Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 10/17/19
ONE: The Town & The City Festival is a multi-day music and arts festival that will take place in various event spaces, bars, cafe and galleries throughout downtown Lowell this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The festival celebrates the spirit of Jack Kerouac, deriving its name from Kerouac’s earliest novel, which was primarily set in this historic mill city. The Town & The City Festival is inspired by the creativity and exploration for which the author was so famously known, and it will present a diverse mix of musical genres and artistic disciplines to inspire discovery and to celebrate a love of life.
TWO: This weekend marks Nashua’s 15th Annual ArtWalk Weekend. Nashua is a community dedicated to supporting the arts, creative expression, local business and having fun, and the ArtWalk celebrates all of those things. Saturday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and Sunday (12 tp 4 p.m.) will feature live music, dance/theater performances and plenty of fun activities for the family.
THREE: Greater Boston Stage Company, in collaboration with The Front Porch Arts Collective, presents “Marie and Rosetta” – the story of the groundbreaking musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her young protege Marie Knight. Directed by Pascale Florestal, “Marie and Rosetta” will feature Lovely Hoffman and Pier Lamia Porter, and celebrates an icon of rock-n-roll and her protege with gospel, guitar and great storytelling. For anyone who enjoyed last season’s “Million Dollar Quartet,” “Marie and Rosetta” will provide insight into Sister Rosetta Tharpe, one of the strongest musical influences on Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
Performances run October 17 through November 10.
FOUR: Tommy Sands is one of Ireland’s most influential songwriters and enchanting performers. He’s brought Irish music to world stages from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. But he’s just as passionate when he’s sharing his talents in a kindergarten class or behind prison walls. His songwriting has drawn the admiration of Nobel poet laureates and folk music greats like Pete Seeger. “Sing Out” magazine calls him “the most powerful songwriter in Ireland, if not the rest of the world.”
Sands will be performing at Haverhill’s New Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday October 19th at 8 p.m.
FIVE: On Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., the streets of downtown Newburyport and the Tannery will be filled with witches, ghosts, vampires and other Halloween characters for Witches’ Night Out! This adult-friendly event is a Halloween invitation night coupled with merchant hospitality, seasonal Halloween treats, shopping and more. Dress up and enjoy a festive night on the town.
Following a recent trip to Cuba, Lopez passionately brings the wealth of Cuban music to his American audiences with “A Night in Havana,” an evening of sexy and entertaining keyboard music inspired by the city considered to be the Vegas before there was a Vegas. With its lively and offbeat rhythms and sweet melodies, Lopez will perform works by the greatest Cuban art composers from past to present. Ending the evening will Malagueña by the great Ernesto Lecuona, known as the “Gershwin of Havana.”
SEVEN: Popa Chubby has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, Chubby has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.
See him live this Saturday at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Show starts at 8 p.m.
EIGHT: The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic is pleased to announce the premiere concert of its 59th season on Sunday, October 20 at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center. Cello soloist Junko Fujiwara will be featured, performing the renowned Saint-Saëns “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.” Show starts at 2:30 p.m.
And Don’t Forget…
Copper Door Restaurants in Bedford and Salem N.H. will be hosting the annual Wicked Scary Week from Oct 24 through 31, a week-long fundraiser benefiting FEEDNH.org. If you love the fun of the Halloween season you’ll enjoy the restaurants’ spooky decor, Wicked Scary prix fixe lunch and dinner menus and tasting the Sorceress Sandy’s Sangria! You’ll also have the chance to get in the spirit by spinning the prize wheel to support FEEDNH.org. Five dollars of every Wicked Scary menu item ordered will be donated to FEEDNH.org, Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust. The annual Wicked Scary Week event has raised over $45,000 since the start of the event in 2016. The mission of FEEDNH.org is to help Families, Elderly, Education and Disabled in New Hampshire.
Giblees Menswear will be hosting a premier California wine tasting event today, October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at their Danvers location. Visit Giblees.com to learn more.
Andover Classic Wines and the Lanam Club present Far Niente. Treat yourself to a tasting of 6 wines from Far Niente Winery and a four-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Rick Gianelly. Visit AndoverClassicWines.com to learn more.
MRT TICKET WINNER
Congratulations to Leah Stackhouse! You WON 2 tickets to the show of your choice during the Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2019-202 season!
2nd Annual AllForAng 5k
The 5k course heads out of Bradford Country Club. The AllforAng 5k is now certified by USA Track & Field. Your performance will be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked.
Haverhill, Mass. | AllForAng.com
Little River Band
Little River Band is returning to Blue Ocean Music Hall.
Salisbury, Mass. | BlueOceanMusicHall.com
Glow Gala Annual Groundwork Lawrence Fundraiser
Funds raised from this event will be put back into the community to feed school children, support park cleanup and providing young adults with work.
Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org