A detail from "Cattle Camp, Yuma" by Evan Anderman, on display at the Lamont Gallery.

Top five things to do: March 29-31

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

Art, fashion, music, and theater are on tap this weekend at area venues. Here are some of the highlights.


critical emissions

The spring exhibition at Phillips Exeter Academy’s Lamont Gallery features environmentally-themed photography, paintings, drawings, and sculpture by four contemporary artists. Photographer and geologist Evan Anderman, mixed-media artist Lucinda Bliss, painter Tom Hall, and sculptor Jim Sardonis share work in “[E]MISSION[S]: CRITICAL,” which opens with a reception on Friday, March 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. An artist talk follows on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. The show runs through May 18; for more information, click here.

‘Shush’ at The Players’ Ring

shush players' ring

In her follow-up to the award-winning “Little Gem,” Irish playwright Elaine Murray explores the highs and lows of female friendship and the female experience. Presented by Generic Theater, “Shush” is on stage at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth from March 29-April 14. Debbie Chick of Kittery returns to Generic Theater to direct the all-local cast. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $14-$18. For more information, click here.

Project Upcycle Runway Event

Project Upcycle Runway Show

In the second annual installment of Project Upcycle, eight designers spend three days transforming secondhand clothing into a new outfit. The “sustainable fashion competition” culminates in a runway show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 30, when a panel of judges will choose the top three designers. The event begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and concludes with an after-party following the runway show. Tickets are $50 ($100 for VIPs); learn more here.
Note: This event has sold out.

Songwriters in the Round

songwriters in the round

Three local musicians and one guest from Brooklyn will participate in the annual Songwriters in the Round concert at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 30, at 8 p.m. The performers include former Tan Vampires frontman Jake Mehrmann (coming out of temporary retirement), Brooklyn-based singer and percussionist Jocelyn Mackenzie, multi-instrumentalist Craig Werth, and indefatigable song-maker Guy Capecelatro III. All four will share songs and stories. Tickets are $15; for more information, click here.

Muddy Ruckus Vinyl Release

Muddy Ruckus

Exactly one week after Tiger Saw’s rollicking record release show at The Press Room, another local act is throwing a vinyl party at the Portsmouth pub. Rock duo Muddy Ruckus, consisting of guitarist and vocalist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl, has teamed up with Providence, R.I.-based trio The Z-Boys to release a 7-inch vinyl record this month. They’ll unveil it at The Press Room on Saturday, March 30, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7-$10; learn more here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.