Anyone wanting to enjoy hors d’oeuvres by the sea and help raise money for the Rockport Fireworks fund, there is a special event at My Place by The Sea, hosted by Kathy Milbury and Barbara Stavropoulos, on Monday, May 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. The My Place by The Sea restaurant is located at the end of Bearskin Neck in downtown Rockport, offering a total vista and prime sunset viewing. Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds benefit this summer’s fireworks show, the first ever in Rockport. (In case of rain, a new date will be scheduled.)
Boston Strong benefit at St. Peter’s club
On Saturday, May 18, Gloucester band F-Bomb will play a benefit show at the St. Peter’s Club on Rogers Street in Gloucester starting at 9:30 p.m. There will be a $5 minimum donation at the door. All the money collected will be donated to the One Fund Boston to aid the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing. F-Bomb is a rock cover band that has been performing locally for more than seven years. Band members are Ken Lawrence, Johnny Ballz, Ben Orlando, Henri Lopes and Bryan Sheehan. They perform covers of songs ranging from the ’70s to today, by artists such as Led Zeppelin, Tool, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, and The Foo Fighters. For more information check out the Facebook event page: http://tinyurl.com/FbombOneStrong.
RAA Arts and Flowers reception, show
The Rockport Art Association will host its 21st annual Arts & Flowers reception on Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. This colorful exhibition features more than two dozen floral interpretations inspired by members’ artwork in the First Summer Show. This special event is free to the public and will be held in the association’s Hibbard Gallery at 12 Main St. The flowers will be up through the weekend; the summer show closes June 11. For more information, call 978-546-6604 or www.rockportartassn.org.
‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’
Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe continues its run of William Shakespeare’s witty and zany comedy “Love’s Labour’s Lost” this weekend at the Rockport Community House. Directed by Ray Jenness, it features a multi-generational cast from Cape Ann and North Shore area. The plot revolves around the King of Navarre and his courtiers who take an oath to be celibate and studious for three years. But the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting create a hurdle to this oath, and the ladies are less than charmed by their clumsy attempts at romance. Masked parties, mixed identities and a sorry group of entertainers add to the anxious humor of this romantic comedy. The cast features David Alvarado, Beth Bevins, John Butterfield, Chuck Francis, Ashlee Holm, Elizabeth Jelinek, Luke Miller, Carly Moulton, Ian O’Connor, Dominic Parry, Jim Robinson, Matt Schwabauer, Jessie Sorrells, Joseph Stiliano, David Sullivan, and Bianca Tocco. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15, general admission, $10, student, and $5 under 19 years. Tickets available at the door or reserved at email@example.com . For more information, visit: capeannshakespearetroupe.blogspot.com and Facebook.
‘Murder on Rocky Neck’
The new show “Murder on Rocky Neck” sold out last weekend and has one more weekend of performances at the Cultural Center on Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. The show is described as a witty opera and courtroom drama set in 1870s Gloucester. The original work was written by Henry Allen’s Young Playwrights, and includes a surprise ending. The show is appropriate for all ages. The script, which has the audience acting as jury, is full of colorful characters with names such as Alicia Linguiça and Old Scurvy Crabwater. The attorneys involved are “Paperwell, Rockwell, Scissorwell and Schute.” The story begins on a frosty Thursday morning on old Rocky Neck. Artist Richard Bluewall had drowned and the local children pondered how he died, and the story evolves from there and leads to the courtroom.
The shows run tonight through Sunday, May 19, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Suggested donation for tickets at the door is $20, and $15 for seniors, veterans and students. Seating is limited. for more information, visit www.HenryAllen.org
‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’
The Gloucester High School Theater Program presents the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend. The students perform as students who made the county level competition and navigate their way through the lexicon comedy. This comedy is set in an “anywhere” middle school gymnasium and the participants are as quirky as one may suspect as they reach for vocabulary greatness. Shows are at the Gloucester High auditorium on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens at the door.
This show is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The production is directed by Jape Payette, with Nick Neyeloff as technical director and music direction by Duanne Sullivan. The cast includes Jack Favazza, Amy Geraghty, Zachary Schultz, Danny Wood, Meggie Wambui, Mikayla Healey, Rose Rome, Celia Sanfilippo, Sabrina Siragusa, Christina Giambanco, Lacey Aiello, Steven Murray, Cara Stockman, Lisa McNeilly, Danny Cannavo, and a special guest appearance.
Acoustic bluegrass at coffeehouse
Soginese Creek Bank will play on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. at the One World Coffeehouse at the First Universalist Church in Essex at 59 Main St. The band performs genuine acoustic bluegrass. They are known as one of the top bands in the region and are seasoned professionals. For reservations, call 978-768-3690. Tickets are $15, and are also available at the door.
Henri Smith and New Orleans music
Henri Smith New Orleans Friends and Flavors will play at the Cape Ann Brewing Co. Pub on Saturday, May, 18, at 9 p.m., showcasing the jazz, blues, and rock ’n’ roll sounds that made New Orleans famous. Smith moved to Gloucester from New Orleans soon after being driven from his home by Hurricane Katrina. He has a been a vibrant addition to the Gloucester music scene ever since.
Paul George show and reception
BankGloucester is hosting a public reception for local painter Paul George on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the bank’s lobby at 160 Main St. A collection of his work is on display at the bank. The free public reception is an opportunity to meet the artist. Light refreshments will be served. He studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. He is an active member of the New England Watercolor Society, Cape Cod Art Association, North Shore Art Association and former vice president of the Rockport Art Association. He has won more than 50 awards for his work.
The Artist’s Cocktail
The Artist’s Cocktail is a new gathering that takes place with Henry Allen and friends on Wednesday nights with music, discussion, food along with a beer, wine and sake bar at Midori Chinese Japanese Bistro on Washington Street in Gloucester. This is a time one can showcase new work, and is meant to be a time to encourage inclusive, inter-generational dialogue about the state of the arts in the 21st century. The group wants to talk about how to build a strong creative economy locally, and to discuss how to enhance the strong existing foundation of the arts on Cape Ann.
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.