Got a budding star in the family? Head to Westerly High School’s Babcock Auditorium Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to listen to a fellow who knows a thing or two about helping aspiring child stars achieve success when New York Talent Scout Peter Sklar comes to town. Sklar’s list of protégés includes such TV and film veterans as Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Mischa Barton, along with a number of other current actors, singers and dancers. There is no charge for admission but reservations are required. The presentation is suitable for students age seven and older. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by his or her own parent or guardian. For reservations, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join retired physician Mark O’Brien Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Westerly Library Auditorium for the Dante Society of Westerly’s lecture on Dante’s “La Commedia Part Two.” The lecture will include an overview of Dante’s life, world and worldview and will be followed by excerpts from “The Divine Comedy,” the famous poem that takes the reader on a journey through inferno, purgatorio and paradiso. There is no admission and all are welcome.
COLLECTIVE PLAYS JOHN MAYER
Catch a show by members of the Knickerbocker Collective Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Knick when the Phil Adams, Will Evans, Marty Moroney, Tom White and Ben Wise play the music of John Mayer. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit knickmusic.com.
Meet best selling author Luanne Rice Saturday at 2 p.m. when Bank Square Books presents a book launch for Rice’s new novel “Last Day,” when Luanne will be in conversation with Rick Koster of The Day as part of a new book club co-hosted by The Day and Bank Square Books. This event is free and open to the public and an RSVP is not required. Visit banksquarebooks.com or call 860-536-3795.
ALL SHOOK UP
Catch a show with Lisa Marie and John Juxo Thursday when the two musicians return to Perks & Corks on High Street Thursday for a 9 p.m. show to share some of their “sizzlin’ funky R&B, blistering soul, and smokin’ red-hot blues.” Visit perksandcorks.com for more info.
Head to Grey Sail Brewery Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a good cause and good food. Cheers for Charity supports the Maddie Potts Foundation, which was established in November 2017 soon after Maddie’s sudden death on the soccer field in order to carry on the “Maddie Mentality,” Maddie’s legacy of kindness, compassion, hard work, inclusive leadership and perseverance. The foundation awards scholarships, funds for facility upgrades and opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Souper Bowl will feature a soup/stew cook off, raffles and prizes. Tickets are $20 per person.
Sit back and enjoy the acoustic music of guitarist and songwriter James Harris Friday at the La Grua Center, 32 Water St. in Stonington. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission and free for music lovers age 18 and younger. Visit lagruacenter.org or call 860-535-2300 for tickets or information.
Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events/updates/changes, call the individual organization or visit www.thewesterlysun.com/events.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro