Focus on nature

In a new exhibit at the Merrimac Public Library, local photographer Ken Hilts is sharing works that show he is “At Home Outside.”

Hilts’ images feature wildlife, landscapes, flora and the interaction of structures with natural light. A medical device electronics engineer who balances technology with creativity, he has visited all but one of the United States.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 10 at the library, which is on Route 110 at 86 W. Main St. and open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oscar talk

Get ready for Hollywood’s big night with “The Academy Awards: The Good, the Bad and the Outrageous!” on Tuesday at the Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St.

From 7 to 8 p.m., film buff and high school teacher Frank Mandosa will survey this year’s field, share famous moments from past ceremonies, screen clips and test the audience with trivia.

Admission is free, and all attendees will be entered into a raffle for movie-themed door prizes.

The beat goes on

West African drumming classes are offered on Sundays at The Dance Place in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

From 6 to 7 p.m., master Senegalese drummer Mamadou Diop leads participants in spiritual songs and traditional African rhythms in a joyful, supportive environment.

The lessons cost $10 per person, plus $5 to rent a drum. Everyone is welcome to just drop in; no sign-up is necessary.

Diop, also a rhythm guitarist, is slated to perform with his band at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

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