Mother’s Day weekend offers loads of music, theater, a clothing swap, and a tour of Portsmouth’s most impressive kitchens. Get the details on some of the most notable highlights below.
Joyce Andersen’s Rogue Violin
You won’t realize how hard someone can rock the violin until you hear Joyce Andersen perform. The local songstress will offer three performances of her special one-woman Mother’s Day show from May 11-13 at West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth. Presented by the New Hampshire Theatre Project, “Joyce Anderson’s Rogue Violin (& Soulful Sidekick Guitar) Revival Show” takes place Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20; learn more here.
The Producers at the Rep
Following up on the remarkable success of its recent staging of “In the Heights,” the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth opens its next mainstage production this weekend. Mel Brooks’ Tony-winning musical “The Producers” takes the stage from May 11 through June 10. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$38, with pay-what-you-can options on select dates. For more information, click here.
People Like You Album Release
Psychedelic-gypsy-folk rockers People Like You have established themselves as one of the Seacoast’s favorite local acts. Less than a year after the release of their 2017 album, “People People,” the crew is set to unveil its latest record, “Dancing on the Dead.” They’ll celebrate with an album release party at Fury’s Publick House in Dover on Friday, May 11, at 9 p.m. Newmarket-based band Plains will open the evening. There’s a $7 cover charge; for more information, click here.
9th Annual Clothing Swap
Visitors to the Connie Bean Center in Portsmouth can enjoy a festive social gathering, support a good cause, and leave with some fresh digs on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Presented by Portsmouth Public Library and Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, the Clothing Swap invites guests to bring a bag of gently used, clean clothing, shoes, and accessories, and leave with a bag of new-to-you items. Leftovers will be donated to Goodwill. Learn more here.
27th Annual Kitchen Tour
Each year, The Music Hall invites people to take a walking tour of the top kitchens in a specific Portsmouth neighborhood. This year, the 27th annual Kitchen Tour returns to the Little Harbor neighborhood, with newly renovated kitchens on every block. Local craftsmen, artisans, designers, and architects will be on hand to answer questions and share inspiration for their dream kitchens. The event takes place Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $27-$30; learn more here.
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