Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 2/16/17

ONE: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre‘s “Women in Jeopardy!” tells the riotous tale of middle-aged women who find themselves trading in wine glasses for spy glasses after a mysterious disappearance. The show just opened, and will be running all weekend — catch it Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m.

TWO: Interested in learning how to reduce your food waste? Mill City Grows, in partnership with OffBeet Composting Co. and the City of Lowell Department of Public Works, will host an Urban Composting Workshop at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

THREE: Mass Audubon, Joppa Flats Education Center and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge team up every year to put on The Merrimack River Eagle Festival, and the 2017 edition is coming up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Readings by local authors, live bird presentations and arts and crafts are just a few of the things to do at the festival.

SIX: Johnny A. and Albert Cummings at Blue Ocean Music Hall.

FOUR: The 89th Academy Awards are coming up fast, and while you might not be part of the Los Angeles elite that get to pick the winners, you can certainly have a great time pretending. The Luna Theater is showing every one of the Oscar-nominated short films in the Animation and Live Action categories on Saturday at 2:05 and 5:05 p.m., respectively, so see them all and pick your favorite!

FIVE: If you’re looking for some risque humor to pep up your weekend, look no further than Frank Santos Jr., the famed “R-rated hypnotist,” who’s coming to the Palace Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. As is generally the deal with these shows, the fun comes from watching complete strangers — and maybe even a few of your friends — act however Santos tells them to act.

SIX: Massachusetts guitarists Johnny A. and Albert Cummings are teaming up for a show at Blue Ocean Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m. Between the former’s unparalleled technical skill and the latter’s soulful blues sensibilities, there’s something just about any guitar enthusiast can enjoy.

EIGHT: See Ariana Grande on her Dangerous Woman Tour at the SNHU Arena.

SEVEN: February is Black History Month in the U.S., so consider a lesson from the Rev. Robert Jones, who will be offering up a musical chronicle of centuries of American roots music — pulling from his encyclopedic knowledge of African-American blues and folk — at the New Moon Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

EIGHT: The next stop on Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour is none other than the SNHU Arena on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The 23-year-old pop star’s first two albums hit the number one spot on the Billboard charts within a year, and her latest — “Dangerous Woman” — has spawned four hit singles so far.

EXTRA: We’ve got one of those sneaky Thursday events again! Stonehedge Hotel & Spa is going full “N’awlins” for their Cape Ann Beer Dinner, pairing locally-brewed beers with savory Cajun and Creole dishes — gulf shrimp po’boy, grillades and grits, and duck and douille gumbo are all on the menu. Head to Tyngsborough for a taste of Louisiana on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

EXTRA: …But wait, there’s even more! The Firehouse Center for the Arts‘ next Rising Stars Music Series show features two promising local singer-songwriters: 25-year-old Newburyport local Josef Nocera, known for his spot-on impressions of Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra; and 16-year-old Thomasina Glenn from Amesbury, who offers a sweet, soulful blend of country and pop. Catch these two young talents on Thursday at 7 p.m.


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