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    Dance Prism brings classic ballet ‘Swan Lake’ to Andover

    John-Michael Takashima and Miranda Bailey perform “Swan Lake” in Andover.
    Eric Workman
    John-Michael Takashima and Miranda Bailey perform “Swan Lake” in Andover.

    ON THEIR TOES: Dance Prism begins its 31st season of touring New England with a production of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet “Swan Lake.”

    The dance troupe takes the stage next Sunday at the Collins Center, a 1,203-seat theater next to Andover High School.

    The ballet tells the story of a prince’s love for a princess who has been turned into a swan under the spell of a sorcerer.


    Miranda Bailey dances the dual roles of the White Swan, who symbolizes faithful love, and the Black Swan, who is glamorous but malicious.

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    Bailey is a former soloist with Columbia City Ballet in South Carolina. Frequent guest artist John-Michael Takashima partners as her prince. Jonathan Towle, Dance Prism’s principal dancer, portrays the sorcerer.

    Principal dancers and soloists are complemented by a corps of swan maidens, courtiers, and character dancers.

    Founded in 1982, Dance Prism is a touring company serving New England. Its mission is to make classical ballet and original neoclassical works accessible and affordable in area communities.

    The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $24, $18 for senior citizens and children, and include a post-performance reception. Group discounts are available.


    All seating is reserved. Call 978-371-1038 or visit danceprism.com.

    ROCKING FOLK: The 29th season of acoustic music at The Linden Tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield continues Saturday with an encore performance by American folk-pop musicians Pete and Maura Kennedy.

    In a career that spans two decades, the Kennedys have toured the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Their music ranges from folk to pop to organic rock.

    They are producers, songwriters, and performers and have made more than 12 recordings, including the recent “Closer Than You Know.”

    Opening the night is an 8-year-old fiddler, a newcomer to the bluegrass scene. Young Quinn Eastburn has been playing fiddle since age 4.


    He has jammed with the cast of “Woody Sez” in Boston and New York City; performed at the Music at Port Milford festival in Ontario; played on WMBR in Cambridge; and been featured at the New England Americana Festival.

    He plays many types of music but his current favorites are blues and bluegrass.

    His dad, Chris Eastburn, accompanies Quinn.

    The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on Main Street.

    Tickets are $18, $10 for students younger than 13. Call 781-246-2836 or visit LindentreeCoffeehouse.org.

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Robert McKersie reads from his book “A Decisive Decade” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Book Ends in Winchester. The book follows the civil rights movement in Chicago. As a white activist for black rights, McKersie offers a firsthand view of the debates, boycotts, marches, and negotiations that would change race relations in Chicago and the country. . . . Michael Nethercott, author of “The Seance Society,” discusses his book at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Bestsellers Café in Medford. In the book, Lee Plunkett has taken over the family business as a private investigator, despite his reluctance to follow in his father’s footsteps. When murder intrudes on a group of ghost seekers, he is asked to solve the case by a cop on the verge of retirement.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Band of Brushes, a group of professional and amateur women artists, presents “A Holiday Show” at The Carry Out Café in Newburyport Friday through Dec. 31. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 1. The artists share a love of nature and plein-air painting in oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic mediums, and meet weekly to paint outdoors. The artists include: Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich, and Mary Ann Varoski . all of Newbury; Grace Daly and Betsy Lewis, both of Newton, N.H.; Sarajean Graham of Kensington, N.H.; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; Lynn Murray of Salem; Pam Perras of Wakefield; Anika Savage of Newburyport; Sandra Marucci Weisenhoff of Boxford; and Robin Thornhill of Danville, N.H. . . . “Nature Paintings,” an exhibit of work by Resa Blatman, is at ArtSpace in the library of Essex County Community College in Haverhill through Nov. 23. Blatman creates large paintings on intricately designed, multi-layered, laser-cut surfaces, as well as small paintings on Mylar, paper, and wood panels.

    Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com.