There are some particularly unique offerings at area venues this weekend, including a horror-comedy musical, an Afrofuturistic fashion show, a food truck festival, and more. Here are some of the top highlights.
Evil Dead & Sherlock Holmes
Two comedies open on Seacoast stages this Friday. Evil Dead The Musical blends elements of cult-favorite horror films “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2,” and “Army of Darkness” into one bloody musical comedy. It’s on stage at the Rochester Opera House from Oct. 19-31; tickets are $20-$26. Meanwhile, the world’s most famous fictional detective takes the stage in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth from Oct. 19-28. Tickets are $20-$38.
Opening Reception: Ransom
The new exhibition at Chases Garage in York “explores the concept, implications, questions, and ramifications of appropriation in a broad sense.” Presented in collaboration with the national organization For Freedoms, “Ransom: Exploring the Edges of Appropriation” features work by 14 local and regional artists with a diverse range of thoughts, experiences, and backgrounds. The show opens with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4-8 p.m., and runs through Dec. 12. For more information, click here.
BNEC Fashion Show
The 12th annual Black New England Conference (BNEC) unfolds this weekend at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. This year’s theme is “Express Yourself – Style, Identity and Adornment.” The conference concludes with the first ever 3018 Fashion Show, presenting “Afrofuturistic” styles. The show features clothing by international designer Francis Hendy, as well as regional designers. It takes place Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m., in the Hamilton Smith Building at UNH. Tickets are $10; learn more here.
The Minus Scale Anniversary Show
It’s been 10 years since locally-born rock band The Minus Scale released its excellent 2008 pop-punk album “Hotter,” and they’re celebrating the anniversary with a special concert at the Dover Brickhouse on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7:30-11 p.m. Presented in partnership with the soon-to-reopen Press Room, it’s The Minus Scale’s first gig on the Seacoast in years. The show also features local rockers Rick Rude and Notches. Tickets are $8; for more information, click here.
N.H. Food Truck Festival
Food Truck Festivals of America presents the fifth annual New Hampshire Food Truck Festival at Cisco Brewers in Portsmouth on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 12-5 p.m. Food trucks from around the region will dish out everything from hotdogs to burritos to BBQ, plus treats like cupcakes and cookies. There will also be beer from several craft breweries. General admission is $5, with VIP tickets available for $25 (free for kids; food and drinks sold separately). Learn more here.
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