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July 25, 2014
Spotlight on the Loft: A Conversation with Carlene Carter


The intimate Loft on Congress Street has come to serve as the place to feature some of the very best in emerging and established artists from around the world. It is here where music lovers of all genres can spend an evening of discovery. Last year, Loft acts showcased the music of Ethiopian songstress Meklit, the quirky songs of Jocie Adams (formerly of the Low Anthem), Cumbia music from the Los Angeles based Latino group La Santa Cecilia, and the powerful blues guitar of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, among many others.

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July 11, 2014
Buddy’s Best Scene

What a treat to see the fabulous, toe-tapping, exuberant, and expertly staged and acted Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Music Hall’s Historic Theater Wednesday evening!

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July 1, 2014
Sponsor Spotlight: Carey & Giampa Realtors

Carey & Giampa

We are thrilled to have Carey & Giampa Realtors back as Season Sponsors for the 2014/ 2015 season. Founded in 1991, today Carey & Giampa Realtors are one of the area’s premier, independent real estate agencies with a team of nearly fifty experienced, knowledgeable agents. With their continued support, we are able to bring in performers like Tony Bennett and Renee Fleming for our Intimately Yours Series, authors such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Pulitzer Prize winner E.O. Wilson as part of Writers On A New England Stage, as well as our partnership with The Ogunquit Playhouse and our production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. “We are delighted to help support The Music Hall in their efforts to bring some amazing performances and programs to the Seacoast community,” said Jim Giampa. “From films to live performances that appeal to both young and old, The Music Hall really does have something for everyone!” With a steadfast commitment to service, creativity and hard work, a partnership between Carey & Giampa Realtors and The Music Hall seems like a perfect fit, and we could not be more excited or honored to join hands with them to bring the 2014-2015 season to life!

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June 26, 2014
How Buddy Changed My Life

Kurt Jenkins dishes on his starring role in The Buddy Holly Story, coming to The Music Hall July 9-13

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June 24, 2014
Win an Opening Night VIP Buddy Holly Package!

Now is your chance to win a VIP Buddy Holly Evening. We are so excited about our new partnership with The Ogunquit Playhouse and our production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story that we have decided to give away a VIP Evening. All you have to do is sign up to become a member of The Music Hall or upgrade your existing membership and we’ll enter you in.

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May 27, 2014
Show & Tell: Omar

A boy wants to visit his girlfriend, so he climbs over a wall. That’s the basic setup for Omar, a Middle Eastern thriller that we will be discussing on Tuesday at The Music Hall.

It’s not that simple, of course, because the wall is the separation wall between the Occupied Territories and Israel. And the boy is also a Palestinian fighter who believes he’s helping the cause when he and his friends do a little killing. Interrogation. Admission. Informing. Double dealing on all sides. That’s what thrillers are made of.

Of course, any film about Palestinians and Israelis is automatically about moral dilemmas and how the same actions seen from a different point of view can be interpreted very differently.

But director Hany Abu-Assad, who scored big with his previous work, Paradise Now, isn’t just interested in sending messages. His movie is a thriller in the Hitchcock tradition, rife with mixed messages and ambiguities that keep the audience unsure of who to believe and who to trust.

A film that works on many levels is always ripe for a good discussion, and Omar works on level after level.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day and I hope to see you tonight at The Music Hall. We’ll be in the Big Room.

Note: A couple of weeks ago we did a discussion of Nymphomaniac Vol. I and found that it was a work of genuine character and feeling whose high level of sexual content was as natural to it as violence is to other movies. I was a little conflicted about not doing a discussion of Nymphomaniac Vol. II, which is playing in The Loft. I expect it is as heartfelt and insightful as Vol. I. But Omar is just too good to miss. And having two movies that are so good that the choice is hard is exactly why The Music Hall is so vital to the nutritional needs of filmgoers in the Seacoast.

Paul Goodwin

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