, Gloucester, MA

August 29, 2013

Marina performing at museum courtyard

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — The Cape Ann Museum presents a performance from singer-songwriter Marina Evans tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. She will perform alongside bassist Joe Cardoza and guitarist David Brown in the museum’s outdoor courtyard. This program is free to the public.

Evans, a Rockport native, credits artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen as some of her biggest influences. Evans’ website calls her sound a blend of jazz and folk influences with a rock edge. She has recorded three EPs and preformed throughout the U.S. and abroad.

In the event of bad weather, the concert will take place indoors. The museum is located at 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. For more information, visit

Comedy night tonight

Four top Boston comedians will be featured at the seventh annual Rotary Club of Gloucester Comedy Night tonight, Aug. 29. Steve Macone, Artie Januario, Patty Ross, and Dave Rattigan will perform at the event at Cruiseport Gloucester at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $25, available at Carroll K. Steele Insurance at 32 Pleasant St. in Gloucester or by contacting Ruth Pino at Over the previous six years, the event has raised more than $30,000, which the Rotary Club pumps back into the community for a variety of non-profits.

Japanese scholar at Writers Center

The Gloucester Writers Center presents its current writer-in-residence with a talk. Yorio Hirano, a translator and literature educator, is visiting from Japan. He will give a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center.

The talk is titled “What I find in ‘The Maximus Poems’ of Charles Olson.” He spent 20 years translating the famed Gloucester poet’s seminal work into Japanese and was awarded the Japan Special Prize of Translation of 2012 from the Japanese Translator’s Association.

His talk will be based on a manuscript presented to the Japan American Literature Society in which he traces Olson’s character Maximus in his quest to tell a new history of America including Alonquin legends and the investigation of the geology of Cape Ann.

Professor Hirano travels to Gloucester with his wife Naomi and will be researching T.S. Eliot’s boyhood while staying at the Gloucester Writers Center at 126 East Main St. He teaches English at Sugiyama Women’s University in Nagoya, Japan, and is publishing a series of essays on “Charles Olson as a Maker of Poetics through reading Muthologos and Human Universe.”

The Gloucester Writers Center was founded in 2010 to save the late poet Vincent Ferrini’s home and turn it into a working writers center. Its mission is to preserve, promote, and celebrate Cape Ann’s rich literary legacy and to encourage writing and citizenship in the belief that all voices count. For more information about GWC go to

Pre-fireworks concert

Once again, Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present a free concert on Stacy Boulevard near the Blynman Bridge at the corner of Western and Centennial avenues featuring the classic rock band Full Circle. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. and will break for the Boat Parade of Lights at 7:30 p.m. and again for the fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Music will continue after the fireworks until 11 p.m.

‘Dueling Divas cabaret’

The “Dueling Divas (... and a Dandy!)” cabaret will run through Sunday only at Gloucester Stage.

The show features Stoneham’s Kathy St. George and Boston singer-actress Kerry Dowling performing songs from the Great American Songbook. They will be joined by Daniel Robert Sullivan, who appeared with the national tour of “Jersey Boys” and will “preside” over the two divas who “affectionately battle” for center stage.

The music to be performed includes “There’s Nothing Like A Dame,” “What You Don’t Know About Women” and a medley of Broadway love ballads among many other songs. There are six shows, with a Saturday matinee and the final performance on Sept. 1. For reservations or more information, call the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit

‘Swept Away’

Lina Wertmuller’s film “Swept Away” is the new film at Little Art Cinema in Rockport, starting tomorrow, Aug. 30, through next Thursday, Sept 5. Show times are 7:30 nightly. Admission is $7.50. For information, call 978-309-8354.

Gallery news

The Trident Gallery will hold a grand opening tomorrow, Aug. 30, with a public reception from 4 to 8 p.m. The new gallery is located at 189 Main St. in Gloucester. Director Matthew Swift said he is thrilled to have the gallery become part of vibrant Cape Ann art scene.

The John Caggiano Gallery at 66 Bearskin Neck in Rockport will host its second event of this year’s themed show, “A Painter’s Journey,” on Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy the art, the ocean and some refreshments. “A Painter’s Journey” is a show of some of the images that the artist paints as he travels to some of his favorite painting locations around the country, from Maine to Florida, from the East Coast to the shores of California.

Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative at 121 Main St. in Gloucester is featuring a the show “Tins of Time” by Tin Can Sally through Sept. 6. Sally has taken a special collection of tins and transformed them into one-of-a-kind timepieces. Tins included feature the images of the Singer Sewing Machine, Marilyn Monroe, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Gingersnaps, Paddington, Snow White, and more. Some of the tins are also music boxes.

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