Around Cape Ann
---- — This weekend is brimming with cultural events from several public art opening receptions, from Rocky Neck to Boston.
And music lovers have their choices as well, with an abundant array of concerts featuring some of Cape Ann’s finest talent as well as visiting artists. Read on for a sampling:
New Orleans benefit concert
Grammy winner Charles Neville joins Henri Smith and his band for a Mardi Gras style benefit concert at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
This concert was originally scheduled for Feb. 8, but was postponed due to that weekend’s Blizzard of 2013, which struck Feb. 8-9.
All tickets for the February date will be honored. Half of the proceeds go to the YMCA service program, in which Cape Ann teens will join other teens on a service-learning trip to help rebuild the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast city.
General Admission tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for people over 65 or under 18) and $25 at the door for all ages. Tickets are at many North Shore YMCA offices and on-line at: http://www.gimmelive.tv/.
There are a limited number of VIP packages (premium reserved seating, meet & greet, exclusive pre-show party, Cajun inspired buffet catered by Chianti’s of Beverly and more) by calling 978-525-9093.
Captain Phil’s art show
Cape Ann artist Capt. Phil Cusumano will hold an art show and sale at the Gloucester House Restaurant on Friday and Saturday, April 6 from noon to 8 p.m.
To make room for his new works, he is offering his complete inventory in this two-day event.
Captain Phil Cusumano is a signature member of A.S.M.A., I.S.M.P., Marblehead Art Assoc. and Newburyport Art Assoc. Phil’s artistic style is one that envelops the viewer into the mood of a canvas moment.
Whether it’s portraying Gloucester’s fishing heritage or his amazing still lifes, Captain Phil captures in exquisite detail a fascinating whirlwind of emotion you must experience for yourself.
For a preview of the paintings visit www.PhilCusumanoArt.com.
Peter Tysver show
BankGloucester, meanwhile, is hosting a public reception for local painter Peter Tysver on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bank’s lobby at 160 Main St. in Gloucester, where a collection of his work is on display through May 10.
Born in Gloucester into a family of fishermen, Peter was introduced as a teenager to the painters of Cape Ann in the galleries and artist’s studios on Rocky Neck. He attended the Vesper George School of Art, winning its memorial scholarship.
In 1987 he became the owner of Oliver Brothers, and today continues to run the business with partner Gregory Bishop. Among his restoration projects are the Fitz Henry Lane paintings at the Sawyer Free Library and The WPA mural at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in Gloucester.
A prize-winning landscape and still life painter, Tysver has won prizes at the Copley Society of Boston, Fuller Art Museum Annual Exhibition, the North Shore Arts Association and the Rockport Art Association.
‘Gloucester Reads Poetry’
An event titled Gloucester Reads Poetry is set for tonight at 7 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library, and will help kick off a celebration of April as National Poetry Month.
A diverse group of residents will read their favorite poems, hosted by the Gloucester Lyceum. The event has become one of the Lyceum’s most popular events and has proven to be great fun for readers and audience alike.
This year’s readers are: Willie Alexander (musician), Noreen Burke (Gloucester Health Director), Rufus Collinson (city poet laureate), Michele Harrison(attorney), Robert Jedrey (physician), Lara Lepionka (artist), Rabbi Stephen Lewis (Temple Ahavat Achim), Eileen Matz (active citizen and former library board member), Scott Memhard (Cape Pond Ice), Ruth Pino (real estate agent) and David Babson (attorney).
Film: A Place at the Table
The Open Door food pantry and service agency is inviting residents to a special screening of the film “A Place at the Table,” a piece created by same directors and producers who developed “Food, Inc.”
The screening is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cape Ann Community Cinema. The cast includes Jeff Bridges and Rep. James McGovern.
Tickets are priced at $10 at the door. Discount for advance tickets, seniors and students. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Open Door, which last year served one in six Gloucester residents. For information, visit www.foodpantry.org.
Leon Redbone concert
The iconic crooner, Leon Redbone makes his Rockport debut tomorrow, Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, presented by M.E. Productions.
Redbone is known as a specialist in early 20th-century jazz and blues standards, as well as Tin Pan Alley classics. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, and network talk shows. With the trademark 1920s Panama hat and sunglasses, Redbone is described as a “throwback to the traveling minstrels, an old Vaudeville act.”
Tickets start at $19, and will be available at the door, at www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.
Bob Franke at Old Sloop
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present Bob Franke on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. with John Schindler opening.
Franke’s songs are considered classics, fueled by his faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30 years of performance from concert halls to street corners. His songs have been recorded and performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, David Wilcox, John McCutcheon, Sally Rogers; and many others.
