Between Valentine’s Day and the Super Bowl, we know what you’re up to next weekend. But what are you going to do this weekend?
It’s February and things are starting to thaw since last weekend’s blizzard which closed many venues, shows and restaurants on Saturday, but thankfully left no lasting damage to the coastline. This weekend, the plays open, community members and stars skate, and there’s great music playing.
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And it’s a First Friday weekend, which means Art Round Town will take place on Friday at all the galleries in Portsmouth and surrounding areas, a great way to kick off your weekend and immerse yourself back into the art scene. . There is also a grand opening reception on Saturday at the Art Center in Dover.
‘The Music Man’ at the Seacoast Repertory Theater
Seacoast Repertory Theater kicks off its production of “The Music Man” this weekend. Often described as the “perfect musical,” “The Music Man” is one of the most popular and unique plays in American history. It’s wholesome and full of popular hits, and is perfect for all ages. Performances begin Thursday February 3 and run Thursday through Sunday with matinees through Saturday February 26. Tickets cost between $32 and $44 and are available at seacoastrep.org.
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“I love you because” in the players’ ring
Opening Friday, February 4, “I Love You Because” is a modern musical version of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” set in New York City. Portsmouth’s Players’ Ring comedy explores the rules and nuances of dating, because sometimes love is learning to love someone, not in spite of their differences, but because of them. A Jonesing production for the theater with Dive in Productions, the musical runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $28; $25 for students and seniors 65 and over, and are available at playersring.org.
Also this weekend at The Ring is the Upside Arts production of “The Mouse and the Lion,” an original Miles Burns musical based on Aesop’s Fables. Performance times are Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $18 GA and $15 for children under 12, and can be purchased at theupsideartscompany.org/mouseandlion.
Pink Talking Fish at the Music Hall
It’s a winter carnival with Pink Talking Fish on Saturday February 5th. Pink Talking Fish describes itself as a “hybrid tribute fusion act” that takes the music of three of the world’s most beloved bands – Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish – and creates a special treat for fans of the music.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $27 for the in-person concert and $7 for the live stream of the show and are available at themusichall.org. The next day, February 6, Keb Mo is at the Music Hall and there are a few tickets left. Grab one, you won’t be disappointed.
Skating by the sea with the stars
Tickets are sold out to see this year’s Seacoast Skating With The Stars rinkside competition on Saturday, February 5 at 2 p.m. But you can watch via the live webcam provided by Portsmouth Webcam and IPTimelapse, both on Facebook. A link to view will be posted closer to the event. This 3rd Annual Seacoast Skating With The Stars, presented by the Strawbery Banke Museum in partnership with Ice Dance International, pairs local “stars” with professional IDI skaters in competing teams. This year’s local stars are Peter Douris, Stephanie Hurd, Evan Mallett, Kate Malloy, Brigham Pendleton and Martha Stone. It’s always awe-inspiring to see how well our brave local stars perform and it’s so much fun to watch, even virtually.
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New England Winter Blues Festival
Always a cure for the winter blues, the 12th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival will take place on Saturday evening, February 5, at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury, Massachusetts. The festival features Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Curtis Salgado, Sonya Rae Taylor and The Wicked Lo-Down. Doors open at 7 a.m. and tickets are $35 at ticketmaster.com.
Reception of artists at the Art Center
Meet the artists whose work is now on display at the Art Center in Dover this Saturday February 5 from 6-9pm. The Art Center and the New Hampshire Art Association are partnering for the first time to present two exhibitions. “Printmaking 2022” and William Turner’s solo exhibition “Vehicular Narratives”. Reception is free and open to the public at the Art Center inside Washington Street Mills. Visit theartcenterdover.com or call 603-978-6702 for more information.