This Week 24/02/22

Thursday, Feb. 22

The Robert Cray Band comes to the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St.; nashuacenterforthearts.com, 800-657-8774) tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Find more ticketed shows this weekend and beyond in the Concert listings on page 38.

Friday, Feb. 23

Catch a weekend of tribute acts at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester) and Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester) starting with tonight’s Palace show “Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl” at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35. Tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24, “Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience” hits the Palace stage at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; tickets cost $40.50 to $50.50. Meanwhile, the Dave Matthews Tribute Band performs Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex. Tickets cost $35. See palacetheatre.org for more information and to purchase tickets for all shows.

Friday, Feb. 23

Queen City Improv turns your ideas into laughs tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Chunky’s in Manchester (707 Huse Road; chunkys.com). Tickets cost $20. See queencityimprov.com for more on the group.

Friday, Feb. 23

See a free screening of Gospel, a new PBS series by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and hear a performance by the Higher Praise Gospel Choir from Boston tonight at 6 p.m. at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier.org). The event is free but reserve a seat via the museum’s website.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Combat Zone 83, Combat Zone MMA, comes to the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St. in Manchester; snhuarena.com, 644-5000) tonight at 6 p.m. Ticket prices start at $20. See the full fight card at czmma.com/cz83fightcard.

Sunday, Feb. 25

End the weekend with the sing-along piano bar tonight at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com). No tickets needed. Jim Tyrrell takes the requests and accompanies the singers.

Thursday, Feb. 29

February is one extra day long so you get one extra day to vote in Hippo’s Best of 2024, our annual readers’ poll. Go to hippopress.com; voting ends tonight.

Save the Date! Thursday, March 14
“Shamrock Shenanigans: Comedy for a Cause” will feature comedian Jimmy Cash on Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Hospital (172 Kingsley St. in Nashua). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and support Stepping Stones, which supports people 25 and under facing homelessness in the greater Nashua area, according to steppingstonesnh.org/comedy, where you can purchase tickets.

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Thursday, Feb. 15

Catch the 14th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival tonight starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org) presenting a Gulf Coast Records Revue with Popa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Monster Mike Welch and Paul Size with The Wicked Lo-Down. Tickets cost $35. Michael Witthaus talked to festival organizer Nick David for a story in last week’s issue of the Hippo (see hippopress.com and check out page 36 in the e-edition of the Feb. 8 issue).

Friday, Feb. 16

Attention Oscar completists and film fans in general. The Oscar Nominated Short Films come to Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; redrivertheatres.org) starting today. The line-up this weekend: The five short films nominated in the animated category (an 80-minute production) will screen at 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, as well as at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18. The live action shorts (two hours and 20 minutes) will screen Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 5:30 p.m. The documentary shorts will screen Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2:30 p.m. Find more screenings in the film listings on page 30.

Friday, Feb. 16

Regular season basketball schedules are wrapping up. The men’s team of the Rivier Raiders plays Fisher College tonight at 6 p.m. at Muldoon Fitness Center (440 Main St. in Nashua). See rivierathletics.com.

The SNHU Penmen basketball teams each have three more regular season home games on the schedule: Pace University on Saturday, Feb. 17, (women at 1:30 p.m.; men at 3:30 p.m.); Assumption University on Saturday, Feb. 24, (women at 1:30 p.m.; men at 3:30 p.m.) and the College of Saint Rose on Tuesday, Feb. 27, (women at 5:30 p.m.; men at 7:30 p.m.). The games take place at Stan Spiro Field House (at the Southern New Hampshire University campus, 2500 River Road in Manchester); regular season games are free to attend.

Saint Anselm Hawks basketball teams play their final regular season home games on Wednesday, Feb. 21, against the University of New Haven. Men play at 7:30 p.m., women play at 5:30 p.m. at Stoutenburgh Gymnasium (73 College Road on Saint Anselm College campus in Manchester). Tickets to either game cost $10 (kids 5 and under get in free to regular season games) and are available for purchase starting one hour ahead of game time at the Gymnasium ticket booth. See saintanselmhawks.com.

Saturday, Feb. 17

If last weekend’s end of Dancing Queens’ run at the Palace Theatre left you wanting more ABBA, head to Gimme Gimme Disco tonight at 8:30 p.m. at the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St. in Nashua; nashuacenterforthearts.com). This dance party — disco attire encouraged — will feature a DJ playing the hits of ABBA, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and Cher, according to the website. Tickets cost $19 to $24.

