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Ian Tewksbury and the rest of the cast rehearse the song "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" for this year's First Congregational Church Variety Show titled “Cruisin’ and Croonin,’” at Hopkinton High School on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Hopkinton Variety Show has entertained the community for 30 years and counting

Thursday, April 16, 2015

This week, Hopkinton High School’s auditorium will be transformed into the deck of a cruise ship, the backdrop for a lot of singing, dancing and laughter. Welcome to Hopkinton’s Variety Show, a community tradition going back three decades. Every other year, the members of First Congregational Church put on a performance that runs for three nights, brings out hundreds of …

Concord’s True Brew music scene: Live, local, original

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you like good local music, a nice espresso and a hearty stout, True Brew Barista in downtown Concord is the place for you. The Hippo has named True Brew the Best Bar for Live Music three years in a row, and the coffee shop/music bar was named the second-best live music venue …

Local artists nominated for New England Music Awards

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New England’s top musicians, songwriters and producers will be recognized Saturday at the New England Music Awards. Those who attend will hear Latin, rock, country, folk, pop, hip hop, reggae and more by artists who call New England home. There were a number of smaller, regional awards programs: the Connecticut Music Awards, the …

Epsom: Art based on artists

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Susan Lirakis didn’t talk much as a kid. Even at age 6, she hadn’t quite found the words she needed. Then she got a camera. “It was my means of expression,” she said of that gift from her …

Semifinals set for N.H. Poetry Out Loud contest

Monday, March 2, 2015

High school poetry readers from across New Hampshire will compete at four Poetry Out Loud semifinal competitions this month for a chance to represent their school at the state championship. The competition encourages youth to learn about the beauty and power of language through memorization and performance of …

Missing: One Oscar gown, 6,000 pearls, worth up to $10 million

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o showed up to the Oscars this year looking like a bag of money. At least that’s what one enterprising thief saw – because Tuesday, the custom Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Collection gown was stolen from the actress’s hotel room at the London West Hollywood Hotel. …

Grammy winner Kathy Griffin comes to Palace Theatre

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kathy Griffin to sass it up in Manch Vegas Grammy Award-winning comedian and entertainer Kathy Griffin will bring her signature brand of comedy to Palace Theatre in Manchester for one night only, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. Griffin …

Who’s that in a cape? New musical stars Brooklyn superheroes

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Move aside, Gotham. Brooklyn has gotten so cool these days that it now has its own group of superheroes. The original musical Brooklynite features six brand-new crusaders with superpowers protecting the borough, a mysterious substance in an asteroid, …

A king goes to the dentist

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A former circus lion named King rests sedated as a veterinarian performs dental surgery, inside a temporary refuge on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on Friday. Vets from the Animal Defenders International are operating on lions and monkeys …

Diana Nyad turns her record swim into a 1-woman stage show

Friday, February 20, 2015

Diana Nyad, who made history as the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage, isn’t scared of wading into another challenge – theater. The 65-year-old endurance swimmer is performing Onward! The Diana Nyad …

UNH presents world premiere of play

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

‘Keep on Walkin’,” a world premiere production presented by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Theatre and Dance, explores the topic of how we imagine people to be before we meet them, and what our reactions are once we do. Added to the surprise of the unknown …

Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents pet-loving comedy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The street-wise lab-poodle mix who has the title role in playwright A.R. Gurney’s canine comedy, Sylvia, will take to The Winnipesaukee Playhouse stage, played by very human actress Rachel Broadwell, for one weekend only – tonight through Sunday. The synopsis, according to the Playhouse: Empty nesters Greg and …

Warner family uses frigid weather to build gem-colored igloo

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The McInturff family first attempted to build an igloo on their front lawn last winter, but the temperate February hindered the project. But this year has been anything but mild, with plenty of snow and extra cold temperatures. …