ONE: The Amesbury Cultural Council will present its annual Amesbury Open Studios and More event on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in years past, the city’s local artists and fine crafters will open their studios to the public, providing the rare opportunity to view artists at work and purchase one-of-a-kind items. This year’s event features more than 70 artists at 20 studios and businesses!
TWO: Acclaimed Alaskan poet Tom Sexton was born in the Merrimack Valley, and, on Thursday, he will return to deliver a poetry reading on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus. The reading, free and open to the public, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Top Notch Theater.
THREE: For their performance at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Grateful Dead tribute band Dark Star Orchestra will have the distinct honor of performing with Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar. The band plans to perform, as they put it, “an original set list composed with the Wolf in mind.”
FOUR: The second concert of Mistral Music’s 22nd season continues this weekend with “The Walk to the Paradise Garden,” a program of beguiling, mostly English composers in various combinations of strings, harp and flute … with a quick jaunt across the English Channel to conclude with a ravishing quintet by Frenchman Jean Cras. Catch the concert on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Andover’s West Parish Church.
FIVE: On Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, join the Salem Animal Rescue League for their 10th Annual Amber Moon Comedy Night. This fun evening of dinner, comedy from Juston McKinney, auctions and raffles will benefit the many homeless animals under the organization’s care.
SIX: The Party Band and Somerville Symphony Orkestar will hold Funkin’ It Up at UnchARTed on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. If you’re a fan of the venue, the space (home to the kind of indie art, music and events rarely seen elsewhere in the Valley) has found it “increasingly difficult to keep up,” according to owner Mike Dailey, and has started a GoFundMe to ensure it can keep doing what it’s doing for years to come.
SEVEN: Phoenix Rising United Church of Christ will hold a Blues Festival Disaster Relief Fundraiser to benefit families affected by the Sept. 13 gas fires and explosions at the Riverwalk in Lawrence. Participating bands include A Few Abide, Pistol Pete and the Smoking Guns, Paul Prue, Barrelhouse Brotherhood, the Mike Fioretti Trio, and the Phoenix Rising Band.
EIGHT: Join the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual Fall Concert on Sunday at 2 p.m. The performance at Chelmsford Center for the Arts will celebrate the 100-year Armistice of World War I with a mix of period favorites – including a Medley from the popular series “Downton Abbey.” Concertgoers are encouraged to dress up in period clothing inspired by the hit television program.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar!