, Gloucester, MA


January 31, 2013

Rainforest lessons from animals

Gloucester High School’s auditorium will be transformed tomorrow, Feb. 1, into a tropical rainforest. A comedy animal show will take place at 6:30 p.m. only, presented by the non-profit organization Understanding Wildlife.

It all started as a dream for founder and director Mike Kohlrieser. In the 1980s, he and wife Marcia became increasingly aware of animals facing possible extinction in tropical rainforests. Using his skills as an animal trainer and stage entertainer, Kohlrieser wanted to educate young and old alike about these animals.

They seek to recreate the sounds and sights of the Amazon region, and offer the audience a chance to see exotic birds, kinkajous, jungle cats, monkeys and snakes. Their goal is simple; to educate and inspire individuals to get involved and make this a better world for humans and animals. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Brown in Rockport

Singer-songwriter Greg Brown will perform tomorrow night, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, presented by M.E. Productions.

Brown, known for his “sandpaper-coarse but sensitive baritone,” offers insights into the realities and foibles of modern life tinged with a hefty dose of humor. Tickets start at $25. For information and tickets, visit or call 978-546-7391.

Artist talk

On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m., Flatrocks Gallery will host a dialogue with Ken Riaf, Jon Sarkin and Paul Cary Goldberg, the artists in the current show titled “Driven.” They will talk about why art is not a choice for them, and how they are “driven.” The discussion will start with an examination of the drive to create, and will no doubt take on a life of its own. The gallery is at 77 Langsford St. in Gloucester. For information, call 978-879-4683.

Symphony fundraiser

The popular Soft Touch Dance Band will lead the February Frolic Dance and Auction to benefit Cape Ann Symphony on Friday, Feb. 1, at Cruiseport, Gloucester from 7 to 10 p.m. State Sen. Bruce Tarr will lead a live auction, which includes a ten-day trip to Europe, Patriots tickets, a chef’s dinner and wine for 12, trips to New Orleans or Sonoma wine country, and more. The event features hors d’oeuvres, desserts and cash bar. For ticket information and reservations, visit or call 978-283-6750.

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