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Hot Rize band to play in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH — Hot Rize has been called the link between traditional and modern bluegrass, demonstrating what note-perfect bluegrass is and can be, according to Marquee Magazine. Devotees and curious new patrons can hear this influential and pioneering band in Plymouth at 7 p.m. March 29, for a single performance in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

A Colorado band, Hot Rize began touring in 1978 and established an acclaimed international reputation, releasing 10 albums and touring worldwide fulltime for more than 12 years. The band appeared on countless radio and television programs, including Austin City Limits, The Grand Old Opry and Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Following a10-year hiatus for players to do some solo work, Hot Rize is back together and recently thrilled their fans by releasing "When I'm Free," their first studio album in more than 20 years, to great reviews.

Original band members multi-instrumentalist Tim O'Brien and Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick, along with longtimer Nick Forster (the popular host of the eTown radio program), have been joined by flat-picking guitar great, Bryan Sutton. Mountain Weekly News says, "...in true Flatt an Scruggs fashion, Sutton more than holds his own."

Tickets for Hot Rize at Plymouth State are $45-40 for adults, $43-38 for seniors and $30-25 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:39

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Punk rock pirates: Winnipesaukee Playhouse to stage Treasure Island

MEREDITH — When The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Education Director, Timothy L'Ecuyer, began brainstorming ideas for directing kids and teens in an adaptation of the historical, swashbuckling tale Treasure Island, he ended up going down a path few would consider: punk rock pirates. The 1780s will meet the 1980s when Treasure Island sets sail on the Playhouse's stage on March 20-22.

Ken Ludwig's fanciful adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel follows young Jim Hawkins as he takes to the high seas in search of treasure and contends with a band of buccaneers including the brutal Billy Bones, sinister Blind Pew, brash Anne Bonny, and, of course, Long John Silver.

Fifteen local kids will take on the challenge of bringing the tale to life, many of them playing multiple roles from landlubbers to swashbucklers – albeit clad in black leather and studs. Inventive staging will have cast members literally climbing all areas of the theatre.

Says L'Ecuyer, "It has been very rewarding to work with this ensemble of actors to really explore the power of abstraction and deconstruction of such a universally known text. We are all eager to share the results of our exciting process."

Treasure Island sponsored through a unique partnership between The Winnipesaukee Playhouse and New Hampton School. It is suitable for adults and children ages eight and above. Tickets in the orchestra are $14 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Balcony seats are available for $10. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org or by calling (603) 279-0333.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:34

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Congregational Church hosting Lenten organ recitals on Fridays

LACONIA — The Laconia Congregational Church will once again be hosting Lenten organ recitals on Fridays at noon. The recitals are free and open to the public. On Friday, March 20 the recital will feature seven local church organists:

Bob Bengtson - Congregational Church of Laconia.

Phil Breton - First United Methodist Church, Gilford.

Kevin Chamberlain - St. Charles Borromeo, Meredith.

Elsie Ivester - South Baptist Church, Laconia.

Larry Leonard - Bethany United Church of Christ, Randolph, Vt.

Bob Narducci - St. Andre Bessette, Laconia (St. Joseph and Sacred Heart) and First Church of Christ, Scientist, Laconia.

Vicki Wood Parrish - First United Methodist Church, Gilford.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 09:35

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Cabin Fever Carnival at Franklin elementary school on Saturday

FRANKLIN — THe Paul Smith Elementary School PTO is holding the "Cabin Fever Carnival" at PSS on Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event will celebrate the end of winter and proceeds will support rebuilding Paul Smith Elementary School's playground.

There will be a variety of make and take craft activities, face-painting, and gym games. Several vendor tables as well as a raffle will be available for the adults.

A $5 registration fee for children over 2 (2 and under are free) with a maximum fee of $20 per family is needed for access to the craft, games and other activities. Proceeds raised will benefit the rehabilitation and expansion of the PSS playground area.

For more information contact: Bonnie Gilbert at Paul Smith Elementary School 934-4144 ext. 211. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 March 2015 09:27

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