Get ready for First Night

With First Night Portsmouth just around the corner, Pro Portsmouth is reminding all that it takes a community to keep producing this annual tradition. Financial support is needed to the the fireworks, ice sculpture carving and street dance all free to the public. Buying the First Night Button helps. Stocking-Stuffer and Two-Pack Button packages are offered online only through Dec. 27. Locally the button can be purchased at Hannafords on Islington Street, G.Willikers on Market Street, and Diversions Puzzles & Games on Congress Street. The button gets you into all the entertainment venues around downtown Portsmouth with performances running from mid-afternoon through midnight. Pro Portsmouth is also seeking volunteers to help out New Year's Eve.

What: First Night Portsmouth

When: Monday, Dec. 31 from 1 p.m. to midnight

Where: Outdoors and in several venues around downtown Portsmouth

Admission: Stocking-Stuffer Button Package, 2 adults and 2 children under 12, $25, online until Dec. 27; Two-Pack of Buttons, 2 adults (12 and up), $20, online until Dec. 27; single adult buttons online and locally, $15, children’s buttons, $3, online until Dec. 27; Dec. 28 to 30, adult buttons, $20; Dec. 31, adult buttons, $25; children’s buttons, under 12, $3.

More info: Visit www.proportsmouth.org or call (603) 433-4398, ext. 3 or bmassar@proportsmouth.org



Holiday Jamboree at 3S

From Boston and Portsmouth, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Celia Woodsmith and her band with Chris Hersch, Say Darling, will play a special holiday show in Portsmouth on a co-bill with the Soggy Po Boys.

What: Holiday Jamboree with Say Darling and the Soggy Po' Boys

When: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21

Where: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth

Admission: $17 to $20, tickets can be found on eventbrite or at 3Sarts.org

More info: Visit www.3SArts.org



'Shifting Boundaries' exhibit at Temple Israel

Temple Israel Art Gallery will present “Shifting Boundaries," a solo exhibition of photographic works by Aimée Margolis, from Dec. 20 to March 20, 2019. The exhibit has been curated by Sarah Saunders. The ideas behind Margolis's spiritually atmospheric photography are inspired by examining youth and how they transform through their spiritual beliefs, values, and attitudes as they takes steps to be adults. Growing up in North Hampton, Margolis feels she was conditioned to hold back her true feelings in a society where spoken and unspoken protocols for women are still present. She has investigated with both humor and irony throughout her work the changes of growing up in a society that at once worships women and youth, but then will not listen to them. Margolis studied photography at Boston University’s College of Visual Arts, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and The International School of Photography in NYC. Margolis's multi-media work has been exhibited at national and international venues including Venice Biennial Art Fair, Italy; Art Around the Park, NYC; Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt, Germany; Engal Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel; 3S ArtSpace in Portsmouth, NH. She lives and works in North Hampton and NYC.

What: "Shifting Boundaries," an exhibit of photographs by Aimée Margolis

When: Dec. 20 to March 20, Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment; Opening Reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20

Where: Temple Israel Art Gallery, 200 State St., Portsmouth

Admission: Free

More info: Email art1show@verizon.net or TIsisterhoodNH@yahoo.com.


Get Cozy with the PSO Dec. 22

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra's Get Cozy chamber music series gets festive this weekend with "Brassy Baroque Christmas" performed by the PSO Brass Quintet, which will play an uplifting and audience-pleasing concert consisting of holiday favorites mixed with glorious Baroque selections. The PSO Brass Quintet is comprised select brass players from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra including Adam Gallant and John Cardin, trumpets; Tracey Crain, horn; Mark Schneider, trombone; Jim Griswold, bass trombone and Crystal Carr, tuba. The PSO Brass Quintet was founded by Adam Gallant in the fall of 2016 and is dedicated to performing serious brass chamber music at the highest level.

What: 'Brassy Baroque Christmas,' part of the PSO's Get Cozy wth the PSO series

When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 22

Where: South Church, State Street, Portsmouth

Tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at the door and children under 12 are free; seating is limited and at-the-door tickets are not guaranteed to be available.

More info: Additional performance details and tickets are available at www.portsmouthsymphony.org