Dancing, music, and a circus of dreams
WEST OF BOSTON:
LEXINGTON Munroe Saturday Nights presents “Festival of the Feet,” a collaboration of flamenco, kathak, and tap dance, on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at Cary Hall, 1605 Mass Ave. Suggested donation is $10 to $20. Featured artists include guitarist Juanito Pascual and his Nuevo Flamenco Ensemble; Andalusian flamenco dancer Nelida Tirado; North Indian kathak dancer Anjali Nath; and North American tap dancer Ian Berg. For more information and to reserve seats, visit munroecenter.org.
CONCORD Violinist Sarah Whitney returns to her hometown for another installment of her interactive concert series, “Beyond the Notes,” in which musical performances are combined with conversational vignettes as well as a chance for the audience to submit questions that are answered at random throughout the evening. It takes place Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center, 51 Walden St. Tickets are $30 to $40 and can be purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006 or visiting www.gobeyondthenotes.com.
NATICK The Center for Arts in Natick and Walnut Hill School for the Arts have collaborated to produce the first annual MetroWest Student Film Festival, with original films by student filmmakers to be screened April 5 through 7 at The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St. The festival begins with “Script to Screen,” a showcase of films created by Walnut Hill students enrolled in the school’s Writing, Film & Media Arts program. Following the screening, Antonio Viva, Walnut Hill’s head of school, will moderate a talkback and Q&A with the student filmmakers. Tickets are $5 per screening. For a complete schedule of films, visit natickarts.org/mwsff.
NEWTON Newton Open Studios celebrates its many years of nurturing local artists on April 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with more than 150 artists at pop-up exhibit/sales locations throughout the city. Studios will be filled with paintings, jewelry, ceramics, sculptures, wearable art, photography, and more. A preview reception will be held at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St., on Wednesday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., showcasing a wide sampling of the art and crafts that will be on view during the weekend. For a comprehensive listing of artists and studio locations, visit newtonopenstudios.org.
— NANCY SHOHET WEST, firstname.lastname@example.org
NORTH OF BOSTON:
GLOUCESTER Over the centuries, art has inspired music, and music has inspired art. On Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., Skylark Vocal Ensemble will pair a piece of art with a musical composition from the same time period in “A Cappella Masterpiece,” with a 6 p.m. preconcert talk. This is the debut performance of the two-time Grammy Award-nominated group at the Gloucester Meetinghouse, located within the Unitarian Universalist Church at 10 Church St. For tickets and more information, visit gloucestermeetinghouse.org.
LAWRENCE “Outside the Ordinary,” a new exhibit of fabric art by eight local artists from Joined by Stitch, runs through May 31 at the Chester F. Sidell Gallery of Essex Art Center, 56 Island St. The gallery is open weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,and admission is free. For more information, visit www.essexartcenter.com.
LOWELL “Experience Hendrix” unites legendary artists in paying homage to late guitar master Jimi Hendrix on Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m., at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St. The all-star line-up includes Joe Satriani, Taj Mahal, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Mustaine, Billy Cox, Jonny Lang, and Eric Johnson. Tickets range from $49 to $99. For more information, call 800-514-3849 or visit lowellauditorium.com.
PEABODY Through a partnership with Northeast Arc, a sensory story time is offered for children 18 months to 5 years old on Thursdays, at 9:15 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., at Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., through June 27. Gentle stories, songs, and activities are offered in an open, nurturing environment for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, and other developmental disabilities, as well as their typically developing peers. The program is free, but registration is required at 978-531-0100 or peabodylibrary.org.
CINDY CANTRELL, email@example.com
SOUTH OF BOSTON:
DUXBURY The Slambovian Circus of Dreams performs an original melodic, avant-garde brand of folk music with a wide instrumental arsenal and in styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to big cinematic anthems. The band consists of songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, and other instruments), and Eric Puente (drums, percussion). The band will perform for the South Shore Folk Music Club at First Parish Church, 842 Tremont St., on Saturday, April 6, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28; $26 for club members. For tickets or more information see www.ssfmc.org.
BROCKTON The Massasoit Theatre Company will stage the musical satire “Chicago,” celebrated for its musical score and the audience-pleasing choreography of Bob Fosse. The story is set in the Roaring ’20s and centers on murder and betrayal. Performances take place at the Massasoit Community College Fine Arts Building, 1 Massasoit Blvd., on Saturdays, April 6 and 13, at 8 p.m., and on Sundays, April 7 and 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18; $16 for seniors, students, and veterans. To purchase tickets go to www.massasoit.edu/boxoffice
SCITUATE Authors Phyllis Karas and Anna Weeks speak on their recently published book, “Women of Southie: Finding Resilience During Whitey Bulger’s Infamous Reign.” Karas is a professor at Boston University’s School of Journalism. Anna Weeks is the wife of Bulger’s lieutenant Kevin Weeks. Nancy Young, one of the Southie women featured in the book, is expected to join the discussion. Scituate Town Library, 85 Branch St., hosts the free program on Sunday, March 31, at 2 p.m. For more information see www.scituatetownlibrary.org.
DUXBURY Ed McGuirk, a Massachusetts-based nature photographer whose work concentrates on the landscapes of New England, will speak on how to look for naturally occurring artistic and abstract elements to incorporate into nature photography. The Duxbury Camera Club will host his free presentation at the Duxbury Free Library, 77 Alden St., on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. To learn more about the club see www.duxburycameraclub.org.
— ROBERT KNOX,firstname.lastname@example.org