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June-July 2023 Digital Magazine

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Sponsor Spotlight: Martingale Wharf Uncategorized

Sponsor Spotlight: Martingale Wharf

Have you been to Martingale Wharf? This fabulous restaurant, and community business leader, is the lead sponsor of our 2012- 2013 Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, and the exclusive sponsor of our new Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series. We would not be able to bring the world-class acts we do to the Seacoast without the tremendous support and generosity of Martingale Wharf. A waterfront dining deck, restaurant, and wine bar on Bow Street in Portsmouth, the Martingale Wharf American Bistro resides in a property which has been a downtown landmark for more than a century, just like The Music Hall! Martingale Wharf offers a menu to suit every taste, with three distinctly different dining rooms. And now, in partnership with The Music Hall, The Martingale Wharf is helping to offer a musical menu to suit every taste through its sponsorship. The Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series is a new original series born out of the success of The Music Hall’s Singer Songwriter Festival held in April of this year which featured 23 singers and songwriters including notable greats John Prine, Aimee Mann, Sharon Van Etten, and Dirty Projectors. This series is dedicated to bringing regional and national singer songwriters to The Loft to celebrate the creativity that marks the genre. Boasting the largest deck for al fresco dining in Portsmouth, the Martingale Wharf seized the opportunity to sponsor the series. “The Music Hall is an important piece of a very cool place we live called Portsmouth,” said Joe Baroni, owner of Martingale Wharf, “Between the Intimately Yours concerts, Writers on a New England Stage, Hilarity comedy shows, Innovation & Leadership Forums, Extraordinary Cinema, or the programs for children like the School Days Series - there is something for everyone at The Music Hall.” Thank you, Martingale Wharf, for helping bring this new signature music series to the Seacoast! Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: Go (see) Frances! In Brief

Social on the Seacoast: Go (see) Frances!

There’s still time to spend a (deliciously cool) few hours with Frances, the idiosyncratic heroine of the hip indie flick, “Frances Ha”—you’ll come out smiling. Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the movie with Noah Baumbach (“Greenberg,” Margot at the Wedding,” “The Squid and the Whale”) plays a scattered, sometimes awkward, occasionally annoying, but always true-to-herself 27-year-old would-be dancer. At the start of the movie, Frances is living in New York with her best friend from college, barely scraping by. The plot centers on friendship, not romance. I loved this refreshing take on coming-of-age; ditto for the black and white palette which allows a laser-like focus on Frances herself. The film reveals surprising layers of a character who ultimately shows admirable perseverance and integrity as she takes the leap into adulthood. “Frances Ha” is at the Music Hall Historic Theater through Thursday, July 18. Tickets/Showtimes Reviews: The New Yorker - Richard Brody The Guardian - Emma Brockes Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: Don’t Miss the Best Kitchen Tour Ever on Saturday May 4 Community

Social on the Seacoast: Don’t Miss the Best Kitchen Tour Ever on Saturday May 4

Every spring for more than 20 years, local homeowners open their kitchen and dining spaces for The Music Hall’s always popular kitchen tour. This year, the tour is back in Portsmouth on May 4, 2013 to tour chic homes in the Mill Pond areas, allowing privileged peeks into some of the most dazzling, inspiring, and innovative kitchens in the region. To get the inside scoop, I spoke with Dominique Jackson, Special Events Manager at The Music Hall: RB: Sustainable design is a huge trend. How is it reflected in this year’s kitchens? DJ: Several homes have green details in their kitchens, from energy efficient appliances to countertops made from recycled materials. One home is only 10 percent on the grid, with elements like solar heat that is stored in cement flooring and then slowly radiates back into the house. Sustainability is very important to The Music Hall, and we’re excited that these homes reflect initiatives we feel strongly about. Read More Read More
Social on the Seacoast: Portsmouth Rocks April 17 - 21 Music

Social on the Seacoast: Portsmouth Rocks April 17 – 21

I love catching the big name acts that come to the Music Hall—who wouldn’t swoon to Al Green? But I get even more jazzed about seeing emerging talent push musical boundaries—known to music critics and fans but new to me—like the infectious, high-energy band David Wax Museum, who played to a sold-out house at the Loft on Sunday April 7. And, as a writer, I hate to miss any of the Writers on a New England Stage or Writers in the Loft events. It’s fascinating to get a privileged peek inside the heads of these authors, each with a singular voice and point of view. So it goes without saying that I’m excited about the expanded lineup of the Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter festival this year, starting with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with his book The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics on Wednesday, April 17; and ending with a double bill of Aimee Mann and Sharon Van Etten on Sunday, April 21. (All appendages crossed that Aimee and Sharon will decide to sing a song or two together for us. . .) Read More Read More

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