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October 11, 2012

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---- — Crossroads Coffeehouse kicks off its 24th season

Singer/songwriter Greg Greenway will open the latest season of the Crossroads Coffeehouse here in North Andover, Saturday. Show time at 8 p.m., however, the doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.crossroads-coffeehouse.org via PayPal. If not sold out, tickets will be sold at the door on the evening of the concert.

Greenway draws inspiration from all over the map — gospel, rock, blues, jazz and world music. Those influences are evident on his latest CD “Standing by the Side of Love.”

It has been many years since Greenway played the Crossroads, and organizers say they can’t wait to hear him again.

The Crossroads Coffeehouse of the North Parish Universalist Unitarian Church is located at 3 Great Pond Road, second floor, in North Andover. It’s an all age, alcohol-free venue. For more information, visit crossroadscoffeehouse.org or call 978-687-3960.

Contemporary Macbeth

Set in the current day, presented in the original language and featuring a local cast, this “Macbeth” is a dark look at the psychology of ambition and madness. It runs at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College today through Sunday — all shows at 7:30 p.m.

This production is co-produced by the Onstagers, Merrimack’s student drama organization, and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. Adapted for the stage by The Genesius Project under the direction of Fr. Richard J. Piatt, O.S.A. and Claire Kinton ‘12, this contemporary version of Macbeth asks what happens in a digital age where our “king,” the so-called “king-makers,” the media, and the population itself suffer from an increasing paranoia about enemies real and imagined, foreign and homegrown.

“While violence abounds in this play, the real horror is the realization of the seeds of destruction we are able to plant, and the full blown evils we are capable of perpetrating,” said Fr. Piatt.

An opening night reception will follow on campus where over-21 ticket holders can pick up their very own Macbeth scotch glass (while supplies last) and partake in a single malt scotch tasting.

Parental note: Contains images of graphic violence. Not appropriate for children under 15. Running time: approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Tickets are $15 and available at merrimack.edu/rogers. or 978-837-5355.

Panic in the Park!

Do you love to run? How about an Halloween themed 5k Obstacle Run?

On Oct. 27, SmithFest Events will be running Panic in the Park — A Haunted 5K Obstacle Run. The run begins at dusk, and will use headlamps and creative lighting strategies to give the course a haunted feel. Runners will also have to dodge the undead if they want to win this race.

Runners will gather at Hookslide Kelly’s, located at 19 Merrimack St. in Lowell. Buses will transport the runners to nearby Fort Hill to start the race, which will end at Shedd Park in Lowell. Buses will be ready to bring runners back to the Hookslide Kelly’s for a post-race Halloween party.

You can register for the event at PANICinPARK.com and choose your heat time(s). Discounts are available for early registration, starting at $45. Registration is $60 the night of the event. Zombies can join in for $25. Racers must be 21 years of age or older and will each receive a free T-shirt and a voucher for a beer after the race.

For more information contact: Fred Smith at Fred@SmithFestEvents.com or 978-337-8634.