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A Dover photographer and Wrong Brain have teamed up for ACTxTEN, a local version of the women’s rights campaign “10 Actions for the First 100 Days.” Find out what it’s all about on p. 6.

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Women’s March inspires activism in Dover Local photographer teams with Wrong Brain for ACTxTEN Phoenix Mayet, a photographer from Dover, has launched her own local version of the women’s rights campaign “10 Actions for the First 100 Days.” She calls it ACTxTEN. “Community education, engagement, and empowerment are my goals. The ACTxTEN project is an opportunity for citizens to meet together in an inclusive and respectful atmosphere,” Mayet said. “10 Actions for the First 100 Days” commenced at the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21. The goal of the campaign is to protect legislation surrounding reproductive, civil and human rights through non-violent citizen activism projects. These projects will be held at random over the course of Trump’s first 100 days in office. Mayet used the basic tenets of this internationally recognized campaign to create ACTxTEN.

“ACTxTEN is designed to offer people a chance to engage in a conversation with one another and our leadership about issues of importance both nationally and locally,” Mayet said. “While we are using the actions outlined by the Women’s March, we seek to find ways to make them easy and accessible for participants.” Mayet has teamed with the non-profit art studio Wrong Brain in Dover to host her events. Wrong Brain works to help under-represented artists, writers and musicians in the Seacoast area by providing them a venue for events, exhibitions and community projects. Mayet has already hosted Acts 1 and 2 of her campaign at Wrong Brain. Act 1 was organized as a writing workshop in which participants wrote postcards to Senators requesting change in legislation, and Act 2

was an open discussion that focused on issues of national concern. “Rather than holding an organized huddle as outlined in the Women’s March campaign, we chose to open up the campaign by giving participants a chance to reflect on their own interests and ability to commit to creating change through a walk-in community brainstorming session,” Mayet said. Act 3 will be taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 28. This action will build from the discussions of the last meeting, but now participants will start planning how to spur positive change in local communities and in Washington, D.C. “As a group, we chose three main issues to work on going forward: reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ Rights, and — very exciting — an effort to build a bipartisan civic community-wide dialogue in which citizens can

come together and enjoy the diversity of our community and build positive connections between diverse groups. Everyone is welcome to attend.” — Molly Brown ACTxTEN events Acts will be released one by one over the course of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. You may find occasional updates on the campaign by visiting the events link on wrongbrain.net. All events are held at the Wrong Brain headquarters located at 1 Washington St., Suite 459 Dover. Act 3 - Tuesday, Feb. 28 5:30-7 p.m. (Planning Session) Act 4 - Tuesday, March 7 5:30-7 p.m. Act 5 - Tuesday, March 21 5:30-7 p.m. Act 6 - Thursday, March 30 5:30-7 p.m. Dates for the final four acts TBA.

“Growing More Radical with Age” lecture dates In addition to her ACTxTEN campaign, Mayet will offer lectures on the history of feminism at Wrong Brain during Women’s History Month. There is a suggested donation fee of $5 to $10 to attend. Visit wrongbrain.net for updates. Monday, March 6, 7-8:30 p.m.: The opening lecture, entitled, “The First Wave – The Origins

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By Rob Levey Cats and dogs are similar to people in that, in order to stay healthy and happy, they need to be active, social and well-fed — oh, and they need to get regular checkups, too. Local animal experts shared their advice on everything from exercise and play time to diet and vet visits.

Staying active

According to Dr. Tonya Boyle Brown of Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital, keeping your pet active is essential. “You want to schedule in time to play every day,” she said. “Make time each day and make a habit out of it.”

She said for some pets it may not be enough, though, to simply go outside and play, but it can be fun to figure out what gets them excited. “It could be a run on the beach or a just a walk,” Brown said. “You can also teach your dog or cat tricks, too. It can be very rewarding.” Brown noted that laser pointers are great for cats, and traditional games like tug of war and fetching a ball are generally excellent activities for dogs. Dr. Jody Kaufman of Brentwood Country Animal Hospital said it is important for people to consider their own preference for level of activity when deciding what kind of pet to get. With dogs, it’s


not enough to merely consider a particular breed. “You could get a dog from a particular line with so much energy and need for physical activity that it could make for an unsatisfactory pairing for those who do not have an active lifestyle,” she said. “You should talk to someone knowledgeable to help guide you with your choice.” For busy families, Brown said it is critical to consider the very practical time requirements that come with owning a dog or cat. “Keeping your pet mentally engaged and physically healthy is an important aspect to pet ownership,” she said. “The question really is, ‘How much time do you have to invest?’”

