Highlights: Three Nights of Comedy Around the Upper Valley

  • The Fellers, from left, Rusty DeWees, Patrick Ross and Doug Perkins bring their brand of music and comedy to Haverhill's Alumni Hall on Friday night, May 4, 2018. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Longtime director Louis Burkot presides over his final performance of the Dartmouth College Glee Club on Sunday afternoon at 2 in the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium. The performance features Faure’s "Requiem in D Minor." See 'Best Bets' for more information. (Courtesy photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, May 03, 2018

If laughter really is the best medicine, fans of comedy can find doses each of the next three nights at three different venues in the Upper Valley.

The chuckles begins tonight at 8 at the Engine Room in White River Junction, where New Hampshire-born comic Nick Lavallee leads a lineup of five stand-up artists. Open to ages 21 and older, the event’s cover charge is $10.

On Friday night at 7, Vermont performance artist Rusty “The Logger” DeWees visits Alumni Hall in Haverhill with the musical (and some comedic) assistance of South Newbury, Vt., fiddler Patrick Ross and Washington, Vt., guitarist Doug Perkins. Admission to the show costs $25, which benefits the Cohase Area Rotary Club’s scholarship program. To reserve tickets, visit courtstreetarts.org or call 603-989-5500.

And on Saturday night at 8, Bridgewater-based comedian Collen Doyle hosts a night of stand-up at ArtisTree Community Arts Center’s Grange Theatre in South Pomfret. His guests include New England-veteran comics Bryan Muenzer, Dickie Balzano and Pam DeButts. Refreshments and live music are on tap starting at 7. For tickets ($15) and more information, visit artistreevt.org or call 802-457-3500.

Best Bets

City Center Ballet stages four performances of choreographer Jennifer Henderson’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland at Lebanon Opera House over the weekend, starting Friday night at 7:30. Tickets cost $9 to $38 in advance and $14 to $43 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit lebanonoperahouse.org or call 603-448-0400, or drop in to the box office in City Hall.

Singer Cyn Barrette celebrates the release of her new CD, Another Summer’s Day, by leading her jazz trio into Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night at 8, and into Carpenter & Main in Norwich on Tuesday night at 7.

The Hopkins Center spotlight turns to student music groups this weekend, starting Saturday night at 8 with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble playing a concert in tribute to its late pianist, Scott Smedinghoff at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover. A guest chorus of Twin State singers who worked with Smedinghoff over the years will accompany the premiere of composer Yasuhide Ito’s Time is Passing. Admission is $10.

And on Sunday afternoon at 2 at Spaulding, Louis Burkot closes a 37-year run as director of the Dartmouth College Glee Club with a concert centered around Faure’s Requiem in D Minor. Admission is $10.

With DJ LaFountaine teeing up the music, The Engine Room in White River Junction celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a “Take Me to the Tropics” dance party on Saturday night, starting at 9. For ages 21 and older; admission $5.

The Thetford Chamber Singers premiere a work by Randolph composer Kathy Wonson Eddy during the four concerts it will perform, on the theme of “This Moment,” at three Upper Valley venues next week. The tour begins Wednesday night at 7:30 at the United Church of Strafford, followed by a performance on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodstock’s North Universalist Chapel, and recitals on Sunday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregtional Church on Thetford Hill. Tickets for adults cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door, while students pay $8. To learn more, visit thetfordchambersingers.org.

Looking Ahead

Norwich-based director Signe Taylor will screen her documentary, It’s Criminal, at Stevens High School next Thursday night at 6. The movie follows a class of Dartmouth students in an experiential-learning course helping woman inmates of the Sullivan County jail in Unity to write a play about their experience with the criminal-justice system. Admission is free to the screening, sponsored by the TLC Family Resource Center in Claremont.

Historian Dudley Laufman will play the fiddle and the melodeon at Grafton Town Hall on May 12, while tracing the tradition of contra dance in New Hampshire. The lecture and performance begin at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

On the theme of “I Lift My Lamp,” pianist Jacqueline Schwab will celebrate immigrant and multicultural contributions to American music by playing folk and classical compositions on May 13 at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon. Admission to the recital, which starts at 3 p.m., costs $15 to $20. To reserve tickets and learn more, call 603-448-4281 or email church@fccleb.org.

Theater/Performance Art

Northern Stage continues its interpretation of the Michael Frayn play-within-a-play farce Noises Off at the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction, including performances this afternoon at 2 and tonight at 7:30. The show runs through May 13. For tickets ($15 to $59 including sales tax), visit northernstage.org or call 802-296-7000.

