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Andover: Solstice Sackbuts performs a mix of renaissance, classical, pop, and jazz music, with interesting anecdotes about music, life, and the history of the trombone. The band features David Lindsey, Alan Johnson, and Leslie Havens on soprano, alto, tenor, and bass trombones. Sunday, 2 p.m. Andover Public Library’s Memorial Hall, 2 North Main St. Free. 978-623-8400, www.mhl.org.
Andover: Dance Prism will present a new setting of the Grimm Brothers favorite “Hansel and Gretel.” Two short bonus pieces, an uproarious version of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” and the ghostly “Danse Macabre,” will accompany “Hansel and Gretel.” Sunday, 2:30 p.m. J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Shawsheen Road. $24, $18 children and seniors. 978-623-8666, www.danceprism.com.
Danvers: At “Mass Murder: A Chronicle of Massachusetts’ Most Infamous Murder Cases,” join historian Christopher Daley for stories about murder cases, both solved and unsolved, including the Boston Strangler, the “Merry Widow,” Lizzie Borden, and more. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St. Free. 978-774-0554, www.danverslibrary.org.
Ipswich: Join actor J.T. Turner as he brings Shakespeare to life in “Shakespeare’s Ghost,” an evening filled with stories of Shakespeare’s life and works. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. The Meeting House, 1 Meetinghouse Green. $12.