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Events Calendar 2018

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Art Shows

Rising Stars: New Work in Furniture

Sep 17, 2018 - Dec 11, 2018 NH Furniture Masters’ Gallery, 49 South Main Street Concord, NH

The NH Furniture Masters present a collection of work by six talented young designer makers. This exhibition features furniture as well as other smaller scale items they make and sell as part of their businesses.

Artists for The Bay Show and Sale -- Providence

Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 26, 2019 Bay Center, 100 Save The Bay Drive Providence, RI

Come and browse the Providence Bay Center to see a variety of artwork, ranging from elegant seascapes to handcrafted jewelry. All participating artists are generously donating 50 percent of their sales to support Save The Bay’s advocacy, education and restoration work. (Mon.-Fri., ) between December 3 and January 26.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Holiday Artist Market

Dec 14, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018 Contois Auditorium, 149 Church Street Burlington, VT

Burlington City Art's two-day artist market during the holiday season offers shoppers on Church Street the opportunity to purchase handmade gifts created by local artists. This year’s market features a diverse offering of ceramics, jewelry, games, clothing, accessories, and more! The BCA Holiday Market is free and open to the public.

Children & Families

"Matilda the Musical"

Nov 14, 2018 - Jan 1, 2019 Northern Stage, 76 Gates Street White River Junction, VT

With the help of her kind teacher Miss Honey, the other students in her class, and a touch of magic, Matilda takes a stand against her self-centered parents and the despicable Miss Trunchbull in this heartwarming story of empowerment. More than half of the ticket are already sold; secure your tickets now. Appropriate for all ages 5 and older. Strobe and haze effects will be used in this production. Run time is 2 hours and 40 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

“‘Snow White”

Dec 7, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018 Dorset Players, 104 Cheney Road Dorset, VT

This family musical contains a zany, wisecracking Mirror who will only answer if spoken to in rhyme, as well as a whole court full of funny and bubbling characters. It hums with 14 lively songs, including a scary forest ballet.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Dec 20, 2018 - Dec 23, 2018 Cross Arena, 1 Civic Center Square Portland, ME

See Lightning McQueen and the Pixar’s Cars race across the ice! Dive into undersea fun with Ariel in The Little Mermaid’s kingdom. Experience the adventures of Buzz, Woody, and the Toy Story gang as they race for home. Join sisters Anna and Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s "Frozen."

The Magic School Bus

Jan 10, 2019 - Jan 10, 2019 Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main Street Burlington, VT

The planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined … or is it? To save the day, the ever-imaginative Ms. Frizzle blasts the Magic School Bus off into outer space to explore the solar system. Join the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new live-action musical adaptation based on the original book series. This performance will be one hour and will not have an intermission. Recommended for ages 3 and older.

Wild Kratts LIVE!

Apr 5, 2019 - Apr 5, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

Dive into a Wild Kratts adventure with the Kratt brothers as they combine live action and animation, with Martin and Chris LIVE on stage and the rest of the Wild Kratts team coming to you animated and on screen from the Tortuga HQ. Which creature powers will they activate and what new and amazing ‘WOW!’ facts will you learn?

Comedy

Small Town Murder Presents: “Shut Up And Give Me Murder”

Dec 13, 2018 - Dec 13, 2018 The Wilbur, 246 Tremont Street Boston, MA

Small Town Murder consists of comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman. When it comes to true crime comedy these guys are the real deal! Join them as they look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that takes place there.

Dance

Dancing With The Stars: Live!

Jan 12, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Dancing with the Stars: Live! will feature professional and troupe dancers in a new production showcasing every type of dance style as seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, ranging from ballroom and jazz to modern and hip-hop.

Swan Lake” by the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa – Concord

Jan 27, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019 Capitol Center For The Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH

This full-scale production is based on Russian folklore and German legend of a heroic young prince as he works to free a beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. This is the ballet company’s first U.S. tour.

Film

Warren Miller's "Face of Winter"

Dec 27, 2018 - Dec 27, 2018 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

“Face of Winter," will bring new and veteran athletes together to pay tribute to the man who started it all. Visit some of Warren’s favorite locations, from Engleberg to Chamonix, British Columbia to Alaska, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, Washington and more. Watch as world-class athletes carve the faces of remote mountain ranges and pursue the thrills of a life lived in high places.

Historic

Boston Tea Party Reenactment 2018

Dec 16, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018 Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Boston, MA

The Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Reenactment offers the public to experience one of America’s most iconic public protests. More than 100 re-enactors tell the story of The Boston Tea Party and theatrically recreate the evening of December 16, 1773 that sparked the American Revolution.
The event begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House. Then, the public joins a procession led by fifers & drummers to the waterfront and witnesses the Sons of Liberty destroy loose tea from London’s East India Company.
The Meeting of the Body of the People requires tickets for entry to the Old South Meeting House, where ticket holders join an authentic, spirited and theatrical Colonial debate. A town crier calls out all the details to the crowds outside. The procession from Old South Meeting House to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is free to the public.

