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October 25, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Berklee series returns to city tonight

The weekend gets off to an early start tonight with the relaunching of the Berklee in Gloucester series featuring the music of the Jim Odgren Quintet at The Gloucester House.

The series, which features professors and top students from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, continues in Gloucester produced by gimmeLIVE.

“These concerts offer a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians at familiar venues in our own backyard,” said Peter Van Ness of gimmeLIVE.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m., but the doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a special dinner menu. The Jim Odgren Quintet plays jazz and standard songs in a style steeped in the rich tradition of 50s and 60s Blue Note jazz. The band is co-led by Dave Santoro (acoustic bass) and Odgren (alto saxophone). Joining them are Roberto Giaquinto on drums, Davis Whitfield on piano and Lucian Gray on guitar.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 — cash only — at the door. For advanced tickets, call 978-525-9093.

Free art reception

The North Shore Arts Association is introducing a combined artist and associate members pre-holiday Small Works show titled “Fall for Art,” with a free public artist reception today from 5 p .m. to 7 p.m. at the historic arts association.

This new addition to the season’s regularly scheduled shows will run through Oct. 28. The arts association board and staff want to welcome all to attend the event as the association’s 90th anniversary season draws to a close. This also is an opportunity to purchase of a piece of fine art in which all works are priced under $1,000.

The arts association is at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.

Benjamin Anastas reading

Benjamin Anastas will read from his memoir titled “Too Good to be True” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Harbor Room at 8 Norwood Court in East Gloucester.

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