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February 10, 2016
Let’s Do Something About Poverty, Together

Sitting in a coffee shop in Portsmouth earlier this week I was discussing our upcoming Let’s Talk About Poverty event with the panelists, Beth Mattingly Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at The University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) Carsey School of Public Policy, Kristy Martino, from Results.org, Deborah Anthony, Executive Director of Seacoast Family Food Pantry, and Craig Welch, Executive Director of the Portsmouth Housing Authority. The topics: what each of these four panelists would be presenting; how the event was going to work; how we were going to talk about what can seem like an overwhelming problem, and how we can take action. We talked for over an hour and a half about everything from causes to challenges, from simple fixes to systemic problems.

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February 3, 2016
The Oscars are coming! See nominated films at TMH.

Oscar Films at TMH

I remember when I was very young curling up on the couch, in my princess dress, watching the Oscars. None of the movies that I would have picked to win Best Picture won, to be fair the only one I had seen was Beauty and the Beast, and I had never heard of most of the films that were nominated but it seemed so glamorous to me.

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January 27, 2016
Grace, Style, and YouTube

Grace & Style at The Music Hall

I used to think that I was on top of pop-culture trends. I read Vanity Fair and watch E News from time to time, but I’ve discovered that I have missed a whole pop culture phenomenon, the YouTube celebrities. When I was a teenager, we had the Hilton sister, Britney Spears, the Spice Girls and other “party girls” in short dresses dancing on tables, today the girls have Miranda Sings! and Grace Helbig wearing jeans and t-shirts broadcasting on YouTube. Never heard of them? Me either.

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January 26, 2016
Passport to Portsmouth: World Music at the Loft

Thérèse LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming & Performing Arts Curator, talks with Content Editor Regina Baraban about the extraordinary international artists coming to the Loft this season, as a part of the Live at the Loft series.

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January 20, 2016
Society Swans come to life at the Loft

Society Swans

I’ll never forget when I first read about The Black and White Ball. It was in a caption of a picture of Jackie Kennedy’s sister Lee, in one of the many biographies that I had devoured on the First Lady. I wondered what exactly a Black and White Ball was and who could throw such a fabulous party so I decided to find out. This was the early days of the internet and many years before google, so I made my way over to the library where I discovered Truman Capote, Katherine Graham, Babe Paley, and the Society Swans.

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January 19, 2016
Film discussion: Room

Room movie

While it’s true that January has thrown a bit of snow into the mix, many New Englanders are still a little uneasy at the relative tolerability of winter thus far. There’s a suspicion that we’re just being toyed with, and that the Killer January Storm is still in Winter’s pocket, just waiting to be thrown at us.

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