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The Insiders: No veggies found at this meat fest

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

    Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

    (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa<br/><br/>(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Vegetarians, we love you, but you’ll want to avert your eyes for the remainder of this column. Tonight, it’s all about meat! Mosey on down to the Grappone Conference Center (70 Constitution Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. for the first ever Meat Ball. This celebration of all things meat will feature newgrass music from the Hickory Horned Devils (although Hickory Smoked Devils might be more appropriate for the occasion) and a meat-cutting demonstration by master butcher Kari Underly. The best part, of course: trying delicious samples from local meat producers! Attire for the evening is classified as “Country Fancy,” so get out your fresh-pressed overalls and your Lady Gaga meat dresses and head on down. Tickets are $45 and include food and a drink. For more information or tickets, visit newenglandmeatconference.org.

Moving from meat balls to beefcakes, silent film epic Ben-Hur plays at Red River Theatres tonight at 7.

Way before chesty Charlton Heston and his chariot-driving charisma made a career out of convincing oppressors to let his people go, the story of Ben-Hur was told in the golden age of MGM silent movies. The 1925 large-scale tale cost $3.9 million to produce, making it the most expensive silent film ever made (until 2011’s The Artist, technically). Scan the crowd during the iconic chariot race to see some of the most famous silent film stars (Lilian Gish, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore and Douglas Fairbanks, among others) appear as extras. Pianist Jeff Rapsis will accompany the film with live music – kicking it old school! Tickets are $10. For more information, visit redrivertheatres.org.

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