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BLUES CHASER The 10th anniversary "Chase Away the Winter Blues" gala benefits scholarships, outreach, and educational programming at South Shore Conservatory. This year the "Blues" goes glamorous with a red carpet theme as the conservatory's Hingham campus is transformed into a nightclub district offering the Hollywood Bowl, the Tony Club, Rick's Café, the Grammy Lounge, and the Vanity Fair After Party. The evening includes a raw bar and hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, dessert, and beverages.

One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 to midnight.; $150, $250 VIP reception 6 to 7 p.m., www.sscmusic.org.

CAR SHOW The Milton Players will perform Steven Dietz's "Becky's New Car," the story of a woman who is mistakenly offered the opportunity to live a different, possibly happier life.


Massachusetts Hospital School, 3 Randolph St., Canton, Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, Feb. 5 and 6, 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.; tickets at www.miltonplayers.org.

TANGLED TALES Classic fairy tales merge in Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical "Into the Woods," performed by Duxbury High School's theater troupe and music department. Director Nikki Ortiz-Tatarka said the production "takes advantage of the school's deep talent pool." Robert Judge, the Duxbury schools' choral director, is the play's music director.

Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 71 Alden St., Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, 1 p.m.; $12, $10 seniors and students, at the door.

RAISING STANDARDS Guitarist Gerry Johnston performs his own arrangements of popular and jazz standards from "The Great American Songbook" by composers such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and others, on the classical guitar.

Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., Sunday, Jan. 24, 3 p.m.; free.

HEAVY WEATHER Stop worrying about the snow and start thinking about hurricanes. Jeff Donnelly, associate scientist in geology and geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, speaks on the "History of Hurricanes in New England." Donnelly shares the stories of historical storms that have hit New England and discusses what the future might hold for hurricanes yet to come.


South Shore Natural Science Center, 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; free.

POWER SHOW Also reflecting on the power of nature, Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery exhibits "Looking Back . . . Moving Forward." Works by six artists, Janet DeLonga, Art Donahue, Fernando Martins, Diane Newton, Amy Ragus (work pictured above), and Mary Wilkas, portray nature with pastels, oil, watercolors, and photography.

Moose Hill Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, through Feb. 29, 10-4 daily; www.massaudubon.org/moosehill.

COLD HANDS, WARM HEARTS Hundreds of hardy New Englanders will take part in "The Drowned Hogs" frozen fund-raiser at Nantasket Beach in support of the Wellspring Multi-Service Center. All proceeds benefit the Wellspring food pantry.

Participants and onlookers are invited to warm up in the Nantasket Beach Resort, 45 Hull Shore Drive, Hull, Saturday, Jan. 30, noon; $10 advance, $15 door, www.drownedhogs.org.

MOPHEADS "Beatles Weekend" features vendors, live music, catering by Craftship Events, and special guests. Friday's events feature local band 3rd Left playing its own approaches to Beatles classics. Saturday features music by the Oh Nos!, Scott Damgaard and 67-70, and Studio Two. Also on Saturday, an interview with Beatles session drummer Dave Mattacks.

Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court St., Plymouth, Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30; $15 Friday, $25 Saturday, www.spirecenter.org.


TRUE CRIME TV sports reporter and author Bob Halloran speaks on his latest book, "White Devil: The True Story of the First White Asian Crime Boss."

Library Community Room, 786 Washington St., Canton, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; free.

HOOT HIKE Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary's combination of red maple swamp and open fields provide excellent habitat for several species of owls, including the saw-whet, the great horned, and the Eastern screech owl. A moonlight stroll offers the sanctuary's secret places, Daniel Webster's owl stories, and examples of owls' adaptations.

Winslow Cemetery Road, Marshfield, Friday, Jan. 29, 5-6:15 p.m.; $10, $8 members, registration required at www.massaudubon.org/southshore.

WINTER BOOKS The annual Winterfest Book Sale takes place Saturday, Jan. 30, 10-2, at the Plymouth library. A private viewing and sale for Plymouth Public Library Corporation members on Friday, Jan. 29, 6-8 p.m., includes light refreshments and one free item. All proceeds support the library.

132 South St., www.plymouthpubliclibrary.org.

HISTORY LOVERS Also in Plymouth, the History Book Group meets one Thursday a month at 4 p.m. to discuss the month's selection at the Manomet Branch Library, 12 Strand Ave. Copies of the book are available at the Manomet library, and new members are always welcome. Contact the branch librarian at 508-830-4185.

The Academy of The Company Theatre announces auditions for actors ages 8 to 17 for its upcoming student production of "School of Rock" on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, 3:45-6 p.m. A headshot is helpful but not required.


30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell; www.companytheatre.com.

The Academy of the Company Theatre's Studio One is also holding preprofessional performing arts classes geared toward serious teen and young adult students. The spring semester runs from Monday, Jan. 25, through May 30; www.companytheatre.com/academy/studio-one.

Send information about events at least two weeks in advance to Robert Knox at rc.knox2@gmail.com.