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Pizza pizza Welcome to the special pizza issue of the Scene. Everyone loves pizza and we have plenty of suggestions in this week’s issue. You will want to keep this issue close by so when you’re craving Larry Marsolais pizza, you’ll know where to go. Check out the story starting on p. 8, and the pull-out map on pages 24 and 25. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, a special day for those who had family members in the various wars, battles and conflicts over the decades. Memorial Day was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any

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war or military action. The holiday started in the aftermath of the American Civil War when veterans from the Northern Army created Decoration Day. This day was originally designed to honor those who died in the Civil War between the North and South. However, it became a fully celebrated day in the North only two decades later. A couple decades after this, the rest of the expanding country of the United States of America adopted it as well. Today, Memorial Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the whole U.S.A. It is also traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. Perhaps you can reach out to those you know who served our country and just say thanks. As always, I would love to hear from our readers. Feel free to call me anytime at 603-935-5096 to discuss local issues or to place an ad. Larry Marsolais is the general manager of the Seacoast Scene and the former president of the Hampton Rotary Club.

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Pizza from the Chop Shop in Seabrook. Courtesy photo.

COMMUNITY

6 Events from around the community

COVER STORY

8 Pizza party

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NITE LIFE

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BEACH BUM FUN

40 Puzzles, horoscopes and crazy news

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May 18 - 24, 2017

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The Players’ Ring has two shows left of its production of The 21st Century Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The next one is Thursday, May 25. The Scene talked to the stars on p. 34.

Check out Exeter’s first Music & Arts Festival Saturday, May 20. Find out which musicians will play live and which artists will be on hand on p. 27.

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Help fight cancer at Hampton Beach Created as a way to help people who have been touched by cancer honor their loved ones, Kites Against Cancer is a festive event meant to remember lives well-lived, says Dan Raposa, advancement director at Exeter Hospital. Kites will fly for the ninth annual event on Sunday, May 21, at Hampton Beach. Hosted by Exeter Hospital, Kites Against Cancer will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Oceanfront Pavilion. “Something really great is that everyone gets to feel that tug on the kite from the wind, and how you want to interpret that tug is a matter of personal choice,” Raposa said. “For me, it’s just the way life goes sometimes. Some tugs are harder to deal with than others, but you get through it.” Community members are encouraged to get involved in this festive day by purchasing a kite for $10 to benefit the Beyond the Rainbow Fund. On the day of the event, participants will have the option of decorating kites with pictures, messages and drawings. The kites are then flown over the beach in memory of those lost to cancer or in honor of those who have battled the disease and survived. Carrie Shaw, advancement officer at Exeter Hospital and organizer of the event, said she was inspired to create the event after attending a smaller cancer benefit

back in 2004 and seeing the potential for a larger community day in Hampton. “It had been such a positive, uplifting event, and I thought that it had the potential to grow and bring something positive to the community, both for community purposes and healing purposes for those who are facing cancer and who have loved ones lost to cancer,” Shaw said. Funds raised through Kites Against Cancer will benefit The Beyond the Rainbow Fund, a project founded in 2002 by Shaw’s sister, Anne-Marie Viviano, who later died from cancer. The fund has been managed by Exeter Hospital since 2008, and it is aimed at benefitting patients at Exeter Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and their families with financial assistance and other forms of support for the challenges of daily life that come with a cancer diagnosis. Support for The Beyond the Rainbow Fund has grown over the years, and Kites Against Cancer attracts more and more families every year. “The biggest impact for me has been seeing how the event has grown and seeing the families and individuals who look forward to this event and see it as part of their healing process,” Shaw shared. “To see everybody come together for this one cause and to see what it truly means to people makes the day uplifting and positive.”

Above and below, photos from past Kites Against Cancer events. Courtesy photos.

In addition to kite decorating and flying, Kites Against Cancer will offer face painting, music, raffles and refreshments. A Zumba class will be offered to attendees at 11 a.m. and the dedication ceremony will begin at noon, with former Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo performing in honor of those touched by cancer. For those hoping to participate but who cannot attend, virtual kites are available for purchase. For every virtual kite purchased, the organizers of the event will include a note of honor for specific individuals on the larger kites that will be flown during the event. Along with the kites flown by the community, members of the Kites Over New England organization usually attend the

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event and fly their large kites to contribute to the atmosphere. Members of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center will also return to the event this year with their “Everyday Amazing” mobile, which encourages attendees to share what “everyday amazing” means to them and to share the name of an amazing individual in their lives. — Rebecca Walker

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One of the most iconic American dishes, pizza is well-represented in dozens of places along the Seacoast of southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. From thick crust to thin, traditional red sauce to garlic butter, pepperoni to locally sourced mushrooms, there is no shortage of local eateries with incredible pizza. We talked to just a handful of them; if you have a favorite pizza joint on the Seacoast, send an email to editor@seacoastscene.net and we might feature it in a future edition.

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At Logan’s Run, pizza is one of the most popular items on their menu. Their Buffalo Chicken Pizza is their most popular, according to owner Scott Logan. “It’s one of our specialty pizzas and has a little bit of a kick to it,” he said. “We use Frank’s Red Hot and honey, so it’s sweet and spicy.” Featuring buffalo tenders, red onion and jalapeños, the Buffalo Chicken Pizza is available in 12-inch or 16-inch. Logan’s Run also serves calzones. “We take a 12-inch pizza dough and fold it over with fresh ricotta, homemade marinara, a little bit of pizza cheese and whatever toppings you want inside it,” Logan said. He said they oil the top of their calzones and sprinkle them with Parmesan cheese in addition to providing extra marinara sauce as a dip. A sampling of other specialty pizzas at Logan’s Run includes White Pizza (garlic, olive oil and sliced tomato), Hawaiian Pizza (fresh ham and pineapple), BBQ Chicken Pizza (grilled chicken, barbecue sauce, red onion and bacon) and Steak Bomb (shaved steak, green pepper, white onion, mushrooms and salami). “We have good pies here,” Logan said. “We keep things simple and use only fresh ingredients — our customers really seem to like it.”

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In addition to “simple quality ingredients” and hand-stretching their dough, Logan said the other key to their success is how the pizza is baked. “The oven gets up to 750 degrees — we cook the pizza on the screen and then we hit it right on the stone for about 10 or 15 seconds,” he said. “Having the slate and stone has a big impact on the flavor.”

Chop Shop Pub & Grub, Seabrook

Breakfast pizza at the Chop Shop Pub & Grub. (Left) Pizza by Chop Shop. Courtesy photos.