Eating healthy

Citing obesity as just as big a problem for dogs and cats as it is for humans, Kaufman acknowledged that healthy eating for pets can be complicated. “Food is love, but problems develop when there is too much of it without enough exercise,” she said. In evaluating the health of a pet, Kaufman said they assign a body condition score from 1 to 9. A score of 1 means the pet is emaciated, 9 is obese and 5 is ideal. “We help people understand the amount of calories appropriate for their pet,” she said. For pets that are overweight, arthritis

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is a big concern, as is diabetes, which is especially problematic for cats. “Cats are inclined to become diabetic,” Kaufman said. “It’s a huge life-changer.” As for what kind of food a pet should eat, Brown said she suggests high-quality name brands that have been approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. “AAFCO is an important voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies that ... regulate the sale and distribution of pet food,” she said. “When you get something with this seal on it, you have nutritionally complete food.” Brown said you also want to be sure you select food that is appropriate to the life stage of the pet, as dietary needs change through the course of time. “Older pets are prone to pancreatic issues. They can’t always handle as large a variety of food compared to when they are younger,” she said. “We actually see a lot of problems during the holidays when pets eat a lot of high fatty foods that are not easily digestible for them.” According to Brown, some people think that pet foods that contain chicken or other byproducts are inferior, but she said the reality is exactly the opposite. “The byproducts include bones and organs, which contain higher amounts of calcium, iron and other nutrients which are more nutritionally complete for the animal than just muscle,” she said. “Don’t be scared of byproducts — everything gets processed.” Brown said that others think a highquality pet food should be grain-free. But it is not necessary for all pets. “You simply want to pick a diet that works for your pet and stay with it — choose something that is safe for everyone in the family,” she said. For those who may be concerned about a pet food company that has had to issue

a recall, Brown suggests reframing the issue. “You want a pet food company that is big enough to be able to afford to test every batch of food for quality and consistency as well as problems like salmonella — that could lead to a recall,” she said. “While a recall of food does not sound like a good thing, you want a company big enough that can afford one. … Smaller brands may not test their food and cannot afford to order recalls.” If you have any questions about nutrition, Brown suggests talking to your vet. “We are extensively trained in nutrition and trained by boarded specialists,” she said. “Be wary of fads.” RAW OR UNDERCOOKED FOOD For those who feed their pet raw animalsource protein, Brown said the American Veterinary Medical Association discourages such practices. According to the AVMA website, “Cooking or pasteurization through the application of heat until the protein reaches an internal temperature adequate to destroy pathogenic organisms has been the traditional method used to eliminate pathogens in animalsource protein.” “There are a number of safety factors pet owners need to consider,” Brown said. AVMA guidelines include the following: Avoid feeding inadequately treated animal-source protein to cats and dogs Restrict cats’ and dogs’ access to carrion and animal carcasses (e.g., while hunting) Provide fresh, clean, nutritionally balanced and complete commercially prepared or home-cooked food to cats and dogs, and dispose of uneaten food at least daily Practice personal hygiene (e.g., handwashing) before and after feeding cats and dogs, providing treats, cleaning pet dishes, and disposing of uneaten food For more information, visit avma.org.

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“I can’t tell you how many dogs I have seen that have been attacked by another dog,” she said. “Socialization is very important.” Brown agrees and said that not all pets are alike, as some may enjoy dog parks more than others. She said age is also a factor. “Younger dogs might like dog parks, but not care so much as they get older,” she said. “Regular socialization is important, but it also depends what your dog enjoys.” On the Seacoast, Kaufman said, there are numerous organizations that offer training for pets, including a puppy socialization class at New Hampshire SPCA where puppies can learn how to interact. “There is a safety factor, too,” she said. “You don’t want a big dog jumping on others or scaring people while playing.” Brown also urged caution. “Make sure the activities are taking place in a safe location,” she said. “Don’t throw a ball or Frisbee into a street. People sometimes don’t think about it, but avoid things that can be ingested and get rid of frayed rope toys.”

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“What we train people to do is as soon as a dog does something, we mark that behavior by saying ‘yes’ or using a clicker,” he said. “We then give the reward — that click is what will earn it. The click helps to bridge that time. Eventually, the old behavior will lose its value.” If there is one takeaway for dog owners about behavior training, Weiler said it would be that dogs are more willing than any other species to work with us. Their behaviors simply need to be reinforced. “Everyone wants to get paid — the behaviors needs to be mutually reinforced,” he said. “What amazes me is that dogs are much more patient with us than we are with them. … They are incredibly forgiving.”

According to experts, annual checkups are critical for your pet’s health and well-being. “When you live with something every day, you might not notice smaller changes,” said Dr. Brown. “A vet can look for things like changes in the eyes or skin and hair. You might not notice subtle things that indicate disease.” In their annual checkups, routine lab work is recommended, as Brown said they look at kidney and liver values as well as blood proteins. They also conduct a urine analysis. “Protein in the urine is a silent killer and can cause kidney damage,” she added. “You want to catch these diseases early.” Heartworm is also an issue you want to catch early on in this region. Flea, tick and parasite control is another concern as is Lyme disease in Rockingham County, according to Kaufman. “This area is a hotbed for Lyme disease in dogs and people, but there are effective medicines on the market,” she said. Kaufman said another reason annual checkups are so important is that many conditions develop slowly and worsen especially as a pet ages. “As animals become middle-aged, they develop kidney problems and hormone problems, so yearly visits can really impact their quality of life,” she said. Other concerns for pets as they age include teeth and gum problems. “Dental disease is an indicator of kidney disease,” Kaufman said. For those who instead prefer to research

PROJECT PAWSITIVE Helping pets in need Founded in 2009 on the seacoast of New Hampshire, the Project Pawsitive Foundation is charged with a mission to renovate animal shelters and rescue facilities in critical need. For founder Jill Sullivan Grueter, a lifelong pet lover, there is nothing more important than saving the lives of our fourlegged friends. “The obstacle is that these animal shelters and rescues work tirelessly to save homeless, abused, and neglected animals, and so their money is focused on that mission rather than addressing a facility’s issues,” she said. “Small things, though, turn into big things and that means major issues like cracked waterlines and roofs on the verge of collapse.” Working to help animal shelters and rescues on the verge of structural collapse and closure, Sullivan Grueter said Project Pawsitive has given — or participated in — more than $600,000 worth of renovations locally and nationally. “That equates to helping over 10,000 shelter animals and counting,” she said. “It’s very exciting to make a difference.” 112915


One of the most exciting experiences for Sullivan Grueter, however, came last fall when her organization was featured on TV as part of Pet Nation Renovation on Animal Planet. “I was honored when they asked Project Pawsitive to be the animal shelter renovation experts of their two-part special,” she said. “They had seen Project Pawsitive’s work on our YouTube channel and knew they needed a team that was accomplished in this area.” The first was BARK in Ashland, Virginia, with the second at Michigan Animal Rescue League in Pontiac, Michigan. “I loved every second of it, because I was able to be completely in my element,” she said. “I was totally present for all of it. When we revealed the renovations to the volunteers, I felt their emotions right along with them. There is no better feeling for me than to provide these life-changing renovations for the beautiful animals and the volunteers who save them. I truly feel that’s why I’m here.” To learn more about Project Pawsitive, or to find out how to get involved, visit projectpawsitive.com.

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issues on the internet, Brown suggests turning to veterinary university websites. She noted many publicly run websites contain misinformation. “I want my pet owners to be informed, so I think it is great they are doing their own research,” she said. “I just want it to be from a reputable source. … If the information they are getting is not good information, it still helps me understand their baseline of knowledge.” Ultimately, online information should not replace a trip to the vet. “If you are worried something may be wrong with your pet, trust your instincts and see your veterinarian,” Dr. Brown said. “You can also seek a specialist — you don’t need a referral.”

Choosing a pet

For Project Pawsitive founder Jill Sullivan Grueter, choosing a pet can be broken down into a three-step process.

