The Porches of Annisquam tour, a biennial summer tradition, will be held Friday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the seaside village.
Eight homes will welcome visitors to enjoy views over the cove, out toward the lighthouse or across sweeping lawns and granite walls. A tour guide will be at each porch to provide historic information and anecdotes. The Annisquam Village Players will provide a sunset serenade, and the evening concludes at a waterfront home where wine and cheese will be available.
Tickets are $25 and are available at The Annisquam Exchange at 38 Leonard St. in the heart of the village. The telephone is 978-281-0358 or visit annisquamexchange.com. This event is always a sell-out. Proceeds benefit the productions of the Annisquam Village Players.
Live storytellingwith ‘Fish Tales’
Gloucester Writers Center’s live storytelling event, “Fish Tales,” makes its summer return tonight, Aug. 1, at 7:30 at the center at 126 E. Main St. The evening’s theme is “local.” This event is based on NPR’s popular The Moth Radio Hour. Gloucester’s “Fish Tales’ provides an opportunity for people to stand up before a live audience and share a true story. The guidelines are the story must be five minutes and must be told, not read. The stories may be about growing up here, life events, people met, friendships, special locations, etc.
Free outdoor concerts
The Harbor Loop concert series continues this evening at 6:30 at Fitz Henry Lane Park off Harbor Loop in Gloucester, with Dented Schoolbus and Chocktaw Rocket with Tuukis; and on Aug. 8, Garfish and Secret Service.
The free 2013 Summer Concert Series at the Stage Fort Park bandstand in Gloucester takes place Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. featuring the Walker Creek Band, now celebrating 25 years. Ample free parking and restrooms are available. Concertgoers are urged to bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and blankets. All concerts have a rain date of the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. For information, call 978-281-0543.
The Rockport Legion Band continues its 80th season of free summer concerts at the Back Beach Bandstand on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. Kids are welcome, bring chairs or sit on the grass, and popcorn and cold drinks will be available. Jim Davison conducts this week.
Gloucester fireworks benefit
Jalapeno’s on Main Street in Gloucester is helping with the fundraising for Gloucester’s fireworks. Diners who go to the popular restaurant Monday, Aug. 5, from 4:30 p.m. to closing, will help the fund because 10 percent will be donated to the fireworks fund.
Fundamentals, New Moon Reunion Party
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. there will be a new moon celebration at the DogBar on Main Street in Gloucester, featuring the soulful vocals of Greg Coles, and original members of the Fundamentals: Ira Levine, Lon Mackey, Tucker Lindquist, Will Hunt and John Buckner, and friends.
Special Art Exhibition
Ten artist members of the North Shore Arts Association Board of Trustees are featured in an exhibit, now on display through Aug. 10. Each member exhibits five pieces of their finest work in oils, watercolor, acrylic and ink, depicting Cape Ann scenes, portraits, still life, abstract and printmaking works and scenes from travels abroad.
The artists are President Ken Knowles, Co-Vice Presidents Rosalie Sidoti and Dolores Reid, Treasurer Andrea van Gestel, Archivist Peter Tysver and board members Charlesanna Detra, Phyllis Feld, Aileen Lamson, Nella Lush and Roger Salisbury.
For information, call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org.
A ‘guitar god’ in concert
Kaki King, who Rolling Stone magazine named a “Guitar God” a few years back, will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, tomorrow, Aug. 2. King is known for her percussive, virtuosic take on string instruments. The Brooklyn-based guitarist-composer is known for pushing back the boundaries of the usual. For her solo performance, she brings a collection of several rare instruments, including a harp guitar, a dojo, a hybrid between a guitar and koto that King made herself, and, her custom Ovation Adamas guitar. For information and tickets, visit rockportmusic.org.
Final week of ‘North Shore Fish’
Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester play “North Shore Fish” enters its final week at Gloucester Stage. The final performances of the critically acclaimed work take place tonight through Sunday, with two shows Saturday. The closing performance is Sunday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m. Set in a fish packing plant, the action centers on the daily routine of the workers, mostly women, who have come to regard North Shore Fish as a way of life. But despite the jokes, gossip and horseplay that enliven their working day, the women are aware that there are signs of impending trouble. Once a thriving enterprise processing the daily catch of the local fishing fleet, the company is now reduced to repacking frozen fish imported from Japan, and layoffs have begun. For tickets and information, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com.
Genocide filmsand talk
Next Wednesday, Aug. 7, Nicole Rafter will speak on genocide films, focusing on “Night and Fog” by Alan Renais and “Enemies of the People” by Thet Sambath. The event takes place at the Gloucester Writers Center at 7:30 p.m. Rafter began her career as an English teacher, switching to criminology and criminal justice, and earning a doctorate from the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York, Albany. She is now at work on a study of eight 20th-century genocides. For information, visit www.Gloucesterwriters.org.
Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-283-7000 x3445, or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.