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Weekend "Top 10" Planner: January 20-22, 2017

With some snow expected before the weekend, it might be a great opportunity to bring the kids to the White Mountains to learn to ski or partake in a number of other activities in our very own Winter Wonderland. And if you don't want to be outside, play indoors by attending any of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend.

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Free Fishing Day

All day, Saturday
New Hampshire offers two free fishing days, one on the first Saturday in June, and another on the third Saturday in January, so make plans to get out and cast a line with family and friends. Free Fishing Day is an opportunity to fish for free and spend time relaxing with family or friends. For others, it's a chance to learn a new pastime that can last a lifetime. State residents and nonresidents alike can fish any inland water - or saltwater - in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license. Note that season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day. Warning: ice may not be thick enough. Please use caution on the ice. Where to go? You decide!

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt this weekend at the Lebanon Opera House. These two veteran singer/songwriters will join forces for a unique and intimate acoustic performance and deliver one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road. A Grammy Award-winning singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett is one of music's most vibrant and iconic performers. He has broadened the definition of American music, fusing elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a manner that defies convention and breaks down barriers. It is no surprise that the Americana Music Association awarded him its inaugural Trailblazer Award. John Hiatt is a talented singer and guitarist best known for his prolific songwriting. His songs have been covered by musicians from Bonnie Raitt and the Neville Brothers to Iggy Pop and Three Dog Night. With 11 Grammy nominations and 24 albums to his name, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and won the Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Tickets are $81-$99.

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will perform this weekend at Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, in Peterborough. Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem are Rani Arbo (fiddle, guitar), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele), Anand Nayak (electric and acoustic guitars) and Scott Kessel (percussion). At the helm, Arbo is “blessed with an unmistakable voice, both light and sultry, with a hint of tremolo and smoke” (Acoustic Guitar). With Kinsey and Nayak's vibrant baritones and Kessel's resonant bass, the band's signature lockstep harmonies can shake the rafters or hush the room. Arbo's fiddle is sweet and sinewy, while Nayak's guitar stretches across genre lines. Kinsey's old- time bass anchors the deep groove of Kessel's homemade percussion kit — a truly funky collection of cardboard boxes, tin cans, caulk tubes, packing- tape tambourines, bottle-cap rattles, Mongolian jaw harps, and a vinyl suitcase. Harmony, rhythm, indelible songs – these are the hallmarks of Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, the New England based folk quartet now in its 15th year. From the Newport Folk Festival to the California World Music Festival and beyond, this band's steadfast brew of wit, camaraderie, and musicality leaves audiences everywhere humming and hopeful, spirits renewed. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show.

Special Olympics: Upper Valley Area Winter Games

Saturday, 8 a.m.
Special Olympians from around New Hampshire and Vermont hit the slopes of Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme this weekend. for this annual tradition. Sign on to volunteer or cheer on the athletes in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing competitions. SONH is a sports organization promoting true competition in twenty-one sports during four seasons. SONH believes that sports can teach us all important lessons. When we train and strive for a goal, it teaches us to dream. When we struggle, it teaches us determination. When we win, we find joy. And if we lose, we can find the strength to try again. At Special Olympics, we have the same expectations of our athletes as we would have of any other athlete: to try hard, to compete fairly, to follow the rules and to do their best. These expectations help our athletes learn new skills, build confidence and reach their goals – both on and off the playing field. Come see the athletes in action! Free to watch but donations are appreciated. Please call the Special Olympics of New Hampshire at 603-624-1250.

Shout! The Mod Musical

Saturday-Sunday, 2 p.m.
See a performance of SHOUT! The Mod Musical, at the Rochester Opera House this weekend. Swing into the freedom of 1960's London with an irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves. With the orchestra floor leveled, the Rochester Opera House transforms into a posh British nightclub. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as 'To Sir with Love,' 'Downtown,' 'Son of a Preacher Man' and 'Goldfinger.' SHOUT! follows five groovy gals, beautiful 'birds,' as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Traveling in time from 1960 to 1970, SHOUT! chronicles the dawning liberation of women, from the rise of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black as independent women with major careers redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period – from '60s advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks that every problem can be solved with a 'fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.' Tickets are $22-$26.

Ghost of Paul Revere

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Born on the banks of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine's holler-folk band. They will be hitting Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry this weekend. A powerful, energetic, non-traditional American folk band that's renowned for harmony fueled, heart-pounding performances full of songs with unique identities that remain undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. Their critically acclaimed, Billboard charting full length album Believe, as well as their two EPs North and Field Notes Vol. 1, have continually been the top selling local albums in Maine and New Hampshire for more than four years. In 2016, amidst touring nationally, they returned to the studio to craft their second full length album, engineered by Jonathan Wyman at Halo Studios and mastered by Adam Ayan of Gateway Mastering. The album is expected to be released in early 2017. Tickets are $20-$25.

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Friday, 7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the most successful songwriting team in popular music, virtually inventing rock ‘n’ roll and writing hits for R&B groups like the Coasters and the Drifters, and giving Elvis Presley some of his best material. This weekend at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, Smokey Joe's Café’ takes the stage with a musical revue of these electrifying hits set in the 1950's with themes of love won, lost and imagined blended with hilarity and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, including "Love Me," "Poison Ivy," "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Loving You," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Jailhouse Rock," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me” shimmy on over to the Palace Theatre for this toe-tappin’, finger-snappin’ good time. Let the nostalgia begin! The first 8 performances will feature the Original Coasters. Tickets are $25-$45.

Winter Wild Uphill Race

Saturday, 6:15 a.m.
Feel like staying fit while also having a lot of fun? This is your gig! The Winter Wild Uphill Race at Crotched Mountain in Bennington. This uphill race requires some serious lung power and good shoes that will keep you upright as you'll be running on snow. Winter Wild is an uphill series with a twist. The finish is at the bottom so you get to come back down too. Grab your skis, grab your snowshoes, or just grab your favorite winter running shoes and join us for some winter fun. If you love first tracks, you love this race. You get to hit the slopes before Crotched Mountain is open to the public. This is a fundraiser. To race it's $10-$25.

Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a performance of Mike Girard's Big Swinging Thing at the Flying Monkey in Plymouth this weekend. Girard is the captivating and energetic lead singer and founder of Boston's legendary band THE FOOLS, and this is his new project. Along with Fool's guitarist Rich Barrett, Mike is joined by the lovely backup singers, The Jewels, and some of New England's best musicians. If you're looking to rock, get ready for the power of this 20 piece Rock and Roll Big Band doing the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Billy Idol, the Animals and so much more. Tickets are $20+.

World Snowboard Day

Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This weekend, King Pine at Purity Spring Resort in Madison is hosting and celebrating World Snowboard Day with a small Rail Garden at the bottom of Open Slope where you'll find plenty of snow. If you enjoy watching tricks, aerial maneuvers, airborne rotations, jumps, endless rails and more, hang out and cheer on the competitors. This is fun for all ages to watch. The talent always exceeds expectations. Lift Tickets are required. Registration is at the Events desk. Call 603-367-8896 for more information.

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