Step 1: Visit a local shelter and talk with volunteers and staff members to determine what type of animal will be happiest in your home. Step 2: Take time to learn how to properly care for the animal you are looking to adopt. “A local shelter or rescue is also an amazing resource,” Sullivan Grueter said. “I also suggest a person or family volunteer their time walking dogs, cleaning litter boxes, and really getting a full grasp on the responsibility required to properly care for a pet.” Step 3: “Make sure you and your family can commit to a new pet. It is so important to provide proper nutrition and exercise every day as well as medical care for your new pet,” Sullivan Grueter said. “Talk with the volunteers and staff at the shelter and ask them to break down the cost of owning a pet, too. … They are living, breathing, feeling creatures who love unconditionally and we need to honor that and not take that commitment lightly.”

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At the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham for most of the past year, Tanner is an 8-year-old American pit bull mix whose prior owner became homeless. “At first, she was confused and scared to have lost the only home she ever knew,” said New Hampshire SPCA Direc-

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tor of Development and Marketing Sheila Ryan. “She was also not feeling well physically and tested positive for heartworm disease.” After weeks of treatment, Tanner made a full recovery and was adopted last summer. Due to a change in the owner’s job and availability, she was returned just a few months later. “She was left alone for more than 15 hours a day,” she said. “She’s a sweet older gal that just wants to be near you and have people around that will show her love.” According to Ryan, Tanner will have to be the only animal in her home and she must go to an adults-only home. “Like all the animals available for adoption here, she is spayed, microchipped and up to date on all her shots,” she said. For more information on Tanner or any animal available for adoption, visit nhspca.org.

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According to Lincoln Street School fifth-graders Ava Welch and Ava Garrity, everyone has definitely got talent, which served as the impetus behind their creation of Exeter’s Got Talent last fall. Handling nearly every detail in planning the event, which drew a crowd of 150 people, both girls expressed surprise that an idea they hatched during a sleepover led to something “so magical.” “We didn’t know if anyone would show up,” Welch said. “We borrowed a sound speaker, judges were former teachers, and the whole lawn was full — it was really awesome. It surprised us.” A talent show designed to showcase the talents of kids, Exeter’s Got Talent will return on March 18 during the TEAM Winter Kids Festival at the Exeter Area YMCA. “We are looking forward to it — it will be a lot of fun,” said Garrity, who said they are hoping for approximately 30 participants. “There will be singing, dancing, instrument-playing and more. Last year, we had magic, too.” For Welch’s mom, Jen, it was an incredible experience to see all the planning by the girls work out so successfully. Admitting she was nervous leading up to the event, she said both girls received incredible support from the community. “We had some help from former teachers checking contestants in and judging,” she said. “By the time the event started, I was amazed to see just how many people showed up. I was so proud watching the process of this idea come to fruition. I think it demonstrated how at their young age you can really make something special happen

when you put your mind and energy into something.” Ava also expressed gratitude at the support from the community. “We got donations from local businesses,” she added. “We went downtown and asked if we could put up flyers. Some gave us some gift cards for prizes. It was great.” Both girls also elected to turn the event into a fundraiser, as $200 was donated to End 68 Hours of Hunger, which directly helped students in the school district. This year, they may add Womenade as a beneficiary. “Stores let us place donation jars to help the cause,” Garrity said. “They were very generous.” Both girls said they have also received encouragement and support from TEAM, an Exeter-based initiative of the nonprofit Arts Industry Alliance. “Scott from TEAM said he might be able to give the winner some studio recording time,” Welch said. “He said he’d help tell people about the event. He thinks it’s cool.” In looking ahead at this year’s show, both girls expressed excitement as well as the hope that kids will feel confident enough to sign up. “Everyone has a talent in something,” Garrity said. “People are scared to show them off, so this is a chance to do that.” Jen Welch added, “It’s been a great confidence-booster for the girls, too.” For more information about Exeter’s Got Talent, visit facebook.com/exetersgottalent. — Rob Levey


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store. This behavior tends to annoy the drivers stuck behind Priuses. Especially the guys in Porsches, who just spent 80 grand so they could speed from stoplight to stoplight. I’m actually OK with you ticking off those guys. The problem is that you’re not doing yourself or your car any good by lifting off the gas pedal on a hill. You’re giving up whatever momentum you had, and since it takes more energy to get a car up to speed than it does to keep a car at speed, you’re wasting gasoline by slowing down and then speeding up. While lifting off the gas pedal on a flat surface may kick the Prius into electric mode, that won’t happen when you’re going up a hill. You have a continually variable transmission (CVT) in the Prius. The way a CVT works is that it uses belts that travel up and down a set of cones to create an infinite number of gear ratios. Traditional automatics, like the ones on the cars you used to drive, have a fixed number of set gear ratios. So theoretically, with a traditional automatic, the ideal ratio for your car at a certain moment could be in

