Lockhart will present a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians. The 1918 theatrical Russian parable meant to be “read, played, and danced” tells the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy.
This is a return visit to the Merrimack Valley for the 53-year-old New York native.
Tickets are on sale for $35 each. For tickets, call the NECC Institutional Advancement events line at 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info. For more information or to request communication access, visit www.necc.mass.edu/signature-event. Discounts are available for students and groups.
Haunted Happenings Grand Parade
A Salem tradition to kick off Haunted Happenings that is filled with pageantry, music, and the enthusiasm of thousands of Salem’s students from kindergarten to college. This year’s parade is Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This year’s theme is Books Come Alive! Parade begins at Shetland Park and ends at Salem Common.
Salem Theatre Co. stages Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”
The production is part of the annual Haunted Happenings celebration. A winner of the Tony Award for best play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. Artistic Director John Fogle directs. Productions are Oct. 3-6; Oct. 10-13; Oct. 17-17; all performances run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 90 Lafayette St.
The Big Draw Festival at PEM
This year the Peabody Essex Museum joins the internationally acclaimed campaign, celebrated for its ambitious reach and simple goal: To get everyone drawing. On Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can create your own sketchbook, discover the meditative benefits of zentangle or leave your mark on the world in sidewalk paint. Grab a crayon and your imagination and remember everyone can draw if given the chance.