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Andover: Real Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, will be the featured performers at Northern Essex Community College’s annual fund-raiser. All proceeds from the event will benefit Northern Essex Community College’s Annual Fund Campaign. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Shawsheen Road. $35. 978-623-8666,

Rockport: Jim Malcolm (right), a Scottish folk singer from Perth, was voted Scotland’s Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and was a finalist for the Scots Singer of the Year award in 2004, 2005, and 2009. See him Saturday, 8 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St. $15. 978-281-0478,

LECTURES Marblehead: “Death of an Empire’’ is the first non-witchcraft-related narrative history of Salem to appear in several decades. It presents the realities of maritime commerce as both a huge money-maker for the owners and an often-fatal calling for the sailors. It shows how Salem’s empire of commerce collapsed, with murderous double disasters - one in a genocidal attack at Sumatra and one at home as Stephen White and Dick Crowninshield were brought together in the infamous White Murder of April 1830. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Free. 781-639-4496.

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