ONE: On Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., witness a showdown of “dueling pianos” at Rogers Center for the Arts when Nina Ferrigno and Hugh Hinton take the stage for Reflections and Refractions: Classical Duets for Piano. All right, these might be more duets than duels, but the program is still great. It includes Mozart (arr. Busoni): Overture to “The Magic Flute”; Poulenc: “Sonata for Two Pianos”; Schumann (arr. Debussy): “Six Canonic Etudes”; and Saint-Saens: “Variations on a Theme by Beethoven.”
TWO: This Friday is the First Friday of October, and as such, Haverhill’s Riverfront Cultural District will be hopping with all manner of festivities. This time, you can stop by Washington Square for a game of cornhole or ladderball on a special “pop-up greenspace,” head into steampunk ice cream shop A Sweet Affair to catch a magic show or just check out all the independently-owned shops on Wingate Street!
THREE: Support Lawrence nonprofit Progress Clothing as they hold a special fundraising event, The Swap, at El Taller on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring along your “gently-loved” clothing and accessories, then swap them out for something “new to you!” Admission is $10 and gets you a raffle ticket and tote bags to fill with your swap items.
FOUR: We’re well within what some folks know as the “31 Days of Halloween,” so dammit, Janet, don’t act surprised when you find out seasonal favorite “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is playing at The Luna Theater at 2:05, 5:05 and 8:05 p.m on Saturday. The last screening will feature a live shadowcast performance by The Teseracte Players of Boston.
FIVE: What’s this “October” nonsense you speak of? Why, it’s ARTober, of course, taking its name after the iconic ARToberfest at Western Avenue Studios & Lofts this Saturday and Sunday. In addition to art-themed activities and demonstrations, open studios and a pumpkin painting contest, you can expect that Loading Dock Art Gallery and Navigation Brewing Co. (both located in the same area) will have plenty going on.
SIX: Tuscan Kitchen & Market Salem have brought a number of traditions to the small New Hampshire town, including their yearly Toscana Fest … and it’s time for that again on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Admission to the public is free, but you’ll have a hard time not pulling out your wallet when you see gelato, cotton candy, apple cider and more — especially since all the proceeds will go to benefit Lazarus House.
SEVEN: We hope you didn’t burn your taste buds off last week, because we’ve got yet another chili-centric event for you. TD Bank and Intown Manchester are teaming up for a special Fire in Fall Chili and Music Festival at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H. This festival is what it says on the tin: an event to hear some great live music while mowing down bowl after bowl of warm chili. Let’s hope the weather finally picks the “cold” setting in time for this event on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
EIGHT: Downtown Newburyport is the place to be on Sunday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend: it’s time again for the city’s annual Fall Harvest Festival! Enjoy great food, live music and family fun while celebrating autumn’s arrival. Oh, and who could forget the famous Scarecrow Contest, now in its 16th year?