Best Bets: Folk, Jazz, Blues and Superheroes

Tim O’Brien has spent the last 40 years making connections between Celtic and American folk traditions and bluegrass, as a member of the band Hot Rize and in his solo career. As a performer and songwriter, he’s put his own touches on these traditions, sharing stages with Steve Martin and The Chieftains and having his songs recorded by the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks and Dierks Bentley. O’Brien’s next stop is Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, where he’ll perform a solo show at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow ($30, advance; $35, day of show).

■ Special guests Arturo O’Farrill, leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and New Orleans jazz saxophonist Donald Harrison will join Dartmouth’s Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Spaulding Auditorium. It will feature songs that O’Farrill and Harrison performed in their 2011 “CubanNOLA” concert, which explored the relationship between New Orleans and Cuban jazz ($16).

■ Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s celebrated play about politics and the plague of AIDS in the Reagan ’80s, will be performed by Dartmouth students in a production directed by Carol Dunne at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Theater ($15-$19). Tonight’s show will be preceded by a panel discussion, “AIDS and its Angels as a Mirror on America,” at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall, featuring Dartmouth anthropology professor Sienna Craig and Tim Lahey, a physician who works with HIV/AIDS patients.

■ After several months out of commission, Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction will hold a reopening celebration at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by the blues and R&B band Dixie Dee and the Diamonds. The drinks-and-hors-d’oeuvres evening will provide a chance for the public to see Tupelo’s new bar ($10).

■ Superheroes large and small join powers to save the day in Super!, the latest production of the Trumbull Hall Troupe of Upper Valley teen actors. The show, directed by best-selling writer Jodi Picoult with music by Picoult and Ellen Wilber, marks the first time the troupe will perform in the Lebanon Opera House. Super! takes flight at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday; visit to reserve tickets. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Zienzele Foundation, David’s House, The Upper Valley Haven and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

■ Renowned New Hampshire-based folk musician Bill Staines, who has recorded 26 albums, performs in the next installment of the Tunbridge MountainFolk concert series at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tunbridge Town Hall. Staines’ songs include River and Roseville County Fair ($20 at the door; $15 advance tickets available at the South Royalton Market, the Tunbridge Store and at


Volunteers and supporters of the Good Neighbor Health Clinic and Red Logan Dental Clinic will show off their musical talents in a benefit concert, “Music as Medicine,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wilder Center. Physicians including David Beaufait, David Nierenberg, Rich White and others will perform a blend of classical, folk and jazz music. A benefit sale of baked goods and other items begins at 4 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by emailing, or calling 802-295-7573 or


Upper Valley songwriters share their works tomorrow at Songwriter’s Night, held the second Friday of each month at The Boho Cafe in White River Junction, starting at 6.


Cellist Patrick Owen joins pianist Daniel Weiser in “Cello-Bration,” the latest offering from the classical music organization Classicopia. This weekend’s concerts, including a private house concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hanover home of David and Fay Bisno, will include pieces for cello and piano by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, as well as a tango by Piazzolla. The duo will play another house concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the home of Marilyn and Al Austin-Nelson in Hanover, and a 1 p.m. performance Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Tickets for the house concerts are $35 and can be reserved by calling 603-643-3337 or emailing Admission to Sunday’s concert is $20.

■ A Baroque chamber music concert, with music from Handel, Bach, Scarlatti and others, will be given at three different locations this weekend by Hilary Lynch, Beth Hilgartner and Ernie Drown. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Barnabas Church in Norwich, and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. Donations will be accepted for the Upper Valley Humane Society.


The danceable sounds of Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye will be reworked with a Latin flair and delivered by Dartmouth’s World Music Percussion Ensemble in a free concert at 7 tonight in Dartmouth’s Alumni Hall. They’ll be joined by the Bala Bala music ensemble.


Sleuth, Anthony Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning mystery about the ulterior motives of a British mystery writer, is the latest production by Northern Stage. Directed by Oscar Blustin, it will be performed at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, at 5 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. today and Saturday at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. Click to for more information.

■ A staged reading of The Abortion Monologues, a play written by Jane Cawthorne based on women’s experiences with abortion, will be performed at the Eclipse Grange Theatre in Thetford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Both will benefit the Medical Students for Choice chapter at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine ($10-$12).

■ Hartford High School students will perform Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales, a musical written by Hartford faculty member Rob Gattie and Alan Haehnel, a teacher at Hanover High School, about the crazy excuses students give their science teacher when asking for extensions, at 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday at the high school ($7-$9).

■ Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew will be performed by South Royalton School students at 7:30 p.m. tonight through Saturday ($8-$10).


Under the direction of Sabrina Aviles, the Flamenco Dance Project works to bring high-energy Spanish dance and music to a wider U.S. audience. The group will stop at Woodstock Town Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, performing their “Flamenqueando” concert with dancers Aviles and Jose Moreno, guitarist Juanito Pascual and special guest, percussionist Sergio Martinez ($23, advance; $25, day of show).

■ A family contradance with music from fiddler Harold Luce will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at 279 Route 110 in Tunbridge ($5 donation).


Salt hill Pub in Lebanon has the R&B/funk band The Squids at 9 p.m. tomorrow and Mo’Combo lead singer Will Michaels at 9 p.m. Saturday. As always, the pub hosts live traditional Irish music sessions at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

■ The Blind Owl Band makes its Salt hill Hanover debut at 9 p.m. tomorrow. On Saturday, Granite State Blues Challenge winner Arthur James comes to the pub for a 9 p.m. show.

■ Salt hill Pub in Newport has the blues and funk duo The Malicious Brothers at 9 p.m. tomorrow, followed at 9 p.m. Saturday by Frydaddy.

■ Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland hosts About Gladys at 9 p.m. tomorrow.

■ Jason Cann can be found performing his Thursday night gig at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor at 6 tonight, and tomorrow night at 7 at New Socials Grill in Claremont.

■ Carlos Ocasio of Frydaddy plays Jesse’s Restaurant in Hanover at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

■ The Adam McMahon Trio stops by at Seven Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon for a 9 p.m. show tomorrow.

■ The Chris Fitz Band is at One Mile West Restaurant in Sunapee at 9 p.m. Saturday.

■ The Common Man Restaurant in Claremont hosts Jim Hollis at 5 p.m. Sunday.

■ These musicians perform at Canoe Club in Hanover: tonight, jazz guitarist Ed Eastridge; tomorrow, pianist Dave Sicilia; Saturday, the jazz duo of Billy Rosen and Steve Ellis; Sunday, David Westphalen, Samirah Evans and Bob Merrill; Tuesday, Stephen Wang; and Wednesday, folk guitarist Doug Henry.


There’s an acoustic jam at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Building A Local Economy office in South Royalton.

■ 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 night at 8:30.

■ Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock hosts an open mic each Monday night at 9.

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

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