Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 6/15/17

ONE: Winner of the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” — Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book — puppet-driven play Avenue Q is among the most beloved and popular shows ever to hit the Broadway stage. Firehouse Center for the Arts is putting on their own version this weekend, so catch the show on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or on Sunday at 3 p.m.

TWO: You didn’t forget, did you? Father’s Day is this Sunday, and Tuscan Kitchen has a good deal for those who’d like to enjoy a multi-generational celebration: all day long, grandfathers will eat for free at all three locations in Burlington, Salem, N.H. and Portsmouth, N.H.!

THREE: Buttonwoods Museum is holding an opening reception for a new exhibit, “Echoes from the Battlefield,” on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit features a number of military artifacts from the private collection of Rich Barbato, coming from both the Vietnam War and the War on Terror.

THREE: Firehouse Center for the Arts is holding performances of the beloved puppet-fueled musical Avenue Q all weekend!

FOUR: This week’s Lowell Summer Music Series highlight has to be Michael Franti & Spearhead. The lead singer’s politically conscious songwriting is only matched by his ability to turn out a killer summer anthem — just look at past hits “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “The Sound of Sunshine” for evidence. Franti’s band will be playing at Boarding House Park on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

FIVE: Theater in the Open is an outdoor program at Maudslay State Park encompassing drama, music, dance and visual arts. Their 2017 season begins with Snow White: A Through the Looking Glass Panto, a mixture of “puns, princesses, passion and improbable plots with some of your favorite fairy tale and literary characters.” Catch the show on Saturday or Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free!

SIX: Cobblestones of Lowell and moonstones encourage you to celebrate Dad this Sunday with Steak, Suds and Style at the Stones. Whether your padre wants brunch, filet mignon or just burger and a beer, both restaurants will have special deals and offerings throughout Father’s Day (like half-off all steaks … hard to beat that one).

FIVE: Admission is FREE to Theater in the Open’s “Snow White: A Looking Glass Panto” at Maudslay State Park.

SEVEN: Made in Lowell is celebrating the start of the solstice with its Summer Kick-Off Weekend, which will take place on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Ecumenical Plaza. Enjoy the wares of food trucks and vendors, play games, check out a varied selection of work from Lowell artists and listen to live music.

EIGHT: If your dad’s a beer lover, consider taking him to a special Father’s Day Beer Talk and Tasting hosted by Concord Museum this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. Historian George Schwartz will deliver a talk on the history of beer … and then it’s just a short drive over to Wright Tavern for a Rapscallion Brewery tasting! Registration is required.

EXTRA: The legendary Beatles album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the most important rock ‘n’ roll album ever made” — turned 50 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate. One of those ways is to attend a screening of “Deconstructing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at the Luna Theater on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. If you think you know the album well, just wait until you see what Beatles expert Scott Freiman brings to the table in his film.

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