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Frances Ha at the Historic Theater

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Frances Ha Showing at the Historic TheaterThe Music hall is inviting everyone to the special screening of Frances Ha at the Music Hall on July 12, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards.

It follows the story of Frances Handley, a 27-year-old dancer who lives with her best friend Sophie. Sophie decides to move out and live with another friend, leaving Frances to figure out how to live her life.

Frances Ha premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2012. The Los Angeles Times reported its reception, “Audiences seemed pleasantly surprised by the warmth from the often-mordant Baumbach.” It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012. After the screening in Toronto, IFC Films acquired North and Latin American rights to distribute the film in theaters.[8] Frances Ha also screened at the New York Film Festival on September 30, 2012. The film is set to be screened at Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2013.

The film had a limited release in US theaters on May 17, 2013.

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

For more information, please visit http://www.themusichall.org.

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Mike Morris at the Press Room

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Mike Morris at the Press RoomGet ready for a night of acoustic pleasure as musician guitar man Mike Morris takes center stage at the Press Room on July 5, 2013 from 9:00 pm onwards.

Mike Morris defies the stereotype of the solo acoustic musician. With bluesy vocals and bass-heavy guitar playing, performed on 6- and 12-string guitars, his sound moves effortlessly from folk and blues to rock and rap. With a distinctive percussive style that sets him apart from other solo artists, Mike turns the guitar into a kick drum, using slaps, pops and harmonics in a way few solo performers do. “The acoustic guitar is an incredibly expressive instrument,” he says, “and yet there’s something so simple about it. The electric guitar may have changed the world, but the acoustic guitar keeps it turning.

As any who have seen Mike Morris perform know, it is his live show that sets him apart from other singer-songwriters. His guitar playing has drawn comparisons to Michael Hedges, the radical innovator whose multiple tunings and funky larger-than-life sound elevated the acoustic guitar to a new level. His singing, called both “powerful” and “intimate,” has been likened to Peter Gabriel and Dave Matthews.

Tickets are sold for $5. For more information, please visit http://pressroomnh.com.

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Matthew Stubbs at the Press Room

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Matthew Stubbs at the Press RoomGet ready for a musical night you won’t forget as Matthew Stubbs takes over the Press Room on June 21, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

Currently, Matthew Stubbs is performing with the legendary Charlie Musselwhite Band, as well as his own band, The Matthew Stubbs Band. He recently was named the 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the Year.

Matthew Stubbs released his first solo record “Soul Bender” on the VizzTone label group in August 2008, which received much critical acclaim. He will be following this with a new release in March 2010 entitled “Medford & Main” on Chicago based label Blue Bella Records.

In addition to playing with The Charlie Musselwhite band, Stubbs has also toured and recorded with many top Blues and Soul acts such as Junior Watson, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Lynwood Slim, Brian Templeton and Sax Gordon.  Stubbs continues to maintain a full touring schedule, both as a bandleader and sideman. With the release of Medford & Main and many upcoming tours, 2010 looks to be one of his busiest years yet.

Tickets for the show are sold at $6. For more information, please http://pressroomnh.com.

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Dwight Yoakam to perform at The Music Hall

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Dwight YoakamDwight Yoakam will be performing at The Music Hall’s The Historic Theater on July 7, 2013.

The American singer-songwriter is influenced by Elvis, Merle, and Buck. He has taken a little part of all these artists and fused them with his own blend of country and rock.

Since the start of his career in the 1980s, the 56-year-old has recorded more than 20 albums and nine of them went platinum.

Ticket prices start at $68.

Participating sponsors in the event include Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café, Raka, Blue Water Mortgage, and Clear Eye Photo.

For more information, please visit The Music Hall.


Oz the Great and Powerful at PPL

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Oz the Great and Powerful at PPLThe Portsmouth Public Library is inviting everyone for a special screening of Oz the Great and Powerful at the Levenson Community Room from 2:00 to 4:15 in the afternoon.

Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The film stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda.

