Weekend Planner: Lectures, Concerts and the Passion of Christ

Rounding up some of this weekends happenings in Bedford, Concord and Lexington.

It’s Thursday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do this weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities you'll want to take part in this weekend.

1. Cronin Lecture: Separation of Church and State in America
Where/When: Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington; 8 p.m., Friday, March 22
Why Go: This Cronin Lecture on Separation of Church and State in America will feature guest speaker Richard Parker, an expert on religion, politics and public policy from the Kennedy School. Faith Ferguson, the Follen Church archivist and curator/archivist for the Arlington Historical Society, is also a featured speaker.
Pricing: Free

2. Third Annual West Concord Give Back Day
Where/When: Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23
Why Go: Because more than a dozen local shops will donate 5 percent of their sales to 10 local nonprofits.
Pricing: Depends on what you buy

3. Orkestra Marhaba Concert
Where/When: Albright Art 32 Main St, Concord; 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23
Why Go: Because compositions played by this Turkish inspired band offer the listener exciting and unscripted voyages into the Eastern Modal soundscape known as Makam.
Pricing: Free

4. A Citizenship of the Heart: Black Activists and Universal Brotherhood in Civil War-Era Boston
Where/When: National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington; 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23
Why Go: Stephen Kantrowitz, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will show how the fight to abolish slavery was part of a broader campaign by Boston’s African American community to claim full citizenship.
Pricing: Free

5. The Passion of Christ
Where/When: Hancock United Church of Christ, 1912 Mass Ave, Lexington; 4 p.m., Sunday, March 24
Why Go: Because this 2,000-year-old tale, which continues to captivate and move people each Easter season, will be presented through music, word and poetry by the Chancel Choir and Orchestra of Hancock Church on Palm Sunday.
Pricing: Free


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