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The Kings of Summer at the Historic Theater

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The Kings of Summer at the Historic TheaterDon’t miss the screening of The Kings of Summer happening on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

The Kings of Summer, previously titled Toy’s House, is a 2013 American comedy-drama film that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2013, and received a limited release on May 31, 2013.

The film follows Joe Toy (Nick Robinson), on the verge of adolescence, who finds himself increasingly frustrated by the attempts of his single father, Frank (Nick Offerman), to manage his life. Declaring his freedom once and for all, he escapes to a clearing in the woods with his best friend, Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and a strange kid named Biaggio (Moisés Arias). He announces that they are going to build a house there, free from responsibility and parents. Once their makeshift abode is finished, the three young men find themselves masters of their own destiny, alone in the woods.

Tickets for the show are sold at $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and military.

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Much Ado About Nothing Screening

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Much Ado About NothingThe Music Hall is inviting everyone to the screening of Much Ado About Nothing happening on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 American independent romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher and Jillian Morgese.

The plot of the movie is largely unchanged from that of Shakespeare’s original play. Differences include the modern-day setting, the switching of Conrade’s gender, and expanding Ursula’s role slightly by giving her some of Margaret’s scenes. Whedon’s film imagery advances an unusual interpretation of the text, that Beatrice and Benedick have been in love before the plot unfolds.

Tickets for the show are sold at $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, students, and members of the military.


Blue Jasmine to be showed at The Music Hall

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Blue Jasmine“Blue Jasmine,” the latest film of legendary director Woody Allen, will be featured at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater from August 23 to September 12.

The film is billed by a capable cast, which includes Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, and Sally Hawkins. It also features Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., and Andrew Dice Clay.

Jasmin (Blanchett) sees her life fall into pieces, including a divorce with Hal (Baldwin). She moves into her sister’s apartment in San Francisco to try to pull herself back together again.

For tickets and show times, please visit The Music Hall.

An Evening of Laughter at the Loft

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A Safe PlaceA Safe Place is inviting everyone to An Evening of Laughter happening on Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards at the Music Hall Loft.

This event is a comedy benefit headlined by Tony V together with Kelly Macfarland, Carolyn Plummer, Danielle Soto, and Suzi Berlin. It aims to support A Safe Place’s campaign to break the cycle of domestic abuse.

Tickets for the show are sold at $35 (advanced), $45 (at the door), and $75 (VIP; includes two beverage (or cocktail) tickets, Hors d’ oeuvres, and front of the house reserved tables)

A Safe Place is a grassroots social change organization incorporated over 34 years ago to prevent and eliminate domestic violence.

It provides services to survivors of domestic abuse and stalking, regardless of gender, age, health status (including HIV-positive) physical, mental or emotional ability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic status, race, national origin, immigration status, as well as religious and political affiliation.


Grace Kelly at the Press Room

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Grace KellyThe Press Room is inviting everyone to Grace Kelly’s special performance on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 6:00 in the evening onwards.

Grace Kelly is an Asian-American jazz saxophonist, vocalist, songwriter, arranger, and bandleader. Kelly became the youngest ever musician voted to the Down Beat Magazine’s Critics Poll at age 16. At 18 she released her sixth album, Man with the Hat, a collaboration with jazz legend Phil Woods.

Since age 12 Grace has performed in over 500 concerts as a leader all around the world at prominent venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Apollo Theater, Birdland, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s (London), Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, B.B. King’s Blues Club (New York City), Jazz Bakery (LA), Dakota Jazz Club, and in venues as far away as Europe and Asia. She has also released seven full-length albums and recorded with other artists as well.

Tickets for the show are sold at $10.

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Press Room PresentsThe Ghost Wolves

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The Ghost Wolves at the Press RoomGet ready for a roaring night as The Ghost Wolves takes center stage at the Press Room on Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

The Ghost Wolves is an American-made female-fronted rock duo from Austin, Texas with Carley Wolf on vocals and guitar and Jonny Wolf on vocals and drums.

The duo lists their musical influences as Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Cramps, Patti Smith, Joan Jett, Hasil Adkins, The Stooges, Guitar Wolf, R.L. Burnside, Ronnie Dawson, and Tom Waits.

