ONE: Merrimack Repertory Theatre will kick off its new season with “Native Gardens,” a challenging comedy about the fault lines of race, culture and generation in America. After a millennial Latino couple moves in next to a pair of white baby boomers, snarky exchanges about the neighbors’ differing styles of gardening eventually descend into a property dispute where the verbal jabs get personal. See the show on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m.
TWO: An art exhibit by Lowell artist Ingrid Hess focusing on climate change, “Consumption: Considering Resources & Waste,” is the first art exhibit of the academic season on display at Northern Essex Community College. Head over to the Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace on the college’s Haverhill campus to check it out anytime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
THREE: Greater Boston Stage Company will open its 19th season with “Being Earnest,” Paul Gordon and Jay Gruksa’s irrepressible musical interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Catch a performance on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 or 8 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m.
FOUR: The annual TeamWalk n’ Roll Cruise for CancerCare will roll out for an 83-mile, police-escorted motorcycle ride at 11 a.m. on Saturday starting at Lowell Elks Lodge. Riders will cruise across the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, stopping at Kimball Farm in Jaffrey, N.H., before returning to the lodge for a catered lunch.
FIVE: Dust off your lederhosen: Notch Brewing is hosting an Oktoberfest at The Stevens-Coolidge Place on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m.! Classic German fare, desserts and cold session beer will all be available, along with the musical talents of The Hofbrau Spieler Band. Festive attire is encouraged.
SIX: The Addison Gallery of American Art’s “From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy” explores the sculptor’s work and influence through two interconnected components. “Art Deco at Andover” examines the Addison’s connection with Manship, while “Starfield through Contemporary Lenses” presents the work of the contemporary photographers who served as the first artists-in-residence in the Manship Artists Residency + Studios (MARS) program in Gloucester. The exhibit debuts on Saturday and will run through Jan. 20.
SEVEN: Head over to the Ayer Lofts Gallery on Saturday or Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and check out the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Gallery Show ahead of the third annual race next Saturday. The show’s creators vow it will “give insights into LKSR: history, machines, people, and purpose.”
EIGHT: Merrimack On-Stager and Theater Program Alumni will return to the Rogers Center for the Arts stage to do what they love in “Broadway Through the Ages: A New Musical Review!” Backed by a professional music ensemble, these talented alumni will bring their unique touches to your favorite Broadway songs from the ’30s to the present on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!