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Architectural historian Rachel Carley will give a talk on the poet James Merrill at La Grua Center in Stonington on Saturday, Feb. 2. The talk is sponsored by the James Merrill House in Stonington.

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Thursday, Jan. 31

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Trustom Pond, 1040 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, South Kingstown.

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike around Trustom Pond. The hike is on flat terrain around the undeveloped salt pond with opportunity for spotting waterfowl and other birds. Hikers should wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. The event is free. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call Sally Hanson at 401-348-9109.

Carrollton in concert

7 p.m.; Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church, 102 Providence-New London Turnpike, North Stonington.

Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church will host a concert with the Christian group Carrollton and special guest Collington. Tickets are $17. For more information or for tickets, visit thelighthouseevents.com.

Naked Canvas

8 to 11 p.m.; Crocker House Ballroom, 35 Union St., New London.

Hygienic’s third annual Naked Canvas body painting competition will feature painted models on the runway and music from Ethan Cash. Tickets are $25. The event is part of Hygienic Art’s annual Hygienic Art XL Art Festival. For more tickets or more information, visit hygienic.org.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 3

“Black Odyssey”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present “Black Odyssey” by Marcus Gardley and inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey.” For tickets or more information call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

“The Burn”

The Wilbury Theatre Group, 40 Sonoma Court, Providence.

The Wilbury Theatre Group will present the drama “The Burn,” by Phillip Dawkins and directed by Logan Serabian. For tickets or more information, call 401-400-7100 or thewilburygroup.org.

Jan. 31 – March 17

Ice Skating

Various times; Washington Trust Skating Rink, 61 Main St., Westerly.

The Washington Trust Skating Rink is open for free skate. Skate rentals are available. For times and more information, call 401-637-7902 or visit oceancommunityymca.org.

Jan . 31 – March 28

Wakefield Idol

7 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Contemporary Theater Company will host the Wakefield Idol singing competition where 64 singers compete for a $1500 cash prize. The competition will run on Thursdays. For more information or for tickets, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 10

“The Night Watch”

Various times; The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, 1245 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will present the U.S. premiere of the drama, “The Night Watch,” by Sarah Waters, adapted by Hattie Naylor and directed by Tony Estrella. Performances will be held on Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit gammtheatre.org or call 401-723-4266.

“Lord of the Flies”

Various times; Smith Center for the Arts, Providence College, Eaton Street, Providence.

The Department of Theatre, Dance and Film at Providence College will present “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding and adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams and directed by Patrick Mark Saunders and John Garrity. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets or more information, visit theatre.providence.edu or call 401-865-2084.

Jan. 31 – Feb. 24

“This is Our Youth”

Various times; Burbage Theatre Company, 249 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket.

The Burbage Theatre Company will present “This is Our Youth” by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Allison Crews. For tickets or more information, visit burbagetheatre.org.

Jan. 31 - March 3

“Macbeth”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” directed by Curt Columbus. For more information or for tickets, visit www.trinityrep.com.

Friday, Feb. 1

Exhibit Opening

5 to 8 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for the February exhibit, “Meet You At The Station.” The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 24. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 401-596-2221 or visit westerlyarts.com.

Misquamicut

Aloha Luau

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Venice Restaurant, 165 Shore Road, Westerly.

The Misquamicut Business Association will host the 14th annual Aloha Luau. The event will feature food from over a dozen local restaurants, including a pig roast, and a silent auction. The Hit Play Band will provide entertainment. The event will support Misquamicut Beach Association’s activities. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For information or tickets, email misquamicut2000@gmail.com or visit misquamicut.org/events.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club

8 to 10:30 p.m.; Westerly Senior Center, 39 State St., Westerly.

Surfside 8 Square Dance Club will hold a dance with Jim DeNigris and cuer Margene Jervis. There is a $8 donation for dancers, free for observers. For more information, call 401-596-1263 or 860-245-0164.

Music Faculty

Showcase

7:30 p.m.; Evans Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London.

Connecticut College faculty will perform works by Mozart, Carl Reinecke, Gregory Wanamaker, and Jan Dismas Zelenka. Tickets are $10 and $5 for seniors or students. For tickets or more information, visit conncoll.edu.

