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May 8, 2014

Editor's Picks: Highlight of the week in entertainment as chosen by Editor Tracey Rauh and staff

Joust, eat and be merry at N.H. Renaissance Faire

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the N.H. Renaissance Faire in Kingston, N.H., where visitors can watch jousting matches, pirate theater, belly dancing and highly authentic sword fights: Members of re-enacters The Neville Company have fought in international medieval combat tournaments.

There’s also great food and an active marketplace, including mostly local artisans who make and sell costumes, jewelry, pottery, herbals and weaponry. At some of the shops you can see the craft demonstrated live.

Proceeds are donated directly to charities each year. This year’s beneficiaries are the New Hampshire Food Bank, Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels. In the past nine years, the event has contributed $31,000 to regional charities.

The event is May 10, 11, 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, at 9 Thorne Road, Kingston, N.H. Tickets are priced as follows: adults $12, children $8, under 4 years old free. For more information visit www.nhrenfaire.com.

— Thomas Shamma

Double the music at New Moon Coffeehouse

The New Moon Coffeehouse presents two homegrown, Massachusetts female vocalists in one great concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 17.

Stephanie Corby’s rich, powerful voice permeates the borders of musical genre. She has fused her classical, jazz and blues backgrounds into a distinctive soulful sound. She has been touring the United States and Canada for the past 15 years and has released three studio albums.

Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica. Her tunes range from heartfelt to socially conscious and move both hearts and hips. She explores the highs and lows that life has to offer with bluesy soulful vocals.

The venue is located at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill. Tickets for this show are $20 ($10 under 18 years of age) and available at the door starting around 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting www.newmooncoffeehouse.org, or by calling 978-459-5134.

— Tracey Rauh

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