Top stories in arts and news for the New Hampshire Seacoast


Officials in Portsmouth, NH, are asking residents to cut down on their water use.

Portsmouth has experienced nine consecutive months of below-average precipitation. City officials are asking residents to be efficient with their water use and limit landscape watering during the day.
About 2,000 people took part in last year's Pride March in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

The second annual Portsmouth Pride event takes place Saturday, June 25, in downtown Portsmouth. The parade and celebration occurs at a time when gay rights have made tremendous strides, and yet the recent mass shooting in Orlando demonstrates the immense challenges the LGBT community still faces.
A rendering of the proposed new stage for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth, NH.

During the first of several public forums regarding a master plan for Portsmouth's Prescott Park, planners encouraged people to think about "breakthrough possibilities" for the park.


Gretchen and the Pickpockets perform in the Block Six Presents series in Portsmouth, NH, in May.

Block Six Presents, a new concert series held in the restaurant at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, showcases local acts of all genres in a uniquely intimate setting.
Theo Martey & The Akwaaba Ensemble kicked off the Concerts on the Common music series in Hampton Falls, NH.

Whether you’re hoping to enjoy some local music with food hot off the grill, or catch a nationally touring act in an intimate setting, or top off your concert-going experience with fireworks over the ocean, the Seacoast has an outdoor summer concert series for you.


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.


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.
Reuben, Reuben film review by The Sound

Video Vault recalls the masterful 1983 comedy-drama "Reuben, Reuben," starring Tom Conti.


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.



Hundreds of supporters showed their colors during the Portsmouth Pride event on June 25. all photos by Chloe Kanner


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