EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 23, 2014

Editor's Picks: Highlights of upcoming events as chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh.

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ‘American Idiot’ at the Opera House

Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical “American Idiot” comes to the Opera House in Boston for five performances only from Friday, Feb. 7 to Sunday Feb. 9.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, “American Idiot” tells the story of three lifelong friends who are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. The show features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, “American Idiot.”

A note to parents: “American Idiot” contains adult content and strong language.

The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington St. Ticket prices vary. Visit http://boston.broadway.com.

Penn’s Sunday School live podcast at Laugh Boston

The comedic magic show that Penn and Teller are bringing to Boston this weekend may be sold out, but if you missed out on tickets you can still catch the larger, louder half of the duo during two live shows at Laugh Boston on Sunday.

The Sunday School show tackles the week’s top stories from the viewpoint of Penn Jillette, the Libertarian/ Atheist/ Skeptic/ Vegas Magician. The show was named the No. 1 new podcast of 2012 by iTunes.

The shows are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Laugh Boston, located in the Westin Seaport Waterfront Hotel directly across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The venue features a full bar and a light fare, quick-serve menu. Tickets to the show are $25. For more information visit www.laughboston.com.

Melissa Ferrick brings ‘truth’ to Tupelo

If you love female alt rock, you will want to get tickets to Melissa Ferrick at the Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, N.H. Showtime is 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1.

Touring in support of “the truth is ...,” her first self-produced album since 2004, Ferrick promises a performance that will candidly take her audience through the ending of one relationship and into the early stages of another. Set to an Americana/alt-country soundtrack, her songs are layered with pedal steel guitars and background harmonies in some of the most lush music Ferrick has produced in her 20-year career.

Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-’90s, Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females that also included Liz Phair, PJ Harvey and college-mate Paula Cole. They sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he invited her to tour as his opening act. Ferrick went on to found her own label and release a number of albums for which she played every instrument herself. Her life took dips and turns along the way and she chronicled every detail in her songwriting.

Tickets for the show are a bargain at $25. Call 603-437-5100 or visit http://www.tupelohalllondonderry.com.

Dwight-Englewood School StringJam at Phillps

The Phillips Academy Music Department presents StringJam featuring students from the Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan 26.

Free and open to the public, the concert is in Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus in Andover.

Dwight-Englewood School is a coeducational, independent school of approximately 900 students in northern New Jersey. Founded in 2008, Dwight-Englewood School’s StringJam has performed throughout New Jersey, New York City, New England and most recently in London. A conductor-less ensemble, the group is comprised of 13 upper school string players directed by violinist/violist Annaliesa Place.

Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For further information, contact the Music Department at 978-749-4260 or email to music@andover.edu.