Comic theater, captivating art, a big bonfire, and stone soup are among this weekend’s top highlights.
The Full Monty
A group of unemployed steel workers boldly expose themselves in the Tony-nominated show “The Full Monty,” based on the cult film of the same name. Created by Terrence McNally (“Ragtime”) and David Yazbek (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”), the hit comedy is on stage at the Rochester Opera House through Jan. 26; show times are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$26. For more information, click here.
Laurentidian (and King Tide)
Artist Ciara Wright uses installations, sculptures, and drawings to explore the psychology of land. Her new exhibit in the main gallery of 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, titled “Laurentidian,” opens with a reception on Friday, Jan. 10, from 5-8 p.m. Meanwhile, in the Lobby Gallery at 3S, the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup opens an exhibit featuring 10 standout photographers from the King Tide Photo Contest, which invites citizens to document extreme high tides on the Seacoast.
Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood
New Hampshire Theatre Project’s first production of the year is a family favorite full of thrills and romance. Ken Ludwig’s “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” is on stage in Portsmouth through Jan. 26. Directed by Blair Hundertmark and featuring a local cast, the show continues NHTP’s season theme: “Can one person make a difference?” Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $26-$30. For more information, click here.
Applecrest Christmas Tree Burn
Guests at Applecrest Farm Orchards in Hampton Falls can explore the wintry fields and then warm up by a roaring bonfire during the annual Christmas Tree Burn on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 3-5 p.m. People have been dropping off their used trees and wreaths all week in preparation for the burn, and the ashes will help nourish and balance the soil. The free event comes with complementary hot mulled cider. For more information, click here.
Stone Soup Workshop
Learn to make soup from a stone (and a bone, and a carrot, etc.) during the Kitchen Witch Family Workshop & Mealtime at Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals in Barrington on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will also learn safe kitchen skills, raid the apothecary for an herbal guessing game, and learn to make bone broth. Plus, local storyteller Papa Joe will be on hand. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $10-$60. Learn more here.
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