The free Harbor Loop concert tonight fe
atures something new with a six-piece band called Miss Judy’s Farm, a tribute band to Rod Stewart and the Faces. Two of the musicians, Steve Caraway and James Buhrendorf, are Gloucester residents. Buhrendorf plays not only the mandolin, but 12-string guitar, electric guitar and percussion. Other members are Jay Dellisola on drums, Bill D’Eon on keyboards, Joe Laite on lead guitar, and Jay Martarano on bass. The band concentrates on the first five Rod Stewart records, including hits such as “Maggie May,” “Reason to Believe” and “Stay with Me.”
Another local favorite, Garfish, will kick off the music, which begins around 6 p.m. This is the band’s first appearance at the Loop since 2008. Garfish performs classic rock ’n’ roll from the 1960s and 1970s with its own renditions of classic by Jethro Tull, Chicago, Styx, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Billy Joel, Dropkick Murphys and others. Band members are Walter Piscitello on drums, Kevin Lopes on lead vocals, Doug Comeau on guitar and vocals, Gary Hiltz on bass and vocals and Paul MacEachern on keyboards, guitar and vocals.
Last days of ‘9 Circles’
The psychological thriller, “9 Circles,” will run through Sunday at Gloucester Stage Company. This play was written by Bill Cain, a former Jesuit priest and former artistic director of the Boston Shakespeare Company. Viewers who do not see this show “will not get to experience one of the finest new dramatic plays currently earning high critical praise, audience approval and major writing awards for its play
wright on the regional/national performance circuit. They’re only presenting it one time, folks, so clear your schedules,” according to critical rant.com, a theater review website.
The play has been described as a “raw, emotionally charged quest for salvation set against the backdrop of war” and is based on actual events about an American soldier on trial for his life. The production contains graphic language and brief nudity. Cain was recently interviewed on National Public Radio about this play. The production was presented by Boston’s Publick Theatre in 2011. Director Eric Engel has reunited the Publick Theatre cast — Jimi Stanton, Will McGarrahan and Amanda Collins — to recreate their critically acclaimed roles. The schedule includes a Saturday matinee and a limited number of discount tickets for Cape Ann residents tonight. Tickets are $40. Senior citizen and students are $35. For reservations or information, call 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.org.
The annual Hammond Castle Psychic Faire will take place at the castle this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a fundraising effort to benefit the Hammond Castle Museum. Included in the price of admission to the castle (adults $10, seniors $8, children $6) will be a guided tour through the castle with an emphasis on John Hammond’s psychic experiments, and the psychic bond shared between Hammond and his wife.
Also included in the price of admission to the castle will be admittance to two free workshops. Sandy Sabo, a Gloucester psychic, author, and teacher, will present a workshop on spirit guides and Ramona Garcia will lead a workshop on creating and manifesting abundance. Ramona also will offer readings.
There will be
readings offered in the Great Hall of the Castle, which can be purchased at $25 per 15 minute reading.
For more information, visit hammondcastle.org or call 978-283-2080.
Dog Days and Summer exhibit
The public is invited to an artists reception in Essex at Eventide Art Gallery at 63 Main St. The show,“Late Summer Light & Dog Days of August,” features work by Cape Ann artist B.J. Wayne and Dave Kaphammer. The free public opening event is on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wayne, a member of the Rockport and North Shore arts associations, studied with Jeff Weaver. In addition to her landscapes, she is known for her dog portraits which will be highlighted in this exhibit. There are all kinds of dogs, and miniatures, in several sizes. The works are part of a limited series.
Kaphammer, a student of award-winning pastelist Jeanne Rosier Smith, features his energetic pastels of Crane Beach as well as landscapes. For more information, call 978-890-7198.
Sunday reception at Kahn gallery
H.A. Lind has a two-week exhibit of new paintings of the Cape Ann area called “S
ea Gloucester” at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester. The exhibit will run through Aug. 30 with a free public Meet-the-Artist reception on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 857-891-9054 for more information.
