11 Things to Do in the Portsmouth NH Area


Temperatures have dropped and darkness is falling earlier, but there’s still a lot going on this weekend on the Seacoast. There are three opportunities to meet authors at various book signings and numerous major concerts and musical events. Take the time to experience one of these events with a family member or friend this weekend.

Portsmouth 400 book launch party

There will be a book signing event to celebrate the publication of “A History of Portsmouth NH in 101 Objects” on Thursday November 10 from 6-8pm at the Portsmouth Public Library. The 224-page soft-bound souvenir book features color images of 101 items significant to Portsmouth’s history, paired with texts by 80 different local authors to celebrate Portsmouth’s extensive history and its 400th anniversary. Over 50 of these contributors will be available to sign books throughout the library during the event.

RiverRun Bookstore will be selling books at the event for the pre-release price of $24.99 ($5 off cover price). Portsmouth Public Library is located at 175 Parrot Ave., Portsmouth.

The Black Matter is Life Poetry series begins

New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail presents its third annual Black Matter is Life Poetry series with four events, the first of which will be Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at Players’ Ring Theater. The first event is a special program with Seacoast Outright and is the first partnership between these two organizations.

The ‘We Go On Loving’ program will explore the poems of four black LGBTQ+ poets and will include host Courtney Marshall, an English teacher at Phillips Exeter Academy, and two student poets Ki Odums and Lydia Osei. The guest poet for this event is John-Francis Quiñonez (Q). Q of Providence, Rhode Island is a writer and multimedia artist, works with Queer.Archive.Work. project and has a new collection of poems to be published soon.

For more information about the series, including poems for discussion and registration, visit blackheritagetrailnh.org or call (603) 570-8469, or email [email protected]

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“A safe passage” at the Players’ Ring

Local actress and producer Emily Karel is once again teaming up with acclaimed playwright Irene Kelleher to bring the US premiere of ‘A Safe Passage’, produced by Glass Dove Productions, to Portsmouth’s Players’ Ring until November 13.

It’s New Years in Ireland. The year is 1979. Christy, a lonely lighthouse keeper, isn’t quite sure he wants to see 1980. But when he sees a young woman on the rocks ready to jump into the sea, he rushes into the storm. to remove it from the edge. But Christy is about to realize that the woman is not what she seems and this final rescue is much more than he bargained for.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $27 and $24 for students and seniors, and are available at www.playersring. org.

Comedian Jim McCue plays

Comedian Jim McCue will perform at his McCue’s Comedy Club inside the Roundabout Diner, 580 Portsmouth Traffic Circle, Portsmouth on Friday November 11 at 8pm. McCue went viral this year with his special “nothing personal” DryBar which had over 4 million views. He also founded and directs the Boston Comedy Festival. Tickets cost $20 and are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com. Parking is free and dinner is available at the restaurant before the show. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cormac McCarthy in the press room

Local legend Cormac McCarthy, who has been performing for more than three decades, will perform in the press room on Saturday, November 12 at 7 p.m. His concerts are a mixture of ballads, biting humor and country blues guitar. Tickets for this 21+ show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available at pressroomnh.com.

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Author Patrick Radden Keefe will speak at the Lounge

The Literary in the Lounge: Talks series features New York Times bestselling author Patrick Radden Keep Talking about his new book, “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty,” Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. from the music room.

“Empire of Pain” is a multi-generational tale of the Sackler family and their role in today’s opioid crisis. The event features an author discussion moderated by Music Hall Literary Producer Brittany Wason, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Tickets are $35. The package includes a signed copy of the book, drink, reserved seating, author chat, audience Q&A and post-show meet and greet, and can be purchased online at TheMusicHall.org, by phone at 603-436. -2400, or at the theater box office.

NH Jazz Orchestra at Rockingham Ballroom

The NH Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Rockingham Ballroom in Newmarket on Saturday, November 12 from 7-10:30 p.m. It will be a tribute to the Big Band era. Period attire is encouraged. There will be prizes and a free dance lesson. Tickets are $25 and available at rockinballroom.club.

Show + Tell session on book illustration

On Sunday, November 13 at 10 a.m., illustrator Gina Perry will host a workshop called “Read, Draw, and Discover” as part of the Show + Tell series presented by the Portsmouth Historical Society. This program is designed to teach children ages 5 and up how picture books are made through a series of drawing games. The Show + Tell will be on display at the Portsmouth Historical Society until Friday 30 December. Admission to the exhibition is free; the programs are chargeable. Visit www.portsmouthhistory.org or call 603-436-8433 for more information on Sunday’s schedule and to purchase tickets.

Meet Bob Lister at his new book signing

Bob Lister, the former Superintendent of Portsmouth Schools, has written a chapter book, “The Adventures of Bobby and Jimmy”, about his childhood growing up with his cousin Jimmy. He will do a signing at G. Willikers on Market Street in Portsmouth on Sunday November 13 from 1-2.30pm. You can meet the author and tell him some of your own adventures, and have him sign a copy of the book for you. This event is free.

Erin Harpe will perform at Stone Church

On Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., Erin Harpe, who was recently named New England Blues Artist of the Year, returns to the stage at The Stone Church in Newmarket with her Country Blues duet featuring the award-winning singer-guitarist and her husband Jim Countryman. This special performance, “The Road to Memphis”, is a fundraiser for the International Blues Challenge. Erin Harpe Country Blues Duo will represent the Granite State Blues Society at IBCs in January 2023 in Memphis. For more information about the Granite State Blues Society, visit granitestateblues.org. Admission is a $10 donation for this show for all ages.

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Michael Feinberg in the press room

Michael Feinberg, one of the finest artists on the New York jazz scene, is coming to Portsmouth on Sunday, November 13 and performing upstairs at the Press Room at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets for this show for all ages are $10 in advance; $15 at the door and available at pressroomnh.com.

The Blind Boys of Alabama in concert

The Blind Boys of Alabama with Charlie Musselwhite will perform at Portsmouth Music Hall on Sunday, November 13 at 7 p.m. The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as living, modern-day legends. innovators, according to the Music Hall website. These aren’t just gospel singers borrowing from ancient traditions; the group helped define these traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Tickets cost between $52.50 and $79 and are available at themusichall.org.

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