Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 3/2/17

ONE: From AC/DC to ZZ Top, the Classic Rock Show‘s A-Z of Rock World Tour 2017 will take showgoers on a two-and-a-half hour trip through the musical genre’s most iconic foot-stomping hits. Prepare to scream yourself sore this Friday at 8 p.m. at Blue Ocean Music Hall!

TWO: If you’re on the hunt for fresh ingredients, here’s a handy reminder that you needn’t wait for spring to attend a farmer’s market. The Lexington Winter Farmers Market, held at the Waldorf School this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., has everything from locally-made pasta to freshly butchered meats.

THREE: It’s not too early to start looking for things for your kids to do this summer! Taste Buds Kitchen will be holding a free Summer Camp Open House and Cookie Decorating this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents and students are encouraged to meet the kitchen’s chef instructors and get a “taste” of the sort of cooking creations made during the summer camp. And if you’re interested in more information on Taste Buds Kitchen and other culinary camps in the area, be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of mvm!

THREE: Bring the kids to a free Summer Camp Open House at Taste Buds Kitchen in North Andover.

FOUR: Melopoeia is an ancient art whose name combines the Greek words for melody and poetry, and as you might have guessed from the etymology, involves poetry recited (not sung!) to musical accompaniment. A number of award-winning local performers will be giving a collaborative show of this art called “Melopoeia: A Fusion of Music and Spoken Word” on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m at The Actors Studio of Newburyport.

FIVE: Cambodian people have played a huge part in the history of Lowell, and if you’d like to be part of recognizing that, there will be a Cambodian Monument Fundraiser held at Sompao Meas Restaurant on Saturday at 6 p.m. Proceeds raised at the event will go toward the construction of a monument in front of Lowell City Hall to honor Khmer refugees. Attendees will be able to enjoy dinner, live band entertainment, and sponsorship recognition.

SIX: Have a great time for a great cause at Firehouse Center for the Arts’ The Party! Havana Nights, the theater’s annual spring fundraiser. Enjoy a selection of culinary delights prepared by a professional chef, participate in a live and/or silent auction and enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean from the Blue Ocean Event Center on Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m.

SEVEN: Boston Globe journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, as portrayed in the 2015 film “Spotlight” by Rachel McAdams. Pfeiffer will be giving a lecture about her role on the investigative team at the center of that film this weekend in Lexington.

SEVEN: Interested in learning more about the story behind “Spotlight,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year? Sacha Pfeiffer, a key member of the Boston Globe investigative team (portrayed by Rachel McAdams in the film), will be giving a free public lecture titled “Spotlight: A Story of Asking the Right Questions and Holding Institutions Accountable” at Cary Hall on Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m.

EIGHT: The Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra will be putting on a kid-friendly Winter Family Concert this Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m at the St. Louis School Chapel. Classical tunes and several highlights from John Williams’ iconic “Star Wars” soundtrack will be performed, and those who come dressed as their favorite character from the franchise will receive free admission. Extra brownie points if you can do an accurate Chewbacca roar (okay, we made that last part up).

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