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The Royal Arctic Institute headlines a night of jazz and poetry at WSCA this weekend.

Top 10 things to do: Feb. 17-19

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Music, spoken word, and yoga highlight another lively weekend on the Seacoast. Here are some of the top happenings.

Songs and stories at The Word Barn

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What a weekend at The Word Barn! The Exeter venue hosts Boston-based roots-rock band The Wolff Sisters with guest Caroline Cotter on Friday from 7-9 p.m. ($20). Vintage swing and bluegrass band Damn Tall Buildings follows on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($22). On Sunday from 4-6 p.m., local author Lara Bricker emcees Love Stories, a storytelling fundraiser for the Exeter LitFest featuring true stories told by local notables ($25). Learn more here.

Acoustic Nomads at The Dance Hall

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The Acoustic Nomads blend American jazz and Appalachian music with styles from Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, and Brazil to create a uniquely pan-American musical experience. The young New England-based string quartet will perform at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $17. Learn more here.

Party time at The Stone Church

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The Stone Church will be the site of back-to-back parties in Newmarket this weekend. Local power-pop band Fling hosts an EP release party with special guest lowfalutin’ on Friday from 7:30-11 p.m. ($15). Local legends Truffle host the annual PartyGras concert with some guest horn players on Saturday at 8 p.m. ($20). Learn more here.

Vapors of Morphine at 3S Artspace

Surviving members of iconic ’90s band Morphine have kept the group’s unique sound alive with Vapors of Morphine. The Cambridge-based trio will headline a show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth with support from Portland-based rock duo Muddy Ruckus (a regional favorite) on Friday from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18. Learn more here.

Jim McCue at McCue’s Comedy Club

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Popular local comedian Jim McCue is gearing up for a two-night run of standup performances at McCue’s Comedy Club, located within the Roundabout Diner and Lounge in Portsmouth, on Friday and Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. Saturday’s show is already sold out, but a few spots remain for Friday. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.

Music and comedy at The Music Hall Lounge

Head to The Music Hall Lounge in Portsmouth on Friday at 8 p.m. to hear a live performance from Nashville-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Marielle Kraft ($17-$27). Return on Saturday at 6 or 8:30 p.m. to catch a set of standup comedy from New York-based comic and “lovable loose cannon” Caitlin Peluffo (above, $18-$22).

Psychedelic rock at The Press Room

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Discover the choicest psychedelic rock from each coast at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday at 9 p.m. GIFT, a Brooklyn-based outfit that released its debut album late last year, will split the bill with Hooveriii, a Los Angeles-based band that released its third studio album in the summer of 2022. Tickets are $12-$15. Learn more here.

Jazz and poetry on the Button Factory Stage

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Fresh off the release of their new album, “From Coma to Catharsis,” The Royal Arctic Institute will headline a night of jazz and poetry on the Button Factory Stage at Portsmouth Community Radio on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. Also on the bill are Miles Burr & The Last Straws and the Maddoc Johnson Quartet. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

15th annual Yoga Mala in Dover

Yoga in Action’s joyful fundraising event returns to the Rivermill at Dover Landing on Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The 15th annual Yoga Mala features a three-hour yoga session with 108 sun salutations, meditation, and restoration, plus food and conversation. All levels of yoga students are welcome. Tickets are $50-$150. Learn more here.

Michael McCarthur at Book & Bar

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Cap off the weekend with a special one-night performance at Portsmouth Book & Bar on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Michael McArthur, a Florida native who released his second full-length album last September, will headline a show with support from local indie artist Kimayo. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.