AUDITIONS

pentucket players. Open auditions for the Pentucket Players of the Merrimack Valley spring production of Andrew Loyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock-opera "Jesus Christ: Superstar" will be on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pentucket Bank Community Room, 25 Merrimack St. in Haverhill. Cast requirements, in addition to principals, include ensemble roles of varying ages from high school to adults. Specific vocal requirements for principal roles can be found by clicking on the "participate" tab on the Pentucket Players' web site atpentucketplayers.org. The production will be presented in April at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College.

Talent search. 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 e-mail joinexpress1@yahoo.com.

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, mvpomusic.org.

Merrimack Valley String Orchestra auditions. Multi-generational community orchestra, based in Haverhill, plans open auditions for 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, mvsostrings.org.

THEATER CLASSES & auditions. Acting Out! will hold classes and auditions for ages 5-15. New classes to choose from. Visit website for dates and times. 978-794-0001, e-mail actingouttheater@comcast.net, actingout.biz.

CLUBS

Brookstone Grille. Eric McFadden performs live Thursday, Dec. 23, 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, CasablancaPiano.com.

Jocko's Jazz at the Sahara. The Gray Sargent Quintet with Ralph Norris Tuesday, Dec. 28, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover. Wheelchair accessible. 34 Bates St., Methuen. 978-683-9200 or jockosjazz.com.

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 performs on 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. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. No cover. Wheelchair accessible. 45 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-372-9555, thepeddlersdaughter.com.

children/families

Sesame Street Live 'Elmo's Green Thumb.' At the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets $10, $16, $24. 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com, sesamestreetlive.com.

COMEDY

China Blossom Comedy Room. New Year's Eve Comedy Show with Johnny Joyce, Larry Lee Lewis, Jay Rodriguez, and Danny Miller Friday, Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. at the China Blossom Restaurant. $20 per person. 946 Osgood St., North Andover. Reservations, 978-455-0978. chinablossomcomedy.net.The coffee factory. 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, thecoffeefactoryderry.com.

Concerts

entrain. Featured performer at Blue Ocean Music Hall's New Year's Eve Bash. Reserved table seating; tickets $20/$25. Doors open at 7pm for a pre-ticketed buffet dinner catered by Seaglass Restaurant ($25, not included with show ticket) from 7 to 9 p.m.; Show begins at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets by calling 978-462-5888, go online to BlueOceanHall.com or visit the Box Office open daily at 4 Oceanfront North.

The Texas Tenors. Thursday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets $27.50, $37.50, $47.50. 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com.

marc Cohn. Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m., Portsmouth Music Hall. Tickets are $44, $34 available at box office at 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth; by phone at 603-436-2400, or online atthemusichall.org.

Tom Rush. Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 and 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Tickets $35 for adults, $32 for members. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

Johnny Winter. Saturday, Jan. 15, 8 p.m. Tickets are $45. Purchase tickets by calling 978-462-5888, go online to BlueOceanHall.com or visit the Box Office open daily at 4 Oceanfront North.

Avenged Sevenfold. The group's "Nightmare After Christmas" Tour will come to the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell Saturday, Jan. 22. Also features Stone Sour and Hollywood Undead. $39.75 for individual tickets. 866-722-8780, TsongasCenter.com.

DANCE

New Year's Eve Dinner Dance. Friday, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m. to midnight at Wakefield Elks. Free door prizes, raffles, and a DJ. For singles and couples 35-65. Proper business dress required. Cost is $59. 63 bay State Road, Wakefield. 781-446-0234, se-4u.com.

Ballroom 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.

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, e-mail aschwartz@alum.mit.edu.

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 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.

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.

FILM

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.

Warren Miller's 'Wintervention.' Saturday, Jan. 8, 3 and 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. $11 for adults, $9 for students, seniors and members. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

GALLERIES AND ART

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, e-mail events@veaseypark.org.

Bridge Gallery. The "Small Works Gift Show" includes fifty new small paintings appropriate for holiday gift giving. Applications for membership from painters and sculptors are being accepted at this time. Interested artists may send inquiries to bridgegallery@gmail.com. 1R Water St., Newburyport. 978-462-2740, BridgeGalleryNewburyport.com.

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 thechurchillgallery.com.

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.

