IGNITE: We Are All Human
Head to the Exeter Town Hall (10 Front St.) on Friday, March 2, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a night of dance, music and education to celebrate multiculturalism in New Hampshire, featuring Deo Mwano, founder of Movement From Above, and special guests. Deo Mwano is a choreographer and dancer. He has been studying and training for over 10 years in the genres of fusion jazz, street jazz, African dance and a variety of hip-hop styles. In 2010, Deo appeared in a TV special for the show Dancing with the Stars, where he choreographed and performed with his brothers and the professional dancers on the show. A daring escape from the Democratic Republic of the Congo led Deo Mwano to a life of freedom, inspiration, appreciation, and the desire to persevere to excel. Tickets for this event are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Hunchback on Stage
The Seacoast Repertory Theatre (125 Bow St., Portsmouth) presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame through March 4. The new musical combines the story from Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name with music from the 1996 Disney film. Sing along to classic songs like “Out There,” “Topsy Turvy” and “God Help the Outcasts.” Showtimes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $16 to $22. Visit seacoastrep.org or call 433-4472.
Tastes of Hati
The Farmer’s Dinner is introducing a new series of pop-up dinners called Roots, with the first one being on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Otis Restaurant (4 Front St., Exeter). Each dinner will feature a different chef, the food they grew up on and the dishes that helped inspire their careers. The series kicks off with Chef Chris Viaud and dishes of his Haitian heritage, including soup joumou, pan-seared red snapper, roasted pork loin with bean puree and fried plantain, pineapple rum cake and more. The cost is $65. Buy your tickets online at thefarmersdinner.com/event/chris-viaud-a-taste-of-haiti.
Lives of Consequence
On Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lane Library in Hampton, local historian Patricia Q. Wall present intriguing new information regarding the lives of enslaved blacks (Africans, Indians, and people of mixed African, white and/or Indian heritage) in farming communities and small towns of New England. Drawing upon findings in her recently published book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine, Wall not only banishes the old myth of colonial slavery’s scarcity and significance in that Maine region, she suggests that similar findings are likely still waiting to be discovered in many other New England farming and rural communities. The Lane Memorial Library is located in Hampton at 2 Academy Ave.