At Chop Shop Pub & Grub, owner Bill Niland said they offer everything from a Taco Lovers to a Meat Lovers pizza, but he expressed particular fondness for a Breakfast Pizza based on a western omelet. “It has bacon, ham, breakfast sausage, peppers and onions with mozzarella on it,” he said. “Instead of a red sauce, it has eggs. It’s great and perfect for that late night snack on the weekends.” As for how they make their pizzas at Chop Shop, Niland said they do everything “old-school,” which includes hand-spinning the pizza and cooking it in a stone

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oven. Their pizzas are currently 24 inches, but he’s looking to offer a 32-inch pizza. “I’m just trying to find the screen to go underneath it,” Niland said. A screen is placed underneath the pizza while it cooks and is removed at the very end. “You finish it on the stone,” he said. Other varieties include Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, Hawaiian and Loaded (onions, peppers, mushrooms, hamburger, sausage and pepperoni). “Our pizzas remind me of my favorite style of pizza when I grew up,” Niland said. “I remember watching the guy spinning the dough high up in the air. There is nothing fancy here — just top-grade cheese and absolutely no grease on it with a sauce that has a sweet tang to it.”

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Open since June 2015, M&Y Brick Oven Pizzeria features hand-tossed pizzas that owner Yianni Papantonakis said take people to the neighborhoods of New York City. “Our pizzas here are in the New York style — we hand-stretch the dough until it is ultra-thin and then it goes in our brick oven,” he said. “We don’t put our pizzas on a screen, though. We put the pizzas directly in the oven.” He said this method of baking a pizza pie infuses a unique flavor directly into the crust itself. He said it also means he or his cooks must keep their “mental clocks” ticking at all times. “We give it about three minutes on one end and then give it a 180-degree spin,” he said. “When you are doing 400 pizzas on a Friday, you need to know what you are doing and do it quick.” Noting native New Yorkers often remark that his pizzas more closely approximate pizza from their home than any other

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place, Papantonakis said water is what distinguishes their unique taste. “Their tap water comes right out of the Hudson,” he said. “For some reason, it has just the right minerals and nutrients and right combination of whatever is in there to make the best dough. … I’m always proud to hear someone from New York say we have the pizza that tastes like back home.” As for why he got into the pizza-making business, he cited a love for all things pizza that began when he was a boy growing up in Boston. “These guys brought their recipes from Italy,” he said. “One of our local pizza shops in Jamaica Plain, Papa Ginos — actually the original Papa Ginos but very different back then — we grew up there getting these 18-inch pizzas. They would slap it into a wax paper and we would walk home and eat it. … I loved it.” Papantonakis said the two owners of that first Papa Ginos ended up parting ways, with one taking the name and starting what is known as the national pizza chain today; the original place remains open with a different name. “It’s called Same Old Place, and they still do the same style of pizzas today,” Papantonakis said. Each one of M&Y’s gourmet varieties tends to remain equally popular, he said, including their Sausage Caramel. It features mozzarella cheese, sweet Italian


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Grilled pizza is a fun and easy way to do pizza at home in the summer. Here is a basic recipe by Gabrielle Leone, owner of Olive Branch Personal Chef Service, which serves the entire greater Seacoast region. She suggests three different ways to top the pizza: Squash Blossom & Basil; Kale, Ricotta & Farm Egg; and Pear, Gorgonzola & Raw Honey. “The best toppings are local, in-season ones from your own garden, nearby farmer or food artisan,” she said. She recommends Heron Pond Farm (South Hampton) for produce, Wolf Meadow Farm (Amesbury) for cheese, and either your local backyard beekeeper or Cider Hill Farm (Amesbury) for raw honey.

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Some advice for making pizza at home For Leone, there is nothing quite as much fun as a dinner party based on making food. In creating such experiences around food for her clients, she said, pizza is particularly fun. “What I try to do is help people think outside the box and put things on their pizza they might not normally consider,” she said. Zucchini blossoms are “out of the box” produce she suggests to people. Kale, a farm-fresh egg, beets and Gruyère cheese are other ideas. “With so much farm-fresh produce in this area, you really can’t go wrong with what you put on a pizza,” she said. If making pizza at home, Leone said, raw store-bought doughs can be surprisingly good, but she suggests staying away from the ones that are already formed and baked. What goes underneath the pizza crust as it bakes is important, too. “A lot of people use cornmeal,” she said. “I love adding sesame seeds.” For anyone who is interested in making pizza at home — or anything else for that matter — Leone has some advice. “Have fun, use local ingredients and think outside the box,” she said. “There is nothing you have to put on top of a pizza or any dish. Just enjoy yourself and don’t be afraid to be creative or adventurous.”

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Directions Heat a charcoal or propane grill. Shape dough into two 12-inch round crusts on a floured surface either stretching by hand or using a rolling pin. Oil the grates of the grill — and working with one crust at a time, carefully lay it on the grill over medium heat. Watch carefully, and with tongs, pull up edges to check for doneness. Once grill marks appear (about 1 to 2 minutes), flip to other side and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with second crust. Remove both crusts to a sheet pan.


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sausage, caramelized onions and fresh buffalo mozzarella. “We caramelize the onions and we prepare our fresh ground meat sausage right in house,” he said. Another popular pizza at M&Y Brick Oven Pizzeria is its Hangover, which features mozzarella cheese, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and onion rings. “People love this one, too,” he said.

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Open since 2003, La Festa features several pizza styles, including brick oven with everything from Three Cheese Brick (gorgonzola, mozzarella and ricotta) to Tuscan (mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, scallions, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil). Other popular brick oven style pizzas include Pesto Shrimp Brick and Philly Cheese Steak Brick. Gluten-free options are available, too, which have become an increasingly important consideration for many patrons, according to owner Robert Corrette. “I don’t know if it is dietary or a health preference, but many people are asking for it,” he said. “We’ve been experimenting with a lot of recipes, too — there are some really good options now. Most of our toppings are gluten-free, too.” Corrette cited a simple formula for pizza success. “High heat in the oven, fresh dough and good ingredients,” he said. “We have a great staff, too, that helps to project what we do here. It’s a big part of the experience here and our pizza.” As for whether he ever gets sick of pizza himself, Corrette said the thought has never occurred to him. If he had to pick a personal favorite, he said the choice is easy. “You can’t go wrong with a mushroom slice,” he said.

