop: live music

Red’s: The Dudes, 9 p.m.


Pour Decisions: karaoke, 7:30 p.m.


Cold Springs: Iron Tiger, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 16

Alton Bay: Mikey G & Ray, 4 p.m.


Copper Door: Rob Dumais, 11 a.m.

Murphy’s: John Chouinard, 4 p.m.


Alamo: Ralph Allen, 4 p.m.

Averill House: Andrea Paquin, 1:30 p.m.

Sunapee The Anchorage at Sunapee Harbor 71 Main St., 763-3334

The Livery in Sunapee Harbor 58 Main St., thelivery. org

Canterbury Shaker Village: Liz & Dan Faiella, 4 p.m.


Cheers: Chris Gardner, 5 p.m. White Park: Joey Clark, 10 a.m.


Cider Co.: live music, 3 p.m.


Railpenny: SuperDry, noon


Old Meetinghouse: Green Heron, 4 p.m.

Goffstown Village Trestle: Bob Pratte, 3:30 p.m.


Bernie’s: Pop 2000s Tour, 7 p.m.

Bogie’s: live music, 7 p.m

Community Oven: Nicole Knox Murphy, 5 p.m.

L Street: live music 3:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Ray Zerkle, 1 p.m.; Sam Hammerman, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: Public Water Supply, 7 p.m.

Smuttynose: Jordan & Clint, 1 p.m.; Dan Walker Band, 5:30 p.m.

Wally’s: MB Padfield, 2 p.m.

Whym: live music, 1 p.m.


The Bar: live music, 2 p.m.

Lynn’s 102: J-Lo, 4 p.m.


The Farm at Eastman’s Corner: The Brethren, 2 p.m.


Belknap Mill: open mic, 2 p.m.

Bernini: Don Severance, 5 p.m.

Fratello’s: Lou Antonucci, 6 p.m.

Naswa: Dwayne Haggins, 4 p.m.

T-Bones: Henry LaLiberte, 4 p.m.


Stumble Inn: Another Shot Duo, 4 p.m.


Derryfield: Chuck Alaimo Duo, 5 p.m.

Firefly: Chuck Alaimo, 11 a.m.

Foundry: Brad Myrick, 10 a.m.

The Goat: Mike Forgette, 10 a.m.

KC’s: Sean Coleman, 3 p.m.

Tilton Pour Decisions 500 Laconia Road, 5278066

Windham Old School Bar & Grill 49 Range Road, 4586051

Murphy’s: Dave Clark, 3 p.m.

Stark Park: Brass Force, 2 p.m.

Strange Brew: Mike Sudderth, 3 p.m.; One Big Soul Jam, 7 p.m.

To Share: open mic, 4 p.m.


The Range: Howard Randall and One Big Soul, 3 p.m.


Tomahawk: Casey Roop, 5 p.m.


Pasta Loft: Matt Bergeron, 4 p.m. Riley’s Place: open mic w/ Blues Jam, 1 p.m.


Penuche’s: Jae Mannion, 4 p.m New Boston

Molly’s: Garrett Partridge, 1 p.m.


Boonedoxz Pub: open mic, 4 p.m.


Cisco: Bonus Cat, noon

Gas Light: Doug Thompson, 2 p.m.; Dancing Madly Backwards, 6 p.m.

The Goat: Rob Pagnano, 9 p.m.


Copper Door: Steve Prisby, 11 a.m.

Luna Bistro: Steve Aubert, 4 p.m.

Tuscan: Mix Up - Mix Up, 2 p.m.; Bella Perrotta, 6 p.m.


Beach Deck: Chris Michaels, 4 p.m.

Red’s: Zachary Newbould, 8 p.m.


Old School: Eric Grant Duo, 2 p.m.

Monday, July 17


Murphy’s: Chris Powers, 5:30 p.m.


Cara Irish Pub: open mic, 8 p.m.


Patrick’s Pub: open mic w/ John McArthur, 6 p.m.


Bernie’s: Dillan Welch, 7 p.m.;

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Jimmy MacWilliams, 7 p.m.

