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Word of Mouth
9:45 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Fatoumata Diawara Comes To New Hampshire

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West African singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara has a backstory not unlike many of today’s cosmopolitan Africans. She was born in Ivory Coast to parents from Mali and now lives in Paris. She’s a stage and film actress, singer, and songwriter, all of which has given her a world of experience which shines through on her 2011 solo album Fatou. The album plays to her roots, but retains an infectious pop sensibility. Fatoumata is performing next Thursday, June 13th at the music hall in Portsmouth. We spoke to her last year before her performance at Dartmouth, just after the release of the album Fatou which is also her nickname, reflecting the very personal nature of its songs and production.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

The Audio Orchard For June

1.Postal Service, Brand New Colony

June 12, Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA

2.David Byrne & St. Vincent, I Should Watch TV

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Word of Mouth
2:29 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

The Thing In The Spring Returns To Peterborough

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The Thing in the Spring is coming to downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire next weekend, June 6-9th. The quirky music and arts festival has over twenty bands playing in various venues around town and its own arts fair. The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­founders of the festival, Eric Gagne and Mary Goldwaith came to give us the scoop on “The Thing.”

Our Interview With Mary Goldwaith and Eric Gagne

We have music from some of the bands who will be at the festival, under the cut.

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Word of Mouth
2:51 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Word Of Mouth 05.25.2013

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Our favorite content, all in one spit-polished piece of ear candy. 

This week, a program pairs juvenile delinquents with Russian literature, a musician asking NYC commuters what inspires them, a play about traumatic brain injury, Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth, and the healing power of a special horse named Chester.

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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Traumatic Brain Injury Takes The Stage

Sally Nutt & C.R. Marchi, US Army SGT (ret) rehearse a scene from "Make Sure It's Me."
Credit Courtesy LesliePasternack.com

The novelist and former television producer Kate Wenner is the writer behind “Make Sure It’s Me,” a play about five Iraq War veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and the doctor devoted to helping them. The play is premiering in New Hampshire on June 1st at Portsmouth’s West End Studio Theatre. Leslie Pasternack is the show’s director – she’s also associate director of “Act One”. 

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Word of Mouth
1:20 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Tristan Omand

Credit Logan Shannon

Tristan Omand, a Manchester based singer-songwriter tells stories of America’s rough edges, his songs tend towards characters who’ve been kicked around by life, their surfaces hardened by  booze, women, and lives spent on the road. Last week Tristan came in to play a few songs in Studio D and talk about the characters and stories in his songs.

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Word of Mouth
11:36 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Life. Support. Music.

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We dug up this interview from 2008 with Jason Crigler, the composer of the musical score for Make Sure it’s Me.

In August of 2004, Jason Crigler, a highly-regarded guitarist, suffered a brain hemorrhage during a gig in New York City. His pregnant wife rushed him to the hospital and got the bad news: doctors told Jason’s family that he might not live through the night, and if he did, little of the Jason they knew would be left.

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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Music Workshop With Vinx

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Vinx has performed, recorded and toured as a singer and percussionist with Sting, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, and many others.  As far as we know,  he's the only R&B crooners of his caliber currently working and residing in the state of the New Hampshire.  This memorial day weekend he’ll be leading Soul Kitchen Volume 29 – that’s three days of collaborative jams and songwriting workshops hosted at Dreamsicle Arts and Entertainment Studios in Suncook Village.  But first, we invited Vinx to our Concord studio to tell us a little bit about the event, and maybe even give us a lesson or two.

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Word of Mouth
10:23 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Remembering Ray Manzarek

Back in 2010, I interviewed Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors. I was sad to hear of his death earlier this week, and went back to listen to that interview...here it is in case you want to hear it, too.

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Word of Mouth
10:29 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Cathy Grier: Troubador, "Subway Girl"

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While everyone else is going somewhere, musician Cathy Grier is staying still. She's the New York City Subway Girl.

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Word of Mouth
10:22 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Clamoring For Tolstoy...In Juvie?

“Books Behind Bars” is program which pairs undergraduates from the University of Virginia with inmates at the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center to read classic Russian literature. Prison staff notice a marked change in behavior among inmates who take the class, and researchers have documented similar improvements in decision-making, social skill, and civic engagement among prisoners and undergrads who participate in the class.

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Sketch Book Project

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Artists from one hundred and thirty-five countries have submitted sketches, doodles and ambitious notebook illustrations to The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced art project that’s been exhibiting collective creativity from contributors worldwide since 2006. With more than twenty-seven thousand sketchbooks housed in its Brooklyn Art Library and a trusty mobile library hitting the road for a nation-wide summer tour, Sketchbook’s ever-growing collection of art shows no signs of slowing down; Steven Peterman, founder and director of operations for “The Sketchbook Project”, joins the program to tell us more.

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Thu May 16, 2013

The Routines Of Creative Geniuses

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Hemingway, Darwin, Joyce, Tesla and Picasso were all remarkably different in their temperament and creative output, but they had one thing in common: a successful routine. From Franklin’s solitary nude reading hour to Picasso’s silent lunch gatherings, the outstanding rituals and habits that created genius are as fascinating as they are unexpected. Combing through over 160 accounts of creative minds, Mason Currey’s new book “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” uncovers the daily almanac of history’s most eccentric, troubled and genius figures. Mason’s writing has appeared in Slate, Print, and Metropolis, where he was an editor for six years.

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Word of Mouth
3:31 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Summer Arts Roundup

Xu Bing: Phoenix
Credit Greta Rybus

The works of two important Chinese artists, the return of a festival of experimental sound, and a retrospective by a legend of pop art are all on the summer events radar of Michelle Aldredge.  She’s a writer and photographer and the creator of the Gwarlingo website and podcast. It’s an online resource for conversations about creativity and finds in the world of contemporary art.

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Word of Mouth
8:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Word Of Mouth 05.11.2013

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In this special edition of Word of Mouth: Girl Power Interrupted.

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