The ninth annual William Shatner Beat Night takes place Sunday in Portsmouth.

Top five things to do: March 16-18

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

There is not one single Nor’easter in the forecast this weekend (though next week could be a different story), so we’ll be free to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day without venturing into a blizzard. Here are some of the most noteworthy events coming up.

ArtPM 2018 Opening

ArtPM 2018

Close to 250 artists participated in this year’s ArtPM (Art Production Month), creating an original piece of art during the month of February. Some 245 finished works from the challenge will be on display at the Buoy gallery in Kittery’s Wallingford Square starting this weekend. An opening reception for the ninth annual open show takes place Friday, March 16, from 6-11 p.m. The work will remain on view at Buoy through May 5. For more information, click here.

Arthur Laurent’s Gypsy

Patrick Dorow Productions Gypsy

Patrick Dorow Productions presents “Gypsy” at Star Theatre in the Kittery Community Center from March 16 to 31. Arthur Laurent’s 1959 musical, featuring music by Jule Styne with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, follows a family of vaudeville performers as they tour the U.S. in the 1920s, highlighting the hardships of showbiz. This weekend’s show times are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 12 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $22-$29.50; learn more here.

Dark Arts & Crafts Faire

Dark Arts and Crafts Faire

Dozens of area artists and artisans will offer their darkest wares during The Dark Arts and Crafts Faire: Jinxed! Presented by Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium, the second annual event takes place on Saint Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, from 12-8 p.m. at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. Billed as the “largest dark art fair on the Seacoast,” the event will feature 35-plus vendors from around the Northeast. There is a $5 requested donation; for more info, click here.

Saint Patrick’s Comedy Gala

Saint Patrick's Comedy Gala

Three Boston-based comedians of Irish descent will be at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 17, for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy Gala. Comics Jim McCue, Joey Carroll, and Kendra Cunningham will deliver the laughs, while students from The Murray Academy in Exeter and McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance in Dover deliver the dance steps. Tickets are $32-$37, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the NH Dairy Scholarship Fund. It starts at 8 p.m.; learn more here.

William Shatner Beat Night

William Shatner Beat Night

Every sentence sounds better when uttered in the distinguished Shatner style and cadence. That’s why William Shatner Beat Night has become such a cherished event on the Seacoast. This year’s installment takes place Sunday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Portsmouth Book and Bar. Participants will perform spoken-word pieces while doing their best Shatner impressions before a panel of judges. The $7 cover benefits Gather NH; canned food donations also will be accepted. Learn more here.

For a full calendar of local events, click here.