Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Dublin-born singer and story-teller Tom O’Carroll, who will perform on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. at the One World Coffeehouse at the First Universalist Church at 59 Main St. in Essex.
The folklorist, folksinger and instrumentalist is known for bringing a wealth of stories, humor, and history to his performances. He may perform a plaintive air on the tin whistle or play a rousing traditional song to the accompaniment of the guitar or the bodhran (Irish drum).
For more information, visit oneworldcoffeehouse.org. For reservations, call 978-768-3690. Suggested donation is $15.
More Irish music is on tap on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at local restaurants.
Irish music will play 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Espresso Italian Grille and Pub, 116 Main St., Gloucester.
Kevin Smith will perform traditional Irish music from 3 to 7 p.m. at Seaport Grille at Cruiseport Gloucester, Rowe Square, Gloucester.
Tom O’Brien’s Irish Band will perform original, traditional Irish, and favorite Irish drinking songs starting at 4 p.m. at The Rhumb Line, 41 Railroad Ave., Gloucester.
Michael O’Leary and Bob & Jennifer Strom host an acoustic session of mostly traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic countries from 5 to 9 p.m. at The Landing, 7 Central St., Manchester.
Ricky Lauria will play Irish songs for a St. Patrick’s Day Piano Bar from 6 p.m. to close at Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, corner of Main and Washington streets, Gloucester.
Two Rockport Music events
Rockport Music will present two events this weekend at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Main Street in Rockport.
An exciting young chamber orchestra, The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, will perform Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m.
The award-winning musicians are known for their fresh interpretations of new and old works coupled with their passionate and joyous playing, which earns them standing ovations. The orchestra features soloist performers, principals in major American orchestras, and chamber musicians in a self-conducted chamber orchestra that thrives on the energy and camaraderie of classical music. The Philadelphia Inquirer stated that, “the youthful vigor of the group created a kind of heat that took the music-making to a higher or deeper place.”
Their program includes: Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite”; Purcell’s “Fantasias for Strings”; Stravinsky’s “Concerto in D”; Mozart’s “Divertimento”; and Bartók’s “Divertimento, Op. BB118 for String Orchestra.”
On Sunday, March 17, Ben Verdery will perform a classical guitar concert at 5 p.m. He has been described as “iconoclastic” and “inventive” by The New York Times and “one of the classical guitar world’s most foremost personalities,” by Classical Guitar Magazine. He is a prolific composer with more than 15 albums since 1980. The chair of the guitar department at Yale University, Verdery still tours internationally. Although he is a master of the music of Bach, Janacek, and Strauss, he also is said to “blur boundaries” with his solo acoustic interpretations of Jimi Hendrix.
For this concert, Verdery will perform on a baritone classical guitar that was built for him by Amsterdam builder Otto VoWinkel and this will be his first performance on this guitar, and he is expected to perform Bach’s “Cello Suite in E-flat major, No. 4” on this guitar.
For tickets and more information, visit rockportmusic.org or call 978-546-7391.
A reading: ‘The Turncoat’
Author Donna Thorland will read from her new novel, “The Turncoat,” at 7 tonight at The Bookstore of Gloucester. A Yale graduate, she managed architecture and interpretation at the Peabody Essex Museum for several years. She divides her time between Salem and Los Angeles, where she writes for local networks and directs her own award-winning short films. “The Turncoat” is a novel described as a swashbuckling adventure, full of spies and suspense.
A winter birding event takes place Sunday, March 17, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport. A good locale for birding, more than 100 species were spotted at the park last year. Meet Peter Van Demark in the parking lot for this approximately 2-mile stroll along graded paths and rocky coastline. Learn how to identify some common and uncommon shore, migratory and feeder birds by sight and sound. This hike will occur rain or shine. Bring binoculars. Call 617-828-1728 for more information.
O’Donnell photo exhibit
The work of award-winning photographer and Rockport resident Ann Goolkasian O’Donnell will be on exhibit in the foyer of Sawyer Free Library until March 29. O’Donnell’s work includes photographs of Greece, Turkey, Mexico, and the United States. Also included in the exhibit is an installation piece that is a look at the power of the television, which is a recurrent theme in her photographs.
Rockport book sale
The Friends of the Rockport Library will hold its spring book sale for three days: Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, March 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a bake sale and shop for hardback and paperback books, children’s books, books on tape, videos, and DVDs. All proceeds help support programs at the library, such as the Cabin Fever movies, the Authors Series, museum passes, and children’s programs. The library is at 17 School St. (on the corner of Broadway) in Rockport. For information, visit www.rockportlibrary.org or call 978-546-6934.
Film: Pink smoke at Vatican?
The Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester will present the documentary, “Pink Smoke Over The Vatican,” on Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. The film is about the controversial movement of women seeking to be ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. In 2008, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the modern name for The Holy Office of the Inquisition, issued an order of excommunication for “the crime of attempting sacred ordination of a woman.” The film chronicles the events that led up to this punishment and tells the stories of the determined women and men. Proceeds will benefit the Gloucester Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse. Tickets for this one-night-only show are $10, and are available at the cinema or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
Michael Peters, the author of the sound-imaging poem “Vaast Bin” (Calamari Press), will read at the Gloucester Writers Center on Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. His text- and digital-based work has appeared in journals such as Bright Pink Mosquito, unarmed, SleepingFish, BathHouse Hypermedia Journal, and Hyperrhiz. His visual-poetic manifestations are in avant-garde libraries, special collections, and appear in galleries, journals, and anthologies. His published work includes an essay on Charles Olson and a transcription of Sun Ra’s 1971 lecture for Nathaniel Mackey’s Hambone. Peters cut his sound-imaging teeth in the rock group Poem Rocket. He continues to explore sound-imaging, and is working on a book about sound environment programming – a close study of the work of Charles Olson, John Cage, Sun Ra, and Jackson Mac Low in the post-1945 moment. The Gloucester Writers Center is at 126 East Main St. in Gloucester. (Park across the street). For more information, visit gloucesterwriters.org.
‘Little Mermaid’ extra shows
Due to last Friday’s cancelled show, the O’Maley Innovation School announced an additional “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” performance for this Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. If you had purchased a ticket for March 8, it can be used for the following shows or you can receive a refund. Show times are tonight at; Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults.
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.