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East Coast Nor'Easter
The tanker East Coast is expected to arrive in port tomorrow. photo by John White

Tugboat Alley sponsor revised

Residents of Portsmouth, Rye, and New Castle may be disturbed by the sound of gunfire just outside the mouth of the Piscataqua River this week. But don’t be alarmed; it’s just U.S. patrol boats conducting a regularly scheduled exercise.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and U.S. Coast Guard will conduct Exercise Citadel Protect, an anti-terrorism/force protection exercise, from Tuesday to Thursday, April 25 to 27. The exercise, according to the Shipyard’s Public Affairs Office, is “designed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy harbor security forces.” Navy and Coast Guard patrol boats will use blank ammunition, which will likely be audible from communities along the northern section of the New Hampshire coastline.

Meanwhile, a couple of ships are currently in the Port of New Hampshire, and at least two more are expected over the next few days. Get the details below.

CSL TACOMA

Type: self discharging bulk carrier
Arrival: in port, sails April 24
Flag: Bahamas
Cargo: gypsum
Terminal: National Gypsum
Deadweight: 71,552 tons
Length x breadth: 229 x 32 meters
Year built: 2013

EAST COAST (formerly NOR’EASTER)   

Type: oil/chemical tanker
Arrival: April 25
Flag: Canada
Cargo: heating oil and diesel
Terminal: Irving
Deadweight: 37,515 tons
Length x breadth: 183 x 27 meters
Year built: 2005

ASPHALT SAILOR

Type: oil chemical tanker
Arrival: April 27
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 9,240 tons
Length x breadth: 109 x 19 meters
Year built: 2006

NORDERNEY

Type: general cargo
Arrival: in port, sails May 1
Flag: Antigua Barbuda
Cargo: loading fiber-optic cable
Terminal: Tyco
Deadweight: 5,476 tons
Length x breadth: 108 x 17 meters
Year built: 2012

Information via the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Congressional and Public Affairs Office, Portsmouth Pilots, and MarineTraffic.com. Note: Ship schedules are subject to change.

Trace Adkins
Country star Trace Adkins kicks off the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom's season on Saturday.

It’s spring, it’s almost Earth Day, and there are loads of things to do this weekend indoors and outdoors. Here are a few of the highlights.

Theater shows in Portsmouth
CJ Lewis in NHTP's 2015 production of "I Am My Own Wife."
CJ Lewis in NHTP’s 2015 production of “I Am My Own Wife.” photo by Sofia Piel

Two local theater companies are opening new shows this weekend in Portsmouth. Veterans in Performing Arts presents the New Hampshire premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s political drama, “All the Way,” at The Players’ Ring from April 21 to May 7. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. (3 p.m. on May 7); tickets are $15, available here. And New Hampshire Theatre Project brings back Doug Wright’s one-man-show “I Am My Own Wife,” starring CJ Lewis, from April 21-30. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.; tickets are $28, available here.

Jumbo Circus Peanuts Spring Schwing
Jumbo Circus Peanuts
The Jumbo Circus Peanuts get into the schwing of things.

The Seacoast’s premiere party band, the Jumbo Circus Peanuts, holds its annual Spring Schwing concert at the Portsmouth VFW Hall on Friday, April 21, at 8 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for March 31, but the season was not ready to cooperate, as the show was postponed due to snow. The Peanuts are enticing guests with the promise of “hilarity, free snacks, cheap drinks, super funky dance music and high fashion.” Tickets are $10; learn more here.

Earth Day events
PS21 Vaughan Mall
PS21 aims to add ecological design and permaculture elements to Portsmouth’s Vaughan Mall.

Saturday is Earth Day, and there are several ways to celebrate. In the second installment of PS21’s three-part event Vaughan Mall Green, planner and permaculture designer Steve Whitman leads a workshop at Discover Portsmouth from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Other Earth Day highlights: The Seacoast Science Center in Rye hosts a 5K Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals at Odiorne Point State Park at 9 a.m.; the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover holds a variety of Earth-friendly activities from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Eastern Mountain Sports in Portsmouth leads a roadside cleanup and clinic from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Marathon bombing book author
Michelle McPhee Maximum Harm
Michele McPhee shares her new book in Exeter this weekend.

