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July 13, 2013

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Gloucester’s own Lindsay Crouse, who earned an Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for her role in the film, will host a screening of the 1984 Depression drama “Places In The Heart,” Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cape Ann Community Cinema.

The film received seven Academy Award nominations, and starred Sally Field, John Malkovich, Danny Glover, and Crouse. This event benefits Crouse’s six-day Buddhist summer retreat next month at the Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

“Places In The Heart” won Academy Awards for best actress in a leading role (Field) and best writing, and best screenplay written directly for the screen. Beyond Crouse’s nod for her supporting role, the other nominations were for best picture, best supporting actor (Malkovich), best costume design, and best director.

The appearance will hardly be Crouse’s only stage visit on Cape Ann this summer. She will also play the title role at the Gloucester Stage Company’s Gorton’s Theatre Sept. 5-22 in the stage production of Alfred Uhry’s clasic, “Driving Miss Daisy.”

New pastor, music

Renowned gospel and jazz musician Geoffrey Hicks will perform a rare North of Boston concert in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church at 38 Gloucester Ave. in Gloucester on Sunday, July 14, starting at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

And the event will be one of the first major presentations for the church’s new pastor, Cindy Antonuk, who started June 3 after coming from just a few stops up the line in Beverly.

“I’ve been a member of the Beverly church all my life, and I felt a call to ministry later in life,” said Antonuk, who was an accountant until about 10 years ago.

She started at Andover Newton Theological School on a day that is now part of history — on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It was a powerful day to be starting seminary,” she recalled. “To be there with all the fresh-faced candidates — and most were much younger than me — was quite moving.”

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