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Comedy double-header in Laconia on Saturday night

LACONIA -- It is the goal of most working comedians to one day work Las Vegas, or maybe appear on "Comedy Central" and work the "Tonight Show." Boston-based Brad Mastrangelo, who has done all three and more, will be appearing at Pitman's Freight Room in Laconia, Saturday, July 19, at 9 p.m. as Pitman's continues its monthly comedy nights.
Also appearing will be Mitch Stinson, a national comedian who works across the country appearing in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation along with Dave Decker a regional favorite.
Tickets are $15 at the door and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.
Mastrangelo appeared in one of Pitman's first comedy nights a year and a half ago when the room was just starting high level stand up.
"That's a great room," enthused Mastrangelo who is a regular working on cruise ships. "I'm looking forward to coming back. The crowd was great back then and from talking with other comedians who have since been up there, they all have nothing but great things to say about.
Also appearing will be Stinson who appeared in the first ever comedy night at Pitman's back in November 2012.
"I love that room," said Stinson echoing the sentements of Mastrangelo. "It was an honor to work the first show they had. I'm so glad it's worked out as well as it has. It's a fun room."

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Lakes Region Artist Margery Thomas Mueller Exhibits New Work at Carega Gallery

SANDWICH — Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery will host a reception on July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. for Lakes Region artist Margery Thomas Mueller. For the last year and a half Mueller has been working on Yupo paper. Yupo is a plastic used for industrial purposes that has "no tooth " to hold ink, graphite or any medium to its surface without being fixed.

Mueller's experiments with Yupo have led her to work in a "manner that is always flexible and uncertain". The results are luscious landscapes in graphite, charcoal and India ink. The artist will speak about her process at 6 p.m. Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery is located at 69 Maple Street in Center Sandwich.

Margery Thomas Mueller has been involved in art and design all of her life.

She has exhibited work in Baltimore and New York City. Now a resident of the Lakes Region, Mueller is inspired by the lush nature that surrounds her. Her work on Yupo began with images of birds. Three of her paintings contain flocks moving in patterns and flying freely overhead. The flocks are a metaphor of our habits and address our need to repeat in order to find safety and continuity. As she worked with the flocks, "the idea of layers came into play. The layers of the landscape and layers of our lives..." Looking deep inside herself Mueller explores the "blending of years, of memories, of a life lived but not always sown together. So the slides, squirms, floats and constant invention on Yupo is an interior conversation...."

The gallery is open from 10 to 5 Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 on Sundays. For more information visit www.patricialaddcarega.com or call 284 7728.

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Walking tour of historic Gilford cemetery on Tuesday

GILMANTON — A walking tour of the historic Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery will be conducted by the Gilmanton Historical Society on Tuesday, July 22, beginning at 6 p.m.

A number of people important in Gilmanton's history found their final resting place at Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery, and society members leading the tour will discuss the backgrounds of significant people buried there.

The tour is starting earlier than most Historical Society Programs, and participants are urged to wear good walking shoes. Refreshments will be served after the tour.

Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery is located next to the Smith Meeting House complex on Meetinghouse Road, off  Route 140 north of Gilmanton Iron Works.
The society's summer series is presented on the fourth Tuesday of each month, May through September. Pat Clarke will present a program on Herman Mudgett, Gilmanton's most notorious resident, on Aug. 26. The final program, set for Sept. 23, will address the textile workers of the Amoskeag Company.

A brochure with details on the programs is available at the Town Office where the society's exhibit on the history of Town Reports is on display. Other information about the society is available on its website, www.historicalsocietiesnh.org/gilmanton. There is a link on the Town website.

The society's museum, at Old Town Hall is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon, and at 7 p.m. before each of the regular summer programs.

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Advice To The Players Celebrating its 13th Summer Season in Sandwich


SANDWICH — Advice To The Players, a non-profit Shakespeare company based in Sandwich, NH, will be presenting a production of "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet" on July 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Town Hall as the first production in its summer 2014 season. The theater company will also look back on its history providing Shakespeare to the Lakes Region and White Mountains with a Costume and Photography Exhibit at The Grange Hall.

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet" is a farce written by Canadian playwrights Warren Bain and Matt Bernard, in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson face their toughest challenge yet. Hamlet's father has mysteriously died and the world's greatest detective has been called in to solve the case. The story blends the famous detective of Baker Street with Shakespeare's most well-known tragedy. It includes a host of improvisational antics, lively sound effects, and literary puns to keep audiences laughing through the quirky investigation.

The ensemble cast of seven actors is made up of Advice To The Players veterans, including Candace Clift as Sherlock Holmes, Bill Viau as Watson, and Josh Nungesser as Hamlet. The show is directed by Mark Woollett, another ATTP veteran.

"Advice to the Players has always been a Shakespeare company, first and foremost," said Woollett. "But this summer we're bringing in other well known characters and having a little fun on the Bard's behalf with this show. It's a great way to showcase our company to a broader audience."

"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Hamlet" will be playing at the Sandwich Town Hall in Center Sandwich on July 18, 19, 25, and 26. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets for kids under age 13 are $7.

For those interested in learning more about Advice To The Players productions, a special Costume and Photography Exhibit will also be held this summer. The exhibit is comprised of photos and costumes from the theater company's recent history, as well as some of the costumes used in productions like "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

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