Museums

Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration

Nov 17, 2018 - Feb 10, 2019 Norman Rockwell Museum, 9 Glendale Road / Route 183 Stockbridge, MA

This exhibit explores Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the Chinese New Year are celebrated in over 40 original works created by six award-winning children’s book illustrators.

Music

Donna the Buffalo

Dec 15, 2018 - Dec 15, 2018 Chandler Center for the Arts, 71 North Main Street Randolph, VT

With roots deep in old-time fiddle music, Donna the Buffalo weaves together a soulful mix of Cajun, zydeco, rock, folk, reggae, and country sounds into its own, singular sound.

Joan Osborne -- Dylanology

Dec 22, 2018 - Dec 22, 2018 Tilden Arts Center, Route 132 West Barnstable,, MA

On her latest album Songs of Bob Dylan, Joan unleashes her sizable gifts as a vocalist and interpreter upon The Bard’s celebrated canon, as she winds her supple, soulful voice around Dylan’s poetic, evocative lyrics

The Ghost of Paul Revere

Dec 28, 2018 - Dec 28, 2018 Strand, 345 Main Street Rockland, ME

The Ghost of Paul Revere is the sound of three-part harmonies that create powerful, stripped down music that the band describes as "holler folk," using the rich tradition of field hollers and call-and-response.

Darlingside

Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 11, 2019 Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street Concord, NH

Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based ensemble whose sound is an eclectic blend of 60s folk, clever wry wit, classical arrangements, soaring harmonies, and a modern indie-rock sensibility. Darlingside performs with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra.

Alsarah & the Nubatones

Jan 17, 2019 - Jan 17, 2019 Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street Portland, ME

Alsarah first performed at the Ovations series in 2015 as part of the pan-African music extravaganza, the Nile Project. In 2019, the stunning Sudanese-born singer, songwriter, bandleader and ethnomusicologist returns with her band, the Nubatones, bringing East African retro pop.

Bowzer’s Rock ‘N’ Doo-Wop Party Volume XVIII

Jan 20, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019 Mohegan Sun Arena, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd. Uncasville, CT

Bowzer and his Doo – Wop family return to Mohegan Sun to perform some of the best hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s at Bowzer’s Rock ‘N’ Doo – Wop Party Volume XVIII. The lineup includes Little Anthony & The Imperials, Drifters, and many more.

Voctave

Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 2, 2019 Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street Portland, ME

Sophisticated arrangements marked by impeccable harmonies set this 11-member ensemble apart from the a cappella field. Their uplifting program is called, “The Corner of Broadway and Main Street,” bringing all your favorite hits from Disney and the Great White Way.

Collegiate A Cappella Concert

Feb 2, 2019 - Feb 2, 2019 Latchis Theater, 50 Main Street Brattleboro, VT

This popular annual benefit concert returns to the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, with a lineup that includes the CharlieChords of Berklee College of Music, Dartmouth Decibelles, Tufts Beelzebubs, UMaine Renaissance, UVM Top Cats, and UVM Zest. All seating is reserved.

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio

Feb 7, 2019 - Feb 7, 2019 Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford Street Portland, ME

Featuring six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3), the musicianship on stage fuses over 40 years of combined performing experience into a gorgeous sound. The trios masterfully join in on each other’s original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Dar Williams

Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019 Town Hall Theater, 68 S. Pleasant Street Middlebury, VT

Dar Williams's work hearkens back to the 70’s, to the dawn of FM Radio and evokes a then nascent love of music.

David Bowie Alumni Tour

Mar 3, 2019 - Mar 3, 2019 Wilbur Theatre, Tremont Street Boston, MA

The David Bowie Alumni Tour presents Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and a changing comviantion of hits and cuts. Alumni musicians of David Bowie's are led by Mike Garson.

Outdoor Activities

Winter Solstice Luminaria Walk 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - Dec 21, 2018 Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Road Mystic, CT

Explore the winter beauty of nature center trails lit by the soft glow of luminaria and guided by the staff. Walks depart at 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m. The grounds of the Nature Center will also be lit. A roaring campfire will warm noses and toes, and we will offer hot beverages to make the celebratory solstice evening complete.

Great Glen Trails Evening Snowshoe Tour

Dec 29, 2018 - Dec 29, 2018 Mount Washington Auto Road Gorham, NH

Experience the wonder of a nighttime winter walk. Join a naturalist from the Appalachian Mountain Club on a guided snowshoe tour. We will use our senses (and no flashlights) to navigate the trails while listening for owls calling and exploring our senses. No dogs, please.

