, Gloucester, MA

April 5, 2012

Around Cape Ann: Met's 'Manon' telecast live at Shalin Liu

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

The Metropolitan Opera's high definition simulcast telecast at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport can give Cape Ann opera fans the next best thing to being in the Met's New York City opera house.

Saturday's presentation, live at noon from The Met stage, delivers Massenet's "Manon," featuring acclaimed Russian soprano Anna Netrebko in the lead.

Netrebko portrays the tragic heroine in Laurent Pelly's new production, which opened at The Met last week after a 2010-2011 run at the Royal Opera House in London.

The Shalin Liu will host a pre-opera lunch at 11 a.m.

The final simulcast for The Met's 2011-2012 season, presented by Rockport Music, will be Verdi's "La Traviata" on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. (The 1 p.m. performance on April 14 is sold out). May will feature Wagner's Ring Cycle in the reprise performances by the Met in HD.

Tickets start at $20 for the operas. Call 978-546-7391, or visit

Poets of waterfront

The Cape Ann Museum presents "Sick uv th' tussle: Hiram Rich and Clarence Manning Falt, Poets of the Gloucester Waterfront" on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This lecture explores the history of the fishing industry through the lives of two poets, and the program is included with museum admission.

In the second installment of his Gloucester Rediscovery Project, David Rich explores the lives and poems of Hiram Rich (1832-1901) and Clarence Manning Falt (1861-1912), both born into Gloucester fishing families.

David Rich, the presenter and English teacher, was born in Gloucester, and is a graduate of Gloucester High School. The last of his family to fish was his grandfather, Frank D'Amico Jr., who retired in 1982. The poet Hiram Rich was his cousin.

To make a reservation, call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11 or email

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

Easter egg run

The Gloucester Downtown Association is holding an Easter event Saturday, April 7, featuring the Easter Bunny, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Main Street, from Hancock to Center streets.

There will be an Easter Egg Run in two categories, for ages 2 to 4 and 5 to 8, and whoever collects the most eggs from each age group will win a prize. Participants should bring an empty basket.

There also will be a Bunny Hop race for the same age categories with the winning hoppers receiving a basket filled with toys and treats. Each basket is valued at $250.

Scuba Jack and his Ocean Friends will be creating crafts, face painting and tattoos with each child. There will be balloon creations, and free refreshments.

In the event of rain, the event will be under cover at the Cape Ann Savings Bank parking lot.

The winner of the store-promotion basket (valued at $750) will be drawn at the conclusion of the event.

'Splendor of Asia'

Photographer Jurek Schreiner, a Gloucester resident, will hold an opening reception for his "Splendor of Asia" photography show from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cape Ann Coffees at 86 Bass Ave. in Gloucester.

Schreiner has spent years in Nepal and India studying Tibetan Buddhism and the culture, capturing rich images on his camera. His photos have appeared in various media, websites and Buddhist magazines.

Since 2006, he has spent four months every winter in Nepal studying Buddhist texts under the guidance of monk scholars, as well as the Tibetan language, which he now teaches.

Stellwagen lectures

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the designation of Stellwagen Bank as a National Marine Sanctuary, a series of free star-studded lectures will take place at Maritime Gloucester on Harbor Loop.

All talks take place at 7 p.m. at the Gorton's Gallery at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop.

Tonight's lecture is titled "Seabirds of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary" presented by Wayne Petersen and Anne-Marie Runfola. Petersen, of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is an expert ornithologist and photographer, and has written or contributed to many bird field guides. Runfola is volunteer program coordinator for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

The April 12 talk is "The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary - Its Future" presented by Les Kaufman, a professor of biology in the Boston University Marine Program, senior marine scientist for Conservation International, an associate in Ichthyology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, and research scholar at the New England Aquarium. He has conducted research in Massachusetts Bay and Stellwagen Bank for 31 years.

For details, call 978-281- 0470 or visit

Poets of All Ages

The next event at the Gloucester Writers Center, titled "Poets of All Ages," coincides with National Poetry Month and is set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The center is at 126 East Main St. in Gloucester, and those attending are asked to park across the street.

Those reading include Ruthanne "Rufus" Collinson, poet laureate of Gloucester; Andrew Bergeron, GHS Class of 2003, who earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College; Lucas Olson, a Gloucester High senior, who writes prose and poetry; Sarah Zuidema, a Gloucester High senior and member of the school's creative writing magazine The Elicitor and has a passion for writing poems; Maryka Gillis, also of Gloucester High School, who has an interest in conservation and human rights and will major in environmental science; and Dorothy Shubow Nelson, a published poet who taught writing and literature at University of Massachusetts Boston for many years.

Sushi film aids pantry

The Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester continues its monthly "Dinner And A Movie" series Sunday at 5 p.m. with a special benefit screening of the documentary, "Jiro Dreams Of Sushi" to benefit The Open Door food pantry.

The film tells the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. For tickets and information, visit the Cinema or online at Sushi from Latitude 43 will be available for purchase ranging from $10 to $16.

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 Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Fishtown Players

Volunteers are needed for backstage and in house to help the Fishtown Players with their upcoming production of Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer" at the Gorton's Theater at Gloucester Stage Company.

Performances start April 19. The group is looking for help in many capacities, such as ushers, people working with refreshments and social media, carpenters, set painters, etc.

For information, call 978-515-7957 or 978-828-6826.

Locals hold show in Portland

T Max, a singer-songwriter and publisher of the NOISE, and assemblage/sculpture artist Anne Brown, both of Gloucester, will collaborate in a presentation of their work Friday night at Mike's Rock Deli at 437 Congress St. in Portland, Maine from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

T Max will release his latest CD called "Shake, an environmental tale."

Brown, who was on the vanguard in the 1970s of recycling collectibles into art, was recognized by Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City as a contemporary artist who has made a contribution through the use of materials and design.