Eight Great Things to Do This Weekend – 1/25/18

ONE: Lowell artist Linnea Olson’s creative work uses items “waiting to be found” from beaches, dumps, flea markets and any other number of places. Her exhibit, titled “Found,” can be seen at Northern Essex Community College’s Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace through Feb. 22. An opening reception and talk will be held Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the exhibit will be open Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (The ArtSpace is closed Saturday and Sunday.)

TWO: Ten years ago, LoVeSeXy was formed by three Boston-area musicians who shared a love for the music of Prince. Now, this 6-piece band lets you relive the “Purple Rain” artist’s career front-to-back in the span of a few hours with their energetic and varied tribute show. Check it out at the Blue Ocean Music Hall this Friday at 8 p.m.

THREE: Disney on Ice has been a popular family tradition for 36 years now, and the House of Mouse shows no signs of stopping when it comes to putting its familiar characters out on the frozen floor. This year’s tour is known as “Dream Big,” and anyone who’s heard the song of a Disney Princess or two will know what that means. Bring the kids to SNHU Arena on Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 or 6:30 p.m.; or on Sunday at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m.

THREE: “Dream Big” with your little ones at the latest Disney On Ice show this weekend at SNHU Arena.

FOUR: Firehouse Center for the ArtsNew Works Festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. The premieres continue this weekend, after one full-length and six short performances last weekend. This time, watch two one-act plays on Friday at 8 p.m. or see eight unique shorts on Saturday at 8 p.m.

FIVE: “Glengarry Glen Ross” took Broadway and London by storm, then became a hit film staring Al Pacino and Jack Lemmon. Master of dialogue David Mamet here creates the unforgettable voices of small-time real estate salesmen in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. See The Umbrella Community Arts Center’s production on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or on Sunday at 3 p.m.

SIX: WE = NBPT will hold its first annual Winter Festival inside the heated tent at the The Tannery Marketplace on Saturday from 1 to 8 p.m.  As always, this event will be showcasing all things that are created by the good people of Newburyport, including music, art, games, beer, food and more.

FOUR: Last week, “Fifteen Men in a Smoke-Filled Room” premiered at the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ New Works Festival. This weekend, ten more fresh pieces for stage will make their debut.

SEVEN: For a family-friendly bit of fun — or perhaps if you’re a single person looking for a (non-human) companion — head over to 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.

EIGHT: Did you know that 48 people from Andover were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692? And do you happen to know where the Underground Railroad ran through Andover? Well, whether you know the answers to those questions or not, chances are you’ll learn something new at the Andover Historical Society’s quick and fun presentation “Andover 101,” which will take place this Sunday from 1 to 2:15 p.m.


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