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NOW The Music Hall’s Monthly Magazine

world's greatest

November 2013

party band!

Plus! Writers on a New England Stage

Patricia Cornwell Intimately Yours


Arc Iris The Piano Guys

Season sponsorS

New shows on sale! This month, our “First Saturday” on sale event for members is Saturday, November 2. The following NEW shows go on sale to members at 10am for walk-up, at noon for phone and internet sales. Get your tickets and enjoy refreshments! Tickets on sale to non-members Saturday, November 16 at noon.

Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series Arc Iris Fri. Dec. 6 • 8pm • Loft • $10 The orchestral folk project of Jocie Adams, singer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for her work with The Low Anthem. Accompanied by lush cello, trumpet, pedal steel, piano, and guitar arrangements, her songs wind the audience through the pages of fairy tales. Tickets on sale to members Sat., Nov. 2. On sale to non-members Sat., Nov. 9 at noon. Intimately Yours

The Piano Guys

Mon., March 24, 2014 • 7:30pm • Historic Theater • $68; $60; $35 Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. Their blend of classical music with pop has connected quietly but emotionally with a massive audience. ON SALE NOW! Community Partner Great Bay Academy of Dance Presents An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker Fri., Dec. 13 • 7pm Sat., Dec. 14 • 10am (abbreviated) 2pm, 7pm Sun., Dec. 15 • 11:30am (abbreviated), 2:30pm In its 26th season at The Music Hall, this family favorite is sure to enchant with the story of young Clara Goodwin and her heroic Nutcracker Prince.

ON SALE NOW! Community Partner Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Presents Family Holiday Pops Wed., Dec. 18 • 7:30pm Thurs., Dec. 19 • 7:30pm Historic Theater All your holiday favorites are here, with sing-alongs and special guests!

ON SALE NOW! Community Partner Goodwin Community Health Presents Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Wed., Feb. 12 • 7pm • Historic Theater A unique, exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world.

ON SALE NOW! Rental Partner Patrick Dorow Productions Presents 3rd Annual Home for the Holidays Fri., Dec. 6 • 7pm • Historic Theater A musical production featuring your favorite holiday songs performed by an all-star cast!

The Music Hall & Strawbery Banke Museum present a benefit for the music hall saturday, november 16, 2013 • 7:30pm see page 5 for more information Thank you to our sponsors Preservation Hall Jazz Band: A Creole Christmas Sat., Dec. 21

River House Restaurant LoMo Restaurant • Surf Sushi Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café • Serenity Café Agave Mexican Bistro Ristorante Massimo Buddha O • BRGR Bar 1


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Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth returns for its ninth year this December with candlelight strolls & holiday shows. The City of Portsmouth will again provide the free Vintage Christmas Trolley. Join us downtown and enjoy tax free shopping, galleries, restaurants, and the Market Square Carolers! New this year...Strawbery Banke Museum’s White Apron Café is open... Gingerbread House Contest moves to Discover Portsmouth... Pickwick’s Mercantile Vintage Christmas cart — on the street and at The Music Hall — filled with all things magical and nostalgic!

"Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Christmas Capital of America" - Travel and Leisure Get more with e-news - new shows, special deals, and updates!

Live on stage NOV

The Four Bitchin' Babes

the world's greatest party band!

Friday, November 1 • 8pm • $38; $32; $20 Hysterically chronicling the lives of this Baby Boomer generation the girls use their musical wacky viewfinder to honor the quirks and habits of men and women who (like the Babes) refuse to act their age! Make it a Girls Night Out! SERIES SPONSORS:

Chase Construction; Kennebunk Savings

THE B-52s

Tuesday, November 12 • 7:30pm • $77; $67 With over 20 million albums sold, there can be no doubt as to why the B-52s remain among the most beloved rock stars ever. Their timeless gems such as “Rock Lobster,” “Channel Z,” “Love Shack”, “Roam” and “Planet Claire” are unforgettable dance-rock tunes that always get the party going. SERIES SPONSORS:

EVENING SPONSOR: Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, P.A.

