Best of NH 2022 Arts and Culture

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Editor’s Choice Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club

African drums and dances
This summer catch it Akwaaba SetWest African drumming and dancing to discover the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles unique to various tribes. The ensemble is led by master percussionist and teacher Theophilus Nii Martey, who began studying traditional African music as a child in Ghana. Ensemble Akwaaba uses the Akan language word for “welcome” for their name. Visit their website to learn more about their upcoming performances.

Art Gallery
There seem to be fewer places left that can be described as real hidden gems, but for New Hampshire art lovers looking for an easy path to the creative soul of the Granite State, the Two Villages Art Society gallery in Hopkinton has a lot to offer. The gallery features the work of New Hampshire painters, sculptors, artisans and photographers throughout the year. This summer, the gallery will offer two exhibitions: “Pixels, Wood, Clay” in August and early September and “Out of the Woods” from mid-September to early October.

Community gathering space
Tucked along a corner of Route 85 in Exeter is an intimate gathering space for language and song. The barn of words was created to promote the sharing and culture of the arts in an open and welcoming setting, and to contribute to an already existing and flourishing artistic community. Whether you catch a concert inside the barn or sit in the meadow for a summer camp theater performance, the multi-faceted venue offers unique and quality events ranging from live music to comedy to wildlife education that keep performers and patrons coming back for more, time and time again.

magic master
Andre Pinard works its magic in strange ways. As he captivates audiences with his popular magical performances under his Absolutely Magic brand or as a re-enactor of historical magic, he sometimes has to dream up new operations for a former theatrical space (like the Claremont Opera House, which he runs). . Once, he even turned a clothing store into a hatbox (well, a Hatbox theater in Concord – hatboxnh.com). Additionally, Pinard is an authority on magic, both onstage and behind the scenes as a National Member of the Society of American Magicians for over a decade and as an editor of the History Journal of magic The Yankee Magic Collector.

Outdoor concerts
Natural beauty and music collide at Lynda Cohen Performing Arts Series. This special lineup includes four summer concerts (July 9 and 23, August 6 and 20) on the grounds of AMC’s Highland Center. Born out of her love for music and the mountains, Lynda Cohen imagined a series where people could gather in the mountains of Crawford Notch to enjoy one of her lifelong passions, music. The concerts are free, but registration is required through Eventbrite. Bring your own dinner or purchase in advance over the phone (first come, first served). Get your chairs ready, grab a blanket, and settle in for some music under the stars.

Serious jazz, blues and cooking
Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth weaves a historic turn-of-the-century building with a Moulin Rouge-style cabaret hall to create a dinner club experience that music lovers of all kinds will enjoy. The venue itself is stunning, plus it features state-of-the-art acoustic design and state-of-the-art production and sound and lighting technologies. Then there’s the Southern-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Nathan Varney, an impressive cocktail and wine list and, most importantly, a range of performances by award-winning jazz and blues artists and musicians. Grammy Awards, from Christian McBride to Mavis Staples. With a multitude of rooms designed within the overall space (and a contemporary art museum on the first floor) – all the conditions are in place for this special bond between artist and audience to truly come to life.

summer ballet
For ballet lovers who would appreciate seeing an intimate and dynamic performance of “Swan Lake” this summer, the Northeast Ballet Theater of Wolfeboro and Dover will rival any ballet troupe. The troupe is made up of dancers who study and train at school from an early age. Each summer, the ballet company showcases its skills and artistry with live performances. Check them out in August at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro.

Readers’ Poll Winners

Art Gallery
ArtHub
Nashua
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Independent cinema
Red River Theaters
Concorde
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large concert hall
NH Pavilion Bank
Gilford
banknhpavilion.com

Meteorologist
Hayley LaPoint, WMUR
Manchester
www.wmur.com

Museum
Currier Art Museum
Manchester
currier.org

NH radio morning show
Greg and the morning buzz
Manchester
wheb.iheart.com

NH radio talk show
NHPR “The Exchange”
Concorde
nhpr.org

Radio station
NH Public Radio
Concorde
nhpr.org

small concert hall
Tupelo Music Hall
Windham
tupelomusichall.com

Theatre/Performing Arts Hall
The Palace Theater
Manchester
palacetheatre.org

TV news presenter
Erin Fehlau, WMUR
Manchester
www.wmur.com

TV news reporter
Ray Brewer, WMUR
Manchester
www.wmur.com

TV sports presenter
Jamie Staton, WMUR
Manchester
www.wmur.com

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