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July 23, 2015
The Mind of a Musician: A Conversation with Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading
Despite a relentless touring schedule that began back in April 2014, Joan Armatrading took time out to talk to us about music, songwriting and her love for American audiences in a career spanning forty decades. We can’t wait to welcome her back to The Music Hall stage on Thursday, September 24 for a very special solo acoustic evening on what has been billed as her last major world tour.

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July 22, 2015
Discovering John Moreland

John Moreland

One of the coolest parts of my job is that I get to discover new up and coming artists thanks entirely to my Musical Spirit Guide, our Deputy Director of Programming, Thérèse LaGamma. If I were to be completely honest, before I started working here my taste was exclusively top 40 hits – more specifically the songs that spend days stuck in your head. In fact, as I write this I’m planning my trip down to the Taylor Swift concert that is just 72 hours away.

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July 20, 2015
Creating Community with Chris Curtis

Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis joined the Music Hall in 2006. In the decade that followed, he has helped The Music Hall expand its community footprint with a myriad of programs that include the Film Matters series of documentaries and panel discussions, and artist workshops for young people who belong to local nonprofit arts organizations. Content Editor Regina Baraban chatted with Chris recently about how the arts can stimulate learning, and action, in the community.

 

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July 14, 2015
Inspiration, Life Lessons, and French Influences at the Left Bank Cabaret

FB

When I first starting working here at The Music Hall, we were in the process of creating the Left Bank Cabaret Series. I had a front row seat as our talented production staff pulled apart the Loft, replaced our seating with cabaret tables and chairs and transforming it to look like a 1940’s Parisian night club. For two weeks the Loft brought Paris to Portsmouth with the addition of our Master of Ceremony, Monsieur le Tuck Tuck, a new cocktail menu, inventive small plates, and a stellar list of artists who seemingly time-traveled from the ‘40s to 2014. This year we brought all of the Left Bank magic back with a fresh list of artists including Francesca Blanchard, who I caught up with this week.

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July 8, 2015
MC Extraordinaire, Monsieur le Tuck Tuck, Returns to the Left Bank Cabaret

M Tuck Tuck

For the next two weeks the Loft on Congress Street is transformed into a European-inspired intimate setting with signature libations, inventive small plates, and a series of artists who range from Nellie McKay to Ben Baldwin and the Big Note.  Director of Operations Michael Tucker also undergoes a comedic transformation to return as our MC extraordinaire, Monsieur le Tuck Tuck. With his trademark cheeky flair, he shares with Editor Regina Baraban some insights about what to expect this season.

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July 6, 2015
Film Discussion: Ex Machina

Ex Machina
Welcome to July, the second stop on your three-month “What Summer Can Be Like In New England” tour. As we have learned up to now, summer in New England can be like summer in San Francisco; don’t put your fleece away just yet.

Still, if July’s beginning is any indication of what the rest holds in store, we may be in for a demonstration of “Why People Come to New England In the Summer.” Let’s hope.

While we’re waiting, we have a sci-fi thriller showing this week at The Music Hall that will fulfill your need for a summer movie that you can watch without turning your brain off. If you’ve seen the previews (there’s one after the jump, ed.), you know that Ex Machina has a sleek, futuristic look that’s perfect for a film that asks what it means to be both artificial and intelligent, and what it might mean for us humans—poor, meat-pod creatures that we are—when AI really gets revved up.

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