Arts and entertainment quick picks for week of Nov. 3

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Published: 11/2/2021 5:07:30 PM
‘Matilda – The Musical’

What: Just like the characters in “Matilda,” with determination and grit the students of Franklin school have persevered in the face of challenge after challenge and come out stronger on the other side. Now everyone has a chance to let some amazing youth enthrall and enchant you once again. Based on the book by Ronald Dahl, playwright Dennis Kelly, brings adventure to the stage with original songs by Tim Minchin. “Matilda” is the story of an extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. The daughter of bad parents, Matilda finds refuge in library books and in creating her own stories. Things are no better at school, where Matilda also must face a tyrannical and cruel headmistress. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind Matilda dares to take a stand.

When: Nov. 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

Where: Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St., Franklin

Cost: $12 to $16

Info: (603) 934-1901 or

Walker Lecture concert

What: Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of vintage American popular music, including ragtime, early jazz, and the Great American Songbook. He is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest. He will perform a show of old-time piano music.

When: Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Concord

Cost: Free


Poetry book launch

What: A book launch will be held for “COVID Spring II: More Granite State Pandemic Poems,” with readings from ten New Hampshire poets included in the book, an introduction by the director of the NH Center for the Book, and a presentation by the director and staff from the NH Food Bank. (A portion of book sales is donated to the NH Food Bank.) The book is edited by Alexandria Peary, N.H. State Poet Laureate, and published from Hobblebush Books.

When: Nov. 7 from 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom


Christmas at the Fells

What: Tour the historic John Hay Estate as it is transform into an amazing Christmas wonderland. Professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers have sprinkled their magic throughout to create this one-of-a-kind showhouse. On weekends, tour-goers can enjoy lunch in the Dining Room Café. Also open is a Holiday Gift Boutique with fine items from regional artisans.

When: Daily Nov. 6 to 14, weekdays 1 to 3 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Preview Gala, Nov. 5, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: John Hay Estate at The Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury

Cost: Regular viewing $8 children (under 5 free) and $25 adults; $35 pictures with Santa; Preview gala $100 to $250

Info: 603-763-4789, ext. 3, or

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