Belmont World Film will host its 20th annual International Film Series, from March 25 to May 16. It will present eight films, accompanied by online and in-person discussions with expert filmmakers and speakers. Three of the films will be screened online and in person at the Majestic 7 Cinema in Watertown or the newton west Movie theater; four will be available online only; and the closing night film on May 16 will be in person at Majestic 7. Films this year include “A Change of Heart” directed by Jérémie Elkaïm and “The Heroics” directed by Maxime Roy. For more information, visit belmontworldfilm.org.
the Arlington The Jazz Festival will host a variety of musical events from April 7-10 at multiple venues across the city. This will be the 11th year of the festival, and it will be headlined by Randy Brecker with Mark Walker and his World Jazz Ensemble. Other featured artists include the band Jesse Williams, El Eco, Tom Ferrante’s Saxafras and The Samba Jazz Project. For more information, visit arlingtonjazz.org.
The PEG Center for Art & Activism in newburyport unveiled its first art exhibition of 2022 featuring the work of three artists/activists who use quilting as a means of addressing social justice issues. “Sowing Dissent: Quilts of Love and Protest” includes quilts by Sylvia Hernandez, L’Merchie Frazier and Penny Mateer. It is on display until April 9 at 3 Harris St. An in-person reception will be held March 24 from 6-8 p.m. at the gallery, with artists participating via Zoom. For more information, visit www.paulaesteygallery.com/events.
The Merrimack Repertory Theater at Lowell will feature Christina Acosta Robinson and Ken Robinson from March 30 to April 16 in “Back Together Again: The Music of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.” The performance is a tribute concert to the iconic duo, who rose to the top of the Billboard charts in the 1970s with songs like “Where Is the Love?” and “Kill me softly with his song”. The theater is located at 50 East Merrimack St., and the performance will also be taped and available on video-on-demand from April 21 through May 1. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit mrt.org.
The Printing Museum of Haverhill is hosting a garage sale and flea market on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sale will take place at 15 Thornton Avenue and is open to the public. Items for sale range from letterpress to cards and inks. In addition to numerous collections and small exhibits, the museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting, and binding machines, as well as a library of printing-related books and materials. For more information, visit museumofprinting.org.
the marble head The Arts Association presents a new exhibition entitled “Joie de Vivre” featuring works by artist Norman Laliberte. The exhibition will be held in the Ballroom Gallery at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., until April 17. It contains 28 paintings, banners and sculptures by Laliberte, creating a celebration of the late artist’s life. Laliberte, who died in September 2021, was an accomplished artist from Nahant and longtime supporter of the arts association. For more information, visit marbleheadarts.org.
the Reading The police department is launching a new program pairing two comfort dogs with police in schools and the community. The program is in partnership with the town and public schools of Reading, and the dogs will spend their time at Reading Memorial High School and in elementary and middle schools. Students who attend one of Reading’s schools are encouraged to submit their suggested names for Lab Puppies via email to [email protected]
The Peabody Institute Library Danvers will host a Zoom program titled “Understanding Your Cat” on March 24 at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature Dr. Rachel Geller, a certified cat behaviorist, who will answer questions from cat owners and give a presentation. For more information and to register, visit danverslibrary.org/calendar/.
Grace Gilson can be reached at [email protected]