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Summer guide 2010
15 delicious weekends of fun

Forget that June 21 business — we all know that summer begins (unofficially, maybe, but practically) Memorial Day weekend. We become outdoor-oriented, with picnics and barbecues replacing meals at the dinner table. We look for music and fireworks and festivals. Even if we can’t take time off, we try to make each sun-soaked day feel a little bit like a vacation.

And, for better or worse, we wear shorts

ART: Needs no translation
B.R.I.N.G. I.T. invites refugees to talk through art
Adam Coughlin acoughlin@hippopress.com

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, which can be true, especially when those words are spoken in 25 different languages. That is why the community organization B.R.I.N.G. I.T. (Bringing Refugees, Immigrants, and Neighbors Gently Into Tomorrow) is using art to reach out to students from across the world who are now calling Manchester home.

LONGSHOTS: Seven days in May filled with action
by Dave Long

The seven or so days prior to my filing this column were filled with all sorts of divergent things on and off the field. Rather than focus on one or two, I’ll take them all on one by one.

FOOD: Taste time in Nashua
Annual downtown event grows and divides
By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

For the 16th year, the first Wednesday in June is the day to sample the best flavors of the Gate City at the Taste of Downtown Nashua. On June 2, the second-longest-running food event in New Hampshire will match some of the best and newest restaurants with local businesses so participants can enjoy terrific food and check out some of the city’s top retail shops. It’s a great way to try new cuisine or revisit favorites, and to look for the latest in retail goods.

PEOPLE: Taiko drummer
Elaine Fong welcomes you to the rhythm family
By Jeff Mucciarone jmucciarone@hippopress.com

Taiko drumming originated centuries ago in Asia. Taiko ensemble drumming was created 50 years ago by Daihachi Oguchi. Elaine Fong founded Odaiko New England and was its artistic director for 13 years; she left the group in 2007 and is now in her third year on her own. Having performed at many historical and cultural events, Fong says the drumming is more than entertaining — it’s connecting.

POP: Dork vs. Dork: Prince of Persia
Sir Ben Kingsley reprises his role as Gandhi, ancient Iran’s most nefarious villains
By Glenn Given production@hippopress.com and Dan Szczesny dszczesny@hippopress.com

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m genuinely excited about a video game-to-movie adaptation. Being a video game enthusiast, I have come down hard on the horrid abominations that Hollywood’s gastrointestinal tract has produced from good gaming fare. Honestly, most of those were mistakes from the get-go.

TECHIE: Who says what now?
Custom voices for your GPS navigator
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

You can choose who rides in your car with you, but once you buy a GPS, the choice of companions giving you directions is awfully limited. If you’re lucky there’s a man and a woman, and maybe a different man and woman speaking with British accents.

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