Some of this weekend’s top events will help heat up the coldest, darkest days of winter with music, theater, and art.
Chicago – High School Edition
There’s one weekend left to see the Teen Mainstage presentation of “Chicago” at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth. Area teens will perform the famed musical, which is set in jazz-age Chicago and features music by John Kander. Directed and choreographed by Chryssie Whitehead, it’s on stage through Jan. 18; show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25. For more information, click here.
NHAA Member Exhibitions
The New Hampshire Art Association unveils two member exhibitions at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth this weekend with a joint opening reception on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5-8 p.m. The NHAA Members Special Interest Exhibition features work by members in the plein air, painting, and photography groups. The NHAA New Member Exhibition features work by 28 members accepted in the spring and fall of 2019. Both shows will be in display through Feb. 2.
Soggy Po’ Boys – Hot Jazz on a Cold Winter Night
Local listeners can take a winter vacation to New Orleans without even leaving the Seacoast. The Soggy Po’ Boys will perform a set of their brassy, New Orleans-flavored jazz and funk at one of their favorite haunts — The Dance Hall in Kittery — on Friday, Jan. 17, from 7:30-10 p.m. It’s one of several seasonal shows the Po’ Boys play at The Dance Hall throughout the year, and their first of 2020. Tickets are $14. For more information, click here.
Winter Warmer w/High Range & Old Hat String Band
It’s the chilliest time of year in northern New England, but The Word Barn in Exeter is keeping it warm and cozy with the second annual Winter Warmer concert on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 7-9 p.m. On the bill are local acoustic folk and bluegrass acts High Range and the Old Hat String Band. Tickets are $20 (and, as of Thursday, there were only a handful remaining, so act fast). For more information, click here.
UPDATE: This event has sold out.
Beneath the Sheets Send-Off Show
After 13 years and countless shows at numerous Seacoast establishments, local cover band Beneath the Sheets is taking an indefinite hiatus. They’ll play their final show at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth this weekend, and they want to make it a party to remember. The free show, dubbed “Forever Loud,” takes place Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. (They’ve also got a gig at Wally’s Pub in Hampton on Friday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m.) Learn more here.
For a complete calendar of local events, click here.