between two of the fixed ratios. And in that case, by lifting off the gas pedal, you might be able to force it to upshift — at least temporarily. This was a trick used by cheapskates the world over, including my late brother. And in all his years of driving, it might have saved him a 50th of a mile per gallon. A CVT, on the other hand, will instantly, and constantly, find the ideal ratio for whatever your car needs at any moment. So there’s no need for — and no benefit to — trying to manipulate it while it’s operating with gasoline. So drive gently, and try not to cause any more road rage than necessary, Paul. Dear Car Talk: I have a 1999 S-10 Chevy Blazer with four-wheel drive. I wish I had found one without the 4WD. I never use the 4WD, and it simply uses up gasoline due to the added weight and the added friction. How difficult and expensive would it be to remove all of that weight-and-resistance-generating stuff from a Blazer, and turn it into a rear-wheel-drive-only Blazer? (I know you’re gonna tell me to go buy a new frontwheel-drive something instead ... please don’t!) Thanks. — Bob

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Beer week celebration showcases Seacoast brews Since it started in 2009, Portsmouth Beer Week has expanded from eight to more than 45 events. What was a four-day-long craft beer celebration in honor of Portsmouth Brewery’s Kate the Great Day is now a 10-day allinclusive community affair. “The concept [of Portsmouth Beer Week] is to showcase the local breweries, local restaurants and bars and that they have a lot to offer,” Portsmouth Beer Week co-founder Sean Jansen said. “Each year there’s always some big change happening, something that’s new and different that hasn’t happened yet. Jansen said he’s particularly excited for the Seacoast Brew Fest, which kicks off the week. “It’s a very unique event,” Jansen said. “There will be 30 different breweries there Special events • Seacoast Beverage Lab Podcast live with special guests author Randy Baril and Jacks Abby co-founder Jack Hendler, Mon., Feb. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Coat of Arms • James Gilmore, live music, Mon., Feb. 27, 6 to 9 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings • Magic Hat Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl, Tues., Feb. 28, 5 p.m., start at Fat Belly’s, Thirsty Moose, RiRa or TJ’s • Throwback Thursday Cask Takeover, Prohibition-themed party featuring casks and food pairings, Thurs., March 2, 7 p.m. to midnight, Coat of Arms • Kona Hawaiian Island Night, Fri., March 3, 8 p.m., Blue Mermaid • Passport 2 Portsmouth!, self-guided tavern tour, Sat., March 4, starts between 1 and 2 p.m., Thirsty Moose • Bock Fest, Sat., March 4, 2 to 6 p.m., Liars Bench Beer Co. • Liar’s Bench Cornhole Tournament, Sun., March 5, 2 to 5 p.m., Coat of Arms • 80s Ski Party with Samuel Adams, Fri., March 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., RiRa • Two Roads Brewing RCV Race, Fri., March 3, 7 p.m., Thirsty Moose

and it’s a more intimate space. There’s a limited amount of tickets we can sell because the space is much smaller than the typical beer fest. … It gives you an opportunity to connect directly with the brewery reps and brewmasters who are hosting at the tables.” Throwback Brewery of North Hampton will participate in a few collaborative events to celebrate Portsmouth Beer Week. On Feb. 26 and March 5 from noon to 7 p.m., the brewery will offer a special menu of hand-crafted Chef’s Whim hors d’oeuvres paired with a selection of Throwback Brewery’s craft beers. “We love participating in Portsmouth Beer Week,” said Nicole Carrier, co-founder and president of Throwback Brewery. “It’s the best of what owning a brewery is about — collaboratively working with restaurants and other brewers to create fun and memorable events for people that love beer as much as we do.” Throwback’s biggest event, the Beer, Cheese, & Chocolate Dinner, happens March 1. Five courses will be served that Meals & pairings • Smuttynose Hotter than Hell Brunch, $45, Sun., Feb. 26, noon, Blue Mermaid • Monday Night Raw Bar, oyster/beer pairings with WWE wrestling theme, Mon., Feb. 27 and March 6, 6 p.m., Jumpin Jays • Bad Lab restaurant pop up, Mon., Feb. 27, 5 to 9 p.m., Moxy • Tuckerman’s Beer & Burger Combo Night, Mon., Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Fat Belly’s • Dip Fest, dip pairing with Earth Eagle and Smuttynose, Tues., Feb. 28, 5 to 7 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings • Taps, Tapas & Taco Night, featuring Long Trail and Otter Creek, Tues., Feb. 28, 6 p.m., The Kitchen • Bad Lab Beer Cocktail & Cigar Pairing, Wed., March 1, time TBA, Federal Cigar • Sam Adams Beer & Wing Flight Night, Thurs., March 2, 6 to 10 p.m., Fat Belly’s • Brunch with Newburyport Brewing, Sun., March 5, 11:30 a.m., Thirsty Moose

