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October 2021

Jimmy Dunn

Saturday, October 16 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions Jimmy Dunn is a comedian and actor who is most recognized from the CBS sitcom The McCarthys, where he co-starred as Sean McCarthy. He got his start in the comedy world performing stand-up at a bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was paid in beer and fried clams. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to perform on some of the comedy world's biggest stages, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Late Show with David…

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Met Live in HD (Encore): Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”

Sunday, October 24 @ 12:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir. The first opera by a Black composer presented on the Met stage and featuring a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons, the opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown—two of the creators of the recent production of the Gershwins’ Porgy and…

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Bad Bad Hats

Saturday, October 30 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their music is rooted in classic pop songwriting, with elements of nineties rock influence and an overall lightheartedness. Kerry (guitar, vocals) Chris (bass), and Con (drums) have toured the country several times in their trusty minivan, sampling the best local cuisine along the way. They have toured with The Beths, Margaret Glaspy, The Front Bottoms, Hippo Campus, and Third Eye Blind, among many others. The band has released two…

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November 2021

Emily Wolfe

Thursday, November 4 @ 7:30 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Coming to us from Austin Texas, Emily Wolfe brings a guitar-drenched sound that’s wildly unpredictable and immediately magnetic. The singer/songwriter/guitarist explores and obliterates the boundaries of rock-and-roll and modern pop, mining equal inspiration from the likes of Judas Priest and Ariana Grande in her bold but masterful genre-bending music. A self-taught guitarist who’d started playing at age five, Wolfe made her debut with the self-released 2014 EP Roulette, and soon took the stage at major festivals like Austin City Limits…

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Matt Nakoa

Friday, November 5 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Smyrna, NY and began composing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a classical pianist, Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spaulding among others. After college, Matt toured with his band, The Fens, and eventually landed in New York City’s vibrant piano bar scene. Matt quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s…

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Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now

Saturday, November 6 @ 3:00 PM
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One event on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM

SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Winter Starts Now is a “love letter” to that special place on the calendar – the winter season. It’s a call to action for all viewers—get stoked, be prepared, because the season so many live for is here. The 72nd annual ski and snowboard film from Warren Miller Entertainment will chase winter from coast to coast. From Alaska’s Prince William Sound, where the only fresh tracks encountered belong to bears, to Maine’s community of craftsmen and women devoted to sliding on…

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Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now

Saturday, November 6 @ 7:00 PM
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One event on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM

SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Winter Starts Now is a “love letter” to that special place on the calendar – the winter season. It’s a call to action for all viewers—get stoked, be prepared, because the season so many live for is here. The 72nd annual ski and snowboard film from Warren Miller Entertainment will chase winter from coast to coast. From Alaska’s Prince William Sound, where the only fresh tracks encountered belong to bears, to Maine’s community of craftsmen and women devoted to sliding on…

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SPECIAL FILM: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Thursday, November 11 @ 7:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

An epic drama that launched the career of silent film heartthrob and megastar Rudolph Valentino, free for Veterans! 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' (1921), a multi-generational family saga that climaxes during World War I, will be screened with live music accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis. Based on a novel by Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibañez, 'Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse' tells the story of an extended Argentine family with mixed ethnic background: one side is German, while the other is French.…

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Laney Jones

Saturday, November 13 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

"It's not quite folk, it has hints of pop perhaps, and it rocks like no other." - No Depression There's a sort of magic when you meet someone who’s doing what they're clearly meant to be doing. You can feel an electricity in the air—an energy that can't quite be explained—but you know it when you see it. This is undeniable when you meet Laney Jones. In a few short years, since picking up the banjo, this young songwriter and bandleader…

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Juston McKinney

Friday, November 19 @ 8:00 PM
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One event on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 8:00 PM

SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions With multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, two Comedy Central specials, and two Amazon Prime specials, including his latest, Parentally Challenged, it’s no wonder the New York Times called Juston McKinney, “Destined for stardom.” *** Juston was born in Portsmouth, NH where he grew up until the 6th grade. That’s when his aunt and dad, wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, packed up the family of eight and moved north.…

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Juston McKinney

Saturday, November 20 @ 8:00 PM
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One event on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 8:00 PM

SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions With multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, two Comedy Central specials, and two Amazon Prime specials, including his latest, Parentally Challenged, it’s no wonder the New York Times called Juston McKinney, “Destined for stardom.” *** Juston was born in Portsmouth, NH where he grew up until the 6th grade. That’s when his aunt and dad, wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, packed up the family of eight and moved north.…

