There are some truly unique events coming up this weekend, many involving local musicians, artists, dancers, and more. Here are some of the highlights.
I Ought to Be in Pictures
ACT ONE (Artists’ Collaborative Theatre of New England) kicks off its 2019 Festival this weekend with a production of Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures.” Danielle Howard directs the local cast at the West End Studio Theatre in Portsmouth. The show runs Aug. 16-Sept. 1; this weekend’s show times are Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20, or $14-$16 with a festival pass. For more information, click here.
Dreadnaught, She Wrote
Local rock band Dreadnaught is hosting “A Night of Vintage TV Theme Songs” at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. “Dreadnaught, She Wrote” is a 1980s-themed party featuring covers of theme songs to shows like “Perfect Strangers,” “Night Court,” and “Magnum PI.” Also, special guest Power Cake Money will perform the entire Donald Fagen album “The Nightfly,” and comedian Juston McKinney will make a cameo appearance. Tickets are $7-$15; learn more here.
Studio 319 at 3S Artspace
A downtown Portsmouth venue will be transformed into New York’s infamous Studio 54 nightclub this weekend. Lady Luck Burlesque performer Nikki Hentz and 3S Artspace present “Studio 319: A Studio 54 Immersive Dance Experience” on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. The event promises celebrity appearances, an “Attire Spectacular” contest, a discotheque featuring DJ Tim Fife, live performances, glitter and glamour, and more. Ticket prices have been reduced to $12-15. For more information, click here.
It’s All Fun and Games Tour
All this month, a group of four rappers have been traveling around New England for gigs almost every night. The “It’s All Fun and Games Tour” comes to the Dover Brickhouse on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. It features Dover-based rapper Eyenine, Vermont rappers Mister Burns and Jarv, and Atlanta-based rapper Dillon. The show in Dover will be hosted by Seth on Gray Street and also features local band New Fame. There’s a $5 cover; learn more here.
Arts in Reach Showcase
Arts in Reach provides teenage girls in the greater Seacoast area a platform to develop their creative freedom and power of voice. One of their programs is SummerWorks, which includes four sessions: SongWorks, TheatreWorks, and two segments of ArtWorks. On Sunday, Aug. 18, from 4:15-7:15 p.m., Arts in Reach presents its annual SummerWorks Showcase & Celebration, featuring a CD release, theatric performances, and visual art displays. The event is free and open to the public; learn more here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.