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house cheese blend, honey chipotle sauce, pickled peppers, blue cheese crumbles, fried onions and house-made ranch. According to Executive Chef Taylor Miller, their crusts are one of the main factors behind the unique flavor profile of their pizzas. “It all starts with the crust as our base — we have been working on it for several years,” he said. “All our pizzas are made on our spent grain crust, which makes them unique.” The leftover solid residue after the mash has extracted most of the sugars, proteins and nutrients, spent grains can constitute as much as 85 percent of a brewery’s total byproduct. “The spent grains go into the items we fry as well as our doughs,” Miller added. “It creates a unique flavor and is a great way to exercise our responsibility to the environment and local community.” Another popular flatbread pizza at 7th Settlement Brewery is their Bacon and Mushroom. The bacon is from Sugar River Farm in Newport, N.H., while the mushrooms are from New Hampshire Mushroom Company in Tamworth, N.H. “The bacon and mushrooms, which are sort of a forest blend, are crazy good,” said Miller, who said the onions also add “a lot of flavor” to the pizza. “The onions are infused with our 1623 Almighty Brown Ale — it is awesome.” The Bacon and Mushroom also features a white sauce and smoked gouda. For those who prefer a more traditional take on pizza, you can build your own. “You can get creative and make anything,” he added. For summer, 7th Settlement Brewery will feature a new flatbread, which will include fennel pollen and orange-infused whipped goat cheese, roasted beets, Garrens Farm greens, crispy carrots and a beet syrup on spent grain crust. “There will be nothing like it anywhere,” Miller said.


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Craving pizza? Here are a few local spots where you can find a slice, from brick-oven to “beach pizza.”

Ocean 12 603-431-7676 1215 Ocean Boulevard Salisbury

Hampton

Salisbury House of Pizza 978-465-1700 2 Beach Road

The Community Oven 603-601-6311 845 Lafayette Road thecommunityoven.com Sal’s Pizza 603-926-1313 189 Ocean Boulevard Greg’s Pizza 603-926-0020 445 Lafayette Road gregsbistro.com Zesto Pizza 603-929-7200 21 High St. zestospizza.com Cristy’s Pizza 603-929-4496 1 Riverview Terrace

The Community Oven pizza. Courtesy photo.

Flatbread Co. 603-926-6111 61 High St. flatbreadcompany.com/ hampton La Spiaggia 603-929-9202 215 Ocean Boulevard

Pizzeria 339 603-601-7916 339 Ocean Boulevard, No. 101 North Hampton M&Y Brick Oven Pizza Bar and Grill 603-379-2675 62 Lafayette Road A mybrickovenpizzeria. com

Tripoli Pizza 978-465-3846 15 Broadway tripolibakery.com/ salisbury Seabrook Cristaldi’s 443 Route 286 603-474-5744

Crossroads Pizza 978-465-0555 6 Merrill St., No. 9 crossroadsfood.com

Seabrook House of Pizza 255 Lafayette Road 603-474-7778

Jilly’s Pizza 978-465-2455 26 Broadway

Sal’s Pizza 380 Lafayette Road 603-474-9999

Nick’s Place 978-358-8474 111 Lafayette Road nickssalisbury.com Antonio’s Pizzeria 978-255-1607 188 Lafayette Road

Tripoli Pizza & Bakery 418 Route 286 603-474-7764 Dover Roger’s Pizza House 603-742-9870 869 Central Ave. rogerspizza.com

Suppa’s Pizza Restaurant 603-742-9283 368 Central Ave. suppaspizza.com

Kendall Pond Pizza ll 603-749-9248 81 Main St. kendallpondpizza.com

Weeksie’s Pizza 603-742-5055 66 Third St. weeksies.com

Papa Jay’s Pizzeria 603-750-7272 18 Broadway

Dover House of Pizza 603-742-4446 519 Central Ave. doverhouseofpizza.com

New England Pizza 603-778-9800 92 Portsmouth Ave., No. 1 nepizzaexeter.com

La Festa Brick & Brew 603-743-4100 300 Central Ave. lafestabrickandbrew.com

Pizza Academy 603-772-5515 159 Front St. pizzaacademy.com

Strafford House of Pizza 603-749-9422 116 Central Ave. straffordhouseofpizza.com

Exeter

Front Row Pizzeria 603-773-0047 137 Epping Road Romeo’s 603-772-3633 72 Lincoln St. romeospizzanh.com

Family owned and operated, providing the same friendly atmosphere since we opened, 56 years ago, in 1960.

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The Brätskellar Pub

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PEOPLE AND PLACES GET TO KNOW

Just in time for summer!

DEB RIDDELL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RIVERWOODS IN EXETER How long have RiverWoods? Two months.

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Describe your role. Is it exciting that this is an entirely new position created for RiverWoods? It is very exciting for me and RiverWoods. I have been in the continuing care retirement community industry in New England for more than 15 years and have always appreciated the creativity and success of this place. I am thrilled to now be a part of the community and to be charged with ensuring that success today and in the future. Despite knowing the organization well before I accepted the position, my role today is a learning one. I am engaged in learning the organization from the inside out. My first few months are focused on a concerted effort to get to know as many of the 620 residents and 500-plus staff as I can — a big job. Right now, I am currently hosting two to three lunches with 15 residents at a time to learn how RiverWoods has impacted their lives, what they appreciate about this place and what is the one thing they wish was different. My role is new — and as executive director of three Exeter campuses, my focus will be on ensuring that we continue to thrive in many ways and lay the groundwork for continued success in the future. Talk about the mission of RiverWoods. What makes it so special for you? The majority of my career has been in the nonprofit continuing care retirement community field. I am drawn to the nonprofit community because of the focus on mission. For those who are not familiar with a continuing care retirement community, we welcome independent adults 62 years or better and offer them a community. Here, they can meet new friends, enjoy a stimulating environment, and benefit from services, such as one meal a day, housekeeping, fitness classes and more. They are free of the burdens of home ownership. If and when they need assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing as they age, they receive it right in their community close to friends and without a significant increase in fee. It’s a wonderful model and offers freedom from daily chores as well as freedom from worry about the cost of future health care needs. Here, we change lives for the better by providing community and peace of mind. Who wouldn’t want to dedicate their life’s work to that mission?

