“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”: June 14-30, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport. Cost: $30 (Firehouse members receive a 10% discount). For information and tickets: 978-462-7336; https://firehouse.org. Firehouse Center for the Arts will introduce the highly anticipated mainstage production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” presented by Alnoba. With a cast featuring actors of all ages and backgrounds, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the reimagined Biblical tale of Joseph, his father Jacob, 11 brothers and the famous coat of many colors. Told entirely through song with the help of a main character Narrator, the musical follows favored son, Joseph. After being betrayed and sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but is sent to jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his unique ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled, Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family. This is a family-friendly performance.
“Collaboration 5”: 8 p.m. June 14-15 and 5 p.m. June 16, The Actors Studio of Newburyport, 50 Water St., The Tannery, Mill #1, Suite #5. Cost: general admission, $20; $18, seniors and students. For information and reservations: https://newburyportacting.org. The Actors Studio of Newburyport will present “Collaboration 5: 10 Short Plays by Local Playwrights.” Rushton and the WWW will bring 10 new plays to TASN. Among the works in “Collaboration 5” is Rushton’s “Mistranslations,” which is a finalist for the Miami City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting — one of the largest and most prestigious competitions in the country. It was also named Best Play at the 2019 Playwrights Platform festival in Boston.
“Let’s Go Outside”: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 15, refuge visitor center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Free. For information: 978-465-5753. The Parker River National Wildlife Refuge will host its fifth annual, daylong family event called “Let’s Go Outside.” The event is intended to provide children, adults and families with an opportunity to experience a range of outdoor activities including kayaking, surf fishing, archery target shooting, nature and wildlife photography and bird watching. This event will take place rain or shine. There is no preregistration. The event will also provide the public with an opportunity to meet some of the refuge’s staff and volunteers.
Princess & Prince Tea: 3:30-5:30 p.m. June 15, Whittier Home, 86 Friend St., Amesbury. Cost: $10, per person. For reservations: 978-388-1337. Princess & Prince Tea will be held in the garden of the Whittier Home. Participants can dress up in royal costumes and have their photo taken with a princess. There will be treats, games and a special prize at the door.
The Racky Thomas Band: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 16, Glenn’s, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Blues reigns with The Racky Thomas Band. Racky’s vocals and harmonica playing feature traditional Chicago-style blues, plantation gospel (the original blues) and New Orleans R&B.
Amesbury for Africa Pizza Night: 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 18, Flatbread Co, 5 Market Square, Amesbury. For information: 508-561-3766; email@example.com; https://go.evvnt.com/446232-1. Join other supporters of Amesbury for Africa for a community fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza. The Flatbread company will give $3.75 to Amesbury for Africa for each pizza sold. Eat in or take-out. Amesbury Middle School students will present their project to publish African Storybooks in Kinyore to read to kids in the village. Pizza sales and a 50/50 raffle will raise the $450 needed to make this project a reality.
Streets for Everyone: Envisioned in Film: 7 p.m. June 18, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, Newburyport. Free. For information: NewburyportLivableStreets@gmail.com; https://NewburyportLivableStreets.org. Kick off summer with an evening of short films presented by Newburyport Livable Streets at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Learn how communities in the United States and Europe have taken action to make their streets and neighborhoods more comfortable and safer for all their residents. Participants will see how the Netherlands has transformed its streets, towns and cities by prioritizing cycling and walking, and look at what various U.S. cities such as Portland, Oregon, are doing to create more balanced transportation systems. After the films there will be time to talk about what Newburyport is doing to create a more walkable and bikeable city and to discuss ideas for making the city a better place to bike and walk. The evening will end with a preview of the Newburyport Open Streets Celebration, to be held June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the South End. This event is free and open to the public. Funding has been provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.
Sonya Rae and Ryan Taylor with Mark Earley: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 20, Glenn’s, 50 Water St., Newburyport. Another Thursday night edition of music at Glenn’s with Sonya Rae Taylor. Taylor is part of the new breed of blues and soul musicians who are searching for new ways to revitalize the form. She is a guitar slinger, soulful blues belter and a songwriter of depth and craft. Taylor will be joined by her husband Ryan Taylor and Mark Earley on the saxophone to provide a veritable smorgasbord of blues, soul and roots music.
Kitty Cafe: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 21, Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St. Free. The library and the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society are teaming up to bring this event to animal lovers of all ages. Participants will be able to meet pre-adoptable kitties, enjoy some light refreshments, meet Ollivander and hear about his adoption journey, do some kitty crafts and learn more about this rescue organization and how to adopt. Attendees can bring their kitty for a nail trim (for a donation) and pick up some cat care tips.
C-10 Annual Public Meeting: 7-8:30 p.m. June 27, Newburyport Public Library, Public Meeting Room, 94 State St., Newburyport. For information: 978-465-6646; firstname.lastname@example.org; https://go.evvnt.com/443281-0. Victor Saouma, professor of civil and structural engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will provide the keynote address at C-10’s annual Public Meeting. Saouma will provide insights to help the public understand the serious issues unfolding in our backyard. Seabrook Station is the first nuclear plant in the nation known to be affected by alkali-silica reaction or “ASR” — a progressive, irreversible type of concrete degradation. Diane Curran, the nationally known public interest attorney representing C-10, will also provide insights.
