Original artwork by Justice McDaniel, on display at The Art Center in Dover.

Top five things to do: July 31-Aug. 2

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

It’s good to see so many local organizations offering safe, socially-distanced entertainment on the Seacoast. Here are some of this weekend’s highlights. Be careful, stay healthy, and have fun.

‘Hair’ at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre

UPDATE: This event has been canceled.

The Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth is transporting audiences back to the Summer of Love in New York. “Hair,” the beloved musical that follows a group of hippies eager to change the world, is on stage through Sept. 5. Show times are generally Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. The venue’s capacity is reduced and seating is spaced out. Learn more here.

Three Shows at the Governor’s Inn

The Garage at The Governor’s Inn in Rochester hosts three shows in three nights this weekend. On Thursday, July 30, from 6-9 p.m., Matty and the Penders, a new band led by Matt Gelinas, performs its debut concert. The Terry Collins Band plays classic rock on Friday, July 31, from 7-10 p.m. And Country Roads covers modern country hits on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7-10 p.m. Seating is at spaced tables; entry is $5. Learn more here.

The Lost Summer Drive-In Movie Series

The Prescott Park Arts Festival, mostly on hiatus this year, continues to present its summer drive-in movie series. Coming up on Friday, July 31, is a screening of Independence Day. Then, on Saturday, Aug. 1, Jurassic Park will be shown. Both shows take place outside the Blue Mermaid in Kittery beginning at 6:30 p.m. There is a $25 suggested donation per car, with proceeds supporting both the festival and the Craniocervical Foundation.

Contemporary & Abstract Art Exhibition

The Art Center in Dover is presenting its first ever virtual and in-person exhibit of contemporary and abstract art. About a dozen artists have diverse work featured in the show, which runs through the end of August. People can view the virtual exhibit online, or schedule an appointment to see it in person. In-person visitors will be limited to six people at a time, and masks are required. For more information, click here.

Live Under the Arch: OldHat String Band

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The Music Hall in Portsmouth continues its outdoor concert series on Chestnut Street this weekend. Local trio OldHat String Band, featuring Whitney Roy on acoustic guitar and vocals; Steve Roy on mandolin, fiddle, and vocals; and Amanda Kowalski on upright bass, will take the stage under the arch for two performances on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 6 and 8 p.m. (the rain date is Aug. 2). Tickets are $22. Learn more here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.