Boston-based investigative journalist Michele McPhee will be at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter on Saturday, April 22, to present her new book, “Maximum Harm: The Tsarnaev Brothers, the FBI, and the Road to the Marathon Bombing.” The book explores the events leading up to and following the deadly Boston Marathon bombing of 2013. McPhee’s visit comes just days after this year’s Marathon, which took place April 17. The free event begins at 6 p.m.; learn more here.

Casino Ballroom season opens
Trace Adkins
Trace Adkins takes the Ballroom stage Saturday.

The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom kicks off its 2017 concert season with a performance by country star Trace Adkins on Saturday, April 22. Adkins, who has sold more than 11 million albums and earned three Grammy nominations, is touring in support of his 12th studio album, “Something’s Going On,” which was just released on March 31. Each ticket order comes with a copy of the CD. The 18-plus show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $35.50-$52.50, available here.

USNS Zeus
The USNS Zeus will set sail from the Port of New Hampshire on Thursday. photo by John White

Tugboat Alley sponsor revised

The tanker Torm Saone arrived this morning and sets sail tonight, when the tanker Palanca Luanda takes its place. Get the details on these and other ships below.

TORM SAONE

Type: oil/chemical tanker
Arrival: in port, sails April 17
Flag: Denmark
Cargo: diesel
Terminal: Sprague River Road
Deadweight: 36,986 tons
Length x breadth: 183 x 28 meters
Year built: 2004

PALANCA LUANDA

Type: asphalt/bitumen tanker
Arrival: arrives April 17, sails April 18
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 14,911 tons
Length x breadth: 133 x 23 meters
Year built: 2012

USNS ZEUS

Type: special vessel
Arrival: in port, sails April 20
Flag: United States
Cargo: cable
Terminal: Tyco
Deadweight: 6,963 tons
Length x breadth: 157 x 21 meters
Year built: 1984

COHO (and Penn 92)

Type: tug (and barge)
Arrival: April 20
Flag: United States
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 428 tons
Length x breadth: 35 x 11 meters
Year built: 2008

Xiu Xiu
Experimental band Xiu Xiu performs at 3S Artspace on Friday.

There’s a lot of great music coming to the Seacoast this weekend, with local and touring acts performing at venues new and old. Here are a handful of the highlights.

Xiu Xiu with Lillith

Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu is not easy listening. The California-based trio, founded by singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart, has an experimental sound peppered with hints of electro-pop and irreverent humor. Their latest album, “Forget,” comes on the heals of their 2016 release, “Plays the Music of Twin Peaks.” On Friday, April 14, Xiu Xiu comes to 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, where they’ll get support from local favorite Lillith. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets are $15, available here.

These Wild Plains & Town Meeting
These Wild Plains
These Wild Plains

Massachusetts-based bands These Wild Plains and Town Meeting have much in common. Both have an alt-country sound, both released debut albums last year, and both will perform at The Press Room in Portsmouth on Friday, April 14. Both have also supported national acts, with These Wild Plains opening for Deer Tick, Futurebirds, and the Sadies, and Town Meeting supporting Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, and Bob Dylan. The show starts at 10 p.m.; tickets are $5-$7, available here.

Green Bullets album release

Green Bullets

There is much to celebrate at Teatotaller in Somersworth on Saturday, April 15. For one thing, it’s the café’s first birthday at its current location on High Street. For another, local indie rockers The Green Bullets will unleash their self-titled debut album with a live performance. And they’ll get support from two opening acts, Tom Ayer and Marvel Prone. Teatoller will be partying all day; the concert starts at 8 p.m. For more information, click here.