L Street: live music, 4 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Alex Roy, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: Souled Out Show Band, 7 p.m.

Wally’s: Turner Harrison, 2 p.m.


The Bar: karaoke with Phil, 7 p.m.


Park Theatre: open mic, 6:30 p.m.


Fratello’s: Ralph Allen, 6 p.m.


Stumble Inn: Lisa Guyer, 7 p.m.


Fratello’s: Phil Jacques, 5:30 p.m.

The Goat: David Campbell, 9 p.m.

Murphy’s: Pete Peterson, 5:30 p.m.

Salona: music bingo with Jennifer Mitchell, 6 p.m.


Homestead: Clint Lapointe, 5:30 p.m.


Fody’s: karaoke night, 9:30 p.m.

Portsmouth Gas Light: Chris Perkins, 2 p.m.; Tim Theriault, 7:30 p.m.


Luna: Bella Perrotta, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 18


Murphy’s: Chris Lester, 5:30 p.m.


Hermanos: Kid Pinky, 6:30 p.m. Tandy’s: open mic, 8 p.m.


MacGregor Park: Tru Diamond, 7 p.m.

Sabatino’s: Eddie Sands, 5 p.m.


Meetinghouse Park: No Shoes

Nation, 6 p.m.


Bernie’s: Turner Harrioson, 7 p.m.; Mike Francis, 7 p.m.

L Street: live music, 4 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Clint Lapointe, 1 p.m.; Mike Mazola, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: The Apathetics, 7 p.m.

Shane’s: music bingo, 7 p.m

Wally’s: Mike Forgette, 3 p.m.; musical bingo, 7 p.m.


Henniker Commons: Groove Theory & Frankie Boy, 6:30 p.m.


Fratello’s: Henry Laliberte, 6 p.m.


Stumble Inn: Charlie Chronopolous, 6 p.m.


Fratello’s: Jordan Quinn, 5:30

hanley ComeDy

Mike Hanley has opened for comedy legends like Kevin Nealon and Jay Mohr, appeared on CBS’s Boston’s Best Comedians special and gone viral with a video he and his daughter made. He returns to Headliners (DoubleTree By Hilton, 700 Elm St., Manchester, on Saturday, July 15, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 plus fees.



Atkinson Country Club

85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 362-8700, atkinsonresort. com

Averill House Winery

21 Averill Road, Brookline, 371-2296, averillhousevineyard. com

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700,

Bank of NH Stage in Concord 16 S. Main St., Concord, 2251111,

Capitol Center for the Arts — Chubb Theatre 44 S. Main St., Concord, 2251111,

Chunky’s 707 Huse Road, Manchester;

151 Coliseum Ave., Nashua; 150 Bridge St., Pelham;

Colonial Theatre 609 Main St., Laconia, 800-6578774,

The Flying Monkey 39 Main St., Plymouth, 5362551,

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100,

Headliners Comedy Club DoubleTree By Hilton, 700 Elm St., Manchester,

LaBelle Winery 345 Route 101, Amherst, 6729898,


The Goat: Mokey Knife Fight Lite, 9 p.m.

KC’s Rib Shack: Paul & Nate open mic, 7 p.m

Murphy’s: Tavis Rollo, 5:30 p.m.

Strange Brew: David Rousseau, 8 p.m.


Giuseppe’s: Michael Bourgeois, 6 p.m.


Homestead: Justin Jordan, 5:30 p.m.


Gas Light: Johnny Angel, 2 p.m.; Lewis Goodwin, 7:30 p.m.

The Goat: Isaiah Bennett, 9 p.m. Seabrook

Backyard Burgers: music bingo with Jennifer Mitchell, 7 p.m.

Red’s: Steve Dennis, 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19


Murphy’s: Dave Zangri, 5:30 p.m.

Village Common Park Gazebo: Bel Airs, 6 p.m.


Smyth Library: Amherst Town Band, 6:30 p.m.


Courtyard Marriott: Andrew Geano, 5 p.m.

Hermanos: Kid Pinky, 6:30 p.m.

