Entertainment Highlights: Mamet Play Takes on Race

Timothy Deenihan, left, and Kevin Craig West, seated, are shown in a scene from Race. In back are Shelley Thomas and Wynn Harmon. (Courtesy photograph)

Timothy Deenihan, left, and Kevin Craig West, seated, are shown in a scene from Race. In back are Shelley Thomas and Wynn Harmon. (Courtesy photograph)

Renowned playwright David Mamet has tackled many prickly topics in plays such as American Buffalo, Speed-the-Plow and Glengarry Glen Ross.

His most recent, Race, which opens tomorrow night at Northern Stage in White River Junction, explores racial politics in America through the story of a powerful white man accused of raping a black woman, and the white and black lawyers hired to defend him. As is the case with much of Mamet’s work, the audience can expect many rapid-fire barbs exchanged and unsavory thoughts revealed.

A co-production with Albany, N.Y.’s Capital Repertory Theatre, Race opens tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Briggs Opera House and continues through March 24. Visit www.northernstage.org for show times.

∎ Thanks to performances at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts and the annual New World Festival in Randolph, the Quebecois trio De Temps Antan have built up a considerable local following. The group returns to Randolph Saturday night to perform French-Canadian folk music on fiddle, accordion, guitar and bouzouki at 7:30 p.m. at Chandler Music Hall ($25, advance; $30, day of show).

∎ Vocalist Karan Casey and guitarist and singer-songwriter John Doyle, both founding members of the Irish folk group Solas, will make a pair of Upper Valley appearances this weekend. First up is a show at Alumni Hall in Haverhill tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ($20), followed by a Saturday night show at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre ($28, advance; $30, day of show). Readers of Irish Music Magazine have twice named Casey “Best Female Traditional/Folk Artist,” while Doyle was nominated for a Grammy for Double Play, the album he recorded with fiddler Liz Carroll.

∎ The Dartmouth Dance Ensemble, directed by Brooklyn, N.Y. choreographer John Heginbotham, performs an evening of original choreography tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater. Joining the dancers are a host of Dartmouth-affiliated musicians, including Carlos Dominguez, Phillip Hermans and Ryan Maguire, all students in Dartmouth’s digital music graduate program, who will perform an original electro-acoustic score to the piece Court ($14).

∎ A concert from the bluegrass and Americana quartet The Steel Wheels is the next offering in the Tunbridge MountainFolk series, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Tunbridge Town Hall. Since last performing in the MountainFolk series in 2011, The Steel Wheels have made appearances at Merlefest in North Carolina and the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas ($15, advance; tickets can be purchased at the South Royalton Market, the Tunbridge Store, and at www.mtnfolk.org; $20 at the door).


The Lebanon Opera House “@ Home” free concert series returns tonight at 7 p.m. Performing under the “Americana @ Home” moniker are The Buskers, whose members refer to themselves as “folk impurists,” and the Upper Valley bluegrass band Sweetgrass.

∎ Kenny Weiland performs a blend of blues, folk-rock, jazz and old standards at tomorrow night’s Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, which begins at 7 in the basement of the Sunapee Methodist Church. Brad Myrick also performs, and a hat will be passed for the performers.


Vocalist Kathy Koskins, an ASCAP award-winning songwriter, performs in Sunday’s installment of the Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon series, starting at 4 p.m. at The Center at Eastman in Grantham. Last year Koskins released the album To the Ladies of Cool, a tribute to cool jazz singers like June Christy and Julie London ($18; $16, seniors and students).

On Stage

Underneath the Lintel, playwright Glen Berger’s one-man show about a library book that’s returned 123 years late, and the librarian’s quest to learn about the borrower, concludes its run this weekend at Shaker Bridge Theatre in Enfield. Directed by Shaker Bridge Artistic Director Bill Coons, Underneath the Lintel will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Whitney Hall Auditorium in Enfield ($25 adults, $20 students).

School Performances

The Oxbow Union High School Drama Club will perform Jim Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in the school auditorium. Almost, Maine is the drama’s club entry in this year’s Vermont Drama Festival. Admission is by donation.

∎ Several Mascoma Valley Regional High School music ensembles will perform a pops concert, “Showtime,” at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Scheduled to perform are the Mascoma concert band, concert choir, and jazz and guitar ensembles ($5; $3, students and seniors).


Gusanoz Mexican Restaurant in Lebanon hosts its monthly Latin dance night, starting at 8:45 Saturday. A free lesson begins at 8:45, and DJ Spin Doctor will spin salsa, merengue and cha cha music into the night.

∎ The second Saturday contradance at Tracy Hall in Norwich takes place Saturday at 8, with David Millstone calling and Northern Spy providing the music. Beginners and singles are always welcome ($5-$8; seniors by donation; children under 16 free).

∎ The Cold River Band performs at Saturday night’s dance at the VFW Hall in White River Junction, starting at 8 ($5, members; $6, non-members).

Bar and Club Circuit

Salt hill Pub in Lebanon hosts Enfield singer-songwriter Brooks Hubbard tomorrow at 9 p.m. and the rock trio Hi-Way Five at 9 p.m. Saturday. The pub also has live traditional Irish sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

∎ The Conniption Fits stop by Salt hill Pub in Newport for a show at 9 p.m. tomorrow. On Saturday night, The Wheelers play rock hits from the ‘90s starting at 9 p.m.

∎ Frydaddy lead singer Carlos Ocasio plays a gig at Salt hill Pub in Hanover at 9 p.m. tomorrow. The pub also has rock, funk and jazz music from the Amorphous Band at 9 p.m. Saturday.

∎ Jason Cann performs his weekly gig at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor at 6 tonight, and also plays a show at New Socials Bar and Grill in Claremont at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

∎ ∎ About Gladys will get diners at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland up on their feet, starting at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

∎ Joe Stallsmith and the Spare Parts entertain diners at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

∎ The Hanover funk band Green Room plays The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Open Mics, Jams

Tonight is the first Thursday open mic night at Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, hosted by Rob Oxford, filling in for regular host Dave Clark of JukeJoynt. The local three-piece band Still More Cats is the featured band this month, and local musicians are invited to sign up for open mic slots starting at 6 p.m. ($5).

∎ Clark also hosts a weekly jam session at Canoe Club in Hanover at 8 p.m. Sundays. This week, the featured performer is the Laura Jean Binkley Trio.

∎ Randy Miller, Roger Kahle and friends lead a session of traditional Irish music at 6 tonight at Salt hill Pub in Hanover.

∎ Windsor’s Old South Church hosts a community coffeehouse night at 7 p.m. Saturday, with local artists invited to perform family-friendly entertainment.

∎ Tonight, Salt hill Pub in Lebanon has an open mic hosted by Seth Barbiero and Brian Warren from 8 to 11.

∎ Chad Gibbs hosts Salt hill Pub in Hanover’s open mic at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

∎ Shepard’s Pie Restaurant on Route 4 in Quechee is the site of a Tuesday night open mic, starting at 6.

∎ The Colatina Exit in Bradford has an open mic on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

∎ There’s an open jam every Tuesday night from 7 to 9 at Tuck’s Rock Dojo in Etna.

∎ Wednesday night is open mic night at Skunk Hollow Tavern. It’s led by Gregory Brown and starts at 8:30.

∎ Anthony Furnari hosts an open mic at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Katie Beth Ryan can be reached at kbryan@vnews.com or 603-727-3242.