See 'Stars' on stage

The 4th Wall Stage Company and Worcester Historical Museum present "The Women Who Mapped the Stars," by Joyce Van Dyke, starting Friday at 30 Elm St., Worcester. In conjunction with Women's History Month and WHM's upcoming exhibit on "Space Suits," 4th Wall to presents a chronicle of five women responsible for creating the celestial road map that astronomers use today. Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:30, with Saturday matinees at 2 this and next weekend ($25 general, $20 seniors and museum members, $10 students).

Check out a cello prodigy

On Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, the Concord Orchestra presents a concert program featuring the winner of the Ehlers Young Artist Competition. Each year, the Concord Orchestra features a young performer selected through the annual competition. The competition is open to musicians of high-school age or younger who live in eastern Massachusetts. This year, Hayden Idson, 13, is the featured performer on cello. Both evening's performances start at 7:15 ($25 adults, $30 at the door, $10 under 21),, 978-369-4967.

Hear a '90s Boston indie legend


Singer-songwriter Chris Trapper, formerly of the '90s Boston band The Push Stars, plays solo at Chelmsford Center for the Arts on Friday, starting at 8 p.m. ($20). The acoustic troubadour's songs have been featured in films and on TV. His song, "Any Little Town," by The Push Stars, is still played on some local radio stations. The New York Times has called Chris Trapper's work "classic pop perfection." Visit

Take a peek at Peeps art

Lawrence Library, 15 Main St., Pepperell, is hosting its third annual Peeps Diorama Contest, which is pretty much what it sounds like. Create a diorama of your favorite book, movie, TV show or music group using those little springtime candies that you either love or hate -- Peeps. Starting Saturday and through April 5, you can bring your Peeps diorama to the library, where winners in three categories (ages 12 and under, ages 123 and older, family/group) will be chosen April 6. Visit for contest rules.

Consider a graduate degree

UMass Lowell will host a Graduate Open House on, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St. Anyone interested in pursuing a UML graduate degree are invited to meet with university representatives about on-campus and online programs. UMass Lowell offers 42 master's and 36 doctoral degrees, as well as 70 graduate certificate programs. Visit

Commemorate 'Counter Culture' at the Court

Eleanor Dunfey-Freiburger will be at The Old Court, 29 Central St., Lowell, on Saturday, at 2 p.m., to discuss and sign her new book, "Counter Culture: Clams, Convents, and a Circle of Global Citizens." The book details the Dunfey family -- parents LeRoy and Catherine and their 12 children -- who started Dunfey's Luncheonette in The Acre section of the city. The small business eventually morphed into Dunfey Hotels, Omni Dunfey Hotels and, ultimately, Omni International Hotels. Dunfey-Freiburger, the youngest of the clan, details how the little family business grew -- and how the family lived the ideals of the Global Citizens Circle, the philanthropic arm of the family's endeavors. Visit

Dunk with the Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters will bring their one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills to DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester, on Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. ($30 and up). Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Visit

Stroll down Penny Lane -- in Fitchburg

Beatles For Sale, a New England-based tribute to a little band you may have heard of, plays The First Baptist Church of Fitchburg, 1400 John Fitch Highway, on Saturday, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (suggested donation $10, $7 for seniors, $30 per family). It's a fundraiser to restore the church's kitchen, so it can better meet the needs of the community. The band's repertoire spans the Fab Four's career. Call 978-342-5337 and visit And remember, all you need is love.

Watch 12 short films

Chelmsford TeleMedia and Chelmsford Center for the Arts present the inaugural Chelmsford Short Film Festival on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m., at CCA, 1A North Road (free, though donations are accepted). All 12 films are written and directed by New England-based filmmakers and represent an array of styles, subjects, and are 30 minutes or under. Screening will be followed by an award ceremony where a cash prize will be given to the "Best of the Fest" Film Short, voted on by a panel of eight judges. Those in attendance can vote for the "Audience Award," which will also receive a cash prize. Advance registration recommended at Visit

Celebrate St. Patrick's one more time

The 36th annual Worcester County St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m., at Park Avenue and Mill Street, Worcester. Join in the community celebration, which features floats, bands, color guards, clowns and boosters of Irish heritage. In true parade fashion, you'll get to see a host of local heroes, including firefighters, teamsters, children, beauty queens, elected officials and revelers. This year, the St. Patrick's Parade Committee has chosen Sean Lovely as the grand marshal.