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July 17, 2014

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Take up a new project

Local award-winning artist Robin Thornhill has moved her studio to Lawrence and is now accepting registration for ongoing painting classes. Open to beginner through advanced artists interested in painting landscapew and/or still-lifes, classes will focus on creating form through the use of color, light, and value.

Classes are available Monday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon, or Thursday or Friday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Union Crossing Artist Studios, 50 Island St., No. 19, Lawrence. Space is limited. To register call 603-339-1000.

Cracker plays two shows locally

For 20 years, frontman David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman have made up the core of Cracker and now the two will be playing an acoustic duo show at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry and the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.

Lowery and Hickman together are seen as godfathers of the alternative music scene, who turned gently away from plaid-clad grunge in the 1990s with more countrified and bluesy stylings, leading to Cracker’s alternative radio hits, including “Teen Angst,” “Low,” “Get Off This” and “Eurotrash Girl.”

The shows are today at 8 p.m. at the Tupelo Music Hall and Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Blue Ocean Music Hall. Ticket prices vary. For more information visit tupelohalllondonderry.com and blueoceanhall.com.

‘Shrek’ on stage

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, “Shrek the Musical” brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre — not a handsome prince — shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t keep quiet, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand — and his name is Shrek.

Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, “Shrek the Musical” is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!

The show runs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Aug. 24 at the Prescott Park Arts Festival. For more information visit prescottpark.org

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