N.H. Film Festival opens today

The 18th annual New Hampshire Film Festival opens today with the first film screening at 10:25 a.m. at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. The festival will screen more than 100 films over the next four days in four venues around the city. The festival's headquarters is located at Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth and opens at 9:30 a.m. You can purchase weekend, VIP and day passes at the headquarters in person or online at www.nhfilmfestival.com where you can also find a complete schedule of events for all films as well as the festival's workshops, panels and parties.

'Brechtones' opens Oct. 12

Billy Butler's new musical, “The Brechtones,” opens this weekend at The Players' Ring in Portsmouth. The show will run Oct. 12 to 28 at the theater on Marcy Street in Portsmouth. It's an experimental show that is a combination of theater, beat poetry, and music with a mix of blues, jazz, and a little bit of vaudeville. Each night will be unique because each performance features guest poets, who sign up for a spot to read their own work, with the live band improvising behind them. Directed by Jennifer Towle, “The Brechtones,” tells the story of an alcoholic musician playing the last gig of his life at a beat night. When a young poet, played by Haley DeValliere, reveals on stage that she is his long lost daughter, he descends into a haze of drugs and booze. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 with discounts for students, seniors, and Players’ Ring members. Reservations can be made at playersring.org or 603-436-8123.

Made in Maine Fair Oct. 13

There'll be a wide selection of handmade items at the Made in Maine Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13 in the parking lot of the Star of the Sea Catholic Church in York Beach. The fair will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 13 Church St., York Beach.

Contra dance Oct. 13

On Saturday, Oct. 13th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Wakefield Opera House, you can dance the night away. Contra dancing is a traditional New England type of folk or square dance. Knowing how to do it is not required. The caller will teach you, but most of the steps involve basic moves nothing fancy. Contra dancing does not require a partner, all participants will be your partner at some point in the dance. Refreshments, small finger foods and water included in the ticket price. Tickets can be purchased at the door: $10, adults; $5, teens and children 12; and under are admitted free. Contra dancing is open to the whole family.

'Isles in the Moon' this weekend

The Rochester Performance & Arts Center presents "Isles in the Moon," which show features eight skilled student actors from Noble High School, again this weekend. In 1873, two innocent Norwegian immigrant women were brutally murdered out on the Isles of Shoals right off of Portsmouth Harbor. The man accused of the crime was jailed in North Berwick, arrested next door in Farmington, and put on trial. The show is directed and presented by Jenn Batchelder. Batchelder has served as a critically acclaimed Music Director, Choreographer, and Children’s Theatre Director throughout New England and beyond. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $15 and available at www.rochesteroperahouse.com/rpac.