Tandy’s: karaoke, 8 p.m.

Uno Pizzeria: Joel Begin, 6 p.m.


Amphora: Emily Johnson’s

Nashua Center for the Arts 201 Main St., Nashua, 800-6578774, nashuacenterforthearts. com

Palace Theatre 80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588,

Rex Theatre 23 Amherst St., Manchester, 668-5588,

Garage Band, 7 p.m.

Fody’s: karaoke, 7 p.m.

Hare of the Dawg: Jae Mannion, 6 p.m.


Ordway Park: Monadnock Bluegrass Band, 6 p.m.


Bernie’s: Luffkid Trio, 7 p.m.; Chris Toler, 7 p.m.

Bogie’s: open mic, 7 p.m.

L Street: live music, 4:30 p.m.

Sea Ketch: Ralph Allen, 8:30 p.m.

Sea Shell: Fighting Friday, 7 p.m.

Wally’s: Jonny Friday Duo, 3 p.m.; live band karaoke, 8 p.m.


Lynn’s 102: Regular Gents, 7 p.m.


Saddle Up Saloon: Musical Bingo Nation, 7 p.m.


Anthony’s Pier: Cody James, 6;30 p.m.

Fratello’s: Eric Grant, 6 p.m.

Naswa: MacKenzie Lee, 4 p.m.


Londonderry Common: Brian

Maes Band featuring Barry Goudreau, 7 p.m.

Stumble Inn: Tim Kierstead, 6 p.m


Derryfield : Caylin Costello, 6 p.m.

Fratello’s: Clint Lapointe, 5:30 p.m.

• Nick Hoff & Friends Rex, Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m.

• Tupelo Night of Comedy with Rafi Gonzales, Matt Barry & Tim McKeever Tupelo, Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m.

• Jay Chanoine Murphy’s Taproom, Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m.

• Mike Hanley Headliners, Saturday, July 15, 8:30 p.m.

• Jackie Flynn & Emily Ruskowski Rex, Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.

The Goat: line dancing, 7 p.m.; Mike Forgette, 10 p.m

Murphy’s: Krystian Beal, 5:30 p.m.

Stark Brewing: Cox Karaoke, 8 p.m

Strange Brew: open mic w/ Will Bemiss, 8 p.m.

Meredith Giuseppe’s: Paul Warnick, 5:45 p.m.


Abbie Griffin Park: Tru Diamond, 6 p.m.

Homestead: Chris Lester, 5:30 p.m.


Stonecutters Pub: open mic, 8 p.m.


Pressed Café: Ken Budka, 6 p.m.


Gas Light: Casey Roop, 2 p.m.; Dave Clark, 7:30 p.m.

The Goat: Alex Anthony, 9 p.m. Press Room: open mic, 5:30 p.m.


Concerts on the Common: Cameron Drive Project, 6:30 p.m.

Porter’s: live music, 6:30 p.m.


Public Library: North River Music, 3 p.m.


Chop Shop: DJ Manny awesome DJ event, 7:30 p.m. Red’s: Ryan Fitzsimmons, 8 p.m.

day, July 22, 8:30 p.m.

• Gabe Mollica Music Hall Lounge, Saturday, July 22, 8:30 p.m.

• Robert Kelly Music Hall Lounge, Thursday, July 27, 8:30 p.m.

• Will Noonan & Andrew Della Volpe Rex, Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m.

• Robert Kelly Nashua Center for the Arts, Friday, July 28, 8 p.m.

LaBelle Winery Derry

14 Route 111, Derry, 672-9898,

Murphy’s Taproom 494 Elm St., Manchester,

The Music Hall 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400,

The Music Hall Lounge 131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400,

Ruby Room Comedy 909 Elm St., Manchester, 4910720,

The Strand 20 Third St., Dover, 343-1899,

Tupelo Music Hall 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100,


• Juston McKinney LaBelle Derry, Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m.

• Funny Ladies of Comedy Atkinson Country Club, Friday, July 21, 8 p.m.

• Chris Zito Averill House Vineyards, Saturday, July 22, 5:30 p.m.

