Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 1/11/18

ONE: Set in 1987 on L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip, “Rock of Ages” tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit (which doesn’t really exist, but hey, go with the reference) and Sherrie, just a small town girl, who want to know what love is and find it in the world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. The musical’s soundtrack is full of beloved ‘80s cheese like Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Poison and more. If you’re so inclined, travel back three decades at the Palace Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 or 7:30 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m.

TWO: Vichet Chum’s one-man “stage memoir,” entitled “KNYUM,” is a perfect fit for Lowell’s Merrimack Repertory Theatre given the city’s rich Cambodian heritage. In the show, a young man named Guy works the night shift at a New York hotel and goes to class by day, downing cups of coffee as he tries to navigate oceans of squiggly letters and words with no spaces between them. He’s learning Khmer, the language of his family’s home. Catch the show on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or on Sunday at 2 p.m.

THREE: Contemporary folk musician Tom Chapin will perform at the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ intimate, 191-seat Arakelian Theater on Friday at 8 p.m. In a career that spans five decades, 24 albums and three Grammy awards, Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music.

TWO: Vichet Chum’s one-man “stage memoir,” entitled “KNYUM,” is beginning its run at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre this week.

FOUR: The Aleppo Shriners Auditorium is the home of the 18th annual Boston Antiques, Vintage Art and Design Show this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One-hundred dealers bring an eclectic mix of antiques and decorative arts to this show. Those who RSVP online receive a coupon for 50 percent off.

FIVE: Looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors and get exercise with the family this winter? DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has two Sculpture Park Snowshoe Tour sessions every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. until March 10.

SIX: Every Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. in January, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm is celebrating Adopt a Bird Month. The farm will have a certified bird behavior consultant on hand to answer your questions about behavior, enrichment and choosing the right bird for your family and lifestyle, as well as some sweet treats for sale for you and your bird – and even an opportunity to meet some of their adoptable birds!

SEVEN: Jeff Caplan’s exhibit “The Town and the City: Photographs of Lowell, Massachusetts” is on display at UnchARTed Gallery now, and there’s a reception at the gallery this weekend.

SEVEN: An opening reception for Jeff Caplan’s exhibit “The Town and the City: Photographs of Lowell, Massachusetts” will take place at UnchARTed Gallery on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. “The Town and the City” has been an ongoing personal project of Caplan’s for more than 25 years, and this part of the project contains his most recent work spanning the past three.

EIGHT: The Lunar New Year – one of the most important events in Vietnamese culture – will be celebrated at a free festival, Tết at Lowell 2018, ushering in the Year of the Rooster at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival showcases holiday traditions, including games, music and live performances. The program is presented by UMass Lowell’s Vietnamese Student Association in partnership with Lowell’s Vietnamese community.

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