, Gloucester, MA

September 5, 2013

Tonight's the last Night on the Neck

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — Heralding the end of the summer, this evening is the final Nights on the Neck for the season, although most shops remain open through Columbus Day, and the new Cultural Center and a few shops remain open year-round.

Tonight’s Nights on the Neck schedule is as follows:

At 5:30, singer Rick Drost performs at Elynn Kröger Gallery at 15 Rocky Neck Ave.

At 6, singer-songwriter T-Max performs at The Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St.

At 6:30, author JoeAnn Hart will give a reading at the Goetemann Gallery at 37 Rocky Neck.

At 7, the Everly Sisters, part of the Honky Tonk Women, perform at Imagine Gallery at 43 Rocky Neck Ave.

At 7:30, Nathan Cohen, a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher, conductor and composer, will perform the music installation “Into the Woods!” at the Rocky Neck Gallery at 53 Rocky Neck Ave.

At 8, Toby Tobas plays steel drums at Madfish Wharf at 77 Rocky Neck Ave.

Also during Nights on the Neck, the Khan Studio is holding a closing party for its show, “Ships, Shapes & Schtuff,” from 6 to 8 p.m. The show features the works of Judy Wilburn, Lyn Cardinal and Joanne Kaliontzis. The next show,“Farm Fresh: An Exhibit of Oil, Acrylic and Colored Pencil Works by Leslie Heffron” opens Saturday, Sept. 7, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the studio at 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3. There will be fresh baked apple and peach pie. The show closes Sept. 20.

10-minute plays performed

The results of the fourth 10-Minute Playwriting Workshop will be performed in staged readings at 7:30 tomorrow night, Sept. 6, at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center at 6 Wonson St. in Gloucester. This event has been drawing crowds for the past few years, as audiences watch and provide feedback for these 10-minute plays in progress, he new work of Linda Hanley Finigan, Carole Frohlich, David McCaleb, M. Lynda Robinson, Joe Stiliano, and Jess Semeraro. All are performed by top local actors, with food and wine to celebrate. Donation suggested at door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Music movies

From Sept. 8 to 14, the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester will host its annual “Fall Into The Rhythm” music movies festival, featuring seven films celebrating music. A local film about Gloucester’s C.B. Fisk organ builders will premiere Sept. 14.

On Sunday, Sept. 8, in “Live In Red Square, Moscow” opera stars Anna Netbreko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky perform famous arias and duets. Also Sunday is a free screening at 4 p.m. of “Sita Sings The Blues.”

Monday, Sept. 9, features “The Mighty Uke,” which explores the resurgence of the ukulele; this event includes a jam led by John Hicks and featuring some of the area’s best “ukesters.”

Tuesday, Sept. 10, features “Becoming Traviata,” about the reinvention of Verdi’s opera as sung by the world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay.

Thursday, Sept. 12, features “Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams,” about the former Fleetwood Mac singer’s latest album. This event also features a live “Stevie” tribute by Brian King and Friends.

For tickets, times and more information, visit or the box office.

Block print show

“Pattern-scapes,” is the next Summer Artists Series exhibit at Rocky Neck Gallery, featuring a collaboration of Cape Ann printmakers and artists Julia Garrison and Mary Rhinelander. There is an open artists’ reception on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

In this exhibit, the artists explore the virtuosity of the linoleum block print. Both artists focus on where they live: coastal New England, and specifically, Cape Ann.

Garrison has a background in textile design with a degree from Massachusetts College of Art. She operates the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport where she uses an Acorn Press, upon which she prints her own work as well as the Folly Cove designs of Isabel Natti and Sarah Elizabeth.

Rhinelander comes to lino-cut via traditional printmaking training and a master’s of fine art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The artists will make work specifically for Pattern-scapes, with work on fabric, and work to be hung or framed. They will print single and multiple color blocks, featuring patterns and landscapes, in various shapes and sizes. They will display tools and some of the blocks themselves, so visitors get a sense of what is involved in the craft of carving.

The gallery is at 53 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester. The show runs through Sept. 24. For information, visit

‘Holy City of Gloucester’

The Cape Ann Museum presents the installation “Holy City of Gloucester,” by artist Chris Nulty, at the 1710 White-Ellery House at 245 Washington St. (near the rotary) in Gloucester on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is free to the public.

Nulty, a stonemason by trade, has been working in his granite and beach pebble medium for more than 20 years. He studied art at London’s Croydon College in the early 1970s. All materials which he uses are found on Gloucester beaches.

The White Ellery House is one of a handful of First Period (c.1620-1725) houses in eastern Massachusetts that remain to this day. It is a 2 1/2-story “saltbox” structure with a massive central chimney that once serviced six fireplaces. Unlike other structures, the White-Ellery House has had very few interior alterations over the years. Stepping inside today, visitors enter much the same house they would have 300 years ago. For more information, 978-283-0455, or visit

The Gloucestermen series

On Saturday, Sept. 7, local writers Peter Anastas and David Rich will read excerpts from the Gloucestermen series by Jonathan Bayliss at 2 p.m. in the Friend Room of the Sawyer Free Library. The Gloucestermen is a fictional series, which uses Gloucester geography and culture as its setting. The series includes for books: “Prologos,” “Gloucesterbook,” “Gloucestertide” and “Gloucestermas.”

Bayliss was a close observer of the city, having commuted on foot to his executive job at Gorton’s from his house near the train station, and later having worked in Gloucester City Hall.

Saturday’s reading is sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library, and will include a brief overview of Bayliss’s four challenging, wide-ranging novels and a reading of passages that relate to Gloucester’s downtown.

Gloucester Stage reading

There are two more readings to take place at Gloucester Stage Company.

On Monday, Sept. 9, there will be a reading of “Honor Thy Mother,” a work by Kyle Bradstreet. In dark comedy fashion, two brothers choose to avenge their mother’s death by taking the local reverend hostage.

The next reading takes place Monday, Sept. 16 with “Bach/Schweitzer” by Robert Boulrice. This new work in development crosses centuries to connect two of the world’s great minds and introduce the audience to two of the strongest persons of which little is known, their wives, Anna Magdelina Bach and Helene Schweitzer.

Each reading takes place at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a discussion with the playwright and artists. Suggested donation is $20. The Gloucester Stage Company is at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. For more information, contact the box office at 978-281-4433 or visit

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000 x3445, or