Save the Date! Sunday, March 3
See the Red Hot Chilli Pipers — yes, “Pipers” — on Sunday, March 3, at 4 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts (Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com). The band bills itself as “bagrock” — a fusion of traditional Scottish music, with bagpipes, and rock and pop anthems, according to the Cap Center. Tickets start at $33.75.

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Thursday, Feb. 8

Dancing Queens, the Ultimate ABBA Disco Tribute, begins its final weekend run tonight, with a show at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588). Other shows this weekend include Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $28 to $49. Find Michael Witthaus’ story about the show in the Jan. 25 issue of the Hippo at hippopress.com.

Friday, Feb. 9

Lotus Land, the American Rush tribute band, plays two nights at Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com) — tonight and tomorrow night, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39. Find more ticket concerts this weekend and beyond on page 42.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Looking for a new outdoor winter hobby? NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center’s (26 Audubon Way in Auburn; 668- 2045, nhaudubon.org) “Beginner Bird Outing” will be held today from 8:30 to 10 a.m. All ages and skill levels of birders are welcome, according to the website, where you can register for the class, which costs $10 per person.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Join your fellow Swifties at “Swift Me Away,” a dance party featuring the music (but not, it should be noted, the person) of Taylor Swift today at 8 p.m. at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com). Tickets cost $21.75 (plus $5 at the door).

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Learn about the plans of scientists and artists for the April 8 solar eclipse at “Science on Tap: Science in the Shadow of Eclipse 2024” today at 6 p.m. at Stark Brewing Co. (500 Commercial St. in Manchester), an adult program presented by SEE Science Center. The event is free but advance registration is appreciated; go to see-sciencecenter.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Catch a screening of the silent film Speedy (1928), a romantic comedy starring Harold Lloyd and featuring Babe Ruth and presented with live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis, today at 7 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org). Tickets cost $10. Find more Valentine’s Day and Galentine’s Day special screenings in the film listings on page 35.

Save the Date! Saturday, April 6
Comedian Preacher Lawson comes to the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St. in Nashua; nashuacenterforthearts.com) on Saturday, April 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $29 to $49. Find videos of his comedy via preacherlawson.com.

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Thursday, Feb. 1

Do you remember Ned Ryerson? Test your knowledge of 1993’s Groundhog Day tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the 21+ trivia night at Chunky’s Cinema Pub (707 Huse Road in Manchester; chunkys.com). Reserve seats for $6 (which includes a $5 off food voucher).

Meanwhile actual Groundhog Day is Friday, Feb. 2, when we find out how Punxsutawney Phil is feeling — early spring or a bunch more winter?

Friday, Feb. 2

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord; starhop.com, 271-7827) will focus on eclipses at tonight’s Super Stellar Friday programming, happening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For “Elevating Eclipses” Jacob Garside, a student at Plymouth State University and who has participated in the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project, will discuss the project and the April 8 eclipse, according to the website. Admission costs $12 for adults, $9 for ages 3 to 12, $11 for 62+ and 13-college, the website said. You can also register to attend a webinar version of the discussion.

Friday, Feb. 2

This week’s Friday Night Comedy at the Rex features comedian Dave Russo and friends at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org). Tickets cost $35. Find more laughs this weekend and beyond in the Comedy This Week listings on page 33.

Friday, Feb. 2

Constantine Maroulis, a sixth-place finisher on 2005’s American Idol and Tony nominated for his role in Rock of Ages, will perform tonight at the Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com) at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). Tickets cost $44.75 ($5 more at the door). Find more concerts this weekend and beyond in our Concerts listings on page 34.

Saturday, Feb. 3

It’s Pink Day at Southern New Hampshire University Women’s Basketball, when the Penmen take on the New Haven Chargers at 1:30 p.m. at Stan Spiro Field House (at the Southern New Hampshire University campus, 2500 River Road in Manchester). Head to the lobby at 12:30 p.m. for raffles, T-shirt sales and more. The men’s game is at 3:30 p.m. Regular season games are free to attend; see snhupenmen.com.

Sunday, Feb. 4

The Peabody, Mass., band Fortune will play the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com) tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30.

Save the Date! Thursday, Feb. 8
Comedian Bob Marley brings the laughs to the Flying Monkey (39 S. Main St. in Plymouth; flyingmonkeynh.com) on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. Find out more about Marley, whose “about” button on his website is New England-ily labeled “Who is this dink?,” at bmarley.com.

This Week 24/01/25

Big Events January 25 and Beyond

Thursday, Jan. 25

Drum Tao, a show with costumes and staging highlighting Japanese Taiko drums, will be at the Capitol Center for the Arts Chubb Theatre (44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com), today at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $44 through $76. See drum-tao.com/en for a look at the performance.

