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September 19, 2013

Editor's Picks: Highlights for the week chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Pulitzer Prize-winner A. Scott Berg on Music Hall Stage

The Writers on a New England Stage series welcomes A. Scott Berg, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning biographer of Charles Lindbergh, Katharine Hepburn, Max Perkins and Sam Goldwyn, on Thursday, Sept. 26. Berg will discuss his first book in more than 10 years: “Wilson,” a portrait of the 28th president of the United States.

The 7:30 p.m. event in The Music Hall’s historic theater in downtown Portsmouth, N.H., includes an author presentation and on-stage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” The series’ house band Dreadnaught will play live music during the one-hour event.

A century after Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration, Berg draws on the vast Wilson Archives, as well as two major new caches of papers, to which he is the first biographer allowed access.

“I look forward to hearing Berg’s contemporary take on the presidency of Woodrow Wilson,” said Margaret Talcott, producer of Writers on a New England Stage. “He is still a president many of us know very little about.”

Tickets to Writers on a New England Stage: A. Scott Berg are $13.25 ($11.25 for members of The Music Hall and N.H. Public Radio). Signed copies of “Wilson” are $36 (hardcover), when reserved in advance through the purchase of a voucher through The Music Hall box office. Signed books can be purchased on the evening for the full retail price of $40.

Buy tickets at The Music Hall box office, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, or over the phone at 603-436-2400. For more about The Music Hall visit themusichall.org.

Festival benefits Austin Prep

When the leaves start turning, the people at Austin Preparatory school start preparing for the annual Friends of Austin Craft & Gift Festival.

More than 70 vendors will be selling a variety of wares – including jewelry, cards, home décor items, holiday decorations, handbags, gift baskets, and many other goods. The fair also features bake and flower sales and raffle prizes.

This year’s festival is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is in the school gym and the address is 101 Willow St., Reading.

The event is organized by the Friends of Austin, a volunteer parent group, and serves as a fundraiser for the school. All proceeds benefit Austin Prep.

Admission is $3 (children under age 12 are free) and parking is free. Questions may be directed to Julianne Bloise, manager of public relations, at 781-944-4900 ext. 849 or jbloise@austinprep.org.

‘Peter and the Wolf’ — in two languages

The kids will enjoy a bilingual reading and musical presentation of “Peter and the Wolf” this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall. (Doors open at 9:30 a.m.) Even better, this event is free!

Organist Joyce Painter Rice will play the music from “Peter and the Wolf.” Kathy Moran-Wallace and Gladys Linares Medina, staff members at Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, will read the accompanying story in English and Spanish respectively. The many colorful sounds on the Music Hall’s Great Organ are ideal for imitating the characters and instruments in this famous musical story.

The Methuen Memorial Music Hall is located at 192 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen. Free off-street parking is available. The building is handicap accessible, but please use the rear entrance. More information about the Music Hall is available at mmmh.org.

You’ll laugh, you’ll .... laugh

Opt in for six-times the fun at a night of comedy featuring six of Boston’s best comedians at The Roma in Haverhill tonight (Thursday, Sept. 19). In doing so, you will be seriously helping an important cause.

On stage will be Bob Seibel, Dave Rattigan, Dave Russo, Tony Moschetto, Amy Tee and Sal Votano. Proceeds benefit Matt Shirley and his fight with multiple sclerosis. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at the door or at www.scampscomedy.com. The Roma is located at 29 Middlesex St., Haverhill.