Film Eclectica: 42

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Film Eclectica SeriesThe Portsmouth Public Library is inviting everyone to the screening of “42” on September 12, 2013 from 6:30 pm onwards.

“42” is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number “42”. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. Christopher Meloni, John C. McGinley, Lucas Black, and Nicole Beharie appear in supporting roles. “42” was released in North America on April 12, 2013.

It tells the story of Jackie Robinson and, under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey, Robinson’s signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers to become the first African-American player to break the baseball color barrier. The story focuses mostly on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers season and somewhat on Robinson’s 1946 season with the Montreal Royals.

This event is part of the Film Eclectica Series. Admission is free and snacks will be provided.

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Tan Vampires at the Press Room

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Tan VampiresDon’t miss the chance to catch The Tan Vampires perform at the Press Room on September 14, 2013 from 9:00 pm onwards.

The band is composed of Jake Mehrman on vocals and guitars, Mike Filitis in bass, Nick Phaneuf on guitars, Chris Klaxton on trumpet and guitar, Mike Effenberger on keyboards, and Jim Rudolph on drums.

Lead singer/songwriter Jake Mehrman started as a solo project but quickly found a stellar line-up of musicians from the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire to establish a full-bodied sound. Their debut album, “For Physical Fitness,” was released on September 20, 2011 and garnered attention from NPR’s All Songs Considered and Brooklyn blog titan, Big Ugly Yellow Couch. That year they opened for well-known artists Yo La Tengo and Okkervil River and performed two official CMI showcases in New York City. Their fanbase grew and earned them a performance at the Sundance Film Festival at the beginning of 2012. Tan Vampires plan to release “Ephemera” in August 2013.

Tickets cost $6.

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Ikebana Demo and Exhibit at PPL

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Ikebana at PPLDon’t miss the chance to be a part of the Ikebana Demonstration and Exhibit happening on September 12, 2013 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Levenson Community Room of the Portsmouth Public Library.

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement, also known as kadō.  As opposed to western flower arrangement which is centered on the blooms’ colors, it emphasizes various areas of a plant including its stems and leaves. It also draws emphasis toward shape, line and form.

This event is presented by the members of the Kittery Point Ikenobo Chapter who will be showcasing the wonders of this ancient art.

They will be demonstrating four Ikebana styles, each of which have a distinctive character and arranged with a specific pattern in mind.

The arrangements will then be placed at an exhibit at the Library lobby. This can be viewed until midday on September 14th.

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The Felice Brothers at the Press Room

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The Felice Brothers“The Felice Brothers” will be performing live at the Press Room on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

“The Felice Brothers” is a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends, all in their twenties. They are self-taught, not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in New York City subway stations. “The Felice Brothers” have released three full-length albums; their last, Yonder Is The Clock, on Team Love Records (2009).

The majority of their work was recorded in a converted chicken coop in upstate New York near their hometown of Palenville. Esquire, Filter, The New York Times, NPR, Spin, Time Out New York, Uncut, and Under The Radar have praised them, among others. They are on virtually constant tour in the States and overseas, and have performed at festivals including Bonnaroo, All Points West, Outside Lands, Langerado, and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Tickets for the show are sold at $22.


Twitter Lead Generation Cards

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Twitter logoLast May, Twitter has announced the limited availability of their Lead Generation Card— a streamlined tool to help advertisers find and connect off-Twitter with users interested in their message. Three months following this, the micro-blogging site has announced on its blog that this toll will now be available for all advertisers including small and medium businesses who advertise on Twitter.

According to their blog post, the additional enhancements made to the Lead Generation Card include:

Simpler setup and lead collection. Basic setup now takes just minutes from start to finish, and you can download your leads straight from Twitter Ads into a CSV spreadsheet. Or, you can also arrange for incoming leads to be instantly updated in your CRM system.

Card analytics. You can now view important metrics to help you optimize your card designs, such as cost per lead by card. These metrics can also be accessed within the reports for each of your Promoted Tweet campaigns.

New layouts. We’re continuing to experiment with more card layouts to ensure that the Lead Generation Card is versatile for a variety of uses, from coupon offers to newsletter subscriptions to political campaigns sign-ups.

