Looking for New Talent. RJ's Comedy Express seeks talented singers, dancers, comedians and entertainers for variety shows. Call Raymond Poirier, 978-914-6032, mail background information to 52 Adams St., Haverhill, MA 01830, or email

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic auditions. Openings in the violin, viola and bass sections, Monday evenings at the Rogers Center For the Performing Arts, Merrimack College. Call to schedule an audition. 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. 978-687-7098,

Merrimack Valley String Orchestra auditions. The multi-generational community orchestra, based in Haverhill, is having open auditions for the upcoming season. Three levels of orchestra, plus Cello Choir and Advanced Cello Ensemble perform several concerts each year. Call to schedule an audition. 978-372-9158,

THEATER CLASSES & auditions. Acting Out! will hold classes and auditions for ages 5-15. New classes to choose from. Visit the website for dates and times. 978-794-0001, email,


STORY HOUR. The Book Rack, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. Free. 52 State St., Newburyport. 978-462-8615.


Brookstone Grille. Live music on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Free entertainment. 14 Route 111, Derry, N.H. 603-328-9250.

Carriage Wheel Pub. Open mike with Rockin' Randy, Thursdays, 8 to 11 p.m. No cover. 10 Friend St., Amesbury. 978-388-0291.

David's Tavern. John Tavano appears every Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday brunch, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 12 Brown Square, Newburyport. 978-462-8077.

Glory. Ladies Night Fashion Show Series with DJ Dee and giveaways. Top local stores and hair salons participating. 8 p.m. every Thursday in The Lounge at Glory, 19 Essex St., Andover. 978-475-4811.

Hobo Cafe & Lounge. Bob Allison hosts piano bar Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m. No cover charge. "Nostalgia Night" with the Lighthouse Trio and Friends the first Wednesday of the month, 7 to 9 p.m. 5 Broadway, Salisbury Beach. 978-465-4626, 978-270-9242,

Jocko's Jazz at the Sahara. The Arnie Krakowsky Quartet Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $5 cover. Wheelchair accessible. 34 Bates St., Methuen. 978-683-9200 or

Palmer's Restaurant & Tavern. Live music Thursdays, 8 to 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. to midnight. 18 Elm St., Andover. 978-470-1606.

Rory O'Connor's Irish Pub. Acoustic Open Mike every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Karaoke every Thursday at 9 p.m. with DJ Jason. Traditional Irish Sessions on Sundays at 4 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Local bands perform live every Saturday at 9 p.m. 19 W. Main St., Georgetown. 978-970-5053.

The Grog. Flamenco guitarist Steven Spungin, Tuesdays. Music starts at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission, $5-$7. 13 Middle St., Newburyport. 978-465-8008.

The Peddler's Daughter. Merrimack Delta Dub Set Thursday, March 31, EJ Ouellette and Crazy Maggy Saturday, April 2. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Stump Trivia every Tuesday at 9 p.m. No cover. Wheelchair accessible. 45 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-372-9555,

Trivia Nights. Every Tuesday, 8 to 10 p.m. at the Brewery Exchange. Teams consist of a minimum of two players, maximum of four. The team that wins is given the opportunity to write and present questions two weeks later. First place is a $50 Brewery Exchange gift certificate, second place $2 5 gift certificate. Free admission. 201 Cabot St., Lowell. Email


China Blossom Comedy Room. Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. at the China Blossom Restaurant. $20 per person. 946 Osgood St., North Andover. Reservations, 978-455-0978.

Comedy Night. The third Thursday of every month, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Coffee Factory, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry, N.H. No cover. 603-432-6006,


The Fools. Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m. at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Tickets $20. 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury. 978-462-5888,

Yes. Friday, April 1, 8 p.m. at the Casino Ballroom. For ages 18 and up. Tickets $61, $51, $36. 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100,


Ballroom Dancing classes. Christine Glaeser teaches American, Latin and Ballroom Dancing Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. at the Chelmsford Senior Center. $7 per class, $10 per couple. 75 Groton Road, North Chelmsford. 978-251-0533.

