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Weekend Top 10 Planner - February 12-14, 2016

Now that the New Hampshire Primary is behind us, let's get back to winter and all the events that go along with it. With Valentine's Day falling on Sunday, there are plenty of shows to take your sweetheart to, including theatre, music, comedy and dance shows. There are also plenty of special outdoor activities. We've penciled in the "Top 10" Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Enjoy, NH!

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Jeff Dunham

Saturday, 5 p.m.
Comedian and Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his gaggle of puppets will perform this weekend at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. Dunham is one of the funniest and most successful comedians touring now. His characters are so popular we know them by name: Achmed the Terrorist, Jose Jalepeno on a Stick, the "redneck" Bubba J, the grumpy old man Walter and the purple-skinned "woozle," Peanut, to mention a few. Dunham has filmed his own Comedy Central specials, with his most recent, "Unhinged in Hollywood" premiering on NBC on September 17, 2015. His "Perfectly Unbalanced" Tour will stop in Manchester just in time to take your honey to the show for some fun! Tickets are $50.50.

One-Act Play Festival

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Saint Anselm Abbey Players continue the tradition of presenting one-act, experimental plays directed by students with their One-Act Play Festival held at the Dana Center in Manchester. This is the final weekend of the festival and includes highly original and creative performances such as "Check Please!" which is a comedy depicting blind dinner dates gone wrong. Other plays in the festival include "Distracted," about a woman ("Mama") who is on a quest for answers to find out what is wrong with her 9-year old son. Mama cannot get a final diagnosis and her son's offstage voice becomes louder and angrier as the show goes on. The third and final play, "Hourglass" features two high school seniors and their experiences with love, loss, and everything in between. A feel-good tale about innocent love and friendship quickly becomes a nail-biter about a mental case and a damsel in distress. Tickets are $7-$8.

Comedian Bob Marley

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Comedian Bob Marley will perform this weekend at Waterville Valley. What a great way to celebrate Valentine's Day with your honey, with some laughs! Celebrating 18 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and has appeared on nearly every show on the late-night TV circuit including The Late Show with David Letterman, "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, "Late Night" with Conan O’Brien, and "The Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. Tickets are $27.50-$55.

Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio: A Valentine's Celebration

Sunday, 7 p.m.
This one's a sweet treat for Valentine's Day. The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio: A Valentine's Celebration, will perform on stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. Juanito Pascual is acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene. His unique and creative voice, mesmerizing virtuosity, warm and evocative playing and original compositional style have made him beloved by fans all over the world. His sound is a truly organic blend of a mastery of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach. Tickets are $27.50.

6th Annual Cupcake Battle

Saturday, 1 p.m.
Something sweet for your sweetie. If you are a cupcake connoisseur or just have an ol' sweet tooth, this one beats a beats a box of chocolates any day - but especially on Valentine's Day. Mount Washington Valley Promotions presents their 6th Annual Cupcake Battle on Saturday at the North Conway Community Center. Taste a variety of inspired cupcake flavors (maple bacon? Who knew?) from participating bakers and vote for your favorites in four categories: professional, home, teen and child. Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $10 by calling 603-374-6241.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform at the Flying Monkey Performance House in Plymouth this weekend. With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like “I Don't Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”, “The Fever”, “This Time It's For Real”, “Talk To Me” and their definitive fun-time cover of “We’re Having A Party”. The Jukes’ legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, Stonesy rock and roll. Tickets are $39+.

One Billion Rising Dance Collaborative

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Neoteric Dance Collaborative is proud to present One Billion Rising Seacoast at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. All proceeds will benefit Haven. Help the Seacoast change the story of women by raising funds and awareness to end violence. One Billion Rising Seacoast is an evening of dance that explores stories of the most marginalized women and girls and how we as a community can bring about true, long lasting change. The event will feature performances by members of the Seacoast’s professional dance community as well as student performers from partner organization Arts in Reach and Sole City Dance. It is the biggest mass action to end violence against woman in human history. Started in 2012, the movement began as a call to action. In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to Listen, Act, and Rise for systemic change. Tickets are $34.75.