Fashion in the Ballroom

8 p.m.; Crocker House Ballroom, 35 Union St., New London.

Fashion in the Ballroom will showcase local clothing designers creative fashions, a performance by David Dorfman Dance Group, music by DJ Sir Round Sound and guest Poet Laureate Frederick-Douglass Knowles II will give a talk. For more tickets or more information, visit hygienic.org.

Feb. 1, 2

Two one act comedies

7 p.m.; The Prout School, 4640 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield.

The Prout School Performing Arts Department will perform two one-act comedies that address the modern universal human condition, anxiety. “This is a Test” will be performed by underclassmen and “The Chronicles of Jane, Book Seven” will be performed by upperclassmen. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and will be available at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 2

Nordic Voices

6 p.m.; George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High St., Westerly.

The Chorus of Westerly will host the six voice a cappella ensemble Nordic Voices for a program entitled “Everything’s gonna be alright.” The performance is part of the 2018-19 Kent Hall Masters Series. For more information or for tickets, call the Kent Hall Box Office at 401-596-8663 or visit chorusofwesterly.org.

Cassidy Ferry

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop and Café will host a book signing with Cassidy Ferry, author of “The Girl in the Middle.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

James Merrill at home

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

The James Merrill House will host a talk by architectural historian Rachel Carley on James Merrill at Home. A reception will follow. For more information, visit jamesmerrillhouse.org.

Best Friends Girl

8 p.m.; Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston.

Courthouse Center for the Arts will host Best Friends Girl, a Cars tribute band. Tickets are $25. For tickets or more information, visit courthousearts.org or call 401-782-1018.

Livingston Taylor

8 p.m.; Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich.

Livingston Taylor will perform. For tickets or more information, visit greenwichodeum.com.

Winter Speaker Series

2 p.m.; Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

The Newport Art Museum’s 91st annual Winter Speaker Series will host a talk by Vincent Cannato, Associate Professor of history, at UMass Boston, on “The Ellis Island Effect: Attitudes Towards Immigration, Then and Now.” Tickets are $20, $15 for museum members. For tickets or more information, visit newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-8200.

Feb. 2 – March 23

“Whodunit?”

7 p.m.; Contemporary Theater Company, 327 Main St., Wakefield.

Contemporary Theater Company will present an improvised murder mystery, “Whodunit,” based on classic mysteries. Performances will be held on Saturdays. Tickets are $15 and $10 for students. For more information or for tickets, visit contemporarytheatercompany.com.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Langston Hughes Poetry Reading

2 p.m.; Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St., Mystic.

The Mystic Museum of Art will host the 11th annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading. Members of the community are invited to read. Call Gretchen Higgins at 860-857-1060 to read. The event is free. For more information, visit mysticmuseumofart.org or call 860-536-7601.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Exhibit opening

6 p.m.; Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

An opening reception will be held for “Our Story 350 Years,”the Babcock-Smith House Museum and Westerly Historical Society’s exhibit of Westerly history. There will also be a preview of a Babcock-Franklin documentary. The event is free. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.

Feb. 6 – 10

“An Iliad”

Various times; Trinity Rep, 201 Washington St., Providence.

Trinity Rep will present “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s “The Iliad” and translated by Robert Fagles. For tickets or more information call 401-351-4242 or visit TrinityRep.com.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Chocolate Stroll

5 to 8 p.m.; Downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck.

Bricks & Murals Chocolate Stroll fundraiser will feature 14 locations throughout downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck offering chocolate dishes and drinks. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at BricksandMurals.org.

Thursday Hike

10 a.m.; Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park, Tom Harvey Road, Westerly..

The Westerly Land Trust will lead a hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park. The hike is through wooded trails with stumps, roots and rocks and participants should wear hiking boots or good walking shoes. Hikers should also wear solid daylight fluorescent orange as it is hunting season. The event is free. For more information, visit westerlylandtrust.org or call Meg Lee at 860-575-0680.

Arlene Wow!

7 to 10 p.m.; Drwb@24, 24 West Mystic Ave., Mystic.

Award-winning composer Arlene Wow! will perform at the Original Songwriter’s Night. Open mic performances start at 7 p.m. and Arlene Wow! will perform at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. For more information, email linda@lindabonadies.com or visit facebook.com/originalsongwritersmystic.