Schindler, a songwriter, won both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $7 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.
From Vienna to America
The Austro-American Association of Boston presents a musical journey from Vienna to America featuring soprano Diana Jacklin, a former Essex resident, Austrian violinist Hartmut Ometzberger and Thomas Enman on piano.
The concert takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main St. in Rockport. Jacklin now lives in Vienna.
The program includes sonatas, Lieder, songs and short virtuoso pieces by Handel, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Clarence Cameron White and Stephen Foster.
Tickets start at $28; and can be purchased by calling 978-546-7391 or online at www.rockportmusic.org. The Austro-American Association of Boston was founded in 1944. For more information, go to www.austria- boston.org.
Best of Rocky Neck event
The Rocky Neck Art Colony celebrates spring with its show “The Best Of Rocky Neck Exhibition,” which celebrates the diversity of styles, media and techniques, and sense of community among the artists. The colorful exhibit features one piece of current artwork from each of the participating members.
A public meet-the-artist reception takes place on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester.
The show runs through April 28. This exhibition takes over both gallery levels at the cultural center. For more information, visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org.
Blues pianist in Rockport
Veteran blues pianist David Maxwell will be joined by the soulful duo Dwight and Nicole for an unforgettable evening of music on Saturday at 8 p.m.
With a career spanning over four decades, Maxwell has played with the greats, earning a reputation for his low-down, funky improv, and his ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago blues. He has shared the stage with legends like Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker. With over 50 recording sessions under his belt—including James Cotton’s Grammy winning “Deep In The Blues,” Maxwell’s albums continue to garner critical acclaim and award.
Dwight and Nicole perform a fresh blend of spirited blues, rock, and gospel. They have been nominated for six Boston Music awards. Nicole recently won “Female Vocalist of The Year” by the Boston Music Awards and was the 2012 Third Round Winner on The Voice. Tickets start at $18.
Free Conservatory concert
On Sunday at 7 p.m., Boston Conservatory orchestra students under the direction of Russell Ger will perform Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” at the Shalin Liu Performance Center at 35 Main St. in Rockport.
Originally written as the score for a 13-member chamber orchestra for a ballet commissioned by Martha Graham, “Appalachian Spring” premiered in 1944 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and Copland (1900-1990) received the Pulitzer Prize for the work. This includes a talk by Elizabeth Seitz.
This Rockport Music event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Scenes from the movie “The Heiress,” for which Aaron Copland won an Oscar, will be shown.
Ger is a native of Australia, holds degrees from the University of New South Wales and the Boston Conservatory. Active as a conductor in Australia and the United States, Ger can be found both on the concert stage as well as conducting opera. He recently joined violinist Itzhak Perlman on a concert tour of Jewish liturgical music.
The orchestra is comprised of: Bethanne Walker, flute; David Dziardziel, clarinet; Mike Meehan, bassoon; Joe Turbessi, piano; Stephanie Skor, violin; Lilit Hartunian, violin; Rhiannon Banerdt, violin; Chia-Li Ho, violin; Debbie Apple, viola; Ken Allen, viola; Nora Karakousoglou, cello; Bryan Hayslett, cello; and Daniel MacDowell, double bass.
Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s a cappella women’s chorus directed by Patti Pike, announces its spring concert series titled “Journey with Friends.”
Now in its eighth season, the 16-women chorus sings a varied repertoire from contemporary pop to traditional folk, African to Greek and sacred to swing.
The three concerts are: Friday at 7:30 p.m. at North Shore U. U. Church at 323 Locust St. in Danvers (tickets: $20/$15 students & seniors); Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 12 School St. in Rockport (tickets: $12/$6 students/seniors), and Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at St. Johnʼs Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester (tickets: $12/$6 students/seniors). For information, visit www.sorellanza.com.
Darren Taylor opening
Darren Taylor, fine furniture designer and craftsman at Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative, presents his newest endeavor titled “Nature Calls.” His new line is inspired by his appreciation of movement in nature - especially in water, waves, and sand.
There is a free public reception Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 121 Main St. in Gloucester. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call 978-283-3996. The show runs through April 20.
Movalli show in Boston
Gloucester artist writer and teacher, Charles Movalli, will have a special exhibition at The Guild of Boston Artists on Newbury Street in downtown Boston, with an opening reception Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The show is titled “Boston: Scenes of the City by Charles Movalli,” and while Movalli is known for his Cape Ann scenes, this is a chance to see some iconic images of Boston.
An Artists’ Talk takes place on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.GuildofBostonArtists.org or call 617-536-7660. The show runs through April 27.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.