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 e-mail

Merrimack Valley String Orchestra. 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,

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic. 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,

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, e-mail,

North regional theater workshop. Singers sought to join annual performance of "Home for the Holidays" on Dec. 10 to 12. Information, call 978-397-1481 or visit

Book Readings/Signings/Discussions

greater haverhill poets. Meets the third Saturday of the month, 10 a.m., Haverhill Public Library. New members welcome.


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

Pumpkin Festival. Every weekend in October at Chris' farm stand at Silsby's Farm. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Features a children's corn maze, hay rides and pony rides, a haunted house for very young children and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Also includes a farm tractor display, a farming photo stop for taking family photos, face painting and a live farm animal display. 436 Salem St., Haverhill.

Free Halloween event. Friday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 26 White St., Haverhill. Brian Jones, musician and emeritus director of music and organist at Trinity Church Copley Square in Boston, will perform. The concert will be followed by refreshments, games and Darren Yong, magician, for some post-concert entertainment. Children, ages 8 and up, are invited to wear Halloween costumes. Freewill donations accepted. 978-372-4244,

'Chords for Kids: A Children's Concert.' Presented by the Middlesex Concert Band Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main St., Wakefield. $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 for families. 781-648-0508.


Comedy Show. Saturday Oct. 9, 9 p.m. at Lin Garden, 511 Merrimack St., Dracut. Features Johnny Joyce, Larry Lee Lewis and Scotty Lombardo. $25 for Chinese buffet and show, $20 for show only. Reservations, 978-458-8113.


Sevendust. Casino Ballroom. Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $24. 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100,

GODSMACK. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Tsongas Center. All tickets are $38.50. Free Block Party from 3 to 6:30 p.m. 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. 866-722-8780,


Call to Artists. Enter the Tewksbury Annual Art Festival Oct. 22 and 23 at Wynn Middle School. Entries are limited to four pieces of art per person at no charge for members of TCA, and three pieces of art per person at $5 per piece for nonmembers (adults only). Application deadline for adults is Oct. 12. Students may enter any type of art. Entries are limited to two pieces of art for nonmember students, and three pieces of art for student members. No charge for students to enter. Application deadline for students is Oct. 9.

Essex Heritage Photo Contest. Open to all amateur photographers. Submissions of images taken in the Essex National Heritage Area are due by Nov. 1. Any photos captured between Oct. 1, 2009 and Nov. 1, 2010 are eligible. Categories: "People," "Essex Heritage Events," "Essex Heritage Scenic Byway" or "Four Seasons." Sponsored by Essex Heritage and Hunt's Photo and Video. Winners' photos exhibited at National Park Service Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St., Salem.


Halloween Dinner Dance. Friday, Oct. 22, 6 to 11 p.m. at the Plaistow Fish and Game Club, 17 May Ray Ave., Plaistow, N.H. Fundraiser for Plaistow firefighter/EMT John Wood. Includes dinner, dancing, cash bar, DJ, door prizes, costume prizes. Costumes optional. $15 per person, $25 per couple. 603-382-4466.

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.

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

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.

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.

'Singles with Style' Singles Dance. Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. to midnight in the Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Colonial Hotel. Hors d'oeuvres, door prizes. For singles and couples 35-65. Proper business dress required. $13. 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield. 781-446-0234,


screening. "For the Bible Tells Me So." On Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. in Northern Essex Community College's Technology Center, Room 103A, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. A discussion will follow. In collaboration with the college's Gay Straight Alliance Club and the Haverhill Unitarian/Universalist Church. Free admission. 978-556-3364.

'Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.' The 1971 film version starring Gene Wilder will be shown Friday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. $8 for adults, $6 for children. 978-462-7336,

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.


Graphic Design Artist exhibition. Works by Chaz Maviyane-Davies will be on view through Oct. 22, in the Art Space in Northern Essex Community College's Bentley Library, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill. Free. 978-556-3389, e-mail

workshop. Mark Hayden and Joan Rademacher offer art lessons at First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford, 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. All welcome. A $5 contribution is appreciated. Call 978-374-1114.