Science and Religion

4 p.m.; University of Rhode Island Higgins Welcome Center, 45 Upper College Road, Kingston.

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and Rhode Island Episcopal Bishop, The Right Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, will discuss science and religion and consider questions such as: “How much do science and religion disagree?” and “Is there room for both?” For more information, visit uri.edu.

Feb 7 - 24

“Next to Normal”

Various times; Chestnut Street Playhouse, 24 Chestnut St., Norwich.

Chestnut Street Playhouse will present the musical drama “Next to Normal,” by Brian Yorkey, with music by Tom Kitt and directed by Hunter Parker. Performances will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 860-886-2378 or visit chestnutstreetplayhouse.org.

Friday, Feb. 8

Sarah Hanahan Jazz Duo

7 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

La Grua Center will host a performance by Sarah Hanahan Jazz Duo, with Sarah Hanahan, saxophone and Jeremy Galloway, guitar. Tickets are $15 and free for age 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit LaGruaCenter.org or call 860-535-2300.

Marsalis’ Blood

On The Fields

7 p.m.; Groton Public Library, 52 Newtown Road, Groton.

Groton Public Library will host a digital concert performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They will perform Wynton Marsalis’ Blood On The Fields. Gary Buttery of Connecticut College will introduce the concert and provide background about the music. The program is free. For more information, call 860441-6750 or visit grotonpl.org.

L+M Hospital Auxiliary Valentines Dance

7 to 11 p.m.; Mystic Marriott Hotel, 625 North Road, Groton.

The Auxiliary of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital is holding a Valentine Dance. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 if purchased at the door. Proceeds to benefit Heart Health and other Auxiliary Programs. For more information and tickets contact Debbie Gash at 860-691-0606 or debbiegash13@gmail.com.

Saturday, Feb. 9

“The Butler’s Parakeet”

1 p.m.; Westerly Library, 44 Broad St., Westerly.

Stage Door Theater Company will present a live stage reading of the comedy “The Butler’s Parakeet,” written and directed by Eugene J. Celico. The show is not appropriate for children under age 17. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 401-596-2877 or Celico at 401-426-0848.

Rotary Chowder CookOff

Noon to 3 p.m.; Venice Restaurant, 165 Shore Road, Westerly.

The Westerly Rotary Club will hold their 15th annual Chowder CookOff. Local restaurants and culinary students will vie for best chowder awards. Cost is $10 and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

Melissa DaSilva

3 to 5 p.m.; Savoy Bookshop and Café, 10 Canal St., Westerly.

Savoy Bookshop and Café will host a book signing with Melissa DaSilva, author of “Profitable Private Practice.” The event is free. For more information, visit banksquarebooks.com or call 401-213-3901.

Stephen Porter & Chopin the Exile

5 p.m.; La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington.

Boston pianist Stephen Porter’s will perform Chopin’s most haunting scores on La Grua Center’s 1922 Mason & Hamlin piano. Tickets are $15 and free for ages 18 and under. For tickets or more information, visit LaGruaCenter.org or call 860-535-2300.

Winter Speaker Series

2 p.m.; Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave., Newport.

The Newport Art Museum’s 91st annual Winter Speaker Series will host a talk by Richard Dowling, concert pianist and lecturer, on “Great Scott! – A Joplin Celebration.” Tickets are $20, $15 for museum members. For tickets or more information, visit newportartmuseum.org or call 401-848-8200.

Sunday, Feb. 10

Abraham Lincoln

2 p.m.; Babcock-Smith House Museum, 124 Granite St., Westerly.

Local Lincoln scholar, Judge Frank Williams, will give a talk on Abraham Lincoln. The talk is free. For more information, visit babcocksmithhouse.org.

Art of Weaving

1 to 4 p.m.; Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, 14 Railroad Ave., Westerly.

Westerly Weavers & Friends, the guest artist group for the month of February at the artists’ cooperative, will run a hands-on weaving workshop. For more information, visit westerlyarts.org.

Parlor Concert Series

4 and 6:30 p.m.; Stephen Main House,1 Wyassup Road, North Stonington.

The North Stonington Historical Society will present “Exalted Love Art Songs,” featuring tenor Ian O’Brian and pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are requested by calling 860-536-4826.

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