Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 23, 2014

Events Calendar

Compiled by Chelsea DeFusco
The Andover Townsman


ADDISON GALLERY, “Natural Selections,” drawings from Addison’s permanent collection, through March 2014; "An American in London: Whistler and the Thames," Feb. 1 to April 13; "Industrial Strength: Selections from the Collection," Feb. 1 to April 13; "Eye on the Collection: Artful Poses," Feb. 1 to March 30; 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.

ESSEX ART CENTER, "Every Place" by Allison Cekala and Sarah Pollman and "Enter the Void" by Elissa Salas in Chester F. Sidell Gallery; "Mostly Sunny, Scattered Clouds," new work by Ellen Rich, Elizabeth A. Beland Gallery; through Feb. 14; 56 Island St., Lawrence; Leslie Costello, 978-685-2343 or;

MEMORIAL HALL LIBRARY, Paintings by Robert Crooker of Wakefield, January artist of the month, first floor; 2 North Main St., Andover; 978-623-8401,

ALPERS FINE ART, “The Power of the Power of Suggestion,” first-ever juried show featuring 33 artists, through March 2, 96 Main St., Andover. Gallery hours Wednesdays 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.; 978-760-1829,


ANDOVER BOOKSTORE, Former NHL star Chris Nilan discusses his book about his life after hockey, Saturday, Feb. 1, noon, free; 89R Main St., Andover; 978-475-0143,


STYLE-ATHON, Fundraiser in memory of Colleen Ritzer, Monday, Jan. 27, 4 to 8 p.m., The Vero Salon and Spa, 1 Central St., Middleton, featuring raffles, bracelets, T-shirts, gift baskets and more; all proceeds will benefit the Colleen Ritzer Memorial Scholarship Fund; Wendy Davison, or Liz (Vero Salon), 978-750-4004.

TROOP CHALLENGE, Second annual Town-side Troop Challenge to benefit Homes for Our Troops, compete or be a spectator, Friday, Jan. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.; $25 donation per person or $75 per team; Yang's Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park, Andover;, 978-475-2020.


ISRAELI FOLK DANCING, Israeli Folk Dancing, beginner's' night, Sunday, Feb. 2, 7 to 8:15 p.m., 1580 Osgood St., North Andover; all ages and levels welcome, no partner needed, $2 per person; Anne Schwartz, 781-942-3659,


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING, Free movie night, featuring "The Harvest/La Cosecha: The story of the children who feed America," Friday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6 Locke St, Andover; popcorn, brief discussion following movie, free and open to public; 978-475-4454,

FILM & ORGAN. Screening of the Buster Keaton silent film classic "The General" with accompaniment by concert organist Peter Krasinski on Christ Church's new C.B. Fisk organ, Saturday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets $15, $10 students/seniors, $35 maximum family; 978-475-0529

SCREENING ROOM, BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival series featuring "The Kings of Summer," a coming-of-age tale for older teens and adults, Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.; "Barbara," a German film with subtitles about a young doctor who applies for an exit visa from East Germany, Thursday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m.; free, snacks available; Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; 978-623-8321,

SILENT FILM SERIES, Classic silent film series with musical accompaniment featuring "The Birth of a Nation,"(1915), starring Lillian Gish, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.; free, Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; 978-837-5355.


BRASSERIE 28, Thursday, Jan. 23, Marc Fleury, acoustic, classic rock, top 40s; Friday, Jan. 24, singer-songwriter Ryan LaPerle, folk rock, indie, pop; all music 8 to 11 p.m., 2 Elm Square, Andover;

AMERICAN SAMPLER, New England Classical Singers presents "An American Sampler: Songs of Love and Nature,” featuring Ronald Perera's "Why I Wake Early," Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk, 6:30 p.m.; Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; tickets $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 groups of 10, children and students with ID free;, 978-474-6090.

SENIOR CONCERTOS, Phillips Academy Music Department presents senior students performing three concertos with piano accompaniment, Saturday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover; free; 978-749-4260,

STRING JAM, Students from the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey present String Jam Sunday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy campus, 180 Main St., Andover; free, 978-749-4260,

VALENTINE CONCERT, Mistral Music presents 17th annual Valentine Concert, "Postcards from Around the World: Viennoisseries," Sunday, Feb. 9, 3 p.m., West Parish Church, 129 Reservation Road, Andover; tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, students free with ID; 978-474-6222,,


BEST DESSERT CONTEST, Evening of Sweet Indulgence, hosted by Kiss 108's Billy Costa, Saturday, Feb. 1, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Wyndham Andover, 123 Old River Road; appetizer and dessert tasting, cash bar, live band, silent and live auctions; tickets $35 in advance, $40 at door, $350 reserved table of 10; 978-494-0769, www.SweetIndulgence.Info.

CHINESE NEW YEAR, The Andover Chinese Cultural Exchange celebrates the Chinese New Year, "Year of the Horse," Sunday, Jan. 23, 4 and 6 p.m., China Blossom, 946 Osgood St., North Andover; dim sum buffet, traditional and modern Chinese dances, live cultural music, tickets $30 adults, $25 seniors, $20 children; register at

WINTER WARM-UP DINNER DANCE, Andover Knights of Columbus 1078 holds its Winter Warm-up Dinner Dance, recognizing Bridget Shaheen, executive director of Lazarus House Ministries of Lawrence, Saturday, Feb. 1, Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main St.; cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m.; $75 per couple; GK Paul Dollard,, or DGK Dennis Ricketts,; 978-470-1476.


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