37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival Gives Glimpse into History

The 37th Bread and Roses Heritage Festival takes place this Labor Day in Lawrence and commemorating the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. It is the region’s only Labor Day festival and also honors Lawrence’s multicultural roots and labor history. It features live performances; a tribute at the 1912 Textile Workers’ Strike Monument; Literary Lounge with Porsha Olayiwola, Joy Harjo, Exposed Brick poets and Adobo-Fish-Sauce; Lawrence History Live speakers’ tent with Aviva Chomsky on Central America and immigration; a community forum/panel discussion on Essential Workers; and a Kids Zone with pony rides and animal presentations. Performers include Devon Diep, Cliff Notez, Brandon Falls, No Rats, Cara Brindisi, Free Soil Arts Collective, KDuran Music, Izizwi Dance Studio, Monkey Knife Fight, Myles Bullen, Evelyn Blush, Ceschi and Barefoot Chandy. Bread and Puppet joins for the grand finale.

Haverhill Restaurant Week’s ‘7 Tasty Days of Summer’ Underway Through Next Thursday

Haverhill’s Fourth Annual Restaurant Week, a showcase of culinary delights from more than 30 restaurants, is underway. Haverhill Restaurant Week kicked off last night with L’Arche Boston North’s sold-out Longest Table event, which was relocated because of rain to Bradford Country Club. The event continues today, dubbed as the “7 Tasty Days of Summer,” and continues through Thursday, Aug. 26. Participating restaurants, offering weekly or daily specials, include 110 Grill, Barking Dog, Barrio’s, Benedetti’s Deli, Biggart’s Ice Cream, Bruster’s Ice Cream, Carbone’s Kitchen, Carter’s Ice Cream, Casa Blanca, Essex Street Grille, Fat Greek, G’s Restaurant, Grande Mexico, Hidden Pig, Kobe Buddha House, Krueger Flatbread & Olivia’s, La Pizza Di Forno, Maria’s Family Restaurant.

Volpe Discusses Replica Engraving of Paul Revere’s Boston Massacre Saturday in Haverhill

Andy Volpe is sharing a slide presentation this Saturday at Haverhill’s Museum of Printing on his recently completed replica engraving of Paul Revere’s Boston Massacre. Volpe, who is making available exclusive, limited edition prints of his replica, painstakingly researched and replicated the engraving for the 250th anniversary of the Massacre last March. During his presentation, he discusses how he went about researching and creating his exact-size replica, using the very same techniques that Revere himself used, right down to the same way Revere copied Henry Pelham’s print. He will also discuss a brief history of the many replicas and copies of Revere’s print since 1770, and a history of the original copperplate, which has its own unique story and place in history. Volpe presents Saturday, June 19, at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m., at the Museum of Printing, 15 Thornton Ave., Haverhill.

Tawa Tandoor Restaurant Celebrates Opening on Haverhill’s Northern ‘Restaurant Row’

Tawa Tandoor Restaurant, offering Himalayan, north Indian and Nepali Ayurvedic cuisines, formally opened last Saturday on Haverhill’s northern “Restaurant Row” on Route 125. The Greater Haverhill Chamber helped Tawa Tandoor celebrate the opening at 36 Plaistow Road with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tawa Tandoor’s dishes are based on the principles of Ayurvedic, a tradition that dates back thousands of years and incorporates a wide variety of medicinal, herbal and aromatic spices. The menu offers options for vegetarians, and vegans. Items may also be specially prepared for diners that have dietary restrictions or are gluten-free.

River Street Café Opens in Haverhill, Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Every Day

River Street Café, offering breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, salads, paninis and subs, opened last week on River Street in Haverhill

Business owners Kelly DiFazio and Brenna Whitley and their staff offer dine-in, take-out and delivery options for breakfast, lunch or dinner seven days-a-week. DiFazio tells WHAV the restaurant opened at 558 River St., Haverhill, with little fanfare. “We’ve been really busy. We weren’t expecting it, but we’re definitely ready,” she says. She says renovations began more than a year ago to makeover the space.

Downtown Haverhill’s The Switchboard Expands to Two Locations, Offers Two New Exhibits

Downtown Haverhill’s “The Switchboard” is temporarily expanding to two adjacent locations to help provide greater opportunities for local artists to show and sell their work during the pandemic. A 14-artist group exhibition, “Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead- A Celebration!” is being guest curated by Marc Mannheimer at The Switchboard’s main location at 43 Washington St. The event kicks off with receptions Saturday, Oct 31, and Sunday, Nov 1, both from 3-6 p.m.

Mannheimer and several other artists will be constructing an altar where it is traditional in Mexican culture to place personal items and food to honor and celebrate those that have died, assisting in their spiritual journey. Those attending the show and the opening may, with the permission of the curator, offer an item for the altar to remember the spirit of a lost loved one. Helen Duncan, October’s artist in residence, presents “What Remains” at the temporary 41 Washington St.

Haverhill Native James Bassi Performs Live Online His Broadway-Bound Score

Haverhill native James Bassi, a New York City-based composer, arranger, music director, pianist and singer, performs live online this Wednesday afternoon. Sponsored by New York University’s Casa Italiana, “James Bassi: The Village to the Vatican” is described as what happens when an Italian-American writes a Broadway musical. The free presentation via Zoom features Bassi performing some of his new score for “The Red Carpet” during “Music for Interesting Times” series. Bassi will also be joined in conversation with Gina Crusco, Underworld Productions, with special guest Dennis Keene, director of Voices of Ascension. The program begins at 5 p.m. Rehearsal pianist for the New York Philharmonic, arranger/pianist for Deborah Voigt and Tovah Feldshuh and composer whose work was featured at the Vatican during Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, Maestro Bassi has also taught high school-age novice composers and created music for the LaGuardia High School chorus.

Four-Color Newburyport with Captain America, The Shadow and Dr. Strange

Thanks to H. P. Lovecraft’s visits to Newburyport in the 1920s and 30s, the Clipper City has received some distinguished visitors of the four-color kind. Captain America, The Shadow and Dr. Strange have all visited Newburyport in their comic book adventures. Technically, they didn’t visit Newburyport per se, but Lovecraft’s version of Newburyport, as chronicled in his story “The Shadow over Innsmouth.” Written in November–December 1931, the story was considered too long and too challenging to serialize in his regular market, “Weird Tales.” Instead, he allowed an amateur printer to publish the story as a book in 1936. The book had so many typographical errors that Lovecraft insisted on an errata sheet (which in turn was loaded with typos). The only book of Lovecraft’s fiction distributed during his lifetime was so poorly done that 200 copies were actually bound, and it’s doubtful most them sold.