THE COLONIAL THEATRE
95 Main St., Keene
Great acoustics along with Main Street charm keep the Colonial Theater at the top of the list for the Monadnock Region’s performing arts. Built in 1924, the theater alone is a show-stopper for those of us accustomed to charmless 10-screen multiplexes. You might run into a folk concert, a performance by the New Hampshire Symphony, a first-run movie, a silent movie with live orchestra or a Broadway show. Recent live productions included Fiddler On the Roof, Cinderella and the Mozart opera Cosi fan Tutte. The box office is open from noon until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday prior to performances. A recording of scheduled events is available by phone when the box office is closed.
981 Northfield Rd., Winchester
PUTNAM ARTS LECTURE HALL
Keene State College, 100 Main St., Keene
Home to the Keene State College Film Society, which screens popular, international, and independent films year-round in the in the east wing of Brickyard Pond. The hall is equipped for films up to 70-mm format and for Dolby Digital Sound. For information about showings.
HOYT'S KEY CINEMAS
121 Key Road, Keene
ACTORS THEATRE PLAYHOUSE
26 Main St., Chesterfield
REDFERN ARTS CENTER
Keene State College, 229 Main St
This two-theater performance center runs a 12-event season from September through April. The main theater seats 570, and the Alumnae Recital Hall seats 360. Programs include all performing arts disciplines. The box office is open 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Mon. through Friday and two hours prior to performances. Recent shows included performances by the Trinity Irish Dance Company of Chicago, The Atlantic Brass Quintet, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco Dance Company and Cherish The Ladies, a traditional Irish music and dance company.
APPLE HILL CENTER FOR CHAMBER MUSIC
Apple Hill Rd E. Sullivan
847-3371 or (800) 472-66
Reserve Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. from late June through mid-August for evening concerts at the Apple Hill Concert Barn in Nelson, just 8 miles east of Keene. Donations are requested for concerts, which feature the Apple Hill Chamber Players and festival artists. Bring a picnic supper and eat on the lawn before the concert. A nonprofit group devoted to communicating through the language of music, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music is both a school and performing arts center. Each summer the center holds five 10-day instructional sessions. The faculty and students come from throughout the United States and all over the world. Students are intergenerational and consist of high school students, college and conservatory students, and preprofessional adults.
THOREAU GALLERY & RAVENCROFT THEATRE
Emily Flynn Campus Center, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge
A revolving series of fine-arts exhibitions is shown at the gallery throughout the academic year.
Hours: It is open every day from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. The academic year is from September through May. The campus is closed from Christmas break through much of January. It is best to call ahead for schedule and exhibit information. The Ravencroft Theatre presents a play every fall, a musical every spring and an annual performance of the Messiah on the first Saturday in December.
FITZWILLIAM INN ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT SERIES
Rt. 199, Fitzwilliam
Sunday afternoon in the Front Parlor of the Fitzwilliam Inn is a longstanding tradition for local and nearby music buffs. Begun in 1976, the Winter Concert Series is an informal series of free concerts. Musicians from Boston and the region sing (or play) for their supper. You might luck into a piano recital or an afternoon of German song. The series is held every Sunday from January through March. Call ahead to check the time (and make a reservation at the inn’s popular restaurant, if you want to stay for supper).
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Hadley Rd., Peterborough
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6 School St., Peterborough
48 Main St., Brattleboro, VT