Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Monsters bearing chocolate
Throughout the week, Studio 550 Community Art Center will be placing 100 red clay monsters in public places visible to the average pedestrian. Programs Director Monica Leap said the purpose of the activity, "is just to have fun while encouraging residents to slow down, play like a kid, and walk their city streets in search of the out-of-the-ordinary."
The chocolates at Dancing Lion are pieces of art themselves. Leap said there is only one chocolate per monster, and only one monster per person, so that as many people as possible can experience the joy of finding one.
This will be the last monster release for 2013, but they may reappear next summer. If you have an idea to make the next monster release even more fun, contact Leap at 232-5597.
If you have ever thought participating in a reality show like "Amazing Race" would be fun, I have another option for you that won't require you to quit your job and fly around the world to participate. You won't even have to leave the city.
The course will be about the distance of a 5K. There is no driving involved, and don't expect a map. Stampeders will have to complete challenges to get clues that tell them where to head next. A maximum 200 teams will be allowed to participate, and everyone receives a T-shirt and medal after completion.
All that jazz
When Matt Lomanno opened a photography studio in the Waumbec Mill in the fall of 2012, he had visions of it becoming an arts venue for music, visual arts, film, drama, readings lectures and more.
"Folk music shouldn't be relegated only to coffee shops and bars, and jazz shouldn't be limited to background music at Sunday brunch or in a hotel lobby," Lomanno wrote in an email to The Scene. "Those are all fine for what they are, but those aren't audiences — they're customers who happen to be where a musician is playing. Remove the musician, and the customers will still come. Altering those stereotypes will be a challenge, as will the larger problem of engaging an audience that barely exists."
If you are a young person who appreciates old things, you can get free admission to the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association's 56th annual NH Antiques Show. Be sure to bring your ID to prove you are under 30, which sadly, I am not.
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