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Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: January 26-28, 2017

We have nearly made it to the end of the first month of 2018. Have you been able to stick to your...
We have nearly made it to the end of the first month of 2018. Have you been able to stick to your New Year's resolutions? Oh well, there's always next year. If your resolution was to get out and enjoy all that New Hampshire has to offer, you've come to the right place. There are some unique events taking place this weekend, along with plenty of indoor events to choose from too! Here's our rundown of the Top 10 Things to do in New Hampshire this weekend.

Thursday: Afrobeat Masters

Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
AfroBeat Masters: Haitian artist, Wesli and ILAM from Senegal are irresistable international performers blending complex and vibrant musical styles. They will perform Thursday at The Dana Center in Manchester. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli is a natural troubadour and committed artist whose groove machine fuses afro-beat, reggae and Haitian Rara into an energetic and powerful performance. The multi-instrumentalist and producer-songwriter delivers a rich, festive and uniquely engaging sound. On stage with his big band, Wesli conquers the heart of his audience through a mosaic of musical arrangements and universal messages of hope, truth and peace. Joining Wesli is Senegalese artist, ILAM who delivers a style that is filled to the brim with different musical spices. Combining a rhythmic blend of reggae and blues with inclinations of Afro-folk and crossbreeding accents of pop or rock, ILAM's voice evokes the depth and power of nomadic people in a mesmerizing and urban atmosphere. Both award-winning artists are now based in Montreal and are bringing their rare sound and soul to the Dana Center stage in a performance that you won't want to miss. Tickets are $17.75 - $35.72.

Ski NH Weekend

Saturday-Sunday, all day
Ski NH Weekend really is a thing - a new thing - and it's happening this weekend! So lace up those ski boots and hit the slopes. This inaugural event celebrates N.H.'s rich skiing heritage with special activities, parties, deals, and of course, amazing conditions at N.H.'s alpine and cross-country ski areas. There are some great learn-to-ski for first-timers, a telemark demo day and family fun night at Cannon Mountain. Cranmore Mountain is offering Samuel Adams Air and Après. This nighttime showcase combines the thrill and technical skill of some of the best skiers and riders in the sport, alongside cutting-edge 3D projection mapping. Sam Adams Air & Après is an on-snow spectacular that has to be seen to believe! Granite Gorge will offer Cosmic tubing on Saturday night, while Great Glen Trails is giving you a chance to explore Pinkham Notch with a free Ski with a Naturalist tour. Similarly Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe is offering a guided snowshoe walk along the East Branch and Saco river. Join Ragged for the USSA Open Scored Slalom on Showboat, featuring some of New Hampshire's Top U16 Ski Racers on our FIS homologated run right under the Spear Express Chairlift. This will provide tons of fun action to watch both from the lift and in the spectator's area. Waterville Valley, Pats Peak, Mt. Sunapee, McIntyre Ski Area, Loon Mountain, King Pine and other ski resorts will be offering a weekend of activity, so buzz down whatever slope your heart desires.

Disney on Ice: Dream Big

All Weekend
Disney on Ice will be making magic on the ice at the SNHU Arena in Manchester this weekend. The production, Disney on Ice: Dream Big presents a world where adventure is waiting and courage leads the way. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales live on ice. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disney's Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends make this an experience your family will never forget. Believing is just the beginning...Tickets start at $22.

Howie Day

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Howie Day will perform at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry this weekend. Day's emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. After sales of over a million records and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road in support of his 2015 studio album, Lanterns. A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Day soon became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. Over the years he has developed a cult following and the rest is history. Tickets are $30 - $35.

17th Annual Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition

Friday-Sunday, noon
The 17th Annual Jackson Snow Sculpting Competition is back at Black Mountain in Jackson, turning snow into sculptures. This incredible winter event begins on Friday at noon when teams from all over the Northeastern part of the United States will converge on Jackson Village. Sculpting continues through out the weekend and finishes at noon on Sunday. Spectators are welcome to view the entire process but to see finished pieces it is recommend you come back on Sunday. See first hand how our sculptors take 8' x 4' round cylinder of compacted snow and create incredible art frozen in time. Sculpting pieces usually remain available for viewing for at least a week after the event giving visitors ample time to get coveted photos, however as weather is a factor we can not guarantee how long they will be standing. At night, during the event, the Sculptures are lit up giving them an entirely different perspective. We anticipate at least 12 or more teams for 2018 and a spectacular show. Come by and check it out. There is no charge to view the sculptures. For more information, call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce at 603-383-9356.

