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.
The book was reviewed in last week’s New York Times.This event is sponsored by the Gloucester Writers Center and The Bookstore of Gloucester.
Savvy and sophisticated Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel returns to Rockport Music for aperformance of Celtic songs peppered with classical, folk, and world music influences this Saturday at 8 p.m.
The U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, Cassel was recently featured on the cover of this Fall’s Fiddler Magazine. Cassel has toured as a featured fiddler with A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Ensemble Galilei, and Cherish the Ladies. Tickets range from $25 to $39. For ticket information, visit rockportmusic.org.
Liv Ullmann at film event
The Cape Ann Community Cinema will feature special guest with award-winning film actress Liv Ullmann at the screening of “Liv & Ingmar” Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The film is about Ingmar Bergman, the Swedish master filmmaker, and Ullman, who is a summer resident of Gloucester. Ullmann will attend and speak after screening.
This feature documentary is described as an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 films-long relationship between Ullmann and Bergman, constructed as a collage of images and sounds from the timeless Ullmann-Bergman films, behind-the-scenes footage, photographs, passages from Liv’s book “Changing” and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv.
For more information on the cinema, located at 121 Main St. in Gloucester, visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
Searts celebrates emerging artists
A celebration of emerging artists of all genres is the theme for this year’s annual fall benefit for Cape Ann’s arts and culture consortium, the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, or seARTS.
The event takes place at the Bass Rocks Golf Club in Gloucester this Saturday, and features a performance by the Cape Ann Big Band, which had sold-out performances at the Shalin Liu concert hall in Rockport this summer.
The opening act will be the Beverly High School Jazz Sextet. For information on ticket availability, call JoAnne at 978-281-1222.
Local Colors opens new show
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative is presenting a new show titled “Start your Wine-ing,” — a collection of wine accessories and brain teasers crafted by local furniture maker Darren Taylor.
The show runs through Nov. 10. Darren will take orders for commission jobs for Christmas. The gallery is at 121 Main St. in Gloucester. For information, call 978-283-3996 or visit www.local-colors.org.
BSO chamber concert here
The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music group will launch its 2012-13 Community Chamber Concerts series with a free concert here in Gloucester Sunday at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, at the corner of Middle and Church streets.
The concert begins at 3 p.m., and is slated to include Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, and Mozart’s String Quintet No. 2 in C. A reception follows in the church vestry.
The concert is part of an ongoing program by the BSO. Seating is limited and preference will be given to those who order tickets in advance through the BSO at its website or by phone at 888-266-1200.
Eden’s Edge at Crowell Chapel
The refined acoustic and superb piano at the Crowell Chapel in Manchester will resonate with piano trios of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven as Music at Eden’s Edge presents Romancing the Classics, its October concert. The performance takes place on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The restored Crowell Chapel is located at 4 Rosedale Ave. in Manchester. Artists are: Maria Benotti, violin; Colleen McGary-Smith, cello; and Naoko Sugiyama, piano. They will perform Haydn’s Trio in A Major, Trio in D Major “Ghost” by Beethoven, and Trio in C Minor, Op. 66 by Mendelssohn.
This is the final performance for the ensemble’s 2012 concert season. Now in its 31st year, Music at Eden’s Edge is the North Shore’s resident chamber music ensemble. For ticket information and directions, visit www.edensedge.org or call 978-270-4463. Tickets are also available through Crowell Chapel at www.crowellchapel.com or call 617-755-9299 for more information.
HD broadcasts at Shalin Liu
The Met Opera Live in HD 2012-13 season continues Saturday at 12:55 p.m. with Verdi’s masterpiece, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, “Otello.”
Next Thursday — Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. — Rockport Music presents England’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” starring Simon Russell Beale. This is Shakespeare’s strange fable of conspicuous consumption, debt and ruin.
The next live opera event is on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 12:55 p.m., when the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents British composer Thomas Adès’ “The Tempest” featuring Robert Lepage’s production starring Simon Keenlyside and Isabel Leonard. For tickets and information, visit rockportmusic.com.
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe starts its fifth season when it kicks off its next Thursday with its production titled “Shakespeare In Two Acts,” a program of comedy and tragedy juxtaposed and consisting of “Visiting Lear” an adaptation of “The Tragedy of King Lear” and “Love on a Midsummer Night,” a 21st-Century take on “A Midsumer Night’s Dream.”
The venue is the Gorton Theatre, home of the Gloucester Stage Company. Performances are Nov. 1-4 and Nov. 9-11, with opening night a pay-what-you-will performance. For more information, visit capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com and Facebook.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.