Admission is free. Vartabedian will discuss his work as a correspondent with the Armenian Press since the early 1960s, associated especially with The Armenian Weekly. His column, titled “Poor Tom’s Almanac” is the oldest-running column in the Armenian Press. Vartabedian is also a regular contributor to other publications including The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, Armenian Reporter, USA Armenian Life and Asbarez. He will reminisce about some of his favorite stories — both nostalgic and entertaining.
An exhibit of his photojournalism images over the past five decades will be on display. A reception will follow the program in the Contemporary Art Gallery, third floor. The event is co-sponsored by Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives Inc.
Vartabedian, born and raised in Somerville, studied journalism at Boston University. As a writer-photographer for The Haverhill Gazette, he garnered more than 50 awards from United Press International, Associated Press and New England Press Association before retiring in 2006.
Lockhart returns to the Merrimack Valley: There is still time to purchase tickets to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School in Andover.
The event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College Foundation Inc., the Women of NECC and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds will benefit NECC’s Endowment Fund.
Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, adding his artistic vision to the Pops tradition established by his predecessors John Williams and Arthur Fiedler. This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native. For tickets at $35 each call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info.