Category Archives: Arts and Cultural Events

Thursday Night Book Club at White Birch Books

White Birch Books in North Conway welcomes reading enthusiasts on Thursday, March 23 at 7pm. This month’s reading selection is Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo.

Richard Russo, at the very top of his game, now returns to North Bath, in upstate New York, and the characters he created in Nobody’s Fool.

Everybody’s Fool by Richard RussoThe irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond—a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office—as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.

Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo—and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

About White Birch Book’s Thursday Night Book Club
The Thursday Night Book Club meets every fourth Thursday of the month and is open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point, but members have a lot of fun, too! Stop in, try it out, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603.356.3200. 

Medallion Opera House Presents Guitarist Peppino D’Agostino

Internationally-acclaimed guitarist Peppino D’Agostino returns to the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, New Hampshire on Saturday, March 18th from 7-9 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $12 per person and may be purchased at the door or online at www.medallionoperahouse.org or in person at the White Mountain Café and Bookstore. For more information, please call (603)-466-3322.

About Peppino D’Agostino

D’Agostino left Italy over 30 years ago with a dream to play with the greatest guitarists. Today,  he has become one of those greatest guitarists. He has played in more than 30 countries, from international festivals and theaters, and has shared the stage with artists such as Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Laurindo Almeida, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, and Eric Johnson. Among his accomplishments, he was recognized as “the guitarist’s guitarist” by Acoustic Guitar magazine, “a giant of the acoustic guitar” by the San Diego Reader, and was voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by readers of Guitar Player magazine. His composition “Stammi Vicino,”  reached number one in the iTunes rock charts in Italy.

His performances are always changing and exciting. Audiences never truly know what to expect at his concerts, but they can certainly expect an experience of a lifetime with his beautiful, complex, and up tempo original instruments as well as his memorable compositions.

M&D Playhouse Presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr., the third in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This musical is presented by our Theater Arts Studio students and is directed by Mary Bastoni-Rebmann.

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Based on the original Broadway production that ran for 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awaards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice.  Book by Linda Woolverton.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running out.  If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. is presented Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, March 16 – April 1 at Your Theater, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy food and beverages from our Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Auditions For “The Jacksonian” at the M&D Playhouse March 12th and 13th

CONWAY — M&D Playhouse will be holding auditions for “The Jacksonian” by Beth Henley, as directed by Eric Jordan, at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway on Sunday, Mar. 12, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Mar. 13, at 6 p.m.

jacksonianSet in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender, and his now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, “The Jacksonian” brims with suspense and dark humor and unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.

There are two male roles and three female roles available:
Rosy Perch
, female, 18-29. Must be able to look and play 16. Daughter of Bill and Susan. Off-balance, gawky and shy, but decidedly not a victim: has a manic energy and can be a real player when necessary. Perceptive about weaknesses of others. Devoted to her parents and desperately wants things as they were. Because of her acne, unused to attention from men.

Bill Perch, male, 40-60. A proud dentist and current resident at The Jacksonian Motel. Separated from Susan and father of Rosy, he’s lost control of his family and practice. Wants to repair both, but can’t seem to keep things from going further downhill. Has a buried temper, but intent on avoiding pain, for himself and others.

Eva White, female, 30-45. Awaitress and maid at The Jacksonian Motel. A high school drop-out, beaten down but full of fire. Talkative, blunt, harsh, passionately racist. Desperate to get married, she’s looking for a fairy-tale ending, and might be strong enough to force it into being. Has her eyes set on Fred.

Fred Weber, male, 35-50. A bartender at The Jacksonian Motel. Charming, manipulative, but also downright wacky, a womanizer and a vicious thug with a checkered background, including time as a carny. Considers himself “a man with appeal,” and certainly has an eccentric flair. Has made promises to Eva in exchange for an alibi. Menacing but also seriously peculiar, he believes wholeheartedly in his own righteousness.

Susan Perch, female, 40-60. Bill Perch’s wife and mother of Rosy. An upper-middle-class lady, with an instinct for making things more beautiful than they are. Subject to violent and sudden mood swings. Proper, but can be provocative, even barbed. Still somewhat in love with Bill, she is filing for divorce, furious that he allowed her doctor to perform a hysterectomy, a betrayal she thinks she may never recover from.

