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April 17, 2018
Let’s Gather together to Fight Hunger

It’s our fourth year collaborating with Gather for the Fill the Hall Food Drive on Saturday, June 23. It is core to our mission to give back, and we do that best by connecting with one another through the arts.

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April 9, 2018
Flowers, Mother’s Day, and the Annual Kitchen Tour!

Kitchen Tour
Forget the multiple nor’easters, forget the snow in April, forget the power outages. Look ahead, my winter-weary friends. Look toward the blessed month of May. The flowers, Mother’s Day, and the most popular rite of spring this side of the Piscataqua: the annual Kitchen Tour to benefit The Music Hall!

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April 4, 2018
Spring Restaurant Week Returns in Full Vigor

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As the days get longer and warmer, there’s more to discover in Portsmouth and the Seacoast. Celebrate Spring 2018 Restaurant Week Portsmouth by pairing a meal at a local restaurant with an upcoming show at The Music Hall.

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March 20, 2018
Sharing the Theater Experience

I’m standing in the back of a sold out show in the Historic Theater. The crowd is rowdy until the lights go down to a chorus of “Shhhhs.” Then the stage lights come on and the dinosaurs come out and the audience fills with appreciative “Ooohs” and delightful chuckles. This is not your average Music Hall show but it is one of my favorite activities: I’ve come to watch a School Days Series matinee performance of Dragons Love Tacos and Other Story Books.

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March 5, 2018
Creating a Healthy Community

The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to the Historic Theater for two nights this month on Wednesday, March 14 and Thursday, March 15. A unique, exhilarating, and provocative exploration of the mountain world, the films take you to some of the world’s most captivating and breathtaking mountain environments. This popular festival has called our theater home for the last two decades and has served as a fundraiser for one of our longest community partners, Goodwin Community Health.

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February 22, 2018
Sharing Stories and Song

Umalali with AIR Girls Jan. 2018

Students from Arts in Reach, an organization empowering teenage girls through mentoring and the arts, met the performers of Umalali and the Garifuna Collective prior to their performance at the Loft on January 19. Performing traditional songs from a community that is struggling to maintain its unique language, music, and traditions in the face of globalization, the Garifuna Collective has made it their mission to preserve and share the threatened music of their community.

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