SOUTH OF BOSTON
DUXBURY The acoustic duo Crowes Pasture, whose most recent album rose high on the folk music charts, consists of Monique Byrne (banjo) and Andy Rogovin (guitar) harmonizing on classic and contemporary folk music. Their style draws on old-time, folk, and bluegrass traditions, and storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Simon & Garfunkel. The duo will perform at the South Shore Folk Music Club at First Parish Church, 842 Tremont St., on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. The cost is $10; $9 for club members. Visit ssfmc.org.
MIDDLEBOROUGH Theatre One performs Ayn Rand’s “Night of January 16,” a play inspired by the death of 1920s financier Ivar Kreuger. Performances take place at the Alley Theatre, 133 Center St., on Sundays, Jan. 13 and 20, at 2 p.m., and Friday and Saturday evenings, Jan. 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and students (cash only). Call 774-213-5193.
BROCKTON Church organist Sylvia Berry will perform a program of pipe organ music at Christ Congregational Church to raise funds for the church’s organ fund. An Early Music specialist, Berry also performs widely on the forte piano and harpsichord. The “Mid-Day Music” concert takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 12:15 p.m. at the church, 1350 Pleasant St. Donations will be accepted. Call 508-586-3022 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORWELL Roger Warner, coordinator for the Green Crab Research and Development project, speaks on the threat posed by an invasive crab species to the region’s native clams, mussels, and salt marshes. Researchers are working to reduce their numbers by marketing the green crab as food and fertilizer. The free talk, part of the weekly “Water Watch” lecture series, takes place at South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. Call 781-659-8168 or visit nsrwa.org.
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NORTH OF BOSTON
HAVERHILL Temple Emanu-El, located at 514 Main St., will host its annual Shabbat service honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The joyful musical celebration of freedom and faith features the choirs of Temple Emanu-El, Calvary Baptist Church, and Bradford Christian Academy High School with assistance officiating from the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association. The service, which is open to the public, will be followed by a social hour.
LAWRENCE Essex Art Center, located at 56 Island St., is paying homage to the crows that roost along the Merrimack River in winter months with two free exhibitions running through March 15. “Murders and Other Flying Things,” with video and still images by Dennis Hlynsky, is featured in the Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery while the photography exhibition “Celebrating the Winter Crow Roost,” is in the Chester F. Sidell Gallery. Visit essexartcenter.com.
ROCKPORT International concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine, with pianist Matthew Hagle, will perform works of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, and William Grant Still on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St. For information about tickets and a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. by artistic director Barry Shiffman, call 978-546-7391 or visit rockportmusic.org.
SALEM On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the House of the Seven Gables hosts “Promise and Prejudice,” the second in a series of six community conversations about current immigration issues against the backdrop of America’s immigration history. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the screening of Kim Snyder’s documentary “Welcome to Shelbyville,” followed by a discussion led by Salem State University professor Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello. The free presentation is open to the public. To register or view the full schedule of the Becoming American Community Conversations through May 1, visit 7gables.org/events.
— Cindy Cantrell, firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST OF BOSTON
NEWTON The Suzuki School of Newton offers two concerts showcasing its students in a wide variety of solo music as it prepares for a spring move to its permanent campus on the historic Staples-Craft-Wiswall Farm in Waban. Free performances take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 and 4:30 p.m. at the United Parish of Auburndale Church, 64 Hancock St.; and on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3:15 and 4:45 p.m. at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St. Call 617-964-4522 or visit suzukinewton.org.
BELMONT, ARLINGTON Belmont World Film holds its 16th Annual Family Festival, “Where Stories Come Alive,” Jan. 18 through 21, with screenings at the Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington; Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont; and Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. The three-day program includes more than 30 top animated and live action children’s films from around the world plus a live version of WBUR’s “Circle Round” and a concert featuring a collage of silent films by French cinema inventor George Melies. Individual tickets are $6 for shorts programs and $10 for feature-length films. The two live presentations are $12 each. Full festival passes are $50. Call 617-484-3980 or visit belmontworldfilm.org.
NATICK Johnny Peers and The Muttville Comix perform at The Center for the Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. Since its debut, the team of dogs that comprise the Muttville Comix along with Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate Johnny Peers have appeared on numerous TV shows and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, and the White House. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. Call 508-647-0097 or visit natickarts.org.
LEXINGTON The Lexington Pops Chorus presents “Beethoven and Beautiful” on Friday, Jan. 18, and Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Hancock Church, 1912 Mass Ave. The program features Beethoven’s “Mass in C, Opus 86;” selections from “Beautiful, The Carole King Musical;” Kirby Shaw’s “The Lion Sleeps Tonight;” Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday” adapted by Jacob Naverud; Roger Emerson’s “Stand By Me,” and more. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Call 508-481-6554 or visit lexingtonpopschorus.org.
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