• R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Palace, Saturday, July 22, 7:30 p.m.

• Dave Rattigan Murphy’s Taproom, Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m.

• Kathleen Madigan Casino Ballroom, Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m.

• Chris Zito Headliners, Satur-

• Nashua Cougars Comedy Night Martha’s Exchange, Friday, July 28, 8 p.m.

• Jimmy Tingle Music Hall Lounge, Saturday, July 29, 6 & 8:30 p.m.

• David Sedaris Nashua Center for the Arts, Saturday, July 29, 8 p.m.

• Chris D Murphy’s Taproom, Saturday, July 29, 8 p.m.

• Amy Tee Headliners, Saturday, July 29, 8:30 p.m.

• Ken Rogerson & Jeff Koen Rex, Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.

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• 21+ Scratch Ticket Bingo

Thursday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Chunky’s in Nashua (151 Coliseum Ave. in Nashua; chunkys. com). $12 secures your seat and gives you one bingo card.

• R-Rated Family Feud Game

Friday, July 14, at 9 p.m. at Chunky’s in Pelham (150 Bridge St. in Pelham;

Tickets cost $20 per person.

• Family-Friendly Taylor Swift

Trivia on Sunday, July 16, at 6:15 p.m. at Chunky’s in Manchester (707 Huse Road in Manchester;



Averill House Vineyard

21 Averill Road, Brookline, 3712296,

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford, 293-4700,

Bank of NH Stage in Concord

16 S. Main St., Concord, 2251111,

Capitol Center for the Arts

Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111,

Castle in the Clouds

455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough, 476-5900

Cisco Brewers

35 Corporate Dr., Portsmouth,

Colonial Theatre

609 Main St., Laconia, 800-6578774,

Crows’ Feat Farm

178 Drinkwater Road, Kensington,

Flight Coffee Dover

478 Central Ave, Dover, 8425325, $5 reserves a seat.

• 21+ Scratch Ticket Bingo

Wednesday, July 19, at 7 p.m. at Chunky’s in Pelham (150 Bridge St. in Pelham; $12 secures your seat.


• Thursday trivia at Station 101 (193 Union Sq., Milford, 2495416) at 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday trivia at Great North Aleworks (1050 Holt Ave., Manchester, 858-5789, from 7 to 8 p.m.

• Thursday trivia with Game

Time Trivia at Hart’s Turkey Farm

(223 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-6212, hartsturkeyfarm. com) from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

• Thursday trivia at Yankee Lanes (216 Maple St., Manchester, 6259656, yankeelanesentertainment. com) at 7 p.m.

• Thursday Opinionation by Sporcle trivia at Uno Pizzeria & Grill (15 Fort Eddy Road in Concord; 226-8667) at 7 p.m.

• Thursday Kings trivia at Game Changer Sports Bar (4 Orchard View Dr., Londonderry; 2161396, from 8 to 10 p.m.

• First Thursday of every month

trivia at Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua; at 8 p.m.

• Friday Team Trivia at Cheers (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the lounge.

• Tuesday trivia at Reed’s North (2 E. Main St. in Warner, 4562143, from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Tuesday trivia at Fody’s (187 Rockingham Road, Derry, 4046946, at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday trivia at Area 23 (254 N. State St., Concord, 881-9060, at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday trivia at Lynn’s 102 Tav-

19 Main St., Jaffrey, 532-9300,

Press Room

77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 4315186,

The Range 96 Old Turnpike Road, Mason, 878-1324,

Rex Theatre

ern (76 Derry Road, Hudson, 9437832,, at 7 p.m.

• Tuesday Geeks Who Drink trivia at Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535,, from

• Wednesday trivia at Main Street Grill and Bar (32 Main St., Pittsfield; 435-0005, at 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday trivia at Popovers (11 Brickyard Sq., Epping, 7344724, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Wednesday Kings Trivia at KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 627-7427, ribshack.

13, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

• Marvel Prone/Summer Cult

Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m., Music Hall

• Survive the Sun Thursday, July

13, 8 p.m., Stone Church

• Tab Benoit Thursday, July 13, 8 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts

• John Brickley Friday, July 14,

5:30 p.m., Park Theatre

• Counting Crows Friday, July

14, 6 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion

net), sponsored by Mi Campo, in Manchester 7 to 9 p.m..

• Wednesday trivia at Millyard Brewery (125 E. Otterson St., Nashua; 722-0104, at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday trivia at The Bar (2b Burnham Road, Hudson, 9435250) at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday trivia at City Hall Pub (8 Hanover St.; 232-3751, at 7 p.m.

• Wednesday World Tavern Trivia at Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St. in Nashua, fodystavern. com, 577-9015) at 8 p.m.

• The Bulkheads/The Lonely Ghosts/June Sexton Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m., The Strand

• Aquanet Saturday, July 15, at 8 p.m., Lakeport

• Bonus Cat Sundy, July 16, 12 p.m., Cisco Breweries Portsmouth

• Andrea Paquin Sunday, July 16, 1:30 p.m., Averill House

• Krewe de Groove Sunday, July 16, 3 p.m., Crows’ Feat Farm

The Flying Monkey 39 Main St., Plymouth, 5362551,

Great Waters 54 N. Main St., Wolfeboro, 5697710,

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, 929-4100,

Jewel Music Venue

61 Canal St., Manchester, 8199336,

Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club 135 Congress St., Portsmouth, 888-603-JAZZ,

LaBelle Winery 345 Route 101, Amherst, 6729898,

LaBelle Winery Derry

14 Route 111, Derry, 672-9898,

Lakeport Opera House

781 Union Ave., Laconia, 5197506,

The Music Hall

28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 4362400,

The Music Hall Lounge

131 Congress St., Portsmouth, 436-2400,

Nashua Center for the Arts

201 Main St., Nashua, 800-6578774,

Palace Theatre

80 Hanover St., Manchester, 6685588,

Park Theatre

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Granite State Roller Derby will host an open skating night on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Douglas N. Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road in Concord; where the theme is ’90s night. Admission costs $6 and skate rentals cost $6. The evening will feature a costume contest, a raffle, a skate dance contest, a merch and info table and more, according to a post on the Granite State Roller Derby Facebook page.

23 Amherst St., Manchester, 6685588,

Rochester Opera House 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, 3351992,

The Spotlight Room 96 Hanover St., Manchester, 6685588,

SNHU Arena

555 Elm St., Manchester, 6445000,

Stone Church

5 Granite St., Newmarket, 6597700,

The Strand 20 Third St., Dover, 343-1899,

3S Artspace

319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 766-3330,

Tupelo Music Hall 10 A St., Derry, 437-5100,

The Word Barn 66 Newfields Road, Exeter, 2440202,


• Peter Frampton Thursday, July

13, 5 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion

• The Fabulous Thunderbirds

Thursday, July 13, 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m., Music Hall Lounge

• Marshall Charloff Purple

Experience Thursday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. & Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Lakeport

• Bettye Lavette Thursday, July

• Halley Neal/Pretty Saro Friday, July 14, 7 p.m., 3S Artspace

• Billy Keane & the Waking

Dream Friday, July 14, 7 p.m., Word Barn

• Damn the Torpedoes (Tom Petty tribute) Friday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Flying Monkey

• Bruce in the USA (Bruce Springsteen tribute) Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Tupelo

• The Rockingham Groove

Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Stone Church

• Dreams To Stage Finale Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Strand

• The HillBenders Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Rochester Opera House

• Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa Friday, July 14, 8 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts

• Allen James Saturday, July 15, 1:30 p.m., Averill House

• Southern Hospitality Saturday, July 15, 5 p.m., The Range

• The Head & The Heart Saturday, July 15, 5:30 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion, Gilford

• Spongehead, Grublord and more Saturday, July 15, 6:30 p.m., Flight Dover

• Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty tribute) Thursday, July 15, 7:15 p.m., LaBelle Amherst

• The Sweet Caroline Tour (Neil Diamond tribute) Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., Castle in the Clouds

• Chris Botti Thursday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall

• Mat Kearney Saturday, July 15, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall

