ONE: Rogers Center for the Arts will be putting on a show about “everything you have ever secretly thought about love, dating, marriage, husbands, wives, newborns and in-laws but were afraid to admit!” I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change has run in countries all around the world since its Off-Broadway debut, speaking to its universal appeal as a musical. Shows will take place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
TWO: In addition to collaborating with Lowell’s young people at the UML Chancellor’s Celebration of Music, the Angkor Dance Troupe will be performing their own shows this weekend at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Catch them telling the story of “Pin Panhchapor: The Harp and Five Colors of Harmony” on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
THREE: Enjoy shopping by the sea at Blue Ocean Music Hall’s Coastal Christmas Arts + Crafts Show on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From seaglass jewelry to coastal ornaments and ocean-inspired decor, let the three dozen artisans in attendance help you check off several people on your holiday shopping list. And don’t forget the Sea Festival of Trees which also begins on Saturday.
FOUR: On Saturday at 4 p.m., UMass Lowell will continue the Chancellor’s Celebration of Music with a special show at Lowell’s United Teen Equality Center (UTEC). Titled “Reaching Out!,” the performance will showcase players in the UMass Lowell String Project, Lowell Youth Orchestra and the Lowell Boys and Girls Club’s Music Clubhouse, as well as a collaboration with the Angkor Dance Troupe.
FIVE: The Methuen Festival of Trees has been a marvel of the Merrimack Valley for over two decades and begins Saturday. Featuring over 240 trees, wreaths and displays that you could win, the Festival of Trees has something for everyone. Located at the Valley Office Park in Methuen.
SIX: Have great fun for a great cause at Saturday’s 2016 Granite State Baseball Dinner, which benefits the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), the Ted Williams Museum, and the Fisher Cats Foundation. Starting at 5 p.m. at the Radisson in Manchester, the dinner will offer silent and live auctions, raffles and a chance to meet special guests like Chris Carpenter and Wade Boggs.
SEVEN: Need a laugh? Chelmsford Center for the Arts can put the worries of your work week behind you when the two headliners of their Laugh Riot Comedy! show take the stage on Saturday at 8 p.m. Dave Andrews is known for one-liners, stories and song parodies, while Larry Myles offers hilarious takes on New England society.
EIGHT: The Brush Art Gallery will be open all weekend for a special Sugar and Spice Weekend Shopping Event. Taste a selection of homemade cookies while browsing the studio gift shop for those special presents! The gallery’s artists will be on hand to explain the techniques and inspirations used in their art. On both Saturday and Sunday, this event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.