5 things to do this weekend

This week, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated all weekend with many local restaurants offering special menus and drinks as well as music for the Celtic feast. Facebook and Instagram are full of green-tinted posts from restaurants, so check them out and make a reservation. March Madness will also be in full swing, a time many consider Hoop Heaven. And spring officially arrives on Sunday. What more could you ask for in a weekend? Here are five of the many big events taking place this weekend:

Diaspora Radio at Word Barn

Friday night at the Word Barn, the Stu Dias-led Diaspora Radio series continues by taking on a different pivotal album each month. This weekend, it’s Radiohead’s “Kid A” album. Dias put together “a psychedelic post-rock band to reinvent the entire record,” according to the Word Barn. Zach Foote will give a talk on the album before the start of the show to give some information about the album and explain the series. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets cost between $12.50 and $15 and are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com

Theatrical production “Isles of Shoals”

Pontine Theater will perform its original production “Isles of Shoals: The Eternal Sound of the Sea” at The Plains School Theater in Portsmouth from March 18-27. The screenplay is drawn from the writings of two prominent New England writers, Celia Thaxter and Nathaniel Hawthorne, who in various works explore the rich history and folklore of the Shoals, from the beginnings of settlement through the era Victorian seaside resorts. Sessions are at 7 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets cost between $26 and $29 and are available at pontine.org. The theater is located at 1 Plains Ave. in Portsmouth.

Comedy “Small Mouth Sounds” at the West End Studio

New Hampshire Theater Project opens the new unconventional comedy-drama ‘Small Mouth Sounds’ by Bess Wohl at the West End Studio Theatre. Directed by CJ Lewis, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat in the woods. Filled with insightful humor, this compassionate screenplay asks how we tackle life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The show runs from March 18 to April 3. Schedules and tickets are available at www.nhtheatreproject.org/onstagenow.

‘Cinderella’ at the Rochester Opera House

Safe Haven Ballet will perform “Cinderella” at the Rochester Opera House Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $35 at rockestoperahouse.com. Safe Haven Ballet is a non-profit organization that provides free lessons in ballet, movement, and trauma-informed art to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trauma, as well as uplifting and inspiring ballet performances.

Poetry at Word Barn

Back at the Word Barn in Exeter, on Sunday afternoon, the first day of spring, there will be a special poetry reading. The Silo Series will feature “Poetry, The Beginning of Spring” with New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary and Alice B Fogel, who served as the state’s Poet Laureate from 2014-2019. This event is open to all, but l Advance registration is required due to attendance limitations. Register at portsmouthnhtickets.com.

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