Terence Blanchard Quintet Performance

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The Music HallThe Music Hall’s Intimately Yours Series proudly presents the special performance of the Terence Blanchard Quintet happening on Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

Blanchard is renowned in jazz circles as a remarkable trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. Vanity Fair writes, “He plays the most coolly expressive trumpet in jazz, transmuting the instrument’s repertoire of smears, growls, peeps and blasts into an astonishingly fluid language both luxurious and controlled.”

A veteran of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers (recommended by Wynton Marsalis as his replacement in 1983), Blanchard began his own recording career in a band co-led with saxophonist Donald Harrison, delivering two albums for Concord and three more for Columbia before launching his solo career with his eponymous 1991 album, also for Columbia. He delivered nine albums for Columbia and Sony Classical.

Tickets for the show are sold at $28 for members and $32 for non-members.


Papercuts and Friends at the Press Room

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Papercuts and Friends at the Press RoomTim McCoy and the Papercuts will be taking center stage at the Press Room on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 8:00 in the evening onwards.

Tim McCoy and The Papercuts is a rock band based out of Dover, New Hampshire and was founded by Seacoast musician Tim McCoy of Heavens to Murgatroid, Weed Inc., Lemon Fresh Kids, Starch, Jon Nolan and Hokum, The Monster Makers/Gay Bride of Frankenstein, and The Donkey Show.

The band is composed of Jason Boyce, Dan McGarry, Billy Butler of Gay Bride of Frankenstein, and Jamie Biscomb.

The band’s albums have been produced and recorded by singer, song writer Jon Nolan of Say Zuzu and Jon Nolan and Hokum. Nolan is the owner and operator of Milltown Recording Company.

McCoy and Nolan have been playing and recording together since 1992. Jamie Biscomb was discovered at Paddy’s American Grill in the Pease International Tradeport by McCoy’s friend and collaborator Tim Theriault, guitarist for Sully Erna’s of Godsmack solo project Avalon (Sully Erna album).

Tickets for the show are sold at $5.


Social media helps address suicide problem among US military vets

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Social Media in US MilitaryOn a daily basis, 22 military vets commit suicide in the United States.

This has been a prevalent problem in the US military and it has been working hard to address it in the past six years.

Most recently, the US military teamed up with data specialists to address the problem. The latest solution is to monitor veterans for signs of despondency through social media. The program is called the Durkheim Project, which is named after Emile Durkheim.

The specialists claim that they can compile a list of keywords and phrases that serve as indicators of despondency. The list will be ran through an analytical system which screens online posts and alerts medical specialists, as well as family members, when a veteran’s comments are indicative of committing suicide.

Very few people admit to saying they’re suicidal. However, by monitoring posts of veterans who agree to participate in the system, experts can identify ones that are high-risk—providing ample time to perform interventions.

Chris Poulin, the director and principal investigator of the Durkheim Project, says that indicators can be found in a veteran’s words and behaviors. He says that these are reliable signals.

Source: The Boston Globe

Will your Facebook page affect your chances of getting into college?

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Young men and women holding mobile phonesDoes your social media profile affect your chances of getting into colleges?

According to a new study from Kaplan Test Prep, schools are “increasingly discovering information on Facebook and Google that negatively impact applicants’ acceptance chances.”

In a survey conducted last year, 27% of admissions officers say that they use Google to screen applicants while 26% check on Facebook. Google searches do not only reel in links to Facebook pages, they also provide links for other social media pages—including Twitter and Google Plus.

Based on figures, school recruiters refer to online media more than admissions counselors.

According to a study, a variety of social media posts can affect a student’s application—including pictures of alcohol, nudity, illegal drugs, and violence.

Others quickly pointed out that this can be a privacy issue. However, once information has been uploaded to the internet, it ceases to be called “private.” Still, privacy settings can be adjusted to limit the viewing of profiles to confirmed contacts.

Source: CBS New York

Jack the Giant Slayer at PPL

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Jack the Giant SlayerThe Portsmouth Public Library is inviting everyone to the screening of Jack the Giant Slayer on August 5, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening at the Levenson Community Room.

Jack the Giant Slayer (previously titled Jack the Giant Killer) is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film based on the fairy tales “Jack the Giant Killer” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. The film is directed by Bryan Singer with a screenplay written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dan Studney and stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor. The film tells the story of Jack, a young farmhand who must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their world.

