Beetle by Brienne Cosman

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Art, Lifestyle, Music, Outdoor, Stage
A roundup of Seacoast entertainment for the weekend of Aug. 18

These are somber times in our nation, but we can unite against the gloom by supporting local arts and causes. Here are some of the most notable events coming up over the weekend.

Request Line

Request Line Seven Count

The music and art installation group Seven Count has taken up residency at Buoy Gallery in Kittery. Through Aug. 19, Jake Nussbaum, Adam Tinkle, and Angus McCullough will practice, perform, and broadcast live on a low-power radio station for their Request Line project. Guests are welcome to visit from 5-8 p.m. each evening to listen in, make requests, and hang with the artists. The main performance is on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. For details, click here.

Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s Red Light Series is putting an original spin on the Tony Award-winning coming-of-age musical, “Spring Awakening.” The Portsmouth theater’s production, reinvented by the Mad Men of Oopsie Daisy Inc., runs through Aug. 20 and features an intense pop-rock score and a cast of local performers, artists, and musicians. Remaining show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25; for more information, click here.

Seacoast Congress of Sound

The eighth annual Seacoast Congress of Sound brings music, art, food, and more to Rock Maple Woods in Strafford. Among the featured acts are local favorites Rick Rude, Soggy Po’ Boys, and Kid Coyote, while Wrong Brain hosts an Artist Alley. There will also be food trucks and community groups on hand. Tickets are $12.50 (free for kids 10 and under), with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The event begins at 1 p.m.; learn more here.

Solidarity March

Women's March

In response to the hideous outpouring of hate that has plagued our nation of late, SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) of Southern Maine is putting together an anti-racism march on Saturday, Aug. 19, to show solidarity with Charlottesville and denounce white supremacy. The march begins and ends at John Paul Jones Memorial Park in Kittery, which was the site of KKK marches in the 1920s. The event is from 2-4 p.m. For more information, contact [email protected]

Gather exhibit

Plateau detail by Michelle Morin

detail of “Plateau” by Michelle Morin

The focus of the new exhibit at Chases Garage in York is fauna — local and exotic, real and imagined. The show features sculptural ceramics, pen and ink drawings, acrylic gouache, and watercolor paintings on panel and paper. The three featured artists are Michelle Morin, Ed Roche, and Brienne Cosman. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 4-8 p.m., and will remain on display through Sept. 23. For more info, click here.

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For a full calendar of events, click here.