Featured photo, l – r: Joel Van Liew as Peter, Brian Beacock as Stephen and Daina Griffith as Irene in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s “Slow Food.”
ONE: In Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s “Slow Food,” Irene and Peter just want to have a nice meal out on their big anniversary in Palm Springs. But their highly neurotic waiter, Stephen, will not bring them their food, and everything goes horribly, ridiculously wrong. Will their shared desperation get them their spanakopita — or end their marriage? See the show on Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m., or Sunday at 2 p.m.
TWO: The 2019 Lowell Golden Gloves First Fights of the Season will take place at Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Thursday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout starting at 7:30 p.m. The funds raised from the Gloves go toward funding several charities in the Greater Lowell area.
THREE: Essex Art Center will hold an opening reception for “Celebrating the Winter Crow Roost,” a collection of photographs built around the theme of American crows, on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. During winter 2018, crows’ winter roost swelled. At its peak, it included more than 15,000 birds.
FOUR: Start your weekend off with some big laughs to de-stress after the work week at Tupelo Music Hall’s Tupelo Night of Comedy on Friday at 8 p.m. This time, the headliner is Stephen Bjork, a polished veteran of the highly competitive Boston comedy scene who takes everyday life and turns it upside down in a way that everyone can enjoy.
FIVE: Stone Zoo’s black bears Smoky and Bubba are celebrating 13 years with a Black Bear Birthday Party on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and guests are invited to join the festivities. The bear exhibit will be decorated for the occasion, and guests can enjoy a slice of birthday cake provided by Montilio’s of Brockton.
SIX: In Tomm Moore’s beautiful animated film “Song of the Sea,” little Saoirse is the last of the selkies (women in Irish and Scottish legends who transform from seals into people). The film is fantastic entertainment for kids and adults alike, and you can see it at The Luna Theater this Saturday or Sunday at 11:05 a.m.
SEVEN: On select Fridays and Saturdays, Stonehedge Hotel & Spa’s NoLo Bistro & Bar is the place to be for live music and delicious food. This Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m., Ruby & the Groove will be performing. The band performs cover songs of neo soul, pop and blues rock from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and today, as well as original songs written by lead singer Rabihah “Ruby” Shabazz.
EIGHT: The Winsor Music Clarinet Trio will perform on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Newburyport, the first of three concerts in the 2019 Jean C. Wilson Music Series. John Heiss of the New England Conservatory has said of the group: “Much in the way a lighthouse beckons a sailor, Winsor Music is a beacon of intelligence, excellence, integrity and artistic beauty, and it enriches the lives of everyone it touches.”
BONUS: Sundays are Sangria Sundays at the Copper Door in Salem. That means live music from 4 to 7 p.m. and deals on pizza and sangria. This weekend, singer/songwriter Marc Apostolides will be performing.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar.