Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 14, 2013

Out & About


Founded in 2001, North Shore Dance Alliance is dedicated to supporting and encouraging a wide range of dance on the North Shore. It is open to dancers, teachers, choreographers and dance enthusiasts.

Performances are Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors and are available online at For more information on North Shore Dance Alliance, visit

‘Spelling Bee’ on Reading stage

Colonial Chorus Players is entering its second weekend of performances for “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at The Old Hose House, 1249 Main St., Reading.

The tale of six adolescent outsiders competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime features a cast of area performers.

Shows are Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. The production will wrap up next weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at 8 p.m. For tickets or information, call 781-944-9780 or email Visit for more.

A local take on Japanese pop art

A writer with Andover ties will be featured in an exploration of Japanese art forms next week at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem.

Roland Kelts, whose parents, Drs. Larry and Kaori Kelts, live in Andover, will be a presenter for “Manga Nation: Japanese Design and American Pop Culture,” a celebration of the Japanese cultural phenomena that are all the rage.

Kelts together with teen librarian and writer Robin Brenner will take the crowd beyond the usual notions of cartoon and costume, and fantasy and reality to explore ideas about public and private selves and what the popularity of manga in the U.S. reveals about the changes in American identity.

Kelts is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and a co-editor of the New York-based literary journal, “A Public Space.” His first book, “Japanamerica,” addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop phenomenon. His articles, essays and stories have been widely published.

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