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Talking Heads tribute Start Making Sense closes out Cisco Brewers' Summer Concert Series on Friday.

Top 10 things to do: Sept. 16-18

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

The final weekend of the summer season offers an abundance of entertainment options. Here are some highlights.

Telluride by the Sea 2022

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Seven new films, fresh off their premieres at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, will be screened at The Music Hall in Portsmouth this weekend. Among the stars featured in this year’s Telluride by the Sea are Cate Blanchett, Florence Pugh, Rooney Mara, and many others. Tickets are $20 per film (weekend passes available). Learn more here.

‘The Man on the Hill’ at The Rockingham Ballroom

“The Man on the Hill” is a fable-opus rock opera about an old man sitting in his living room as he reflects on his life, each major event punctuated by song. The show features a mix of folk, rock, jazz, country, and ballads. It’s on stage at The Rockingham Ballroom in Portsmouth on Friday from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

Small Pond & Bad Favors at WSCA

WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio is inviting Seacoast show-goers to discover new local music with a split-bill concert on Friday from 7-11 p.m. Portsmouth-based melodic indie rock band Small Pond will be joined by newcomers Bad Favors on the Button Factory Stage for an all-ages performance. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.

Start Making Sense at Cisco Brewers

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The Press Room and Cisco Brewers Portsmouth teamed up for a memorable Summer Concert Series on the brewery lawn this year. That series comes to a close with a performance by uncanny Talking Heads tribute Start Making Sense on Friday from 7-10 p.m. Live music and cold beer will abound! Tickets are $20-$30. Learn more here.

Tunes and talons in the Meadow

It’s another weekend of outdoor events at The Word Barn Meadow in Exeter. Energetic young string band Twisted Pine plays on Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. ($20). Across the street at the Raynes Farm, On the Wing will present live raptors for Owls of New England from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ($25). In the next edition of Diaspora Radio on Saturday from 8-9:30 p.m., Stu Dias and company will perform Deep Purple’s classic album “Machine Head” ($15). Learn more here.

Irish music at The Dance Hall

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Will Woodson plays flute and uilleann pipes (an Irish bagpipe). Caitlin Finley plays fiddle. Together, the Portland-based duo plays traditional Irish-American music rooted in the Irish cultures of Northeastern cities in the 1920s and ’30s. They’ll perform live at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Friday from 7:30-9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Learn more here.

Concerts at The Stone Church

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Two big shows at The Stone Church in Newmarket! On Friday at 9 p.m., Pennsylvania-based funk and soul band Yam Yam plays with guests Lazy Bird ($25). On Saturday from 6-9 p.m., local alt-country legends Say ZuZu play on the outdoor stage with guests Palomino Motel ($20 — just a handful of tickets remain!).  Learn more here.

CAC Annual Golf Scramble

Play 18 holes and support a great cause on Saturday at Pease Golf Course in Portsmouth. The Continuum Arts Collective’s second annual Charitable Golf Scramble kicks off at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit working-class families and their student artists and musicians. Local band Truffle headlines the after-party. Learn more here.

2022 TEAM Fall Equinox Fest

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TEAM (Town Exeter Arts Music) celebrates the change of seasons with the Fall Equinox Fest at Swasey Parkway on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local bands will take the main stage while solo acts perform in the tent, plus artist vendors, food trucks, kids’ activities, and more. There’s a $10 suggested donation. Learn more here.

Lenny Clarke at STAR Theatre

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A comedy legend is on his way to the Kittery Community Center. Lenny Clarke, who, with pals like Dennis Leary and Steven Wright broke open the infamous Boston comedy scene of the 1980s, will perform at STAR Theatre on Saturday from 8-10 p.m. Dave Rattigan opens. Tickets are $30 ($280 for a table of eight). Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.