• Jake Shimabukuro Saturday, July 15, 8 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts

• Reed Foehl Sunday, July 16, 7 p.m., Music Hall Lounge

• Joe Lovano Quartet Sunday, July 16, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

• John R. Miller Sunday, July 16, 8 p.m., Press Room

• Jill Sobule Monday, July 17, 7 p.m., Music Hall Lounge

• Kingston Trio Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m., Nashua Center for the Arts

• George Porter Jr. & Runnin Pardners Tuesday, July 18, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

• The Music of ABBA Direct from Sweden Tuesday, July 18, and Wednesday, July 19, 8 p.m., Tupelo

• Royal Bliss Wednesday, July 19, 8 p.m., Bank of NH Stage

• Q-Tip Bandits Wednesday, July 19, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

• Theo Von Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion

• Lisa Loeb Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., Lakeport

• George Porter Jr. Thursday, July 20, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

• Dirty Heads Thursday, July 20, 8 p.m., Casino Ballroom

• Ghost Funk Orchestra Thursday, July 20, 8 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion

• Clandestine Friday, July 21, 4 p.m.,

• Howard Randall Friday, July 21, 5:30 p.m., Park Theatre

• Matchbox Twenty Friday, July 21, 6:30 p.m., Bank of NH Pavilion, Gilford

• Wildflower Friday, July 21, 7 p.m., 3S Artspace

• Joshua Tree (U2 tribute) Friday, July 21, 7:15 p.m., Jimmy’s

• Watermelon Slim Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Jimmy’s

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Counting Crows.

“Get the Hook”— another letter, please.

62. “Buenos Aires” musical

63. Matchbox Twenty’s Thomas

64. Concert venue

65. Spouts off without reason

66. Old-school icons, slangily


1. Actress Gretchen of “Boardwalk Empire”

2. Satan’s specialty

3. “The Avengers” villain

4. Cambodian language

5. Save point?

6. Wayside taverns

7. Big deposit

8. Rolling Stone article, often

9. Stealthy sort

10. “Henry and June” diarist

11. Part of NdGT

12. Biology class unit

13. Gridiron stat

18. Hi-C ___ Cooler (“Ghostbusters”-inspired drink)

21. “Call of Duty: Black ___”

24. Commuter train stops

25. Owner of Tumblr (until 2018)

26. Jumbo shrimp


1. Brooks who turned 97 this year

4. Planktonic crustaceans

9. Political Pelosi

14. Eggy start

15. Capital of Vietnam

16. “___ a couple seconds ...”

17. Source of coincidental thoughts

19. Manicurist’s expertise

20. Driver’s permit that’s only for the First Lady?

22. Have a sample of

23. Faux ___ (misstep)

24. Copy mistake

27. Amounts owed

31. New Jersey players

35. Regatta racer’s implement

36. Le ___ (French seaport)

37. Decked out

38. “That sound! Is it a giant keyring?”

41. From ___ (effective immediately)

42. Baryshnikov’s company, once 43. Suffix for Nepal 44. Mumford’s backup?

Jonesin’ answer from pg 43 of 7/06

45. Mombasa’s country

46. “Bullet Train” star Pitt

47. “Shameless” network, for short

49. Actress Vardalos

51. Either of my kids, compared to me?

58. Insults, when thrown

59. Obvious sticking point?

61. Monty Python member Michael

28. Bring up memories of

29. Boston hockey player

30. Discworld creator Pratchett

32. Lawn tool

33. Second-largest city in Oklahoma

34. Go too fast

36. QVC rival (and corporate sibling)

37. “Captain Underpants” creator Pilkey

39. Included

40. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” singer

45. “Kitchy-kitchy-___!”

46. ___ mi (sandwich on French bread)

48. “Laughing” animal

50. Small amounts

51. “ ___ she blows!”

52. Hearty partner

53. Laptop owner

54. Suddenly bright star

55. Sheepish look, sometimes

56. Italian money

57. Pollution in big cities

58. Resort to retreat to

60. Little pellets

© 2023 Matt Jones

Last Week’s Answers:

● Each row and each column must contain the numbers 1 through 4 (easy) or 1 through 6 (challenging) without repeating.

