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PSU to stage The Threepenny Opera starting Nov. 20

PLYMOUTH —The Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at Plymouth State University will bring to life the tale of Macheath (Mac the Knife) and his cronies, and the underbelly of early Victorian London, with their production of Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera. Performances of 'The Three Penny Opera' in the studio theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts will be Thursday through Saturday, November 20–22 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 at 2 p.m.

Director Sharon Rae Paquette says this "play with musical elements" tells a story, and in so doing illustrates social and cultural challenges not unlike what has become familiar in the U.S. over recent decades, with our citizenry decrying "the one percent," bailed-out bank failures, and politics directed by the wealthy while the middle class withers and shrinks." The Threepenny Opera depicts the subculture of cronyism and illegality that developed in London in the face of such challenges. American theatre critic Brooks Atkinson said, "The Threepenny Opera turns the accepted values of the good life upside down."

Composer Kurt Weill talked about "the importance of the sound-scape" in all his works, and Nadine Gordimer says, "Kurt Weill's music is not an accompaniment to Brecht's play, of course, but intrinsic to its conception." Weill developed songs characterized by raw intensity for the play, setting "reality to music" with a 1920's cabaret vibe. In fact, Threepenny likely inspired other plays such at Cabaret, Chicago and Urinetown.

The Plymouth State production will be totally acoustic, without microphones, and with instruments such as harmonium, piano, banjo, guitar, saxophone, clarinet and drums. In the initial production, seven musicians played 23 instruments according to Professor Kathleen Arecchi, music director. Arecchi says the music is more challenging for the cast than it seemed at first introduction. "The melodies alone were easy to learn, but when put together with the accompaniment, the singers became quite disoriented initially," she says. However, the dissonant music helps to set the time and place of the story.

Tickets for the play are $21 for adults and $18 for seniors and youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.

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‘Up-cycling’ artist at The Studio on Saturday

LACONIA — The whimsical, funky and colorful artwork of Stacey Lucas, the well-known "Veggie Art Girl", once again comes to The Studio, 50 Canal Street, for a holiday exhibit and sale that will delight and inspire. On Saturday November 15 from noon to 4 pm, the artist will be at The Studio for a meet and greet reception with live music by Holly Furlone, refreshments, laughter and of course great gift ideas. The public is encouraged to come on by.

"Used to Be" is the result of a year of transition and change for the artist; by creating something new and beautiful out of old, she's made a body of work that will resonate with anyone who's looking to support their own creative and life journey, or who knows someone who could use a word of encouragement in theirs. The work is delightful, affordable and meaningful, perfect for gift-giving or decorating. In an unusual gallery practice, purchased pieces can be taken at the time of purchase; the artist will replace sold pieces with new pieces, keeping the exhibit fresh and allowing patrons to have their purchases for giving without having to arrange pick up or shipping.

The Studio is located at 50 Canal Street in downtown Laconia. For information or with questions contact Melissa at 603-455-8008 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Regular hours Tuesday through Sunday; see thestudionh.com for times.

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MB Tractor & Equipment signs on as Red Dress Gala sponsor for 6th year in a row

LACONIA — For the sixth year in a row, MB Tractor & Equipment has signed-on as the $10,000 Presenting Sponsor of the LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala that will be held on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake. Proceeds from the Red Dress Gala support cardiac services and technology at LRGHealthcare and with our local EMS partners.

The theme of this year's event is Dinner at Tiffany's. This elegant evening will feature a meal created by The Common Man culinary team, live and silent auctions, and dancing to local favorite Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks.

The Red Dress Gala offers great sponsorship opportunities for every budget, as with over 300 guests local businesses will receive excellent exposure and marketing benefits. People are encouraged to advertise in the gala program booklet or donate to the live or silent auction. A limited number of high-level sponsorships are still available; call now if interested!

Current sponsors include: MB Tractor joins Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); Bronze Sponsors AutoServ of Tilton, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker Group, Dr. Racicot & Friends, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lake Dockers, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, and The Brillant Gems!. Corporate Sponsors include Cross Insurance, Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.

Major event supporters are Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, 5 Star Entertainment, Lakes Region Floral Studio, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, The Common Man, Tylergraphics, Inc., and Warren Bailey.

For more information about the Red Dress Gala please contact the LRGHealthcare Office of Philanthropy: 527-7063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Super Bingo game Saturday to benefit Winnipesaukee Historical Society

LACONIA —  Join the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society on Saturday, November 15 for Super Bingo, a high stakes bingo game, and take a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes. Doors open at 2 pm at the Funspot Bingo Hall, Rte. 3, Weirs Beach, NH.
The Super Bingo Game offers a $13 9-card package for the afternoon session (4:30-5:30 pm) and your choice of a $25 12-card package, $30 18-card package for the evening session (6:45-9:15 pm). You may also rent a Bingo computer for just $6 per day, play e-cards, paper cards or both to increase your chances of winning. Players are allowed to buy a maximum of 54 faces on an electronic video bingo device and are limited to one unit per person.
Guests may play either the afternoon or the evening session, or may come early and stay late to play both sessions.
The one-hour afternoon session will include 10 games paying an estimated $100 each. The evening session will include 12 games paying an estimated $320 each and three "Winner Takes All" games that may award up to $1,600. The "Carryover Coverall" game is guaranteed to pay $2,000. All prizes are based on attendance.
Other cash prizes can be won through pull-tab tickets sold at 50 cents each that pay from $10 to $499.
Guests are encouraged to come early to get your favorite seat as seating is limited. Doors open at 2:00pm. Food and beverages are available for purchase in the Bingo Hall.
The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, hosts bingo games at the Funspot Bingo Hall every Saturday evening. Sample bingo programs and information on bingo gift certificates are available by visiting their website at www.LakeWinnipesaukeeMuseum.org and clicking on the "Bingo" tab.
Proceeds of these games support the LWHS mission to preserve the history and heritage of Lake Winnipesaukee, specifically its Lake Winnipesaukee Museum, located on Route 3 in the Weirs, next door to the Funspot Bingo Hall. The museum is open seasonally, Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; admission is free. For further information, call 603-366-5950, or visit www.LakeWinnipesaukeeMuseum.org.

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