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April 18, 2013

Family program features author

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Cape Ann Museum hosts two events this Saturday; a Saturday Showcase program with children’s book author and illustrator Frances Wosmek; and a gallery talk with Dennis Flavin, whose works comprise the exhibit “Uncommon Vision.”

Children can enjoy story time with children’s book author and illustrator Frances Wosmek at 11 a.m., as well as light refreshments and children’s art activities including illustration, collage and poetry writing. This family program is generously sponsored by the Goldhirsh Foundation and is free to the public.

Books such as “Twinkle Tot Tales,” “A Bowl of Sun,” “Sky High,” “It’s Nice to be Nice” and “ Brown Bird Singing” have endeared Wosmek to generations of young readers over the decades.

She has been decorated with over 50 awards for her work and remains a source of pride for the Cape Ann arts community. She has recently gifted her entire collection to the museum archive.

Flavin, the artist behind the exhibit “Uncommon Vision” will give a gallery talk at 1 p.m. The exhibition of more than a dozen abstract impressionist paintings by the Gloucester resident are on display through May 26. This Saturday he will discuss his work and creative process in the museum’s gallery.

Characterized by chaotic abstraction and a loose clash of dynamic shapes and colors, Flavin’s work has the ability to both stimulate and puzzle the senses. He credits Picasso as one of his biggest influence and cites the unwavering support of his family as his wellspring of inspiration.

Flavin studied art at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston and has lived here for roughly 40 years. He owns and operates Halibut Point Restaurant on Main Street.

Flavin’s talk is free for museum members or with admission. Space is limited, however, so reservations are required.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 adults, $8 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and museum members are free. For reservations or more information, please call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.

‘Schoolhouse Rock’

Children experiencing “Schoolhouse Rock!” for the first time will see why this musical has become an instant classic.

Produced by Boston Children’s Theatre (BCT) and featuring Tom Rash of Rockport, “Schoolhouse Rock!” runs April 19, 20, 21, 27, 28 and May 4 and 5 at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston.

Playing the role of Tom the teacher, Rash was most recently seen in BCT’s productions of “Reflections of a Rock Lobster” and “HONK!,” “A Christmas Carol” at Hartford Stage, and the Theatre in the Pines’ production of “Taming of the Shrew.” A graduate of The Hartt School in Connecticut, he performed in numerous school productions, including “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” “Hamlet,” “Tartuffe,” and “Henry V.”

Based on the popular Saturday morning cartoons of the 1970s and ’80s, “Schoolhouse Rock!” is an entertaining and educational journey into the worlds of multiplication, science, government and grammar. Featuring such memorable songs as “Just A Bill,” “Conjunction Junction,” and “Interjections,” “Schoolhouse Rock!” teaches kids how interesting learning can be.

“I have to say that ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ has been one of the most requested shows from our audiences,” revealed BCT Executive Artistic Director Burgess Clark.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org or calling 617-933-8600.

Powerhouse coffeehouse

Roots 66 will take concert-goers on an “acoustic adventure from the Lost Highway” on Saturday, April 20, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., at the Crosswinds Coffeehouse, 38 Gloucester Ave. Donation is $10 at the door.

Anyone who is a fan of acoustic roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic or gospel, will enjoy the tight harmonies and masterful musicianship this group offers.

Band members include Everett Harlow (singer, songwriter, guitar and bass), who is best known in the area as a worship leader. Harlow is a veteran of the folk duo Serious Madness, and the classic rock favorite Major Nelson & the Screaming Jeannies.

Paul Harty (singer-songwriter, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica), is a seasoned performer in the folk, Irish, country, swing and bluegrass worlds.

John Hicks, (singer-songwriter, guitar, dobro, mandolin, harmonica) is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer who plays with the Good Old Salty Jazz Band, Sasquatch, and the gospel duo Harlow & Hicks.

Rose Sheehan (singer, accordion) has been performing, teaching and producing since the early 1980s.

Jon Stone (singer, bass guitar, piano) was raised on the music of the 1960s British Invasion bands. In the year 2000, Stone traded keyboards for a bass guitar and was soon joining bluegrass jams all over the North Shore.

The Crosswinds Committee members always offer for purchase a warm item suitable for a light supper, along with homemade desserts, coffee, tea, and other beverages. Everyone is invited to attend this fun musical night.

Mug Up Workshop Series

The Mug Up Workshop Series is a six-week mini-semester meeting on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 at the Gloucester Writers Center. Register by emailing GloucesterWriters@gmail.com.

The remaining schedule is:

Ann McArdle, April 20, Elements of Story: Character. Fully imagined characters come to life on the page. Through writing exercises we’ll discover their habits, sensibilities, flaws and how they can help develop other aspects of your story.

James Cook. April 27, Adaptations. We will adapt traditional forms, prose texts, and other people’s poems to create work of our own. You’ll discover how invented forms, word collage, chance operations, poem erasures, and more can spark poetic invention.

Ann McArdle, May 4, Elements of Story: Plot, Time and Sequence. What happens in your story? What series of events moves the story and decides the direction it takes? Where is the conflict? What is its resolution? We’ll discuss examples in the literature and your own work and do some exploration through in-class exercises to discover ways to strengthen your plots, including the use of flashback.

Shakespeare party

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday and Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe’s fifth anniversary with an evening of scenes, sonnets, songs, refreshments and door prizes.

The special program, which starts at 7:30 Tuesday, April 23, at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, includes scenes from “As You Like It,” “Henry V,” “Hamlet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Richard II,” “King Lear,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Richard III,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” and “Julius Caesar.”

Tickets to this annual CAST event are $10, general admission, $5 per student, and are available at the door or may be reserved at cast2008@prodigy.net.

Audience members are invited to bring pieces they would like to read.

For more information and a list of what the cast will be reading, please go to capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com or Facebook.

Call for artwork

An exhibition of paintings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture, twentythirteen: recent works, July 2013, will be hosted by the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, Gloucester. Organizers are seeking work for the show.

Guest juror is Blyth Hazen, associate professor, Montserrat College of Art in Beverly. Prizes will be awarded.

Deadline to apply is May 15. Request a prospectus, entry form for twentythirteen by emailing art@rockyneckartcolony.org

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.com