Russian tea, craft class and TV play

The North River Theater performs “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” on its Norwell stage. The cast, clockwise from bottom left: Stephen Doherty, Bill Houldcroft, Mike Whalen, Tom Sousa, Colleen Eccles, Margaret O’Brien, Andrew Burke and Eric Henderson on the table.North River Theater

The North River Theater at Norwell Brought “Laughing on the 23rd floor— Neil Simon’s fictional peek into a mid-century NBC writers room — to his stage at 513 River St.. Inspired by Simon’s own stint for the network in 1953, the piece is centering on a team of writers as they attempt to respond to their show’s star, Max Prince, who faces the threat of cancellation for being too controversial. Performances take place on Fridays and Saturdays from November 18 to 26, with matinees on November 20 and 27. Seats are $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Jan Grabowski, specialist in Jewish-Polish relations during the Holocaust and author of “Endless Night: The Fate of Jews in German-Occupied Poland», will lead a conference at Salem State University on Holocaust Denial. The conference will focus on the trial and sentencing of two academics accused of defaming Poland for acknowledging the role of Poles in the genocide. The conference begins November 17 at 6:30 p.m., will be held in Room 210 of Marsh Hall, 71B Loring Ave., and will be broadcast live. For more information and to register, visit

The holiday season is fast approaching at Boxford The City Library, which is hosting a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. The library, located at 7A Spofford Road, is funding the performance in part through a grant from the Boxford Cultural Council, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The public must register to attend. For more information, see the calendar on

Girls on the run Greater Boston, a program promoting essential life skills among young girls in Greater Boston, is hosting its seasonal fall 5K run for girls in grades 3-5 on November 20. The race will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Hormel Stade, 90 rue Locust in Medford. To register as a volunteer for the event, visit For more information, visit

Chris Isaak brings his “nasty game» and a new Christmas album for Lexington’s Cary Memorial Hall on November 25. The platinum-selling songwriter-songwriter will perform tunes from “Everybody knows it’s Christmas— released earlier this year — with backing from his longtime band, Silvertone. The show starts at 8 p.m. on the stage at 1605 Mass. Ave. Tickets cost between $59 and $129. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Abbot Public Library, located at 3 Brook Road in marble headguest adult members of the community at craft programs in November. On November 14 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the library is hosting “Community craft & chat”, an opportunity for the public to practice crocheting, knitting, embroidery or other crafts. No registration is required. On November 15 at 1 p.m., the library is also hosting an event to teach community members how to create a seasonal centerpiece. The material will be provided by the library. For this event, register by emailing For more information, visit

The McAuliffe Library branch in Framingham organizes an evening exploring the history of tea in Russia. Drawing inspiration from works of art, literature and a collection of traditional samovars and tea accessories from the Museum of Russian Icons, the event will define the role of tea in Russian culture. Attendees can join in person at 746 Water St. on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., and the evening will also be streamed live. For more information and to register virtually, visit

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