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showcase pairings of beer, cheese and chocolate. The event has run annually for the last five years and never fails to sell out, Carrier said. Portsmouth’s Smuttynose Brewing Company will join the Portsmouth Beer Week festivities with a full schedule of events. To kick things off, Smuttynose will attend The Official-Unofficial Kick Off Party at Whym Craft Beer Cafe to pour Smuttlabs India Schwarzbier on Feb. 24. “Portsmouth is where it all started for Smuttynose,” said Egelston. “Being a part of Portsmouth Beer Week is a great opportunity to showcase our roots, and to continue to be a part of the community that’s been such an important part of our growth and success.” Bad Lab Beer Co. from Somersworth will use Portsmouth Beer Week to feaSeacoast Winter Brew Fest When: Saturday, Feb. 25, general admission noon to 3 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m.; VIP sessions 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 to 8 p.m. Where: Portsmouth Gas Light Co., 64 Market St., Portsmouth Cost: General admission $50, VIP $75 Visit: seacoastwinterbrewfest.com

ture its core brands of Pale Ale, IPA, and Double IPA as well as its Belgian Witbier and Scotch Ale, and its collaboration with Liar’s Bench, a hefeweizen. Bad Lab’s biggest event of the week will be a Bad Lab pop-up restaurant at Moxy on Feb. 27. Head Chef Evan Hennessey will serve up dishes from Bad Lab’s restaurant menu. Bad Lab’s beers will be featured on tap at Moxy and suggested beer pairings will be made to complement the menu. “Bad Lab loves participating in events like Portsmouth Beer Week because, for us, it’s important to stay involved with our local community,” said Tiffany Puza of Bad Lab. “We really enjoy collaborating with other businesses and neighbors, and spending more time with our fans and future Bad Lab drinkers. It’s a time for all of us to share a few beers, have a bunch of fun, and strengthen all of those relationships.” — Nicole Kenney Portsmouth Beer Week When: Saturday, Feb. 25, through Monday, March 6 Where: Various Portsmouth-area breweries, bars and restaurants Visit: portsmouthbeerweek.com

TAPPINGS & TASTINGS • Sour Sunday, featuring rare sour beers, Sun., Feb. 26, all day, Thirsty Moose • Lord Hobo, tasting, Sun., Feb. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, Prost • Lord Hobo, Consolation Prize tapping, Sun., Feb. 26, noon, WHYM Craft Beer Cafe • Kegs, Dart Legs, & Scotch Eggs Night, featuring Stoneface, Sun., Feb. 26, 2 to 5 p.m. • Rare Beer Night, Mon., Feb. 27, 5 p.m., Thirsty Moose • A Night With Three Breweries, featuring Garrison City, Neighborhood Beer and Hidden Cove, Tues., Feb. 28, 5 p.m., Row 34

• IPA Night, Tues., Feb. 28, 6 p.m., Blue Mermaid • The Goose is Loose, Goose Island tasting, Tues., Feb. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., Coat of Arms • Apples + Yeast, cider tasting, Wed., March 1, 6 p.m., Row 34 • North Country Barrel-Aged Cider Extravaganza, Wed., March 1, 5 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings, • Harpoon Night, Wed., March 1, 5 to 9 p.m., Fat Belly’s • New England Cask Night, Wed., March 1, 6 to 9 p.m., Coat of Arms • East Coast Meets West Coast, Ameri-


