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January 10, 2013

Editor's Picks: Upcoming entertainment highlights chosen by Managing Editor of Features Tracey Dee Rauh

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---- — ‘Dorks in ‘Dungeons’ invade The Players’ Ring

“Dorks in Dungeons Playing Dungeons and Dragons LIVE!” makes a return to The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, N.H., at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.

Back by popular demand, the troupe will play the main stage at this unique theater-in-the-round in the heart of Portsmouth’s historic district once a month for the rest of the season.

The show revolves around a live game of Dungeons and Dragons, a rule-intensive, role-playing dice competition in which players create imaginary characters in a fantasy world and set off on quests. These quests all are controlled by the Dungeon Master.

Through “Dorks in Dungeons,” audiences enter the world of the Dungeon Master (Brian Kelly) and his five bumbling players (Eric Doucet, Teddi Kenick-Bailey, Sam Bennett, Brian Paul, and Cullen DeLangie), as they adventure their way through an ongoing campaign, rife with battles, challenges, skill checks and more.

A rotating troupe of improvisational comedians (Matthew Richards, Michael Ficara, Erika Wilson, Glenn Provost and Jess Miller) act it all out .

“Our game is played for comedy, but we take the rules very seriously,” Kelly says. “Our audiences get to participate, as well. It leaves everyone laughing the whole way through. Even people who don’t know anything about Dungeons and Dragons.”

The Players’ Ring is located on Marcy St. in Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 students, seniors and members. Visit www.playersring.org.

Charlie Appelstein offers parenting wisdom

Salem Family Resources, “Success By 6,” hosts a presentation by internationally renowned speaker Charlie Appelstein on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodbury Middle School, 206 Main St., Salem.

Appelstein is an engaging, informative and humorous presenter at national and international conferences. This is a rare opportunity for area families, educators and others who work with children to hear his presentation, “Responding Versus Reacting to Your Kids: Key Principles and Techniques for Effective Parenting.”

Appelstein’s talk includes coping strategies that help parents stay calm under pressure, as well as offering communication strategies, tips on how, why and when to use incentives and consequences to motivate behavior, and advice to prevent problem behaviors.

Appelstein is a noted author of three critically acclaimed books and the creator of two innovative CDs that help kids and parents make better choices and lead happier lives.

The event is open to the public. Professional development certificates will be awarded. Cost is $15 advanced reservation and $20 at the door. Registration is available online at www.salemfamilyresources.org. For more, contact info@salemfamilyresources.org or 603-898-5493.

Diamond next chapter

in Writers on a

New England Stage

The Pulitzer Prize-winning and bestselling author of “Collapse” and “Guns, Germs, and Steel” takes the stage to discuss his latest book on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13.

“The World Until Yesterday: What We Can Learn from Traditional Societies” provides a firsthand picture of the human past as seen in traditional societies. In his book, the author considers what this way of life gone by can mean for our personal lives today.

Following his discussion, Diamond will be interviewed by Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth,” which will air the segment to NHPR listeners. Live music will be performed by The Writers on New England Stage house band, Dreadnaught.

The Music Hall is located on Chestnut St. in Portsmouth, N.H. Call 603-433-3100, or visit themusichall.org.

Peter Mayer makes music at the Tupelo

Peter Mayer takes the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H., on Friday, Jan. 11, at

8 p.m.

Mayer writes songs about inter-connectedness and the human journey; the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of folk and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song.

Over the years, Mayer has gained a dedicated, word-of-mouth following, playing shows from Minnesota to Texas, New England to California. He has released nine CDs and sold more than 7 0,000 of them independently.

The Tupelo Music Hall is located at 2 Young Road, in Londonderry. For tickets or more information, call 437-5100 or visit tupelohall.com.