Enlightened Artistry: ETP's First Gallery Show. Through Dec. 31 at Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence. 978-420-7980, elevatedthoughtpro.com.

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. museumofprinting.org.

'Fabric, Thread & Tulle.' An exhibit by Nancy Morgan, will be on view through Jan. 30 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Artist reception Saturday, Dec. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

'Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo.' On view at the Peabody Essex Museum through 2011. Hours: Tuesday through Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $11 for students, free for members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem. East India Square, Salem. 866-745-1876, pem.org.

Frame One Gallery. Works by Shirley D'Agati, Maureen DeSisto and Laureen Luszcz will be featured through January 2011. Gallery hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. 45 Main St., Route 28, North Reading. 978-664-6215.

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.

'No Land Ho.' At The Gallery at 100 Market through Jan. 29. Includes sculptural masks, photography, textile art, egg tempera, oils, watercolor and acrylic work by a mix of longtime established and emerging, returning and first time exhibitors. Hours: Floors 1 and 2, Sunday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., floors 3 and 4, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 100 Market St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2818.

Phillips Academy faculty art exhibit. Open through Jan. 21, in the Gelb Gallery, Chapel Avenue, Andover. It features works by art faculty members Jennifer Bauer, Gail Boyajian, Elaine Crivelli, Peg Harrigan, Emily Trespas, Shirley Veenema and Therese Zemlin in a variety of media, including ceramics, photography, mixed media and painting. Free to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. andover.edu.

Positive Images Gallery 61. Fine-art photography, cards and gifts. Hand-painted kites, recycled and fair-trade items, jewelry and handbags from local artisans. Two Rivers Pottery, Basic Spirit Pewter, Pairpoint Glass. Ongoing exhibit by Scott Leonhart, Jack Fowler, Warren Stone, Patricia J. Bruno. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., "Moonlight Magic Thursdays," open until 8 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, riverwalkbeads.com.

'Sheila Hicks: 50 Years.' The Addison Gallery of American Art, the art museum of Phillips Academy, will present the exhibition through Feb. 27, 2011. The gallery is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission to all exhibitions and events is free. 978-749-4015, addisongallery.org.

lectures

Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack. CWRTM President Bob Sullivan will present "Wilmington, N.C. and the Fight for Fort Fisher" Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center. Free and open to anyone with an interest in the Civil War. 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury. 978-462-8518.

MUSEUMS

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, athm.org.

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 themaritimesociety.org.

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, historicnewengland.org.

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. peabodymuseums.org.

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. joblane.org or e-mail joblanefarm@gmail.com.

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, lowellsboatshop.com.

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, spnea.org.

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, thetrustees.org.

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, spnea.org.

MUSIC

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.

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

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.

Holiday Sing-A-Long. Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. Tickets $3. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.

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.

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.

Theater

'Skinnygirl Night Out: A Conversation with Bethenny Frankel.' Thursday, Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Tickets $29.50 and $35.50. A limited number of $75 VIP tickets will be available that include a post-show meet and greet. 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com.

'Fiddler on the Roof.' Friday, Jan. 21, 8 p.m. at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. Tickets $30.50, $46.50, $56.50. 978-454-2299, lowellauditorium.com.

' a christmas carol.' Final performances on Thursday, Dec. 23, at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly. For tickets and information visit www.nsmt.org or call 978-232-7200. Throughout the show's run, the theater will collect toys in the lobby for Tiny Tim's Toy Drive. Unopened, unwrapped toys for boys and girls ages 2 through 12 will be donated to Toys for Tots.

'Jersey Boys.' Dec. 16 through Jan. 30, at Boston's 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. Added performances: Dec. 20 and 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 16, Dec. 23 and Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. No performances Dec. 24 or Dec. 31. No matinee performance Dec. 25. No 7:30 p.m. performance Jan. 30. Tickets start at $43. 1-800-982-2787, BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com, JerseyBoysInfo.com.

'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.' Running through Dec. 23, at Stoneham Theatre. $38-$44 for regular admission, $20 for students, discounts for seniors and Stoneham residents. Wheelchair accessible. 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200, stonehamtheatre.org.

'The Christmas Revels.' Performances are Dec. 23 and 26-29 at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge. Most tickets are $30. 617-496-2222, revels.org.

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