Keep the tricks and treats going Nov. 2 in Somerville

29nocalendar - Take a spooky stroll during SomervilleÕs ÒHaunted HallÓ event on the City Hall Concourse. (City of Somerville)
City of Somerville
Take a spooky stroll during Somerville’s “Haunted Hall” event on the City Hall concourse.

MORE HALLOWEEN Don’t put away that Halloween costume just yet. Stretch the spooky holiday out a bit longer in Somerville when the city holds its annual “Haunted Hall” event on the City Hall concourse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Young goblins can enjoy pumpkin decorating, safe trick-or-treating, games, refreshments, a costumed Halloween stroll, and a Haunted Hallway tour at the family-friendly event, located at 93 Highland Ave.

Rain location is the Somerville High School gym, 81 Highland Ave. For more information, e-mail


BIRTHDAY BLAST Not only is Somerville haunted, it’s happening.

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Dust off your dancing shoes — and maybe don some Colonial era clothing — for the “Birthday Soiree” on Nov. 11. The finale in a yearlong series of events will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Somerville’s separation from Charlestown.

Cosponsored by the City of Somerville and Tufts University, the party will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at 40 Talbot Ave. at the Tufts University Aidekman Arts Center. Enjoy live music by local and university students, food from local restaurants, and a limited edition 175th birthday brew by Aeronaut Brewing Co.

For icing on the cake, attendees will have access to the Chinese art exhibit, “Chinese Myth, Folklore, and History” at Tufts’ art gallery, which features a 74-foot mural by Yuan Yunsheng.

The event, open to ages 18 and older, is black tie-optional, business casual minimum.


Tickets, which are $20, include appetizers and samples of the birthday brew. They are limited and must be purchased in advance. Visit

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA Who knows which high school will produce the next Broadway star?

Start your own star search when the Reading Memorial High School Drama Club kicks off its new season with “Pippin the Musical.” The award-winning show about a young prince’s search for meaning in his life first opened on Broadway in 1972. It featured the mesmerizing performance by Ben Vereen, music by Stephen Schwartz, and choreography and direction by Bob Fosse.

In 2013, a new Broadway version of “Pippin” won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

Performances will run Nov. 10 to 12 and Nov. 17 to 19 at the high school, located at 62 Oakland Road. Purchase tickets ($20 adults, $15 students and seniors) at either the high school box office or at

29nocalendar - ThereÕs magic to do when the 1972 Broadway hit, ÒPippin the Musical,Ó about a young princeÕs search for meaning, takes the stage in November at Reading Memorial High School. (Natalie Cuhna)
Natalie Cuhna
There’s magic in the air when ”Pippin the Musical” takes the stage at Reading Memorial High School.


HOT AND SPICY Looking to ward off the autumn chill?

The Grammy Award-winning band, Los Texmaniacs, will be performing a heart-pumping, foot-stomping concert in Newburyport on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Belleville Stage, 300 High St.

“Los Texmaniacs are rooted in conjunto, the jalapeño-spiced polka music featuring the 12-string bajo sexton and the button accordion. The band draws on classic rock, blues, and Chicago dance music along the way,” Aviva Shen wrote in Smithsonian Magazine.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of show, and $10 for ages 18 and under. E-mail

Marblehead School of Ballet
Spin around the dance floor during Marblehead School of Ballet’s 46th anniversary ballroom and Latin party.

SPINNING STEPS Wish you could be on the TV show, “Dancing with the Stars?”

Add some flair to your repertoire — Argentine tango, waltz, fox-trot, salsa — at the Marblehead School of Ballet’s 46th annual ballroom and Latin dance party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3.

Dancers of all skill levels are welcome. Meet MSB director Paula K. Shiff, recipient of Salem State University’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts, and dance instructor Nancy Murphy, who will provide mini-lessons throughout the evening.

The dance will be held at the MSB Studio, 115 Pleasant St. General admission is $15, MSB students, $10. To register, visit

CAT TALE Name one of the most devious felines in cat history. That would be “Puss in Boots.”

Dance Prism presents the centuries-old fairy tale in Andover in a family-oriented ballet at 2:30 pm. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at The Collins Center, 100 Shawsheen Road.

Dance Prism, with 30 professional dancers and apprentices, strives to bring the spectrum of ballet into communities throughout New England. Company principal Alex Roy recreates the role of the boot-wearing feline in this whimsical tale about a poor boy, a beautiful princess, and an ogre.

Meet the principal characters during a complimentary reception following the performance. Tickets are $20 for children, students with ID, and seniors, $26 for adults. Visit

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at