This weekend features everything from Halloween-connected events to a variety of music and art shows.
In the continuing spirit of Halloween, Gloucester’s Henri Smith celebrates “Mardi Gras-o-Ween” when the New Orleans jazz vocalist performs with his band at Cape Ann Brewery in Gloucester tonight at 8 pm.
Costumes are more than welcome as the event celebrates both Halloween and Mardi Gras.
Songs for the Harbor
A “lobstah” dinner and concert take place on Saturday at the West Gloucester Trinity Congregational Church at 488 Essex Ave.
Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., while at 7:30 p.m., Charlee Bianchini will play, accompanied by David Brown, to benefit the Port Community Alliance and its mission to support Gloucester’s legacy of marine industry and marine culture.
Advance ticket purchases are requested. Tickets are $40 for dinner and show, $35 just dinner, and $15 just show. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org with preferred option.
There is a food option of eggplant parm. Tickets are also available at Tiny Island Beach Glass at 44 Main St. in Gloucester.
Day of the Dead
A free Day of the Dead Fiesta reception takes place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Local Colors Artists Cooperative, 121 Main St., Gloucester.
This event salutes the return of departed loved ones two days a year with food, photographs, flowers and drink. A group of 15 local artists are marking Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, with colorful artistic interpretations of this Mexican celebration. The exhibit runs through Nov. 8.
Artists at Farms Library
Manchester painter Gail Gang and woodworker Fred Rossi, will exhibit their work in the Conrad Room at the Beverly Farms Library at 24 Vine St., during the month of November.
Gang’s work expresses her love of color and form in still life and landscape paintings. Rossi strives to balance quiet design and highlights in wood grain pattern throughout his work.
A public reception will be held at the library next Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Trustees of Reservations in Cape Ann is hosting a series called “Know Your Place—Ravenswood Park,” with a few program options, starting on Sunday at 1 p.m. and opening with “Ravenswood Rocks — Geological features walk.”
All are invited to join Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation interpreter John Ratti. The cost is $5 for non-members, and free for members.
Any day, any time, the park has its Hermit’s Haven Quest or the Sweetbay Swamp Quest, which are self-guided clue-based treasure hunts where on will learn stories about the park’s hermit and the Sweebay Magnolia while searching for the Quest treasure box.
The brochure is available at the park’s bulletin board or on line at www.thetrustees.org/detective. For more information about programs, call 978-281-8400 or email@example.com.
Museum walking tour/film
While the Cape Ann Museum is closed for renovations, its programs continue, starting Saturday at 2 p.m. with a walking tour in historic Oak Grove Cemetery on Washington Street in Gloucester.
In 1854, six businessmen purchased an oak grove near downtown Gloucester to serve as a new cemetery — part of a national movement to make burial grounds more appealing to the living.
Designed by landscape architects Robert Copeland and Horace Cleveland, this type of city cemetery was the ancestor of the city park. Listed on the national register of historic places, it was the first modern cemetery in Gloucester and is the final resting place of many historic figures.
The tour is led by Museum Archivist Stephanie Buck, Curator Martha Oaks and Director of Education Courtney Richardson, and focuses on merchants, musicians and other notable characters in Cape Ann’s history. This program is free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Reservations required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-491-7872.
On Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., the first of the museum’s film series kicks off at Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester with “Museum Hours.” The film is about a Vienna museum guard who befriends an enigmatic visitor, when the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads.
The film explores their lives, the city, and the way artworks reflect and shape the world. For tickets, visit capeanncinema.wordpress.com.
Last weekend of Flyabout
”Flyabout,” an installation featuring flying sculptures by Brad Story and textile collagraph panels by Camilla MacFayden will be on exhibit through Nov. 2 at the gallery at 77 Langsford St. (Route 127) in Gloucester, Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
‘Castle of Madness’
For the 28th year, Hammond Castle continues its Halloween tradition for two more nights, this Friday and Saturday, with a haunted tour through this medieval-style castle running from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Last tickets, $15) sold at 10:30 p.m.). Parking and ticketing is at Stage Fort Park. Free shuttle buses run continually. Advance tickets at www.HauntCastle.com or at the park.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.