The week ahead: Kids events


“GWENDOLYN, THE GRACEFUL PIG” Gwendolyn wants to be a ballet dancer and her pal, Omar, wants to play on the football team. There’s just one little problem — the buddies happen to be pigs. Boston Conservatory dancers will perform while David Ira Rottenberg reads his picture book. April 19 at 11 a.m. Free. Boston Public Library,
700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

“ANNIE” We’d all love a Daddy Warbucks, but Little Orphan Annie is the lucky winner when she is chosen to spend time at the rich guy’s mansion. And poor, mean Miss Hannigan is boiling over with envy. Presented by Spotlight Playhouse. April 19 at 7 p.m. (through April 28). $20, $18 seniors. Haverhill High School, 137 Monument St., Haverhill. 978-380-8509.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT THE ECOTARIUM Earth Day is officially April 22, but you can get a jump on the holiday with indoor and outdoor activities and an exploration of the EcoTarium’s trails, ponds, and woods. April 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $7, $5 students and seniors, $4 ages 2-18. The EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester. 508-929-2700.


EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT FRANKLIN PARK ZOO Bring your human wildlife to “Party for the Planet” for a meet-and-greet with zookeepers, scavenger hunts, entertainment, a look at the wildlife, a visit to the Aussie Aviary, and a chance to see the new zebra foal and bongo calf. April 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $17, $14 seniors, $11 ages 2-12. Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston. 617-541-5466.



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MUSKETAQUID EARTH WEEK There’s lots to do before Musketaquid Earth Day on April 27. For starters, there’s a River Ceremony Workshop on April 21 (1-4 p.m.) and a reception for the multimedia art exhibit (5-
8 p.m.). Check the website for additional events, all with the theme of “EDGES: Where Habitats Meet, Where Habits Meet.” Holly Brewer and her band perform April 27. April 21 from 1-
8 p.m. (through April 27). Free (except April 26 8 p.m. Rory Block concert for $25-$35). Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stow St., Concord (and other Concord venues). 978-371-0820, ext. 213.

“LOST CHILD: SAYON’S JOURNEY” At age 6, Sayon Soeun was abducted and forced to be a soldier under Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. The documentary screening about the community activist is followed by a discussion with the Lowell resident. April 18 at 6 p.m. Free. Middlesex Community College Federal Building Assembly Room, 50 Kearney Square, Lowell. 781-280-3784.

“FROM RUSSIA WITH ARTS AND CULTURE” Three days of events begin with Friday’s painting exhibit by Boston-area and Russian artists, a concert by Yelena Dudochkin, Natalia Karaseva, and Alisa Apreleva, and a screening of “Second Life – Boston.” April 19 from 5-9 p.m. (through April 21). Free (please bring a donation for the Newton Food Pantries). Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville. 617- 796-1540.

“SCIENCE ON SCREEN” You have to wait until Saturday at 2 p.m. to see John Huston’s 1956 classic, “Moby Dick,” but before then, take in “Future Weather” (Friday), a story about a 13-year-old who is consumed by environmental disaster. On April 20 at 7 p.m. there’s “Whaling City,” followed on April 21 at 2 p.m. by “Chasing Ice.” April 22 at 2 p.m. is “Trashed.” April 19 at 7:45 p.m. (through April 22). $10, $8 seniors, $6 students, $40 festival pass. The Waters Edge Cinema, 237 Commercial St., Provincetown. 508-487-3456.