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The Wildcat Regiment Band from Home, Pa., held a concert at Penacook Riverside Park in Penacook on Saturday, May 23, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Civil War-era music returns to its roots in New Hampshire

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Civil War-era music arranged for one of the Union Army’s best regimental bands is returning to its roots. The Third Regiment Band of the New Hampshire Volunteers, largely recruited from Penacook, was one of hundreds of bands mustered during the war to entertain troops and carry stretchers as needed. Most of its members later ended up in the 2nd Brigade …

Review: Whitesnake delves deep into Purple past on new album

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who says you can’t go home? David Coverdale delves deep into his Deep Purple background on the new Whitesnake album, which re-does songs from his tenure fronting the legendary classic rock outfit. The Purple Album begins with a more bottom-heavy version of the classic rock anthem “Burn,” which Coverdale shared lead vocals with …

Free St. Paul’s School ballet performance highlights modern choreographers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

St. Paul’s School ballet students are offering two free opportunities to experience contemporary dance by influential choreographers and composers. The 17 dancers directed by Jennifer Howard will perform selections by Merce Cunningham, Philip Neal and Sydney Skybetter this weekend. “This is a chance to see really good dance,” Howard said. The MinEvent is …

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. …

Snow won’t stop ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Derryfield Upper School Players learned the meaning of “the show must go on” with its latest production, Beauty and the Beast. The students have been rehearsing for this weekend’s show since Jan. 1. In the last two …

‘Dottie’ takes audience into the world of dementia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alumnus, professional actor and creator Robin Marcotte remains loyal to Plymouth State University long after his 2000 graduation. This year, as the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at PSU recognizes the 30th year of theater as a …