ONE: Where you might see ordinary industrial materials, Markus Haala sees art. His exhibit, “Urban Jazz,” will be on display at Northern Essex Community College‘s ArtSpace gallery this Friday during library hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TWO: Challenge your notions of art by visiting the opening reception for “Throwing Up Bunnies: The Irreverent Interlopings of Triple Candie” at the Addison Gallery of American Art on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine and bite to eat while previewing work from the titular curatorial agency — perhaps best known for their polarizing, now-defunct Harlem gallery.
THREE: Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved 1991 classic is coming to theatres this March, but if you just can’t wait that long, Chelmsford Center for the Arts has a few performances of “Beauty and the Beast” that will certainly tide you over. Catch the tale of Belle, the Beast and those adorable talking inanimate objects on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
FOUR: The first weekend of Firehouse Center for the Arts‘ 15th Annual New Works Festival is this Friday and Saturday, with both days kicking off at 8 p.m. This is your chance to support the work of New England playwrights by seeing the first performances of their new plays — from shorts to full-lengths, there’s a little something for everyone at this series of shows.
FIVE: Made In Lowell invites you to a “taste and shop experience” called “Teacups and Snowflakes” this Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Warm up with a pop-up tea tasting, browse a selection of shops downtown and enjoy a meal at one of several local restaurants.
SIX: Had a hard week? Opt for the “wine” instead of the “whine” at Lucia’s Bodega on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., when a special weekend Wine Tasting will let you sample the Windham store’s wares. Bryant from Lineage Wine Selections will be on hand during the sampling.
SEVEN: Not only do they have one of the coolest band names we’ve ever heard, but the Ghost of Paul Revere have also been hailed by The Boston Globe as “Mumford & Sons meet the Avett Brothers with a twist of bluegrass.” Get the lowdown on their hoedown when they come to Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m.
EIGHT: It’s Adopt a Bird Month all January long at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, which promises “avian events” in the lobby from noon to 4 p.m. each weekend. Whether you already share your home with a feathered friend or are considering adoption, stop by for a chat, a visit with the birds and a host of helpful resources.
EXTRA: All right, we’re cheating a little bit with this one — Thursday isn’t the start of the weekend for most people — but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention UnchARTed‘s “Spinning in a Winter Wonderland” event on Thursday evening starting at 8 p.m. Merrimack Valley Magazine’s own Doug Sparks will be the last guest DJ of the night!
EXTRA: (We hope you don’t mind us sneaking another Thursday event in here, but we couldn’t resist this one.) Valentine’s Day isn’t for another month or so, but moonstones invites you to get seduced — by the allure of their delicious food and drink — at their Sexy Wines & Delicious Food Dinner, which is Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Seats are almost full as of this writing, so if you want to go, now’s the time to call in your reservation!