Rustic Overtones
Rustic Overtones play at The Stone Church this weekend.

Top five things to do: Nov. 8-10

A roundup of weekend entertainment on the Seacoast

The fall edition of Restaurant Week Portsmouth is now underway, meaning for the next 10 days more than 40 restaurants will be offering special three-course prix fixe menus. Here are some things to do between meals this weekend.


Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical “Assassins” uses a violent carnival game to portray nine different assassinations — or attempted assassinations, as the case may be — of U.S. presidents. Dan Beaulieu directs a local production of the show at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth from Nov. 8-16. Show times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$44. For more information, click here.

‘This Is Pussy Riot’

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Russian punk band/feminist activists Pussy Riot gained international notoriety in 2012 when five members staged a guerilla performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Playwright Barbara Hammond’s “We Are Pussy Riot (or Everything is P.R.)” documents the subsequent trial of three members of the group. Local theater hero Billy Butler brings the show to 3S Artspace in Portsmouth from Nov. 7-9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22-$25. For more information, click here.

TPR Anniversary Weekend

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It’s been a year since The Press Room mercifully reopened its doors under new ownership in downtown Portsmouth. The famed venue is celebrating its anniversary with a weekend of music featuring regional favorites. Local band Harsh Armadillo headlines a show with guests Sarah Violette and Renée Coolbrith on Friday, Nov. 8, at 10:30 p.m. ($12-$15). Then, Vermont’s Seth Yacovone Band and Maine’s Rustic Overtones split the bill on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. ($13-$15).

Eamon Fogarty & Eastern Sleds

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A New Hampshire native returns home to share the stage with a group of local players on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 7:30-10 p.m. Although currently based in California, singer-songwriter Eamon Fogarty is originally from Nashua. He’ll bring his new album, “Blue Values,” to the Button Factory Stage at Portsmouth Community Radio for a show alongside Eastern Sleds, a quartet featuring Eric Ott, Justin Carloni James Sophinos, and Chris Reeves. Tickets are $10. Learn more tickets

Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival

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A lengthy lineup of jazz and blues musicians will fan out across several stages at Portwalk Place on Sunday, Nov. 10. The third annual Portsmouth Jazz & Blues Festival features at least 10 area acts performing at nine different hotels and restaurants, including familiar favorites like Ben Baldwin, Bob Halperin, Paul Heckel, Randy Armstrong, Linda Pouliot, TJ Wheeler, Eric Klaxton, and others. The free event takes place from 12-6 p.m. For more information, click here.

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