History lovers, take note

Author Howard Mansfield comes to Methuen's Nevins Memorial Library Sunday, March 18, for a reception and book signing.

Get an in-depth look at Mansfield's philosophies on restoration and renewal in a throwaway age, and his observations on preservation and cultural memory.

The event is free, but seating is limited. Call 978-683-2252 for reservations.

Harp on Gilchrist

Scot born vituoso Celtic harpist and singer/ songwriter, Maeve Gilchrist, will be performing with her trio at The Dolphin Striker, Portsmouth, on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Gilchrist draws on elements from her traditional Scottish background, with influences ranging from Scotish poet Robert Burns to English folk icon, Richard Thompson.

Tickets are $15, available online at www.HeptunesConcerts.com.

Pop goes St. Patrick's Day

The New Hampshire Philharmonic presents Celtic Pops Saturday, March 17, at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be a celebration of the music of Ireland, featuring music from "Riverdance," classic Irish tunes such as "Danny Boy" and "The Wearing of the Green," and other great music inspired by the Emerald Isle.

The full orchestra of the New Hampshire Philharmonic will perform, led by Music Director Anthony Princiotti.

A highlight of the evening will be a celebration of that most traditional of Irish musical instruments, the harp.

Don't Fuhgeddaboudit

The locally shot, award-winning "Boys" plays the Merrimack Valley again for one night only — Monday, March 26. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers at the Lawrence Showcase Cinema.

Tickets are $10 each and are expected to sell out fast. Buy them at: Howe Street Superette 163 Howe St., Methuen; Downtown Java Joe's, 7 Hampshire St.; Methuen; Hayes Tavern, 167 South Union St., Lawrence; First Street Smiles, 7 First St., North Andover; Balducci's Wood Fired Pizza & Wings, 419 South Broadway Salem, N.H.

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