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Tuesday, August 16

9 new shows on sale this week!

Just Announced!
The Music Hall
2011-2012 Season Additions
On stage, on screen in two theaters
Historic Theater + Music Hall Loft

Highlights:
Writers on a New England Stage: Chris Matthews
Paula Poundstone kicks off new comedy series
Intimately Yours: Brandi Carlile
Two new comedies broadcast from National Theater of London and more!
Tickets on sale to members Friday August 19
to non-members Friday September 2


Announcing exciting additions to our 2011-2012 season of music, theater, dance, cinema, and literary events both onstage and onscreen. Tickets for the just announced additions go on sale to Music Hall members Friday August 19 and to non-members noon Friday September 2.

Standouts include Brandi Carlile in an Intimately Yours concert on 11/6, Paula Poundstone (11/20) in the new comedy series Hilarity @ The Music Hall, and author-journalist Chris Matthews in Writers on a New England Stage (12/2). In addition, HD broadcasts from the National Theatre of London, and the first documentary in the new series, Film Matters. Says Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall, “We are thrilled to announce eight new additions to an already spectacular season of music, theater, comedy, film, author presentations and more at our Historic Theater on Chestnut Street and at the intimate Loft. There’s something special to see nearly every night of the week, both onstage and onscreen, for every age and every interest. We are debuting two new series, our live comedy series, Hilarity@TheMusicHall, and on screen, Film Matters: Global Issues, Local Resources—topical documentaries followed by discussions with experts. Patrons typically come early to enjoy all the charms of what The Miami Herald has called ‘New England’s most appealing city,’ filled with interesting shops, cultural attractions, and restaurants for every palate. Those in the know keep their memberships current so they can take advantage of advanced ticket purchasing and secure their favorite seats in the hall.”

More about the new season additions
The fabulous 2011/2012 season gets even better with the addition of dazzling new shows that range from top comic performers to musical icons, and literary talents that range from a television celeb to a celebrated writer at The New Yorker magazine. Concerts include Big Sam’s Funky Nation (9/18) & Brandi Carlile (11/6). Hilarity @The Music Hall welcomes Paula Poundstone (11/20). Two National Theatre of London HD Broadcasts, The Kitchen (10/7) and Collaborators (12/1), are coming to the Historic Theater. Notable nonfiction authors include Chris Matthews in Writers on a New England Stage (12/2) and Adam Gopnik in Writers in the Loft (12/6). And lifelong learning continues with the presentation Discover Shaker Life (10/11) and Film Matters: For the Next 7 Generations (11/17).

More live shows and films announced throughout the season
Watch for new shows to be announced throughout the year in all our signature series: Intimately Yours concerts, in our two Writers series and the new Hilarity@TheMusicHall comedy series. Extraordinary Cinema is programmed monthly, including Film Matters, Screen Classics, and KidsRULE! Movie. Telluride by the Sea films are announced Labor Day weekend. Watch for an announcements about new lineups from The National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series. New programs under the Explore + Learn umbrella— everything from master classes to interactive Q&A sessions with experts—are announced regularly.

New Series

Hilarity @ The Music Hall
This new live comedy series is designed to provide the most therapeutic treatment known to man or woman - laughter! Featuring top national acts, improv troupes, comedy dynasties and discovery acts in both the Historic Theater and the Loft, with shows coming from Vegas, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and our greater Seacoast region. Paula Poundstone (11/20), joins previously announced shows in the series: Miss Richfield 1981 (8/21); Life in a Marital Institution (9/9 -/9/11); Women Fully Clothed (10/28); and Lily Tomlin (11/9).

Film Matters: Global Issues, Local Resources
Another community offering under our Explore + Learn umbrella: These standing-room-only interactive events include high quality films and documentaries followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Think Waiting for Superman paired with local education professionals or Food Inc. paired with local food sourcing, slow-food, and sustainability experts. Also featured will be Wildcard Movies: Those rare, random and relevant one-night-only films that are too good to let slip by!

Tickets for all performances
Tickets for these new additions to the 2011-2012 season go on sale to Music Hall members Friday August 19, and to non-members noon Friday September 2. Tickets for shows at both the Historic Theater and The Music Hall Loft can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or on our website http://www.themusichall.org

About Membership and Early purchasing
To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 or go online at http://www.themusichall.org

American Treasure Sponsor
Raka

Season Sponsor
The River House


********************2011-2012 Season Additions**********************

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast
The Kitchen
Friday October 7, 2011 7pm
Historic Theater
Tickets: $27.50; 18 & Under: $15


A tour de force spectacle: a blackly funny examination of life lived at breakneck speed–in a kitchen! While actually preparing and cooking food, an ensemble of 30 actors playing chefs, waitresses, and porters from across Europe put the workplace center stage in this brilliant work by director Bijan Sheibani.

