Around Cape Ann
---- — Tonight, Alchemy features an art opening titled “My Two Buddies Show” with a public reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show features giclee fine art digital prints of photos by Joey Ciaramitaro (the Joey C. from GoodMorningGloucester.com) and works by Rocky Neck artist E.J. Lefavour.
This is a good time to take advantage of Men’s Night in downtown Gloucester from 4 to 8 p.m. Ciaramitaro encourages men to step out to shop while enjoying plentiful food samplings at various merchants before stopping for a libation at one of many local establishments.
Gloucester High comedy production
The Gloucester High drama program is performing its winter show this weekend with “Apostrophe’s,” a comedy in one-act written by Bradley Hayward. Shows are at the Gloucester High auditorium on Friday, Dec. 14, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m.
“‘Are you sometime’s amazed at how many apostrophe’s s’ome people manage to fi’t into s’entence’s?’ That’s the problem that needs to be solved in this outrageous comedy. This goofy show has a flexible cast, audience participation, and really fun staging opportunities. It begs to be performed by silly students with a million clever ideas,” according to the playwright’s website synopsis. The cost is $8 adults and $5 for students and seniors. Jape Payette is the advisor for this production.
‘Ralph Coburn in Context’
Cape Ann Museum presents “Chance, Choice — Ralph Coburn in Context,” an illustrated talk by Karen Quinn of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. The program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition featuring work by Coburn, a prominent Cape Ann artist.
Karen Quinn, the Kristin and Roger Servison Curator of Paintings in the Art of the Americas department at the Museum of Fine Arts, will discuss Coburn’s work within the context of its time and place. She will explore Coburn’s innovative techniques, his design background and his time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her talk will examine how his work influenced art trends in Boston, New York and Europe, with Cape Ann the subject of so much of his art.
Quinn earned her bachelor’s degree at McGill University and her master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania, writing on the wood engravings of Winslow Homer for her thesis. Since joining the MFA in 1987, she contributed to the exhibitions and catalogues for “Weston’s Westons: Portraits and Nudes” (1989), “The Lure of Italy” (1992), and “John Singleton Copley in America” (1995). She is an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College. Most recently she has been researching the working methods of Fitz Henry Lane with colleagues in paintings conservation.
The museum is at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Music holiday shows in Rockport
On Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m., Rockport Music presents the 15-member New England Ringers performing classical and holiday favorites. This energetic ensemble plays advanced hand bells and works with a blend of musical moods and styles—from classical transcriptions, familiar favorites, and original compositions, all with a touch of humor.
“A Christmas Celtic Sojourn” will be featured in two shows on Monday, Dec. 17, at 4:30 and 8 p.m. WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan’s acclaimed Celtic holiday show with a festive program features a line-up of singers, musicians, and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition and traditional Irish cheer. For WGBH member discounts, contact the box office at 978-546-7391 or at 35 Main St. in Rockport, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The discount is not available online.
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series continues Saturday, Dec. 15, with Verdi’s “Aida” featuring Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess. For tickets and information, visit www.rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.
An Irish working class Christmas
The Cape Ann Community Cinema will screen “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., with shows continuing over the week. The film, written and directed by Edward Burns, returns to the working-class, Irish-American roots his film “The Brothers McMullen.” Burns weaves an ensemble story of adult siblings dealing with the desire of their estranged father to return home for Christmas for the first time since he walked out on his family 20 years ago. Family rifts emerge, and like with any family, Christmas brings a mixed bag of complicated emotions and dynamics. Alliances form, old wounds are reopened or glossed over, and the possibility for a new hope and forgiveness emerges. The cinema is at 21 Main St., second floor, in Gloucester.
Top blues guitarist
Ronnie Earl, hailed as one of the premiere blues guitarists of his generation, will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. with the Broadcasters. Earl is known for his days as guitarist with Roomful of Blues, and for winning the W.C. Handy Blues “Guitar Player of the Year” award twice. B.B. King was quoted as saying: “He is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud.” His stage name came from blues guitarist and singer Muddy Waters, because Muddy couldn’t remember his last name. So when he would call Ronnie up on stage, he changed his last name to “Earl” as a tribute to blues slide guitarist Earl Hooker, according to a press release.
Rockport resident Tom “Satch” Kerans will open the show. Kerans was the former frontman of the Boston-based band The Catalinas. He has released four solo CDs and was the 2009 runner up in the 92.5 “River Rising Star” showcase. Tickets start at $19. To purchase tickets, visit the Shalin Liu box office at 35 Main St. in Rockport, or call 978-546-7391, or online at www.rockportmusic.org.
Artist open house
Gloucester artist Jude Abbe will hold an open house at her studio at 548 Washington St. on Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. Abbe is a member of North Shore and Rockport art associations.
Holiday open house
An exhibit titled “Images of the Divine Feminine & Sacred Landscapes — The Art of Baraka Robin Berger” will be held at Ananda Shanti Yoga Studio & Wellness Center at 11 Beach St. in Manchester from Friday, Dec. 14, to Jan. 11. A public artist’s reception and wine tasting will be held Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Henri Smith and his New Orleans sound
In their final Gloucester performance of 2012, Henri Smith’s New Orleans Friends and Flavors will perform at the Cape Ann Brewing Co. Pub on Saturday, Dec. 15, starting at 9 p.m. The band, which will showcase the jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll sounds that made New Orleans famous, is led by Gloucester’s own Henri Smith. Smith moved here from New Orleans after being driven from his home by Hurricane Katrina, and is now part of the vibrant local music scene.
Art colony holds annual winter show
The Rocky Neck Art Colony is holding its annual winter show, but this year the event takes place in a permanent home at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on Wonson Street. The show features more than 100 works, including jewelry and ceramics, by more than 58 artists, and runs to Dec. 23. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A Happy Hour Reception will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. A Winter Solstice Potluck Party takes place on Friday, Dec. 21, from 7 to 10 p.m. There is free parking on the Neck. Rocky Neck is a peninsula off East Main Street that extends out into Gloucester Harbor.
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.