● The numbers within the heavily


outlined boxes, called cages, must combine using the given operation (in any order) to produce the target numbers in the top-left corners.

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He’s pretty fly for a puzzle guy


1. Barry White ‘Can’t Get Enough Of’ her love

5. Lively dance

8. Tom Petty ‘Climb That __’

12. Sea Wolf, aka __ Brown Church

13. British Nigerian ‘Paradise’ softrock singer

14. Steely Dan hit about a girl

15. Rat Pack nickname for Martini

16. Saigon Kick ‘Love __ The Way’

17. Neil Young “Comes __ when you settle down”

18. AC/DC ‘Dirty __ Dirt Cheap’

20. “To know, know, know her __

love, love, love her”

21. Devo ‘Girl __’

22. Hendrix “Lord knows __ voodoo child”

23. “It’s going to take a lotta love” Nicolette

26. Hall & Oates “Don’t even think __, say no go”

30. Dedicated lines

31. Sick Puppies hit off ‘Tri-Polar’ for a strange guy

34. Iconic American composer Porter

35. Famous Avett Brothers producer Rick

37. Astbury of The Doors Of The 21st


38. ‘All My Fault’ __ TX

39. Staff symbol

40. Queen ‘Hammer __’

42. Letters before an alias

43. Lynyrd Skynyrd ‘___ Do Is Write About It’

45. ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ band

47. Lauryn Hill ‘__ Wop (That Thing)’

48. ‘98 Jesus & Mary Chain album

50. Clearmountain & Seger

52. Noodles from Offspring’s last name

56. Group consisting of nine people

57. Tour masseur’s target

58. Kid’s building block toy for Ed Sheeran’s ‘House’

59. On ‘13 Stone Sour hit they asked nicely ‘__ Favor’

60. Offspring ‘Americana’ hit ‘__ Got Issues’

61. Bad English ‘Best Of What __’

62. Ben Folds Five ‘Whatever And

Ever __’

63. ‘16 Brett Dennen album ‘__ Favor’

64. Big zero Refreshments song?


1. Butch Walker ‘Cover Me __’

2. What you tell your folks to make it to show

3. Drifters/solo soul singer __ King

4. CA Thrash metal band or ‘77 Bob Marley album

5. ‘Worth It All’ Crabb

6. Paula Cole ‘__ Want To Wait’

7. ‘The House Of Dolls’ __ Loves Jezebel

8. Joe Perry has this condiment called Boneyard Brew

9. Kenny Loggins hit ‘This __’

10. Airport pickup

11. Jerry __ Lewis

13. 80s Sex Pistols movie __ Nancy

14. Trumpeter Welsh

19. Imogen Heap song that charms to the point of fainting?

22. Chicago ‘What Kind Of Man Would __’

23. ‘70 Tim Buckley album

24. ‘02 Tommy Lee album ‘Never __ Moment’

25. Accept ‘I’m A __’

26. Kate And __ McGarrigle

27. Relating to music using conventional harmony

28. KC & The Sunshine Band

‘That’s The Way __ It’

29. Stevie Ray Vaughan ‘__ Flood’

32. Did ‘Where Or When’ w/ The Belmonts

33. Onstage klutz

36. 38 Special 80s hit ‘__ The One’

38. Jack Johnson’s first hit

40. Rick Springfield ‘Celebrate Youth’ album

41. Camera parts for photo shoot

44. Jack Johnson protege Matt

46. Sophia Grace ‘__ The Mirror’

48. Kind of men Village People were

49. R&B singer that rocked w/ Afghan Whigs

50. Kiss ‘Sonic __’

51. New Medicine “I can’t get free since you laid __”

52. ‘The Crimson Idol’ band

53. Prefix with phone, for portable voice amplifier to disperse crowd

54. Iron Maiden “If there’s __ why has He let me go?”

55. Britney Spears ‘I’m __ Girl, Not Yet A Woman’

56. Non-disclosure agreement

© 2023 Todd Santos

Todd’s new book Rock and Roll Crosswords Vol. 1 is available now on Amazon.

