, Gloucester, MA

November 21, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Cinema revisits the "Alice' of the '60s

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — Arlo Guthrie once sang that “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant ...” — but today, you’ll have to go to Gloucester’s Cape Ann Community Cinema to see it.

Guthrie’s 1969 hippie holiday classic “Alice’s Restaurant” springs to life once again when the Cape Ann Community Cinema presents its annual showing of the film Thanksgiving evening at 5 p.m., with tickets priced at $10.

The film stars Guthrie, is based on his epic song — and was filmed in the Berkshires, where Alice Brock ran her restaurant and later “Take Out Alice” in the town of Stockbridge, and where Guthrie lives today in the town of Washington.

The presentation benefits Cape Ann’s Open Door food pantry, and guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation.

The cinema is located at 21 Main St. in Gloucester. For information, visit

Tony Bennett’s favorite singer

The Allen Harris Band will perform Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.

Harris, who has been called Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer” is a three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist.

The program includes works from Harris’s latest album, “Convergence.” For tickets and information, visit

Art happening at Walker Creek

A public art reception for a new show titled “Two Studios and a Marriage” will take place on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Walker Creek Furniture in Essex.

The show features new works by Patti and Robert Hanlon that will be on exhibit at Walker Creek through Feb. 17, 2013. The public is invited to attend.

Photos and ‘The

Man at the Wheel’

The Cape Ann Museum presents a talk titled “The Man Who Photographed the Man at the Wheel,” an illustrated talk by Philip Storey, on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The talk focuses on Louis Blend, who spent a half century capturing images taken of Cape Ann locals and eager tourists alike from the shadow of its most iconic landmark at Gloucester’s Man-at-the-Wheel statue and Fishermen’s Memorial. This program is free with museum admission.

Storey, a native of Gloucester, spent 10 years collecting the work of Louis Blend, an amateur photographer who shot thousands of tourists with Gloucester’s Man at the Wheel statue between the years of 1923 and 1973.

Blend, born Levi Blinder, was a shoemaker’s apprentice in Russia before emigrating in 1914. He acquired a camera kit and was able to earn a living taking photos of tourists. He settled the base of his operation at the local statue, and Storey will present a “snapshot” of this unique and underexposed facet of Gloucester lore.

The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit

Skim Rok

Gloucester’s own Mike Goulart of Mile21 will bring his new alternative/punk pop band “Skim Rok” to the Cape Ann Brewing Co. for their first appearance in Gloucester on Saturday at 9 p.m.

The group features Goulart on guitar, Doug Forman (original member of The Fools) on bass, and John Ditty on drums.

Skim Rok plays both originals and covers. Cape Ann Brewing Co. is at 11 Rogers St.

Fifth annual

holiday bazaar

The Cape Ann Museum also opens its Holiday Bazaar to the public next Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., when residents can get a start on holiday shopping with handcrafted items available from artisan vendors: Two Hippies Handbags, Fish & Bone, Mimi, Burrow & Hive, Pelikan Norton, Lynzariums, Skea, Cape Ann Olive Oil, Jeanne Westra Jewelry, Ladybug, Coco and Ruby Makes 4, Janet Egan Designs and Sugarcoated Jewelry.

A portion of the sales will go to support adult and family programming at the museum. For information, call 978-283-0455.

Annual holiday show

The Carlson Gallery at 43 Broadway in Rockport will present a free public open house on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.

This annual holiday exhibit and sale includes paintings, photographs and cards. Works featured include Ohrvel Carlson, Barbara Brewer, Alice Whittaker and Carol Carlson. The show runs throughout December.

Brewer and Whittaker, both photographers, are members of the Rockport Art Association. Carol Carlson, a painter, is a member of the Rockport and North Shore arts associations.

Reiki at Pigeon

Cove Circle

A Reiki presentation will take place at Pigeon Cove Circle on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

The Pigeon Cove Circle is a nonprofit civic organization made up of men and women of Cape Ann and is located at Six Breakwater Ave. in Rockport. New members are always welcome. Non-members are welcome to attend the Nov. 29 meeting. There is no fee and a cover-dish supper will be held. Pre-registration is not required. Those attending are welcome to bring an item for the buffet dinner.

The guest speaker will be Karen Pischke, a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master teacher and tobacco treatment specialist. Reiki does not replace conventional medicine, but complements other therapies.

New artists at gallery

The Central Street Gallery in Manchester has announced that Grace Vasta-Carr and Richard Giedd, both award-winning artists at Central Street, have been juried in as artist members to the Rockport Art Association.

Vasta-Carr, a graduate of the Mass. College of Art has shown her work in the United States and in London, winning awards for her vivid floral paintings. Giedd, a graduate of the Vesper George School of Art, is trained in an atelier system that included still life, portrait and plein air landscape.

A former “Copley Artist,” he has won many awards in Boston including Jurors Choice at the Copley Society Boston.

Music: Berklee

in Gloucester

The next Berklee in Gloucester show takes place next Thursday, Nov. 29, with its first Indie Rock Night featuring Berklee alumni in two bands: Boston Indie Rockers, and The Shills with local rising stars Renee & Joe.

This is an all-ages show, so parents can bring their children and introduce them to the next generation of Berklee rock stars. Advance tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). Tickets are at Gloucester Music, 210 Main St. and The Liquor Locker, 287 Main St. both in Gloucester, or call 978-525-9093 to reserve a spot.

Seeking actors

Interested in acting? Want to participate in a 21st century production of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”?

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe has several roles (from 18 years and up, male and female) still open in this tragedy about ambition, power, intrigue, and politics.

The show runs the first week of March at the Gorton Theatre in Gloucester, with evening rehearsals in Rockport starting in December, breaking for the holidays and resuming in January. For more information and to arrange an interview, contact the director, Joseph Stiliano, at

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at