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January 17, 2013

New show explores obsession to create

Many Cape Ann artists are “driven” in their quest to create, and in that vein a new show titled “Driven” is opening at Flatrocks Gallery in Lanesville.

“This show focuses on the obsessive aspect of the creative process — the urge to work and rework an idea or an image until its possibilities have been exhausted,” according to the gallery’s press release. This show features new work by Jon Sarkin, mixed media; Paul Cary Goldberg, photographs; and Ken Riaf, assemblage. A public opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The show runs through Feb. 24. The gallery is at 77 Langsford St. in Gloucester.

Cinema screening Oscar nominees

Cape Ann Community Cinema will screen Academy Award-nominees leading up to Oscar Night on Feb. 24. The cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester will host many films that will not be seen in North Shore theaters. Starting the month-long showings will be “Open Heart,” a nominee for Best Documentary Short. Other film work includes Best Documentary Feature nominee “How to Survive a Plague,” and a full program of Documentary Shorts including “Inocente,” “Kings Point,” “Mondays At Racine” and “Redemption.”

The full program of Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts – “Asad,” “Buzkashi Boys,” “Curfew,” “Death Of A Shadow” and “Henry” — will be featured as will a full program of Oscar-nominated Animated Shorts, which includes “Adam and Dog,” “Fresh Guacamole,” “Head Over Heels,” “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’” and “Paperman.” Best Foreign Language Film nominees will screen in February. For more information and a full schedule, visit

Honk Tonk Women perform

The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester — Caroline Haines, Barbara Jansson, Sheila Jones Schrank and Elaine Persons — will perform Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. at One World Coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Church at 59 Main St. in Essex. The group will revisit the “golden oldies” era, singing the songs of the Shirelles, the Ronettes, the Crystals, the Everly Brothers, the Angels, the Cookies, Brenda Lee, Doris Day, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, the McGuire Sisters, Patti Page, the MaMas & The PaP’s, the Fleetwoods and more.

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