DracutArts' next event will be held Friday, May 31, and Saturday, May 1.
An art show opens the event May 31, from 4 to 9 p.m., featuring the works of astrophotographer Ed Ting, a well-known amateur astronomer. His works have appeared in Sky & Telescope, Night Sky, Amateur Astronomy, and Popular Mechanics magazines. His writings have been translated into several languages, and he speaks frequently on the topics of astronomy and astrophotography. He has been on New Hampshire Public Radio, and on the Manchester, N.H.-based TV program, "Star Hop." He is a member of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program and a Jet Propulsion Solar System Ambassador. His website, www.scopereviews.com, is a widely read telescope-review site. He teaches a course on astrophotography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.
The exhibit includes a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., with Ting.
From 8 to 11:30 p.m., there will be a dance; tickets are $15 or $10 for students.
On June 1, the art exhibit will reopen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At 4:30 p.n., author Julie Wu will read from her debut novel, "The Third Son" (Algonquin Books). It was listed as one of "10 riveting reads of May 2013" by O, The Oprah Magazine. Kirkus Reviews calls "The Third Son" an "alluring story that hits all the right emotional buttons and maintains readers' empathy from the first page to the last." The Taipei Times calls it "the best novel featuring Taiwan I've ever read ... a fantastically good read."
Wu received a 2012 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship. Her short fiction won honorable mention in the 2010 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Contest and has been published in Columbia Magazine. Also a physician, she has published creative nonfiction in The Journal of the American Medical Association. She earned a B.A. in Literature from Harvard and spent a year studying opera performance at Indiana University in Bloomington. Currently, she sings professionally, founded the non-profit group, Belmont Composts!, and is a real-estate agent.
At 7 p.m., classical guitarist John Muratore will perform a concert, followed by a reception; tickets are $20 or $15 for seniors and students.
Muratore has performed as a guitar soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Russia. He has performed with numerous ensembles, including Emmanuel Music, Alea III, the Spectrum Singers, the Mastersingers ,Counterpoint and Alma Antigua, a mixed genre trio with jazz saxophonist Marco Pignataro and cellist Naseem Alatrash.
As a soloist, he recently appeared at the Lech (Austria) Classic Festival, with the Ridgefield Symphony, Vermont Symphony, and Symphony by the Sea. He has been the featured soloist at the Academie Festival des Arcs (France), St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Concerts, the Atelier International Concert Series in Paris and AIMS (American Institute for Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria.
The Boston Globe has described him as "a fleet-fingered and musicianly performer" and has characterized his playing as "unleashing so many different varieties of tone and color in quick succession ... a kind of aural iridescence." He is on the faculties of Dartmouth College and Boston University, and is guitar-program coordinator at the All Newton Music School.