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Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ at Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS — Comedy meets genius at The Little Church Theater on July 31, and Aug. 1 and 2, when Director and PSU Theater adjunct faculty member Sharon Rae Paquette brings "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" to the stage.

Showtime each night is 8 p.m.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" is the first full-length play written by Steve Martin, the "wild and crazy guy" of "Saturday Night Live," where his offbeat and irreverent humor made him an instant celebrity. Today Martin is a comedian, an actor, a musician, and a writer of stand-up comedy, screenplays, novels, and plays. He has received Emmys, Grammys, Kennedy Center Honors and The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" debuted in 1993 in Chicago, with successful off-Broadway runs in Los Angeles and New York and in 1996, was awarded the Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Off Broadway Play.

"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" features the characters of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, who meet at a bar called the Lapin Agile in Montmartre, Paris, a real place that Picasso immortalized in his 1905 painting, "Lapin Agile." It is set on Oct. 8, 1904, and both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in 1907) when they find themselves at the Lapin Agile. They have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent as well as art and science while interacting with a host of other multifaceted characters.

In addition to Picasso and Einstein, the play is populated with an amusing barfly (Gaston), a gullible yet lovable bartender (Freddy), a wise waitress (Germaine), along with a few surprise characters that trounce in and out of the Lapin Agile. The Visitor, a polite and talented country boy time-traveler and singer of love songs, arrives just in time to add a new point of view to the debate.

Tickets for "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" are $25 for the first four rows and $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 603-968-2250 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Women's Mobile Fashion Boutique Opening in the Lakes Region


LACONIA — The latest trend in retail has arrived to the Lakes Region – introducing Niche Boutique, a travelling women's boutique on wheels. Guests can shop the mobile retailers' latest styles, including clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewelry, while supporting local artisans and products Made in the USA. Being mobile allows the truck to come to the customer; equipped with its very own dressing room.

Niche Boutique is the brain child of mother-daughter duo, Kim and Beth San Soucie. With lower start-up costs and overhead and the ability to take the shop to the customer, made the mobile truck the obvious choice. 'Our first thought was to hop on the food truck wagon. Then coming to realize without my mom, there was no way we'd survive – I can't cook to save my life!' says Beth. The women took some time to think about their options and with over 40 years of combined retail experience, it was then that they had their 'A-Ha!' moment. Beth thinks that opening the doors will get 'those with creative ideas in Lakes Region talking and encourage more entrepreneurial spirit in the area – from mobile businesses to pop-up shops'.

While there is one other mobile truck in New Hampshire, Niche is the first mobile clothing boutique in the state. Niche will offer styles for women ages 30 to 60 with sizes from small to plus size; ensuring something for everyone. All of the clothing will be available under $100 and has been hand selected by working with various designers. Beth mentions, 'Our goal is to be the go-to boutique where you won't find the pieces just anywhere. The selection will continuously be changing which will make each visit a unique one'. Brands from France and the UK as well as the US; making for items that aren't available in department or retail chain stores. The truck will also carry jewelry from local artisans as well as other products that are Made in the USA.

Their plan is to collaborate with local businesses to provide an added service to female clients – salons, spas, cafes, etc. Niche will also offer their clients the ability to host their own 'Girls Night In' private home parties by bringing the truck directly to customer.

Looking to find Niche Boutique at a curbside near you? Find them at festivals, events, fairs and even private parties. Dates, hours and locations of the trucks whereabouts can be found on their social media pages – follow nicheboutiquenh on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information or how to host party contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.NicheBoutiqueNH.com for more details.



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Tyler Road Bluegrass Band at Pitman's on Friday night

LACONIA — The Tyler Road Bluegrass Band will perform Friday July 18 at 8 p.m. at Pitman's Freight Room. Admission is $12.

Tyler Road has been performing publicly and at private functions since 2003. Tyler Road has acquired the talent of various musicians from central NH to create a blend of music  featuring a combination of banjo, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass, accordion, box drum and bluesy vocals. Tyler Road has performed at arts and music festivals across New England.

Band members include Scott: Guitar, Dobro, Vocals, Steve: Banjo, Vocals, Theresa: Viola, Dave: Mandolin, Vocals Andy: Percussion, Vocals Woody: Mandolin, Banjo Beth: Stand Up Bass Drew: Djembe
Catered dinner buffet available from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for $10. Call 494-3334 for details and reservations.


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Gilford Community Church names new choir director

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church has named AJ Coppola has the church's choir director.

Coppola, a music teacher and member of area choral groups, will assume his new duties in September.

Coppola has been a member of the church since 1999 and has presented vocal and instrumental solos for church services during his years in the Gilford school system. For the past five years, he has been a valued member of the Gilford Community Church Chancel Choir.

Coppola graduated from Ithaca College, in New York state in 2009 with a degree in music education and a concentration in bassoon. He also plays the flute, trumpet and clarinet.

Currently, Coppola is the K-8 music teacher at the Campton Elementary School in Campton, where he teaches band, chorus and general music. He is also doing graduate work at Colorado State University.

Coppola sings with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the Pemi Choral Society and has performed with the Educational Theater Collaborative. He serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus.

This summer he will be traveling to Colombia with the Friendship Chorus. Coppola will direct the Old Home Day choir in preparation for Old Home Day Sunday, Aug. 24, and will officially begin his position in September.


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