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Nathan McClain presents Part II of his virtual poetry workshop this weekend.

Top five things to do: March 12-18

A roundup of upcoming entertainment on the Seacoast

Music, comedy, dance, poetry, and literature are among the local entertainment options coming up over the next week. Here are some of the highlights.

Marble Eyes & Sneaky Miles at The Stone Church

The Stone Church in Newmarket is hosting not one but two concerts on Saturday — one outside and one inside. Rapidly rising local favorites Marble Eyes play an outdoor matinee from 2-5 p.m., titled the Winter Thaw Show (table of four: $120; table of six: $180). Sneaky Miles performs inside with special guest Marvel Prone from 7-10 p.m. (sold out). Also, on Wednesday, Zach Frederick plays an indoor show from 7-10 p.m. (table of four: $40).

Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy and Dance Spectacular

A lineup of regional comedians and Irish dancers will take the stage at The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Saturday at 8 p.m. for an advance celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy and Dance Spectacular features comedians Jim McCue (of Hampton), Kathy Farris, Joey Carroll, and Jack Lynch, as well as dancers from The Murray Academy and McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance. Tickets are $28. Learn more here.

‘Look Again: In Praise of Uncertainty’ – Part II

Writer Nathan McClain’s virtual poetry workshop last weekend was so popular that a second session has been added. Part of the Word Barn Makers Series, the event takes place online this Sunday from 4-5:30 p.m. McClain, a widely published poet and teacher at Hampshire College, will continue his investigation of how poets manage uncertainty in their poems and explore its usefulness as a craft device. Tickets are $20. Learn more here.

Local Food in the Year of the Pandemic

Experts will describe efforts to expand the reach of local food systems during an online discussion on Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. Presented by Seacoast Permaculture, the free event features panelists Lisa Fernandes of Food Solutions New England, Stacey Purslow of NH Farm to School, Jennifer Wilhelm of the NH Food Alliance, Shawn Menard of Seacoast Eat Local, and Evan Eppler of Three River Farmers Alliance. Learn more here.

Elliot Ackerman & Admiral James Stavridis

Award-winning novelist Elliot Ackerman has teamed up with decorated Marine veteran and former NATO commander Admiral James Stavridis to author a work of speculative fiction titled “2034: A Novel of the Next World War.” As part of The Music Hall’s Writers on a New England Stage series, they’ll offer a live-streamed presentation about their geopolitical thriller on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets to the online event are $5. Learn more here.

See the full calendar for more local events.