Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 4/15/21
ONE: Have you been keeping up with NASA’s Perseverance Rover? If so, you won’t want to miss UMass Lowell’s “Looking for Life on Mars One Laser Pulse at a Time” Zoom webinar. During this webinar, Noureddine Melikechi, dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences, will be presenting the scientific goals of two of NASA’s missions and share few results obtained by using laser pulses to ablate dust and rocks. This virtual event runs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Click here to register.
TWO: Now open at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, “Mel Kendrick: Seeing Things in Things” brings together over 100 works that span nearly five decades, offering a rare glimpse into the artistic evolution of one of the boldest and most consistently adventurous artists of his generation.
Since the 1970s, Mel Kendrick has charted a unique and innovative path of experimentation and provocative investigation into the fundamentals and possibilities of sculpture. Exploiting the essential properties of his selected medium, whether wood, rubber, paper, or concrete, Kendrick creates works that lay bare the process by which they were made. Visible traces of his trial-and-error method—marks, cuts, paint, oil stains—compel us to unravel the mystery of each sculpture’s making and in doing so share in the artist’s meditations on the relationships between inside and outside, solid and void, organic and geometric, and nature and culture. Click here for more information.
THREE: Visit The Majestic Theatre in Manchester for 2 Guys, 2 Pianos, a show that guarantees lots of laughs and fun. Either in-person or virtually, audiences can watch Majestic Cabaret piano entertainers Keith and Rob as they tackle Broadway and play crowd favorites “tag team” style (and sometimes in tandem.) The performance, filled with great music and laughs, will be held on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. Click here for tickets.
FOUR: Spend the evening supporting a good cause during the Girls Inc. of New Hampshire annual Fuel Her Fire auction on Friday, April 16. The event will stream live to Facebook and YouTube at 7 p.m. with a pandemic-friendly live auction and entertainment. All proceeds will go toward program scholarships and funding for the Girls Inc. of New Hampshire centers in Nashua and Manchester. The virtual auction is free, but guests are encouraged to register in advance to receive event updates, preview live auction items, bid on online items, and purchase raffle tickets to a deluxe escape for two from the Bedford Village Inn. Click here for more information.
FIVE: Celebrate the month of Earth Day by learning about something new: composting! Andover’s Memorial Hall Library is hosting the virtual program Beyond the Bin: Don’t Throw Your Spaghetti in the Fireplace. Learn why composting is worth the effort and how composting helps to reduce the impacts of climate change. Julia Greene, the municipal assistant coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection will speak on what is happening with composting in our region. Click here for more information.
SIX: In the latest virtual performance at the Palace Theatre, Tom Paxton, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and folk icon, teams up with the Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo The Don Juans for a lively performance. Collectively, their songs have been covered by Harry Belafonte, John Mellencamp, Miranda Lambert, Neil Diamond, Ray Charles, Nancy Griffith, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, John Denver, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton, Bob Dylan and more. These seasoned performers will take the stage on Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.
SEVEN: Make time for some self care this weekend during the Newburyport Public Library’s free yoga and mindfulness class. The class is led by registered yoga teacher Jessalynn Hudgins, whose classes are fun, engaging, and adaptable to suit all levels. She is committed to providing an enriching mind-body experience while focusing on breath, alignment, and posture. Yoga is happening via Zoom on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Click here for access to the class.
EIGHT: The latest event in the Tewksbury Public Library’s Virtual Bestselling Author series will feature award-winning author Nic Stone, author of “Dear Martin” and “Dear Justyce.” Stone will use both popular examples from the literary canon and her own work to highlight the ways fiction has been used to raise social awareness, challenge the status quo, and make change. She will also inspire audience members to tap into their own wells of creativity for the sake of resistance. Join this virtual event on Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register.
BONUS: Are you considering starting your own garden this Spring? Now is the best time to start. Visit the in-person, no-till gardening workshop at the Josephine Community Garden in Boston this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn how to grow a garden with fewer weeds, less watering, and healthier plants, for no-till gardening allows your soil food web to thrive, reducing pests, diseases, and weeds. Click here to register for this free event.