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AURORE EATON
On Dec. 12, 1861, master showman Phineas T. Barnum hired 13-year-old George Washington Morrison Nutt of Manchester on a five-year contract.
BY MARK HAYWARD NEW HAMPSHIRE UNION LEADER
The game of Jenga pops into my head when I see a telephone pole at the corner of Myrtle and Russell streets in the Currier neighborhood of Manchester.
EDITORIAL
Shaheen would not fix Obamacare.
GEORGE WILL
The most consequential U.S. Senate race this year.
EDITORIAL
Obama makes the stakes clear, again.
CHARLES ARLINGHAUS
NH shouldn't make the business-recruiting mistake other states make.
EDITORIAL
When college students riot.
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0 Elizabeth Kulze: What were police snipers doing at a Pumpkin Festival?

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0 WaPo: GOP wave will lift a lot of Senate candidates, NH will just be gravy

0 Boston Herald: Scott Brown for U.S. Senate

0 Insurance companies trying hard not to cover lawsuit against Humane Society

0 Claremont teen pleads guilty to spray painting her name on a boulder atop Mt. Ascutney

0 Ashira Silverman and her role in Womenís Rights in Israel

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0 WSJ: Jodi Picoult on building her dream home

0 Dramatic drop in childhood obesity, tooth decay

0 Blue Latitudes back on its feet after sewage tsunami

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Debate rule No. 1: Don't crash

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Debates are the NASCAR events of politics, Andy Smith says. “People watch it for the car crashes.”

The Ice Theatre of New York, shown above in a performance at Rockefeller Center, will skate into New Hampshire for a show at Plymouth State University this weekend.

Choreographer Douglas Webster returns home with ice-dancing show

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Skating choreographer Douglas Webster, who first took to the ice in his childhood years in the White Mountains, skates back into the Granite State this weekend with an ensemble of international and Olympic competitors.

Sean Chen plays with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra during final rounds of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, in June 2013.

Pianist Sean Chen to lead concert, master class at Philips Exeter Academy

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Pianist Sean Chen, the first American since 1997 to earn an award in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Phillips Church, 61 Front St.

Oil paintings, mixed-media featured in new exhibit

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Oil paintings by Doreen Boissonneault and mixed-media works by Michelle Beliveau are on display from Tuesday, Oct. 28, through Saturday, Nov. 22, at East Colony Fine Art galleries, 55 S. Commercial St., Manchester.

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire opens its sixth annual national juried exhibition, “It's Pastel,” at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery, 10 Middle St.

Pastel Society opens sixth annual juried exhibit

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The Pastel Society of New Hampshire opens its sixth annual national juried exhibition, “It's Pastel,” at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery, 10 Middle St.

Jonee Earthquake band's Queen City show marks lineup changes.

Jonee Earthquake band shakes Shaskeen

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Jonee Earthquake band plays a CD-release party for its “16 Greatest Hits, Volume 3” release, Saturday night at The Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant, 909 Elm St., Manchester.

Photo courtesy of Greg Alle 



With a career that has spanned five decades and several genres, George Benson is most known for the hits “On Broadway” and “Breezin.”

George Benson pays jazzy tribute to genre pioneer Nat King Cole

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George Benson, whose most recent disc pays homage to Nat King Cole, plays The Music Hall in Portsmouth in a 7 p.m. concert Sunday.

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra conjures big-band era in Claremont show

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The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra in its 4 p.m. concert Sunday at the Claremont Opera House will spotlight a time when this Granite State city was a mainstay for touring swing bands.

PSU Symphonic Band gets a new start with contemporary wind, band works

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The Plymouth State University Symphonic Band visits some “New Beginnings” with a concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the Silver Center for the Arts on campus.

“City Council Meeting” is described by Keene State College officials as a “participatory democracy performance.” The show centers on empathy, perspective and power in civil discourse.

Be city official, concerned citizen for a night

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Want to become the mayor of Keene, or perhaps a city council member or even a concerned citizen for one night?

In “Laggies,” a young woman (Keira Knightley) avoids adulthood at all costs. When her boyfriend proposes, she seeks an escape at the home of her new teenage friend (Chloe Grace Moretz).

Dartmouth alum returns to campus with 'Laggies'

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Dartmouth College alum Alix Madigan, a producer of independent films including “Winter's Bone” with actress Jennifer Lawrence, returns to the Hanover campus with her latest project, an indie-comedy that screens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Black 47's lastest album signals the final bow of the Irish rock band.

It's 'Last Call' for Irish rock band Black 47

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It's a self-imposed last call for Black 47, an Irish rock band whose upcoming Londonderry show at the Tupelo Music Hall is part of its final tour dates.

Fall Craft Fair at Stratham Municipal Center Saturday

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The fourth annual Wiggin Memorial Library Fall Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Stratham Municipal Center, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., Stratham.

Guitarist Ed Gerhard to perform at Wakefield Opera House Saturday

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Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard will perform at The Wakefield Opera House, 2 High St., Sanbornville, at 7 p.m. Saturday.

New connections made when 'Dead Man's Cell Phone' rings

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Jean is sitting at a cafe when a man's cell phone rings. And rings. And keeps on ringing.

Cirk La Putyka's 'Slapstick Sonata' opens U.S. Tour in New Hampshire

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On a stage set to look like a darkened warehouse, workers on the overnight shift slowly break out of their monotonous routine.

It's Shakespeare mixed with 'American Idol'

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What if Lady Macbeth channeled Beyonce for a rendition of “Run the World (Girls)? Or Romeo and Juliet broke it down on the dance floor to “Bad Romance,” while Mercutio tripped out to “A Whiter Shade of Pale”?

'Biloxi Blues' marks veterans troupe's first production

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Veterans In Performing Arts (VIPA) will present Neil Simon's poignant comedy “Biloxi Blues” as the first show of its season.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Frank Capra's tale of George Bailey and his Christmas Eve visit with a guardian angel takes the stage at the Leddy Center's Epping production of “It's a Wonderful Life” this fall.

'It's a Wonderful Life' to be performed at Leddy Center this fall

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Frank Capra's tale of George Bailey and his Christmas Eve visit with a guardian angel takes the stage at the Leddy Center's performance of “It's a Wonderful Life.”

A wacky scientist, a friendly bat cave and colorful costumes are all part of the Not-So-Spooky event at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., Dover, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids invited to Not-So-Spooky Halloween celebration

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A wacky scientist, a friendly bat cave and colorful costumes are all part of the Not-So-Spooky event at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, 6 Washington St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

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