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Mardi Gras concert
Two New Orleans natives — Grammy Award-winning Charles Neville and Henri Smith and his eight-piece band — will perform a traditional Mardi Gras weekend concert at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Half of the profits will benefit the Cape Ann YMCA teen trip to rebuild New Orleans. This is the fourth year the program will take local youth to New Orleans on this service-learning trip. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door, or $15 for those over 65 or under 18. There are a limited number of VIP Packages (premium reserved seating, meet-and-greet, pre-show party and more). Tickets on sale at Gloucester Music and the Y Teen Center in Gloucester, at www.gimmelive.tv or 978-525-9093.
‘The Writer’s Block’
The next episode of “The Writer’s Block with John Ronan” will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., on Cape Ann TV’s Channel 12, and will be repeated one week later. The episode features Theresia Millasovich. Theresia, who has a diverse background in everything from managing a dentist’s office to bartending, recently decided she wanted to publish a book. The product, “A Simple Truth,” by Luis Cedillo and Charles Hagen, is a guide to meditation. During the creation process, Theresia taught herself Website layout, proofreading, sales planning and other skills. She shares her experience and includes practical tips on how to get started on your own publication. Ronan, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and former Gloucester Poet Laureate, interviews poets and writers during the half-hour program.