Free “how to” art lectures
Amesbury artist Bob Richardson, whose oil paintings are on display this month at the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton, will be offering tutorial lectures free of charge on two Saturday afternoons in May. The first, titled “How To: From Sketch to Oil Painting” on Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m., will begin with an overview of the creative process and how an artist reacts to that “Ah Ha” moment by visualizing and sketching the finished work even before putting paint on the canvas. The second, titled “How To: Painting from Photographs” on Saturday, May 26, also at 1 p.m., will explore how an artist can use the elements of photography as reference and research materials during the creation of a painting.

Crafts for the weekend
The scenic Town Common in Hampton Falls will come alive with color, flavor and music for the ninth Annual Mother’s Day Weekend Craft Festival on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. More than 75 juried artisans from all over New England will display and sell their American made works, from pottery and jewelry to pet gifts and doll clothes. Several vendors will also be selling food products. There will be live music on the bandstand each day. The fair is held rain or shine and admission is free. Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fun with burleque
The show that has sold out every year since it started five years ago, the So You Think You’re A Lady or Gent burlesque amateur contest, returns to the Portsmouth Gaslight Co. in Portsmouth on Friday, May 11. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. The cost to watch this friendly competition is $23.

People pleasing
Celebrating their latest, Dancing on the Dead, People Like You hold a release show at a favorite venue. The self-described “freak-folk-gypsy-punk-alt rockers” delve into subjects like life, chaos and yes, death on the new disc. “It’s a bit of a maniacal, ludic, rosy, menacing, dichotomous medley of songs,” said singer, guitarist and chief songwriter Eli Elkus. Go Friday, May 11, 8 p.m., Fury’s Publick House, 1 Washington St., Dover. See


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