15 things to do this weekend

September is in full swing with another beautiful late summer weekend on the Seacoast. Make the most of those warm days by attending some of these great events this weekend.

Telluride by the sea is here

The Music Hall’s Telluride by the Sea Film Festival, which showcases films from the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, is one of those events that makes Portsmouth an extraordinarily special place for those who appreciate the arts. How lucky are we to be able to see these movies in a beautiful historic theater this weekend before the rest of the world can.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows: Friday, September 16: 6 p.m., doors open for patron pass holders; 7:00 p.m. GMT; Passholders party at the Music Hall Lounge after the movie; Saturday September 17: Noon, Bardo; 4 p.m., Women Who Speak; 7:30 p.m., The Wonder; Passholder Festival Party on Chestnut Street after the film; and Sunday, Sept. 18: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Passholder Brunch at Music Hall Lounge; noon, wild cat; 3 p.m. Tori and Lokita; 6 p.m., Icarus: The Aftermath (reserved to pass holders). For more information and tickets, visit themusichall.org.

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Phillips Exeter Academy's new jazz director Marcus Rabb will join Groove Lounge on trumpet at 3pm at the TEAM Fall Equinox Festival in Exeter on Saturday September 17.

TEAM Autumn Equinox Festival this weekend

TEAM’s Fall Equinox Fest will take place at Swasey Parkway in downtown Exeter on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be live music, artist vendors, dance performances, food trucks, children’s activities, lawn games and more.

Musical groups will perform on the Pavillon Stage: 11 a.m., Dysfunctions; 12:30 p.m., bitter pill; 2 p.m., Senie Hunt Project; 3 p.m. Groove Lounge with Marcus Rabb, PEA Jazz Director; and 4 p.m., The Meter Maids.

In the singer-songwriter tent, the show will be at 11 a.m., Dyer Holiday; noon, Darien Castro; 1 p.m., Artty Francoeur; 2 p.m., Color of the Soul; 3 p.m., Laura Lee; 4 p.m. Elijah Clark. There will be food available for purchase at Cafe El Camino, Local Lunchbox, Friends 4 Oba and Chubba Wubba Ice Cream

There is a suggested donation of $10 per person or $20 for a family. Cashless donations before the event can be made at portsmouthnhtickets.com/events. For more information, visit Team Exeter.com.

Spectators gather to watch a demolition derby during the Granite State Fair on Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Granite State Fair opens in Rochester

The 2022 Granite State Fair opens Thursday, September 15 at the Fairgrounds at 72 Lafayette St. in Rochester and will be open Thursday-Sunday September 15-18 and Thursday-Sunday September 22-25. On Thursdays and Fridays, the fair and the midway will open at 4 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays, the fair opens at 10 a.m. and the midway at noon.

Tickets for the fair can be purchased at granitestatefair.com or at the fairgrounds. General admission to the fairgrounds will be $10 online through September 14 at 11:59 p.m. and $12 onsite. Parking is $5 online and $7 on-site.

Additional charges apply for all grandstand events such as motocross, enduro and derby shows. See prices and details on granitestatefair.com/grandstand-events.

Megapass tickets are $39 in presale and $49 after. The ticket covers admission to the fair and a wristband for the rides all day. Wristbands alone can be purchased for $25.

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Long story short at 3S Artspace

Long Story Short: NSFW takes place on Thursday, September 15 at 7 p.m. at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. The theme is NSFW (Not safe for work). In this era of the Great Resignation, people are stepping back and looking at work in a new way. This show is an opportunity to hear and share stories about nightmarish clients, toxic bosses and jobs we should have long since given up; and also meaningful work.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for this show for all seated audiences. Admission is charged from $10. Featured storytellers are Matt Kanner, Mark Michael Adams, Richard DiPippo, Brooke Williams, Gail Knowles, John Breneman and Daniel Thomas Moran. Learn more about them and the stories they intend to tell at 3Sarts.org.

Brett Young at the Casino Ballroom

One of country music’s elite hitmakers, Brett Young, will perform at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Thursday, September 15 with Matt Ferranti opening. Show starts at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. for this general admission 18+ show. Tickets are $55 and are available at casinoballroom.com.

Say Zuzu to the stone church

In the early 90s, Newmarket-based Say ZuZu found his sound in a growing alternative country movement that spawned artists like The Old 97s and Wilco and inspired others. A pandemic-inspired reconnection with old friend and longtime label owner George Fontaine led ZuZu to sign a multi-layered, multi-album record deal with Strolling Bones to release five of their old records and two new ones. They will play what is now a sold-out concert with the opening of the Palomino Motel on Saturday, September 17 at 6 p.m. portsmouthnhtickets.com in case something changes.

