Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 11/14/19
ONE: This Friday at 6:30 p.m., the Majestic Theatre will host its 14th Annual Auction & Performance. Get ready to boogie, because this years event is themed Disco Fever, and it will feature disco-themed musical performances by children, teens and adults. Also, be sure to check out the live and silent auctions, raffles and light refreshments to raise funds future community theater productions and educational programs. Visit MajesticTheatre.net for more info on featured performances, prizes and more.
TWO: In March, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will present the fully staged world premiere of “The Lowell Offering.” In 1840 a group of factory workers began publishing the world’s first magazine written solely by women; it was called “The Lowell Offering.” The play is the story of the magazine’s editor, Harriet Farley, and a labor activist, Sarah Bagley — and the rise and fall of their friendship, the magazine, and “Mill Girl” culture.
But you don’t have to wait until March for a sneak preview of this story! MRT is partnering with the UMass Lowell English Department to present a dramatic reading of “The Lowell Offering,” at 7 p.m. this Friday at the Lowell National Park Visitor Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required; you can RSVP at (978) 970-5000.
FOUR: This Saturday, Maddy Rosenburg shares her insights into her career as both an internationally recognized artist and curator. Rosenberg will share her experience with working in several media including oil painting, printmaking, drawing, toy theater and installation. Her work appears in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Museum, Fogg Museum, Yale University and the Victoria and Albert Museum among dozens of other.
A great opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts alike, this free lecture will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the A Mill Loading Dock at Western Avenue Studios.
FIVE: The Bombadils, a young vibrant duo, compose spirited folk music inspired by Canadian, American, Celtic and Classical traditions. The group performs at Haverhill’s New Moon Coffeehouse this Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission to the show is $20; $10 for those ages 18 and under and free for Haverhill high school students with a current ID. Local musician Fred Schuetze will open the evening.
The Bombadils are Canadian maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank. Both classically trained at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. They share a love for The Beatles, Beethoven, folk songs and fiddle tunes. The two pour the spirit of storytelling and kitchen parties into their own writing. Luke brings guitar, mandolin and home-grown east coast vocals in harmony with Sarah’s singing, lyrical fiddle playing and claw-hammer banjo; it’s a must see for any fan of genuine and local music.
Tickets for this show are available at the door starting around 6:30; doors open at 7:30. Tickets may be reserved prior to the show by visiting NewMoonCoffeeHouse.org, or by calling (978) 459-5134.
SIX: Presenting its critically acclaimed live show to Deadheads both young and old, Dark Star Orchestra’s determined commitment to raising the Dead has drawn nationwide attention. Offering a continually evolving artistic outlet within the Grateful Dead’s musical canon, members of Dark Star Orchestra seek out the unique style of each performance era, and offer their own interpretations and improvisations at each show. Using entire set lists from the Grateful Dead’s decades of touring as a launching pad, Dark Star Orchestra recreates song for song performances straight from the set list of these historic shows.
You can see this tribute powerhouse live at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium this Saturday. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
SEVEN: Not a Deadhead? No worries! Blue Ocean Music Hall will be hosting Whole Lotta Heart with Who’s Next this Saturday. Most Heart fans know of the band’s deep love of Led Zeppelin, and Whole Lotta Heart incorporates a tasteful amount into every show, just as HEART has done at their live shows since the ’70s.
They will be joined by Who’s Next, arguably the hardest hitting tribute to legendary rock group The Who. From the guitar windmills to the microphone swings, Who’s Next brings every detail of The Who’s groundbreaking performances.
Show starts at 6:30 p.m., and you can see live performances of each band here.
EIGHT: This Sunday, join the Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), gather around the cafe tables and BYOB for a light classical string-quartet concert! The PCA’s Classic Cabaret program will include a sampling of music inspired by dance, including waltzes, minuets, polkas and more by the likes of Strauss, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Piazzolla. Attendees will be treated to performances by Nicki Payne and Lynn Basila on violin, Elaine Leisinger on viola, and Shay Rudolph on cello.
To purchase tickets, or to view the full program, visit westford.org. Show starts at 4 p.m.
And Don’t Forget…
An Italian Celebration of Style and Storytelling: Join Giblees Menswear today for a special night of fine Italian suits and storytelling. Author Robert Cocuzzo will be sharing some tales from his latest book, “The Road to San Donato,” which tracks a cycling trio he and his father took to their homeland in Italy.
From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the evening will feature appetizers, wine samples and deals on quality Italian clothing.
Hope and Harmony: A Benefit Concert with Sir Simon Rattle
An unforgettable evening with the world-renowned conductor and an all-star orchestra comprised of members of Mistral, the Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, A Far Cry , Orpheus, & others, to raise funds for underserved women with breast cancer in Greater Boston.
Andover, Mass. | MistralMusic.org
Cooking Through Grief: An Event In Greater Andover For Grieving Teens
A group event for teens (13-18) who have lost someone in their lives. The group will have fun cooking up tasty treats while meeting new friends.
North Andover, Mass. | CareDimensions.org
7th Annual Sea Festival of Trees
It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea, located at the Blue Ocean Event Center on Salisbury Beach. Get ready for a giant maze of sparkling holiday trees, holiday stage performances, Seaside Ice rink and skate rentals, visits with Santa and other fun characters, our Giant Gingerbread House, Santa’s Treetop Shop, and Festival Café.
Sailsbury, Mass. | SeaFestivalOfTrees.com