For inquiries, please contact Youth Services at 1-603-766-1740 or at For more information about the programs hosted by the Portsmouth Public Library, please visit their website at


Social Media plays critical role in identifying source of foodbourne disease

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Social MediaSocial media played an integral role in indentifying the source of a foodborne strep throat infection among students who attended a high school banquet in Minnesota.

Of the 63 banquet attendants, 18 developed the infection. When a series of posts related to the condition appeared on the team’s Facebook page, a concerned parent contacted the state health department.

Health officials proceeded to investigating the case. They contacted about 100 people via telephone to inspect the incident.

Investigators also conducted DNA analysis of the people who developed the condition.

“We suspect cooked food was contaminated by respiratory droplets from a person who carried the strep bacteria in the throat when the food was cooling or reheating,” said Dr. Sarah Kemble, lead author of the study. “The food probably was not kept hot or cold enough to stop bacterial growth.”

The proliferation of information about social media played an integral role in identifying the source of the infection. Experts say that the incident can serve as an inspiration to create a more formal social media page to address disease and outbreak investigations.

Source: US News & World Report

Mother blogs about the dangers of social media

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Social Media MomA mother from Mebane, North Carolina has started a blog centering on her social media rules for her four sons. And the blog serves as a warning for other parents as well.

Last week, Kristen Thompson wrote a post titled “Wake Up and Smell the Sexting, Parents.” The post received more than 150,000 hits.

“If you post something that you’d be embarrassed for your Mom to see, don’t post it,” wrote Thompson. “That’s my rule.  Like or not, you break it, we’re going to rumble.”

Her children are allowed to create social media accounts, but they have to submit the password to their mother. Admittedly, Thompson says she’s an over protective parent.

“I can’t be on four phones and four iPods and iPads all the time, but every so often I’m going to check,” she explains.

Reports say that the children understand that their mother is looking out for their best interests.

In her blog, Thompson also identifies the risks for selected apps—including Snapchat and Vine.

“Look I’ve seen the things my kids have posted and make me go ‘Woah oh no he didn’t’ they’ve had posts removed, comments removed, pictures removed, account deactivated, iPods taken away and phone service disconnected and yes we went there,” explained Thompson.


Writers in the Loft with J. Courtney Sullivan

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J Courtney Sullivan EngagementsThe Music Hall is inviting everyone to the Writers in the Loft event featuring novelist J. Courtney Sullivan on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 7:00 in the evening. She will be talking about her latest book, The Engagements.

J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Courtney’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men’s Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and co-editor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Tickets are sold for $41 (non-members) and $38 (members). This is inclusive of a reserved seat, a copy of the book, a bar beverage, and access to the Q&A and book signing/meet and greet.

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Why Use LinkedIn Premium

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LinkedInCountless people are already on LinkedIn because it allows users to expand their reach throughout their industry better than ever before. While some are content with the features of their free accounts, there are other users that have been benefiting from the network’s paid service. Here are reasons why switching to LinkedIn Premium can be advantageous for brand owners:

  • It has a Profile Organizer which is useful for prospecting. Users can create folders and add profiles to them. They can also make notes and add contact details about each profile.
  • It allows users to get insight into how people are finding their profile via Profile Stats. This means that users can easily tweak some things on their profile to be able to be found more easily.
  • Premium account users are able to send InMails every month. These are emails sent to other LinkedIn users, whether they are in a brand owner’s network or not. Connecting with other users and expanding one’s network is easier and brings back much favorable responses than regular emails since people know that a brand owner is part of the LinkedIn community.
  • Paid accounts also have access to premium search filters which make finding prospects much simpler and much quicker.
  • Finally, LinkedIn Premium users are given up to 1000 search results as opposed to the 200 limit for the free version.

Menopause the Musical at the Historic Theater

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Menopause the MusicalGet ready for a hilarious take on the biggest change that women face in their lives as Jeanie Linders’ Menopause The Musical takes center stage at the Historic Theater on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards.

Menopause The Musical® is the work of writer Jeanie Linders. This uplifting 90-minute production includes parodies from the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s.  It culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change.

Set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale.  The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer The Silent Passage.

Tickets are sold for $53 (Gold Section), $43 (A Section), and $33 (B and C Section). There is also a special VIP Package available for $33 which includes a Cast Meet and Greet as well as a signed poster.

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