“A Revolution of her Own: The Story of American Heroine, Deborah Sampson”: 2-3 p.m. June 29, Meeting Room, Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St. Free. The Friends of the Merrimac Public Library will present “A Revolution of her Own: The Story of American Heroine, Deborah Sampson.” History at Play has garnered nationwide attention for their one-woman, living history performances. It was established in 2010 to create enriching historical entertainment by the portrayal of “influential, but oft forgotten women.” Judy Kalaora, the founder and artistic director, brings to life the legendary women who changed society. The story of Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, fight and be honorably discharged from the American Military (while disguised as a man) will both entertain and enrich one’s knowledge of the American Revolution. This is a family-friendly program and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Printmakers of the Newburyport Art Association exhibition reception: 6-8 p.m. July 29, Sargent gallery, Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St. The Printmakers of the Newburyport Art Association will hold their 16th annual exhibition of artist created prints from June 25 through July 7. The public is invited to an artists’ reception on July 29. The gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays. Among this year’s participating artists are favorites whose work has been displayed and collected for many years and others who are more recent additions. Each year, this group exhibits a variety of printmaking processes and styles. Visitors can expect to see work that has not been shown before in the gallery.
Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance plant sale: through end of June, 8 Maple St., West Newbury. For information: Chris Bentley, 617-905-6371; Sue Abkowitz, 978-465-6823; https://masskenya.org. The fourth annual sale of perennial plants sponsored by the Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance began on May 10 and will continue daily until the end of June. Potted plants are offered at $5 each. The Greater Newburyport/Bura Alliance works to foster friendship and cross-cultural understanding. Among its projects are helping orphans attend primary school by providing school uniforms and providing assistance with school fees for those in secondary school. Other projects have involved health, education, sports for both boys and girls, agriculture and trainings which have brought visitors from Bura to the Newburyport area. New members are always welcome.
Parker Wheeler Sundays at The Grog: 6-10 p.m. Sundays, The Grog, 13 Middle St., Newburyport. Cost: $7. For information: 978-465-8008; http://thegrog.com. Parker Wheeler and Friends perform with guest local musicians.
Mobile Market: 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Pettengill House food pantry, 13 Lafayette Road, Salisbury; and 3-5 p.m. Fridays, First Parish Church Newbury, 20 High St., Newbury. There will be free fresh local produce from area farms to income-eligible community members, sponsored by Nourishing the North Shore. The market is open to everyone.
Overeaters Anonymous Support Group: 3:45-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, Carriage Room, Amesbury Health Center, Highland Street (main entrance first door on left). Cost: free. For information: 978-388-2552; https://oa.org. The Amesbury Meeting of Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step support group for persons dealing with food disorders (compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia). There are no fees, no scales or diets. Participants meet with a group of recovering food addicts, a network of supportive people who live a simple but effective life-style based on the 12 Steps of Recovery. The Amesbury meeting has been meeting weekly since 1992. The Meeting Format focuses’ on the 12 Steps of Recovery supplemented with the AA Big Book.
Newburyport Choral Society ongoing rehearsals: 7:15-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays. For information: http://newburyportchoralsociety.org. Choral members range from high school to retirees joining together to perform concerts with professional orchestra and soloists. NCS presents two major choral concerts annually in December and May.
Community Giving Tree Newburyport Children’s Collection: 10 a.m.-noon on the third Saturday of the month, Cushing Park, 41 Kent St., Newburyport. Look for the van at the Kent Street Playground parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon. Gently used baby equipment and children’s clothing will be collected. There is an urgent need at this time for cribs, car seats and pack and plays. All donations go to children in need on the North Shore.
Lake Gardner Improvement Association meetings: 7 p.m. first Wednesdays, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, 5 Market Square, Amesbury. For information: 373-388-3659; email@example.com. The Lake Gardner Improvement Association is an active advocacy group dedicated to promoting and protecting the lake. The public is welcome to join, get involved and help plan upcoming events.
Tai Chi at the Library: 9:05-9:50 a.m. Fridays, Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St., Newburyport. Improve physical and mental health by joining the free weekly drop-in tai chi class at the Newburyport Public Library. Barb Tindall will lead the class in tai chi and qigong in the form of Wu Dang as taught by Xuan Yun. No experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing. The program is funded by the Friends of the Newburyport Public Library
Rhythm N’ Roots Community Drum Circles: 7 p.m. first Fridays, People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door. For information: 978-834-0367; http://imaginestudios.org. Presented by Imagine Studios. Participants will gather in a circle and share in the group rhythm making and song. Attendees are free to bring drums and percussion instruments, or they can play those provided. All ages and experiences are welcome. Refreshments are provided by The People’s Cafe.
Community Open Mic: 7 p.m. last Fridays, People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport. There is a suggested $5 donation at the door. For information: 978-834-0367; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://imaginestudios.org. Presented by Imagine Studios. Musicians, poets and performers of all ages, genres and abilities are welcome. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments are provided by The People’s Cafe.
West African dance party night: 6 p.m. third Saturdays, Newburyport Elks Club, 25 Low St., Newburyport. Cost: $20. For information: http://bit.ly/westafricandrumcircle. The event will host a raffle, African arts and crafts auction, and live dance music with Mamadou Band. African attire is encouraged.
Drum circle with Mamadou Diop: 6-7 p.m. Sundays, Tannery Dance Place, 50 Water St., No. 34, Newburyport. For information: 978-465-1485. The community is invited to drum with master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Diop every Sunday at the Tannery Dance Place. These low cost drum classes offer spiritual song, African rhythms in a supportive learning community. These classes are offered on a drop in basis for $15 per class, $10 to bring your own drum.