Top five things to do

Top five things to do

Soggy Po' Boys
The Soggy Po' Boys headline a Free Speech benefit concert this weekend. courtesy photo

A roundup of Seacoast entertainment for the weekend of May 5

The arts are blooming around the region on this first weekend of May, with numerous galleries and studios holding special receptions. Also coming up is the first Portsmouth Farmers Market of the year, some great live music, and more. See some of the highlights below.

Art ’Round the Seacoast
Front Space
Work by Furen Dai, Nina Earley, and Diana Jean Puglisi is on display at The Front Space in Rollinsford. courtesy photo

Friday, May 5, brings Portsmouth’s Art ’Round Town from 5 to 8 p.m. and Dover’s Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. Also this weekend is the Artists of Salmon Falls Open Studios at the Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford, taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7. Among the highlights is the opening reception for The Front Space’s inaugural exhibition, “Intangible Threads.” For more information, click here.

Fiddler on the Roof
Patrick Dorow Fiddler on the Roof
“Fiddler on the Roof” opens Friday in Kittery.

Patrick Dorow Productions is presenting Joseph Stein’s classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at Star Theatre in Kittery from May 5 to 21. The show, which premiered on Broadway in 1964, features memorable music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m., and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27 for adults, with discounts for students and seniors. For more information, click here.

Feel Goods CD release show
The Feel Goods
The Feel Goods play a CD release show in Dover on Friday. Brett Witten Photography

Dover-based ska band The Feel Goods recently released their debut album, “Running Out of Time,” on Moathouse Records, the label run by Less Than Jake bassist Roger Lima. An album release party takes place at Fury’s Publick House in Dover on Friday, May 5, at 9 p.m. Brett Wilson of Roots of Creation opens the show with a solo acoustic set. For more information, click here. To read an article about The Feel Goods’ new album, click here.

Portsmouth Farmers Market
Portsmouth Farmers Market
The Portsmouth Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday. courtesy photo

Saturday, May 6, is opening day for the Portsmouth Farmers Market, held in the parking lot outside Portsmouth City Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This season marks the 40th anniversary of the Seacoast Growers Association’s farmers markets, which also take place in Exeter, Dover, and Durham. A wide variety of spring meats, veggies, garden starting plants, and ready-to-eat meals and treats will be available from local vendors. For more information, click here.

Free Speech benefit concert
The Soggy Po’ Boys perform at 3S Artspace on Saturday. courtesy photo

Beloved local band the Soggy Po’ Boys will provide the entertainment during an evening of music and conversation at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth on Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. The Po’ Boys will play two sets, while the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire offers a presentation about free speech. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the NH ACLU, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership organization. Tickets are $10, available here.