EVENING SPONSORS: Jenn Madden Realtors; Optima Bank & Trust; Whole Life Health Care; Clear Eye Photo

THE MAVERICKS Tuesday, November 19 • 7:30pm $48; $38 This genre busting band made fireworks when they first appeared and now with their new album In Time they are promising to once again set the music world on fire. Their Cuban-American vocalist Raul Malo, with a Roy Orbison voice, leads this country-rock band.


EVENING SPONSORS: Churchill’s Garden Center; Clear Eye Photo Like us on Facebook & follow us Twitter!

Innovation + Leadership:

Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Tuesday, November 5 • 6pm • Loft $12 includes house beverage New York Times commentator Michael P. Lynch and lawyer and privacy expert Trevor Hughes have a lively and thoughtful discussion on privacy, why it matters, and how to protect it.



Live on stage NOV

Singer Songwriter


Writers on a new england stage. JILL SOBULE Presented by The Music Hall & NH Public Radio

PATRICIA CORNWELL Thursday, November 14 • 7:30pm • Historic Theater • $13.25 Book: Dust ($28.95) For each 1-2 tickets sold, the purchase of a book voucher is required. Tickets not available online.

Sunday, November 17 • 7pm • $22 Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Plus, she sang “I Kissed a Girl” much more convincingly than Katy Perry.

The world’s #1 bestselling crime writer joins us with her new Kay Scarpetta novel. Don’t miss this rare evening with the author of such recent bestsellers as The Bone Bed, Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper—Case Closed. Special Note: A book signing will be held post-show for patrons that evening – free to members of The Music Hall or those who sign up for e-news to stay up-to-date on Music Hall events and author happenings. Writers on a New England Stage is a partnership between

Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech

Series Sponsors: Media Partner:

Presenting Sponsor:

Friday, November 8 & Saturday, November 9 • 8pm • Loft • $36 Take the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub and combine it with a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans! Includes Detroit native Derek Richards; Boston-born Mike McCarthy; Nova Scotia’s Damon Leibert; and from Inchicore, Ireland, Derrick Keane. For Mature Audiences Only.



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Saturday, November 23 • 8pm • $20 Reminiscent of greats like her grandfather Hank Williams Sr., Holly has an incredible gift for using the song to tell a story, pulling you in with her southern drawl and keeping you there with lyrics that create fully realized worlds.

Companion Bookstore: RiverRun Bookstore

Irish Comedy Tour


Holly williams

Chase Construction; Kennebunk Savings

THOMAS CAHILL Tuesday, November 12 • 6pm • Loft • $44.75 Includes reserved seat, book (Heretics and Heroes, $30.50, hardcover), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet

From this bestselling author comes another popular history focusing on the Renaissance and Reformation and how this innovative period changed the Western world. SERIES SPONSOR: EVENING SPONSOR: DTC Lawyers Donahue, Tucker & Ciandella, PLLC Get more with e-news - new shows, special deals, and updates!


Presented by

The Memorial Bridge Project and The Music Hall Present

Two Iconic Landmarks: A Celebration of the Memorial Bridge

Thursday, November 7 • 7pm • Historic Theater • A limited number of seats are available: $10 An evening of photos, films, awards and an expert panel discussion that will honor the old while cheering in the new. Plus, a glimpse at the technology behind the bridge and the people behind the technology. A panel discussion will follow the film. Photo: Bill Moore



PARTNERS: Daedalus, Inc.; Genesis Structures, Inc.; GM2 Associates, Inc.; Grace Limousine, LLC; Vital Design

A HIJACKING R • 99min • Denmark Nov. 2 @ 3pm & 7pm • Nov. 3, 5, 6 @ 7pm • Historic Theater

hd broadcasts

extraordinary cinema

A cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars, a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company and the pirates.

WADJDA PG • 98min • Saudi Arabia Nov. 9, 10, 13 @ 7pm • Historic Theater A Saudi girl signs up for her school's Koran competition to buy a bicycle in a society in which bikes are off-limits to girls. The first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia by a female Saudi filmmaker.

