St. Kieran Arts Presents: Ken Kolodner Trio

Three top-of-the-list instrumentalists on Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle & Banjo – the Ken Kolodner Trio is Ken & Brad Kolodner, with Rachel Eddy.

The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles, pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the claw hammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. They perform tight musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” They perform on occasion with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy (fiddle, banjo, guitar and vocals), a former member of the Old-Time supergroup Uncle Earl.

Tickets: $15.00 (adults) and $10.00 (under 18)

St. Kieran Arts Presents: House of Hamill

The House of Hamill presents versatility of Irish fiddle music in a modern context: talented & engaging .

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.

Brian’s band Enter the Haggis and Rose’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 a.m. whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn’t until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary’s guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.

Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album “Wide Awake” (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up “March Through Storms” (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. In the summer of 2018, their quirky all-violin cover of “Sweet Child Of Mine” went viral, amassing over 15 million views and more than 400,000 shares on Facebook in just a few weeks, and was picked up by publications all over the world. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.

Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.

Tickets: $15.00 adults and $10.00 under 18

St. Kieran Arts Presents: New Repertory Theatre’s “Animal Farm”

New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company presents George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.”

The animals of Mr. Jones’ farm believe they could build themselves a utopia, if only they could get rid of the humans in charge. When their dreams become reality, life isn’t as easy as they thought, as old problems take new form. Originally written as a critique of Stalinism, George Orwell’s acclaimed 1945 novel finds new life in this contemporary stage adaptation. Exploring themes of power, politics, and propaganda, this frightening fairy tale feels ripped from the headlines.

Bette Davis Birthday Bash

Did you know that Bette Davis celebrated her 33rd birthday at the Littleton Opera House? The date was April 5, 1941. It was the same night as the world premiere of her movie “The Great Lie.”

See a slide show of the event that was taken from the photo album that was produced by Warner Brothers. The Littleton Historical Museum owns that album and it is the only one of its kind in existence. Hear stories about Bette Davis and her life in Sugar Hill (1939-1947) and being a part of the Littleton community. There will be cake and punch.

The event takes place in the Tower Room at the Littleton Opera House (upstairs, accessible by elevator or stairs). Presented by the Littleton Historical Society. More info at: lhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or http://littletonnhmuseum.com

AMC Pinkham Notch International Dinner — Scotland

Join us for our 29th year of the AMC’s International Dinner and Adventure Series! On March 13, sample the cuisine of Scotland, followed by a presentation with Peg Nation: From Sea to Silvery Sea, Sunrise to Sunset, Rain the Sunshine – Ten Days in Scotland.

Wednesday evenings transform into a weekly dinner series of international cuisine followed by an inspiring presentation. The family style dinner features four courses, including soup or appetizer, salad, entrée, bread, dessert. The after dinner program is a cultural and inspirational adventure presented by local and regional guides, explorers, and travelers!

2019 International Dinner prices: $21 AMC Members/ $24 for Non Members. Group Rate $20 for groups of 5 or more. Payment is required upon reservation. International Dinner packages are available starting at $49 per person, which includes dinner, the presentation, lodging at the Joe Dodge Lodge, breakfast and a trail pass at Great Glen Trails for Thursday. Dinner is at 6 pm, the program follows dinner. All programs are free and open to the public.

Reservations are recommended and appreciated. For more information or to make reservations call: 603-466-2727.

 

Comedian Juston McKinney at Medallion Opera House

With multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, his own Comedy Central Specials and consistently selling out theaters, Juston McKinney is at the top of his game.

He has appeared on a half dozen Comedy Central shows including his half hour Comedy Central presents and his one-hour special Juston McKinney – A Middle Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy “Next Generation” Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS and had his own weekly show on Sirius/XM radio, Live from the Woods with Juston McKinney. In 2018, Juston could be seen on the Showtime special Unsportsmanlike Comedy with Rob Gronkowski and part of Comics Come Home comedy event at the TD Garden.

His TV credits include: The King of Queens, the Sidney Lumet drama 100 Centre Street. His move credits include The Zoo Keeper and Here Comes the Boom.

Juston also wrote, created and starred in the web series Hosed, about a volunteer fire department in the fictitious town of Effingwoods, NH. It caught the eye of Denis Leary and his production company Apostle. Juston then wrote the pilot and it was sold to IFC

AMC Pinkham Notch International Dinner — Slovenia

Join us for our 29th year of the AMC’s International Dinner and Adventure Series! On March 6, sample the cuisine of Slovenia, followed by a presentation with Melanie and Theo Stibbons: Aspects of Slovenia.

Wednesday evenings transform into a weekly dinner series of international cuisine followed by an inspiring presentation. The family style dinner features four courses, including soup or appetizer, salad, entrée, bread, dessert. The after dinner program is a cultural and inspirational adventure presented by local and regional guides, explorers, and travelers!

2019 International Dinner prices: $21 AMC Members/ $24 for Non Members. Group Rate $20 for groups of 5 or more. Payment is required upon reservation. International Dinner packages are available starting at $49 per person, which includes dinner, the presentation, lodging at the Joe Dodge Lodge, breakfast and a trail pass at Great Glen Trails for Thursday. Dinner is at 6 pm, the program follows dinner. All programs are free and open to the public.

Reservations are recommended and appreciated. For more information or to make reservations call: 603-466-2727.

AMC Pinkham Notch International Dinner — South Africa

Join us for our 29th year of the AMC’s International Dinner and Adventure Series! On February 27, sample the cuisine of South Africa, followed by a presentation with Drew Groves: Experiencing Greater Kruger National Park.

Wednesday evenings transform into a weekly dinner series of international cuisine followed by an inspiring presentation. The family style dinner features four courses, including soup or appetizer, salad, entrée, bread, dessert. The after dinner program is a cultural and inspirational adventure presented by local and regional guides, explorers, and travelers!

2019 International Dinner prices: $21 AMC Members/ $24 for Non Members. Group Rate $20 for groups of 5 or more. Payment is required upon reservation. International Dinner packages are available starting at $49 per person, which includes dinner, the presentation, lodging at the Joe Dodge Lodge, breakfast and a trail pass at Great Glen Trails for Thursday. Dinner is at 6 pm, the program follows dinner. All programs are free and open to the public.

Reservations are recommended and appreciated. For more information or to make reservations call: 603-466-2727.

AMC Pinkham Notch Presents: 200 Years of White Mountain Trails History

Featuring guest speaker AMC archivist Becky Fullerton.

What were the first trails in the White Mountain like? Full of convenient stone steps, or barely recognizable? The region’s first trails were all of this and more. AMC’s Trail Crew has been building and maintaining them for 100 years. Learn how trail construction has evolved according modern thought on wilderness, crowd management, and access. Hear the story of White Mountain trails and AMC, from the construction of the 200-year-old Crawford Path through the present.

Pinkham Happenings Programs begin at 8 p.m. and are free and open to all. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 466-2721 or outdoors.org/pinkhamhappenings.

AMC Highland Center Presents: Save Bear’s Ears National Monument

Join photographer Harvey Halpern on a visual exploration of America’s two most threatened national treasures. He’ll give insight on all the best places to hike and backpack in these areas, and share his passion for saving these areas. Learn how you can help protect these precious public resources.

Highland Happenings programs are free and open to all, and begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Call to find out more or to be added to our monthly email list: (603) 278-4453 or outdoors.org/highlandhappenings.