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Weekend Top 10 Planner: April 17-19, 2015

It finally feels like spring. Mother Nature must have found her calendar. So this weekend, as we come out of winter hibernation, there are plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy one of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire. Step outside, NH. Enjoy!

Comedian Kathleen Madigan

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
Comedian Kathleen Madigan will have audiences rolling with laughter at the Lebanon Opera House this weekend. In her 25-year career, Madigan has released four CD's and two hour-long DVD's. She has also made countless appearances on late night television - from "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and every other late night show that has come and gone. She's had her own specials on HBO and Comedy Central and even spent some time as a correspondent on shows like "The Dr. Phil Show," ESPN2 and done commentary for VH1, CNN, E! and others. She remains the only comedian in the history of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" to go unchallenged by any other comedian. You want funny, you've got it! Tickets are $29-$37.

Made in NH Expo

Friday, 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Made in NH Expo will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. The Made in NH "Try It and Buy It" expo is the only one of its kind that showcases the wide variety of quality products and services offered right here in the Granite State. Check out products like hot sauce and BBQ sauces, flatbread, jewelry, beeswax candles, dog treats, soaps, local farm fresh milk, hand-carved walking sticks and canes, photography, paintings, cutting boards, pottery, and more. Also meet authors, artists, business owners and media organizations and try food from local restaurants too. There's so much to do at this fantastic expo that celebrates everything that is great about the Granite State! Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $3 for children ages 2-12.

Monadnock International Film Festival

Friday-Saturday, 5 p.m.
Film aficionados will want to step out for the Monadnock International Film Festival this weekend at the Colonial Theatre in Keene. With Feature Films that include "Becoming Bulletproof" by Emmy Award winning Director Michael Barnett to the heartwarming "Little Boy," about a boy who wants to bring his dad home from World War II, to "The Good Lie" with Reese Witherspoon and documentaries, short films and local films too, the festival will have movie goers abuzz with what's new in cinema. The festival will also feature panel discussions with filmmakers, directors, authors, producers and more. Tickets are $12 for individual screenings up to $95 for a VIP Pass. You don't want to miss this special weekend of film.

Taj Mahal Trio

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Taj Mahal Trio will hit the stage at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth this weekend. Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Self-taught, Taj plays over 20 instruments including National Steel and Dobro guitars, and his remarkable voice ranges from gruff and gravelly to smooth and sultry. The two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards in 2014. Come see him during this intimate show. Tickets are $55+.

Get the Led Out

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Get the Led Out, the Philadelphia-based Led Zeppelin Tribute Band who have captured the essence of the recorded music of the legendary band, will perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. Get your fill of a high energy Led Zeppelin live concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get the Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. Plus they offer an "acoustic" set with Zeppelin favorites such as "Tangerine," and "The Battle of Evermore" performed in its original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. The band has amassed a strong national touring history, performing at venues all across the country. Don't miss their return to the beach. Tickets are $23 in advance, $28 the day of the show.

Stayin' Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Bee Gees having been captivating audiences for more than five decades. Because of their distinct and blended harmonies, the brother Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb have offered an impossible challenge to those who would pay them homage....until now. Stayin' Alive, with the vocal match of Tony Mattina, Todd Sharman and George Manz, creates a realistic sense of hearing and experiencing the brothers' Gibb live in concert. Offering audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees play list, singing blockbusters such as "Night Fever," "Jive Talkin," "How Deep is Your Love," "You Should be Dancing," and "Stayin' Alive." Stayin' Alive, will take the stage at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Don't miss the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50.

Healthy Families Fun Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The 19th annual Healthy Family Fun Fair presented by Parenting New Hampshire, will be held at the Southern New Hampshire University Field House in Manchester this weekend. With lots of wonderful ideas for introducing healthy routines for your family. It's a perfect day for parents, kids, and caregivers. With a mountain bike course, farm animals, train rides, children's entertainment, mini slot car racing, a mini yoga class, face painting, bounce houses and more, the promises fun for everyone. Tickets are $5 each with a $20 family maximum.

Aztec Two-Step

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
See a performance by Folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step at Anderson Hall in Wolfeboro this weekend. Known by the 1972 self-titled debut and following three records, the group was a staple on college radio and progressive FM radio, ushering the music of the 60s into the 70s and beyond. They were one of acoustic music's most respected and enduring acts, and few groups are more qualified to perform the timeless songs of Simon & Garfunkel and The Everley Brothers better than they are. They will perform the music of their predecessors as well as their own iconic music, led by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and beautiful harmonies. Tickets are $12-$35.

An Evening of Dance

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The 40th anniversary of "An Evening of Dance," by the dance alumni of Keene State College will take the stage through the weekend at the Redfern Arts Center in Keene. Performances will feature premieres by 2014-15 Redfern Choreographer-in-Residence Adele Myers, dance faculty and dance majors, with a retrospective video introducing each concert. The Theatre and Dance Department also will mount an exhibit displaying past decades’ performances through video, text, costumes and photographs in the lobby. In addition, there will be an installation projected onto the exterior of the center representing a collaboration entitled "Falling" by Keene State dance faculty member Cynthia McLaughlin and photographer Joanna Chattman. The program consistently communicates and inspires through a breadth of styles in contemporary modern dance. Tickets are $8-$10.

Discover WILD NH Day

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Discover WILD NH Day, an annual event that is held at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord, is always a great time for the whole family. It's a fun way for the family to explore New Hampshire's wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Visit exhibits from more than 70 environmental and conservation organizations. Enjoy hands-on fun for the whole family. See live animals, make wildlife crafts, and visit the hatchery truck with its big trout and salmon. New this year, there will be a whole tent devoted to fishing and hunting-themed exhibits, plus enjoy some history with photos, artifacts, antique vehicles, and warden uniforms as the Fish and Game observes its 150th anniversary. Admission is free.

Last weekend

San Jose Taiko

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Frost Heaves and the Speed Bumps Band

Saturday, 7 p.m.

CHaD Battle of the Badges

Saturday, 5 p.m.

Songs of Little Feat

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Galileo's Pendulum: Freedom of Thought

Friday, 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

Goffstown SpringFest

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

NH Indoor Scottish Festival

Friday, 8-10 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8th Annual Earth Day Festival

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

An Evening of A Capella

Saturday, 8 p.m.

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

Friday, 8 p.m.,
Saturday, 8 p.m.


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