The film is based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels, and also pays homage to the 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz. Set 20 years before the events of the books, Oz the Great and Powerful focuses on Oscar Diggs, who arrives in the Land of Oz and encounters three witches: Theodora, Evanora and Glinda. Oscar is then enlisted to restore order in Oz, while struggling to resolve conflicts with the witches and himself.

This event is free for all.

For inquiries, please contact Youth Services at 1-603-766-1740 or sdlaun@cityofportsmouth.com.

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Kon-Tiki at the Historic Theater

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Kon-TikiGet ready for the adventure of a lifetime as the Music Hall’s Extraordinary Cinema presents Kon-Tiki on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 7:30 in the evening onwards at the Historic Theater.

Kon-Tiki is a 2012 Norwegian historical drama film directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg about the 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition. The role of Thor Heyerdahl is played by Pal Sverre Valheim Hagen. It was the highest-grossing film of 2012 in Norway and the country’s most expensive production to date.

The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. It is Norway’s fifth Academy Award nomination. The film was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first time a Norwegian film has been nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

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

For more information, please visit http://www.themusichall.org/.

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No BS! Brass Band at the Press Room

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No BS Brass BandDon’t miss a one of a kind musical experience as the “NO BS! Brass Band” takes center stage at the Press Room on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 9:00 in the evening onwards.

No BS! Brass Band is a powerful brass band that embraces the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk. Their danceable arrangements are outstandingly well thought-out and organized, drawing inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin. Nearly every member has had conservatory training, holding various Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this band has quickly earned a reputation as a premiere band to see for an evening of heart-pounding energy and uncontrollable dancing.

Tickets for the show are sold at $8. Doors open at 8:00 pm. This is a 21 and over only event.

For more information, please call The Press Room at (603) 431-5186 or visit http://pressroomnh.com/.

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Rear Window Showing at PPL

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Rear Window film showing at PPLExperience suspense like never before and catch “Rear Window” at the Levenson Community Room of the Portsmouth Public Library on June 20, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Rear Window is a 1954 American suspense/comedy film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, written by John Michael Hayes and based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”. The film was originally released by Paramount Pictures. It stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. It was screened at the 1954 Venice Film Festival.

The film is considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock’s best. The film received four Academy Award nominations and was ranked #42 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies list and #48 on the 10th-anniversary edition. In 1997, Rear Window was added to the United States National Film Registry.

This is part of the Summer Cinema Series hosted by the Library.

For inquiries, please contact Heather Armitage at 603-766-1732 or send an email to hearmitage@cityofportsmouth.com.

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Margaret Atwood to visit The Music Hall

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Margaret Atwood MaddAddamMargaret Atwood, the internationally acclaimed novelist, will be visiting The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on September 18, 2013.

Atwood will be presenting the third book in her MaddAddam series.

The writer combines adventure, humor, romance, and excellent storytelling. The third installation of MaddAddam will bring a dramatic conclusion to Atwood’s epic trilogy.

Tickets are priced at $13.25 for non-members and $11.25 for members. For every purchase of 1-2 tickets a book voucher purchase is required.

For more information, please visit The Music Hall.


NH Weavers Guild at PPL

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New Hampshire Weavers Guild at Portsmouth Public LibraryThe New Hampshire Weavers Guild will be doing a demo at the Levenson Community Room of the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 1:00 in the afternoon to 6:00 in the evening.

Participants will get the chance to witness master artisans weaving threads into magnificent works. Guest questions will be answered by the best weavers in town. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Formed as an offshoot of the newly organized League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts, the Guild and the League shared some common goals.  Founded after the depression to assist poverty stricken rural people, and especially craftspeople, the League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts was sponsored by the State Commission of Arts and Crafts in 1932.  With the goal of aiding New Hampshire citizens to return to the old ways of doing things and earn a living doing so, the League offered funding and structure, teachers, and market opportunities to those interested in earning their living through the arts and crafts.

This program will repeat throughout the month of June.

For more information about the New Hampshire Weavers Guild, please visit their website at http://www.nhweaversguild.org.

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