The final concert of the Cape Ann Chamber Music summer series will feature violinist Gabryel Smith, violist Susan Slowick, cellist Velleda Miragias and pianist Kathleen Forgac performing piano quartets by Brahms and Chausson on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester.
Smith is a Gloucester native who resides and performs extensively in New York City where he holds a position with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Slowick, of Gloucester, performs with orchestras and ensembles throughout New England. Miragias returns after an extensive summer concert tour of her native France. Forgac has received musical honors including awards from the Royal Society of Arts in London and the International Piano Recording Competition. The concert is , and is handicapped accessible.
For information, call 978-239-7391.
Final Manchester chamber concert
The final concert of the Manchester Summer Chamber Music series takes place Friday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish Chapel, located at One Chapel Lane, behind the Sovereign Bank in Manchester, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 students and seniors and are available at Manchester-by-the-Book. The last concert of the season offers a smorgasbord of music including a new work by Julian Pellicano, movements from chamber music favorites such as the Mendelssohn Octet as well as a piece for strings and accordion by the tango master, Astor Piazzolla. For more information and to reserve
tickets for the house concert, go to .manchestersummerchambermusic.org.
Czerepak on Rocky Neck
The art of the late Al Czerepak will be featured at Kismet Gallery on Rocky Neck today through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. daily. The event is a unique showing of the local artist’s work featuring art previously unseen by much of the public. Czerepak lived and worked on Cape Ann for more than 30 years and his paintings, metal sculptures and wood carvings are reflections of the environment that nurtured him. He saw art in everything. His work draws high prices at local auctions.
Art show happening
The Thacher Island Association is holding its annual Art and Photography Show with a free public opening event this evening at the renovated Community House on 58 Broadway in Rockport from 7 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Sunday, Aug. 26. The show features hundreds of pieces of artwork of all sizes and prices. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Proceeds benefit the association, which oversees Thacher Island and its twin lighthouses, as well as restoration efforts at Straitsmouth Island.
Bandstand show Sunday
The Cape Ann Big Band performs a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand in Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. This is the final concert of the 2012 season. Concertgoers are urged to bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.davidlbenjamin.com.
Rocky Neck artist Ruth Mordecai will hold her second annual open studio for the next two weekends from noon to 8 p.m. each day, this Saturday and Sunday, and Labor Day weekend on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2 and 3. There will be paintings, drawings, monoprints and collages. Ten percent of the price of work sold will be donated to the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. The location is at 4 Terrace Lane, reachable by the stairway across the street from the Rocky Neck Ave. shop called Imagine. For information, visit www.ruthmordecai.com.
Student “Fame” on Friday
The O’Maley Performing Arts Department present its musical theater camp production “Fame Junior” on Friday, Aug. 24, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the O’Maley auditorium. This show is free to the public. The musical is set during the last years of the “Fame School,” New York City’s celebrated performing arts high school. The story explores issues that confront young people today, such as self-worth and perseverance. This cast and crew is comprised of 50 elementary, middle and high school students.
Music at the museum
Cape Ann Museum presents its next Music in the Courtyard on Friday, Aug. 24, featuring Marni Martin from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. In case of rain the concert will take place inside the museum.
Little Art Cinema
Little Art Cinema is back at its site at Spiran Hall in Rockport at the corner of Broadway and School Street. This week it will feature “Turn Me On, Dammit!,” which runs through next Thursday. Shows start 7 each night, and there is a 9 p.m. show Friday and Saturday.
Stephenson show extended
A Rockport art gallery called “iartcolony” has extended the exhibit of works by Gloucester artist Robert Stephenson through Sept. 4. The exhibit is titled “Visions: of Cape Ann and Beyond.” The gallery is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. at 42 Broadway in Rockport.
For more information, visit iartcolony.com.
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.