Experience 'A World of Music'
A World of Music, Middlesex Community College's 2019 spring concert series, begins with "Reflections: Art and Music," an Art Department Faculty Exhibit and accompanying Music Department Faculty Concert, on Friday, with an exhibit opening at 6:30 p.m. (and on view through April 18) and concert starting at 8, in the Donahue Family Academic Arts Center, 240 Central St., on the Lowell campus. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Faculty Art Exhibit opens at 6:30 p.m. in the AAC lobby and will feature sculpture, paintings, ceramics, stained glass, photography, collage and works on paper by Angela Alés, Bill Bradbury, Jeanne Cronin, Joe Eiler, Meredith Fife-Day, Mary Hart, George Herman, Tamara Krendel, Yary Livan, Roneld Lores, Margaret Rack and Carolyn Stock. The exhibit will be on view through April 18.
The Music Faculty Concert begins at 8 p.m. in the AAC Recital Hall and will feature works that reflect the cultures, images and emotions of the artwork in the exhibition. Faculty members Orlando Cela, flute; Carmen Rodríguez-Peralta, piano; and Anna Ward, soprano; will be joined by David Clark, composer/double bass; and Steve Hunt, piano. Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen, Chinary Ung, Jaime León, Jacques Ibert, David Clark and Beau Kenyon will be performed.
Celebrate with SilverTones
Tewksbury's own big band will honor St. Patrick on Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m., with a concert at Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler St. ($10). Try your Irish luck with a door prize and a 50/50 raffle, and bring your own beverages and snacks. Call 978-851-7580.
Perform in front of a crowd
Always wanted to get up on stage and show off your talent? Here's your chance. The Chelmsford Center for the Arts' Cabaret Cafe hosts an open-mike night Friday called "This is My Indoor Voice," hosted by singer/comedian Charlie Smith. Whether it's comedy, music, poetry or performance art, come and try out some new material, fine-tune your work, or just support and enjoy local artists. Best part? It's free, though donations are welcome and appreciated. The microphone is turned on at 8 p.m.
You won't be able to help it when Frank Santorelli headlines Tupelo Music Hall's Night of Comedy on Friday, starting at 8 p.m. ($18). Santorelli (you may know him as Georgie from "The Sopranos") is joined by Marty Caproni and Dave Decker. Tupelo is at 10 A St., Derry, N.H.
Get fit -- and help sick children
The 20th annual Fitness for a Cure, to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, is Saturday, at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., with a family show starting at 11:30 a.m., and the gala at 6 p.m. The first 19 events have raised a total of $4.6 million for St. Jude's. For tickets or donations, visit https://eventapps.stjude.org.
The Parish Center for the Arts, 10 Lincoln St., Westford, hosts the Kurganov-Finehouse Violin/Piano Duo performing "The Deep" on Saturday, from 4 to 5 p.m. The program will include Messiaen Theme and Variations; Chausson Poème, Op. 25; Scriabin 2 Poèmes, Op. 32; and Lera Auerbach Violin Sonata No. 3. Call 978-692-6333 or visit http://westford.org/pca.
Eat too much corned beef
Like you were gonna, right? But also remember, it's not just about Guinness and leprechauns. There's also the corned beef ... and slime? Most restaurants and bars in the state will be serving the latter, but some nonprofit organizations will also be heaping it onto plates. Take your pick from the following (or hit them all):
* Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West St., Leominster, Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:30 ($10, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for children, family cap $25), with Anne O'Connell's Irish-American step dancers performing at 5:30.
* Christian Union Church, 37 West Main St., (Route 225), Groton, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. ($12), with entertainment by Richard Sawyer on piano; takeout meals available. Call 978-272-0145 or 978-448-5480.
* St. John the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex St., Chelmsford, Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. ($18), with a raffle, www.SaintJohnChelmsford.org, 978-251-8571.
* First Church of Christ, Unitarian, 725 Main St., Lancaster, 5:30 to 8 p.m. ($10, $5 for 10 or younger), with Irish music planned.
Oh, and the slime? That's Sunday at Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, on Sunday, from 2-3 p.m., when your kids can make gold slime for the leprechauns while you recover from the night before's corned-beef blitz. Call 978-597-1714.
Don't forget St. Urho
Sure, St. Patrick is the star this weekend. But what about St. Urho? If you don't know, he's the patron saint (wink-wink) of Finland, and he is celebrated every March 16 by the Finnish population of the U.S., including that of Fitchburg. Saima Park, 67 Scott Road, will host a St. Urho's Dinner Dance on Saturday, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. ($20). Dance lessons start the evening, so you have no excuse not to get up on the floor after dinner. Call 978-342-1908 or email LDSULIN@verizon.net, 978-342-1908.
Catie's Closet hosts its eighth annual gala, A Night to Open Doors on Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., at Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury St. There will be dinner, dancing, auctions and a raffle. The charity aims to empower youths to succeed in school, boost their confidence and help them achieve their full potential. It was founded in memory of Lowell High School grad Catie Bisson, who died of a heart ailment at age 20 but wanted to make sure kids in school had the proper clothing. Visit www.catiescloset.org.
Get a dose of the Texas blues
Willie J. Laws has been playing the New England blues scene for six years, so you may have seen the Texas guitar whiz play. If not, he and his band are bringing their funky, rootsy blues to Riverwalk, 35 Railroad Square, Nashua, N.H., on Saturday starting at 8 p.m. ($12 in advance, $15 at the door).