Sean Rowe with Jim Rioux

Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe’s ragged baritone voice got a jolt of recognition last fall when his song, “To Leave Something Behind,” appeared in the film “The Accountant,” starring Ben Affleck. The New York native, an outdoors enthusiast, released his latest album, “New Lore,” just last week. He’ll share his songs at The Word Barn in Exeter on Saturday, April 15, at 8 p.m., following local singer-songwriter Jim Rioux. There is a $20 suggested donation; learn more here.

Latchkey Speakeasy

Latchkey Speakeasy

Latchkey is the swanky new whiskey bar occupying the former site of Birdseye Lounge in Portsmouth’s Vaughan Mall. The venue is holding its soft opening this weekend, and among the festivities is a speakeasy-style show featuring nine-piece regional cover band Groove Alliance, which will play rock and soul hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. The event takes place Saturday, April 15, beginning at 9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge; find more information here.

Asphalt Sailor
The Asphalt Sailor is expected to reach the Port of New Hampshire on Wednesday. photo by John White

Tugboat Alley sponsor revised

The Palanca Luanda is scheduled to arrive in port around midnight, and the Tamar sets sail shortly thereafter. A couple of other ships are due on Wednesday. Get the details below.

PALANCA LUANDA

Type: asphalt/bitumen tanker
Arrival: April 11
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane & River Road
Deadweight: 14,911 tons
Length x breadth: 133 x 23 meters
Year built: 2012

TAMAR

Type: bulk carrier
Arrival: in port, sailing April 11
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: gypsum
Terminal: Sprague River Road
Deadweight: 56,563 tons
Length x breadth: 190 x 32 meters
Year built: 2010

USNS ZEUS

Type: special vessel
Arrival: April 12
Flag: United States
Cargo: cable
Terminal: Tyco
Deadweight: 6,963 tons
Length x breadth: 157 x 21 meters
Year built: 1984

ASPHALT SAILOR

Type: oil/chemical tanker
Arrival: April 12
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 9,240 tons
Length x breadth: 109 x 19 meters
Year built: 2006

Turn by Jennifer Davis Nahcotta
"Turn" by Jennifer Davis is among the works on display in Nahcotta's new exhibit, "ARC," which opens tonight during Art 'Round Town in Portsmouth.

The prolonged drag of winter and damp start to spring might have you feeling a bit stir crazy. Here are some ways to get out of the house and indulge in local arts and culture this weekend.

Art ’round the Seacoast
English armchair crestrail Discover Portsmouth
An English armchair from the late 1600s is among the historical pieces of furniture on display at Discover Portsmouth.

This weekend will be filled with visual-arts events across the Seacoast. Portsmouth’s monthly Art ’Round Town event takes place Friday, April 7, from 5-8 p.m., and includes the opening of Discover Portsmouth’s spring exhibit, “Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth.” Also on Friday is the monthly Dover Art Walk, which kicks off from the Washington Street Mills at 4 p.m. On Saturday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m., 3S Artspace unveils its new exhibition, “Knock on Wood.”

Spring Fever for the Arts
Mother Superior & the Sliding Royales
Mother Superior & the Sliding Royales will perform during PMAC’s annual fundraising party on Friday.

The Portsmouth Music and Arts Center’s annual fundraising party takes place at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. The celebration, which raises money for PMAC’s educational programming, features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions, and dancing, with live music performed by local band Mother Superior & the Sliding Royales. Tickets are $75 and include a drink ticket. Tickets are available at the door; for more information, click here.

Joshua James
Joshua James
Rising folk star Joshua James plays at The Word Barn in Exeter on Friday.

Folk singer-songwriter Joshua James has toured with names like John Mayer, David Gray, Ani DiFranco, Third Eye Blind, and Brett Dennen, and some of his songs have appeared on episodes of the FX series “Sons of Anarchy.” He’ll be at The Word Barn in Exeter on Friday, April 7 — the same day his new album, “My Spirit Sister,” becomes available. Presented by Bright & Lyon, the show takes place from 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15, available here.

