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Rebecca Rule in Meredith on Sunday

MEREDITH — Rebecca Rule author of Live Free and Eat Pie: a storyteller's guide to New Hampshire will be appearing at the Inter-Lakes High School auditorium on Sunday, November 2 at 2 p.m.

Best known for her live presentations of humorous New Hampshire stories, Rule has entertained audiences throughout New Hampshire, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable New Hampshire muses. This event is free and is paid for through a grant by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Nineteen libraries in the Lakes Region participated in the Lakes Region Reads in October which involved everyone in the region reading and discussing the same book. The New Hampshire Humanities Council has designated this year's Lakes Region Reads as one of its 40th anniversary signature grant-funded projects.

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Transportation Advisory Committee to meet Wed. at Meredith Community Center

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) Transportation Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 at the Meredith Community Center, located at One Circle Drive, Meredith.

At this meeting TAC members will hear presentations by community representatives from Ashland, Bristol, Laconia, and Wolfeboro about proposed bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Each of the proposals is competing for a portion of funding made available statewide through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The TAC will evaluate six proposals from four Lakes Region communities and provide input to the NH Department of Transportation about regional priority projects.

The LRPC Transportation TAC encourages all members of the public who are concerned about any aspect of transportation to attend and provide their input. For additional information about this meeting contact the Lakes Region Planning Commission at 279-8171.

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PSU visiting artist wants audience members to feel what he is feeling

PLYMOUTH — The Department of Art at Plymouth State University will host two exhibitions by visiting artist Kent Anderson Butler in October and November.

Butler will present a video work, The Raft is Not the Shore, in the Shoebox Gallery in the Karl Drerup Art Gallery through November 6. Drerup Gallery is in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth. An artist's talk is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. November 4 in Draper and Maynard Room 314.

Butler will also present a student-curated exhibition of photographs in the Collins Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building from November 20–30.

Tyler Stallings wrote in "Artbound" for KCET television, Los Angeles, that Butler's video works from 2002 to 2012 "embody a profound commitment to art and its intentionally ambiguous delivery as a valid path for insightful discoveries about the human condition." Butler commented in the same interview, "I do enjoy allowing the work to create uneasiness or tension. I find it extremely humorous in some cases, but when I do that I'm also trying to allow the viewer to feel something that I'm feeling."

Butler graduated from California State University Fullerton in 1998 with a master's degree in fine arts. As a graduate student, he made live performance work predominantly, and then slowly moved into video. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. The Kellogg University Art Gallery at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona presented a diverse exhibition in 2012 that featured ten years of work by Butler. The exhibition, Embodied, was a selection of video works, still documentation and photography the artist used to explore his own body through mental and spiritual phenomena such as pain, pleasure, struggle, redemption and restoration.

Butler is professor of art at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches all levels of photography courses and new genre art forms in the undergraduate program and graduate course in the MFA program.

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International Film Series continues with ‘Billu’ Mon.

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library offers Billu on Monday, November 3 at 6:15 pm. This is another in the International Film Series shown monthly from September through June at the Laconia Public Library.
Billu, a poor barber, lives with his wife and their two children in a small village in India. Struggling, Billu lives an uneventful life until Bollywood superstar Sahir Khan is advertised as coming to his village for a film shoot. Billu has mentioned to his family that he knows Sahir from the past but has never elaborated how he knows him. When his children talk about their father's friendship with the star, word spreads throughout the village. Virtually overnight, Billu, who had previously been scorned by most due to his lowly state, becomes the center of attention. People who had spurned him only the week before now call him a close friend so that he will introduce them to Sahir. Billu refuses and downplays the friendship.
His situation changes again when Sahir arrives in the village and Billu consistently fails to introduce the people to Sahir. He is accused of lying about his friendship and everyone begins to doubt his character and integrity and scorn him. Rather than defend himself, Billu remains quiet about the nature of his and Sahir's friendship. Sahir's filming lasts about a week. The question becomes, What could the secret possibly be?
Sahir is played by the most famous current Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukk Khan, in this 2009 film. In this movie he is actually playing his own current life role in India. The Indian film industry is known for its Bollywood movies that always include much pop song and dance—a take-off on the Hollywood industry. The Indian film industry has expanded internationally over the years to rival western film.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. 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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