5 Things to Know in Portsmouth This Week (1/7/19)

Whether it’s entertainment you’re seeking or a way to burn off some post-holiday calories, Portsmouth is alive with activities and events. Fill up your calendar and get the lowdown on what’s happening in Portsmouth this week. 

“All in the Timing” at West End Studio Theatre

For an evening of exceptional theater, check out “All in the Timing.” It opens on Friday, January 11 at West End Studio Theatre, and is a New Hampshire Theatre Project presentation. The production is comprised of six small “playlets.” The show runs through January 27. 

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Rollercoaster: A Family Friendly Dance Party at 3S Artspace

Burn off the pie, the brie, the extra cocktails and the fudge at Rollercoaster: A Family Friendly Dance Party. Taking place at 3S Artspace on Saturday, January 12 from 2-4 p.m., parents/guardians and children up through 10 years old are invited to dance, dance, dance to lots of upbeat tunes. Bring a snack to enjoy in a designated “picnic area,” and prepare to burn calories and wear the kids out. Both kids and adults will love the current art exhibit at 3S Artspace, too. Called Wildlife Fashion Art Safari, it’s a collection of hand painted ceramic tiles featuring a variety of animals.

Meet Author Marianne Williamson at RiverRun Bookstore

New York Times bestselling author and activist Marianne Williamson, best known for her book “A Return to Love,” is considering a run for president. She will talk about that, as well as her latest book, “Healing the Soul of America,” on January 9 at RiverRun Bookstore. The event begins at 1 p.m.

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Newsies at Seacoast Rep

The beloved Disney musical “Newsies” opens on January 10 at Seacoast Rep. Christian Bale played the role of Jack Kelly in the film. The stage production is comprised of local teens, but is produced by the same team that does the professional productions. The musical is perfect for the whole family. “Newsies” runs through January 19.

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Portsmouth Citizens Not in Favor of McIntyre Development

Portsmouth residents came out in droves this week, to attend a public hearing on the proposal to redevelop the McIntyre Building. The overwhelming sentiment was that most residents vehemently oppose the current plan, which is to utilize the existing building and to build two additional buildings on the property for both condos and offices. This would significantly add to the growing congestion in downtown Portsmouth where there is already a huge parking issue. Developer Michael Kane was on hand at the meeting, but didn’t speak. One resident summed up the overall tone of the meeting regarding Redgate/Kane, the city’s private development partners. “The public wanted this to be a place for the people of Portsmouth to go to. This is not for the people of Portsmouth,” the resident stated.

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