, Gloucester, MA

November 7, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Auction tonight aids historic vessels

Around Cape Ann Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Two major benefits are taking place over the next couple of days, starting tonight with an auction event to benefit two historic sailing vessels — the schooner Adventure and the fishing vessel Phyllis A. — at the Elks at Bass Rocks.

The event is open to the public and will feature art, jewelry, antiques, local services, museum tickets and more to benefit the restoration of Gloucester’s oldest fishing vessels.

Tickets are $25 at the door, and the program features a silent and live auction, with light fare to be served by Beach Gourmet and a cash bar. Tonight’s event takes place from 6:30 to 10 at the Elks lodge at 101 Atlantic Road in Gloucester. For more information, call Schooner Adventure at 978-281-8079.

On Saturday, Pathways for Children, the leading provider of early education services on Cape Ann, will hold its major benefit, “A Place At the Table: Giving Children Opportunities for Success,” at Cruiseport Gloucester starting at 6 p.m. The live auction, which starts at 8 p.m., features one-of-a-kind-Parsons tables hand-painted by the area’s top fine artists, as well as other items.

Pathways commissioned 15 artists to transform Parsons-style tables into vibrant works of art with imaginative and distinctive designs.

The Parsons table, known for its simple lines and versatile shape, was designed at New York’s Parsons School of Design in the 1930s and was featured as a style icon in a 2009 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Pathways version is made of high-quality poplar. For more information, visit Tickets may be purchased by contacting Diana at Pathways at 978-281-2400 x320 or

Cape Ann Forum

The Cape Ann Forum will host internationally known conflict resolution expert Donna Hicks for its presentation Sunday at 7 p.m.

The forum will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church on the corner of Church and Middle streets and, like all Cape Ann Forum events, is free to the public.

Hicks is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and teaches conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark and Columbia universities.

She spent nearly two decades facilitating dialogue among communities in conflict in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Cuba and Northern Ireland, and consults with a wide range of corporations and organizations. Hicks co-facilitated a BBC television series with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 2006 and published “Dignity: The essential role it plays in resolving conflict.”

Flatrocks public opening

The owners of Flatrocks Gallery are hosting a new show with a public opening on Saturday.

The gallery has assembled a group of younger artists who embody the process of reinvention in its fall show, “The Next Wave.” There is a free public reception with the artists on Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 77 Langsford St. in Gloucester.

The show depicts how the artists find new ways to use traditional media, to transform and be transformed by their surroundings. The show features Brett Dunton, Jenna Powell, Ben MacAdam, Elizabeth Woodward, Nate Longcope, Daniel Semeraro, Brooks Gibson, Nina Samoiloff, Sean Hurley, Whitney Gibson, Nika Feldman, Jamison Knowlton, Jess Semeraro and Ari Martin.

Anne Cowman paintings

“Impressions in Color” is the title of an exhibit of new works by Anne Cowman on display at the Sovereign Bank in Manchester now through Dec. 4.

This collection of oil paintings has been inspired by the light and shapes found in the coastlines and hills of New England. Cowman has captured the interplay of sky, land and water using only bold strokes of a palette knife and vivid colors.

Actor visits local film fest

Stephen Tobolowsky, an actor in more than 300 movies and television shows, will be a special guest at the Cape Ann Film Festival.

Tobolowsky is a prolific character actor on screen and stage, his work ranging from the E! network to HBO’s “Deadwood” to Fox’s “Glee,” and from Oscar fare such as “Mississippi Burning” to fan favorites such as “Groundhog Day.”

Tobolowsky will visit Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester on Monday at 6:30 p.m., and will perform a story from his first book, “The Dangerous Animals Club.” The book came about as a result of Tobolowsky breaking his neck in 2008 while horseback riding.

Tickets are priced at $15 and $13.50 for cinema members. Tickets are free to anyone who purchases a 10-ticket (or two 5-ticket) “GiftBucket.”

For more information, visit

The art of Ralph Coburn

The Cape Ann Museum is holding a special exhibition, “Arranged by Choice: The Art of Ralph Coburn,” on Saturday, Nov. 10. The public is invited to attend the opening reception that day from 3 to 5 p.m.