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Puzzle B Puzzle C Puzzle A NiTE SUDOKU
Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. See last week's puzzle answers on pg 41.
R&R answer from pg 44 of 7/06


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it’s a Dirty Job ...

But it wasn’t his job. Still, Beirut Report journalist Habib Battah got his hands dirty on a recent flight from Paris to Toronto, Canoe reported. “An hour into the transatlantic flight ... I kept smelling something gross and couldn’t figure it out,” Battah wrote on Twitter. While investigating, he discovered a large, “wet to touch” stain on the floor around his seat. The strap of his backpack, which was under the seat, was soaked in it, and a flight attendant only gave him some wipes to clean it up before “casually (noting) a passenger had hemorrhaged on a flight before ours,” Battah said. He said the Air France staff were shocked because a crew had removed the seats after the previous flight’s incident, but apparently hadn’t cleaned the bloody carpet. “This is not a customer service issue — it’s a BIOHAZARD,” Battah wrote. “There is fresh human blood on your aircraft.” Canoe, July 4


The Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Croydon, Australia, a private girls’ school, recently had egg on its face after drone footage captured the suggestive shape of a new garden bed on the campus, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on July 5.

The garden was designed by an architectural firm; a school staff member said that as they considered chairs for the garden, they “sent a drone up to take pictures. At a certain angle from up high, the garden ... took on a phallic shape which was unintended and unexpected. As a result, the architects made some alterations which were completed within 72 hours of the drone pictures.” One unidentified former student said, “The immediate response was laughter ... Photos have been circulating among the school as memes, saying ‘oh good morning’ and various kinds of jokes.” Sydney Morning Herald, July 5

What Could Go Wrong?

Alef Aeronautics has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the startup’s flying car, the Model A, to fly for purposes including research, development and exhibition, United Press International reported. The California company calls its invention a vehicle takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOL, which can drive and park like a normal car. While it is not certified (yet) for public road travel, the company says the FAA’s OK will place it closer to “bringing people an environmentally friendly and faster commute ... This is one small step for planes, one

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Chandler, Arizona, taxidermist Rachel Lewis, 38, has found her niche in the world of preserving dead animals: She makes piggy banks out of stillborn piglets. Metro News reported that Lewis, a former hairdresser, took a taxidermy class four years ago and just came up with the piggy bank idea in May. “Most of my specimens I get from local farms around me,” Lewis said. “I feel like they get to live a second life ... it’s kinda cool.” She called her process “labor-intensive,” involving hollowing out the insides and adding a pork ... er, cork plug. “I have a larger pig that I plan on doing as a piggy bank, too,” she said. She also hopes to make objects with jewelry boxes and “secret stash” compartments. Metro News, June 28


Michael Banks, 36, told Brevard County (Florida) sheriff’s deputies that he decided to go “car surfing” after he left a Home Depot store on July 5 in Merritt Island, Click Orlando reported. Banks allegedly climbed on top of a van, then jumped from it onto a Nissan truck, an SUV, a Jeep,

another SUV and a sedan, causing damage to each vehicle in the neighborhood of $1,000. He faces two counts of criminal mischief and was held at the county jail. Click Orlando, July 5

Recent Alarming Headline

Carol Dillin of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is trying to get to the bottom of a nighttime visitor that keeps banging on her back door, waking up her family. KFOR-TV reported on July 6 that Dillin’s security cameras have captured a flying object that may be a bat or a large moth; all of her attempts to block or scare the animal away, including plastic owls and a scarecrow, have failed. “I thought somebody was hitting baseballs against the house. Then it started sounding like basketballs,” Dillin said. Micah Holmes of the state wildlife department said his money is on a moth. “This is a good year for moths because it’s been pretty wet,” he said. “This is the time of year they’re out and trying to mate.” Meanwhile, Dillin has decided to take the ultimate step: “We have a guy coming Friday morning to give us an estimate” to close off the porch, she said.

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