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The Redshift Trio, featuring Italian guitarist and composer Nico Saffiato, performs at The Dance Hall this weekend.

Top 10 things to do: March 31 – April 2

Art, Top Weekend Events, Stage, Music
A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

April Fool’s weekend is filled with art, music, comedy, and more at local venues. No fooling.

‘Art of Great Bay’ in Greenland

More than 50 artists and makers will have work on display in the “Art of Great Bay” exhibit at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland. A fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards, the show opens with a reception for members and supporters on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and remains up through the weekend. Learn more here.

Live music at The Word Barn

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Masterful Scottish-born fiddler Louise Bichan (above) will blend traditional and classical arrangements during a performance at The Word Barn in Exeter on Friday from 7-9 p.m. ($20). Soothing folk quartet Golden Oak, led by siblings Zak and Lena Kendall, follow with a concert on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ($20). Learn more here.

Taz Niederauer at Jimmy’s

Twenty-year-old, New York-based singer and guitar phenom Brandon Niederauer — nicknamed “Taz” because he plays with the ferocity of a Tasmanian devil — will return to Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club in Portsmouth (where he played a memorable concert last year) for a show on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$40. Learn more here.

Jazz & tap at The Dance Hall

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Tap dancer Ayan Imai-Hall (above) will lead a jazz quartet featuring sax, bass, and drums at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. ($17). The Redshift Trio, featuring Grammy-winning trumpeter Josh Deutsch, guitarist Nico Soffiato, and guest drummer Brian Adler, follows on Saturday from 7:30-9 p.m. ($17). Learn more here.

Hilarity at McCue’s Comedy Club

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Absurdist comedian Casey Crawford and host Liam Hales kick off a weekend of laughs at McCue’s Comedy Club in Portsmouth on Friday from 8-9 p.m. ($20). James Dorsey, who’s shared stages with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and Gilbert Gottfried, follows with opener Jessie Baade on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m. ($20). Learn more here.

Regional rock at WSCA

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WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio is hosting back-to-back concerts featuring New England rockers on the Button Factory Stage. Boston’s The Orrs headline with Bust Stop Hill and Esher Keo on Friday from 8-11 p.m. ($10). The bill on Saturday includes Jordan Holtz, Footings, and Milan McAlevey from 8-11 p.m. ($10).  Learn more here.

Concerts at The Stone Church

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What a weekend it will be at The Stone Church in Newmarket. Local favorites Marjorie Senet and the Broken-Home Boys split the bill with Rhode Island rockers The Silks on Friday at 9 p.m. ($20). Saturday brings Church of Fools with Club d’Elf, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, and Vapors of Morphine at 7 p.m. ($25). Learn more here.

Exhibits at The Art Center

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The Art Center in Dover will host an artists’ reception for several current exhibits on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Among the shows is the “Artist in Residency Exhibition,” featuring the work of four up-and-coming Seacoast artists; “Art from the Outside,” featuring work by Bunkt (above), and “An Artist’s Journey,” featuring work by Juleen Stacy.

People Like You & Friends at 3S

It will be an eclectic showcase of local music at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday from 8-11 p.m. Psych-rock band People Like You headlines, with support from funk and soul band The Bulkheads, experimental pop group Wolfdor, and virtuosic jazz act the Maddoc Johnson Quintet. Tickets are $13-$15. Learn more here.

Ed Saindon at The Press Room

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One of the country’s top vibraphonists will be in Portsmouth for a pair of early shows at The Press Room on Sunday. The Seacoast Jazz Society presents Ed Saindon with a group featuring Charlie Jennison on sax, flute, and piano; John Hunter on bass; and Ken Clark on drums at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.