[Note: Mill No. 5 and A Little Bazaar‘s Thread & Groove IV was originally on this list, but it’s since been postponed to next Saturday, April 8 due to the inclement weather set to occur this weekend.]
ONE: Poet, author and performing artist Elizabeth Acevedo — winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize for “Medusa Reads La Negra’s Palm” — will cap off an evening of local artists’ performances during a free White Fund lecture on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at El Taller. The lecture series is part of a collaboration between the White Fund and Northern Essex Community College.
TWO: UnchARTed Gallery will be hosting a pop-up photo show entitled “Visions of Cambodia” to benefit Cambodian Living Arts on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The photos were compiled by Fulbright-Hays Fellows from Middlesex Community College and Lowell Public Schools, who took a trip to Cambodia in July of last year. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
THREE: Looking for something to do with the little ones this weekend? Well, look no further: the TTS Players are putting on their rendition of “Shrek Jr.: The Musical” this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday at 2 p.m at the Byfield Community Center.
FOUR: This Friday, the instrumental and vocal ensembles of UMass Lowell will perform in “Showing Off!”, a concert demonstrating the depth and reach of the university’s music programs. See the University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Chamber Singers, University Choir and more perform at 8 p.m. at Durgin Hall
FIVE: The first Saturday of the month is this weekend, which means it’s once again time for Western Avenue Studios to open its doors to the public for another Open Art Studios event. Tour the studios and lofts, meet the artists who make their home there, and purchase gifts for friends and family! The free event will take place from noon to 5 p.m., and food will be available for purchase from the Souped Up Food truck outside.
SIX: We’re willing to bet you’ve never seen anything quite like The Cashore Marionettes live. This incredible show, put on by lifelong puppeteer Joseph Cashore, takes audiences on a “celebration of life” through several marionette-driven vignettes. See the show on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts.
SEVEN: What better way to celebrate the April 1 holiday than with The Fools’ April Fools Show at Blue Ocean Music Hall at 8 p.m.? The goofy rockers from Ipswich offer a slate of stage trickery, pratfalls, skits and twisted audience participation along with their music — and you can bet their Saturday April Fools’ show will feature a lot more of that than usual.
EIGHT: Lovers of all things scaly and slimy will want to check out the New England Reptile Expo at the Radisson Hotel Expo Center in Manchester, N.H. on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thousands of reptiles will be on display and for sale as pets, and vendors will be selling all sorts of supplies for all your reptile’s needs.
EXTRA: The Massachusetts Cheese Guild is partnering up with moonstones for a unique four-course Beer and Cheese Dinner next Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Special guest Luca Mignogna, who makes small-batch Italian cheeses at Wolf Meadow Farm, will give a presentation during the dinner. Reserving a seat is definitely going to be a necessity for this event.