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Do this: A reading, doo-wop and theater

Fiddler on the Roof jr.

Fiddler on the Roof jr.

Beat the heat this week with a little doo-wop, a reading by a New Hampshire author or a theater performance or two:

Harvey Robbins’s Legends of Doo-Wop will take the stage at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Robbins, a Dorchester, Mass., native, has been producing doo-wop concerts in New England since 1985. His love of the genre is so deep that he turned off his radio when the British Invasion took over the airwaves in 1964 and hasn’t turned it on since.

This show will include performances by Robbins’s All-Star Doo-Wop Band as well as the original Tune Weavers and long-time Platters front man Tony Funches. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online at flyingmonkeynh.com or by calling 554-4130.

Culture clash

New Hampshire author Betsy Woodman will return to Gibson’s Bookstore on Main Street in Concord tonight at 7 to present the final installment in her Jana Bibi novel series, which is set in India. Cultures clash in this latest novel, Emeralds Included: A Jana Bibi Adventure, as the Jolly Grant House prepares to welcome a special delivery from Scotland.

Woodman is a New Hampshire native who spent a decade living in India during her formative years. She studied in France and Zambia, is a graduate of Smith College and has a master’s degree in anthropology from Brandeis University. She has worked as a history book editor and book reviewer and was a writer/editor for Experiencing War, an award-winning radio documentary series for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

For information about the event, go to gibsonsbookstore.com.

‘Tom Sawyer’

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will bring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to the stage this week with a twist that makes it more family friendly.

This adaptation of the classic tale focuses on the elements that are sure to bring out the child in all audience members: the thrill of mischief making, the pangs of first love and the shiver of an adventure gone wrong.

The play will run through Aug. 2, with performances Mondays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and matinees today and Monday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $10 and can be ordered by calling 279-0333.

Fiddling around

RB Productions will bring Fiddler on the Roof Jr. to the stage at the Capitol Center of the Arts in Concord tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thirty-five youth theater participants will bring to life the classic tale of Tevya, a poor dairyman trying to teach his five daughters the traditions of their tight-knit Jewish community.

Tickets cost $12 and are available at the door or online at ccanh.com.

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