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Folk Legend in Dublin!

Bill Staines will perform at Del Rossi's Trattoria
Dublin, NH
Saturday January 27th at 8pm

Reservations: 603-563-7195
Staines's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land. Many of his songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, Rise up Singing.
In the fall of 2015 Yankee Magazine, New England's premiere magazine, published it's "80th Anniversary Issue." In the issue, along with the likes of Stephen King and Katherine Hepburn, Bill was chosen as "One of the 80 gifts New England has given to America."
"Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew." - Nanci Griffith

"Staines is one of the best songwriters in folk music today, penning lyrics that evoke a sense of place and a generous spirit to go along with his pretty melodies. - Associated Press

"A craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs." - The Washington Post
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Unbridled enthusiasm, musicality, humor, and GIANT DRUMS

Taiko Drumming rocks the Colonial Theatre
Saturday January 20 at 7:30pm
Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe.Yamato’s visually spectacular, high-energy, explosive show is guaranteed to leave the audience exhilarated.
"To many Japanese people, the sonorous beat of Taiko is soothing, for it is the sound of Japan itself, resounding at Shinto rituals and festivals in every part of the nation. A number of artists have incorporated Taiko's sound into musical compositions and performing arts. Thanks to the efforts of a number of accomplished Taiko individual performers and troupes, captivated by the distinctive boom of this enormous drum, Taiko is winning new fans around the world." - Masa Ogawa, Artistic Director of Yamato

Russian Tea & Tchaikovsky

Monadnock Music presents this classy program 
Reynolds Hall in Peterborough, NH
Sunday January 14th 2-4pm
Celebrate Russian New Year in style. Join us for a traditional Russian High Tea prepared by Ivan the Tasty Catering and enjoy a performance of Tchaikovsky chamber music on a baby grand piano while a warm fire rolls in the fireplace. Musical performances featuring works of Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, including works for Piano & Voice, Piano & Cello.
Champagne & Assorted Teas
Blini with Smoked Salmon & Caviar
Russian Tea Sandwiches
Strawberries Romanoff
Walnut Cake with Marzipan & Apricot
Assorted Russian Cookies

Dare to find joy in the darkness

Peterborough Players presents an unforgettable show
February 1-11
When a boy’s mother loses faith in the world, he starts a list of everything that’s brilliant in the world to convince her to stay: things with stripes, ice cream, Christopher Walken’s hair. Joel Ripka leads this engaging journey of a son’s gift to his mother, to himself, and to the audience. A theatre experience—a life experience—to never forget. The New Hampshire premiere of the show that “…highlights the irrepressible resilience of the human spirit and the capacity to find delight in the everyday.” - Time Out (London)

Every Brilliant Thing stars Joel Ripka (The Last Train to Nibroc). Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. Rated PG-13
"...Ripka  invites audience members to play opposite him in various scenes and offers them a safe space—like a cocoon that protects them as they willingly plunge into his story.  And there in front of our eyes, theatre transforms strangers into family... this is a bravura performance."- Barbara Waldinger, Berkshire On Stage

Ice Racing?!

Check it out on Lake Contoocook this winter
Visit the Jaffrey Ice Racing Facebook page for the latest
You walk slowly across a frozen lake towards a distant oval that emerges from the thick snow. It’s so cold you can see your breath. The top layer of ice and snow crunches as you trek forward taking in the scene. You can hear the plows scrapping against the ice but it is quickly drowned out by the mechanical roar of engines. Turning to your right, you take in the odd grouping of souped up race cars that don’t seem to belong on the wind torn expanse of Contoocook Lake. Their vibrant colors clash with the white of the snow. They almost make you feel warm...
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What's Happening?

Looking for more to do in Keene, Peterborough, Hillsborough, Jaffrey, or any of the surrounding towns? Look no further! For fun activities, arts, performances, community events and more, the Arts Alive! Discover Monadnock Calendar is where you’ll find it!
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If you value the arts and would like to support our efforts please donate to Arts Alive! or become a member today. Members belong to the region's arts support organization and sustain an organization that advocates for and enriches the arts community.
Arts Alive! receives funding from the Putnam Foundation, C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Hoffman Family Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, its board of directors, several individual and business donors and almost 100 artist and arts organization members.

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