HAUTE CUISINE PG13 • 95min • France Nov. 20, 21 @ 7pm • Historic Theater A renowned chef (Catherine Frot) is astonished when the President (Jean d'Ormesson) appoints her as his cook. Her cooking seduces him, but the corridors of power are littered with traps.

ENOUGH SAID PG13 • 93min • US Nov. 22, 24 @ 7pm • Nov. 23 @ 3pm & 7pm • Historic Theater A divorced parent (Julia Louis Dreyfus) meets a sweet man (James Gandolfini). As their romance blossoms, she befriends a beautiful poet (Catherine Keener), who rags on her ex-husband.

THE SUMMIT PG13 • 120min • US Nov. 29, Dec. 1, 3 @ 7pm • Nov. 30 @ 3pm & 7pm • Historic Theater

Two who dared: The Sharp's War

NR • 76min • US

Sun., Nov., 10 @ 4pm • Historic Theater

Waitsill and Martha Sharp saved hundreds from Nazi persecution. Presented in affiliation with the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire. The filmmaker will introduce the film and will be present for conversation after the film. SERIES SPONSORS: Allergy Associates of NH; Calvert Investments; People's United Bank; Rudi's Portsmouth; 96.7 News Radio; NH Gazette;; RAM Printing

K2, in the Himalayas, takes the lives of one in four climbers. In 2008, 11 international climbers vanished into thin air. Watch for the climbers' firsthand footage, interviews and reenactments.

the met @ the music hall TOSCA (Puccini)

Sat., Nov. 9 @ 1pm • Historic Theater $27.50; $15 students Patricia Racette as the tempestuous Floria Tosca in Luc Bondy’s production of Puccini’s enduring favorite. SERIES SPONSORS: Tate and Foss Sotheby’s International Realty; New Hampshire Public Television

OPERA CONNECTION Sat., Nov. 9 @ 11:30am • Loft • $14 includes admission & light breakfast fare

Opera expert/writer-producer Dennis Neil Kleinman will lead a lively discussion on Tosca. National TheatRE of London HD Broadcast

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Sun., Nov. 17 @ 1pm • Historic Theater • $27.50; $15 students

Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production, with Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth. SERIES SPONSOR: New Hampshire Public Television EVENING SPONSOR: Stephen & Karin Barndollar See Calendar on page 6 for Show & Tell Discussions

EVOCATEUR: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

R • 90min • US

Thurs., Nov. 21 @ 7pm • Loft

Controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr.'s owns the title "Father of Trash Television." Director/Producer Seth Kramer will introduce the film and stay for conversation to follow. SERIES SPONSOR: Cocked Hat Ventures; RAM Printing; The Wire; WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio



be a part of music hall history... a benefit for the music hall saturday, november 16, 2013 • 7:30pm the music hall historic theater • 28 chestnut street, portsmouth, nh

Honor the past and look into the future

gourmet hors d’oeuvres. dj & live jazz band. dancing on stage. raffles. plus...the anniversary club at the loft! tickets: $85 each; $75 members tickets & more information:

thank you to our lead sponsor

our online auction is open nov. 1, including these exciting items and much more!

Three nights in Whitefish, MT

Wine from Jones Family Farms

Standup paddleboard lessons

Luxurious spa and salon relaxation

We have partnered with Global Wines, managers of prestigious wine clubs for The New York Times, Williams & Sonoma and Food & Wine to launch The Music Hall Wine Club! Participants will receive quarterly shipments of expertly selected wines from around the world, along with tasting notes and menu suggestions. And the best part — a portion of the proceeds goes to support The Music Hall. There's no better way to celebrate our 135th Anniversary Season than a toast with great wines! Anyone can join, and wine club membership also makes a great gift.* Visit for more information. *Federal and State laws exclude certain states for distribution.

