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Highlights for the week of July 12, 2018

  • John Langdon Storer’s likeness was captured by painter and telegraph-inventor Samuel Morse in Portsmouth around 1816. Courtesy of Portsmouth Athenaeum


Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Canterbury Five days of arts

Canterbury Shaker Village will host Arts Week from Tuesday until July 21. Among the offerings are artists in residence, outdoor sculptures, a free family day, dance performances, theater, classical music and aerialists.

Artists in residence include metalsmith Ray Ciemny, mixed-media artist Toni Jo Coppa, painters Abba Cudney and Alison Palizzolo and potter Teresa Taylor. Pam Tarbell of Mill Brook Gallery curated the sculpture exhibit.

On Wednesday, Ballet Misha will perform “Child of Faerie, Child of Earth.” Dance was elemental to the Shaker form of spirital expression. Four dancers – Joan Talarico Brodsky, Lorraine Chapman of LCTC, Alyssa Desruisseaux of Ballet Misha and Amanda Whitworth of Tributary Dance – will perform Thursday during regularly scheduled tours highlighting four generations of Shakers.

Music and theater shows include “New England Utopia” by Pontine Theatre, a rehearsal of “The Zealous Laborers, Act II” by the Canterbury Singers, a teaser performance of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Taming of the Shrew” by Advice to the Players and Symphony New Hampshire’s String Quartet.

On July 17, 19 and 20, cost is the same as regular admission, July 18 is free with tours for $10. The Saturday reception and The Zealous Laborers, Act II performance is $25 for adults, $15 for youth and students with ID. Tickets should be purchased in advance.

Porstmouth Concord painter’s works on display

Twenty years before Samuel F.B. Morse changed the world with his electric telegraph, he was an itinerant painter in Portsmouth and Concord.

Two of his paintings are part of a new exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, “Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850.”

On the back of Morse’s circa-1816 portrait of John Langdon Storer are scrawled the words, “served in President Andrew Jackson’s cabinet.” It is one of about 20 portraits that will be on display through Nov. 3 in the Athenaeum’s Randall Gallery, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth.

Morse was born in Massachusetts, and married a woman from Concord.

The free exhibit opens Friday with a reception at the Athenaeum from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, go to portsmouthathenaeum.org or call 431-2538.

Concord Craft brewers come to the capital

The N.H. Brewers Association’s 5th annual N.H. Brewers Festival returns to the Kiwanis Waterfront Park in Concord on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

It claims to feature the largest collection of New Hampshire craft breweries at any brewfest in the state and is the perfect opportunity to taste the best beer the state has to offer.

This one-of-a-kind event is “For the Brewers, By the Brewers,” meaning run by and in support of the New Hampshire craft beer industry and will bring together more than 40 brewers showcasing more than 120 craft beers.

Tickets are $40 general admission preorder or $50 at gate, $20 for designated drivers, and $60 for VIP tickets that let you in at noon. All attendees, including drivers, must by 21 or older.

For more information or tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-nh-brewers-festival-tickets-45138680007.