GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

July 13, 2013

Talk of the Times:

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — 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.”

Her arrival in Gloucester more than a decade later was a bit serendipitous. After seminary, she was on a list from which pastors are called to work in other churches when they are in need of a pastor or to fill in for vacations. The Gloucester church had been without a pastor for two years, and Antonuk was called to come fill in on Cape Ann.

“After that, they asked me to come back a couple times a month,” she said. Then someone suggested that the search committee interview Antonuk for the post, and the rest is history.

She said she is thrilled to be part of the Gloucester Baptist church, which itself has a long history, having been established in 1830. She will soon move here with her husband and 22-year-old son. She is now in the ordination process.

For the Sunday afternoon concert, Hicks will perform some upbeat and inspiring gospel hymns, as well as favorites such as “Fly Me to the Moon” and “It Had to be You,” in his classic jazz style.

The event is free. Everyone is invited to stay for coffee after the concert and to meet Hicks as well.

More ‘Wicked’ news

We never knew there was an Emmy awarded for Best Promotional Announcement, but there is.

Evolve Digital Cinema | IMG has been nominated for its spots promoting the second season of “Wicked Tuna.”

Filming for the third season of the National Geographic Channel show began this week, while repeats of shows from the second season are airing now.

You can watch one of the nominated spots at https://vimeo.com/56452862.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War II veteran Arthur Everett Pimental.

Born April 20, 1927, he entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 2, 1945, and was discharged July 18, 1946. The seaman second class served with the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser USS Macon CA-132 in the American Theatre.

Pimental was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Theatre Medal.

He died June 6, 2011.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his daughter, Gail Madruga of Gloucester, and family.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.