First Day Hikes 2019 at Maine State Parks

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 1, 2019 Five state parks (see above) Five state parks (see above), ME

This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America's State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, which included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year's Day. First Day Hikes are being offer in Maine at Bradbury Mountain State Park, Holbrook Island Sanctuary, Lake St. George State Park, Lily Bay State Park, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

First Day Hike -- Mansfield Center

Jan 1, 2019 - Jan 1, 2019 Mansfield Hollow State Park, Bassetts Bridge Road Mansfield Center, CT

Friends of Mansfield Hollow will be offering a 2.2 and a 4.5 mile hike. Meeting time is 10:45 a.m. for sign up and the hikes will leave at 11 a.m. Participants must be able to walk at a steady pace and be dressed well for the weather. Sturdy footwear encouraged. If there is enough snow, snowshoes are also recommended. Rain or hazardous driving conditions will cancel the hike.

Performing Arts, Theater, Dance

Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella"

Dec 18, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018 Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA

 cinderella at the colonial theatre

Enjoy the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Cinderella combines classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin and a beautiful ball with some surprising twists.

The Winter Solstice in Story & Song 2018

Dec 20, 2018 - Dec 20, 2018 West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington Street Portsmouth, NH

After two year's of sold-out performances, New Hampshire Theatre Project will once again celebrate the winter solstice with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb, Celtic harper Margot Chamberlain, and minstrumentalist Tom Megan. Join us on the longest night of the year for haunting legends of light, entertaining tales and traditional music and song.

Recycled Percussion

Dec 26, 2018 - Dec 26, 2018 Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street Rochester, NH

Legendary New Hampshire drumming group Recycled Percussion is back in the Granite State. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, a Recycled Percussion show always rocks!

The Met Opera Live in HD at Spruce Peak Arts

Dec 26, 2018 - Jun 26, 2019 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Drive Stowe, VT

Experience extraordinary opera performances from the Metropolitan Opera.
“The Magic Flute” (Mozart) on December 26, 1 p.m.
“La Traviata” (Verdi) on January 23, 1 p.m.
“Adriana Lecouvreur” (Cilea) on February 13, 1 p.m.
“Carmen” (Bizet) on March 13, 1 p.m.
“Die Walküre” (Wagner) on April 10, 1 p.m. “Aida” (Verdi) on May 8, 1 p.m.
“Dialogues Des Carmélites” (Poulenc) on June 26, 1 p.m.

Smoke & Shadows: A Burlesque & Variety Show

Jan 5, 2019 - Jan 5, 2019 The Rockwell, 255 Elm Street Somerville, MA

Smoke & Shadows is The Rockwell’s monthly burlesque and variety show that defies decade and genre, each time offering a new mix of performers from near and far for a sophisticated night of sparkle and showmanship. For guests age 21 and older,

Momix

Feb 6, 2019 - Feb 6, 2019 Jorgensen Center For The Performing Arts, 2132 Hillside Road Storrs, CT

Astonishing fans for more than 30 years with nothing more than light, shadow, props, and the human body. The blockbuster dancer-illusionist company will perform a collection of audience and company favorites.

Science & Nature

Newport Seal Watch Cruises 2018-19

Nov 10, 2018 - Apr 28, 2019 Bowen’s Ferry Landing, Market Square, Newport, RI

Join Save the Bay aboard an education vessels on a cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360-degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while two-hour tours include a tour of Rose Island Lighthouse.

Shopping & Sales

Providence Flea Holiday Markets 2018

Dec 2, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018 Hope High School, 324 Hope Street, rear entrance Providence, RI

Grab a campfire cocoa and shop local with a different lineup of 66 vendors of handmade art and design, craft and clothing, jewelry, accessories, vintage wares and small-batch gift and food items (150+ vendors in all participating throughout the month) with free admission and free parking. Dates: December 2. 9, 15, 16.

Theater

"Hamilton"

Dec 11, 2018 - Dec 30, 2018 Bushnell Performing Arts Center, 166 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT

"Hamilton," an operatic sung and rapped musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, took New York by storm in 2015. There will be a lottery for Hamilton with limited $10 tickets available for all public performances. Details on the lottery will be announced closer to the engagement.

"The Importance of Being Earnest"

Jan 22, 2019 - Feb 17, 2019 Portland Stage, 25a Forest Avenue Portland, ME

Oscar Wilde’s masterful comedy follows a young man and his friend on a journey that leads to an unexpected discovery.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert

Feb 16, 2019 - Feb 16, 2019 Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset Street Providence, RI

This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in high-definition while the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra performs John Williams’ otherworldly score.