Last Waltz Live

Saturday, 8 p.m.
See the Last Waltz Live at the Rochester Opera House this weekend. In 1976, the legendary rock group THE BAND performed The Last Waltz, their 'farewell concert appearance' at Winterland Ballroon in San Francisco. The historic event was captured by Martin Scorsese and made into a concert film that was released in 1978. After the passing of The Band's Levon Helm in 2012, the legendary New England based jam band, the Rev Tor Band developed a live stage performance of the classic film. The show features renditions of all the hits by The Band such as The Weight, Up on Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and other music. Select regional and national artists join the Rev Tor Band to perform the songs of the film's original special guests in their own voice and with their own vibe making each show unique. Tickets are $22-$26.

Burton Mountain Festival

Saturday-Monday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Burton Mountain Festival is coming to Waterville Valley this weekend. This on-snow demo is the most anticipated travelling snowboard demo series of the year. In addition to demos, there will be entry level snowboarding opportunities at Riglet Park for kids as young as three years old, women's ride days presented by, an interactive sponsor village and more. There will also be giveaways from tour sponsors. To make learning for kids even easier, Burton will provide FREE snowboards, boots and bindings for the smallest kids to borrow. Certified snowboard coaches will also be on hand to help kids learn to ride on mini features like boxes, ramps and rails at no cost. Experienced snowboarders can show off their stuff at Party in Your Park too. Riders in each local contest will be added to one of three teams who work together during the event. Members of the winning team will walk away with a great prize, and the best riders at each contest will be invited to compete in the West Coast and East Coast finals taking place during the Brighton and Seven Springs events. The festival is free and open to the public. Come check out their products and get your feet wet on the mountain in the Valley! Call 800-468-2553 for more information.

Aida Opera

Sunday, 7 p.m.
Take your beloved to the Opera on Valentine's Day! The Verdi drama Aida will be performed by Opera New Hampshire at the Palace Theatre in Manchester on Sunday. The show is a fully staged grand Opera with 37 orchestra members, cast and chorus. Verdi's famous drama shows unsurpassed mastery as he lays bare the human heart and investigates the psychological depths of his four main characters. In fact, the plot is a love-in-wartime story, based on a fatal triangle. two rival princesses, Aida and Amneris, both love Radames, the young, idealistic warrior, who dreams of victory and a blissful future with Aida. Tickets are $20-$75.

Rhapsody in Black

Friday, 8 p.m.
Rhapsody in Black, which will stop at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend, is a one man show that explores one man's personal journey to understand and transcend racism in America. We follow his spellbinding life story -- from the ghettos of McKeesport, PA, to his experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that lands him in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. How he manages to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked The Other is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions. Charming, self-deprecatingly funny, and linguistically awesome, LeLand Gantt confronts heavy subjects with all the passion and poignancy of a preacher speaking the Gospel. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students.

100th Annual Newport Winter Carnival

Friday, 11 a.m. - midnight,
Saturday, 7 a.m. - midnight,
Sunday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The 100th Annual Newport Winter Carnival will wrap up 10 days of winter fun this weekend. One of the longest running winter carnivals, the Newport event takes place in various locations around town. Saturday's Winter Carnival Parade includes lots of floats and even a flyover! Winner of the snowman/sculptures will be announced, and there will be many activities like games, music, ice skating and sliding, an axe man challenge, horse drawn wagon rides, a hot dog eating contest, a belly flop contest, a greased pig on ice, some fast paced ski joring, a hillbilly snowshoe race, a fishing derby, horseshoes on snow and much more. In 2011, the carnival organized the largest beard and moustache championship, which took place in the Town Common and was a Guinness Book of World Records event. Call Newport Recreation at 603-863-1332.


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