A cappella delight, a night with superstars, and digital art

Friends of Song will perform an a cappella concert at three local venues, beginning with a Saturday, March 23 performance at First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate.
Friends of Song will perform an a cappella concert at three local venues, beginning with a Saturday, March 23 performance at First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate.(Friends of Song)


SCITUATE Friends in Song, a regional a cappella vocal ensemble directed by William B. Richter, presents “Light Your Way Home: Songs of Inspiration and Hope.” The 16-voice ensemble performs ballads, spirituals, musical theater, and contemporary selections including “Sure on This Shining Night,” by Morten Lauridsen; “The Seal Lullaby,” by Eric Whitacre; and “Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen; among many others. Free concerts take place on three dates: Saturday, March 23, 7 p.m., at First Trinitarian Congregational Church, 381 Country Way, Scituate; Sunday, March 24, 4 p.m., at First Congregational Church of Plympton on at 254 Main St.; and Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m., at North Community Church, 72 Old Main St., Marshfield.


ROCKLAND The Kerry Jon Walker Fund, a nonprofit organization for poverty relief, presents a benefit “World Dance Party.” Adult of all ages are invited to dance to the world music beat of award-winning Afro-pop stars Kalifa & Koliba. Guests are invited to enjoy a buffet of hearty appetizers, games, and raffle opportunities. The event takes place at Players Sports Bar & Grille, located at 86 VFW Drive, on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50, available at thekerryfund.org and at the door.

DUXBURY Manomet Inc., Duxbury Bay Maritime School, and Sustainable Duxbury are hosting a speaker series to promote sustainability on the South Shore. The talks will address why the world is changing, why birds are one of the best indicators of that change, and many related subjects. An opening reception plus a program on “The Future of New England’s Fisheries” will take place at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, 457 Washington St., on Thursday, March 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The programs are free, but registration is required at manomet.org/events.


BROCKTON Christ Congregational Church hosts a “Bach Birthday Bash” celebrating the life and music of J.S. Bach and the Bach family and featuring The Berry Collective (led by noted fortepianist Sylvia Berry) and organist Andrew Sheranian. “Kotzsh in a Box,” the buildable mini pipe organ from Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, will be on display before the concert. The party takes place at the church at 1350 Pleasant St. on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets ($15 adults, $10 seniors and students, under 13 free) are available at the door and in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4088790.

— ROBERT KNOX,rc.knox2@gmail.com

On Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre will host “A Night With the Super Stars.”
On Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre will host “A Night With the Super Stars.”(Nina Groom)


MARBLEHEAD On Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m., Marblehead Little Theatre will host “A Night With the Super Stars,” a one-night preview of musical selections by the cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Firehouse Theatre, 12 School St. Tickets may be purchased for $15 to the cabaret-style performance, or for $25 to “Jesus Christ Superstar” from April 5 through 14, at mltlive.org or at Arnould Gallery and Framery, 111 Washington St. Proceeds will benefit MLT’s production budget.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA The Cape Ann Symphony will perform “Bradshaw, Beethoven, Mozart & Bass” on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., in the Manchester Essex Regional High School auditorium, 36 Lincoln St. The program will feature Gloucester-based composer Robert J. Bradshaw’s “Norman’s Woe,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, performed by guest artist pianist Jonathan Bass. For tickets and more information, call 978-281-0543 or visit capeannsymphony.org.


READING The Friends of Reading Public Library will present “Baking for Friends,” a family-friendly fund-raising event, on Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Reading Public Library, 64 Middlesex Ave. Activities include cupcake decorating, a demonstration by cake designer Susan Fitzgerald, children’s author A. J. Jerrett, storyteller Peter Carcia, scavenger hunts, baking displays, silent auctions, and raffles. Tickets cost $10 per person or $20 per family, including raffle tickets, with proceeds benefiting library programs. For more information, visit friendsofreadingpl.org/events.

HAMILTON Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., is accepting music-themed submissions for its ninth annual teen poetry and flash fiction contest through Thursday, March 21. The contest is open to Essex County residents in grades 6 through 12 who can read their original poem or story at the reception on Thursday, April 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Winners will be awarded cash prizes provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information, visit hwlibrary.org.

CINDY CANTRELL, cindycantrell20@gmail.com

"A Moveable Feast" by Siddhart Choudhary at ArtSpace in Maynard
"A Moveable Feast" by Siddhart Choudhary at ArtSpace in Maynard(Siddhart Choudhary)


MAYNARD ArtSpace Maynard presents “Of No Fixed Address,” a solo exhibition of digital drawings by Siddharth Choudhary, now through April 5. The artist has rendered iPad and computer drawings as large format inkjet prints on canvas as well as videos. ArtSpace is located at 63 Summer St. For hours and more information, call 978-897-9828 or go to www.artspacemaynard.com.


WELLESLEY The Clever Hand Gallery showcases work by students from the Intensive Metals class at Wellesley High School from March 17 through 30, with a public reception on Tuesday, March 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Students in instructor Shayla Vines’s class began the year creating original works by following the ancient technique of open back filigree, then further developed their own artistic voices through a project where each was given a box of unique materials. The Clever Hand Gallery is located at 52 Central St. For hours or more information, call 781-235-3272 or go to www.cleverhandgallery.com.

WATERTOWN New Repertory Theatre presents “Cardboard Piano,” a socio-political drama set in Northern Uganda at the turn of the millennium by Hansol Jung. Directed by Benny Sato Ambush, the production runs March 23 through April 14 in the MainStage Theater at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St. Tickets are $25-$67 and may be purchased by calling 617-923-8487 or going to newrep.org.

BELLINGHAM On Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m., at the Bellingham Public Library, 100 Blackstone St., the Democratic Town Committee will sponsor a nonpartisan forum titled “End-Of-Life Choices,” featuring speakers from Compassion & Choices, an organization supporting proposed legislation on Beacon Hill modeled after Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act. A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, go to bellinghamdems.org or call 508-533-1600.

— NANCY SHOHET WEST, nancyswest@gmail.com