, Gloucester, MA

January 17, 2013

New show explores obsession to create

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — 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.

The Honky Tonk Women remember these artists and arranged medleys to include each artist in their sets. Each takes at turn at singing the lead, the back-up and the harmony vocals. Schrank is the fingerstyle guitarist; Persons stylizes the late Roy Orbison’s works; Jansson plays the harmonica and Caroline Haines also sings with the popular a cappella group, Leven.

For more information, visit Facebook or The donation is $15. For reservations, call 978-768-3690.

Annette Dion on Sunday

Nearly one year after her debut CD release party, singer-songwriter Annette Dion is back at Giuseppe’s for a night of originals this Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Having lived more than a decade in Nashville, Dion said she is no stranger showcasing her work. She dusted off some old notebooks and seriously started writing songs again. Dion said she loves Giuseppe’s because the owners, Memory Layne and Joe Thomas, have been so supportive of local talent, noting the recent “North Shore Voice” competition, Wednesday night “Mermaid Sessions” and the solo acoustic Sundays.

“Once a songwriter commits to presenting original material, the pressure to write more is inherent in that decision,” said Dion. “Writing begets more writing, and once you get on that horse, you naturally want to keep it moving forward.”

Poetry event

The Cape Ann Museum presents a reading and book signing with poets Joseph Featherstone and Geoffrey Movius, authors of “Brace’s Cove” and “Transit,” on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. This program is free to the public.

Featherstone is a poet, writer and educator who divides his time between Cambridge and Gloucester. He has taught at Harvard, Brown and Michigan State universities and also served as an editor of the New Republic. His many poems and other writings have appeared in various publications, including The Harvard Review, The New Republic, the Green Mountain Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Many Mountain Moving.

Movius, who spent his first summer in Gloucester in 1944, has lived here half the year since 1996. He taught English and American Literature at Harvard and Tufts universities and has authored “The Early Prose of William Carlos Williams,” scholarly articles on Ezra Pound and interviews with Jerzy Kosinski and Susan Sontag. His poetry has been featured in publications such as Agenda, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Harvard Review, Little Balkans Review, The Little Magazine, Mudfish and Ploughshares.

For more information, visit

Fishtown Players auditions

Auditions for the Fishtown Players’ April production of Martin McDonagh’s explosive tragic-comedy “The Lonesome West” will be held next Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at The Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. Auditions will be based on readings from the script and are available on the website and at the audition. Or one can prepare a short monologue if desired. The show will run for two weekends, from April 4 to 14. For more information, visit or call 978-515-7957. Fishtown Players is a consortium of producing members who have more than 30 years of producing professional and community theater.

The complete Brahms piano trios

World-class musicians — pianist Mia Chung, violinist Elizabeth Ann Larson, and cellist Soo Bae — will unite to perform the rarely-heard complete Brahms piano trios at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

“What really is uniting us for this particular project is the purpose of supporting vibrant arts programs for young people,” said Larson. Proceeds from the event, “Warm Music for a Winter’s Night,” will support the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO), which her mother, Trudy Larson, founded.

All three musicians received acclaim at a young age and hope to inspire and enable children to find passion in music. Larson soloed with the Boston Pops at 11, Bae debuted with the Korean Canadian Symphony at the same age, and Mia Chung had a televised collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovich, widely recognized as one of the greatest cellists of all time, at age 16.

NMYO welcomes musicians as young as 6 to join peers from more than 40 towns. The organization performs free concerts for the public and also offers outreach performances for residents of North Shore communities who might otherwise not have access to live classical music.

Benefactors, purchasing $150 tickets, will enjoy premier seating, an elegant post-concert dessert reception with the musicians and acknowledgment in the program; Patrons, at $100, will also access premier seating and acknowledgment in the program; concert-only general admission tickets cost $65 and $35. For benefactor tickets or more information, contact the organization at or call 978-309-9833. For patron and concert-only tickets, contact Rockport Music at or 978-546-7391.

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.