"Crippled Inside" opens this weekend at The Players' Ring.

Top five things to do: Jan. 24-26

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Another weekend of local music, theater, and celebration awaits. Here are some of the highlights.

Oracles and Insight

Guests will practice using rune stones and oracle cards to help guide their ongoing journeys during an upcoming workshop at Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals in Barrington. The Oracles and Insight: Wisdom Circle & Ritual Workshop takes place Friday, Jan. 24, from 6-9 p.m. Blackbird’s owner Jessica LaBrie will help each attendee create their own Wisdom Card and lead a group reading. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $25 to $65. For more information, click here.
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Laura Fox & Young Frontier

Southern Maine-based singer-songwriter Laura Fox has put together a brand new band featuring several familiar faces from the local music scene, including Whitney Roy on vocals, Steve Roy on upright bass, and Robbie Kneeland on drums. She’ll introduce the new group with a show at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. Also on the bill is Boston-area Americana trio Young Frontier. Tickets are $10. For more information, click here.

Crippled Inside

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Next up at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth is an original play by Massachusetts-based playwright Lawrence Hennessy. Presented by Weekend Writers Productions, “Crippled Inside” follows a family in Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s. Their story reflects the political turmoil and pop culture of the time, including music, drugs, and changing moral perspectives. It’s on stage through Feb. 9; show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $16-$20. Learn more here.


Cisco Brewers Portsmouth will launch a brand new beer during a party that benefits a worthy cause this weekend. The annual Chillah-Palooza takes place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 12-4 p.m. The event will celebrate the release of Pint Break, a new double IPA. There will also be live music, food specials, winter activities, giveaways, and more. The entry fee is a donation to the Cross Roads House shelter in Portsmouth. For more information, click here.

Stone Church 50th

lunch at the dump

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket. They’ll be celebrating throughout the year with a series of concerts and events, beginning with a performance by Lunch at the Dump on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6-8 p.m. The local old-time folk and bluegrass band has been performing at the Church since the early 1970s. Tickets are $8; learn more here. (Later that same night, Boston-based rock band Skyfoot takes the stage.)

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.