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Concord Currents: What's happening in town this week

Posted by Laura Franzini  November 2, 2012 12:00 PM

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On Nov. 2 and 3, “The Rocky Horror Show” will be presented at the Emerson Umbrella, 48 Stow St. Tickets are $20 to $25 per person. The Nov. 2 show is at 8 p.m. and the Nov. 3 show goes on at 7 and 10 p.m.

The renowned Concord Authors Festival winds up at the end of the week, Nov. 4. Check the site here for information. Sign up, too, because many of the venues have limited space.

The selectmen meet Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Town House.

It’s finally here, and the robo calls and ads can stop! The Presidential Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Please see here if you do not know your precinct and voting location. Be sure to go to the proper precinct. No ID is required, but you must be on the voter list or you will be sent to another precinct.

Looking ahead, Concord resident, renowned physicist, and author Alan Lightman is the featured speaker at the Library Friends’ Thursday Author Series on Nov. 8. Dr. Lightman will discuss his latest book, the critically acclaimed “Mr g, A Novel about the Creation.” Lightman is currently Professor of Humanities at MIT and was the first professor to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities. Prior to his work at MIT, Dr. Lightman was on faculty at Harvard University. Lightman will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Periodicals Room of the Concord Free Public Library, 128 Main St. A question-and-answer period and book signing and sales, courtesy of the Concord Bookshop, will follow his presentation.

Also on Nov. 8, Dr. Peter Gray gives a talk at Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm St., entitled, “What Have We Done to Childhood?” Gray’s presentation is a collaboration of early childhood educators from Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury, and Stow. He argues for more free play time to encourage inquisitiveness and resilience among youth.

The Concord Players present “Mister Roberts” Nov. 2 through 17. Visit here for ticket information. In this 1948 Tony Award-winning classic, a restless crew aboard a cargo vessel idling in the South Pacific is desperately craving some onshore action. When the comedic ensemble clashes with their tyrannical captain, it is Mister Roberts who must bail them out. Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan's moving yet humorous story of an officer who sacrifices his personal quest for the morale of his crew has us reflecting on one man's search for purpose during a time of war.

Take in the new exhibit by Armin Musham at the Albright Gallery, 32 Main St., through Nov. 4. Thinking about the holidays? The gallery is hosting “Give Art” from Nov. 6 to Jan. 6, 2013. It is a special exhibit of well priced original art for holiday giving. Your gift helps local artists. The opening reception is Nov. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Council on Aging is having its famous Harvey Wheeler Holiday Sale Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1276 Main St. The COA will also be doing its "DREAM TEAM clean up Concord" with Holy Family Parish on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Also on Nov. 17, the senior organization will be doing a winterization program with Concord Academy. Concord Academy has chosen to fulfill its commitment to community service by working with Concord senior citizens. The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will clean up leaves, install plastic or storm windows, apply weather stripping to doors, clean out and safety-check basements, replace smoke detector batteries, and do minor repairs, all in preparation for winter. Please call the COA to get on the list before Nov. 13.

View the new exhibit at the Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Rd., for its new exhibit that runs through Nov. 18. It is about art and food. This exhibit brings together artists who work in a variety of media and materials – including edible ones – to express a range of intentions. Some artists use food imagery as a metaphor for human relations and society’s challenges, others to celebrate memory, while others delve into the complexities of the structure of food itself – exploring line, color, pattern, and space. In conjunction with this exhibit, Concord Art Association will be collecting donations of canned goods for Open Table through Nov. 18.

At the Emerson Umbrella, be sure to catch an exhibit featuring Kayo Burmon, resident artist at the Umbrella, with "a collection of very diverse works created over the last few years," Kayo explains. "Sleepless nights are common among artists. It is no wonder: days are replete with action, colors, patterns, images, shapes, sounds, emotions, light and dark, people, stories, news, illness, birth, death, experiences that are both painful and pleasant, nature’s best and worst.… To distill all this in a way that can be translated into a work of art is an enigma. The result? Sleepless nights." Free.

The Concord Museum has a new exhibit, The Greatest Source of Wealth: Agriculture in Concord, in the Wallace Kane Gallery through March 17, 2013.

The library has an agricultural exhibit in conjunction with the Museum. Visit 129 Main Street to take it in. The display is part of a collaborative focus on farming between the library, the Concord Museum, and ConcordCAN. The program offerings include two exhibitions (the library's and also one at the Concord Museum), a film series, a lecture series, and a book discussion of Kristin Kimball's "The Dirty Life" (a featured "Concord Reads" book).

West Concord Open Studios are Nov. 8, 9, and 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dozens of nationally know local, small studio artisans. Great shopping and gifts! Plenty of free parking. A short walk between studios. Map available for all participating studios. Balloons mark each studio entrance. Spend the day! Go to the opening reception on Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Wheelhouse - Bradford Mill, 33 Bradford St., West Concord.

Cheer on the CCHS Patriots. Schedule below:
11/5 Boys varsity golf, 9:30 a.m. at Beverly G&T
Boys JV football, 4 p.m. vs. Wayland High

11/8 Boys freshman football, 4 p.m. vs. Lincoln-Sudbury at LS

11/9 Boys varsity football, 6 p.m. vs. Lincoln-Sudbury at home

11/10 Boys varsity cross country, 10 a.m. E. Mass meet at Wrentham
Girls varsity cross country, 10 a.m. E. Mass meet at Wrentham

The town runs on volunteer energy and commitment. The following boards and committees have openings. If you are interested in service, please follow up with the appointing authority listed below. See the website for more information.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Appeals – Associate Member, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Housing Development Corporation, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Concord Cultural Council, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Conservation Restriction Stewardship Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Library Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Personnel Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Public Ceremonies & Celebrations Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Records & Archives Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
2229 Main Street Committee, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Youth Coordinator Advisory Board, appointed by: Board of Selectmen
Board of Assessors, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Historical Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Natural Resources Commission, Associate Member, appointed by: Town Manager with Board of Selectmen Approval
Board of Health, appointed by: Town Manager
Light Board, appointed by: Town Manager

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