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You in the spotlight
Musicians, singers, poets and comics get their moment at open-mike nights
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com

Got a performing itch you’d like to scratch, but don’t know where to begin? From the Seacoast to the Lakes Region, there’s a microphone waiting every night of the week. There’s nothing like a live audience to provide that moment of truth — pickers, poets, vocalists, even comics and storytellers have a bevy of options available across the state to give their newfound talent a public turn.

You just need to know where to look.

ART: Artist, meet writer
Art parties give singers, designers, painters and others a chance to mingle
Adam Coughlin acoughlin@hippopress.com

Sports fans have it easy. Go to a Fisher Cats game and find 6,000 people with a similar interest. But where can artists go to meet people with the same creative outlook on life? Tanya Lacourse, who studied in Boston and worked in New York City and San Francisco, could find no answer in New Hampshire. She decided to take matters into her own hands.

LONGSHOTS: The C's saw somthing most didn't prior to current playoff run
by Dave Long

I didn’t think they could do it.

And I’m not sure I like the precedent, since I spent the year pretty much turned off by the lack of overall effort. But, somehow the Celtics were able to flip the switch, as they said they would, to become a reliable and dominant basketball team again after going 27 and 27 down the stretch. I pretty much wrote them off, save for one comment: the only thing that made me wonder that they might not be done is how can they have the best road record in the league and be a bad team? That was my one optimistic thought going down the stretch. But now that they appear to be contenders again, I have quite a few more.

FOOD: Gluten-free bread, but no one has to know
Buckwheat’s sells muffins, rolls, pizza crust too
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

Anyone who’s ever been on a diet knows the inevitable: When you are told you can’t eat a particular food, it is just what you crave. Now imagine being told you can no longer eat gluten, which is found in foods that contain wheat, rye or barley. No more bread.

PEOPLE: Granite State Comicon Guy
Double Midnight’s Chris Proulx ready for convention
By Jeff Mucciarone jmucciarone@hippopress.com

Double Midnight Comics (245 N. Maple St., Manchester) is hosting the Granite State Comicon Sunday, May 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center of New Hampshire, 700 Elm St. in Manchester. Chris Proulx, a partner at Double Midnight, said the comic book convention, now in its seventh year, appeals to all ages. It will feature comic book and collectibles dealers, artists, video game tournaments and costume contests. Admission costs $7 for adults; children under 10 get in free with a paid adult admission. Fans in costume get in free. Visit www.granitecon.com. Call 669-9636.

TECHIE: Flash dance
Why software support matters
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

One thing the Apple iPad doesn’t have is Flash. Note the capitalization — it has plenty of flash, pizzaz, pop, but none of the Flash software that makes so many websites work. The company is betting that enhancements in the next version of web coding language, HTML 5, will make Flash obsolete.

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