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International film series features Khadak on Monday, April 6

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library offers the film, Khadak, Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly from September through June at the Laconia Public Library.
Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, Khadak is a fable told through 17 year old Bagi's eyes. He is a nomadic shepherd who has epileptic fits which cause visions and out-of-body experiences. It is believed they often signify shamanic powers. Bagi resists being seen this way and initially refuses training from a local elder Shaman woman. Khadak means blessing scarf, from Tibetan/ Buddhist ritual.
The setting is between the superpowers of China and Russia in the last half of the 20th century. When a disease kills Bagi's herd, the government uses it as a pretext for forced resettlement of Bagi and his grandparents into a mining town.
This fascinating, beautifully shot film explores the lives of the last truly nomadic population of herders living across the Gobi Desert, as well as the potential of shamanism. It is a 2006 Belgian-made feature film telling an exciting story that explores nomadic culture, socio-spiritual themes, and inherent environmental issues. It not only reveals how nomads live, but what happens once they are uprooted from their natural habitats.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie.

The Laconia Human Relations Committee is a committee of the mayor of Laconia dedicated to expanding our horizons for the appreciation of the diversity found among us and in the wider world. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Comedy night will benefit Children's Auction


LACONIA — Café Deja Vu Pub Mania team will present a Comedy Night with Tom Hayes, Rob Steen and Matt Barry to benefit the WLNH Children's Auction on Saturday, April 18tat the VFW Hall, 143 Court St.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at  8 p.m.

The kitchen will be open and there will be door prizes.raffles and a 50/50 auction.
Tickets are $20 and are available at Café Deja Vu, All My Life Jewelers and Patrick's Pub & Eatery in Gilford.

For more info call (603) 998-1418.

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Colin Powell's chief of staff to speak in plymouth april 18

PLYMOUTH — Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, will be the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Conference on Building a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence: Overcoming Money in Politics on Saturday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. in PSU's Boyd Hall, Room 144.

Wilkerson will discuss how the revolving door and big money in electoral politics and lobbying negatively affect our security by leading to waste and bad policy.

Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN. He appears as a frequent Republican commentator on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC.

Sponsors include PSU Peace and Social Justice Minor, PSU Office of Environmental Sustainability, NH Peace Action, NH American Friends Service Committee, NH Rebellion among others.

Registration can be done through www.bit.ly/nhpeace.

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Amerinouche Gypsy Jazz Band playing at Pitman's on Friday

LACONIA — The Ameranouche Gypsy Jazz Band will perform Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room., 96 New Salem St.

Ameranouche features two French acoustic Gypsy jazz guitars and upright bass. The group is a winner of Best of New Hampshire awards as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round, and has released two albums, largely of original music inspired by Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

Tickets for the performance cost $15 or $12 for seniors. A catered dinner buffet available before the show. Reservations for dinner can be made by calling 527-0043.

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