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Five local actors perform in ‘Reflections of a Rock Lobster’

The cast of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster’’ includes (from left) Alex Aroyan, Natalie Vatcher, Alex Levy, Sophia Pokowsky, Ashley Hevey, and Felix Teich.

GROWING UP GAY: Five local actors are performing in the Boston Children’s Theatre’s world premiere of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster.’’ They are Sophia Pokowsky and Felix Teich of Brookline, Natalie Vatcher of Bedford, Alex Aroyan of Belmont, and Alex Levy of Newton.

The play tells the true story of Aaron Fricke, a bullied student who successfully sued his Cumberland, R.I., high school in 1980 for the right to escort his boyfriend to the prom. The play promotes messages of tolerance, acceptance, and civil rights.

Now living in San Francisco, Fricke is working closely with the Boston Children’s Theatre on the production. He wrote in a statement, “I am thrilled that a new generation of young people is being introduced to my story. To be honest, it’s not really my story, it’s everyone’s story. I think everyone will be able to relate to what I experienced. The fact that bullying and prejudice still exist today in our society makes this play even more relevant and powerful.”


“Reflections of a Rock Lobster’’ opens at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont St., and continues with shows next Sunday and March 9-11.

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Tickets are $35, and can be purchased in advance by calling 617)-424-6634, ext. 222, or visiting www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org.

SHARING THE LOVE: Through the efforts of the Sudbury Wayland Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable, 75 gift bags were recently created to brighten Valentine’s Day for adults and children in local shelters.

“This is one of many projects the Sudbury Wayland Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable organizes as a reminder to families, both children and adults, that people care and think about them,’’ said Diane Seligman, the organization’s treasurer and outreach committee member. “It is a small gesture on our part, but makes a big difference to them.’’

The gift bags were especially festive this year, thanks to kindergarteners at Sudbury Extended Day. Items were donated by members of the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and Acton, students from Montserrat College of Art, swimmers at Atkinson Pool in Sudbury, members of the Council on Aging in Lincoln, a knitting group in Weston, parents and staff of Sudbury Extended Day, and area residents.


For more information, visit www.domesticviolenceroundtable.org.

LEARNING IN LEXINGTON: Lexington Community Education is hosting three events featuring local authors.

Alfie Kohn of Belmont.

On Thursday, Alfie Kohn of Belmont will present “Pushed Too Hard: Parenting in an Achievement Crazy Culture’’ in Lexington High School’s Gillespie Auditorium. Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The latest of his dozen books is “Feel-Bad Education and Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling.’’

The Sudbury Wayland Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable distributed 75 Valentine’s Day gift bags to adults and children staying in area shelters.

On March 6, Lewis Hyde of Cambridge will present “Common As Air: Who Should Own An Idea?’’ at the Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square. Hyde, a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic, will examine the boundaries between intellectual property rights and the public ownership of ideas. Hyde’s book, “Common As Air,’’ was received the Boston Authors Club’s Julia Ward Howe Award.

On March 12, Mary Catherine Bateson of Cambridge will discuss her new book, “Composing a Further Life,’’ at Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave. In a follow-up to her 1989 book, “Composing a Life,’’ Bateson encourages readers to see continual opportunities for growth in life amid unprecedented levels of health, energy, time, and resources. Although she has retired from teaching, Bateson continues as a visiting scholar at Boston College’s Center on Aging and Work.


The lectures, which each cost $10, take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To preregister, call Lexington Community Education at 781-862-8043. For more information, visit www.lexingtoncommunityed.org.

MUSIC FOR A CAUSE: Psychologist Edward Bauman of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Watertown says that his late brother’s April 2009 diagnosis with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, “came out of nowhere.’’

“Neil was starting to do the things he wanted to do in life at the point he got diagnosed,’’ Bauman recalls of Neil Selinger, who had retired in 2007 and began developing symptoms the following year.

Despite his illness, Selinger finished writing and published “A Sloan Product - A Memoir of a Lost Boy’’ in 2010.

Before succumbing to the disease last July, Selinger wrote his own eulogy with the help of a computer device that he operated by focusing his eyes.

In honor of Selinger, and others affected by the disease, Bauman’s band, Trial Run, is donating proceeds from its fifth annual Go Green Charity Dance to the ALS Association’s Massachusetts chapter. The dance will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus Heritage Hall, 177 Bedford St. in Lexington.

Bauman cofounded the nine-member Trial Run with fellow guitarist and vocalist Leonard Nason, a Bedford lawyer. The band will play a selection of rock ’n’ roll, Motown, the Beatles, ballads, and original songs at the dance, whose secondary focus is raising awareness of climate change and its impact.

“My hope,’’ Bauman said, “is for people to enjoy themselves while helping out these good causes.’’

Tickets are $15, or $25 for two, in advance, and $20 at the door. For more information, call Nason at 781-271-9296.

Lauren Rabb of Newton.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Lauren Rabb of Newton has been appointed sales manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s office in Winchester. She is responsible for the day-to-day sales and operations of more than 60 sales associates. Previously, Rabb was an award-winning associate in the company’s Newton office.

People items may be submitted to Cindy Cantrell at cantrell@globe.com.