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A roundup of Seacoast entertainment for the weekend of March 17

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! While only one of the following events has a particular connection to the holiday, they’ll all help you enjoy the weekend. There’s art, music, comedy, astrophotography, and outrageous William Shatner impersonations coming to a town near you. Get the details below.

ArtPM Challenge Reception
ArtPM opening reception

ArtPM’s opening reception takes place at Buoy on Friday night.

Dozens of area artists spent the month of February creating original pieces of visual art for Art Production Month. Their finished pieces are now on display in a group show at Buoy Gallery in Kittery, Maine, which is hosting an opening reception and celebration tonight (March 17) from 6-11 p.m. Learn more here.

RPM Challenge Listening Party
RPM Challenge Listening Party

RPM Challenge participants celebrate in 2010. photo by Scott Yates

February was also Record Production Month, when hundreds of musicians around the globe recorded new albums. A listening party featuring tracks from Seacoast RPM albums takes place at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. An RPM Global Listening Party follows at midnight on WSCA 106.1 FM (and online at Learn more here.

Ignite at Millspace
Ed Ting astrophotography

Ed Ting’s astrophotography will be on display at Millspace. courtesy photo

Ignite is “a dynamic evening of art, music and speakers” on Saturday, March 18, at Millspace in Newmarket. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with live music from Sam Southworth, a cash bar, and an exhibit of astrophotography by Ed Ting. Speakers offer slideshow presentations at 8 p.m. The cost is $10; learn more here.

Saint Patrick’s Comedy Gala

Left to right, Jim McCue, Joey Carroll, and Jimmy Walsh headline the Saint Patrick’s Comedy Gala.

Boston-area comics Jim McCue, Joey Carroll, and Jimmy “PJ” Walsh headline this annual comedy fest at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 18, at 8 p.m. There will also be bagpipers and Irish step dancers. Tickets are $38-$33, with a portion of proceeds going to and The Daniel Healy Foundation. Learn more here.

William Shatner Beat Night
Shatner Beat Night

John and Amanda Giles perform at a past Shatner Beat Night. photo by Roger Goun

Judges at the eighth annual Shatner Beat Night will be measuring accuracy, originality, and sexiness as they rate each contestant’s Shatner impersonation. The event takes place Sunday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth Book & Bar. Tickets are $7, with proceeds benefiting the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. Learn more here.