Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 1/4/18

ONE: Have a great time raising money for the local arts at the Masquerade Ball Hosted by Exit Dance Theatre, which will take place on Friday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Newburyport City Hall. This is an evening of live music, dance and theater with plenty of food, drink and merriment. Historically-inspired costumes from any time period are encouraged.

TWO: Move for the Movement is a fun, inspiring and non-competitive dance exhibition in which some of the areas most talented choreographers and dancers donate their time and talents to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Attend one of two local shows at the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday at noon or 6 p.m.

THREE: Since 1949, skiiers have enjoyed the annual works of filmmaking company Warren Miller Entertainment, who have put the winter sport to film like no one else quite can. The 68th picture by the company, “Warren Miller’s Line of Descent,” is a great way to get into the winter spirit at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday at 3 or 7 p.m.

THREE: Get into the winter spirit by watching the 68th work by skiing filmmakers Warren Miller Entertainment, “Warren Miller’s Line of Descent.”

FOUR: Celebrate the musical catalogue of the King of Pop by seeing tribute act Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience at the Palace Theatre on Saturday at 3 or 7 p.m.

FIVE: Martha’s Vineyard-based six piece Entrain pride themselves on their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles — from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk — often within the same song. See them live at Tupelo Music Hall on Saturday at 8 p.m.

SIX: The Brush Art Gallery describes their current exhibition, “A Picture is Worth 1.5 Words,” as such: “Which speaks to us more readily, a picture or a word? Do we translate words into pictures, and pictures into words? When we scan the gallery, what draws our attention first? It is up for you to decide.” The exhibit opens Sunday during the gallery’s business hours from noon to 4 p.m.

FIVE: Martha’s Vineyard-based band Entrain say they’ve got “enough drums to sink a battleship.”

SEVEN: Sometimes our “great things” aren’t just pure fun and indulgence … sometimes, it’s great to do something good for yourself. Case in point: Tai Chi Acupuncture & Wellness Center of North Reading is holding a Nutrition For Better Health Workshop on Saturday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

EIGHT: Catch Stanley Kubrick’s classic film interpretation of “The Shining,” based on the spooky novel by Stephen King, at The Luna Theater on Sunday at 2:05, 5:05 or 8:05 p.m.

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