Shaker Bridge Theatre opens its production of Quechee playwright Mike Backman’s Sunset at Whitney Hall in Enfield tonight at 7:30. The play runs through May 20, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 and on Sunday afternoons at 2:30. To reserve tickets ($16 to $35, plus $2 for each online order), visit shakerbridgetheatre.org or call 603-448-3750.


The Tabor Valley Singers begin rehearsing for their 2018 season this afternoon at 1, at the Topsham United Presbyterian Church in East Topsham. Women of all ages and abilities are welcome to lend their voices to the cause. To learn more, email Linda Duxbury at lindux@tops-tele.com.

The roots duo of Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards plays the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday night at 7, at the Methodist church in Sunapee Harbor. Admission is by donation.

Violinist Tim Schwarz joins Classicopia pianist Daniel Weiser for three Upper Valley concerts of works by minority composers over the weekend. The tour, on the theme of “Music from the Underground,” kicks off at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon on Friday night at 7:30, where admission is $18.

On Saturday night at 7:30, the duo will perform a house concert in Hanover, where admission is $40 and where reservations are required because of limited seating.

The tour concludes on Sunday afternoon at St. Denis Catholic Church in Lebanon. Admission is by donation.

To learn more about the concerts and to reserve seats for the Saturday show, visit classicopia.org.

The Randolph Singers join the Vermont Philharmonic at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Saturday night at 7:30, to perform works of Brahms and Frank Foerster. To reserve tickets ($5 to $20) and learn more, visit chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-6464.

The North Country Chorus and the Hilltones sing Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday night at 7:30 at the Bradford, Vt., Congregational Church. Tickets for adults cost $13 in advance (visit catamountix.org) and $16 at the door. Students pay $5.

Bar and Club Circuit

Still Hill pulls into Windsor Station tonight at 7 to play a set of Americana. The hometown rock band Derek and the Demons performs on Friday night at 9:30 and singer-songwriter Sean Kehoe plays Tuesday night at 6.

Guitarists Billy Rosen and Steve Ellis join forces at the Weathersfield Inn in Perkinsville on Friday night from 6 to 9.

Saxophonist Mike Parker and singer Nikki Adams perform at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in White River Junction on Friday night at 7, at the Farmer’s Table restaurant in Grantham on Saturday night at 7 and at the Crossroads Bar and Grille in South Royalton on Tuesday night at 7.

Randy Miller and Roger Kahle host their weekly session of traditional Irish music at Salt hill Pub in Hanover tonight from 6 to 9. The weekend line-up features The Flyers with a set of rock on Friday night at 9, and singer-songwriter Alex Smith on Saturday night at 9.

Singer-songwriter Alex Smith plays Salt hill Pub in downtown Lebanon on Friday night at 9, and About Gladys takes the microphone on Saturday night at 9. Fiddler Roger Burridge and piper Anthony Santoro share their weekly ramble through traditional Irish music on Tuesday night from 6 to 9.

The folk duo Ruby Street kicks off the weekend at Salt hill Pub in West Lebanon on Friday night at 9. And on Saturday night at 9, the Conniption Fits turn up the volume for the pub’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Singer-songwriter Alec Currier plays Newport’s Salt hill Pub on Friday night at 9, and John Lackard plays the blues at the venue on Saturday night at 9. Roger Kahle joins Randy Miller there on Wednesday night at 6, for their weekly live session of traditional Irish music.

Sensible Shoes rocks the Crossroads Bar and Grille in South Royalton on Friday night at 9.

Pianist Sonny Saul performs jazz at the On the River Inn in Woodstock on Saturday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9.

Guitarist Norm Wolfe and saxophonist Michael Parker play jazz at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms on Wednesday night at 6.

Open Mics

Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 on Thursday nights. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

String players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the weekly acoustic jam session at South Royalton’s BALE Commons on Friday night from 6:30 to 10.

Joe Stallsmith leads his weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass on Monday night at 6 at Salt hill Pub in Hanover.

Fiddler Jakob Breitbach leads a weekly acoustic jam session of bluegrass, Americana and old-timey music on Tuesday nights at 7 at The Filling Station Bar and Grill in White River Junction.

Woodstock’s Jim Yeager hosts open mics on the following nights over the coming week: at Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock on Monday at 7:30; at the Public House in Quechee on Tuesday at 6; on Wednesday from 8 to midnight at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners; and next Thursday night at 7 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret.

Tom Masterson hosts the weekly open mic at Bradford’s Colatina Exit on Tuesday nights at 8.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304. Entertainment news and can be sent to highlights@vnews.com.