Ballroom Dancing. With the Come Alive After 5 Club Sundays, 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lawrence Firefighters Association. Live band. For all ages, 55 and up welcome. 1 Market St., Lawrence. 603-382-8964.

Israeli Folk Dancing in the Merrimack Valley. Every Sunday, 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Osgood Landing, South Entrance. Open to all ages and levels. Beginners welcome. No partner needed. $2 per person. 1600 Osgood St., North Andover. 781-942-3659, email

Line Dancing Classes. All Saints Parish offers line dancing classes Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the parish hall, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 978-374-6001.

Line Dancing. Every Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the VFW, River Street, Methuen. $3. 603-329-5904.

M&M's Dance Club. Ballroom dancing is held every Thursday from 8 to 11:30 p.m. at Hillview Country Club, North Street, North Reading. Features a live band. Singles and couples welcome. $9. 978-664-1660.

Middle Eastern Dance Night. Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. at The Grog. $5 at the door. Must be 21 or older. 13 Middle St., Newburyport. 978-590-0974, 978-388-4148.

Tuesday Line Dancing Class. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Methuen Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St. $2 per person. 978-983-8825.


Documentary Films & Mysteries. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. at Hollywood Hits Theater, Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. $5. 978-777-2711.

Free Movies. Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. at the Stevens Memorial Library. Open to seniors and the public. 345 Main St., North Andover. 978-688-9505.

Ghost Stories of New England Show. Features ghost footage and energy demonstrations Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at 285 Derby St., Salem; and Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Murphy's, 300 Derby St., Salem. 978-777-2711.


Art Series. Veasey Memorial Park's art series offers art shows and open houses for area artists each month. Artists who want to showcase their work are welcome. 201 Washington St., Groveland. 978-521-9345, email

Churchill Gallery. A collection of oils by photo-realistic artist Michael McGovern. Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 12:30 to 5 p.m. or by appointment. 6 Inn St., Newburyport. 978-462-9891 or

Clarke Gallery. Features work of traditional artists from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries, including the Hudson River and Cape Ann schools, as well as Newburyport artists Laura Coombs Hills and John Appleton Brown. 94 1/2 Lime St., Newburyport. 978-465-0494.

Exhibition of Wood Engravings. The exhibit, by Lawrence native Anna Hogan, is at the Museum of Printing. The exhibit continues on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 800 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover.

First Saturday Open Studios. Join the artists of the Western Avenue Studios on the first Saturday of every month from noon to 5 p.m. Stroll six floors of working artist studios and see where the artists work and what they do. Free admission. 122 Western Ave., Lowell. 978-349-8069.

Gaga Gallery. Open Fridays, 2 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment. 459 Humphrey St., Swampscott. 781-596-7596.

Gallery Della-Piana. Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 152-R Main St., Route 1-A, Wenham. 978-468-1944,

Lepore Fine Arts. Newburyport's oldest gallery dealing in antique paintings and a leading expert in the work of Laura Hills and J. Appleton Brown. Also showing works by William Bradford, Emile Gruppe, George L. Noyes, Jane Peterson, Paul Strisik and Harry Vincent. Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 58 Merrimac St., Newburyport. 978-462-1663.

Positive Images Gallery 61. Fine-art photography, cards and gifts. Upcoming photo exhibit is "Paris in the '40's" by Ivan Massar. Currently in the gallery: photos by local artists Scott Leonhart and Patricia J. Bruno. Leather purses by Artisan Leathers, pottery by 2 Rivers, Pairpoint Glass, Basic Spirit Pewter, jewelry by G2, GBM and PJB, all local artists. Fair trade items from around the world. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 61 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-556-9366.

