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Glass Arrowhead, aka Tom Ippolito, releases a new EP at The Press Room this weekend.

Top five things to do: Jan. 31-Feb. 2

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

The Seacoast’s slate of mid-winter entertainment includes local theater, music, comedy, film, and general merriment. Here are some highlights.

‘Ragtime: The Musical’ at the Rep

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is putting its own imaginative stamp on a Tony Award-winning musical. Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” tells three intertwined stories about groups of Americans from different backgrounds in the early 1900s. The musical is on stage Jan. 30-Feb. 29; show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23-$45. Learn more here.

Glass Arrowhead EP Release

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Glass Arrowhead — the alias of long-time local DJ and producer Tom Ippolito — is about to release a brand new collection of work, featuring his signature detuned low-fi saw pad synths. He’ll celebrate his “Title EP” with a release party at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday, Jan. 31, at 9 p.m. Special guests on the bill include regional acts Daze Inn, Mood., Slaythoven, and Section D. Tickets are $7-$10. For more information, click here.

The Capitol Steps at The Music Hall

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We could all use some good bipartisan political satire right about now, and The Capitol Steps are sure to deliver. The D.C.-based comic troupe of former congressional staffers will be at The Music Hall in Portsmouth for their 22nd annual concert supporting affordable housing development and homebuyer education. This year’s show, titled “The Lyin’ King,” is on stage for two performances on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $29-$45. Learn more here.

Oscar Nominated Shorts at the Loft

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Leading up to the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 9, The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth is screening a series of Oscar-Nominated Short Films in three categories over five nights. It begins this weekend, with five films in the Live Action category showing on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., and five short documentaries showing on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. Additional dates for screenings are Feb. 4-6. Tickets are $10-$13. For more information, click here.

Imbolc Celebration

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It may seem like spring is still a long way off, but Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals is celebrating the season’s approach with an event in Barrington on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 4-7 p.m. The family-friendly Imbolc celebration — a traditional Gaelic festival typically held halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox — will feature crafts, a potluck, music, stories, and merriment, all aimed at letting go of winter and welcoming spring. Tickets are $20-$60. For more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.