things to do this weekend

It’s the first weekend in March, which means it’s awards season and time to start catching up on the films nominated for this year’s Oscars, which will take place Sunday, March 27 on ABC or if you’ve cut the cord, you can livestream ABC on YouTube TV, FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and DirecTV. You can also stream the show live via or the ABC app.

Catch the Oscar-nominated Shorts at The Music Hall

This Saturday, The Music Hall will host its annual showing of Oscar-nominated shorts in the Historic Theater. On March 5 at 3 pm, it’s the Animated Shorts; and at 7 pm, it’s the Live Action nominees. Tickets are $15 for each showing for general admission; $12 for seniors, students and military personnel. Visit to check out the lineup of films for each showing and buy tickets. The Music Hall is located at 24 Chestnut St., in Portsmouth.

Stone Temple Posers and Yellow LedVedder at Rochester Opera House

It’ll be a celebration of ’90s rock in Rochester on Saturday, March 5 when two tributes to some of the best bands of Generation X: The Stone Temple Posers (Stone Temple Pilots) and Yellow LedVedder (Pearl Jam) take the stage at the Rochester Opera House. Doors open at 6 pm and show is at 7. Bar and concessions will be available.

A Pearl Jam tribute band, Yellow Ledvedder will perform at the Rochester Opera House on Saturday, March 5.

The Stone Temple Posers, New England’s longest running tribute to the Stone Temple Pilots, is based out of Plaistow. Yellow LedVedder is a five-piece Pearl Jam tribute band from Portland, Maine, winning over New England PJ fans for the post four years with their accurate renditions of Pearl Jam’s greatest hits. Tickets are $20 to $24 and available at

Enjoy 12th Annual Portsmouth Beer Week

Portsmouth Beer Week returns this year after taking last year off due to the pandemic. The Kickoff Party is Friday night, March 4 at 6 pm WHYM Craft Pub and Brewery, 853 Lafayette Road in Hampton. And the fun continues every day through Sunday, March 13 with some days featuring multiple events hosted at local breweries, restaurants and bars around the Seacoast. Beer Week concludes with a speed-dating-style Tasting Event at Throwback Brewery with New Hampshire’s newest brewers and fermenters. Go to for a list of events.

The Players' Ring in Portsmouth.

‘Places You Go’ at the Players’ Ring

‘Places You Go’ opens Friday, March 4 at the Players’ Ring Theater in Portsmouth and runs through March 14. The play is about high school senior Maddy Weare, a promising young musician destined for Juilliard, who is in the hospital having been in a car accident. As she sleeps in her hospital bed, her divorced parents, Rick and Deb Wear, enter and immediately begin playing the blame game. Tensions escalate after Maddy wakes and reveals several dark truths that cause the family to spiral into turmoil, showing what people are willing to do to protect those they love and what destruction can occur in the process. Written by William Ivers, directed by Marina Altschiller and produced by Donald Tongue, ‘Places You Go’ stars Katherine Allen as Maddy; Joe Shanley as Rick; Kate Gilbert as Deb; Jacob Randlett as Dr. Hughes and Joel King as Carl.

Showtimes are 7:30 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $25; $22 for seniors 65-plus and students.

Composer and percussionist Brian Shankar Adler will perform at the Press Room in Portsmouth on Saturday, March 5.

Saturday Jazz Party with Brian Shankar Adler Quartet

Award-winning percussionist and composer, Brian Shankar Adler will present a new program of electro-acoustic music for improvisers at this Saturday Jazz Party. His recent project, “Fourth Dimension,” won best music video at Transcinema International Film Festival in Peru and at the 2020 Independent Music Awards. Trumpet player Matt Holman, keyboardist Mike Effenberger, and bassist Fernando Huergo will join Adler for this genre-bending performance.

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