, Gloucester, MA

April 25, 2013

A chance to influence playwright's works

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — Cape Ann actors will read six original 10-minute plays penned by local playwrights this Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester.

The final step for a new play is to have directors put actors and the play on stage in front of an audience for feedback. The public is encouraged to attend to be a part of this stage reading. A reception will follow.

The writers involved are Carole Frohlich, Kent Bowker, Susan Frey, Jeana Grady, Ann McArdle, and Constance Shute.

Suggested donation is $10, $5 for students; no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit

Comedy withSteve Sweeney

Comedian Steve Sweeney has been headlining comedy clubs across the country for 35 years, and is among the top requested headliners in the Boston area, and he’ll be in Gloucester on Saturday, April 27.

Sweeney is headlining a show with Rob Steen, seen on “Late Night with David Letterman” and Comedy Centralat the Gloucester House at 63 Rogers St. in Gloucester.

Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets, call 978-283-1812.

Spring showat Flatrocks

Flatrocks Gallery opens its spring exhibition “Fabrications,” featuring five artists dedicated to “transforming the ordinary,” this Saturday, April 27.

Though visually distinct, each body of work employs common materials in ways that play fragility against strength and continuity against temporality, according to a press release.

Dawn Southworth, combines a range of materials and processes to construct unified, emotionally charged imagery. Margaret Rack, a metal sculptor, offers playful wire “drawings.” Nina Fletcher is said to deploy commonplace materials with vision and wit, recycling histories into new stories. Sculptor and installation artist Caroline Bagenal animates space with delicate linear structures. Elizabeth Billings’ weavings use organic materials gathered locally to evoke intuitive experiences we all share.

There is a public reception to meet the artists on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery is at 77 Langsford St. in Gloucester. The show runs through May 26.

Going ‘Bananas’

Tickets are selling well for “Stepping Up For City Hall: Bananas Fashion Show,” the Gloucester City Hall restoration benefit on May 4 and 5 featuring Richard Leonard’s fashion production with the legendary Bananarettes, the name given to the models. There are about 20 tickets left for the May 4 gala show and silent auction, and about 50 tickets are left for the Sunday matinee. Tickets are available now only at the Main Street vintage clothing shop Bananas, which organizers note may also be a good place to find an outfit for the event. The primary focus of the benefit is to raise money to restore windows at Gloucester’s historic City Hall.

Sorellanza concert

Sorellanza, Cape Ann’s a cappella women’s chorus directed by Patti Pike, performs its spring concert, “Journey with Friends,” on Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at St. Johnʼs Episcopal Church at 48 Middle St. in Gloucester. Now in its eighth season, the 16-woman chorus sings a repertoire from contemporary pop to traditional folk, African to Greek and sacred to Swing. Tickets are $12, and $6 for students. For information, visit

Equine Expo 2013

The Equine Expo and Sale, one-stop shopping for horse enthusiasts hosted by the Essex County Trail Association, will take place this Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Arena Building at the Topsfield Fairgrounds. There will be more than 50 vendors selling new and used items, as well as services for the horse and rider. There are demonstrations all day, silent auction, food truck, wheelchair accessible, and plenty of parking. This event raises money to maintain trails in Hamilton, Wenham, Topsfield, Ipswich, Essex and West Newbury. Admission is $5. Children 10 and younger are free. For more information, call 978-468-7715 or e-mail, or visit

Rockport Music HD Broadcast

On Saturday, April 27, at noon, the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcast of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” takes place at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. This is David McVicar’s new production, which incorporates elements of Baroque theater and 19th-century British imperialism to illuminate the opera’s themes of love, war, and empire building. David Daniels stars as the title character, opposite Natalie Dessay in her role debut as the bewitching Cleopatra. For tickets, $20 to $32, and information, visit

Gloucester Writers Center event

Mary Baine Campbell, a poet, and John Engstrom, a photographer, writer and artist, will hold a reading next Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main St. in Gloucester.

Campbell is described as a “historian of alternative worlds,” and is the author of two books of poems and two academic books. She teaches literature at Brandeis University, and is currently at work on a collection of poems, a utopian novella about waste processing, and a history of dreams.

Engstrom has exhibited collages and photographs in solo and group exhibits in New York, Gloucester and Cambridge. He has published many articles on theater and other subjects, and has worked at history museum jobs including Plimoth Plantation and Pioneer Village. Currently, he writes about cultural subjects on Facebook and The Fenway News.

For more information, visit

Cantemus chamber chorus

The Cantemus chamber chorus will close out its third decade of music-making on the North Shore with a pair of anniversary concerts.

Cantemus began in 1982 as an eight-member madrigal group that performed at church services in exchange for rehearsal space. It now has grown to 40 members, with a budget that lets them rent rehearsal and performance venues, engage guest artists and commission works.

“Cantemus Turns 30: Celebrating Artists of the North Shore” is a program of songs written by renowned contemporary composers and based on texts by some of the area’s best-known poets. The group will perform the show on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m., at Christ Church of Hamilton-Wenham, 149 Asbury St. in Hamilton; and Sunday, April 28, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church at 166 High St. in Newburyport. Tickets are available online at, or at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport and Gloucester Music. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors. Admission is free for students 21 and younger. For details, visit, or call 1-888-CHORUS 1.

Art demonstrations

In conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum exhibition on Cape Ann Artisans, now celebrating its 30th year, the museum is hosting a series of demonstration days in which the artisans will demonstrate their various crafts throughout the museum. The demonstration day schedule for Saturday April 27 is as follows: 10 a.m. to noon with Julia Garrison, block printing; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Marty Morgan, Anni Melancon, David Archibald Cynthia Curtis, Erin O’Sullivan-Place and Scott Place with pottery.

This year, the Cape Ann Artisans welcome six new studios, making a total of 23, featuring 26 new artists. The works include painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, mosaics, sculpture, weaving, block printing and collagraphs. The group’s 2013 tour, scheduled for June 22 and June 23, will follow the beautiful coastline of Gloucester and Rockport.

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

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.

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