ONE: Rain is often described as a time of despair, but Cambodian people see it as an opportunity for growth. Angkor Dance Troupe’s “Rain & Life” – on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Cyrus W. Irish Auditorium – will share a story about these values, passed down for generations, through the medium of dance. Proceeds raised from the event will support the troupe’s mission of “connect[ing] communities through the preservation, education, and innovation of Cambodian Performing Arts.” Photo by Adrien Bisson.
TWO: Poet, author and performing artist Elizabeth Acevedo will perform and read from her new novel-in-verse “The Poet X,” during a White Fund Lecture at the Lawrence Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. The event is free, with a question and answer session – as well as a book signing – to follow the performance and reading.
THREE: Written by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally, “Master Class” tells the story of Maria Callas – one of opera’s most celebrated and controversial divas – as she tries to inspire passion in three students in a Julliard School “master class.” See the show at Rogers Center for the Arts on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday at 3 p.m.
FOUR: A Festive Wine Opening for Barbara Gagel and Charles Gallagher’s “Obtaining Silence is Like Locating Nirvana” will be held at Ayer Lofts Gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. The exhibit, a Lowell Celebrates Kerouac event, features encaustic prints, collages and sculpture inspired by the words of Jack Kerouac’s “The Dharma Burns.”
FIVE: As of this writing, there are still seats left for Trevor Noah’s show at the Tsongas Center on Friday at 7 p.m.! We previewed the event with a few quotes from a conference call Noah held with Merrimack Valley reporters. Our favorite: “People are struggling more than ever, and I want to have conversations about everything from being a white person in a world that is diversifying, to being a person of color in that same world.”
SIX: Musical theater artists Bill Spera and Katie Ford have been performing their wonderful renditions from The Great American Songbook around the greater Boston area for years – and now they’re bringing their “Casual Cabaret” show to The Old Court Pub on Friday at 8 p.m.
SEVEN: On Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., The Grog’s 11th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Craft Beer Fest will be held under the tent at The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport. Many local restaurants, from Brick & Ash to Metzy’s and Loretta, will offer up their chili for attendees to enjoy.
EIGHT: Feeling artsy? ARToberfest at Western Ave Studios & Lofts on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. each day! Enjoy an enormous display of art, an artful pumpkin contest, a food truck and craft beer provided by Navigation Brewing Company.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!