Beach Street Studios will host a public party tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. This special event will feature the new art of Barby Almy, Kathy Connolly, Margie Florini and Anthony Casasanto. ArtCorps board members Kim Jermain and Catherine Crockett will also be in attendance, explaining how they are helping communities in Central America. A percentage of sold art will be donated to ArtCorps.
The event is at 33 Beach Street (above the cafe) in Manchester. For more information, call 978-526-4833 or visit www.beachstreetstudios.com.
The event is free.
to speak at museum
Nationally renowned Boston author Anita Diamant will give a lecture on her novel, “The Last Days of Dogtown” as part of the Dogtown Lecture Series at Cape Ann Museum.
She will speak at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 28, in the museum’s Folly Cove Auditorium. The lecture is $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and includes museum admission. Reservations are required by calling 978-283-0455, ext. 11 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are thrilled to host author Anita Diamant at the Museum this summer, in conjunction with the special exhibition “Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown.” “The discussion of her novel, ‘The Last Days of Dogtown,’ beautifully complements the Hartley exhibition and offers another perspective on how Dogtown has inspired artists and writers throughout history,” said Ronda Faloon, museum director.
Diamant’s writing career began in Boston in 1975. As a freelance journalist, she contributed to local magazines and newspapers. Her features and columns covered a wide variety of topics, from profiles of prominent people and stories about medical ethics, to first-person essays ranging from politics, to popular culture, to pet ownership. In 1997 she began her fiction writing career with her novel, “The Red Tent,” which became a best seller.
One of her next novels was “The Last Days of Dogtown,” set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s. This novel describes life in a poor, rural community of Dogtown inhabited by widows, spinsters and other marginal women, freed Africans, and orphan children. The novel was inspired by a pamphlet she found in a Gloucester bookstore many years ago.
For information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
The North Shore Arts Association presents Music at Eden’s Edge for the Norbert and Francesca Benotti Memorial Concert on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. The program, “July in the Garden of the Bach Family,” will highlight the musical genius of J.S. Bach and his amazing family.
Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 seniors, $15 students and $55 family (up to five family members). They may be purchased at the door, or at www.edensedge.org.
North Shore Arts Association’s historic building, at 11 Pirates Lane in East Gloucester, provides the opportunity to view one of the largest collections of paintings and sculpture on Cape Ann. Call 978-283-1857 or visit www.nsarts.org for more information.
Native violinist plays chamber music
The next concert of the Cape Ann Chamber Music Summer Series will feature violinist Gabryel Smith and pianist Kathleen Forgac performing works by Stravinsky, Strauss and Ives on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. This concert features Smith, a Gloucester native who resides and performs extensively in New York City where he holds a position with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He will be joined by Forgac, resident pianist of Cape Ann Chamber Music, who has received many distinguished musical honors including awards from the Royal Society of Arts in London, the International Piano Recording Competition and the Blossom Festival School.
The concert takes place at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 1123 Washington St., and is handicapped accessible. For tickets, information, or to join the mailing list for future events, contact email@example.com or 978-239-7391. The final concert in the
series is Aug. 25.
at Mercury Gallery
Mercury Gallery in Rockport has opened its Summer Show II, an exhibit featuring many works by the expressionist master Joseph Solman. Solman was 99 when he died in 2008 and a founder of The Ten, a 1930s collaborative of New York modernists. The show’s signature painting, “Watching Excavation,” was part of a 1938 exhibit called the “Whitney Dissenters” that included other progressives who sought to distinguish themselves from the art fashions of the time.
The gallery also exhibits painters Lucette White, Julia von Metzsch, Dan Robinson, Ann Strassman, fabric artist Deborah Epstein, and photographer Phillip Jones. The gallery is at 20 Main St. For more information, visit www.mercurygallery.com.
Kayak rally, cruise
to aid Thacher Island
A Thacher Island Association benefit event takes place on Friday, July 27, with a three-hour narrated tour of Cape Ann’s six lighthouses aboard the 100-foot vessel Miss Cape Ann. It will depart at 6 p.m. from Captain Bill & Sons Whale Watch, 24 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, cruise up the Annisquam River and around Halibut Point, and pass all of Cape Ann’s lighthouses, including the Twin Lights of Thacher, before returning to Gloucester Harbor via Eastern Point. Snacks and sandwiches are available (or bring your own), and there’s a cash bar. The donation, to benefit the Thacher Island Association, is $30 per person. For tickets or details, call Sharron Cohen at 978-283-7223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Wizard of Oz” in Annisquam
Tickets are on sale for the Annisquam Village Players show this season, “The Wizard of Oz,” adapted from the 1939 MGM film directed by Victor Fleming with lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and music by Harold Arlen. The show runs Aug. 6 through 12 at Annisquam Village Hall at 36 Leonard St. in Gloucester.
Reserved seating is $30. General admission is $15. General admission tickets are available at Annisquam Exchange, 32 Leonard St., Annisquam; The Bookstore, 81 Main St., Gloucester; Lula’s Pantry, 5 Dock Square, Rockport, or online at www.annisquamvillageplayers.com.
Windhover’s summer dance concert
Rockport’s Windhover summer dance performances take place this Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. featuring two guest companies, Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre of New York City and Forty Steps Dance of Nahant. The annual summer dance performances take place on the outdoor stage at the Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257R Granite St. in the Pigeon Cove section of Rockport. In case of rain the performances will be held indoors.
Czech-born choreographer Dušan Týnek is known for his striking blend of theatricality, musicality, and humanism in formally structured modern dance. His Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre will perform three pieces, “Widow’s Walk,” “Base Pairs” and “Nympholepsy.”
In “Widow’s Walk” (2011), Týnek draws upon his mastery of strong story-telling qualities within an abstract structure, to evoke a powerful narrative about community, love and loss.
“Base Pairs” (2010) is accompanied only by a single, ticking metronome and contrasts Darwinian evolutionary theory with religious stories of beginnings such as the original creation.
“Nympholepsy” (2006), is a word meaning the state of demonic enthusiasm seen in someone possessed by a nymph. The action on stage seems otherworldly.
Forty Steps Dance of Nahant, directed by Sallee Slagle, will perform two new pieces. “The Flood,” set to three contrasting pieces of music by Peter Gabriel, is about how life is a progression that can lead to an overwhelming flood of the senses and emotions ranging from joy to despair. “Missing Pieces” is a more classical piece, danced to “Passacaglia” by Secret Garden and two other songs by Paul Schwartz and Lucia Micarelli.
Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at The
Bookstore in Gloucester, Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport, or by calling Windhover Center for the Performing Arts at 978-546-3611 or emailing email@example.com.
An opening reception for Rockport’s Roger Martin for his show “From the Beginning” takes place next Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Montserrat College’s 301 Gallery at 301 Cabot St. in Beverly. An artist reception for the show takes place Sept. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Martin is one of the founding faculty of Montserrat College of Art, begun in 1970 as the Montserrat School of Visual Art. Teaching at the school for The exhibition will feature Martin’s most recent paintings alongside works that illustrate his trajectory through a lifetime of creative work.
Martin is the author of several books on Rockport’s history and was the poet laureate of Rockport. Since retiring in 1989, he has continued to paint and draw inspired by the environment of Cape Ann.
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