Compiled by Chelsea DeFusco
The Andover Townsman
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ANDOVER BOOKSTORE, Andre Dubus III, author of “Dirty Love,” Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., free; 89R Main St., Andover; 978-475-0143, www.hugobookstores.com.
MEMORIAL HALL LIBRARY, New York Times best-selling author Alice Hoffman discusses “Survival Lessons,” a crash course in perspective and how to take control of one’s world emotionally, Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.; presented by Friends of Memorial Hall Library and Merrimack Valley Chapter of Hadassah; Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover; register at mhl.org/eventcalendar or 978-623-8401, ext. 31.
SPIRIT OF GIVING, Ironstone Farm hosts Speakeasy Gala, 1920s-inspired evening to benefit Challenge Unlimited, with dinner, music, auction led by Susan Wornick and games of chance, Saturday, Nov. 16, 6:15 p.m., Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St.; tickets $125; 978-475-4056, email@example.com.
YOUTH CENTER FUNDRAISERS, Yang’s Fitness Center hosts a Dance-a-Thon Friday, Nov. 15, 7 to 8 p.m. and 8 to 9 p.m., and Spin-a-Thon, Sunday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to noon, featuring DJ and refreshments; minimum $25 donation required; sponsored by the Andover Youth Foundation to support construction of Andover Youth Center; 5 Dundee Park, Andover; www.YangsFitness.com.
ARTSMART 2013, Bright Horizons at Brickstone presents ArtSmart 2013 Showcase, featuring the original works of children from ages 6 months to 6 years old, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 3 to 6 p.m., 400 Brickstone Square, Andover; www.brighthorizons.com/brickstone, 978-475-7122.
HANUKKAH STORY HOUR, Andover Bookstore presents Rivka Leah and guests in a holiday celebration for ages 2.9 to 6 featuring a reading of “Lots of Latkes” by Sandy Lanton, songs, Hanukkah craft and treats, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Andover Bookstore, 89 Main St., Andover; reservations requested, e-mail Eddirector @BethIsraelMV.org or call 978-474-0540.
SCREENING ROOM, BoomerVenture Screening Room Film Festival series featuring “Quartet,” directed by Dustin Hoffman following the relationships of four opera singers, Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.; free, snacks available; Center at Punchard, 30 Whittier Court, Andover; 978-623-8321, andoverseniorcenter.org.
BRASSERIE 28, Singer-songwriter Ryan Fitzsimmons, folk rock, indie, pop, Thursday, Nov. 14; singer-songwriter Ryan LaPerle, folk rock, pop, Friday, Nov. 15; singer-songwriter Alex Raven, folk rock, indie, pop, Wednesday, Nov. 20; all music 8 to 11 p.m., 2 Elm Square, Andover; http://brasserie28.com.
CULTURAL HISTORY MUSIC, Essex Chamber Music Players hosts a concert featuring soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro, performing music with a local cultural history theme, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Hartleb Technology Center, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill; tickets $15, $10 seniors, students $5 or free with college ID; www.ecmp.org.
LOWELL PHILHARMONIC,“Shakespeare & Company,” Friday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Pawtucket Congregational Church, 15 Mammoth Road, Lowell; $10 suggested donation; www.Lowellphilharmonic.org.
PHILLIPS ACADEMY, Music Department presents the Academy Concert Bands and ensembles, Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., free and open to public; Cochran Chapel, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St., Andover; 978-749-4260 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCE MUSICAL, Andover High School Drama Guild presents “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Thursday, Nov. 21, to Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 p.m.; Collins Center at Andover High School, 80 Shawsheen Road, Andover; tickets $20 adults, $15 students/seniors, $5 AHS students with ID; $5 for all students/seniors Thursday, Nov. 21, only; 978-623-8666, www.andoverdrama.com.
ROCK MUSICAL, Merrimack College Onstagers Dramatic Society presents “Little Shop of Horrors,” Thursday and Friday, Nov. 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover; general admission $12; seniors, students, employees, $10; www.merrimack.edu/community/rogers, 978-837-5355.
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PIANO WORKSHOPS, Free master’s workshop in the art of pianoplaying led by Northern Essex Community College music faculty member Christina Dietrich, Sunday, Nov. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill; firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEA & FLOWERS, The Women of Northern Essex Community College’s annual Membership Tea featuring demonstrations in floral arrangements by Steve Janavicus of Flowers by Steve in Bradford, Tuesday, Nov. 19, noon, Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St., Haverhill; tickets $45, proceeds benefit the Women of NECC Scholarship Fund; 978-556-3789.