Darlingside headlines the Exeter Arts & Music Fest on Saturday.

Top five things to do: May 17-19

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

There’s some truly unique and exceptional art, music, theater, and more coming to the Seacoast this weekend. Here are some highlights.

Meat Puppets at 3S

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The Meat Puppets have been at it for four decades now. They’ve gone from being an obscure Arizona punk band to sharing the stage with Nirvana to releasing the hit single “Backwater” to breaking up and reuniting. Their latest studio album, “Dusty Notes,” came out this year. The Puppets will be joined by Sumo Princess and Stephen Maglio during a show at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Friday, May 17, at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $20-$23. Learn more here.

Exeter Arts & Music Fest

exeter arts & music festTEAM (Town Exeter Arts Music) brings the third annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest to downtown Exeter on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be artist vendors and kids’ activities along Swasey Parkway, and live music from the bandstand in the heart of town. It all concludes with a grand finale concert by Boston-based band Darlingside at Exeter Town Hall. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 per family. Learn more here.

Salmon Falls Open Studios

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The many artists and artisans of the Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford will open their doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The spring installment of the twice-annual open studios event features live music, demonstrations, performances, entertainment, raffles, food, and more. Among the artwork is painting, sculpture, photography, woodworking, jewelry, and fiber art, all spread across five floors of studios in two buildings. For more information, click here.

Chases Garage Exhibit

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Chases Garage in York presents its first exhibit of 2019 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 18, from 4-8 p.m. The show features work by three artists: Susan Camp is a sculptor and printmaker who has been working with gourds; Shana Agid uses printmaking and letterpress to create books and prints; and Elise Robichaud is a printmaker and painter who has been working with copper etching and monotype techniques. The show runs through July 13. Learn more here.

Inheritance: A Litany

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Janis Brenner’s “Inheritance: A Litany” is a personal narrative, dance-opera, non-linear play, and comic drama. Brenner, an award-winning interdisciplinary artist and artistic director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in New York, will perform the 45-minute solo show at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. The project explores the parent-child relationship and the ways in which a child eventually “becomes” her parents. Tickets are $20-$25. For more information, click here.

For a complete calendar of local events, click here.