Tim Sample will perform at the 30th Capriccio

The 30th Annual Capriccio Festival in Ogunquit continues with a performance by Tim Sample on Friday, September 16. Well-known New England and Down East comedian Tim Sample returns to Ogunquit Performing Arts – a favorite among local residents and visitors alike. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Dunaway Center, 23 School St., Ogunquit.

Sample will celebrate the 30th Capriccio by bringing with it 30 CDs, which will be given free to the first 30 advance ticket purchasers, who will be selected simply by date of purchase, whether online or in person. They will receive their CDs during the performance where they can be autographed

Tickets for Tim Sample ($15 advance; $20 at the door; $5 student) can be purchased at the following locations in Ogunquit: Dunaway Center; Cricket’s Corner beach and toy; and Ogunquit Welcome Center or online at ogunquitperformingarts.org.

Rochester Opera House presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical, directed by Patrick Dorow.  This steamy, all-American musical will be filmed in front of a live audience at the Rochester Opera House in historic Rochester, NH on opening night, Friday, September 16, 2022.

Opening of the “Great American Trailer Park”

Rochester Opera House presents The Great American Trailer Park Musical, directed by Patrick Dorow, from September 16 to October 2. This steamy American musical will be filmed in front of a live audience at the Opera House in historic Rochester, NH on opening night. It will then run from Thursday to Sunday until October 2. The live-filmed performance will be streamed nationwide via Broadway On Demand, powered by Stellar, beginning Thursday, September 22.

Tickets are $28 to $34, with discounts for senior, military, and college students available, and can be reserved in person at Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, by phone 603-335-1992, or online at rocksteroperahouse.com. Streaming via Broadway On Demand, powered by Stellar, will be available Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, October 2. Tickets to stream are $15 and available now at stellartickets.com/o/patrick-dorow-presents-llc/events/trailer-park.

Tribute to the Talking Heads at Cisco

The Newsroom will wrap up its summer concert series at Cisco Brewers on Friday, September 16 with Start Making Sense, a Talking Heads tribute band. The 21-plus show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance; $30 the day of the show and available at pressroomnh.com.

Tea and Sewing at Wentworth House

Hand sewing enthusiasts and fans of colonial fashion are invited to “Tea and Stitchery” on Saturday September 17 at the historic home of Colonel Paul Wentworth in Rollinsford. Between 1 and 4 p.m., the ladies of Wentworth will gather in the drawing room to drink tea, sew and discuss the latest fashions from the 1700s. Dressed in period clothing, the ladies will demonstrate sewing tools and techniques at handmade 18th century clothing. The finished garments and some in progress will be exhibited. Admission is $5 for adults; free for ARCH members and children. For more information, email [email protected] Visit paulwentworthhouse.org.

Comedian Lenny Clarke in Kittery

Scamps Comedy presents comedian Lenny Clarke at the Star Theater on Saturday, September 17. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the theater inside the Kittery Community Center on Rogers Road in Kittery. Tickets are $30 each; $280 for a table for eight people. Tickets available on portsmouthnhtickets.com.

Sundays in a row at the Dance Hall

Suite Sundays at Dance Hall will present “The Sextets of Dvořák and Schoenberg” on Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m. The Suite Sundays series continues with string sextet Aliento Chamber Players performing two iconic string sextets. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 the day of the show, and available at portsmouthnhtickets.com. The dance hall is located at 7 Walker St. in Kittery.

Oyster week starts on Sunday

Oyster Week returns to the Seacoast this Sunday, September 18 with a week of events highlighting the state’s fastest growing seafood industry. Half of the state’s 14 oyster farms will participate in events at local breweries and restaurants from Newmarket to Newington, showcasing the state’s oyster harvest which has increased nearly 800% in value since 2013. The celebration begins with Oysterfest at the Stone Church in Newmarket and spreads to Stoneface Brewing, Throwback Brewery and Bernie’s Beach Bar throughout the week.

Meet the Strafford County Democratic Candidates

The Strafford County Democrats are hosting an event on Sunday, September 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 551 Foundry Road in Rollinsford. The theme “Hike To The Top”, which emphasizes the group’s goal of ensuring that every voter votes until the end of the ballot. Attendees can meet county, state and Senate candidates running in Strafford County, including gubernatorial candidate Tom Sherman, and mayor and executive council candidate Dana Hilliard, the Congressman Chris Pappas as well as House Democratic leaders Matt Wilhelm and Manny Espitia. Tickets available on straffordcountydemocraticcommittee.org.

Remembering Rick Dirck

The family of WSCA DJ Rick Dirck invites family, friends and the public to a celebration of his life on Sunday, September 18 from 6-8 p.m. at WSCA Community Radio train station at 909 Islington St. in Portsmouth. Dirck died on August 30 after a two-year battle with cancer.

Corina C. Butler