Events coming up this weekend include the 11th annual Black New England Conference, as well as theater, music, and more. Here are some of the highlights.
Black New England Conference
With race relations strained across the nation, the 2017 Black New England Conference seems more timely than ever. The 11th annual conference and awards dinner takes place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20-21, at the University of New Hampshire’s Huddleston Hall in Durham. A number of speakers and panelists will address this year’s theme: “The Science and Engineering of Race: Living Through the Archives.” Prices vary; for a full conference schedule and more info, click here.
The Full Monty
Patrick Dorow Productions is bringing Simon Beaufoy’s “The Full Monty” to Star Theatre at the Kittery Community Center. Adapted from the 1997 British film of the same name, the R-rated musical comedy runs Oct. 20-Nov. 5, with show times on Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m., and Thursdays at 7 p.m. (Opening night on Friday, Oct. 20, is sold out.) Tickets are $20-$27; for more information, click here.
Curse of the Gay Bride
“Curse of the Gay Bride,” also known as “Gay Bride of Frankenstein,” was born, died, and has returned from the dead right here on the New Hampshire Seacoast. The comic-based rock musical by Dane Leeman and Billy Butler will be staged at the Rochester Opera House from Friday, Oct. 20, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with an additional late show on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20; learn more here.
Smuttynose Brewing Company’s third annual Smuttoberfest celebration takes place on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 1-5 p.m., on the brewery grounds in Hampton. The festival features food, live music, games, and, of course, craft beer. Among the live acts performing at the event are J Street Extension, Harsh Armadillo, and Bella’s Bartok. Tickets are $15 ($20 day-of) and include a beer ticket and a glass stein. Additional beer tickets are $5 each. For more information, click here.
Folk-rock band The Mammals, featuring Durham native Mike Merenda, went into hibernation for a while, as Merenda and band mate Ruthy Ungar focused on their duo, Mike + Ruthy. But the band has reunited, with a video for their song “On My Way Home” and plans for a new record early in 2018. Their current tour will bring them to The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24, available here.
For a full calendar of events, click here.