Thank You to our Top Corporate Partners!

explore + Learn

According to Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis, who oversees the Explore + Learn program, “These two Master Classes had to be two of the best to date – it’s a pleasure to arrange these events and then witness such highly engaged, curious students full of questions for our visiting artists and authors.” Left: 23 students from Stratham’s Cornerstone School peppered author Bill Bryson with questions before his appearance at Writers on a New England Stage. 5 NOW

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Left: Comic Reggie Watts demonstrated his music processing rig on stage to 15 Portsmouth Music and Arts Center students. Get more with e-news - new shows, special deals, and updates!

NOV @ The Music hall

The Music Hall Wine Club launches this month! Visit




Wednesday Thursday



27 OCT







Historic Tour of The Music Hall 2pm

No Film Tonight

Film Matters Bully 7pm

Historic Tour of The Music Hall 5:30pm

Extraordinary Cinema The Hunt 7pm

Hilarity @ The Music Hall Four Bitchin' Babes 8pm

Historic Tour of The Music Hall 2pm

Extraordinary Cinema The Hunt 7pm


Community Partner Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Presents Beethoven 7, Bernstein & Shostakovich 3pm


No Film Tonight

Extraordinary Cinema The Hunt 7pm


Innovation + Leadership: Privacy in the Age of Big Data 6pm




Extraordinary Cinema A Hijacking 7pm

The Music Hall and The Memorial Bridge Project Present Two Iconic Landmarks: A Celebration of the Memorial Bridge 7pm

Rental Partner Teton Gravity Research: Way of Life 7:30pm

Extraordinary Cinema A Hijacking 7pm

Extraordinary Cinema A Hijacking 7pm

Box Office opens at 10am for member walk-up...

Extraordinary Cinema A Hijacking 3pm & 7pm


Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Irish Comedy Tour 8pm

Opera Connection: Tosca 11:30am The Met @ The Music Hall: Tosca 1pm Extraordinary Cinema Wadjda 7pm Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Irish Comedy Tour 8pm








Historic Tour of The Music Hall 2pm

No Film Tonight

Writers in the Loft Thomas Cahill 6pm

School Days Series: Junie B. Jones 9:30am & 11:30am

Writers on a New England Stage Patricia Cornwell 7:30pm

Intimately Yours The B-52s 7:30pm

Extraordinary Cinema Wadjda 7pm

Rental Partner Red Bull Media House and MSP Films presents: McConkey 8pm

The Crystal Ball






Extraordinary Cinema Haute Cuisine 7pm

Extraordinary Cinema Enough Said 7pm

Historic Tour of The Music Hall 2pm Extraordinary Cinema Enough Said 3pm & 7pm Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series Holly Williams 8pm

Film Matters Two Who Dared: The Sharp's War 4pm Extraordinary Cinema Wadjda 7pm




Community Partner Kent Stephens' STAGE FORCE The Play Reading Series: Race 7:30pm

Intimately Yours The Mavericks 7:30pm








Extraordinary Cinema Enough Said 7pm

Rental Partner Warren Miller's Ticket To Ride 8pm

Rental Partner Warren Miller's Ticket To Ride 6pm & 9pm

Rental Partner Warren Miller's Ticket To Ride 6pm & 9pm

Happy Thanksgiving!

Extraordinary Cinema The Summit 7pm

Historic Tour of The Music Hall 2pm

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Macbeth 1pm Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series Jill Sobule 7pm

Historic Tour of The Music Hall 5:30pm

Extraordinary Cinema Haute Cuisine 7pm

Wildcard Movie Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 7pm

Event Key: @ Music @ Historic hall Loft Theater Box Office/Historic Theater: 28 Chestnut Street The Loft: 131 Congress Street Like us on Facebook & follow us Twitter!

Extraordinary Cinema The Summit 3pm & 7pm

Historic Theater Box Office Hours: Monday - Saturday, noon - 6pm

Film tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Seniors 60+, Students & Military

Show & Tell discussion follows the film




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November '13 NOW  

The Monthly Magazine for The Music Hall, Portsmouth - November 2013 Edition.

November '13 NOW  

The Monthly Magazine for The Music Hall, Portsmouth - November 2013 Edition.