Live music, theater, storytelling, and guilt-free cocktails are available for your local entertainment needs this weekend. Here are some highlights.
Guy Davis at North Church
Over the course of his prolific career, Guy Davis has worked extensively as a musician, actor, author, and teacher, but his primary passion remains the blues. The guitarist and banjo player has been nominated for several Blues Music Awards, including Best Acoustic Artist of the Year. He’ll play in the Soul Café Series at the historic North Church of Portsmouth on Friday, March 6, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, click here.
New shows at Portsmouth theaters
Two theaters in downtown Portsmouth open shows this weekend that have won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony Awards. The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is staging “A Chorus Line,” a musical about the tense Broadway audition process, through April 4 (tickets are $23-$45). And tr2 Productions presents David Auburn’s “Proof” (above), about a woman’s struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness, at The Players’ Ring through March 22 (tickets are $16-$20). Both shows open on Friday, March 6.
Cocktails for a Cause in Dover
The sixth annual Cocktails for a Cause takes place at Ember Wood Fired Grill in Dover on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. The event will feature live music, free appetizers, and, of course, tasty cocktails. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit the fifth-grade class of the New Franklin School, which is raising funds for a three-day trip to Ecology School in Portland to learn about the local environment and waterways. Tickets are $30. Learn more here.
Storytelling Festival at NHTP
Award-winning storyteller and performer Diane Edgecomb is the featured artist at New Hampshire Theatre Project’s fourth annual Storytelling Festival, which runs March 6-22 in Portsmouth. Among the guest artists are Anne Jennison, Sarah Bauhan, Margot Chamberlain, Kent Allyn, Regina Delaney, Pat Spalding, and Genevieve Aichele. Opening weekend performances include Edgecomb’s “In the Groves” on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m., and Jennison’s “Native American Tales” on Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$25. Learn more here.
E-Turn at Portsmouth Book & Bar
Local hip-hop collective Kingdom presents a showcase of regional and national acts on the first Saturday of every month at Portsmouth Book & Bar. The March installment of Book & Bar[s] features Orlando-based rapper E-Turn, whose diverse musical background includes explorations of Persian vocals, tribal drumming, poetry, and lyrical jazz. Also on the bill are Bugout, Words of Phrase, and Hannah Harleen. It takes place Saturday, March 7, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10. Learn more here.
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