Thursday, Jan. 25

The Concord Garden Club and local artists kick off the annual “Art & Bloom,” the show featuring floral arrangements paired with art, today at Kimball Jenkins Estate (266 N. Main St. in Concord). The show will be on display today from 2 to 5 p.m., with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is just one of the events happening during Concord’s Winter Fest; find more in the story on page 23.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Do you know your Midge and Allan? Check out the 21+ Barbie movie trivia night tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Manchester (707 Huse Road, chunkys.com). For a closer look at trivia nights, check out the Jan. 11 cover story (go to hippopress.com and look for the e-edition). For more trivia events this week, see page 42.

Friday, Jan. 26

It’s comedy night at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com) featuring Kenny Rogerson, Jody Sloane and David Lamb. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets cost $22. Find more comedy this weekend and beyond in the Comedy This Week listings on page 41.

Friday, Jan. 26

Mosaic Art Collective (66 Hanover St., Suite 201, in Manchester; 512-6309, mosaicartcollective.com) will host an artist talk with photographer Gary Samson from 5:45 to 7 p.m. The event is free but reserve a spot via EventBrite (find a link on Mosaic’s Facebook page). See garysamsonphotography.com for more on Samson and his work.

Saturday, Jan. 27

As of earlier this week there were still a few spots left for Date Night in the Pottery Studio at Studio 550 Arts Center (550 Elm St. in Manchester; 232-5597, 550arts.com) tonight at 6 p.m. The class runs about an hour and a half and participants get a basic pottery lesson and then can make their own creations, according to the website, where you can sign up.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

See the professional dance company Step Afrika! today at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com, where you can see videos of the company’s performances). The show is part of the William H. Gile Concert Series, so tickets are free, but go online to reserve seats.

Save the Date! Sunday, March 10
Team Police takes on Team Fire, for a good cause, on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St. in Manchester; snhuarena.com) at the Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship presented by the Elliot Perry Foundation (elliotperry.org) to raise money for Dartmouth Health’s Children’s. See childrens.dartmouth-health.org/events for more on the event and to purchase tickets which cost $16 (plus fees) for ages 6 and up. On the day, tickets will cost $20.

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Big Events January 18 and Beyond

Friday, Jan. 19

It’s opening night for Dancing Queens, billed as the Ultimate ABBA and Disco Tribute, which runs through Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, plus Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28 to $49.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Catch Beatlejuice tonight at 8 p.m at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com). Tickets cost $33. Find more concerts this weekend and beyond on page 38.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Come for the art, stay for the Bruce. The winter show (running through March) is up at the Sandy Clearly Community Art Gallery at the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St. in Nashua; nashuacenterforthearts.com) featuring photographers Brenda McDougland, Seth Dewey, Craig Michaud and Dan Splaine. Find more about the artists at nashuacommunityarts.org/sandy-cleary-community-art-gallery. Check out the exhibit and then stay for tonight’s 8 p.m. show Bruce in the USA (with Matt Ryan and musicians presenting a celebration of the music of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band); tickets cost $29 to $59.

Saturday, Jan. 20

It’s the third Saturday in January, which means it’s the annual winter Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. Residents and non-residents can fish in any inland water or saltwater in New Hampshire without a fishing license (though season dates and bag limits are still in effect), according to wildlife.nh.gov, where you can find details about the day.

Saturday, Jan. 20

The 21+ show Life’s a Drag, described as a fiercely hilarious drag show, comes to Chunky’s Cinema Pub in Manchester (707 Huse Road; chunkys.com) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets to this approximately two-hour show cost $25 (plus fees).

Tuesday, Jan. 23

It’s nomination morning for the 96th annual Academy Awards (the Oscars, which will air on Sunday, March 10); the announcement usually starts during the 8 a.m. Eastern hour (see oscars.org). In this week’s film section (page 31) see reviews of some Oscar hopefuls (Poor Things and Wonka) and listings of where to catch other possible contenders.

Save the Date! Tuesday, Feb. 13
Spend Galentine’s Day with the ladies of the Rockford Peaches when Red River Theatres (11 S. Main St. in Concord; redrivertheatres.org, 224-4600) screens A League of Their Own at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15. And remember, “There’s no crying in baseball!”