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Room • Funky Friday, featuring sours and barrel-aged beers, Fri., March 3, 5 p.m., Earth Eagle Brewings • Allagash Night, Fri., March 3, 6 to 9 p.m., Coat of Arms • Founders KBS Tapping, Sat., March 4, 11:30 a.m., Coat of Arms • Redhook/Kona Tap Takeover, Sat., March 4, 7 p.m. to midnight, Thirsty Moose • Smuttlabs Stallion Tapping, Sat., March 4, 7 p.m., Coat of Arms • Original Gangsters, featuring Europeanstyle beers, Mon., March 6, 5 p.m., Row 34

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Out to eat

How to choose wine for your dinner Since wine and food naturally go together, I often enjoy a glass of wine when I go out to eat. Of course, being the wine columnist, I am often tasked with choosing the wine if we are sharing a bottle, whether it is for my boyfriend and me or a larger group. How do I do this? Here are some tips. You know when you sit down at a restaurant and the first thing they usually ask you is what you would like to drink? If you don’t know what you are eating yet, it can be tough to choose a wine. So take your time; don’t feel rushed to pick something just because the waiter or waitress is asking. Just mention that you would like to take a few minutes to look over the wine list. Some restaurants have extensive wine lists and only have some wines by the glass versus the bottle. For me, wine selection is one of the most important parts of my meal, so I like to take my time. If I am choosing a bottle for two or more of us, I ask everyone what they will be eating, as this usually dictates whether I choose red or white. I am always one to say food and wine pairings are guides rather than hard and fast rules, but red meat and red wine usually pair well together, while chicken, pork and seafood pair better with white. Of course, this all depends on the dish. Some restaurants provide food pairing suggestions on their menus, and you can always ask the waiter what he or she recommends if you cannot make a decision. In addition to what food I will be eating, there are a few other factors that influence my decision. Honestly, one of them is price. Bottles of wine at restaurants are typically marked up about 1.5 times what you pay in the store. If there is a wine I really want to try or one I know that I like already, I am willing to pay for it. This desire to try new wines also helps guide my choice. If a wine on the list catches my eye and I have never tried it before or it sounds intriguing, I will be willing to pay for it as well.

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Wine descriptions can be helpful when you are choosing a wine to pair with food. I never used to appreciate or even read them, until I really became interested in wine. Sometimes they sound written by – and for – a sommelier and not a regular person sitting down to dinner. But if you know that you don’t like certain flavors or qualities (spice, tannins, chocolate, a long finish) then you will want to choose something else. Where a wine is from can also help influence a decision. For example, I do not like California chardonnay due to the oaky and buttery nature of it, so I will not choose that at a restaurant. However, if I see Italian chardonnay, I know it is unoaked and something that I will like. I will also mention that you are not tied to just red or white. If a larger group is sharing wine, sometimes the meal will start with sparkling wine, followed by a glass of red with the meal. Some people choose one wine to have with their entrée and then a dessert wine, such as port, with a dessert or on its own. Again, I think these are just general guidelines and not rules that cannot be broken based on personal tastes and preferences. If you get stuck and the waiter or waitress has suggested multiple wines, ask for a small taste before ordering. Wines only by the bottle cannot be tasted, so choose a wine available by the glass and then let your palate decide. — Stefanie Phillips