Performance dates for “The Jacksonian” are Apr. 20-30.

For more information about M&D Playhouse, visit www.mdplayhouse.com, email info@yourtheatre.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition at White Birch Books

White Birch Books and Jackson Women Writers welcomes you to the Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. The event will take place at White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. The fiction slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. All are welcome, as participants and audience alike are important to this event!  This event is part of the  New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a non-profit organization that supports New Hampshire writers and audiences for literature in the state.

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How does the event work?

For those that are unfamiliar with the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, here’s what to generally expect in the event:

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction writing pieces. These pieces must be no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • Depending on the region’s rules, contestants may agree to being sprayed with a water pistol if their writing piece extends the timed three minutes. In other regions, a timer goes off to mark the three-minute time period.
  • After each writer finishes reading their piece aloud, judges provide brief verbal feedback. At this time, judges also secretly record a numeric score (1-5) on the piece.
  • If the writer extends the allotted three-minute period, one point from their overall score will be deducted.
  • At the end of the night, the participant with the highest score wins the competition. If there is a tie, the audience selects the competition’s winner through an “Applause-O-Meter,” as observed by the judges.
  • Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals. If they cannot attend, then the runner-up will be sent to the event.
  • Regional winners will take part in a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm.

Previous winners of the event have reached great successes. They have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day 2017 (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read their winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call (603) 356-3200.

 

M&D Playhouse Presents Its 7th Annual Oscar Party

M&D Playhouse will be presenting its seventh annual Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Beef and Ski, located at 2633 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.

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Alec Kerr, film and theater critic for the Conway Daily Sun, will be providing trivia throughout the night, with the opportunity to win prizes for the most correct answers. Guests are suggested to don evening wear or come as a favorite actor or character, but be prepared for the paparazzi. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Food will be provided by Taste of Thai, Via Roma, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, and Beef and Ski.

Visit oscar.go.com/nominees to see the nominees and begin preparing for the event. As always, the person with the most accurate guesses of who will win at the Oscars receives the grand prize package.

Prizes have generously been donated by Mount Valley Mall Cinema 7, Mystery NH and NH Sports & Gaming Outlet.

This is a fundraiser for M&D with a suggested donation of $12.

For more information, please visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/ or call (603) 733-5275.

M&D Playhouse Presents 84 Charing Cross Road

84-charing-cross-roadIt all began with a letter inquiring about second-hand books, written by Helene Hanff in New York, and posted to a bookshop at 84, Charing Cross Road in London. As Helene’s sarcastic and witty letters are responded to by the stodgy and proper Frank Doel of 84, Charing Cross Road, a relationship blossoms into a warm and charming long-distance friendship lasting many years.

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, the second production in our 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships. The production will be presented February 16- 26, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. 

Written by Helene Hanff and adapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans, this wonderful show is a dramatization of business letters between a young struggling writer in New York and an antiquarian book store in London. In a sense, these are also love letters. The play takes place over a twenty year period, beginning in 1949 when Helene Hanff (played on Broadway by Ellen Burstyn) first writes Marks & Co. and ends in 1969 with the death of Frank Doel, the delightfully dusty supplier of so many old volumes to Helen.  This production is directed by Ken Martin.

Enjoy food and beverages from or Culture Café during the performance.  The Café opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats please visit our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Paint Your Pet at the Jackson Art Studio

Jackson, NH – Jackson Art Studio welcomes you to express your creative side while showing appreciation for your furry friend on Saturday, February 18th from 6-9pm during their Paint Your Pet session. Like many of their sessions, the Paint Your Pet event is open to artists of all levels, from the beginner artist to a well-seasoned artist. The class will be instructed by Melanie Barash Levitt and Lori Stearns.

paint-your-pet-jackson-art-studioThe studio asks all participants to email a jpeg photo of their pet’s face at least 5 days prior to class start. The image should be a close-up image of your pet’s face and shoulders with good contrast, as they will use the image to sketch your pet’s face onto the canvas for your project. Images should be sent to melanie@jacksonartnh.com. Please note, you can only paint one pet’s face per class.