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Big Events January 11 and Beyond

Saturday, Jan. 13

Enjoy the music of The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Troggs, The Searchers, The Dave Clark Five, Herman’s Hermits and others at “The British Invasion” tonight at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Studio Theatre (880 Page St. in Manchester; majestictheatre.net, 669-7469). Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by phone, online or at the door. Performers slated to embody the music of the mid-1960s include Dale Byrd, Emerson Carracedo, Glynn Cosker, Robert Dionne, Jonathan Flower, Kate Flower, Angelo Gentile, Kristin Grant, Bo Guyer, Cady Hickman, Karen McGraw, Jim Rogato, The Rockin Daddios, Brynn Susi and Bruce Williams, according to a press release.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Today is the Second Saturday at the Currier Museum of Art (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier.org), the monthly Saturday when admission is free for New Hampshire residents (the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. head to the Creative Studio to learn how to make recycled paper beads in the style of artist Sanaa Gateja, whose show is currently on view, according to the museum’s website.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Catch some Southern New Hampshire University Penmen basketball when the women’s team takes to the court at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men’s team at 3:30 p.m., both against Southern Connecticut State University. The games take place at Stan Spiro Field House (at the Southern New Hampshire University campus, 2500 River Road in Manchester); regular season games are free to attend. See snhupenmen.com.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Symphony NH and the Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps present “Brass to the Max,” a show at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St. in Nashua) today at 7:30 p.m. “The program will be visceral and high-energy. Be prepared to feel this one all the way through your bones with great music like Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and ‘Celebrate’ by Kool and the Gang,” according to a press release. Tickets cost $10 to $60 and are available at symphonynh.org or by calling 595-9156.

Sunday, Jan. 14

As of earlier this week, WMUR was predicting a 52 degree high and rain for Saturday, Jan. 13, and a 32 degree high today (Jan. 14), when you can hit the streets of Bedford for the 3-mile HPM Insurance Snowflake Shuffle at 9:30 a.m. Registration costs $35 ($30 for under 21). See millenniumrunning.com.

Monday, Jan. 15

Cellist Roric Cunningham will hold a solo recital (with pianist Elizabeth Blood) today at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Community Music School (2291 Elm St. in Manchester; mcmusicschool.org). Tickets cost $15 for adults, free for students under 21, according to the website.

Save the Date! Saturday, Jan. 20
The New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center (26 Audubon Way in Auburn; nhaudubon.org, 668-2045) will hold a class on “Winter Sowing of Native Plants” on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. with presenters Donna Miller, UNH Extension Advanced Master Gardener, and Stacey Scaccia, UNH Extension Master Gardener, according to the website. The cost is $15 per person and you will “leave with a pot of native perennial seeds that will grow all year and be ready to plant in your garden next fall,” the website said.

Featured photo: British Invasion

This Week 24/01/04

Big Events January 4 and Beyond

Thursday, Jan. 4

It’s the final weekend for the LaBelle Lights outdoor walkthrough path of holiday light displays, which continues operations through Sunday, Jan. 7, and is open daily 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the final week is “’80s Ski Week,” according to labellewinery.com/lights, where you can see a map of the attraction and purchase tickets (which cost $18 for adults and ages 14+, $12 for ages 65+, $8 for ages 4 to 13 and free for ages 3 and under, plus fees).

Friday, Jan. 5

See Andrea Paquin play tonight at the Backyard Brewery and Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road in Manchester) from 6 to 9 p.m. Find more live music at area restaurants and breweries in the Music This Week listing on page.

Friday, Jan. 5

This month’s Super Stellar Friday at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (2 Institute Drive in Concord; starhop.com, 271-7827) will look at the “History of Early Astronomers” featuring Carlie Fowler, education specialist at the Discovery Center. The program will tonight at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission costs $12 for adults, $9 for ages 3 to 12 and $11 for 62+ and 13 to college.

Friday, Jan. 5

Rubikon will perform tonight at 8 p.m. with bands Mission to Sleep and Wired for Sound at Bank of NH Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com). Tickets cost $18.75. Find more concerts this weekend and beyond in the Concert listings on page 34.

Friday, Jan. 5

Catch the “high-energy all-request interactive show!” Dueling Pianos live tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Rex Theatre (23 Amherst St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org). Tickets cost $29.

Saturday, Jan. 6

The Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market offers a place to browse local produce, baked goods and other items as well as a spot for live music — this week from Ryan Williamson — on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon at 7 Eagle Square in Concord. See downtownconcordwinterfarmersmarket.com for a list of vendors.

Save the Date! Saturday, March 23
Hear Symphony New Hampshire play the music from the video games of Mario, Zelda and more at Game Over(ture), a concert scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com), where tickets cost $20.75 to $53.75, and Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at the Keefe Center for the Arts (117 Elm St. in Nashua), where tickets cost $10 to $63. See symphonynh.org.