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Hosker-Bouley’s latest at West End Studio Theatre Next up for local company Carpe Diem his entire living situation. His brother, who Inc. is the New Hampshire premiere of is married to his wife’s sister, resides next Not Last Night … But the Night Before! door, and both mothers live close by too. by George Hosker-Bouley. It’s on the West “It’s an Everybody Loves Raymond kind End Studio Theatre stage Feb. 24 and stars of scenario. We’re all at each other’s housthe author himself. es and in each other’s lives,” said Meg If you know Seacoast theater, you Oolders, one of the show’s cast members, probably know or have at least heard of via phone. Hosker-Bouley. He writes and producColin has always wanted to live a life es original plays for the Portsmouth stage of adventure, and since he can’t in the real every year and is the brains behind the world, he does so by writing a spy novannual Dickens of a Christmas play at the el set during the German occupation in Old Salt Restaurant in Hampton and the France. The one problem is that Colin’s Portsmouth Underbelly Tour, among many, fictional characters are interfering with his many other theater ventures. Last year, he real life. was involved in 19 different shows. Dispersed among the action are tunes Hosker-Bouley wrote his first plays from the period, like “It Had to Be You,” more than 25 years ago because, as an “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Louise” and “You actor, he couldn’t find parts that interest- Made Me Love You,” and in leading roles ed him anymore. are Oolders, Hosker-Bouley plus some new “By the time I had gotten to be 27, 28 and familiar faces to Carpe Diem, includyears old, I had ing Katy Hunt, done The Sound of Anne Rehner, Carol Music six times. I Seely, Norm Smith had done My Fair and Ken Stiles. Lady and OklahoOolders has ma and Arsenic and known HoskOld Lace,” Hosker-Bouley since er-Bouley said via the second grade, phone last week. when she was cast At the time, his as a lullaby league narratives were singer in Hampunusual for local ton Centre School’s theater, with flamproduction of The boyant, gay and of Oz. She GEORGE HOSKER-BOULEY Wizard transgender charcontinued to work acters and plot with him throughlines that pushed boundaries and buttons. out high school and college in Prescott Admittedly, things are a little different Park productions, which he ran as its execnow. utive and artistic director for 13 years, and “I had to move to Massachusetts to mar- his originals. ry my husband 10 years ago, so things Hosker-Bouley said working as a Portshave changed a lot. I think now everything mouth Herald reporter for over a decade is open. Everybody writes about every- was helpful in his development as a plaything. There are no boundaries anymore,” wright — it taught him to write tight and Hosker-Bouley said. fast — and so was his experience internBut he still likes to write original work, ing at the Hampton Playhouse as a teen history being one of his favorite topics, and and 20-something. Oolders said she enjoys Not Last Night … But the Night Before! performing in his plays because he frebrings viewers back to World War II. It fol- quently writes stories to fit the actors he lows Colin Ryerson, a suburban husband wants to work with. Plus, “He’s very good unhappy in his marriage — and actually, at comedy,” she said. Hosker-Bouley said the comedy writing Not Last Night … But the Night is something he works hard at. One reaBefore! son he joined Facebook was to regularly post “bad puns.” He takes pride in the fact Where: West End Studio Theatre, 959 he never uses a joke more than once. The Islington St., Portsmouth cornier and more ridiculous, the better. When: Feb. 24-March 12, Fridays and “I specifically put one joke in every Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., show I’ve ever had that is so incredibly plus a special matinee performance Saturday, March 11, at 4 p.m. awful that unless people groan and almost Tickets: $20 boo, I don’t feel as if I’ve succeeded,” he Contact: 978-683-7745 said, laughing. — Kelly Sennott

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fortable with in the studio. I think you get better results than just playing what you know all the time.” The new record features a Muscle Shoals vibe, with a big horn section and deep grooves. It’s a slight departure for the Memphis Blues Challenge winner, who also has four Maple Blues Awards and a Juno nomination in his trophy cabinet. When it’s just Andersen and his guitar onstage, though, he doesn’t bemoan a lack of side musicians. “I don’t think about it too much, actually, because all of the songs are written for the guitar,” he said. “A couple of years ago I toured with a 10-piece band, which was a lot of fun, but that’s like giving things away. In the studio, all the ideas you have in your head can actually come to life in the song. … It’s really a luxury.” After a month-long swing through the

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At the close of Matt Andersen’s superb 2016 album Honest Man, there’s a track that speaks to any musician trying to get through to an audience. Co-written with fellow Canadian tunesmith Donovan Woods, “One Good Song” likens performing to “a junkie just lookin’ to score,” as Andersen proclaims that sacrifice for the sake of audience connection is always justified. “I’ll give it all away from the edge of the stage,” Andersen croons. “Just give me one good song.” It is an ethos that the bearlike, soulful Andersen has lived since quitting his job making Pizza Pockets in New Brunswick to be a full-time musician over a decade ago. “It’s the rabbit in front of the greyhound, the hunt, what we love doing,” he said in a recent phone interview. “We don’t go on the road because we love eating horrible sandwiches at gas stations or going on drives in the middle of the night in bad weather. The payoff is the stage, for sure.” An inveterate road warrior, Andersen plays hundreds of shows a year, sometimes with his band but more frequently solo, like the upcoming appearance at Stone Church in Newmarket on Feb. 25. He made Honest Man with famed producer Commissioner Gordon (Carlos Santana, Amy Winehouse), who persuaded him to use beats for the first time. There are no plans, though, to augment his stage show with canned rhythm. “I haven’t got my head around doing that just yet; if you’re going to play solo, play solo. I’m a purist that way,” he said. “But I love doing things that I’m not overly com-


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