Compiled by Chelsea DeFusco
The Andover Townsman
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ADDISON GALLERY, “Flash Back Nov. 22, 1963,” 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, through Jan. 12, 2014; “James Prosek: The Spaces in Between,” incorporating natural history painting with contemporary influences, through Jan. 5, 2014; “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, through Jan. 5; 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.
ESSEX ART CENTER, “Good Fences,” site-specific installation exploring contemporary boundaries and borders, by Jamal Thorne, through Dec. 19, Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery; 56 Island St., Lawrence; Leslie Costello, 978-685-2343 or firstname.lastname@example.org; www.essexartcenter.org.
ALPERS FINE ART, “(Largely) Small Works,” end of year exhibit featuring a variety of pieces, through Dec. 24 and Jan. 9 to 12. Gallery hours Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 96 Main St., Andover; 978-760-1829, www.alpersfineartonline.com/current-exhibit.html.
TREE TIME, Tree time at the Andover Historical Society, featuring more than 30 Christmas trees decorated in historical fashion, through Dec. 29; open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., Blanchard House, 97 Main St., Andover; admission $8, $5 members, seniors and children, free kids under 5; www.andoverhistorical.org.christmas.
SOLSTICE SUNSET, Winter solstice celebration featuring short hike prior to solstice sunset ritual Saturday, Dec. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Harold Parker State Forest, 1951 Turnpike St., North Andover; free, sponsored by Friends of Harold Parker and state Department of Conservation and Recreation; 617-828-1728, www.mass.gov/dcr.
WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION, Fourth annual Shawsheen River Watershed Association Winter Solstice Celebration, featuring short presentation, entertainment by local musicians and campfire to roast marshmallows, Sunday, Dec. 22, 5 to 7 p.m., Serio’s Grove, 47 Lowell Junction Road, Andover; meet/park in field at 5 p.m. for short walk to pavilion; free, bring refreshments (no alcoholic drinks allowed); bring bells to ring for the raising of Oak King banner; Bob Rauseo, 978-684-2459.
SCREENING ROOM, BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival series featuring “Unfinished Song,” starring Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Thursday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.; “Herb and Dorothy,” documentary on art collecting, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m., free; Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; 978-623-8321, www.andoverseniorcenter.org.
PIANO SHOWCASE, Honors piano students of the Merrimack Valley Music Teachers Association perform a piano showcase Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover; free; 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32; www.mhl.org/eventcalendar.
MYTH BUSTERS, Global Spectrum presents “MythBusters: Behind the Myths,” starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage from the hit TV show “MythBusters,” Saturday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 Merrimack St., Lowell; tickets starting at $40, VIP package $150, includes meet and greet with Jamie and Adam; www.LowellAuditorium.com, 866-722-8780.
— Compiled by Chelsea DeFusco