Art, music to see the week of Feb. 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Concord Trio of shows at Capitol Center for the Arts

Neelie McKay, Shopkins and a Night of Blues will all be at the Capitol Center for the Arts this week.

Known for being a singer-songwriter, actress and former stand-up comedian, Nellie McKay is performing at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday at 8 p.m. McKay made her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera and co-created and starred in her own off-Broadway play, Old Hats. The play is award-winning. She has written three acclaimed musical biographies and is noted for a critically acclaimed album from her Broadway debut.

Tickets start at $15.

On Sunday at 6 p.m., enjoy A Night of Blues with Big Bill Morganfield, Jason Ricci and Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks. Big Bill Morganfield, just in the last few years, has come up as one of the top blues talents in America. He is the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and seems to have followed in his father’s footsteps.

Tickets are $30 for general admission.

Lastly, the No. 1 toy in North America is coming to life on Wednesday. Starting at 6 p.m., Shopkins Live! Shop it Up, a new live show, will take place, featuring musical performances from your favorite characters. They will perform urban-styled music through song and dance.

Tickets start at $25 with VIP tickets and family four-packs also available.

For all shows, visit ccanh.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

Plymouth Winter Blues Festival

The Flying Monkey Performance Center is presenting the Winter Blues Festival at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Featured in the show are William “Big Bill” Morganfield, Sugar Ray Norcia, Jerry Portnoy, Jason Ricci, Paul Richell and Annie Raines, and Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks. Tickets are $29, and $39 for premier seating. For tickets and more information, call the box office at 536-2551 or visit flyingmonkeynh.com.

Manchester Currier Museum presents Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The Currier Museum is presenting the work of New Hampshire resident and one of America’s most renowned sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

He was a 19th-century sculptor whose famous work is located in Boston Commons, a sculpture called Shaw Memorial. The piece honors Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his African-American troops during the Civil War. He is also the creator of Diana, an iconic sculpture of the goddess of the hunt. The artwork was once displayed on the tower of Madison Square Garden.

Forty of Saint-Gaudens’s sculptures will be on display at the Currier Museum on May 20.

Henniker Cold River Ranters celebrate anniversary

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of the town of Henniker, New England College Pub will present Cold River Ranters, a folk group whose melodies reflect many cultural traditions. An open-mic will take place as well. This anniversary celebration takes place onSunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Contact milliknudsen@gmail.com for more information, or call 320-8283.

Keene Keene State Theatre stages puppet musical

The Adventures of Detective Sent-Tout: The Case of the Missing Adverbsby Keene State College theatre Professor Céline Perron will premiere Tuesday and run through March 3 at the Redfern Arts Center in the Wright Theatre. Performances will be every evening at 7 p.m., and at 2 p.m. on March 3.

The play is a detective and love story performed by student actors behind a large puppet theatre. Each puppet animal in this performance takes on an important role, from main character Stent-Tout, a dog private eye, to a cat jazz singer named Vera. A giraffe professor looks to Stent-Tout for help solving the mystery of missing adverbs from a text book. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, and $6 for Keene students. Call 358-2168 or visit keene.edu/arts/redfern for tickets.