Writer in the Loft Gary Taubes Kicks Off A New Year of Wellness

Writer in the Loft Gary Taubes Kicks Off A New Year of Wellness

On Thursday, January 25, the investigative journalist and author of Why We Get Fat Gary Taubes visits The Music Hall as part of its Innovation + Leadership series to speak about his New York Times bestseller, THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR. This groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé, just released in paperback, makes the case that sugar is the "tobacco of the new millennium": backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick.

The 7pm event includes an author presentation and moderated Q+A, plus a post-event book signing and meet-and-greet. It will be held at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Each ticket purchased will include a reserved seat and copy of THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR.

"This book is perfect for those people making New Year's resolutions to eat healthier. The answer, according to Gary Taubes: cut sugar. It's a message we've heard before, but Taubes digs deep and explains the science and politics behind America's addiction to sugar, and why it's so important to curb that craving," said Tina Sawtelle, Chief Financial Officer at The Music Hall, and moderator for the event. "I'm looking forward to talking with Gary about the book, his research, and how we can make better decisions about what we eat."


Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever, obesity is at epidemic proportions, and nearly 10 percent of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. According to Gary Taubes, sugar is at the root of these and other critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes,and contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss, and provides the perspective necessary for individuals and society as a whole to make informed decisions about sugar consumption.


Gary Taubes is the author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories. He is a former staff writer for Discover and a correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous "Best of" anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He lives in Oakland, California.


Tina Sawtelle is the Chief Financial Officer at The Music Hall, and has held past leadership positions in the health care, higher education, and retail industries. She has served on the board of Homemakers Health Services in Rochester, NH, and been an alumni advisor to her alma mater, the University of New Hampshire, where she participates in the Paul T. Paul College of Business and Economics' FIRE Peer Advisor and Women in Business Mentor programs. Tina resides on the Seacoast of New Hampshire with her family, where she is known as chief menu planner and wellness guru!


Tickets for Innovation and Leadership: Gary Taubes on Thursday, January 25, at 7:00pm are $30 ($28 for members) and include an autographed copy of THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR ($16, paperback), bar beverage, author presentation, Q+A and book signing meet-and-greet. Packages can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, over the phone at 603.436.2400 or in person at the B2W Box Office at the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street.

About Innovation and Leadership

In this Age of Participation, The Music Hall has expanded its programming to focus on issues critical to our time. The Innovation and Leadership series was first launched nearly five years ago to serve our local business community, bringing together the best and the brightest in technology. The series has since broadened to showcase opinion leaders, authors and all variety of educators, and to serve audiences from a tri-state region and beyond - all who are interested in bettering the worlds they live in, at work and at home, locally and around the world. These lively and informative conversations feature experts in their field sharing experiences and providing participants practical tools for making meaningful advances in their lives. From demonstrations in the art of all things digital to special forums featuring regional and global leaders in sustainability, from book discussion-demonstrations on the positive effect of meditation to awareness-raising events led by today's champions in philanthropy, feminism and family matters, each Innovation and Leadership event is memorable and impactful. The Music Hall is committed to community building and personal flourishing. Our Innovation and Leadership series delivers on that commitment.

About The Music Hall

The Music Hall is a performing arts center featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, designated an American Treasure for the Arts by the National Park Service's Save America's Treasures Program, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner, recently named "best performing arts venue" by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence.

With acclaimed signature series including Writers on a New England Stage - a partnership between The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio - and the Intimately Yours music series, we bring top authors and artists to both stages. Also, HD broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre of London as well as extraordinary cinema fill both screens almost every night of the year.

This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth's biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy: The Music Hall and its patrons contribute $7.1 million annually to the local economy through show and visitor related spending.

Innovative in its outlook, the organization is community oriented and committed to making the Seacoast flourish. The Music Hall is a 501(c)3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board. Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 corporate partners and 58 community partner organizations. Welcoming more than 100,000 patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region's center for the performing arts, literature and education...easy to get to, impossible to forget.

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