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April 16, 2014
Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival 2014 Recap

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April 14, 2014
Show & Tell: Gloria

Gloria Film

I keep a lot of movie lists in my head, or at least I try to. I love the conversations that start with lines like: “What’s your favorite Tom Hanks movie?” Substitute almost any actor, genre or director for Tom Hanks, and you have a recipe for a usefully wasted hour for any film buff.

But I’ll have to admit that I’ve never had an active list in my head labeled Favorite Chilean Movies of All Time. Until 2012.

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March 25, 2014
April NOW Magazine is out

The April edition of NOW at The Music Hall is out. We’ve got a great lineup of live shows in April: from Jim Belushi to Feist; Swan Lake to P.J. O’Rourke.

New shows on sale: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Miss Richfield 1981 “Play with My Poodle”, La Santa Cecelia, Sing-a-long Sound of Music.

Don’t miss Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Not to mention all the great films: Telluride by the Sea favorites The Invisible Woman and The Lunchbox; Wildcard Movies Babette’s Feast and Crash Reel.

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March 24, 2014
Walter Kirn Tells a Tale of the Long Con

photo by: Beowulf Sheehan

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Writers in the Loft:
Walter Kirn
Sponsored by: Citizens Bank

Wed., 3/26, 7pm
The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress St.
Portsmouth, NH
Tickets: $40. Includes reserved seat, hardcover book (BLOOD WILL OUT: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade, $25.95), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet
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Walter Kirn, author of Up In the Air, comes to us with his latest book, Blood Will Out on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at 7pm in the Loft. In his recent interview (of himself) in the New York Times, Kirn tells us the twisted true story of a con that starts with the transport of a crippled shelter dog from Montana to New York City and ends, some 15 years later, with the murder conviction of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, (a.k.a. Clark Rockefeller).

The book is already on tap to make the “Best of 2014” lists and we have been following the story since we first came across it in The New Yorker. We are very excited to be welcoming Mr. Kirn to the Loft for what is sure to be an interesting and memorable evening as we discuss his relationship to Gerharsreiter, the craft of writing nonfiction, and the story behind the story. 

Related Links:

#BloodWillOut @WalterKirn

CBS’s 48 Hours
Janet Maslin’s New York Times Book Review of “Blood Will Out”
Nina Burleigh’s New York Times piece in the Sunday Book Review
The New Yorker Articles - Note: some content requires a subscription
Time Magazine’s  review by Jack Dickey

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March 13, 2014
Sponsor Spotlight: River House Restaurant


Voted “Best Chowder in New England” by NECN viewers, and Winner of First Place Awards at Portsmouth’s Prescott Park’s Chowder Festival 3 years running, The Music Hall is honored to have River House Restaurant as a Season Sponsor for the third year in a row.

Michael Labrie, owner and member of The Music Hall Board of Trustees, said they support The Music Hall because at River House Restaurant they believe arts, culture and food are the soul of a living, breathing community. Owned by Michael and Peter Labrie, River House Restaurant features classic seafood favorites complemented by contemporary dishes served on decks and dining rooms overlooking the Piscataqua River. 

With the fine spring weather almost upon us, we hope you’ll stop by River House Restaurant for incredible food, first-rate service, and an unparalleled view of the Piscataqua River from their heated deck, and when you do— please be sure to join us in saying THANK YOU to River House Restaurant. 

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March 12, 2014
Coming Home: Musings on Moth Mainstage

One of my first excited thoughts, when I made the decision to move to Kittery, Maine was, “I will be so close to the Music Hall.” In fact, I am within walking distance, just over the Memorial Bridge. However, I did opt for the car when I headed out last Saturday night, in the March cold, to attend the Moth Radio show, and the following member appreciation party.

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