Top 10 things to do: April 9-15

A roundup of VIRTUAL entertainment on the Seacoast

As we continue to highlight online events that you can enjoy from home, we’re temporarily expanding our weekly top-five roundup to a top 10 that covers a full week, rather than just the weekend. Here are some upcoming options. Make sure to check our new virtual events calendar for a full list of online offerings.

Time to Write (At Home)

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Writers can hone their skills, exchange ideas, and be inspired during The Word Barn’s weekly writing sessions. The creative workshop is led by Sarah Anderson, co-owner of The Word Barn and host of The Silo Series. It takes place online every Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. through the end of the month. The cost is $20 per session. Learn more here.

SRT Free Radio

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The Seacoast Repertory Theatre deserves a medal for its rapid transition to the virtual world. SRT Free Radio offers near-daily programs, including Fall Asleep with Spiep on Thursdays at 10 p.m., Blow Me Away w/ Brett Bertolucci on Fridays at 1:30 p.m., Rep Radio Live on Mondays at 4:30 p.m., Just F*cking Chill w/ DJ Une Spiep on Tuesdays at 9 p.m., The Double Play Cafe w/ Brett Mallard on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., and Coachella Kate Live on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Calling Artists: ‘Lifting Spirits’

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The Kittery Art Association is inviting all artists to contribute work for its upcoming virtual exhibition, “Lifting Spirits.” Starting Friday, April 10, artists can submit digital images for the show, which will be displayed — not on the gallery walls, but on the KAA’s website — from April 16 to June 4. There is no deadline for submissions. Learn more here.

Eliane Rodrigues Piano Performance

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One advantage of virtual events is that you can go just about anywhere in the world from the safety of home. Local record label and music producer PARMA Recordings is live-streaming a performance by pianist and composer Eliane Rodrigues from her home in Belgium on Friday, April 10, from 9:30-10:30 p.m. For more information, click here.

Shakespeare Happy Hours

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Seven Stages Shakespeare Company and their Queens-based partners Rude Grooms continue to bring the Bard’s work into our homes with their thrice-weekly Shakespeare Happy Hours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. Up next on Friday, April 10, an ensemble cast will live-stream a performance of “Macbeth.” Learn more here.

Sue’s Digital Premiers

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Sue’s, a performance space in Rollinsford, is rolling out two unique films this week online. First up on Friday, April 10, from 7-8:30 p.m., is Black and Blue 2, a multimedia performance filmed at last year’s Takedown Festival. Then, on Tuesday, April 14, from 7-8 p.m., Sue’s takes A Look Back with footage from events over the last three years.

Word Barn Comedy – Live Online

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The Word Barn debuted an online edition of its comedy series on Zoom last Friday, bringing laughter and hilarity to homes around the region. The second installment, taking place Friday, April 10, from 8-9 p.m., features headliner Dan Boulger, host Josh Day, and guests Laura Severse, Dan Gilbert, and Danny Killea. For more information, click here.

Drag Queen Story Time

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Yet another highlight of the Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s online offerings is a treat for the whole family. Honey Punch & Pals present a Family Friendly Drag Queen Story Time every Saturday morning from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (next on April 11) Queen Honey Punch will read live from the Rep’s stage, flanked by wacky puppets and people. Learn more here.

Online Meditation

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These are stressful times. Meditation can provide a much-needed moment of calm, and several local organizations are offering online guidance. Holly Dayton leads Meditation & Flow every Sunday from 2-3 p.m. (next on April 12). And the Portsmouth Buddhist Center offers an Online Introduction to Meditation: Mindfulness of the Breath on Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (next on April 16).

The Ring Skills Factory Workshop

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While its theater doors are closed in Portsmouth, The Players’ Ring is helping others learn how to put on a show with weekly workshops every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. The topic of the next installment (on April 15) is “directing new works.” Marina Altschiller and Justin Scarelli, both of Dive In Productions, lead the class on Zoom. The cost is $5. For more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.