Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Academy of Music history tour; Ed Asner tells tales at screening of ‘Up’

Thursday, April 17, 2014 
(Published in print: Friday, April 18, 2014)
WHERE’S HARRY?

Did you know that a trap door was once cut into the stage at the Academy of Music in Northampton for Harry Houdini’s disappearing act? Or that Frankenstein’s monster himself, Boris Karloff, appeared at the 123-year-old theater? Learn more during a history tour, led by the theater’s former manager, Duane Robinson, April 23, 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 584-9032, ext. 105.

ANOTHER GOOD BET

Actor Ed Asner, the voice to the cantankerous but lovable Carl Fredricksen in the Disney/Pixar movie “Up,” and Bob Peterson, the film’s co-director, will share stories about making the movie at “Play It Up,” which includes a screening of the film, April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music. Benefits ACT NOW, a program for adolescents. www.academyofmusictheatre.com