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What is the most exciting part about your job so far? I chose RiverWoods because of the culture, which is built on a culture of mutuality, respect, innovation … and that makes it special. The exciting part for me is envisioning the future — how can we excel in the increasingly complex world of health care? How can we meet the changing needs of our residents and continue to attract a motivated, caring staff? That is what drives me. Every day, we make a difference in someone’s day, whether that be a resident, a family member, a staff member or a board member. My job is to ensure that continues. What is the most challenging? With 620 residents and more than 500 employees, what is most challenging is finding the time to meet everyone. I want to meet as many residents and staff as possible as quickly as possible. I am also in the midst of relocating to the Seacoast area from Hollis with my two children, husband and our Great Dane. Our goal is to secure a home before the school year starts — and I must admit I am looking forward to being settled here in the Seacoast. We are avid boaters and are looking forward to being closer to the water. Looking toward the future, what excites you the most about RiverWoods and where it is headed? The journey. We have such talented, smart and funny residents, staff, board members and consultants that the process of going where we are going is the best part. — Rob Levey

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PEOPLE AND PLACES GET OUTSIDE

Where to mountain bike on the coast

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The Seacoast is a beautiful place but it does not necessarily jump out at you as a mecca for mountain biking. But there are great trails all throughout this region that are perfect for beginners and experienced riders.

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Where to go

For beginners, Odiorne State Park in Rye is a great place with smooth trails that are also very wide. In North Hampton, conservation lands present beginners with trails that are fairly easy to navigate, too. One of the state’s longest rail trails at nearly 27 miles long, the Rockingham Recreational Trail is absolutely awesome for the beginning rider. Its easternmost trailhead is in Newfields. Relatively flat, the trail takes riders through mostly wooded settings. If you are ambitious, you can take the trail all the way to Manchester. Stratham Hill Park in Stratham is another great option for beginners. Here, trails are not all that technical, although there can be fun for even those with more experience. “Any rider can have fun at Stratham Hill Park,” said Jennifer Desrosiers, founder of Wild Adventurous Life and an avid mountain biker. For those passing through Exeter, it might be easy to miss the fact that it is one of neatest places in the immediate area for mountain biking. At Phillips Exeter Academy, there are tons of trails that are wide and easily navigable. These trails also connect with trails at Gilman Park, which is a pretty place to walk, too. If you already have some skills and a little courage, head over to Fort Rock. Spanning two town forests separated by Route 101 — Henderson-Swasey Town

Forest in Exeter and Oakland Town Forest in Newfields — Fort Rock is a favorite for many riders, including Desrosiers. “Each side rides really different,” she said. “The Newfields side is more flowy and less technical in sections. Right now, it’s riding really well and the trails are mostly dry.” Noting the Exeter side is much more technical, Desrosiers said it is important that riders take precautions on either side of Route 101. “You need to wear a helmet whether you are on the Rail Trail, which is pretty easy, or the more challenging trails at Fort Rock,” she said. Located just a few minutes from downtown Exeter, the trails at Fort Rock cannot be explored in just one day, so be prepared to come back.

The best bike for your ride

If you’re in the market for a new bike, consider checking out some of these trails to figure out where you’ll be spending most of your biking time. I went to a local bike shop and asked for guidance on what to purchase, and their first question was, “What kind of biking do you plan on doing?” You can find the answer to that question before you even head to the bike shop. Will you be riding on flat and wide trails for the most part? Do you anticipate riding downhill a lot? The answers to those kinds of questions will help frame your search. “I’ve been riding for years and learned a lot of things along the way in choosing a bike,” she said. “The quality of your bike can really determine the quality of your ride.”— Rob Levey


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Action for Aiden is a 5K walking and running trail race happening Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m. (270 Portsmouth Ave, Stratham, runreg.com/actionforaidan, 207-272-9904). The event will raise money and awareness for Hunter Syndrome, which affects 2,000 young boys around the world. Aiden, an 8-year-old boy living in Stratham, is afflicted by the disease, lacking an enzyme that clears cellular waste from his body. The woodsy trail will wind through the Stratham Town Forest starting near Jack Rabbit Road and ending in Stratham Hill Park. The three fastest men and women in each age group will be recorded and their names will be posted on the race’s Facebook page. Families of five can register online for $50, and individual registration is $25. Donations are also accepted during online checkout and all the money raised will go to the nonprofit Saving Case & Friends — the Project Alive Campaign — to support ongoing genetic research by Dr. McCarty and Dr. Fu at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The first 500 pre-registered 5K runners will get a “tech” shirt and all Fun Run participants will get a commemorative 100-percent cotton T-shirt. Proceeds from the event will go to Exeter’s Main Street and Lincoln Street elementary schools. Race entry fees are $30 for the 5K and $7 for the Fun Run. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. on race day. Other festivities will be available at the Lincoln Street School before and after the race, including face-painting, mascots, music and plenty of refreshments.

The Get Fit in May 5K is happening on Saturday, May 20, at the Lincoln Street School in Exeter (25 Lincoln St., Exeter, getfitinmay.com). This is the 19-year anniversary of the event, which takes runners on a 3.1-mile figure-eight trail through historic Exeter. A half-mile Fun Run race for kids in kindergarten through second grade and whole mile for kids in third through fifth grade will be available alongside the 5k.

If you have a great photo that shows off the cool people, places or things in the communities of Hampton, Rye, Seabrook or Salisbury, send it to the Scene and we could run it in a future issue! Email your photo to editor@ seacoastscene.net, along with a description of the photo and the name of the photographer and then look for it in an upcoming issue of the Seacoast Scene!

The Spirit of Recovery eighth annual 5K run and walk event will be held at 100 Liberty Way in Dover on Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. (spiritofrecovery5k. org). The race will benefit the Triangle Club, where men and women who want to recover from substance abuse can get free help. Registration for ages 14 and up is $25, and for those 13 and under it’s $15. Want to see your photo in the Scene?


Q&A’S

We talked to people on the beach and asked them some tough questions... Would you rather be a member of the CIA or the Mafia?

When eating Chinese food, do you use a fork or chopsticks?

“I’d rather be in the Mafia. You rarely hear about them, never see them but they’re always there.”

“Chopsticks are so much fun! I always challenge myself to pick up the last grain of rice.”

RYAN LEIBUNDGUT OF SYRACUSE, N.Y.

SUSAN THOMAS OF WILMINGTON, DELAWARE

Which would you give up – longterm or short-term memory?

Would you rather have the CIA or the Mafia after you?

“If I had to, I’d give up short-term because who cares what I had for breakfast this morning? I’d keep the long-term because I wouldn’t want to forget when my kids were young.”

“Definitely the Mafia. It has to be harder to run from the CIA.” TYLER PERRONI OF HAMPTON, N.H.

BETH HUGHES OF RYE, N.H.

Which would you rather have – a chilly spring or a blazing hot summer? “Definitely the hot summer. I love long walks on the beach when it’s hot!” CHRISTINE CALLAN OF HAMPTON, N.H.