Riverwalk Bead Shop. Work by 36 local artists, including jewelry, beads, paintings, pottery, weaving, carved gourds and more. 32 Elm St., Amesbury. Free admission. 978-388-3499,


Kennedy Library Forum. Sen. Scott Brown will discuss his new memoir, "Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances," Saturday, April 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1643,


American Textile History Museum. Features the exhibit "Textile Revolution: An Exploration Through Space and Time." Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, children 6-16, and college students. Free for members, children under 6. 491 Dutton St., Lowell. 978-441-0400,

Custom House Maritime Museum. Built in 1835, the Newburyport Custom House was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument and the U.S. Treasury Building. Features ship models and maritime art as well as exhibits on shipbuilding, the Coast Guard and author John Marquand. Open Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 25 Water St., Newburyport. 978-462-8681 or

Dole-Little House. Circa-1700 timber-frame construction home restored in 1955. Open year-round by appointment only. Admission $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children. 289 High Road, Newbury. 978-462-2634,

George Peabody House Museum. The exhibit, "Young George: 1795-1838," is the third in a series of three exhibitions to be displayed in perpetuity at the museum. 205 Washington St., Peabody.

Job Lane Farm Museum. The Job Lane House, built in 1713, added on to in 1820, and the post and beam barn (1993) are at 295 North Road, Bedford. Open house tours: May through October, second and fourth Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Gift shop in the barn. The house parlor has Rufus Porter murals. Cost is $2 per person or $5 per family. or email

Lowell's Boat Shop. Established in 1793, oldest continuously operating boat shop in the country. Guests can view boatbuilders at work, take a tour and view exhibits. By appointment only. 459 Main St., Amesbury. 978-834-0050,

Meetinghouse. Rocky Hill Meeting House, circa-1785 rural New England meetinghouse with limited ornamental detail offering example of vernacular architecture. 4 Portsmouth Road, Amesbury. 978-462-2634,

Paine House Tours. The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, Ipswich. One hour tours: first Saturdays and Sundays, June through October, 1 to 3 p.m. Recommended for children 8 years and older. Members: free. Nonmembers: first Saturdays, all are free; first Sundays, $8 for adults; $5 for children. 978-921-1944,

Printing Museum. World's largest collection of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines. Has extensive printing collection of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $5. 800 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover. 978-686-0450.

Swett-Ilsley House. Circa-1670 saltbox dwelling illustrating development of New England's timber-frame architecture and building practices over two centuries, including one of the largest kitchen hearths in New England. 4 High Road, Newbury. 978-462-2634,


Acoustic Open Mike Nights. Every Tuesday, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Pasta Loft Restaurant. Hosted by singer/guitarist Mike Belkas. All acoustic instruments and musical genres are encouraged. Free admission. 220 East Main St., Route 121A, East Hampstead, N.H. 603-548-5742.

Adagio Big Band Jazz Show. Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m. at the Collins Center in Andover. Features classic and contemporary interpretations of jazz and big band swing in a variety show style. Tickets $28, $20. 978-710-7881,

Barbershop Singing Group. The barbershop singing group holds a guest night from 7:30 to 9 Mondays at All Saints Church, Haverhill. 978-372-8231.

Bluegrass Jam. Every second Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. at the Gulu-Gulu Cafe. Open jam for all levels. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-0098.

Boston Early Music Festival Concert. The Tallis Scholars will perform Friday, April 1, 8 p.m. "Celebrating Tomé°s Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)" at St. Paul Church. $66, $49, $38, $19. 29 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge. 617-661-1812,

Concordia Consort Concert. "Teares of a Sorrowful Soule" will be performed Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. With guest soprano, Eileen Cecelia Callahan. Donations welcome. 5 Bryant St., Wakefield.

Cornerstone Books Bluegrass Jam. Third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m. 45 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-595-5401.

Country Friends Dance Band. Music every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 69 River St., Middleton. All ages. No cover. 978-777-2711.

Live Jazz. Live jazz is performed every Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. No cover or music charge. For dinner reservations, 978-291-0220.

