How lucky we are, during this ungodly pandemic, to have such a variety of original, locally-produced, at-home entertainment options to make the quarantining more tolerable. Here are some of the top online events coming up over the next seven days. Find more virtual events here.
Celebrate Earth Day with SELT
Wednesday, April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (SELT) is celebrating from a distance with a downloadable Earth Day Activity Pack featuring ideas for all ages. There’s no expiration date, and participants are invited to share their photos. For more information, click here.
Virtual Ocean Trivia Challenge
The Seacoast Science Center (SSC) is celebrating Earth Day with its first ever Socially-Distant Trivia Challenge on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. SSC experts will pose questions testing your knowledge of marine science. If you get enough answers right, you’ll win a gift card to Brown Sugar by the Sea of Newburyport. Learn more here.
All the Devils virtual celebration ft. JeoBARDy
The founders of Seven Stages Shakespeare Co. and Throwback Brewery celebrate the release of their new collaboration beer, a Helles Bock called All the Devils, on Thursday, April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday). From 12-12:30 p.m. that day, you can join them for a few online rounds of JeoBARDy. For more information, click here.
Dave Gerard Live Stream
In lieu of two canceled solo gigs he had scheduled this week, soulful local singer and guitarist Dave Gerard (of Truffle) will live-stream an online performance on Thursday, April 23, from 5-6:30 p.m. The show is in honor of Three Chimneys Inn in Durham and York Harbor Inn. He’ll be passing around the virtual tip jar. Learn more here.
Savoir Faire: Facebook Live set
Boston-based singer-songwriter Savoir Faire (aka Sarah Fard) was expected to bring her jazz-tinged rock to Portsmouth Book & Bar this week, but instead she’ll be performing from afar with a Facebook Live set on Thursday, April 23, from 8-8:30 p.m. It will be short, sweet, and virtually intimate. For more information, click here.
Date Night: Unlocking Shakespeare’s text
Among New Hampshire Theatre Project’s online offerings is a Shakespeare class taught by resident artist CJ Lewis on Friday, April 24, from 7-8:30 p.m. He’ll help pairs of Shakespeare lovers analyze and break down the Bard’s writing tools for a deeper understanding of his characters and poetry. Tickets are $40 for two participants. Learn more here.
Word Barn Comedy Live Online (Round IV)
The Word Barn continues its online comedy series on Friday, April 24, from 8-9 p.m. Hosts Josh and Sara Day will present an evening of laughs with headliner Matt Barry and guests Cris Machado, Phoebe Angle, and Tom Spohn. A portion of donations goes to the Exeter Hospital United in Wellness Fund and Concord Hospital. Learn more here.
Virtual Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke
In normal times, Strawbery Banke Museum hosts a bevy of baby animals in Portsmouth this time of year and invites the public to visit them. In these unusual times, the Banke is instead partnering with regional farms, farmers, and educators to present heritage animals virtually throughout the day on Saturday, April 25. Learn more here.
TJ Wheeler Rent Party
Back in the day, struggling tenants would host social gatherings with live music and pass a hat amongst the guests to collect money for rent. On Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m., longtime local blues musician TJ Wheeler will throw his first ever online rent party on Facebook Live and play tunes from his home juke joint. Learn more here.
Takedown Wrestling 3 – Digital Premier
Sue’s in Rollinsford is known for its wonderfully quirky programming, and Takedown Wrestling normally serves as its biggest annual fundraiser. While they can’t get in the ring this year, they’ll instead be premiering footage from 2018’s “Takedown Wrestling 3: No Fear in the New Year,” and requesting online donations. Learn more here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.