We at PortsmouthNH.com are tired of hearing the reports, beginning in early August, that summer is drawing to a close. As far as we’re concerned, the season is still in full swing. In support of our argument, we submit the following great events, all coming up this weekend on the Seacoast.
Voices inside My Head
Painter Stephen Godlieb is a young artist on the rise. Already having displayed his work in studios up and down the East Coast, Godlieb is currently a resident artist at The Art Center in Dover. Known for his unique portraits, his exhibit “Voices Inside my Head” is on display through Aug. 31. Godlieb will be on hand at an artist reception on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6-9 p.m., to meet and discuss his work with guests. Learn more here.
The final show in The Players’ Ring’s 2018 Late Night Series is “Private Property,” an original mystery by New York-based playwright and author William Ivor Fowkes. The funny yet dark play follows a pair of retired partners whose peaceful lives are disrupted by a snooping reporter. The show runs Aug. 17-26 at the Portsmouth theater; show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. Tickets are $14; for more information, click here.
Summer in the 603
Who says summer is winding down? Wally’s Pub in Hampton Beach is hosting the annual Summer in the 603 Music Festival, a reggae-rock dance party, on Saturday, Aug. 18, starting at noon. Presented by Granite Lion Entertainment, the event features two sets from Roots of Creation (including a full Grateful Dub set), along with many special guests from around the region. There will also be an outdoor beer tent and games. Tickets are $30; learn more here.
Brazilian musician Seu Jorge first came to the attention of American audiences in the 2004 Wes Anderson movie “A Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” in which he performs several David Bowie songs in Portuguese. He’s also released several solo and collaborative albums, and has performed with the likes of Beck, The Black Eyed Peas, and Foo Fighters. Jorge will be at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $36; learn more here.
New Hampshire Zinefest
“Zines are an amazing DIY outlet for artists and are typically circulated underground or at fairs and other art events,” says Wrong Brain founder Sam Paolini. She’s bringing regional zines to the surface with the first ever New Hampshire Zinefest on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 12-10 p.m. at Sue’s in Rollinsford. The event features zine creators, vendors, workshops, demons, and speakers. An after-party starting at 7 p.m. includes live music and pizza. Admission is $2; learn more here.
For a full calendar of local events, click here.