Would you rather be extremely lucky or extremely smart? “Extremely smart! I want to get into a really good college like Dartmouth.” KEELYN MCNAMARA OF NORTH HAMPTON, N.H.

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The more you tow

Tow show returns to Hampton Beach While tow trucks and equipment may be the visual highlight of the New Hampshire Towing Association’s trade show, the people operating that equipment are the real stars of the event — as they are every time a car needs a lift. “The sad part of the whole thing is that towers are not always very popular with people. Usually, you’re not in a positive frame of mind in a situation where you need a tow truck,” Rene Fortin, president of the NHTA, said. “We’re trying to show the public that … the tower is a very valuable part of maintaining traffic everywhere in the country.” The New Hampshire Towing Association will be hosting its 45th Annual Trade Show on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, at Hampton Beach State Park. Organized by Mike and Melissa Guilbeault, the event brings together towers from all over New England and some from Canada every year. In addition to food, raffles and entertainment, the Tow Show will have displays of equipment that is used on a daily basis for things like road clearance. This is the main event hosted regularly by the NHTA and it is intended to help educate community members about towing and traffic safety in a casual and fun manner. Towers constantly rely on the cooperation of the motoring public, whether that be standing back or doing certain things in the case of an accident. Towers are also relying on oncoming drivers to steer clear as they do their job on the side

of the road. Fortin said the number of towers hit, injured or killed on the job is far too high across the country. “We’re concerned about our safety, their safety and also getting the job done,” Fortin said. The festivities and educational opportunities begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a parade of trucks along the coast on Ocean Boulevard. Competitions, shows and displays from vendors will last until about 4 p.m. On Saturday night, the “Light up the Night” show will take place, in which somewhere between 40 and 70 trucks will simultaneously turn on their lights. The show will continue through the day on Sunday, with new activities and displays from vendors. One popular event in the Tow Show is the rodeo, which tests driving skills. The rodeo will happen on Saturday and visitors will have the opportunity to compete while maneuvering around various obstacles in their trucks. Participants seek to complete the rodeo in the shortest amount of time but in a safe manner. “The rodeo is a big draw for the people driving because they get to test their skills and compete against their peers,” Fortin said. Fortin said there will also be a beauty contest of sorts for the trucks at the show. In this contest, trucks will all be judged on their cleanliness, the amount of equipment they have on board and other rules and standards they must abide by.

Courtesy photos.

An additional activity offered at the Tow Show this year will be a car race for children. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids will be able to participate in a slot car race, which will serve to encourage family participation at the event. The New Hampshire state police department will be involved; one of its cruisers, as well as their K-9 unit, will be on display. Additionally, a seatbelt simulator display will be available, in which attendees of the event can opt to try having an accident without actually having an accident. Throughout the show, attendees can

view the newest pieces of equipment from various vendors and can enter to win different raffle prizes. Lastly, this year’s event will have a special section dedicated to the “Move Over” Campaign, which is aimed at maintaining traffic safety and protecting towers and emergency workers on the sides of the road or highway. “There’s a lot of responsibility and there’s a lot of weight being put on the tower’s shoulders,” Fortin said. “Towers just work their hearts out on the job and that’s what we want folks on the outside to see.” — Rebecca Walker

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Music & Arts Fest held in downtown Exeter Music will take center stage at Exeter’s first Music & Arts Festival, but there will be plenty of other fun too, from interactive kids’ art activities to hoop dancing. The festival will be held Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Swasey Parkway. Various musicians will perform on a main stage as well as in a singer-songwriter tent throughout the day. Other activities will include a rock wall, a performance from Viking reenactment group Draugar Vinlands, artists’ booths and a food court set up by downtown vendors, like 3 Brothers Marketplace. The festivities officially start on the night prior to the main festival. On Friday, May 19, a Festival Kickoff Concert will be held by The Kenny Brothers Band at the downtown bandstand at 5 p.m. The minds at TEAM (Town Exeter Arts Music) crafted this event to round up local musicians and artists for a weekend celebration. “TEAM is a homegrown art, music and cultural nonprofit organization and our mission is to bring more art, music and cultural vibrancy to downtown Exeter in a way that utilizes local and regional musicians and artists and provides them opportunity. Schedule of Events Main Stage 11 a.m. - Groove Lounge Yoga (TVP Records) Noon - Rockspring 1:30 p.m. - Gretchen & The Pickpockets 3 p.m. - Qwill 4:30 p.m. - Cold Engines Singer-Songwriter Tent 11 a.m. - Max Sullivan Noon - Marshall Farms 1 p.m. - The Midnight Wrens 2 p.m. - David A Corson 3 p.m. - Elijah Clark 4 p.m. - Maurice Wynne 5 p.m. - Sam Carp Art booths Jones Art Studio Sharon Marcella Marston Heather Crowley Photography By Tony Wally’s Basement: Custom Signs and Frames, Rustic and Reclaimed JaneEslingermetalwork&jewelry How Many Moonbeams Marissa Vitolo Deb Lawrence Wolf Dacia Art Scott David Chase - Southpaw Art JOAT Shop Hand Krafted Hides Sarah Koff Studio

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… We’re cultivating talent right from our own community,” said TEAM Executive Director Scott Ruffner. The idea for Exeter’s first Music & Arts Festival came from a desire to fill a gap in Exeter’s arts and entertainment programs. “We absolutely need [this festival]. There really hasn’t been a lot of arts and music programming in this town for many many years,” Ruffner said. Ruffner said visitors should expect great music and great artist vendors at the festival. “We’ve tried to keep it as local as possible so that people can really get a sense of who the creators and their community are,” Ruffner said. These local acts include New England Music Award Winners Gretchen & The Pickpockets and Cold Engines as well as other musicians with ties to Exeter: Rockspring, Qwill, Marshall Farms and more. “We’ve made a conscious effort to show that literally picking people that have a direct connection to our one little town you can still create something vibrant with bands that have a regional relevance and also have a direct connection to your town,” Ruffner said. To wrap up the fun-filled weekend, a post-festival concert by The Opined Few will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Exeter Town Hall. The festival’s admission price is a $10 suggested donation that will go straight toward funding the festival as well as more arts programming in Exeter. As a grassroots organization, TEAM organized the event without the use of large sponsors. TEAM has coordinated similar events in the past such as Exeter’s Harvest Fest as well as various concerts and art walks; they plan to coordinate concert events this summer and returning in the fall with their third annual Harvest Fest on Sept. 23. Ruffner encourages locals and passersby