Now, with their first full length in the can, a ten track album recorded in Austin entitled “Man, Woman, Beast”, produced by Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Govt Mule) and Big Ben Richardson (Jeff Healey, Alejandro Escovedo), The Ghost Wolves find themselves more ready than ever to hit the road at full throttle. Alejandro Escovedo, the Austin based songwriter and bandleader whom the group considers a close mentor, once put it best: “Bring it to the people.” And that they will.

Tickets for the show are sold at $5. For more information, please visit


Kate Redgate at the Press Room

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Kate Redgate Performs at the Press RoomThe Press Room is inviting everyone to catch Kate Redgate perform on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

In 2004 she was included in the Boston’s Best compilation, Vol 5. 2005 saw her first full-length release— an all acoustic disc called Rough Tracks.  Never intended for larger audiences, it was available only at performances and local outlets.  With a style that was a little edgier and more southern than the average New England coffeehouse act, Kate still managed to catch the ear of a few good promoters and was invited to open concerts for national acts such as Richie Havens and John Gorka, and invited to perform at several renowned folk festivals.

Kate and her new band which features Jon Nolan, Tim McCoy and David Nebbia are hammering out a batch of rocking, new songs, and in pre-production for the new record.

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After Her Book Launch

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Joyce Maynard After Her Book LaunchThe Music Hall is inviting everyone to catch Joyce Maynard as she returns home to launch her new book, “After Her”, on August 30, 2013 at 7:00 in the evening at the Loft.

Tickets for the event are sold at $40.25 ($37.25 for members) and are inclusive of reserved seats, a hardcover book, a bar beverage, access to the author presentation, the Q&A session, and book signing meet and greet.

Maynard is the author of fifteen books, including the novel “To Die For” and the best-selling memoir, “At Home in the World”—translated into twelve languages. Her novel, “Labor Day”, is currently being developed as a motion picture to be adapted and directed by Jason Reitman.

The mother of three grown children, Maynard has taught at writing programs around the country, and runs workshops in both fiction and memoir at her home in Mill Valley, California. She also runs workshops at other sites in the US and internationally, including the Lake Atitlan Writing Workshop in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala, which she founded in 2002. She performs as a storyteller with The Moth in New York City and with Porchlight in San Francisco.


PARMA Music Fest 2013

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PARMA Music FestivalThe Music Hall proudly presents the main event of the PARMA Music Festival happening on August 17, 2013 from 7:00 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

The show shall feature the world premiere of the “Elegy for the Clarinet & Orchestra” (1949) by celebrated composer Lukas Foss together with clarinetist extraordinaire Richard Stoltzman and the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra as well as of “Streams” (2010) by Swiss composer Martin Schlumpf joined by trombonist David Taylor, clarinetist Matthias Muller, the PARMA Orchestra, and many more! Both will be conducted by John Page, Director of Orchestral Activities at Tufts University.

Tickets will be sold for $10.

The Festival is presented by PARMA Recordings and is a city-wide musical showcase that will feature ten diverse daytime and evening concerts, listening parties, and panels held at various locations in Portsmouth in a span of three days. It is co-presented by the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC), Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI), The Music Hall, Great Bay Academy of Dance (GBAD), Classical NH, and New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).

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Muppet Treasure Island Screening

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Muppet Treasure IslandThe Portsmouth Public Library is inviting everyone to the special screening of the movie Muppet Treasure Island happening on August 10, 2013 from 2:00 to 3:45 in the afternoon at the Levenson Community Room.

Muppet Treasure Island is a 1996 American musical film based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. It is the fifth feature film to star The Muppets and was directed by Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson.

Similar to the earlier Muppet Christmas Carol, the key roles were played by live-action actors, with the Muppets in supporting roles. The live-action actors consisted of Tim Curry as Long John Silver, Billy Connolly as Billy Bones, Jennifer Saunders, and introducing Kevin Bishop as Jim Hawkins. Kermit the Frog appeared as Captain Abraham Smollett, Fozzie Bear as Squire Trelawney, Sam the Eagle as Mr. Samuel Arrow, and Miss Piggy as the gender-flipped castaway “Benjamina” Gunn. Following their success as the narrators of The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat appeared in specially created roles as Jim’s best friends. The film was released on February 16, 1996 before Muppets Tonight aired on ABC in March.

This event is free and open to the public. Children under the age of ten should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact the Library at 603-427-1540.