Series Sponsor: Seatrade International Co., Inc.

Explore + Learn: Discover Shaker Life
Music Hall Loft
Tuesday October 11, 2011 5:30pm-6:30pm
Tickets: $10

Led by Shelburne Museum Curator Jean Burks (formerly curator for Canterbury Shaker Village and author of three books on Shaker furniture), Discover Shaker Life is a not-to-be-missed introduction to the breathtaking dance performance Angel Reapers by the legendary Martha Clarke on Saturday, October 22, 2011 8pm. Discover Shaker Life will open a window onto the utopian society of the New England Shakers. Burks will examine the nuances of Shaker life in a presentation with takeaways for those familiar with the Shakers as well as for those just learning about their unique society–with Shaker objects on hand lent from Canterbury Shaker Village.

Explore & Learn Sponsored by FairPoint Communications

Intimately Yours: Brandi Carlile (solo acoustic)
Sunday November 6, 2011 7:30pm
Historic Theater
Tickets: $33; $28

Compared to Patsy Cline or a “female Roy Orbison fronting a roots-rock band,” Brandi Carlile melds punk, indie pop, and rock into her folk rock/alt-country sound.  “Carlile’s ethereal, melancholy ballads have a spare heartache that reflects her love for old-school country.”(Rolling Stone). On this visit to The Music Hall, she’s touring solo behind her new album, Live at the Benaroya Hall.

“The kind of voice most Nashville producers would be happy to work with:
roomy, dark-hued and bittersweet, with a firmness of purpose and pitch” – New York Times

Series Sponsor: 92.5 The River; Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; Me & Ollie’s; The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric; People’s United Bank

Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Paula Poundstone
Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $38; $24

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone, and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot has become the stuff of legend. Her spontaneity and razor-sharp wit have made her one of the most popular panelists on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me.” Her debut performance at the hall two years ago left patrons marveling at her riotous spontaneous interactions with audience members. Don’t miss this return engagement!

“A great comic…a disarming ease in her craft…quick on her feet ”
- Boston Globe

Series Sponsors: Kennebunk Savings Bank; WHEB


National Theatre of London HD Broadcast: Collaborators
Thursday December 1, 2011 7pm
Historic Theater
Tickets: $27.50; 18 & Under: $15


Joseph Stalin meets his fiercest critic–playwright Mikhail Bulgakov, whose searing indictment of corruption, greed, narrow-mindedness, and widespread paranoia of Soviet Russia, The Master and Margarita, has been called one of the masterpieces of the 20th century (Times of London) and was the inspiration for Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. This imaginary encounter was conceived by the screenwriter of Trainspotting, John Hodge. Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance) will play Stalin.

Series Sponsor: Seatrade International Co., Inc.

Writers on a New England Stage:  Chris Matthews
Friday, December 2, 2011 in the Historic Theater 7:30pm
Ticket price: $13; $11 members
Book: Jack Kennedy:  Elusive Hero ($27.50, $24.75 reserved in advance)

The host of MSNBC’s Hardball and author of Life’s a Campaign and Kennedy and Nixon, joins us with his new work Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero. Matthews examines JFK’s life, presidency, and influence on America, and shows how Jack Kennedy (all political opinions aside) was a true American Hero.

Series Partners:  NH Public Radio, RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; Popovers on the Square, and Haunted Milk Design.


Writers in the Loft:  Adam Gopnik
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 in the Loft 7pm
Book:  The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food Ticket package: $40, $37 members.  Includes reserved seat, book ($25.95), and bar beverage; author presentation/reading, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.

The award-winning New Yorker writer, author of Paris to the Moon, takes on the topic of food. In this new nonfiction work, Gopnik examines America’s food culture today, looking at exactly what goes on around the table among families, friends, lovers, and strangers.  He locates our table ancestry in France and follows it as it as it bends in moments of mania to the power of puritanical guilt, Chef Boyardee, and cable TV glitz. Gently satirizing the entire human comedy of the comestible in inimitable Gopnik style, he leads us to some surprising and hilarious conclusions about the way we eat now.

Presented with partner RiverRun Bookstore
Series Sponsor: Citizens Bank
Evening Sponsor: Seatrade International Co., Inc.

Film Matters: For the Next 7 Generations
Thursday November 17, 2011
Historic Theater

A documentary about the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, women elders from around the world who have come together to work for a brighter future.  Hopi Grandmother Mona Polacca will join us after the film to assist in the discussion of the Grandmothers’ vision for healing our planet.

Series Sponsor: BayRing Communications; Cocked Hat Ventures, LLC;
Fosters Daily Democrat; WSCA 106.1 Portsmouth Community R