Exeter Music & Arts Festival When: Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. rain or shine. (On Friday, May 19, a festival kickoff concert will be held by The Kenny Brothers Band at the downtown bandstand at 5 p.m. To wrap up the weekend, a post-festival concert by The Opined Few will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Exeter Town Hall.) Where: Swasey Parkway Admission: $10 suggested donation

to check out the festival and get up to date with Exeter’s downtown scene. “There’s a lot of new things going on [in Exeter]; there’s a lot of new businesses downtown and it’s just got a new energy to it,” Ruffner said. “It’s not just for music lovers and it’s not just for art lovers; it’s pretty much a day for anyone to come and enjoy and people can sit and watch the bands and be right in front of the music all day, or they can shop, or they can come and even bring their own picnic and be off in another part of the park sort of listening to the music in the background.” — Nicole Kenney

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Using cruise control on downgrades won’t harm your engine Dear Car Talk: I like using cruise control, for a couple of reasons: It makes for more relaxed highway driving, and it improves fuel economy. By Ray Magliozzi However, I am concerned that I may be misusing it. Instead of riding or pumping the brakes when descending hills in the mountains, I click the “reduce speed” button in hopes that it will slow the car down. In some cases, it appears to work on long, not-so-steep downgrades. On steeper hills, it doesn’t seem to slow me down. Am I messing up my transmission by using my cruise control to slow the car? — David No, not at all. In traditional cruise-control systems, using the “reduce speed” button is just like backing your foot off the gas pedal. It’s harmless. Let’s say you’re driving on flat ground and your foot is on the gas pedal, keeping your speed at 65 mph. Then you come to a downhill grade, and you lift your foot halfway off the pedal.

If the grade is steep enough, you’ll gain speed anyway, even without accelerating as heavily. But if the downhill grade is shallow, you very well might slow down. After all, there’s always wind resistance and tire friction trying to slow down your car, and it takes a pretty steep hill to add to your momentum at 65 mph. Anyway, that’s exactly what you’re doing when you reduce the speed setting on your cruise control. It’s like backing your foot off the gas. So you’re not doing any harm. If reducing the speed on your cruise control doesn’t slow you down, then you have to either downshift to a lower gear, or use your brakes to keep from gaining too much speed. There is a new type of cruise control that’s available on more and more cars now, and will be available on all cars at some point. It’s called “adaptive cruise control,” and it does use the brakes to slow you down. It uses some of the early elements of self-driving cars to keep you at a set distance from the car in front of you — even if that car slows down or stops. If you had it set to 65 mph and drove down a steep hill, it would use the brakes, if necessary, to keep you at about

65 mph. So as soon as you do find a way to ruin your transmission, you can get rid of your current car and buy one with adaptive cruise control, David. Dear Car Talk: I have a 1999 Toyota Corolla with 213,000 miles on it. About six months ago, it started to wobble down the interstate. I could not get it to stay straight. I would have to “oversteer” to correct it and keep it in my lane. I got four brandnew tires and had them balanced (I needed tires anyway), then had a frontend alignment, and it still does it. It terrifies me to be on the interstate going 50 or more miles an hour with the car weaving on the road. Can you tell me what is wrong with it? Thanks. — Lucy It does sound like a classic alignment problem. But you’ve already had it aligned. So I have to start by scolding you for taking away my best answer! I think you know it’s not safe to drive, Lucy. But I want to reinforce that. You have to get it fixed before you go back out on the highway again for a leisurely Sunday weave. If you’re having trouble finding a

mechanic who can figure it out, try going to mechanicsfiles.com. That’s a database of good mechanics personally recommended by people who read our column and listen to our radio show. You put in your ZIP code, and you get some honest, unbiased recommendations. One thing I would ask your mechanic to check is the steering coupling. Your steering column goes through the firewall into the engine compartment, and then it has to make a bend, down toward the steering rack. That coupling usually uses two universal joints. And sometimes, on older cars, one or both of them can seize up. That can make the steering feel very odd. It can make it hard to turn the wheels for a second, and then the steering can suddenly break free and get easier, causing you to “oversteer.” So have your mechanic check that first. If that’s not it, I’d probably check the alignment again, just to be sure the guys who say they aligned the car actually did it, and did it correctly. But whatever it is, Lucy, you have to get to the bottom of it before you end up at the bottom of something. Visit Cartalk.com.

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AT VICTORIA’S KITCHEN Café and catering facility Victoria’s Kitchen (725 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 603-926-2076, thevictoriainn.com) functions as a complement of The Victoria Inn, with an emphasis on meals made from scratch and with local ingredients. A variety of home-baked goods is available daily, including muffins and anadama bread, and dinners are also available to go for those who need to make a quick run. Wraps and burritos with a Mexican kick can be enjoyed at breakfast and lunch, and Victoria’s serves a variety of coffee brews, espresso drinks and teas. Owner Tracey Dewhurst talked about what makes her kitchen a success. Why did you decide to open Victoria’s Kitchen? I wanted to be able to cater all my events at the Victoria Inn but I didn’t have the space or the kitchen staff to do it. I thought Hampton needed a café with creative, healthy food, lattes and specialty coffee drinks, home-baked goods and a comfy vibe, a good hangout, so the concept was born. I didn’t want to serve full dinners because I knew we would be busy at night with catering and private parties, so the idea of breakfast, lunch and dinners to go worked with everything I was trying to achieve. How would you describe your dining environment? I saw a lot of potential with the space, but it needed a facelift. I added a window for more light, new floors and lighting, and opened it up to make it look bigger. I think it’s comfortable and cozy but eclectic and fresh-looking. I used old vintage chairs and a coffee table we found in the basement of The Victoria Inn. My talented friends Phyllis and Nora Hamilton painted and reupholstered the chairs and painted the table to make them look updated and funky. My handyman made the dining tables and did a lot of the work. I wanted to make a space where people would come and have coffee, sit on the couch and work on their laptops or just come to gather and eat with friends. How would you describe your crew of employees? We are a diverse crew from different backgrounds, all ages, from 17 to 60 years old. But I guess what we all have in common is that we are “pleasers.” We all get that little buzz from making customers happy, with our food and baked goods, our specialty coffees and drinks, our personalized service. I think you need to be that type of person to be successful in this business. And we all seem to enjoy doing it — one of my staff recently said that it wasn’t like “work” coming to Victoria’s SEACOAST SCENE | MAY 18 - 24, 2017 | PAGE 30

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Do you have any seasonal specials between winter and summer? We have changed up the menu to reflect the seasons with more hearty fare in the winter. Our dinners to go tend to be comfort food items in the winter like three-meat lasagna, meatloaf, chicken pot pie and short ribs. With summer coming we will be adding a new salad to the menu and definitely feature our Lobster, Avocado and Bacon Sandwich again. Our dinners to go will bring in more seasonal produce like asparagus, heirloom tomatoes and fish, like locally caught haddock, calamari and lots of shellfish.

What tends to be popular among customers from your menu? Everybody has their favorites, but for breakfast, the Mexi Burrito, the egg, bacon and cheddar sandwiches on our homemade English muffins are popular, and so are the build-your-own mmelets. For lunch it’s the

If you could serve anyone, who would you serve and what would you give them? I love Gordon Ramsey, but he makes fun of vegetarians or “veggies” as he calls them, so I would love to serve him our Tofu Hash, which has blackened tofu, black bean salsa, corn, mushrooms, fresh baby

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spinach and tomatoes. I also add cayenne pepper. It’s such a rich dish with so much flavor that I think even Gordon would like it! I also like serving all the local chefs from the Seacoast. Lots of them eat here and it’s really flattering to me and our crew. I love seeing them enjoying time out of their own kitchen and sampling some of the great food we have to offer. It’s a real compliment to Victoria’s Kitchen. What’s an essential skill that keeps your restaurant running smoothly? I don’t know if my staff would agree, but I think it’s our ability to adapt on the fly. I think people are so busy these days that we tend to get lots of last-minute requests for catering or large orders that often need to be delivered. We have had people call from other parts of the country to deliver food to local loved ones who are sick or stuck at home and we have always been able to accommodate. I hate to say no, so luckily my staff has always been able to support me in that. We all pitch in when we need to get the job done. — Laurelann Easton


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Improv comedy duo sheds new light on classic Sherlock Holmes The Players’ Ring has presented The 21st Century Adventures of Sherlock Holmes through its 2016-2017 season, and with two shows left in May and June, the cast and crew are ready to go out with a bang. The show’s creators, Sam Bennett and Brian Paul, set out to take an improvised comedic approach toward the classic Sherlock Holmes tales with a modern twist. It’s set in the modern day, a couple years after Sherlock thaws from being frozen in time. “He thaws out just a few years ago because of offshore digging and global warming and he washes up in the fictional Porthole, New London, as opposed to Portsmouth, New Hampshire,” Bennett said. In Porthole, Sherlock has teamed up with Dr. Watson’s long-lost great-greatgreat-nephew, Chip; together, the two work as detectives for hire and collect clues from audience members throughout the show. At the end of the night, the show ends in Sherlock’s “mind palace” as the audience helps the detectives piece together the clues. Within a span of two hours, a mystery is identified, dissected and solved. “[It’s] a show where we are in the audience’s face and making them part of the show from the get-go. The audience gets to be a part of it from the comfort of their seats by writing out mundane everyday The 21st Century Adventures of Sherlock Holmes When: Thursday, May 25, and Thursday, June 15, 8 p.m. Where: The Players’ Ring, 105 Marcy St., Portsmouth Admission: $12 general admission, $10 for members, students and seniors; proceeds benefit renovations of The Players’ Ring

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ordinary items that become part of the show, and then at the end they get to narrate how everything works. They get to tell the story that maybe Sherlock and Chip didn’t pick up on,” Bennett said. “The audience shapes how the show’s going to end.” The two Seacoast-based comedians share the stage with four other cast members; Jess Miller, Molly Sullivan, Tomer Oz, and Zach Cranor are all experienced Players’ Ring actors, like Bennett and Paul. “Traditionally, Brian Paul is Sherlock and I’m Watson … but at any point somebody else could say, ‘Hey this month I want to play Sherlock.’ So, we’ve spun it a few times that the cast can interchange,” Bennett said. Bennett said the challenge of performing the improvised comedy has been his favorite aspect. “With improv, it’s a little harder [than

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Historical fiction — we all have an idea of what that’s like, right? A retelling of what happened along with some polite liberties used with regard to descriptions and dialog. Well Lincoln in the Bardo is not your father’s (or even grandfather’s) historical fiction. The narrative skips around. It’s jarringly disjointed, fitting together only after several of the small pieces are told. The perspective constantly changes. It’s a book that requires mental gymnastics of its readers. Some of you may like this approach; others will be frustrated. I loved it. Anyone who experiments with storytelling method and who still manages to tell an impactful and insightful tale is an ace in my book. Lincoln in the Bardo takes place in 1862, one year after the Civil War has begun. President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son is gravely ill. Despite assurances that he will recover, the boy dies. Lincoln is devastated and newspapers report that he regularly goes to the boy’s crypt to hold his son’s body. From that historical fact, Saunders proceeds to weave a story of a father-and-son relationship, division within a country, and loss that far exceeds the sum of its parts. Sure, it’s unlikely that Lincoln actually visited a spiritual purgatory realm (referred to in Tibetan terms as the bardo), but if such a place existed, it’s quite probable that Lincoln would have said and done what he did in this depiction. After all, loss of the things you love most causes the same unimaginable pain no matter where you are. Saunders uses a lot of references from the Civil War and includes quotes from the period. With a cast of characters hovering around 100 (but only a few main characters) it can be confusing, but stick with it. If you can suspend your critical thinking voice, the payoff is well worth it in the end. It helps to read this book from a removed perspective, absorb its entirety instead of focusing on details. It’s the essence that delivers the story. It’s the way I read French — can’t do it word for word, but if I take a step back and absorb the big picture, I can usually figure out what’s being said. Take this snippet of a conversation from the bardo: Tried to “see” his boy’s face. roger bevins iii Couldn’t hans vollman Tried to “hear” the boy’s laugh. roger bevins iii

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tarist Chris Hersch last year; the pair have a debut album in the works. “Sarah is a life force of ebullient energy and conviction,” Blacker said of Wild Versatile frontwoman Sarah Seminski. “Every note, every sound she makes is really straight to the point and her band is phenomenal, and her guitarist Eric Reardon has been playing on the scene since he was about 13.” At a recent “Grateful Bob Mitchell” — a three-way tribute to the the Dead, Dylan and Joni presented in Maine by BlacKat — Wild Versatile keyboard player Derek Depuis was a highlight, Blacker said. “He nailed the tunes like nobody could. The entire group is great and incredibly highenergy to the last.” The Press Room show was conceived as a four-band event including Sarah & the Wild Versatile, but was trimmed back, so having the Boston band step in at the last minute for Sarah Blacker & New England Groove Association was fortuitous. Blacker and Katz’s new musical project is making inroads on the jam band scene and couldn’t turn down a chance to perform with Twiddle guitarist Mihali at Somerville’s Thunder Road Music Club. Earlier this year, she hung out with Twiddle during Jam Band Cruise, when Katz’s longtime band Percy Hill was booked to perform. “Off the coast of Jamaica, possibly the most bizarre experience of my life and amazing,” Blacker said. “People feeling all kinds of feeling both emotional and otherwise induced.” Her new band’s music is jazzier and soulful; an extended live version of the new single “Blood From Your Gun” recorded at Salem’s Opus nightclub features an extended saxophone solo. In a word, it’s jammier. “You’ve got to evolve if you want to stay relevant in this industry,” Blacker said, adding that the same spirit is driving their move into festival promotion. “It gives us an opportunity to build camaraderie, showcase the artists I love and give back to the community.” — Michael Witthaus


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NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPHERD lege of sitting on their front stoops (a pastime which, to the rest of New York City, seems an inalienable right). (The property developer had made a side deal with the city to allow the tax in exchange for approving an architectural adjustment.) (2) The town of Conegliano, Italy, collects local taxes on “sidewalk shadows” that it applies to cafes or businesses with awnings, but also to stores with a single overhanging sign that very slightly “blocks” sun. Shop owners told reporters the tax felt like Mafia “protection” money.

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• Emily Piper and her husband went to court in January in Spokane, Washington, to file for a formal restraining order against a boy who is in kindergarten. Piper said the tyke had been relentlessly hassling their daughter (trying to kiss her) and that Balboa Elementary School officials seem unable to stop him. • A private plane crashed on take-off 150 feet from the runway at Williston (Florida) Municipal Airport on April 15, killing all four on board, but despite more than a dozen planes having flown out of the same airport later that day, no one noticed the crash site until it Finer points of the law “Oh, come on!” implored an exasperat- caught the eye of a pilot the next afternoon. ed Chief Justice Roberts in April when the JUST SO, MR. KIPLING – THE JUNGLE BOOK Justice Department lawyer explained at oral Least competent criminals Didn’t Think It Through: (1) Edwin Step into Rudyard Kipling’s world and let your imagination soar as you connect argument that, indeed, a naturalized citizen with the playful cast of characters roaming the jungles of India and meet the could have his citizenship retroactively can- Charge Jr., 20, and two accomplices allegindividuals who influenced Kipling’s family on the home front of England during celed just for breaking a single law, however edly attempted a theft at a Hood River, minor, even if there was never an arrest for it. Oregon, business on April 23, but fled as WWI. This beautiful ensemble drama, Just So, Mr. Kipling — The Jungle Book, Appearing incredulous, Roberts hypothesized police arrived. The accomplices were appreperformed by the Homeschool Theatre Guild, will entertain audiences of all ages that if “I drove 60 miles an hour in a 55-milewith its timeless appeal. Performances will be held at Rochester Opera House, an-hour zone” but was not caught and then hended, but Charge took off across Interstate 84 on foot, outrunning police until he fell off 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester, on Thursday, May 25 at 7 p.m., Friday, May 26, became a naturalized citizen, years later the a cliff to his death. (2) Police said Tara Cranat 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available government “can knock on my door and say, mer, 34, tried to elude them in a stolen truck online at homeschooltheatre.org: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. ‘Guess what? You’re not an American citi- on tiny Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, on zen after all’?” The government lawyer stood April 22. Since it is an island, the road ends, mother said her initial reaction upon referral firm. (The Supreme Court decision on the and she was captured on the dunes after abanSweet, sweet revenge doning the truck. It is legal in China to sell electric “building to CHOP’s surgeons was to “start laughing, law’s constitutionality is expected in June.) Visit weirduniverse.net. shakers” whose primary purpose apparently is like what, they do that?” (The baby’s Decemto wreak aural havoc on apartment-dwellers’ ber birth revealed that the tumor had grown unreasonably noisy neighbors. Models sell back and had to be removed again, except this for the equivalent of $11 to $58 each with a time, through “ordinary” heart surgery.) PET OF THE WEEK • The word “Isis” arrived in Western dialong pole to rest on the floor, extending ceilLooking for a lovely older cat? Babe ing height to an electric motor braced against logue only after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, is a sweet senior cat looking for a the shared ceiling or wall and whose only as an acronym for the Islamic State, and warm lap to curl up in. Babe loves function is to produce a continuous, thump- the Swahili word “Harambe” was known to to cuddle and is a gentle soul. This ing beat. Shanghaiist.com found one avenger almost no one until May 2016 when the gorilla “Harambe” (named via a local contest) was petite little lady has the softest purrs in Shaanxi province who, frustrated by his put down by a Cincinnati zoo worker after it to match her soft fur. All she wants miscreant neighbor, turned on his shaker and in the world is to feel safe, loved then departed for the weekend. (It was unclear had dragged an adventurous 3-year-old boy whether he faced legal or other repercussions.) away. In April, a Twitter user and the website and wanted. She was brought to the Daily Dot happened upon a 19-year-old Calishelter because she was not getting fornia restaurant hostess named Isis Harambe along with the cat in her previous Can’t possibly be true • Mats Jarlstrom is a folk hero in Oregon Spjut and verified with state offices that a home. As a senior cat, and one that for his extensive research critical of the short driver’s license (likely backed by a birth ceris on a special diet and other mediyellow light timed to the state’s red-light cam- tificate) had been issued to her. (“Spjut” is a cations common in older cats, Babe eras, having taken his campaign to TV’s “60 Scandinavian name.) Minutes” and been invited to a transportation engineers’ convention. In January, Oregon’s agency that regulates engineers imposed a $500 fine on Jarlstrom for “practicing engineering” without a state license. (The agency, in fact, wrote that simply using the phrase “I am an engineer” is illegal without a license, even though Jarlstrom has a degree in engineering and worked as an airplane camera mechanic.) He is suing to overturn the fine. • Last year, surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), for only the second time in history, removed a tumor “sitting” on the peanut-sized heart of a fetus while the heart was still inside the mother’s womb in essence successfully operating on two patients simultaneously. The Uruguayan

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Earn $17,500 for two months’ “work” doing nothing at all! France’s space medicine facility near Toulouse is offering 24 openings, paying 16,000 euros each, for people simply to lie in bed continuously for two weeks so it can study the effects of virtual weightlessness. The institute is serious about merely lying there: All bodily functions must be accomplished while keeping at least one shoulder on the bed.

Government in action

Sidewalk Wars: (1) Thirty-four residents of State Street in Brooklyn, New York, pay a tax of more than $1,000 a year for the privi-

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