Old Time Jam. Every Sunday, 7 to 10 p.m. at Skellig Pub. Hosted by Alan Kaufman. 240 Moody St., Waltham. 781-647-0679.

Open Mike Nights. Every Wednesday, 9 p.m. at Kings Back Bay. With host Michaela Kaser. Features up-and-coming musicians, comedians, and poets. Sign-ups begin at 8 p.m. Call or email to set up a stage time. 50 Dalton St., Boston. 617-266-2695, email

Open Music Session. Every Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m. at Paddy Kelly's Pub. Hosted by The Breakheart Ceildh Band. Irish, folk and bluegrass players welcome. 154 Washington St., Peabody. 978-532-2370.

Reggae on the River. Reggae on the River with Dis-N-Dat Band every Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Restaurant, 354 Merrimack St., Lawrence. No cover charge. Dinner reservations available. 978-291-0220.

Traditional Old Time Jam. Every Monday, 8 p.m. at Sandy's Music, 896A Mass Ave., Cambridge. 617-491-2812.


'Aida: The Timeless Love Story' (School Edition). The musical will be performed at Covenant Christian Academy. Performances are Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m., Friday, April 1, 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. Presented by the Covenant Christian Academy Fine Arts Department. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. 83 Pine St., Peabody. 978-535-7100.

'Clue! The Musical.' The show, which invites audience participation, will be performed in The Galleria Banquet Room, Maria's Restaurant. Performances are April 1, 2, 8, 9 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Matinee performance April 10 at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1 p.m. Includes dinner, dessert, cash bar. Tickets $35. 83-85 Essex St., Haverhill. 978-380-8509, email,

'Dead Man's Cellphone.' Running through April 2 at the Salem Theatre Company. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22, $18, $12. 90 Lafayette St., Salem.

'Guys & Dolls.' Presented by ACT Andover Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College. Tickets $26, $21, $18. 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. 978-276-9568,

'HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.' Running through April 10 at The Colonial Theatre. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $48. 106 Boylston St., Boston. 1-800-982-2787,

'Once On This Island.' Presented by Open Door Theater April 1-10, at the Dragonfly Theater at RJ Grey Junior High School. Performances are April 1, 8, and 9, 7:30 p.m., and April 2, 3, 9, and 10, 2:30 p.m. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets $10. 16 Charter Road, Acton. Email,

'Reasons To Be Pretty.' Presented by the SpeakEasy Stage through April 2, in the Roberts Studio Theatre in the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. Tickets $30-$55. 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600,

'The Rimers of Eldritch.' Running through April 10 at the Stoneham Theatre. Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $38-$44 for regular admission, $20 for student tickets. 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200,

'The Sunshine Boys.' Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 31 through April 2, 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m. at the Rochester Opera House, City Hall, 31 Wakefield St., Rochester, N.H. $22, $20. 603-335-1992,

'Two Jews Walk Into A War.' Running through April 10, at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Check for showtimes. Tickets begin at $25. 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678,


Artist Trading Cards Open Studios. Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Monday of every month through June at the Georgetown Peabody Library. Make pocket-sized, one-of-a-kind works of art to keep or share. The free program is open to adults and young adults. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials and tools, but it is not necessary. 2 Maple St., Georgetown. 978-352-5728, email

Poetry Society. The society meets five times a year, sponsors several contests and has three chapters. Dues are $15 per year. Contests are open to all. Anyone wanting more information or an application to join can contact President Jeanette Maes at MSPS, 64 Harrison Ave., Lynn, MA 01905.

Purple World Publishing. The independent publisher based in New Hampshire, is seeking submissions for a number of new anthologies, journals, and contests. New England Voices, a biannual journal of the arts, features writers and visual artists from all of the New England states. Essays, short fiction, poetry, and art are accepted. Words of Tolerance is an annual anthology of creative non-fiction on topics of culture, diversity, peace, and tolerance. For complete submission guidelines, deadlines, and additional information:, email


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