The governor’s stay-at-home order is in effect for at least another week — and quite possibly a lot longer. The good news is that local organizations continue to host a wide variety of online events that can be enjoyed from the safety of home. Here are some upcoming highlights. To see more virtual events, click here.
Writer’s Room with Catherine Stewart
New Hampshire Theatre Project leads an open creative writing session every Monday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. NHTP artistic director Catherine Stewart helps guide each session, providing prompts and facilitating short discussions as needed. But participants choose their own focus, whether it be a manuscript, a play, or a poem. (If you missed this week’s session, fear not! There’s another on May 6.) Learn more here.
Speaking for Wildlife Webinar Series
The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire concludes its three-part webinar series with a talk on “NH Bats and White Nose Syndrome” on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30 a.m. Speaker Sue Mayotte will provide an overview of the different kinds of bats found in the Granite State, where to look for them, how we can help conserve them, and the impact of white-nose syndrome. For more information, click here.
STAR Theatre Lecture: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Through May 2, Channel 22 will be rebroadcasting STAR Theatre’s lecture on the history, mystery, and myth of the Portsmouth Naval Prison. Writer Katy Kramer leads the presentation, tracing the history of the iconic building on Seavey Island all the way back to its opening in 1908. Remaining broadcasts are Wednesday at 4 p.m., Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
PAPA Workshops w/Jared Zirilli
The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is presenting all kinds of online courses, including several led by Broadway veteran Jared Zirilli. Among them are Song Interpretation Master Class on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Monologue Prep Intensive on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.; On Camera Audition Session on Thursdays at 7 p.m.; The Business of the Business on Fridays at 5 p.m.; and Broadway Audition Workshop on Tuesdays at 5 p.m.
Marine Mammal Rescue
The Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program is dedicated to helping injured ocean animals. On Thursday, April 30, from 1-2 p.m., program manager Ashley Stokes will talk about the process of rescuing seals, whales, dolphins, and porpoises when they get hurt. The Q&A is part of a weekly webinar series hosted by ReVisionista Brittany Angelo and aimed at grade-school students. Learn more here.
April RPM Challenge Deadline
All this time at home is an opportunity to pursue your own creative projects. The RPM Challenge has been motivating musicians to stay home and make music all month. Normally held in February, the challenge encourages artists to write and record an album of original music in one month — and time’s almost up. The deadline for April submissions is Friday, May 1. Learn more here, and stay tuned for an online listening party.
Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen LiveStream Concerts
Long-time local music duo Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen are streaming live performances every Friday night at 8 p.m. and archiving them on their YouTube channels. Andersen, a singer and violinist, and Reid, a multi-instrumentalist on all kinds of strings, are accepting requests from their fans and aim to play as many as they can. They welcome donations and subscriptions to their YouTube channels. Learn more here.
Word Barn Comedy LIVE Online
In the next streaming installment of Word Barn Comedy, New York-based comic Chanel Ali takes the virtual stage, along with guests Nonye Brown, Chris Kinback, Brian Barganier, Kate Clancey, and Jonathan Tillson. As always, Josh and Sara Day serve as hosts. A portion of proceeds benefits the Exeter Hospital United in Wellness Fund and Concord Hospital. Learn more here.
11th Annual Cycle the Seacoast
After a decade of cruising the coast in one large group, Cycle the Seacoast is going virtual for its 2020 event. From May 3 to June 30, cyclists can complete 25, 50, or 100 miles on an outdoor or indoor bike, all at once or in segments. Funds raised will support the American Lung Association, and participants who raise at least $200 by June 30 will receive an accomplishment metal and T-shirt. For more information, click here.
Giving Tuesday Now
Running a nonprofit arts organization has never been easy, and it’s especially difficult now. That’s why this year’s GivingTuesday event is particularly crucial. The “global generosity movement” is launching #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5 as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. To learn more about the initiative, visit the website here. Or see our Support Seacoast Arts post here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.