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NEWS

Beth Falconer

More than six months after the departure of its founder and original leader, 3S Artspace has announced the hiring of a new executive director. Beth Falconer, current executive director of the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, starts at 3S next month.
Fire consumed a house and garage on Leslie Drive early Thursday morning.

Firefighters rescued a woman and two dogs from an early-morning house fire on Leslie Drive in Portsmouth on Thursday.
Tanker Iver Progress arrived in port on Sunday with diesel oil.

The tanker Iver Progress, a frequent visitor to Portsmouth, arrived at the Port of New Hampshire on Sunday. Other than that, it’s shaping up to be a quiet week at the port, except for ongoing construction work on the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge.

MUSIC

Birdseye Lounge cofounder Michael Behrmann stands in the space before it opened last year.

Birdseye Lounge, a 200-plus capacity music and entertainment venue in downtown Portsmouth, will close in early September, the venue announced Monday.
Daisy Castro joins The Hot Club of Portland at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine, on Aug. 26.

It’s the last weekend of August, and as usual, there are plenty of music, theater, and art events coming up around the Seacoast. Here’s a handful of the highlights taking place between now and Sunday.

ART

Daisy Castro joins The Hot Club of Portland at The Dance Hall in Kittery, Maine, on Aug. 26.

It’s the last weekend of August, and as usual, there are plenty of music, theater, and art events coming up around the Seacoast. Here’s a handful of the highlights taking place between now and Sunday.
Rochester Opera House executive director Anthony Ejarque (left) and board president John McKenna (center) and a contractor observe the renovations underway at 32 North Main St., future site of the Rochester Performance & Arts Center.

The Rochester Performance & Arts Center will house a live performance space, art gallery, recording studios, classrooms, rehearsal space, and more, all in the heart of downtown Rochester.

SCREENS

Suicide Squad review

"Suicide Squad" may not be as grim and full of despair as "Man of Steel" or "Batman v Superman," but when it comes to superhero movies, the execs at Warner Brothers still don't seem to know their audience — or think very highly of it.
Chris Pine (center) may still be in charge of the Enterprise, but Simon Pegg (far right) takes control of the script in "Star Trek Beyond."

It's not perfect, but co-star and co-writer Simon Pegg has helped engineer a story that moves the franchise in the right direction in "Star Trek Beyond."

FOOD

Portsmouth Brewery head brewer Matt Gallagher holds a fresh pint of Selkie.

With a little help from aquaculture researchers at the University of New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Brewery has introduced Selkie, a beer brewed with locally harvested sugar kelp. It's one of many ways sustainably raised seaweed could soon find its way into our diets.
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.

PHOTOS

 

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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