Sing along to ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ at Merrimack

Jack Minch

Sing along to "Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s Thanksgiving song, at Merrimack College’s Rogers Center for the Arts.

By Kathy Shiels Tully Globe Correspondent 

YOU CAN GET ANYTHING YOU WANT It’s almost Thanksgiving. Get your singing chops in tune for “Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s traditional Thanksgiving song.

At 18 minutes and 34 seconds long, the rambling song by the son of folk singing icon Woody Guthrie is based on a true story that happened in 1965 to a then 18-year-old Arlo on Thanksgiving Day.


Join in or hum along to the hilarious rendition being performed, along with other songs of the era, in North Andover at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Merrimack College’s Rogers Center for the Arts, 315 Turnpike St.

The lunchtime mini-concert, part of the Atrium Concert Series, is free and open to the public. Complimentary light fare will be served. Feel free to bring your own lunch or purchase food on campus.

MORE AT MERRIMACK Return to campus for “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” by Rupert Holmes.

The On-Stagers Dramatic Society of Merrimack College will present the multiple Tony Award-winning musical comedy at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Rogers Center for the Arts Main Stage.

Loosely based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, audience members get to choose a new murderer at every performance. (Will it be you?)


Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, military, students, Merrimack employees, or alumni. Visit

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW Wish there was a school where parents and educators could learn tips to better interact with students of all ages? Things like talking to your teen, parenting your child’s personality, collaborative problem solving, and positive discipline, not to mention college financing?

Don’t skip Melrose Parent University. The free, half-day workshop will be held from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Melrose High School Learning Commons.

Christopher Willard, a clinical psychologist and consultant, will lead a discussion on mindfulness, stress, and resiliency. He’s the author of five books, including “Growing Up Mindful.”

Small group workshops on wide-ranging topics will follow.

The event is open to the public. Registration is required. Baby-sitting for ages 3+ is free, but limited. Melrose High School is located at 360 Lynn Fells Parkway. To register, go to

Elinor Teele

American life during the 1920s to 1940s comes to life in Gloucester when the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative presents “Studs Terkel’s American Century, An Evening of Stories” at the Gorton Theatre.


AMERICAN RESILIENCE Witness the strength of the human spirit of those who lived through the ’20s to the ’40s in “Studs Terkel’s American Century, An Evening of Stories,” in Gloucester.

The interactive theater piece is being staged two nights by the Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative  at the Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St.

Director Elinor Teele formed the idea for a show after browsing through “My American Century,” a compilation of Terkel’s interviews with everyday citizens, including poignant memories from those featured in Terkel’s books, “Hard Times,” “The Good War,” and more.

“Wouldn’t these stories be amazing to hear and see on stage,” Teele said, “and connect a whole new generation to the power of the past?”

Both shows, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, will be held at 7:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $20. Proceeds will benefit Cape Ann Veterans Services and The Open Door, which works to alleviate the impact of hunger in the community.


MAESTRO, PLEASE How better to aquaint the young (or yourself) to orchestral music than listening to it performed by children?

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras  will perform a Thanksgiving Benefit concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the First Church of Ipswich, UCC, 1 Meetinghouse Green.

Under the musical direction of Gerald Dolan Jr., NMYO draws musicians ages 6 to 18 from over 40 communities across the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, southern New Hampshire, and southern Maine.

The concert is open to the public and geared for all ages. The $5 suggested donation will benefit the Ipswich Food Pantry. Visit

Aashu Virmani

Classical music will be performed by children at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras’ Thanksgiving benefit concert in Ipswich.

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