ONE: Kick off your weekend with laughter provided by Firehouse Center for the Arts‘ Stand Up Comedy Night on Friday at 8 p.m. Paul Gilligan, Ryan Gartley and Steve Halligan’s acts will help put the troubles of the long work week behind you — so you can spend Saturday and Sunday resting properly.
TWO: Enjoy the soothing sounds of the Lexington Pops Chorus at their “Winter Light” concert, which will take place at Hancock Church at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Selections include “Requiem” by John Rutter, “Rhythm of Life” and “Wade in the Water,” among many others.
THREE: Northern Essex Community College’s Bacon Board Gamers Club will hold their 9th semiannual all-day gaming marathon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at El Taller this Saturday. Attendees can bring their own games, use the club’s selection of titles, participate in tournaments and enjoy the food and art of the Lawrence cafe.
FOUR: Lowell’s The Hearing Room is hosting a Music Making for Everyone workshop this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Host Seamus McLaughlin will help foster a safe and supportive environment for learning improvisational music. All are welcome; musicians (and aspiring musicians) are encouraged to bring their own instruments.
FIVE: Celebrate the original purchase of Newbury at the 6th Annual Old Newbury Bonfire, which takes place at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm on Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. Tour the old farmhouse, enjoy food and games, participate in a special auction and watch the pile of Christmas trees go up in flames!
SIX: Move for the Movement is a fun and inspiring dance exhibition that benefits the American Cancer Society, and it’s coming to the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts this weekend for four shows. Catch this choreography for a cause on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 6 p.m. each day.
SEVEN: Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mill No. 5 plays host to The Farm Market, with vendors lining the halls to bring you fresh produce and artisan food. And if that’s not enough reason to stop by, there’s also a free movie at 11:30 a.m. courtesy of The Luna Theater and a live band playing at noon.
EIGHT: You might not be able to see The Beatles in concert anymore, but you can relive the experience thanks to 1964 the Tribute when they come to the Palace Theatre on Sunday at 7 p.m. One of the Fab Four’s longest-running tribute acts,1964 have performed over 3,000 shows since their formation 33 years ago.