MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Spoken word, New England cooking, and pastels

The cast of Green Day’s American Idiot at The Company Theatre Back (L to R): Audrey Clark as Whatsername, Northborough, Jose Merlo as Jose, Attleboro, William Oliver as Will, Weymouth, Sarah Kelly as Heather, Braintree, John Crampton as John, Dedham, Jessica DePalo as Extraordinary Girl, Westborough, Brendan Duquette as Tunny, North Attleboro Front (L to R): Theo Victoria as Theo, Brockton, Evan Cole as Johnny, Natick, Aliyah Harris as Aliyah, Mansfield Photo by Zoe Bradford

THE BOSTON GLOBE – NORWELL The Company Theatre presents the award-winning musical “American Idiot,” a rock musical based on music by the band Green Day. The show features Green Day songs such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and the title hit “American Idiot.” Performances at the theater at 30 Accord Park Drive continue on Sundays, Feb. 10 and 17, at 3 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14 through 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $44, at

SCITUATE Local author Kate Bowler will speak about her cookbook, “New England Invite: Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons,” and her popular lifestyle blog, which chronicles her adventures in home cooking. Her recipes have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, and The Boston Globe. The free program takes place at the Scituate Public Library, 85 Branch St., on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. For more information visit

HINGHAM Hingham author Martha Reardon Bewick will speak about her new book “Tranquility Grove: The Great Abolitionist Picnic of 1844.” Held in Hingham and attended by an estimated 10,000 people, including Frederick Douglass, the event marked the 10th anniversary of the end of slavery in the British West Indies and was widely celebrated by abolitionists calling for an end to slavery in the United States. The free program takes place at Hingham Public Library, 66 Leavitt St., on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. For more information see

NORWELL Warren Winders and Geoffrey Day of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition will speak about the “salter” brook trout that gave rise to America’s first sport fishery during the 1800s. Their habitat has been so degraded by dams and pollution in coastal waterways that only a few survive, but restoration work is underway. The Water Watch lecture series continues at the South Shore Natural Science Center on 48 Jacobs Lane on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. It’s free. For the full program schedule see

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By Robert Knox, correspondent