Coburn is noted for his work “Blue, White, Green,” installed in the new American Wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Coburn was born in Minneapolis in 1923 and spent his childhood in Miami Beach, Fla.

At 18, he enrolled in the architectural program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By 1946, after a stint in the Air Force working as a draftsman, Coburn left MIT and turned his attention to drawing and painting. That attention included four extended trips to Paris, which had lasting effects on his art. Coburn began experimenting with color and with chance-related compositions. Coburn referred to his work as “arranged by choice,” rather than simply by chance.

Coburn has been part of the Cape Ann art community since the late 1940s and today maintains a summer house and studio at Folly Cove in Gloucester. While the focus of “Arranged by Choice” will be on his Cape Ann work, the exhibition will include a survey of select works which illustrate the development of the ideas behind his images. Works from private and public collections throughout the region are included in the exhibition.

Karen Quinn of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will present a lecture “Chance, Choice — Ralph Coburn in Context” at the Cape Ann Museum on Dec. 15.

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

Coffeehouse fund-raiser

The One World Coffee House at the First Universalist Church on 59 Main St. in Essex will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Saturday at 8 p.m. with a fund-raising performance to benefit the Coffee House and the church’s energy conservation program.

Essex singer-songwriter Roger Pierce will perform an eclectic selection of music from folk to soft rock. Pierce has performed throughout New England for the past 37 years in coffee houses, pubs, private venues and festivals.

Pierce, a world champion master sprinter on the Masters track and field scene and the holder of more than 11 world records, is coordinator for the One World Coffee House.

“I am hoping that people who have attended the One World through the years will attend this coffeehouse and help us raise funds to continue our efforts and enabling us to continue to present performances in the Cape Ann area for a reasonable price for many years to come,” said Pierce.

For reservations, call 978-768-3690.

Final weekend of Shakespeare

Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe presents “Shakespeare In Two Acts,” a program of comedy and tragedy on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m.

This production is described as a program of comedy and tragedy juxtaposed, and consisting of “Visiting Lear,” an adaptation of “The Tragedy of King Lear,” and “Love on a Midsummer Night,” a 21st century take on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The cast, from Cape Ann, includes Nicole Bauke, Beth Bevins, David Cluett, Stephanie Cochran, Andrew Hoover, Matthew Recine, Rachel Sternlicht, and Joseph Stiliano.

The production takes place at Gorton Theatre (home of the Gloucester Stage Company) at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester.

Tickets are $15; $10 for students; and $5 for those younger than 19. They may be purchased at the door or reserved online at

Musical murder mystery

Castle Manor Inn in Gloucester presents a murder mystery with a musical comedy in a sort of “Grease” parody Saturday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

The plot centers on the students of Tydell High who have souped up an old restaurant for a sock hop. Principle Pinch is there to ensure everything runs smoothly but when the guys from Gloucester fight over the new girl Snickers, the hop ends in homicide.

Guests will hear humorous parodies of “Summer Loving,” “Greased Lightning” and perhaps learn to hand jive and Hula Hoop, and test their skills at ‘50s trivia. Diners of the buffet meal will follow the mystery from the moment they arrive until its resolution.

The event features disc jockey and musician Blintz Fontaine. For more information, call 978-515-7386 or email:

Free concert with master drummer

Rockport Music presents a free concert with Sowah Mensah, a “master drummer” and professor-at-large at the University of Vermont, next Thursday, Nov. 15.

Mensah performs music from Ghana, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s “African Sanctus.” During his stay in Rockport, Mensah will hold workshops on the music and culture of Ghana in the Rockport and Gloucester schools.

Rockport students have been studying and rehearsing music by Mensah as well as traditional and contemporary music of Ghana. Rockport student ensembles — chorus, jazz band, orchestra, and a drumming ensemble — will take part in the concert with a finale including a performance by the combined ensembles.

This concert is free to the public, with no tickets required. The concert hall is at 37 Main St. in downtown Rockport.

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