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Ipswich: “The Girls in the Band,” 7 p.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St.
Ipswich High School music directors Gerry Dolan and Jamie Fremont-Smith present a free, public screening of “The Girls in the Band” at 7 p.m. in the Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. The award-winning documentary tells the seldom-heard stories of female jazz and big-band instrumentalists and their ground-breaking journeys from the late ’30s to the present day. For more information, contact Chris Reif at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-317-6004.
It's a big night for local school performances:
- Check out "The Wizard of Oz," at 7 p.m. at Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, Hamilton. Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens, $10 for adults. Purchase tickets in advance at milesriverwizardofoz.brownpapertickets.com; tickets will also be available at the door.
- Salem High School’s Actors Guild presents a family-friendly performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein, including songs from “Cinderella”; “South Pacific”; “Oklahoma!”; “The Sound of Music” and more. "A Grand Night for Singing" starts at 7 p.m. in the Seifert Auditorium at Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for students, staff and senior citizens.
- Salem High School Drama Club presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at 7:30 p.m. in the M. Ruth Norton Auditorium at Salem High, 77 Willson St., Salem. Tickets are $11 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 978-740-1136.
With only the gibbous (nearly full) moon as a guide, hike through the sanctuary woods and listen for the hoots of owls and the howls of coyotes, and catch glimpses of nocturnal animals that usually move about in complete darkness. Meet in the barn at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, at 7 p.m. and dress for weather. After the hike, return to the barn to warm up with hot chocolate. Flashlights are welcome. This program is designed for families with children ages 6 and older and will be led by education coordinator Cori Brauer. Cost is $7/adult, $6/child for Mass Audubon members; $9/adult, $7/child for nonmembers. Register in advance by calling 978-887-9264 or visit www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.