Class will start promptly at 6pm, but the studio recommends arriving 15-20 minutes prior to class start. Spend an evening of creativity as you twist  open your favorite bottle of wine (BYOB for those 21 and over) and uncork your creativity! The instructors will guide you through painting your pet, step by step and the class is small to ensure the personal attention required for this particular project. Be prepared to learn about color mixing and how to paint with values to create a true representation of your pet!

The fee for this event is $75 , which includes all supplies. Smocks are included, but the studio recommends wearing clothes participants don’t mind getting paint on. For more information about the event, please visit www.jacksonartnh.com or call 603-387-3463.

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American Idol Runner-Up Alex Preston Performs at the Medallion Opera House

Alex Preston, American Idol runner-up from season thirteen, will perform at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, New Hampshire on Sunday, February 12th at 6:00pm. Preston is a 23 year-old singer-songwriter from New Hampshire who has been involved in music since he was four years old. He plays over twelve instruments, ranging from the guitar to the violin, and writes his own music.

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Tickets for this event are $12 per person. To purchase tickets, visit the Gorham Town Hall, Maureen’s Boutique, or online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.

‘Art Along The Trails’ at Jackson Ski Touring Center

On Saturday, February 11th abstract painters Rebecca Klementovich from Bartlett and Kristen Pobatschnig from Conway will display their art in nature at the Jackson Ski Touring Center in Jackson, New Hampshire. Instead of a traditional white-walled gallery, this gallery consists of walls made from nature – snow, hemlocks, and birches!

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Klementovich and Pobatschnig are a painting duo who call themselves the “Femme Fatales of the North.” They are working to bring more attention to female painters in northern New Hampshire, especially abstract artists.

Viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 on foot, or $21 for a trail pass for those on skis or snowshoes (less for seniors and children). For more information about this event, please visit http://jacksonxc.org/events/list-of-events/ or call the Jackson Ski Touring Center at 603 – 383 – 9355. 

John Davidson Comes to Theater in the Wood to Support Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

 

John Hamilton Davidson will be performing an intimate concert at Theater in the Wood on Saturday, April 8th at 7:30pm (doors will open at 7pm).  The net proceeds from the event will go towards the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supporting literacy initiatives.

John Davidson’s film credits include Walt Disney Musicals The Happiest Millionaire and Family Band. Davidson has appeared on Broadway as Abel in the State Fair, and in Oklahoma! As Curly where he received the Theater Guild Award. Off Broadway Davidson has performed in High Infidelity and The Fantastiks. Davidson has received several Regional Theater Credits for his performances as H. Hill in Music Man, King Arthur in Camelot, Billy in Carousel, and Cervantes in Man of La Mancha.

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In John’s words, “Playing and singing on my own is the most honest, powerful way to tell stories. It gives me the freedom to express emotions without any distractions. In those moments, I feel a one-on-one connection with an audience.” Come spend an evening with John Hamilton Davidson as he unfolds a wonderful concert of roots, roles & rhymes.

For more information call 603-356-9980, tickets will be available to purchase for $25 in advance at http://www.believeinbooks.org, or $30 at the door. For more information on other events, visit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation on Facebook.

Special Wine Dinner at the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa

The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa in Jackson, New Hampshire, welcomes you to attend a special wine dinner on Wednesday, January 25th at 6pm.

adam-lazarreThe dinner will feature special guest Adam Lazarre of Cycles Gladiator Winery. Lazarre is a successful and well-known wine-maker in California, with Best-of-Show wins in many prestigious wine competitions and holds many awards, including Winemaker of the Year in the Sacramento Bee in 2005 and earning #69 on IntoWine.com’s ‘100 Most Influential People In The US Wine Industry.’

The menu for this event includes a 4-course meal with many options. The cost to attend this special event is $75 per person and is all inclusive. For more information on the event or to book your reservation, please call (603) 383-4313 or email events@christmasfarminn.com.