Featured photo: Andrea Paquin

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Big Events December 28, 2023 and Beyond

Thursday, Dec. 28

Recycled Percussion begins its multi-show run today at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588, palacetheatre.org) running through Jan. 7 (see the Nov. 9 issue for an in-depth interview with Justin Spencer). Showtimes include today at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 29, through Monday, Jan. 1, at 3 and 7 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 7, at 3 and 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 28

Take a moment for some art at the Currier Museum of Art’s (150 Ash St. in Manchester; currier.org) Art After Work today from 5 to 8 p.m., when admission is free and live music will be provided by Max Sullivan Band. This is the last Art After Work Thursday before a winter break, according to the museum’s website.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Catch Adam Ezra tonight at 9 p.m. at the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com) — tickets cost $45 for the show ($95 for a dinner-and-show ticket). Find more ideas for New Year’s Eve celebration in the Dec. 21 issue of the Hippo at hippopress.com, where you can flip through the e-edition. On page 28, find alist of restaurants with special meals and seatings; on page 36 find a listing of music and parties.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Juston McKinney is just one of several comedians dishing out the last laughs at 2023. He’s performing tonight at the Nashua Center for the Arts (201 Main St. in Nashua; nashuacenterforthearts.com) at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39. Find more comedy in our Comedy This Week listings in the Nite section.

Monday, Jan. 1

Start the year with a brisk run — the Apple Therapy & Derry Sports Rehab Millennium Mile in Londonderry steps off at a New Year’s Eve party-attendee-friendly 2 p.m. Registration costs $20 for everyone 12 and over; $10 for 11 and under. The course is described as “a point-to-point, downhill 1-mile course for all ages and abilities starting on Mammoth Road in front of Londonderry High School,” according to millenniumrunning.com, where you can find out more about the race and register.

Wednesday, Jan. 3

Andrew North and the Rangers host RangerZone Open Mic tonight at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage (16 S. Main St. in Concord; ccanh.com). Signups start at 6:30 p.m. and participants will get a slot based on a lottery; music starts at 6:45 p.m. Bring your instrument; amps are provided and the band can serve as your backing band. Admission is free.

Save the Date! Friday, Jan. 19
Heat up with winter with Dancing Queens, billed as “the Ulimate ABBA and Disco Tribute,” at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) Friday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 11, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, plus Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $28 to $49.

Featured photo: Adam Ezra Group

This Week 23/12/21

Big Events December 21, 2023 and beyond

Thursday, Dec. 21

The LaBelle Lights outdoor walkthrough path of holiday light displays continues operations through Sunday, Jan. 7, and is open today through Saturday, Dec. 23; Tuesday, Dec. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 31, and then Tuesday, Jan. 2, through Sunday, Jan. 3. — 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on all of those days. This week’s theme is “Find the Hidden Elf” week; for the week starting Dec. 26 the theme is “Frozen costume week” and for Jan. 2 it’s “‘80s Ski Week,” according to labellewinery.com/lights, where you can see a map of the attraction and purchase tickets (which cost $18 for adults and ages 14+, $12 for ages 65+, $8 for ages 4 to 13 and free for ages 3 and under, plus fees).

Thursday, Dec. 21

Also still twinkling are the lights of the Gift of Lights at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1122 Route 106 North in Laconia; nhms.com/events/gift-of-lights). The lights operate daily starting at 4:30 p.m. (weather permitting) and will run through Sunday, Dec. 31. Drive through 2.5 miles of Christmas light displays. Tickets cost $35 per car; $60 per bus, limo or RV.

Saturday, Dec. 23

Catch comedian Dave Russo tonight at Headliners Comedy Club at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tickets cost $20. See headlinersnh.com.

Saturday, Dec. 23

A Christmas Carol wraps up at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588) today with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (other shows this week are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, and Friday, Dec. 22). Ticket prices range from $38 to $59.

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Get one more dose of Nutcracker when the New Hampshire School of Ballet presents its production of the ballet classic today at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester; palacetheatre.org, 668-5588). Tickets cost $25.

Thursday, Dec. 28

The Harlem Globetrotters 2024 will come to the SNHU Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000, snhuarena.com) with shows today at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $44 through $134, with pre-game VIP options.

Save the Date! Sunday, Jan. 7
The Pizzastock Battle of the Bands 2024 comes to the Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St. in Derry; tupelomusichall.com) on Sunday, Jan. 7. Doors open at noon. The show will feature Glue, Tree Streets and Porcelain Jumpsuit, special guest Sotah and hosts Cozy Throne, according to the Tupelo website, where you can purchase the $20 tickets. Pizzastock is a production of the Jason R. Flood Memorial, which seeks to raise awareness about mental health; see pizzastock.org.

Featured photo: The proposal ball. Photo by Mya Blanchard.

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