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. Summer hours: 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.

Newburyport Art Association. Merrimack Valley painters Joanna Hammond, Barbara Burns, Danielle Gauthier-McCarthy and Charlotte Huebner, have created "A Visual Journey." The exhibit will be on view in the Laura Coombs Hill Gallery from Oct. 7-13. A reception will be held Friday, Oct. 8, 7 to 9 p.m. 65 Water St., Newburyport. 978-465-8769.

'Plumage.' Three-dimensional work by Holly Berube and photographs by Anna L. Harrison will be at The Loading Dock Gallery through Oct. 24. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half of all proceeds from sales will benefit The Miracle Providers, NorthEast, Inc. 122 Western Ave., Lowell. 978-349-8069,,

'Exchange.' On view simultaneously at both the Essex Art Center, through Dec. 3, and at La Galería, through Nov. 3. An opening reception will be held Friday, Oct. 8, 5 to 7 p.m. at Essex Art Center. La Galería will host an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 30, 6 to 9 p.m. and a talk Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6 to 8 p.m. Essex Art Center, 56 Island St., Lawrence. La Galería, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., Boston.

'Afghanistan: Weaving the Texts of War.' At the Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School through Nov. 20, 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover. 978-725-6232,

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

Bridge Gallery. Andrea Holland Hart's show "Impressions Along the Way" will be displayed through Oct. 31. An artist reception will be Saturday, Oct. 23, 5 to 7 p.m. Sisters Avanah and Natalya Kay Trudeau will perform on the fiddle and harp at 3 p.m. Hours: noon to 6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays. 1R Water St., Newburyport. 978-462-2740,

Brush Gallery & Artists Studios. A children's book illustrators exhibition will be featured through Oct. 24. Fundraiser/reception with David Macaulay Friday, Oct. 1, 6 to 8 p.m. Opening reception Saturday, Oct. 2, noon to 2 p.m. Meet with some of the illustrators, who will be on hand to sign their books, 1 to 4 p.m. 256 Market St., Lowell. 978-459-7819,

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.

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.

'New England Landscapes.' An exhibition of artist Janice Donnelly's paintings, will run through Oct. 31 in Southern New Hampshire University's Pantano Gallery. Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight, Fridays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays noon to midnight. 2500 N. River Road, Manchester, N.H. 603-645-9605, e-mail,

'New Paintings, Old Paint.' Works by Robert Hanlon on display through Oct. 31 at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. An artist reception will be Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. 978-462-7336,

Pastel Society's second annual National Juried Show. Through Oct. 30, at the Discover Portsmouth Center. "Friends in Far Places" by Londonderry, N.H. resident, Barbara Scott, will be on exhibit with other paintings from around the country. 8 Islington St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-8433.

'Picturing America.' On display at the Hampstead Public Library through October. Includes paintings, sculptures, architecture, fine crafts and photography. 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead, N.H. 603-329-6411.

'Plumage.' Three-dimensional work by Holly Berube and photographs by Anna L. Harrison will be at The Loading Dock Gallery through Oct. 24. Gallery hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half of all proceeds from sales will benefit The Miracle Providers, NorthEast, Inc. 122 Western Ave., Lowell. 978-349-8069,,

Quilt Exhibit. On display through Oct. 2 at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, N.H. Free and open to the public. 603-668-2045.

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

'The Vision & The Word' art show kick-off. The nonjuried art show features pairings of original art and original poetry and open to any individuals interested in entering. The art show will be free to the public and open for three weekends in October, in the gallery at the Old Town Hall in downtown Exeter, N.H. E-mail,


Civil War Roundtable of the Merrimack. Alan Brunelle will present "The 2nd NH at the Peach Orchard, Gettysburg, A Reappraisal" Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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.

"The Art of Witnessing: Poetry & Social Justice in Latin America." Wednesday, Nov. 17, 12:30 p.m. in the White Fund Room, Northern Essex Community College, 78-82 Amesbury St., Lawrence. Presented by Marjorie Agosin. Part of the White Fund Enlightenment Series. Free and open to the public. 978-738-7403,

"Native New Hampshire Before Contact: Archaeological & Tribal Perspectives." Saturday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. at Plaistow Town Hall, 145 Main St., Plaistow, N.H. Presented by David Stewart-Smith, the lecture is hosted by the Plaistow Historical Society. 603-382-1675,


haverhill firefighting museum. 75 Kenoza Ave.: Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Weekday and group visits are available by appointment. For more information, call 978-372-4061.

Buttonwoods Museum. The exhibit, "Lies, Legends, Hearsay and History: Haverhill 1640 to 1770," will be displayed through Oct. 31. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 7-17. 240 Water St., Haverhill. 978-374-4626, The Buttonwoods Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Tours by appointment only.

john greenleaf whittier birthplace. Whittier Road. Open Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.; Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for students under 18 and a $10 maximum for a family. For more information, call 978-373-3979.

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,

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,

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,


The Peddler's Daughter. Stump Trivia every Tuesday at 9 p.m. 45 Wingate St., Haverhill. 978-372-9555,

Live Blues. Hear local bands perform every Tuesday beginning at 9 p.m. at The Roma Restaurant. Free admission. 29 Middlesex St., Haverhill. 978-374-8001,

Brookstone Grille. Live music with Bruce Marshall Thursday, Oct. 7, 6 to 9 p.m. Free entertainment. 14 Route 111, Derry, N.H. 603-328-9250.

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 Bruce Gertz Quintet Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $7 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.

The Georgetown Grille. Acoustic Open Mike, every Wednesday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Hosted by Dave Coppola. 19 W. Main St., Georgetown. 978-769-3550.

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.

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,

indigo girls. Friday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. at The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. Tickets are $40 and $32. For tickets, call 603-436-2400 or visit

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.

Country Friends Dance Band. Music every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the American Legion, 69 River St., Middleton. All ages. No cover. 978-777-2711.

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.

whippersnappers. 44 Nashua Road. Music 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, KT and The Fuse. For more information call 434-2660 or visit

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

Hampton Community Chorale. 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, N.H. New singers welcome. Music ranges from classical to pop. There are no auditions, and an ability to read music is not necessary.


Five O'clock Shadow. Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 p.m. at the New Moon Coffeehouse, Universalist Unitarian Church, 16 Ashland St., Haverhill. $20 for general admission, $10 for ages 18 and under.

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Sunday, Nov. 7, 2:30 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover. Features pianist Yukiko Sekino. $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, $5 for children. 978-837-5355,,

Chamber Jazz Concert. Jazz saxophonist Lance Bryant with String Quartet Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. at Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy, 1 Chapel Ave., Andover. $10. 917-687-0335.

Gilbert Concert Series. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Phillips Church, at Tan Lane and Front Street, Exeter, N.H. Maritime musician and historian David Coffin and jazz pianist Kent Allyn will Perform Songs from "Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song." Free. 603-777-3453.

christmas show. Haverhill Council on Aging and Bethany Communities are planning a trip to the The Wang Theatre to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular matinee performance on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Lunch will be at Legal Seafood, Park Plaza, Boston. Cost is $108 per person for motor coach transportation, lunch and show. Information, call Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or 16, or Darlene Sutton at 978-374-2165 or e-mail


'Rock of Ages.' At Boston's Colonial Theatre through Oct. 17. Performances are Thursday, Oct. 7, 1 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 9, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Open Captioned performance); Oct. 11-14, 7:30 p.m. (ASL performance Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.); Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. (2 p.m. Audio Described performance); Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Tickets $33-$92. 106 Boylston St., Boston. 1-800-982-2787,,

'96 Tears.' Through Oct. 17 at The Actors Studio of Newburyport at the Tannery. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. 978-465-1229,

'Diva & the Italian Guy: A Unique Cabaret.' Presented by the St. Alfio Society Saturday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Parish Center. Italian style buffet 6 p.m. Show follows dinner. $29.95 per person. 34 Common St., Lawrence. 978-681-0944,

'Wicked.' Through Oct. 17 at the Boston Opera House. 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. $38-$103. 1-800-982-2787,,

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