ONE: The Haverhill River Bards Spring Poetry Series & Open Mic will continue Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Battle Grounds Coffee Company. The featured poet this time is Chris O’Carroll, whose work has appeared in Light magazine, Literary Review and more.
TWO: Dan Finnerty is best known as the foul-mouthed frontman of The Dan Band, who load the lyrics of popular songs with obscenities. Lesser-known is the story of Finnerty’s youth: he was the adopted child of a conservative family in a small town where he never quite fit in. Finnerty has turned this story into “Little Orphan Danny,” a musical memoir and comedy with performances at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
THREE: Are you ready for growing season? Mill City Grows’ Annual Seed Swap is this Saturday at 11 a.m.! Swap some seeds and gardening know-hows with local gardeners and growers and make new community connections! Over 1,000 seed packets will be available.
FOUR: Mistral Music will bring its 21st season to a close with “Bel Canto,” a beguiling program that features an intimate chamber arrangement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and the eponymous string quartet by Brookline composer Elena Ruehr, a work inspired by Ann Patchett’s novel in which music plays a central role. See the program at Andover’s West Parish Church on Saturday at 5 p.m.
FIVE: Academy Award-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi served as the animator on the Studio Ghibli masterpieces “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Ponyo.” His new film, “Mary and the Witch’s Flower,” is a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night. It’s showing this Saturday at the Luna Theater from 5 to 7 p.m.
SIX: The 2nd Annual Derry Regional Ales & Films Together (DRAFT) Festival will kick off this weekend at Backyard Brewery & Kitchen in Manchester, N.H. on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. and at Kelsen Brewing Company in Derry, N.H. on Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. It involves indie films and beer – what more do you need to know?
SEVEN: Whether you’re a seasoned guinea pig lover or interested in learning more about having them as pets, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm’s Pig-a-Palooza on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. is the event for you. Head over for a family-friendly afternoon where you’ll learn about husbandry, breeds, health, housing and enrichment. Bring your own cavy along and get his or her “pigture” taken, and enjoy raffles, a bake sale, pizza by the slice and more.
EIGHT: Renowned blues artist John Hammond has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits and many more. The Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee continues to tour worldwide on an annual basis and will be at the Firehouse Center for the Arts this Sunday at 8 p.m. as part of the Sea Level Oyster Bar Concert Series.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!