Christopher Titus: 'Amerigeddon'

Sunday, 8 p.m.
Christopher Titus will take the stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. Employing what he's labeled 'hard funny,' Titus has released seven ninety-minute albums in as many years. He has six one-hour comedy specials currently running on Comedy Central, and his seventh special, Born With a Defect, premiered in 2017. Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life and family, Titus takes his audience on a 90-minute ride that will leave them exhausted from laughter. To see one of Christopher Titus' shows, is to love him. Titus is currently performing his newest show in sold out theaters across the country. He also formed a production company, called Combustion Films, which produced his last three specials and most recently, a full-length film called "Special Unit," that was released in 2017. Tickets are $22 - $32. Please Note: This event previously appeared in last week's Weekend Planner. We got the dates mixed up. The show will be held THIS weekend, on Sunday, January 28 at 8 p.m. The good news is that you have not missed the show. However, we are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our readers.

Carmen

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

A production of Carmen, performed by the N.H. Philharmonic Orchestra and co-produced with Opera NH, will come to life this weekend at the Stockbridge Theatre in Derry. This comedic opera is set in Seville, Spain in the year 1830 and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. Carmen deals with the topics of love, lust, jealousy and freedom. It's rare that we see an opera like this so if you love to be at an opera, this is your chance to see one. We doubt you will be disappointed. Tickets are $12 - $50.

State Ballet Theater of Russia: Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, 3 p.m.
The State Ballet Theater of Russia will perform Sleeping Beauty on Sunday at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The State Ballet Theater of Russia is based in the city of Ufa, hometown of legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. With a company of approximately 60 dancers, its production of "Sleeping Beauty" features detailed sets and costumes, along with authentic Russian choreography. Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky completed work on the score for "Sleeping Beauty" in 1889. It was the second of his three ballets, the first of which was "Swan Lake," composed in 1876. He was commissioned by the director of Russia's Imperial Theatre to create the score for his third ballet, "The Nutcracker," following the success of "Sleeping Beauty." Tchaikovsky based his ballet on the Brothers Grimm's version of Charles Perrault's "La Belle au bois dormant." "Sleeping Beauty" received its premiere on Jan. 15, 1890, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, with choreography by Marius Petipa. Today, it stands as one of the world's most beloved and oft-performed ballets. Don't miss it! Tickets are $20 - $58.

Roomful of Blues

Friday, 8 p.m.
Roomful of Blues one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world will perform at a fundraiser at Windham High School this weekend. Even though Roomful of Blues' lineup has changed over the years, it's always a treat to see this ensemble play together on stage. Currently they are an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Carl Gerhard, drummer Chris Anzalone, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille , Roomful keeps on rockin' in 2018. Proceeds benefit the Windham Musical Arts Association, a not for profit booster organization for the Windham Public School music and drama programs. Tickets are $15 - $25.

8th Annual Winter Festival and 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship

All Weekend
The 8th Annual Winter Festival and 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament returns to White Park in Concord this weekend for a celebration of hockey and a series of championship games.The 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship's mission is to maintain and expand ice skating opportunities locally, as well as, celebrate and honor the rich hockey heritage that has occurred in Concord, N.H. Acknowledging the history begins with the tournament name. "1883" refers to a historical date and "Black Ice" refers to the purest of ice. St. Paul's School, located in Concord, and hockey have been synonymous since November 17, 1883 when the school community gathered on the Lower Pond to witness the first organized game ever played in the United States. Limited vendors will provide food and drink via food trucks during the event. There will be a shuttle bus running during game times to multiple downtown restaurants. There will also be discounts and special promotions available for hockey players at these establishments. Additionally there will be a heated spectator tent with interactive games for the whole family, merchandise and a silent auction. Food trucks will be open throughout the tournament. Other features include a snow sculpture, a bonfire to warm you, public skate on Rink 9, live music, fireworks on Friday night and more.

Live Dead & Riders '69

Friday, 8 p.m.
Grateful Dead fans will not want to miss this event at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry this weekend. LIVE DEAD '69 perform the classic "Live Dead" (recorded in 1969) in its entirety. This is a laudable achievement unto itself, applying Grateful Dead's zeitgeist of extemporization and interpretive improvisation beyond an ever expanding repertoire, much of which is created entirely ‘in the moment' – without rehearsal or traditional 'preparation.' Longtime, New Riders members will be reprising the hits and deep cuts of the band that grew out of Grateful Dead's 1969 Fillmore era. Tickets are $35 - $45.

Paula Poundstone

Friday, 8 p.m.
Paula Poundstone will take the stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord this weekend. Poundstone is one of our country's pre-eminent comedians. With smart, observational humor and a spontaneous interaction with a crowd that has become the stuff of legend, she swings on stage like a Jazz musician. Without a plan. Without a net. There's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong. Paula has done it all, but she returns yet again to the stage where she always gets it right. Tickets are $19 - $39.

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