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Friday, February 1, 2002


Lowell Cinema
Hoyt's Acton 4
Lexington Flick
Maynard Arts
Burlington Mall

Concord Players present Sideman

The Concord Players present their second show of the season, Sideman, on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 (matinee), 22 and 23. This portrait of the jazz era, by Warren Leight, will be performed at 51 Walden Street in Concord. Performances are at 8 p.m. (matinee at 2:30 p.m.). Tickets are $14 ($12 for matinee) and may be purchased at the Harness Shop or by calling 1-978-369-2990.

This emotional, moving drama takes the audience to the waning days of the jazz era, and one family's poignant story. The sidemen of the title talented, supporting jazz musicians are colorful characters, obsessed with their music and where their next gig will take them, to the detriment of their family life.

The story is seen through the eyes of the now-grown son of one of the sidemen, who has struggled to urge his alcoholic mother and jazz-obsessed father toward some sort of cohesive family unit. Woven throughout this family story is a chronicle of the music and musicians that made jazz famous.

Directed by Michael Jacobs, who also directed Rumors for the Players two years ago, the cast features Concord resident Lida McGirr. A long-time member of the Players, McGirr was last seen in Our Town. Other cast members include Robert De Vivo, Larry Jay Tish, Gordon Ellis, Mark Baumhardt, Mark Soucy, and Meghan Snowden. To find out more about Sideman or the Concord Players, check out their web site at

Concord Land Trust hosts climate change talk

On Monday, February 11, the Concord Land Conservation Trust will present a public lecture by James J. McCarthy of Harvard University on "Climate Change Impacts That Should Concern Us." The lecture will held in the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

McCarthy is the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and director of Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. He holds faculty appointments in the department of organismic and evolutionary biology and the department of earth and planetary sciences, and he is the head tutor for degrees in environmental science and public policy. His research interests relate to the regulation of plankton productivity in the sea, and in particular the cycling of nitrogen in planktonic ecosystems. For the UN body known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he is co-chair of the working group with responsibility for assessing impacts of and vulnerabilities to global climate change.

His lecture will be the first in a series of three co-sponsored by the Concord Land Conservation Trust and Harvard University dealing with the theme of current concerns in the field of ecology. A group of students from Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord Academy and Middlesex School have participated in the lecture series by studying the topics and meeting in small groups with the lecturers to discuss what they have learned. All lectures are free and the public is welcome.

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