THURSDAY, JAN. 10
LIVE THEATER, “Shakespeare’s Will” by playwright Vern Thiessen opens, through Feb. 3. Tickets begin at $20, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell; MRT.org, 978-654-4678.
WRITERS GROUP, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library writers’ group for writers of adult fiction, nonfiction and memoirs. This group provides constructive advice and feedback on each other’s works in progress. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month; mhl.org, 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11
NEW EXHIBIT & OPENING RECEPTION, “Stripped,” original comic book illustrations by Don Mathias, Brian McFadden, Norm Feuti, Elena Steier, through Feb. 15, reception is 5 to 7 p.m., music by The Payne-Taylors. Don Mathias Jr. is an award winning freelance illustrator, cartoonist and creative mind behind “Peanizles,” an almost daily webcomic. His first comic, “Entering Andover” (which was originally co-written with Andover Townsman editor Neil Fater) ran in the Andover Townsman from May 1998 to April 2011, The Chester F. Sidell Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence; essexartcenter.org, 978-685-2343.
NEW EXHIBIT & OPENING RECEPTION, “Connections,” through Feb. 15, reception is 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist talk by Nikki Rosato at 5 p.m., The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery at Essex Art Center. Rosato creates portraits and figure studies from hand-cut maps. Exploring physical and psychological space, her delicate paper sculptures reference memory, distance, and the human body’s circulatory system. The Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery is located on the first floor of Essex Art Center at 56 Island St., Lawrence; essexartcenter.com, 978-685-2343.
NEW EXHIBIT, Atria Marland Place hosts, wine reception and meet-and-greet with the Andover Artists Guild. Enjoy delicious wine and cheese pairings while socializing and viewing the works of local artists, 6 to 8 p.m., exhibit runs through Jan. 31; RSVP, 978-475-4225
SATURDAY, JAN. 12
ST. AUGUSTINE MOVIE, “Restless Heart,” 7 p.m., AMC Loew’s Theater, Methuen, $12, hosted by Catholic Quest, tickets at catholicquest.org; Alicia, 781-438-1011.