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Anthony Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning mystery Sleuth, the next show in Northern Stage’s season, opens tomorrow at 7 p.m. with a post-show reception, and continues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with a discussion with the cast following the show, and at 5 p.m. Sunday, with a pre-show lecture at 3:30. Sleuth, set in the British manor home of a mystery writer, will also have a preview performance at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Visit www.northernstage.org for information and ticket prices.

∎ The chamber music ensemble Camerata New England performs its fall concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in its new home performing space, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lebanon. The program will include Grieg’s Holberg Suite for String Orchestra, Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major No. 12, and Bartok’s Divertimento for String Orchestra ($32-$35; children under 18 free if accompanied by an adult).

∎ Performing artist Thomas Jones brings his one-man show about the life of folk singer Woody Guthrie, Woody Sed, to Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Jones’ show incorporates 19 songs and 25 different characters who played a role in the life of Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year ($15, advance; $20, at the door).

n Tasmanian singer-songwriter Audrey Auld comes to Alumni Hall in Haverhill for a solo show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The country-folk artist, now living in Nashville, blends traditional American country with the sounds of her native Australia. Visit www.audreyauld.com for a sample of her sound ($15).

∎ The Tunbridge Shindig season of dance concerts at the Tunbridge Town Hall kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. with music from The Snakes of Ireland ($8, tickets can be purchased at www.shindigsvt.com).


The North Country Chordsmen will perform with four other barbershop quartets at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Thetford Academy’s Martha Jane Rich Theater. Admission is by donation, and proceeds will benefit the academy’s choral music department.

∎ Led by Louis Burkot, the Dartmouth College Glee Club will give a concert Sunday at 2 p.m. in Rollins Chapel that will include Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre and Franz Schubert’s popular Mass in G ($18).


The blues band Johnny B and the Goodes brings their take on the Chicago blues to the revived Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction at 8 p.m. tomorrow.


The Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88, Debussy’s Petite Suite, conducted by Dartmouth senior Paul Finkelstein, and Franz Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets in E Flat major, Op. 35, featuring seniors Shannon Draucker and Matthew Boyas, in their Saturday night concert. Conducted by Anthony Princiotti, the orchestra’s show begins at 8 in Spaulding Auditorium ($20-$29).


Expect an evening of familiar favorites at tonight’s “Covers @ Home” free concert at the Lebanon Opera House. Scheduled to perform in the concert, which begins at 7, are Upper Valley cover bands The Flames and Loose Cannons.

∎ Two Dartmouth student dance ensembles, Vandana and the Dartmouth Chinese Dance Troupe, blend South Asian, Indian and Chinese dance styles in a free show at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dartmouth’s Alumni Hall. It’s part of the Hopkins Center for the Arts’ HopStop series of free, family-friendly performances.


Folk pianist Heather Pierson performs in tomorrow night’s installment of the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, beginning at 7 in the basement of the Sunapee Methodist Church. A hat will be passed for donations for the performer.

∎ White River Junction’s First Friday celebration tomorrow will include performances by Carter Glass, Second Wind, David Richardson, Dan Weintraub, Jennifer Ulz and Matt Protas at locations including the Upper Valley Food Co-Op, the Tip Top Building and the Boho Cafe.


Jeanne and the Hi-Tops, the celebrated central Vermont blues, soul and rock band, play a concert at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Barrett Hall in South Strafford ($10, proceeds benefit Barrett Hall).

∎ The Moonlighters will perform at Damon Hall in Hartland at 8 p.m. Saturday, in a concert benefiting the Hartland Christmas Project, which provides food, clothing and other basic items for those in need ($12.50).


The sixth annual Mini Mud Variety Show, an offshoot of Chandler Center for the Arts’ annual Mud Season Variety Show, features area youth performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chandler ($6-$8, advance; $14-$16, day of show).


The Hanover High School Footlighters present a modernized updated version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday. The setting is “modern-day New York City with a Gossip Girl twist.”


Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock has Rich Meijer and John Sigafoos at 9 tonight.

Eighties rock covers are the specialty of the rock trio Baldilocks, who perform at 9 p.m. tomorrow at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon. On Tuesday, the pub has live traditional Irish sessions at 6 p.m.

The funk trio About Gladys can be found at Salt hill Pub in Newport tomorrow at 9 p.m.

Enfield native and singer-songwriter Brooks Hubbard comes to Salt hill Pub in Hanover at 9 p.m. tomorrow. At 10 p.m. Saturday, the pub continues its Halloween celebration with the Zombie Prom party hosted by DJ Shar4, and prizes will be given for the best costumes.

Hubbard also plays a set at 5 p.m. Sunday at The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont.

The John Lackard Blues Band comes to Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon tomorrow night.

The first Friday of the month is jazz night at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland, and the Peter Concilio Jazz Trio will deliver the goods with a show at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Dave Clark plays at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Jason Cann plays at 6 tonight at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor and at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Bistro Nouveau in Grantham.

The Canoe Club has these musicians this week: tonight, guitarist Phil Singer; tomorrow, pianist Gillian Joy; Saturday, pianist Bob Lucier; Sunday, Steve Cornell; Tuesday, pianist Dave Sicilia; Wednesday, the duo of Cyn Barrette and Bob Merrill.

Hi-Way 5 plays Shepard’s Pie in Quechee at 8 p.m. Saturday.


Anthony Furnari of The Wheelers hosts an open mic at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon.

Salt hill Pub in Newport offers an open mic on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Salt hill Lebanon’s open mic is also on Thursday night, starting at 9.

The Colatina Exit in Bradford puts on an open mic on Tuesday from 8 to 11 p.m.

The Dusty Bottle in Bradford has an open mic and karaoke on Wednesdays, starting at 8 p.m.

There’s an open mic at 8:30 p.m. each Thursday at CJ’s at Than Wheeler’s in White River Junction.

Bear Hollow Vintage Guitars hosts an open jam every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the studio, located on the Miracle Mile in Lebanon.

Every Thursday night is open mic night at Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover, starting at 6:30.

Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland offers an open mic every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

The open mic at Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock is held each Monday night at 9.

Lil Red Baron in Newport has an open mic night on Wednesdays at 7:30.

Entertainment Highlights appears every Thursday. Email news of upcoming events to kbryan@vnews.com.


Entertainment Highlights: Bow Thayer and His Band Are Making It In Vermont

Friday, January 4, 2013

Bow Thayer harbored no illusions about making it as a rock star in central Vermont when he moved there in the mid-1990s, after years of performing in Boston-area bands. After releasing several albums and touring the nation, Thayer and his current band, The Perfect Trainwreck, have yet to develop a large following beyond the Green Mountain State’s borders. What Thayer …