Available in all languages. We’ve made the Lead Generation Card available in all languages supported on Twitter Ads. No matter where your customers are, you can ensure they have a great experience with the Cards you Tweet. Please note, Twitter Ads for Small Business is currently available only to US-based advertisers Tweeting in English.

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Dangermuffin at the Press Room

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DangermuffinDon’t miss Dangermuffin as they take center stage at the Press Room on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

The band is composed of Mike Sivilli on electric guitar and vocals, Dan Lotti on vocals and guitar, and Steven Sandifer on drums and vocals,

This Folly Beach, S.C.-based trio is clearly at peace with themselves and their career, while keeping up a constant pursuit of truth. The seeds they’ve planted at major festivals around the nation grow as fast as the mileage on their odometer, yet they dream and sing of home with a yearning passion. Most strikingly, the band’s musical execution remains refreshingly simple, belying a staggering lyrical and thematic depth behind each individual song.

Tickets for the show are sold at $8.

This is a 21 and over only event,

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Importance of Social Media Buttons

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SMMHaving a website and going social go hand in hand for a successful online marketing campaign. The truth is a lot of traffic can be generated from social networks. This is why installing social media buttons is a must for any brand.

Giving the audience the opportunity to share a brand’s content is useful for attracting inbound traffic. Here’s the thing: when a visitor hits a share button, the URL to the post gets displayed on their newsfeed and the people in their network can share, like, or comment on it as well as follow the click through link.

In addition, this option is also free so there is no reason not to include social media buttons on a website.

According to Lee Jackson, it is important to display social feeds (Twitter, blog RSS, Facebook Like Box etc.), a link to the blog and RSS feed, links to each social profile, and share buttons to a brand’s website.

He also added that “‘Pin it’ Pinterest buttons, and also features like the Twitter ‘Tweet this page’ and ‘Follow us” can also be added.

The bottom line is to determine your social goals, and then design the pages as to not look cluttered,” Jackson explained.

Shades of Rust CD Launch Show

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Shades of RustRising local band Shades of Rust will be releasing their first album “The Break Neck Sessions Live 2013” on September 7th at the Music Hall Loft from 8:00 in the evening onwards.

Tom Schena will be opening the night with an acoustic set dedicated to his long-time fans.

Shades of Rust is a 4-piece soul rock band from New England that creates music ranging from acoustic ballads to power rock anthems about the power of freedom, love to rise above the human condition.

It is a band steeped in the tradition of noted musical influences including songwriter Ksri Kristofferson, country-folk movement founder Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, and Jim Croce.

The band is composed of Tom Schena, Shane Mountain, Alexx Morrison and Mark Edgerly who work together to produce a great blend of rock, soul, ballad, and blues.

Tickets are available for $15.

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Vaud & The Villains at the Historic Theater

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Vaud and the VillainsGet ready for a one of a kind performance as Vaud & the Villains take center stage at the Historic Theater on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8:00 in the evening onwards.

Vaud & the Villains is a 19-piece 1930’s, New Orleans Orchestra and Cabaret show, created by actor Andy Comeau and his wife Dawn Lewis. The act was inspired by the Bruce Springsteen Seeger Sessions album and the show includes many of those public domain songs in their repertoire. The show is part concert, part revival show, part Americana Noire, part Moulin Rouge.

They have played regularly at Fais Do Do, in Los Angeles and Harvelles Long Beach since 2008. They have toured to New Orleans, LA, Chicago, Indiana, New York City, Burlington, VT, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Boston, MA.

Tickets for the show are sold at $30.

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Intimately Yours Presents Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

The Music Hall’s Intimately Yours series proudly present Béla Fleck & Abigail Washbur in a performance like no other. This event will take place on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 8:00 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

The pair will be playing the music they developed as a couple featuring a mix of traditional and original songs that will leave the audience wanting for more.

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck is an American banjo player. Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players, he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

Abigail Washburn is an American clawhammer banjo player and singer. She performs and records as a soloist, as well as with the old-time bands Uncle Earl and Sparrow Quartet.

Tickets are sold at $38.25 for non-members and $32.25 for members. For more information, please visit


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