HELLO, IT’S HIM Treat yourself to an early holiday present: being in the presence of rock’s Renaissance Man, Todd Rundgren.
The multifaceted artist will be appearing in Beverly on Thursday, Dec. 7, at The Cabot, 286 Cabot St. His latest studio album, “White Knight,” with a 15-song set list released last spring, includes guests Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates), Bettye Lavette, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Joe Walsh (the James Gang), and more.
Rundgren broke out in the ’70s with hits such as “Hello It’s Me,” “Can We Still Be Friends,” and “Love Is the Answer.” Now 69, he’s never stopped creating and performing.
The show begins 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $38.50. Visit thecabot.org.
HELPING PUERTO RICO Forget turkey and all the trimmings. What about water?
Imagine living where there is no clean water to drink. No power. That’s life in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
Temple Emanuel of Andover will be hosting a concert to benefit the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund. The nonprofit will provide high-impact water filters and purifiers to provide access to safe drinking water on the island.
“We want to make a difference and provide families and communities with water that they can drink and supplies that they need to survive,” said Rabbi Robert S. Goldstein. “This concert will inspire you, entertain you, and help you make a difference in someone’s life.”
The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road. Performers include Gitit Shoval, Ron Druyan, Tutti Druyan, and Edmar Colon. All ticket sales ($36 for adults, $18 for students) and donations will be sent to the LifeStraw Safe Water Fund.
To donate or buy tickets, visit templeemanuel.net.
BOOK THIS TRIP Want to experience India’s culture without the long airplane ride? Head to the J. V. Fletcher Library in Westford.
On Monday, Nov. 20, Bruce Browne, a professor at the University of Albany and Siena College, is leading “India Through Literature,” a fall book series presenting a variety of views on the complex country complete with music and video clips that touch on the theme and Browne’s own perspective having lived there for 18 years.
“Sideways on a Scooter,” a memoir by Miranda Kennedy about her experience as an American woman adjusting to Indian mores, will be discussed. Next up will be “Indian Summer: the Secret History of the End of an Empire,” by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann on Dec. 18.
The talks are free, open to the public, and take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. No registration is required. Copies of the current selection are available for checkout at the main desk.
The library is located at 50 Main St. Call 978-692-5555 or visit westfordlibrary.org.
VIEWS OF ISRAEL Also, check out the latest author series in Haverhill when Nov Waxman, author of “Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict Over Israel,” appears on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St.
Waxman, a Northeastern University professor of political science, international affairs, and Israel studies, will explore how Israel, once such a unifying force among Jews, has become so divisive over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Preceding the 10 a.m. presentation will be a continental breakfast served at 9:30 a.m. A donation of $10 is suggested. Walk-ins are welcome. For a $50 donation, you can join the author in a small gathering for breakfast and conversation prior to the talk. Visit templeemanu-el.org.
ART GALA Nine guest galleries pop in for the weekend to the Saltbox Gallery’s 29th fall show being held through Sunday, Nov. 19.
You’ll find art in many forms from star-painted boots, pottery, original handbags, jewelry, photography, handmade quilts, plus over 100 oil paintings and watercolors. Most artists will be present to chat with or make a custom request.
The show takes place at College Hall on the Topsfield Fairgrounds, Route 1 north (207 Boston Road).
After an opening reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., hours Saturday and Sunday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Visit saltboxgallery.net.Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at email@example.com.