Autumn Arrives, The Pace Quickens

Irrfan Khan is featured in the film "Lunchbox," showing on Sept. 22, 2013, at Telluride at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Irrfan Khan is featured in the film "Lunchbox," showing on Sept. 22, 2013, at Telluride at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Autumn officially arrives on Sunday — and the late summer lull in Upper Valley performances comes to an end. Fall seasons are kicking off, or kicking into full swing, at various regional venues, and other acts are beginning to swarm into the area.

Over the next week, the Valley will host a jam-band music festival, a highly respected dance group and a performance of a seminal ballet, as well as the bar and club shows that go year-round. Here’s what’s happening around here, while the leaves change:

Best Bets

The Lebanon Opera House will present a City Center Ballet performance of Giselle, the famous production that first premiered in Paris in the mid-19th century, this time around featuring Upper Valley dancers. The two shows are on Friday and Saturday, both at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $26.50, and can be purchased from, from the box office in person or by calling 603-448-0400.

∎ This and next weekend, Bradford’s Old Church Theater will host “Caught in the Act(s),” eight short and one-act plays, written by Twin State authors including Charles Fray, Robert O’Leary and Jeanne Beckwith. Eighteen cast members will participate in the performances, which range from about 5 to 20 minutes. This weekend’s shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; call 802-222-3322 or email

∎ Croydon this weekend will play host to the second annual Page Farm Autumn Equinox, a music and arts festival on the 68-acre farm. Performers include The Kind Buds, Roots of Creation and The Garcia Project, which recreates the music of the Jerry Garcia Band. There will also be various vendors, food and other entertainment on site. For more information, or to buy tickets for the Friday and Saturday festival, which are $50 in advance, go to Tickets are $65 at the gate, and $40 for Saturday only.


Upper Valley-based band Pariah Beat will play a show at the Main Street Museum Friday in honor of the vinyl release of its latest effort, New Depression. Entrance to the show plus a copy of the record, which comes with a digital download code, costs $20 “or best offer,” according to the event’s Facebook page. The music starts at 8 p.m.

∎ The Wilder Center will host Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, who play combinations of fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano, on Saturday evening. The duo will play traditional music from areas including Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland and France. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased for $16 from, and are $20 at the door.

∎ Fiddle player Alasdair Fraser will play an acoustic concert of traditional Scottish music, joined by cellist Natalie Haas, at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Sunday. The show is at 7:30 p.m.; tickets can be purchased — from the box office at 802-728-6464 or via — for $25 advance, $30 day of show. The pair will also host a string-players’ workshop at 3 p.m. that day geared towards intermediate or advanced players but welcome to all levels. A community potluck supper will be offered to show attendees at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Earlier that day, Fraser and Haas will run a similar workshop, open to adults and older teens, at the Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Advance registration costs $25, and admission at the door is $30, though space is limited. To register, call 603-448-1642 or go to

∎ Those willing to drive a bit beyond the Upper Valley can see jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, a two-time Grammy Award-winner, at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall. The show is Sunday at 7 p.m., marking the first Kingdom County Productions performance of its 2013-14 season. General admission tickets range from $36 to $74, and can be purchased from or by calling 888-757-5559.

∎ Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley, who play family-friendly kids’ music, will perform a free show on the Hop Plaza in Hanover on Saturday. The music starts at 11 a.m.


Filmmaker Werner Herzog continues his Montgomery Fellow residency at Dartmouth tonight, with a screening at 7 of his 2005 film Grizzly Man. He’ll join a discussion afterward. On Saturday, Herzog will appear alongside documentarian Ken Burns to discuss their craft. That conversation will take place at 11 a.m. in the Spaulding Auditorium. General admission tickets for each are $8, and can be purchased from

∎ A lso in Hanover, Telluride at Dartmouth will present a host of films from the Berkeley, Calif., festival over the coming week. All showings are $12 at the Spaulding Auditorium, and include: 12 Years a Slave, on Friday at 5:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Nebraska, on Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; The Lunchbox, on Sunday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden, on Tuesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Before the Winter Chill, on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.


The Mark Morris Dance Group will conclude its stay at the Hopkins Center for the Arts tonight, with a performance at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $31.50 to $60, and can be purchased from

∎ If you’re clamoring for something more interactive, you can attend Woodstock’s Third Friday Contra Dance. The Old Sam Peabody Band will play at the Little Theater, along with guest caller Ruth Sylvester, and dances will be taught. The dance instructions start at 6:45 p.m., and the dance itself goes from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. A potluck dessert will be available. There is a suggested entrance fee of $8.

Bar and Club Circuit

Boston-based folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform at The Flying Goose in New London tonight, along with indie folk singer Rebecca Loebe. Music begins at 8 p.m.

∎ Alan Greenleaf & The Doctor will perform at West Lebanon’s Seven Barrel Brewery Friday night, starting at 9 p.m.

∎ New England folk singer Bill Staines will play the Sunapee Community Coffee House at 7 p.m. Friday.

∎ Family band The Moores will play at Sunapee’s One Mile West on Saturday. Music starts at 9 p.m.

∎ A pair of 21-and-over shows will be held this weekend at Lebanon’s Salt hill Pub. On Friday, the Conniption Fits will take the stage. The next night, N.O.B., or Nick’s Other Band, will perform. Both shows are at 9 p.m.

∎ Classic rock foursome Borderstone will play at the Salt hill Pub in Newport on Friday, followed the next night by Frydaddy front man Carlos O’Casio. Both shows are at 9 p.m., and are 21-and-over.

∎ Reunited dance and classic rock group The Badd Dads will play at Hanover’s Salt hill Pub Friday night at 9 p.m., for a 21-and-over show. On Saturday and the same place and time, acoustic rock duo Whiskey Geese will play.

∎ Incognito Duo will perform at Jesse’s in Hanover on Friday, starting at 5 p.m.

∎ Fairlee’s Lake Morey Resort will host blues and rock cover groups Geezer and the Rick Davis Band on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both shows start at 8:30 p.m. in the Steamboat Lounge.

∎ Wherehouse will play the Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland on Friday, starting at 9 p.m.

Open Mics

Salt hill Pub in Hanover runs an open mic, hosted by Chad Gibbs, on Mondays at 9 p.m.

∎ At Salt hill in Lebanon, Brian Warren and Seth Barbiero will host an open mic tonight starting at 8.

∎ Brian Warren also hosts an open mic at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock. It’s on Mondays, starting at 8:30 p.m.

∎ Bradford’s Colatina Exit hosts an open mic on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.

∎ The Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon runs an open mic on Wednesdays, beginning at 8 p.m.

∎ Gregory Brown hosts an open mic at Hartland’s Skunk Hollow Tavern, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Jon Wolper can be reached at or 603-727-3242. Send Highlights to