Top stories in arts and news for the New Hampshire Seacoast


Oil/chemical tanker Chem Norma is set to arrive in the Port of New Hampshire on July 27.

After an exceptionally busy stretch last week, things are quieting down at the Port of New Hampshire. During the coming week, just one ship is scheduled to come in: the tanker Chem Norma. Learn more about the ship in this week's installment of Port Watch.
Deane Rykerson and co. get ready for an early-morning drive to Philadelphia.

Maine state Rep. Deane Rykerson of Kittery continues blogging about his experience as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. In the latest entry, Rykerson and three fellow delegates make the journey to Philly.
York County delegates to the Democratic National Convention, from left to right, Chris Babbidge, Diane Denk, and Deane Rykerson.

For the next week, Maine state Rep. Deane Rykerson of Kittery Point will be blogging about his experiences as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which begins July 25.


Savasha will show off their music and dance moves at The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH, on Thursday.

Electro-pop dance band Savasha, a trio of sisters from New Hampshire, describes their musical roots and their forthcoming album ahead of an upcoming show at The Press Room.
Dr. Gasp and the Eeks will headline the Seacoast Congress of Sound in Strafford, NH, on Saturday.

The seventh annual Seacoast Congress of Sound, featuring live music, art, and food, takes place Saturday at a new location, Rock Maple Woods in Strafford. Festival co-founder Stu Dias talks about this year's festivities.


Seacoast artists Bill Paarlberg (left) and Ken Fellows have an upcoming show at the Kittery Art Association in Maine.

Local painters Bill Paarlberg and Ken Fellows, who have a joint show opening this weekend at the Kittery Art Association, describe their work with watercolors.
Bubs Skateboard Shop in Newmarket, NH, is hosting an art show on June 11.

Bubs Skateboard Shop in Newmarket is upholding the long tradition of uniting skateboarding and art with a one-night show featuring about a dozen artists on Saturday.


Exeter native Laura Waleryszak is the co-writer, co-producer, and co-star of "Her Story," a Web series that earned an Emmy nomination this month. Waleryszak talked to The Sound about the surprising success of the show, which is focused on transgender characters.
Review of "X-Men: Apocalypse" by Portsmouth, NH, writer Trevor Bartlett

In the latest installment of the X-Men film franchise, Marvel Cinematic history is altered, Oscar Isaac delivers a bizarrely bad performance, and Professor X preemptively admonishes us to forget everything we see.


Fill the Hall organizers and volunteers pose in front of a U-Haul loaded with food donations outside The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, last summer.

Last year, the Fill the Hall Food Drive collected five tons of food donations for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry. With requests for food aid rising, organizers are hoping to double that total this year.
Popzup Popper boxes in Dover, NH.

The goal of Dover-based company Popzup Popcorn is to provide a healthier and more environmentally conscious method of popping popcorn while maintaining fresh taste and the convenience of the microwave.



A large crowd gathered in Market Square in Portsmouth for a Black Lives Matter vigil on Saturday and Sunday nights. all photos by Anna Solo 


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