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MARK HAYWARD UNION LEADER
If you walked by Jill Wade outside the Northside Plaza liquor store earlier this month, you would have your nip of good cheer, the alcohol-free kind.
DAVE SOLOMON
The notion that public opposition is stalling much-needed energy projects in New England has gotten a lot of attention lately.
AURORE EATON
AFTER SLOWING DOWN for a few months, the New Hampshire Marine Memorial Commission sprung back to life in 1954.
ANDREW CLINE
It's open season on RINOS in Concord.
EDITORIAL
A major shift in the gun control debate, thanks to a crazed gunman.
EDITORIAL
Vermonters are in an Obamacare nightmare.
SHAWN JASPER
The Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives says it is time to get things done in Concord.
CHARLES M. ARLINGHAUS
You're reading the wrong books. Actually, maybe you're OK, but your friends or your kids need some help. Have no fear, I break from policy today to offer you some Advent reading advice in the final...
EDITORIAL
Jeb Bush wins in media hype.
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Revels North brings light, levity to year's shortest, darkest day

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The Christmas Revels show plays the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College in Hanover today through Sunday.

Todd Oliver

Todd Oliver will take the stage as part of a Hanukkah show

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Todd Oliver — with a little help from canine co-stars Irving and Lucy — will take the stage as part of a Hanukkah show at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester.

HEATHER PIERSON QUARTET

'Charlie Brown' jazz riffs take center stage

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The Heather Pierson Quartet will play its “Charlie Brown Christmas” show at The Press Room, 77 Daniel St., at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Rick Bouthiette Photography



JAZZ CLARINETIST Ken Peplowski, who has about 25 albums to his name, is an alumnus of the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras. He’s also collaborated with big-name musicians ranging from Mel Torme to Madonna and Rosemary Clooney to Leon Redbone.

Concord Holiday Variety Show features jazz aces, comedian

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By PAUL FEELY

New Hampshire Union Leader

Combine traditional Christmas songs with jazz, add a few laughs from a popular national comedian, and you have some idea what to expect when the Capital Jazz Orchestra Small Group takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium on Sunday.

Indie-rocker Kristen Ford.

Kristen Ford show at Blue Mermaid

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Indie-rocker Kristen Ford, on tour in support of her 'Dinosaur' disc, will play 'The Blue Mermaid,' 409 The Hill, at 9 p.m. Saturday.

'The Night of Las Posadas' operetta is based on a book by Granite State illustrator Tomie dePaola.

Operetta draws on 'Las Posadas' festival, NH illustrator Tomie dePaola's works

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An operetta based on celebrated Granite State illustrator Tomie dePaola's book 'The Night of Las Posadas' continues its trek across New England.

Polar Express event chugs into Pelham Library tonight

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The Chris Van Allsburg book will be read aloud to children.

'Messiah Sing' rings out on Seacoast

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To conjure a classical holiday gem, eight Seacoast choruses, eight conductors, four featured soloists and an 11-piece orchestra will join with the community for the 10th annual 'Messiah Sing' at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth.

Beach Boys

Beach Boys to play Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

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The eternally sunny Beach Boys, who recently wrapped a tour marking the group's 50th anniversary, have announced they will make a warm-weather stop in New Hampshire at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom at 8 p.m. Friday, July 10.

Buckcherry

Rock band Buckcherry plays Manchester Nighclub

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Buckcherry's tour schedule includes a 7 p.m. gig tonight at Jewel Nightclub, 61 Canal St., Manchester.

Presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance, 'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' will take the stage in its 27th year at The Music Hall.

'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' will take the stage in Portsmouth

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Presented by Great Bay Academy of Dance, 'An 1836 Portsmouth Nutcracker' will appear in its 27th year at The Music Hall.

Elizabeth Stevens of Rochester (as the Sugar Plum Fairy) and John Ling of Moultonboro (as the Cavalier) reprise their roles in Northeastern Ballet Theatre's Wolfeboro production of 'The Nutcracker.'

Dancers reprise roles in NBT 'Nutcracker'

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Northeastern Ballet Theatre presents 'The Nutcracker' at Brewster Academy's Anderson Hall in Wolfeboro at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Rocking Horse Christmas rides into town

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Rocking Horse Studio presents an evening of traditional and contemporary Christmas music performed by New Hampshire musicians at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St.

'Amahl and the Night Visitors' plan a stop in Lebanon

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Opera North and Lebanon Opera House team up to present 'Amahl and the Night Visitors,' featuring a chamber orchestra and professional guest artists, at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the opera house, 51 N. Park St.

Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard plays his annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth.

Gerhard concerts return to Seacoast

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Grammy-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard plays his annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 292 State St.

Stroll and art walk planned in Meredith

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Christmas Stroll and Art Walk will run from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Avett Brothers headed to NH

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The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook has unveiled its first booking of the new year — the Avett Brothers, with special guest John Prine, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12.

Book launch celebration planned on Seacoast for 'True Yankees'

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A book launch celebration for Dane Morrison, author of 'True Yankees: The South Seas and the Discovery of American Identity,' will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the reading room at The Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square.

A touring production of 'A Christmas Carol' makes a stop at Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln.

Scrooge of a Guy

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A touring production of 'Christmas Carol' makes a stop at Jean's Playhouse, 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday classic in Keene

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A tradition at MoCo's Arts School of Dance has kept students on their toes in recent weeks.

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