Janis Brenner & Dancers
Janis Brenner & Dancers
Janis Brenner & Dancers bring a new show to The Dance Hall on Saturday. photo by Tom Caravaglia

Janis Brenner & Dancers premiered “Once You Are Not a Stranger” at the Sarajevo Winter Festival in Bosnia-Herzegovina in February. The concert’s U.S. premiere takes place at The Dance Hall in Kittery on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. Brenner recently conducted workshops at The Dance Hall, and several local artists will appear in the finale of the concert, which includes a tribute to late dancer and choreographer Murray Louis. Tickets are $20-$25, available here.

Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr
Pulitzer Prize-winning authoer Anthony Doerr will be at The Music Hall on Sunday.

Author Anthony Doerr’s best-selling novel “All the Light We Cannot See” won both the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. Doerr will share his book at The Music Hall in Portsmouth during the next installment of the Writers on a New England Stage series on Sunday, April 9, at 4 p.m. Tickets are $27 and include an autographed paperback edition of the book. Get tickets and more information here.

Great Eastern
The tanker Great Eastern sets sail from the Irving terminal tonight. photo by John White

Tugboat Alley sponsor revised

The tanker Great Eastern is in port and ready to set sail tonight, while a trio of ships are expected to arrive on Wednesday. Get the details in this week’s installment of Port Watch.

GREAT EASTERN

Type: tanker
Arrival: April 2 (sailing April 3)
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: heating oil
Terminal: Irving
Deadweight: 37,515 tons
Length x breadth: 183 x 27 meters
Year built: 2005

TAMAR

Type: bulk carrier
Arrival: April 5
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: gypsum
Terminal: Sprague River Road
Deadweight: 56,563 tons
Length x breadth: 190 x 32 meters
Year built: 2010

ASPHALT SAILOR

Type: oil/chemical tanker
Arrival: April 5
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 9,240 tons
Length x breadth: 109 x 19 meters
Year built: 2006

BBC PACIFIC

Type: general cargo
Arrival: April 5
Flag: Antigua Barbuda
Cargo: heavy-lift cargo
Terminal: N.H. state pier
Deadweight: 6,192 tons
Length x breadth: 115 x 17 meters
Year built: 2007

Information via Portsmouth Pilots and MarineTraffic.com. Note: Ship schedules are subject to change.

Earth Eagle Beer

Music, theater, dance, and lots of beer are on tap in Portsmouth this weekend. Find out about some of the highlights below.

Craft Beer Week

New Hampshire Craft Beer Week

Presented by Brew NH and the Granite State Brewers Association, the third annual New Hampshire Craft Beer Week takes place March 31 to April 8. More than 70 events are planned across the state, including pairings, tastings, tours, demonstrations, and more, all celebrating the Granite State’s 63 licensed breweries and 10 distributor facilities. Among the local highlights is an All NH Craft Beverage Tap Takeover at Earth Eagle Brewings in Portsmouth. For more info, click here.

Intelligent Theatre Festival
Intelligent Theatre Festival
photo by Sam Martin-Delaney

New Hampshire Theatre Project’s fifth annual festival of play readings and discussion returns to Portsmouth this weekend. On Friday, March 31, at 7 p.m., Kate Kirkwood directs Mary Ellen Hedrick’s “Throw Away People,” and Crystal Gould directs “The New Abnormal,” by students from NHTP’s Teen Playwriting Intensive. On Saturday at 7 p.m., Genevieve Aichele directs Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People.” On Sunday at 2 p.m., CJ Lewis directs Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities.” Tickets are $10, available here.

Guy’s CD release show

Singer-songwriter Guy Capecelatro III, a longtime staple of the Seacoast music scene, is set to unveil his latest album, “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers.” Capecelatro’s friends will join him at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth on Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. to play his new songs, inspired largely by the experience of confronting his wife Pam’s illness. Portland, Maine-based singer-songwriter and cellist Jerusha Robinson opens. The show is free, but RSVPs are requested here.

