ONE: It’s been 25 years since “In the Time of Butterflies,” by Julia Alvarez, was published. The book, which presents a fictional account of the real life Mirabal sisters who rebelled against the Dominican Republic dictator Trujillo, is being re-released this year. Alvarez will present a lecture titled “Butterfly Power: An Evening with Julia Alvarez,” on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library.
TWO: On Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., kick off your weekend with a Culinary Herb Garden Workshop in the Stevens-Coolidge Place gardens and learn how to build your own fresh herb garden to enjoy indoors and out.
THREE: 45 years after the release of his debut album, John Hiatt remains one of America’s most respected and influential singer-songwriters thanks to songs such as “Cry Love,” “Perfectly Good Guitar” and “Feels Like Rain.” Enjoy his work at An Acoustic Evening with John Hiatt at Cary Memorial Hall on Friday at 8 p.m.
FOUR: Greater Boston Stage Company will present the beloved rock ‘n’ roll musical “Million Dollar Quartet” this Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings to life the famed 1956 on-the-fly recording session at Sun Records that brough.t together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for one of the greatest jam sessions ever.
FIVE: Twice a year Lowell’s Coalition for a Better Acre puts on a free Community Swap. It’s a rummage sale, but everything is free! The idea is that you bring stuff you don’t need anymore and take stuff you can use. It’s a great excuse to clear out your closet, or take home something fun. Join in the swapping on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pollard Memorial Library.
SIX: Do you have an over abundance of craft supplies that you are hoping to resell or give away? One Urban Tribe is co-hosting “Destash!” – the perfect event for craft supply hoarders – on Saturday at Mill No. 5. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. on the 4th floor!
SEVEN: Merrimack Valley A Cappella will host a Spring Cabaret on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Elks Tewksbury. At this fun and relaxed live music event, guests are seated at tables in a banquet style. In between acts, guests can shop at a silent action while enjoying a cash bar and light refreshments.
EIGHT: “Wit & Wisdom” is the theme of Cantemus’s spring concert on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church in Newburyport. Joseph Haydn is the wisdom (Missa Brevis in B-flat, & 3 part-songs). Satirical gems by P.D.Q. Bach, humorous Latin/English texts set by Carl Zytowski & clever Ogden Nash poems set by Eric Whitacre supply the wit.
Looking for even more great things to do this weekend? Check out our event calendar.