Compiled by Chelsea Defusco
The Andover Townsman
---- — ART AND GALLERIES
ADDISON GALLERY, “Flash Back Nov. 22, 1963,” presented on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, through Jan. 12; “James Prosek: The Spaces in Between,” incorporating natural history painting with more contemporary influences, through Jan. 5; “Natural Selections,” drawings from Addison’s permanent collection, through March 2014; “the kids are all right,” photography and video exploring notion of family in 21st century, Sept. 14 through Jan. 5; opening reception for fall exhibitions Friday, Sept. 20, 6 to 8 p.m.; gallery admission free. Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.; 978-749-4000. www.andover.edu/museums/addison/Pages/default.aspx.
ALPERS FINE ART, “THIS to THAT,” opening exhibit for new gallery owned by Neil Alpers; grand opening artists’ reception Saturday, Sept. 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Alpers Fine Art, 96 Main St., Andover. Gallery hours Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and by appointment. 978-760-1829, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.alpersfineartonline.com.
ESSEX ART CENTER, “One of these days ...” featuring paintings by Leon Elitov, Connie McCausland and Patricia Edmonds, Sept. 13 to Oct. 18, Chester F. Sidell Gallery; opening reception Friday, Sept. 20, 5 to 7 p.m. 56 Island St., Lawrence; Leslie Costello, 978-685-2343 or email@example.com; www.essexartcenter.org.
MEMORIAL HALL LIBRARY, “Soaring,” Artist of the Month exhibit featuring works by students from seven local elementary schools, first floor; Zentangle art by community services librarian Emily Classon, second-floor display case; both exhibits through Sept. 30; 2 North Main St., Andover; 978-623-8401, www.mhl.org.
SINGING COMPETITION, Merrimack Valley Idol auditions for ages 14 and up Thursday, Sept. 26, 5 to 8 p.m., Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover. Merrimack Valley Idol finals presented by Quota of Andover on Saturday, Nov. 9, 6 to 10 p.m., Wyndham Andover, 123 Old River Road. Elaine Pescatore, 978-470-3515, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TREBLE CHORUS, Treble Chorus of New England fall auditions for three choirs — Training, ages 6 to 9; Concert, ages 9 to 13; and Schola, ages 13 to 18 — Monday evening, Sept. 16, West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover; additional dates may be available; Anna Choi, 978-470-8263 or e-mail email@example.com, to schedule audition; www.treblechorusne.org.
FALL FESTIVAL, Smolak Farms fall festivals every weekend in September, featuring apple picking, hay rides, kids activities, animals and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 315 South Bradford St., North Andover; www.smolakfarms.com, 978-682-6332.
GREEK FESTIVAL, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual festival featuring food, music, children’s activities and more, Saturday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, 71 Chandler Road, Andover; www.andoverorthodox.org or 978-470-0919.
STEVENS-COOLIDGE PLACE, Trails and Sails events Saturday, Sept. 28, open house, 10:30 a.m. to noon; garden tour, 11 a.m. (maximum 30 people); Sunday, Sept. 29, Stevens to Stevens Walk, noon to 1:30 p.m. (maximum 30 people); open house, 1 to 3 p.m.; Meet the Cows, 2 p.m.; 139 Andover St., North Andover; 978-682-3580.
SILENT FILM SERIES, Classic series with musical accompaniment featuring “Nosferatu” (1922), Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; free, Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; 978-837-5355.
TO CATCH A THIEF, Anthony Amore, art crime expert and director of security at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, discusses famous art crimes Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover; Emily Classon or Stefani Traina, 978-623-8401.
HIGH TEA & HISTORY, local Historian Julie Pike discusses the changing history of the Center at Punchard and some of Andover’s early schools, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2 p.m., Center at Punchard, 36 Bartlet St., Andover; limited space, reservations required, 978-623-8321.
BRASSERIE 28, singer-songwriter Ryan Ftizsimmons, acoustic covers, Thursday, Sept. 12; singer-songwriter Aaron Chase, pop covers, Friday, Sept. 13; Joey Vellucci, R&B, rock, Motown, Wednesday, Sept. 18 ; all music 8 to 11 p.m., 2 Elm Square, Andover; http://brasserie28.com.
CHAMBER MUSIC, Mistral Music, formerly Andover Chamber Music, opens 17th season — “Wanderlust: Postcards from Around the World — with “A Night of Modern Tangos with Pablo Ziegler,” Saturday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets $30, $25 seniors; www.andoverchambermusic.org, sales@AndoverChamberMusic.org, or 978-474-6222.
POPS VISIT, Keith Lockhart and Friends present composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” a talk and performance to benefit Northern Essex Community College’s Endowment Fund, Saturday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Collins Center for the Performing Arts, Andover High School, Shawsheen Road; tickets $35; 978-556-3870, www.mvarts.info, www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event.
TSONGAS CENTER, country legend Hank Williams Jr. and his “Old School, New Rules” tour Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $39.50; www.TsongasCenter.com, 866-722-8780.
AUTHOR READING, Ursula DeYoung, author of “Shorecliff,” Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.; Paul Yoon, author of “Snow Hunters,” Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Andover Bookstore, 89R Main St., Andover; 978-475-0143, www.hugobookstores.com.
FAMILY BONDS, Marjan Kamali, author of “Together Tea,” the story of a mother and daughter who return to Iran 15 years after their family escaped and fled to America, Sunday, Sept. 29, noon, Congregation Beth Israel, 501 South Main St., Andover; 978-474-0540.
SCIENCE FICTION CLASSIC, Aquila Theatre Company performs Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” Wednesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets $25, $20 seniors, $18 college employees; www.merrimack.edu/community/rogers, 978-837-5355.
HISTORIC CEMETERY WALK, West Parish Garden Cemetery hosts a tour rich in history, Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m., rain or shine; 129 Reservation Road, meet inside arch of cemetery; reservations not required; 978-807-8264.
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