Meet the Beast

Ian Ethan Case

Acoustic, double-neck guitar player Ian Ethan Case brings his confounding sounds to Portsmouth Book & Bar on Friday, March 31, from 8-10 p.m. The gig is part of Case’s Meet the Beast Tour, a reference to his new custom instrument, affectionately known as The Beast. He will be previewing music from his upcoming album, “Earth Suite.” Admission is $5. For more on Ian Ethan Case, click here; for more on Portsmouth Book & Bar, click here.

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising Gala

The One Billion Rising Gala: An Evening of Dance, is part of a global mass action to end violence against women and girls. This year’s event, presented by the Neoteric Dance Collaborative, returns to The Music Hall in Portsmouth on Sunday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Dancers and musicians from across the region will share the stories of survivors and explore global challenges. Tickets are $35 (or $75 for VIPs). Proceeds benefit Haven NH. Learn more here.

Tamar
Weighing in at more than 56,000 tons, Tamar heads to Portsmouth on Friday.

Tugboat Alley sponsor revised

A heavy-lift ship arrives at the state pier this afternoon, and a couple of other vessels are expected later this week — including a particularly massive one Friday. Get all the details below.

THORCO LUNA

Type: general cargo
Arrival: March 27
Flag: Philippines
Cargo: heavy-lift cargo
Terminal: state pier
Deadweight: 16,953 tons
Length x breadth: 132 x 23 meters
Year built: 2014

PALANCA LUANDA

Type: asphalt/bitumen tanker
Arrival: March 29
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: asphalt
Terminal: Sprague Avery Lane
Deadweight: 14,911 tons
Length x breadth: 133 x 23 meters
Year built: 2012

TAMAR

Type: bulk carrier
Arrival: March 31
Flag: Marshall Islands
Cargo: gypsum
Terminal: Sprague River Road
Deadweight: 56,563 tons
Length x breadth: 190 x 32 meters
Year built: 2010

Information via Portsmouth Pilots and MarineTraffic.com. Note: Ship schedules are subject to change.

"The Port, Portsmouth" by Charles Cormier

The Sound’s sister site, PortsmouthNH.com, announced the winners of its Winter Photo Contest this morning. Two of the images capture tranquil sunset scenes, while the other shows an intrepid surfer braving harsh winter conditions.

The winning photographs are “The Port, Portsmouth” by Charles Cormier, “Blizzard Surfing, North Hampton,” by Victoria Greene, and “Snowmelt at Sunset, Fort Foster,” by Ben Raymond.

Cormier’s photo shows Portsmouth Harbor beneath a dazzling pink and violet sunset, with a colorful heap of ropes in the foreground, docked fishing boats on the left, and the illuminated Memorial Bridge in the distance. Green’s photo features a surfer in a wetsuit riding a large, wind-whipped wave as it crests during a blinding snowstorm. Raymond’s photo depicts a bright sunset reflected in the snowmelt along the length of a dock at Fort Foster in Maine.

The winners were chosen by a panel of five judges that includes three PortsmouthNH.com administrators and two professional photographers, Anna Solo and Michael Sterling. Each winner receives a gift certificate provided by the contest’s 2017 sponsor, the Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

PortsmouthNH.com’s photo contest runs quarterly, with the submission deadline landing on the final day of each season. Photos are posted throughout the year on the site’s homepage and its photo pages. Though the site accepts and publishes photos from around the Northeast, only photos taken on the Seacoast are eligible to win. Winning photographers are not eligible to win again for six months.

The winning photos from the winter contest are below. All the winter submissions can be viewed here. To see the contest rules, click here; to submit a photo for the spring 2017 contest, click here.

"Snowmelt at Sunset, Fort Foster" by Ben Raymond
“Snowmelt at Sunset, Fort Foster” by Ben Raymond
"Blizzard Surfing, North Hampton" by Victoria Greene
“Blizzard Surfing, North Hampton” by Victoria Greene
"The Port, Portsmouth" by Charles Cormier
“The Port, Portsmouth” by Charles Cormier