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Arts & Entertainment

ROCKING OUT: Though it’s turning to an acoustic format for its Granite State show this weekend, 3 Doors Down doesn’t plan to abandon its hard-driving rock roots. In fact, this past July 4, the band played a fully plugged-in show for a massive crowd of U.S. troops at Pearl Harbor, in Oahu, Hawaii. The group, whose tune “When I’m Gone” has become an anthem of sorts for American military serving overseas, welcomed a crowd that continuously chanted “USA” on the historic site where Japan launched a surprise attack more than 70 years ago and drew the United States into World War II.

High-powered rock band 3 Doors Down cranks down the volume with unplugged Seacoast concert


Special to the Union Leader

To get to know its fans better, 3 Doors Down is turning down the music at its upcoming Hampton Beach tour stop.

“It’s a show that (we) don’t have to feel obligated to crowd-surf and do all this crazy stuff, because it’s not a rock show,” said guitarist Chris Henderson, his voice thick with Mississippi twang. “... There’s a lot of interaction between the band and the crowd, a lot of back and forth and yelling out. It’s a lot of fun. We all get to know each other a little bit, and the romance between the band and the crowd is really strong. So, it’s a really cool show in that respect.”

War of words hits NH stage

NEW LONDON — Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” is a classic example of the power of double entrendres, but for two feuding couples attempting to stage the Bard’s famous comedy, it’s more like a war of words both on stage and in the wings.

The Soltice Sackbuts — a name that references the original name of today’s trombone — will lead a musical tour through the centuries in a noon concert Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. The performance begins with medieval and Renaissance music and continues with selections from the baroque, classical and romantic periods, ending with the sounds of pop and jazz. The program, featuring selections by Schein, Couperin, Bach, Mozart, Brubeck, Fagan, Sweden and Wilson, will include stories about life in times gone by, the history of music and the changing sounds of the trombone. The Solstice Sackbuts, performing on soprano, alto, tenor and bass trombones, are Alan Johnson, David Lindsey and Leslie Havens. There is no admission fee to next week’s program. For more information, call  589-4610 or visit

What’s in a name?

MUSICAL TIES: What do Pink’s “Sober,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Walkaway” and Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” have in common? They were all written by Kara DioGuardi, a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter and former “American Idol” judge. DioGuardi will perform and chat about the experiences and influences that surround some of her best-known tunes during performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth.
Tickets are $42 and available at 436-2400 or

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CUTE CANINE: Derek Bell painted this snow-dusted dog.

Paws and hoofs up for AVA exhibition

Actress Kelly Brengelman to portray wife of famed naturalist

THUMB-PICKING MASTERS: International guitarists Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, whose music is inflenced by bluegrass, jazz and western music and the thumb-picking techniques pioneered by axe men Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, will play the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts’ Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday at the Tillotson Center on Carriage Lane in Colebrook. Admission is $15, and tickets are available at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or by calling 237-9302. For more information, call 246-8998 or visit

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Travel & Leisure

“BB Richardson,” otherwise known Chelsea Shriver, 14, of West Virginia, right, was all smiles after taking a successful shot during The Great Nor'easter — also known as the New England Regional Cowboy Action Shooting Championships — at Pelham Fish and Game Club Sunday afternoon.

A taste of the Old West in Pelham at The Great Nor'easter

Cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation gathered at Pelham Fish and Game Club last weekend for New England Region Cowboy Action Shooting Championship, otherwise known as The Great Nor'easter.

Assistant brewmasters Craig Yergeau, left, and Bryan Link with a sampling of their creations at Milly's Tavern in Manchester. From left is Fisher Cat Ale, Mt. U Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Manch Vegas IPA, Bo's Scotch Ale and Milly's Oatmeal Stout. Milly's Tavern is a participant in Saturday's Granite State Brewers Festival at nearby Arms Park.

Big turnout expected for NH beer fest

Beer lovers can sample some of the 100-plus beers being offered by nearly 30 New Hampshire brewers at Arms Park on Saturday.

Joe Blajda, left, Kathy Murby and Mike Becker of the band Smoked Kielbasa peform at the Art on the Wall at City Hall watercolor painting show part of the Open Doors Art and Cultural Trolly Tour in Manchester in 2008.

Open Doors Manchester offers look at city's art, culture

You can experience downtown by trolley Thursday with Open Doors Manchester. The event happens several times a year and includes free access to some of the Queen City's arts and cultural venues.

Wallis Sands State Beach is perfect for young kids to enjoy their boogie boards.

Four NH state parks celebrate 50th anniversary

In 1964, Clough State Park in Weare; Greenfield State Park in Greenfield; Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye and Mount Washington State Park in Sargents Purchase were preserved forever.

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Top New Hampshire News


Boy Scouts to host Great North Woods Gathering

Troop 220 is extending some Northern Hospitality to all currently registered Boy Scout of America troops everywhere that features in-town camping and the opportunity to explore the diversity of recreational activities nearby in the world above the Notches.

Crystal Lake to be closed due to elevated E. coli bacteria

The public beach at Crystal Lake has been shut down by the Manchester Health Department due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.The elevated levels were detected during routine water testing on Monday.

New Hampshire Community Seafood board member and fisherman Jamie Hayward holds some of his fresh catch. The Portsmouth-based community-supported fishery delivers fresh-caught fish to 13 communities across the state.

Next sign-up begins Aug. 11 for community-supported fishery

New Hampshire Community Seafood (NHCS) was created to be a type of “farm share for fish,” according to Sarah Vanhorn, manager of the community supported fishery.

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Dining & Food

A taste of Rome comes to Elm Street

An Italian cousin joins the Manchester dining scene

When company comes, opt for variety

We found ourselves with a variety of wines this week as we had company coming for dinner on Saturday.

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Life & Culture

Club Notes: Italian club to present comedy/murder mystery

The N.H. Lakes Region Italian Cultural Club will present “Knock EM Dead,” a comedy/murder mystery with six possible endings, on Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Belknap Mill in downtown Laconia.


NH People

Nashua developer Gerald Nash

Developer Jerry Nash leaves legacy of honest real estate deals

In addition to his success as a New Hampshire real estate mogul, and his fame for being one of the most active developers in the state, Gerald “Jerry” Nash was a man of his word, according to those who knew him best.

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