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December 2021

Met Live in HD: Matthew Aucoin’s “Eurydice”

Saturday, December 4 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

The ancient Greek myth of Orpheus, who attempts to harness the power of music to rescue his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, has inspired composers since opera’s earliest days. American composer Matthew Aucoin now carries that tradition into the 21st century with a captivating new take on the story. With a libretto by MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Sarah Ruhl, adapted from her acclaimed 2003 play, the opera reimagines the familiar tale from Eurydice’s point of view. Met Music Director Yannick…

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Frank Santos Jr. – Family Friendly Hypnosis Show

Saturday, December 11 @ 5:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Hypnotist/Comedian Frank Santos Jr. make them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. His performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic, and unique show that you will never forget! This is fun for the whole family! However, we recommend…

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R-Rated Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr

Saturday, December 11 @ 8:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States
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Presented by JJR Productions Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Hypnotist/Comedian Frank Santos Jr. make them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. His performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic, and unique show that you will never forget! Franks has been performing at theaters, casino, colleges and for…

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Met Live in HD (Encore): Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”

Sunday, December 12 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

This was the groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met’s heralded Live in HD series, seen by opera lovers in movie theaters around the world. Adults and children alike were enchanted by the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor’s hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast – including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklosa, and René Pape – brings fresh life to Mozart’s timeless fairy tale. Mozart…

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January 2022

Met Live in HD: Massenet’s “Cinderella”

Saturday, January 1, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Laurent Pelly’s storybook staging of Massenet’s Cendrillon is presented with an all-new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation, with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as its rags-to-riches princess. Maestro Emmanuel Villaume leads a delightful cast, which includes mezzo-soprano Emily D’Angelo as Cinderella’s Prince Charming, soprano Jessica Pratt as her Fairy Godmother, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and bass-baritone Laurent Naouri as her feuding guardians. Massenet New abridged English-language version English translation by Kelley Rourke Run time: 107 minutes (incl. intermission) TicketsStudents $15/Met…

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Met Live in HD: Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

Saturday, January 29, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Tony Award–winning director Bartlett Sher creates a bold new take on Verdi’s timeless tragedy, resetting the opera’s action in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets by Michael Yeargan and elegant costumes by Catherine Zuber. Baritone Quinn Kelsey, a commanding artist at the height of his powers, brings his searing portrayal of the title role to the Met for the first time, starring alongside soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua, with Maestro Daniele…

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March 2022

Met Live in HD: Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”

Saturday, March 12, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles, the mythological Greek heroine of Strauss’s enchanting masterpiece. The outstanding cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the Composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae as the spirited Zerbinetta and tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Ariadne’s lover, the god Bacchus. Marek Janowski conducts. Strauss Revival Run time: 184 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial Members $22/Adults $25 Buy to 10 distinct…

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Met Live in HD: Verdi’s “Don Carlos”

Saturday, March 26, 2022 @ 12:00 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

PLEASE NOTE 12 PM start time for this production, due to the extended run time. For the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a starry cast, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Élisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass-baritones Eric Owens…

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May 2022

Met Live in HD: Puccini’s “Turandot”

Saturday, May 7, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Anna Netrebko makes her long-awaited Met role debut as Puccini’s icy princess—live in cinemas on May 7. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the bold prince determined to win Turandot’s love, alongside soprano Ermonela Jaho as the devoted servant Liù and legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini’s stirring opera, which takes the stage in the company’s dazzling, ever-popular production by Franco Zeffirelli. Puccini Revival Run time: 206 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial Members $22/Adults…

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Met Live in HD: Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”

Saturday, May 21, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

Soprano Nadine Sierra takes on one of the repertory’s most formidable and storied roles, the haunted heroine of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, in an electrifying new staging by Australian theater and film director Simon Stone, conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Tenor Javier Camarena adds to the bel canto fireworks as Lucia’s beloved, Edgardo, with baritone Artur Ruciński as her overbearing brother, Enrico, and bass Matthew Rose as her tutor, Raimondo. Donizetti New Production Run time: 224 minutes TicketsStudents $15/Met and Colonial…

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June 2022

Met Live in HD: Brett Dean’s “Hamlet”

Saturday, June 4, 2022 @ 12:55 PM
SHOWROOM, 20 Commercial Street
Keene, NH 03431 United States

When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met. Many of the original cast members…

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