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Weekend Top 10 Planner: April 29-May 1, 2016

We're turning another page on the calendar this weekend. With May flowers starting to bloom, we are putting together all the fun-in-the-sun events to come. For now we're staying close to the indoors though with some big events on that calendar. So we've ripped out the page for the the "Top 10" Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend.

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Monster Jam

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

Are you ready for the big trucks to roll back into the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. This weekend you'll have your head spinning with all the rip-roaring, off-roading, showy competition. Watch trucks like Zombie, Northern Nightmare, Lumberjack, Grave Digger and other twelve-foot tall, ten-thousand pound machines that will have you on your feet. Watch them race and rip up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through. Bring the whole family out for an event they will never forget! Tickets are $17-$47.

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 "Try It and Buy It" Expo, which has become an annual spring tradition, is now in its 21st year. This expo, which will be held at the Center of New Hampshire Expo Center in Manchester, is the largest consumer trade show in New Hampshire. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors and generating crowds of up to 20,000 over three days at the . Find thousands of products - all made in NH - including birch tree products, bottled hot sauce, custom jewelry, dog treats, medicinal herbs, gourmet chocolates, giant bubble wands, body care products and artisan skincare, books written by local authors, and so much more. There will also be companies representing their products and services in the Granite State - from Misty Hill Farm to the New England Tap House Grill, CASA of NH, Crusade K9 Academy, the Educational Farm at Joppa Hill and many others. Plus, they will highlight New Hampshire performers on the stage at the Expo throughout all three days. Admission is $3-$9.

Shemekia Copeland

Saturday, 9 p.m.
Shemekia Copeland will rock the house at the Music Hall
Loft in Portsmouth this weekend. Whether she’s belting out a raucous blues-rocker, firing up a blistering soul-shouter, bringing the spirit to a gospel-fueled R&B rave-up or digging deep down into a subtle, country-tinged ballad, Shemekia Copeland sounds like no one else. With a voice that is alternately sultry, assertive, and roaring, Shemekia’s wide-open vision of contemporary blues, roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with a modern musical and lyrical approach. Tickets are $38.50.

Motor Booty Affair

Friday, 8 p.m.
The orchestra seats have been removed at the Rochester Opera House so you can get funky this weekend during a performance of the Motor Booty Affair. Crank up the disco music, turn on the disco lights and you have yourself a disco club. The four out-of-this-world jive-talkin' funkateers of Motor Booty Affair bring their '70s extravaganza of groove, style and attitude back to our stage for a sixth season. Afros, bell bottoms and platform shoes - wear them - if you dare! Dance to the hits of The Bee Gees, KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Commodores and many more. Tickets are $14.

Baby Animals at Strawbery Banke

Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Visit the historic Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth during a special time of year - when the new arrivals are welcomed into the world. Meet the spring's new arrivals under the tent on Puddle Dock: lambs, kids, piglets, bunnies, chicks and more. With information about raising and caring for heirloom breeds of animals like those brought to the New World in the early days of settlement. Admission is $10-$15 with a maximum of $40 per family.

Gaelic Storm

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
With two national tours spent headlining both the largest Celtic festivals in the country and mainstream music events, plus an expansion of their tour to the National Celtic Festival outside of Melbourne, Australia, Gaelic Storm has swept the Celtic music world with their exciting brand of energetic musicianship. This weekend, they will perform at the intimate Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center in Plymouth. Combining both classic originals and fresh new arrangements of Celtic music with a unique blend of world rhythms, the members of Gaelic Storm infuse the show with their own spunky Irish wit for a wildly entertaining experience. Their past three shows at the Flying Monkey have sold out. Don't wait to get your tickets for round four! Tickets are $29+.

Get the Led Out

Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Led Zeppelin Tribute Band Get the Led Out will hit the stage at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. The band captures the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and delivers it live like you’ve never heard it before! Utilizing a multi-instrumental approach, GTLO re-creates Led Zeppelin songs in all of their depth and glory, delivering a high-energy concert with honest, heart-thumping intensity. It's been their mission to bring the studio recordings of "the mighty Zep" to life on the big concert stage. This is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one of the greatest bands in rock history. Don't miss the band that has been dubbed “the American Led Zeppelin.” Tickets are $24-29.

Dover Home Show

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Dover Home Show will take place this weekend at the Dover Ice Arena. See experts in everything from roofs to baths, kitchens to floors and basement systems, painters to landscapers, insulation to chimney services, heating systems to air conditioning, whole house generators to cooking supplies - and so much more! This is a great opportunity to talk with professionals about the various products and services you may be considering - all in one place. Admission is $5-$7.

Property Rites

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

A unique stage show - Property Rites - will capture audiences this weekend at the Lebanon Opera House. The
show features investor Kyle Macmanus has spent millions and invested in a high-tech work of art — fifteen human-figure sculptures programmed to perform thousands of movements, monologues, dialogues, and more. But just when Kyle is about to sell the sculpture, it malfunctions; the figures are alive. As each one struggles to achieve autonomy, they begin a fatal race against their desperate owner’s destructive plan. It's a little sci-fi and a lot of human frailty in one production. Tickets are only $1-$2.

Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio and David Surette & Susie Burke

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Enjoy a performance by the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio and David Surette & Susie Burke this weekend at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Putting a fresh spin on traditional Celtic music, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio serves up a high-energy show full of foot-stompin' fiddle tunes and classic sing-alongs. The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio shows combine traditional Celtic music with their own original material, blending various influences to create a unique sound. Also taking the stage is David Surette & Susie Burke whose warmth, vitality, and spontaneity mark their performances, and have earned them a reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

The Wild Swans

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

See the Wild Swans, presented by MoCo Arts Teens Musical Theatre, this weeekend at the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond in Keene. The story follows the family of a widowed king and his twelve children, eleven princes and one princess, Eliza. One day, he decides to marry a queen who is actually an evil witch. The new queen is jealous of the children and turns her eleven stepsons into swans, forcing them to fly away. When the Queen tries to bewitch their 15-year-old sister, Eliza, the girl’s goodness is too strong to be bewitched, so the Queen has Eliza banished from the Kingdom. In this original adaptation by Trish Lindberg, The Wild Swans follows Eliza as she embarks on a magical quest to save her brothers. The beauty of Hans Christian Andersen’s language, coupled by the marvelous music by Will Ogmundson, and the exquisite dancing throughout the
production make The Wild Swans a fairy tale journey that will engage and enthrall young and old alike. Tickets are $14-$20.

     

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