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April NOW Magazine is out Print

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. Read More Read More
Walter Kirn Tells a Tale of the Long Con In Brief

Walter Kirn Tells a Tale of the Long Con

Calendar Item 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 Buy Tickets 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 Read More Read More
Sponsor Spotlight: River House Restaurant Sponsor Spotlight

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.  Read More Read More
Coming Home: Musings on Moth Mainstage In Brief

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. Read More Read More
A Mesmerizing, Cross-Cultural Mashup: Meklit Performs at The Loft Interviews

A Mesmerizing, Cross-Cultural Mashup: Meklit Performs at The Loft

We are so excited to be bringing the amazing, Ethiopian-born singer Meklit to The Music Hall Loft on Friday, January 17. Her unique sound has been likened to that of Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman. This January she will be touring the East Coast en route from NYC, where she has been invited by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (one of the country’s biggest performing arts conferences) to perform several shows around the city including Joe’s Pub and Winterjazzfest. Read More Read More
Sweet Harmonies and Flying Fingers: Don’t Miss Arc Iris at The Loft Interviews

Sweet Harmonies and Flying Fingers: Don’t Miss Arc Iris at The Loft

I’ve been a fan of Jocie Adams ever since I first heard her sing nearly four years ago, late one night in Austin, Texas. My brother-in-law had been raving about her former band, The Low Anthem—this was just before their sold out performance as part of Lincoln Center’s The American Songbook Series and their appearance on “Late Night with Letterman”— so I gave it a shot. The music I heard that evening was mesmerizing- layered harmonies, guitar, clarinet, keyboards, acoustic bass, and drums. Jocie’s voice has a beautiful, strange, and playful child-like quality that instantly draws you in to her orbit. After following her career since that night in Austin, I can’t wait to hear Jocie again when she performs a special concert at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, NH on Friday, December 6 as part of the Martingale Wharf Singer Songwriter Series. She’ll be in town showcasing her latest creative endeavor- Arc Iris. With Arc Iris, Jocie’s musical landscape is layered with mariachi horns, acoustic bass, guitars, keyboard, and clarinet— a much more adventurous terrain from that of her Low Anthem fame. I caught up with her recently to talk about her music, her memories, and her new band. Read More Read More
Opera Connection: Tosca In Brief

Opera Connection: Tosca

The perfect way to start your day at the opera! Composer/cultural historian Dennis Neil Kleinman leads a lively, no-PHD-required discussion of Puccini’s masterful mixture of emotion and mayhem, Tosca, including its connections to Reality TV, My Fair Lady and James Bond.  To mark the 3rd anniversary of the Connection, Dennis will be giving away free movie tickets to all, plus a chance to win a backstage pass to meet author Doris Kearns Goodwin (“Team of Rivals”) when she appears as part of the Music Hall’s “Writers on a New England Stage” series on December 4.  A light - but tasty! - brunch is included with admission. When: Saturday, November 9 @ 11:30 am (just prior to the Met Broadcast) Where: Music Hall Loft Admission: $14 (includes light brunch) Tickets & Information: Opera Connection: Tosca Read More Read More
Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day to Open New Hampshire Film Festival Community

Paramount Pictures’ Labor Day to Open New Hampshire Film Festival

October 8, 2013, Portsmouth, NH— Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin and Gattlin Griffith, is making its New England premiere as the opening night film at the New Hampshire Film Festival later this month. One of the most anticipated films to screen at the festival, Labor Day is based on the book by New Hampshire native Joyce Maynard, who will be in attendance at the festival. The film is directed by Jason Reitman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, based on Maynard’s novel. Starring alongside Winslet and Brolin are Clark Gregg, J.K. Simmons, Brooke Smith, James Van Der Beek and Tobey Maguire. Labor Day opens in theaters on December 25. Read More Read More

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