The first concert drew a sellout crowd at The Gloucester House last month.
Now, the second performance in the Berklee/Gloucester concert series will take place Friday night at the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School, featuring a vocal group and a neo-Americana folk duo known for its vocals.
The Friday show starts at 7:30 p.m., although the school, located at 2 Blackburn Drive in Gloucester, will be open at 6 p.m. for those who would like to visit the charter school, now in its second year.
First up will be the Dwells, a guitar folk duo coming off a tour of the near South with shows in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
The second set is devoted to the Berklee Voices, who delve into jazz and Latin jazz with intensity, backed up by a quartet on piano, guitar, drums and bass. This group of seven students is led by Diane Richardson, associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
The Berklee/Gloucester Jazz & Roots Scholarship series announced that the May 18 concert at Fuller auditorium is a memorial to Herb Pomeroy, with many of the original members of his big band, along with Berklee faculty.
A new book on Dogtown
The Bookstore at 61 Main St. in Gloucester will host a reading of a new book by Gloucester's Mark Carlotto tonight at 7 p.m.
He will give a slide presentation and lecture on his new Dogtown book titled "The Island Woods," which explores the abandoned colonial settlement, granite quarries, and enigmatic boulders in the wooded interior of Cape Ann.
"Its topographical approach to history makes Carlotto's new book a worthy successor to Copeland and Rogers' Saga of Cape Ann," wrote Greg Gibson of the Ten Pound Island Book Company. "In fact, this is the best book on local history since Garland's Gloucester Guide. Must reading for anyone interested in Cape Ann."
The Seafarer reprise
The Fishtown Players Theater brings for the second weekend its production of "The Seafarer," a black comedy by Conor McPherson.
This tale of redemption involves four drunken poker-playing Irishmen and the devil himself, and is set on Christmas Eve at a Dublin home.
There is a special benefit performance for The Gloucester Writers Center tonight (April 26) at 7:30 p.m. The final shows are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gorton's Theater, home of the Gloucester Stage Company, 267 E. Main St. in East Gloucester.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. For information and reservations, call 978-515-7957.
Farmers' Market benefit is Sunday
The Cape Ann Farmers' Market will host its fourth benefit movie and dinner event on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester.
The benefit is aimed at offsetting expenses, which include marketing materials, tents, storage and staff.
Admission and dinner at the Sunday event costs $30.
The movie, "The Apple Pushers," is a documentary that raises awareness about "food deserts," the places in communities where healthy food is unavailable, and where efforts are being made to lower obesity rates. It is narrated by actor Edward Norton.
The dinner is provided through the courtesy of many local restaurants and farmer market vendors: Soup is from Duckworth's Bistrot, Alchemy and Sea Street Soups, cheese by Common Crow Market, bread by A&J King Artisan Bakers and Markouk Bread, dessert provided by Classic Cooks Catering, beer from the Cape Ann Brewing Company, wine is from the Alfalfa Farm and Still River Winery and spirits are provided by Ryan & Wood Distilleries.
Service is also being provided by Latitude 43 and Common Crow Market, with composting provided by Black Earth Haulers.
There also will be a benefit raffle. Advance ticket purchases are recommended because this event sells out. To purchase tickets, go to: www.CapeAnnFarmersMarket.org.
For more information on the film, visit www.capeanncinema.com,
The 17-week Farmers' Market will operate out of Stage Fort Park for the 2012 season, starting June 21.
Free RHS seniors concert tonight
A free concert tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center will feature nine seniors from Rockport High School in their farewell event.
Performing will be O'Malley Bach, Alex Cleaves, Nathan Cruz, Emily Good, Aedan McCarthy, Joey O'Brien, Emma Ottenheimer, Savannah Reed and Ben Tuck.
Styles will range from show tunes to sea shanties, from boogie-woogie to Bob Dylan, and from Morlacchi to Mozart.
The Met's full 'Ring' on Shalin Liu HD
Rockport Music will persent a Met HD telecast reprise of Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Shalin Liu Performance Center including two free related events, beginning on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. with a Ring Cycle Lecture presented by Elizabeth Steitz.
This lecture is free, as is the showing of a documentary film called "Wagner's Dream" about the Met's production on Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
The Met HD reprises will be shown as follows: Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. — "Das Rheingold;" Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. — "Die Walkure;" Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. — "Siegfried;" and Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. — "Götterdé§mmerung."
Tickets for each are $15 and $20.
The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Der Ring des Nibelungen" (Ring Cycle) features today's greatest Wagnerian singers, led by Bryn Terfel (Wotan), Deborah Voigt (Brunnhilde), Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried), and Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund). The four-opera epic premiered at the Met in the previous two seasons.
For information, visit www.rcmf.org.
Don White live at cinema
Don White performs his music and comedy at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on April 28 at 8 p.m.
For the past 20 years, he has performed as a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour and folk singer-songwriter. Among his songs are "I Know What Love Is." He has shared the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, and The Band.
He has also released five studio albums, two live albums, a greatest hits collection, and a co-headliner live album with Christine Lavin, as well as two DVDs and his autobiography, "Memoirs of a C Student." Tickets are $15.
Cape Ann Cinema is at 21 Main St., second floor, in Gloucester. For information, call 978-309-8448 or visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
Youth Chorus concert
The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore is having its spring concert "Songs Of Spring" at Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday at 7 p.m.
The program includes songs in celebration of spring, sea shanties and music by Mozart, Aaron Copeland, Handel and Rutter. The Choir is 41 members strong representing 15 North Shore communities.
Cape Ann members include:
From Rockport, Benjamin Adams, Emily Dailey. Whitney Schrock and Katrina Tuck.
From Gloucester, Johanna Couture-Pocaro, Charlotte Salmon, Olivia Francis. Sachi Kojima, Moriah Murphy-Thornley, Shannon Murphy-Thornley and Rachel Wolfe.
From Manchester, Nellie Boling, Madeleine Potter, Tori Potter, Izzi Schmidt and Santana Tosi.
Tickets are $15 and are available at www.rcmf.org or 978 546 7391. For more information on the chorus, visit www.chorusnorthshore.org.
Studio's spring open house
Marty Morgan will hold her annual spring open house from April 28 through May 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at her studio at 428 Washington St., Gloucester.
Stoneware and porcelain serving dishes, vases, lamps and ikebana containers will be featured, while visitors will be able to preview some bowls created for the 12th annual Empty Bowl event coming up on May 10 at Cruiseport.
17th annual Equine EXPO
An Equine EXPO and sale, hosted by the Essex County Trail Association, will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arena at Topsfield Fairgrounds.
This event raises funds to maintain trails in Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich and West Newbury. The expo draws more than 1,000 people each year, with groups and individuals selling anything equine-related (new and used) as well as offering services.
A demonstration ring will be running all day. Planned demos include Rockport's Deb Ramsey with her Paso Fino horses.
Admission is $5 and children under 10 are free. There will be a silent auction, food vendor, and free parking. For more info call 978-468-7715 or e-mail email@example.com.
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