CANADIAN ROYALTY Before the 37th Rockport Chamber Music Festival opens Friday, June 15, you can launch your summer with folk legend Gordon Lightfoot.
Considered one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era, the Ontario native, now 79, will be making his first-ever appearance at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, 35 Main St., on Monday, June 11, and Tuesday, 12.
The iconic troubadour is known for classic folk hits such as “If You Could Read My Mind” and “For Lovin’ Me,” and ‘70s pop hits like “Sundown” and “Rainy Day People.”
Tickets range from $85 to $135. Both shows start 8 p.m. Call 978-546-7391 or visit rockportmusic.org.
CREATING COMMON GROUND What if people put their differences aside and met in the middle to create?
One profound example will debut in Somerville. “Her Story Is” resulted from a yearlong collaboration between female artists from the United States and Iraq. The evening of theater, poetry, visual art, and music will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.
Four American women artists and four Iraqi women artists have communicated via Skype, e-mail, and blogging about their art, their lives, and the relation of both to their countries and the world for the past year. Seven of the artists met for five days in Dubai last December.
The performances and presentations are sponsored by the Fort Point Theatre Channel in Boston; the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass Boston; the Odysseus Project in Boston; the Center for Arabic Culture in Somerville; and partners in Iraq. The Somerville presentation parallel public events in Iraq. The women plan to continue cocreating and overcoming barriers separating their nations.
The free event is open to all. Call 617-750-8900 or visit fortpointtheatrechannel.org.
INDEPENDENCE DAYS If your birthday is heading past the state’s speed limit, do you find yourself wondering how to maintain your independence as you age and in the setting of your choice? Or how to protect your savings and home?
Seniors, their family members, and anyone interested in learning the facts for making wise choices are invited to attend “Protect your Independence and your Nest Egg” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Milano Center, located in the Beebe Estate, 201 W. Foster St., Melrose.
The seminar will be led by Patrick Curley, a certified elder law attorney from the Curley Law Firm in Wakefield. The presentation is free, but a $2 donation is suggested. To reserve your seat, call 781-662-6886.
SPIRITED CONNECTION He is known internationally as the “Medium with a Message.”
Matthew L. Fraser, the best-selling author of “The Secrets to Unlocking Your Psychic Ability,” relays messages from those who have passed to their loved ones left behind like a psychic phone operator.
During readings, he describes specific names, dates, and locations he couldn’t possibly know, leaving audience members feeling in awe.
Fraser will be giving a two-hour group reading at 5:30 p.m. in Peabody on Tuesday, July 10, at the Boston Marriott Peabody, 8a Centennial Drive.
Tickets are $45 per person and must be prepurchased. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 401-573-1360 or visit meetmattfraser.com.
EAT, DRINK, DISH What book club doesn’t include wine?
You can add a fine dinner when you join the Lit House Book Club to dish with other book lovers in Gloucester at Duckworth’s Bistrot, 197 East Main St.
Next book on the monthly menu is “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue.
Charlotte Gordon will moderate the discussion. Her latest book, “Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley,” won the National Book Critics Circle award in biography. Gordon is also the Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Endicott College in Beverly.
SILENT NO LONGER Over 90 years ago, the silent film, “The Man Who Laughs,” captivated audiences around the world.
The 1928 classic based on the Victor Hugo novel will return to the screen in Beverly at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, in a new, 4K digital restoration, accompanied by an original score by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra, at The Cabot, 286 Cabot St.
The film’s central character, Gwynplaine, later became the inspiration for the Joker in “Batman” films and television.
Tickets are $27.50 to $32.50. Door open at 7 p.m. Visit thecabot.org.Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.