Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend – 4/22/21
ONE: The Merrimack Repertory Theatre is finally back with a virtual production of Until The Flood. In Ferguson, Missouri, 2014, the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer sparked weeks of protests and riots. Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith interviewed a wide cross section of residents to create eight composite characters for this play. Riveting and blunt, yet compassionate, the play eschews politics and the specifics of the shooting to explore the dreams and struggles of these regular folks as they deal with fear, trauma and hope. The video of “Until the Flood” is available now until May 5. Click here for tickets.
TWO: Celebrate the week of Earth Day with Merrimack River Watershed Council during the Earth Day cleanup of Piscataquog River Park in Manchester, N.H. The event provides an opportunity to give back to the community by learning about how invasive species affect the local ecosystem, helping remove invasive bittersweet, bamboo and trash, and learning about land conservation with Piscataquog Land Conservancy. The cleanup takes place Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here for details.
THREE: Art lovers and creative minds alike should check out Meri Goyette’s “Geometric Abstraction through Cut and Paste” art exhibit. This exhibit, which has been placed in the windows of the Nashua Telegraph, who enthusiastically welcomed the lively and colorful display, brings Meri Goyette’s life, work and career full circle. Since spending much more time at home during the pandemic between 2020 and now, Meri has taken up her own mode of artmaking, using paper, fabric and glue to make statement collages in various sizes, and collectible greeting cards, all handmade, filling her already art-filled home with her fun creations. Goyette’s work is on view from now until June 11, in the windows and lobby of The Nashua Telegraph offices at 110 Main Street, Suite 1, Nashua, N.H. Visit the City of Arts Nashua website here for more information.
FOUR: Visit The Brush Art Gallery & Studios virtually for the Virtual Concert for the Visual Arts. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday with an introduction to the musicians. An online silent auction will also be available on the BetterWorld platform. A cabaret-style performance of songs will follow, featuring Greg Descoteaux, Bobby Gauvreau and Dan Sirois. Click here for details and the event’s full itinerary.
FIVE: The Newburyport Literary Festival, an annual celebration of literature, readers and writers, will take place virtually this year from Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25. With a rich literary heritage, the greater Newburyport area has a lot to be excited about. Writers as diverse as John Greenleaf Whittier, J. P. Marquand, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Andre Dubus II have called Newburyport home. The opening ceremony kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the poetry of Deborah Warren. Click here for more information on all of the festival’s events.
SIX: Join the Chelmsford Center for the Arts for their first family concert of 2021 featuring pianist Dan Rodriguez and soprano Katie O’Reilly. Rodriguez and O’Reilly will present Francis Poulenc’s “L’Histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant,” the story of Babar, the little elephant, a favorite of children worldwide for 90 years. The free virtual convert will take place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Click here to register.
SEVEN: Folk music fans won’t want to miss this year’s virtual New England Folk Festival that celebrates traditional music, dance and craft. The program will consist of multiple tracks of live concert, play-along, and dance-along events, plus a collection of videos released specially for the festival. The festival runs from Friday, April 23 to Sunday, April 25 with events all weekend. Click here for more details.
EIGHT: TONIGHT! Looking for something the whole family can enjoy during April vacation? Embrace the warm weather and get the kids out of the house this Friday night by catching a drive-in movie at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion in Tewksbury. At 7 p.m. tonight, the drive-in is showing The Croods: A New Age starring Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Cage, Catherine Keener and more. Click here to get your tickets or visit their website here for more movie options.