, Newburyport, MA

June 27, 2013

The Lookout: Short plays spotlighted in Got Group?

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The playwrights, actors and directors of Group return to The Actors Studio this weekend with another assortment of plays.

Got Group? features seven short pieces, with performances tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

In “Head of Household” by Cynthia Arsenault, a census taker tries to collect information from a fugitive. “Hope Springs a Leak,” also by Arsenault, riffs on a couple returning from a marriage retreat. “Storytime” by Kathy Isbell conjures up “a rose by any other name,” while “Dinner Time” by Ray Arsenault is about a wife confronting her husband with an ominous ultimatum. In another play by Arsenault, “Epilogue,” a man wonders if he is dreaming up the woman. “Janey Succumbs to Polar Madness” by Mike Kimball is about two female scientists stationed in tight quarters over six months of Alaskan winter, and “Tea With Cocoa” by Jack Kimball is the story of two longtime friends who meet for tea and reality-bending conversation.

Additionally, a staged reading of a full-length play, “Zoltan” by Josh Faigen, will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. In “Zoltan,” Victor dislikes Music of the Ductworks, Daisy has another load in the dryer and Ed reads meters with passion.

Tickets for the evening shows are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. There is no additional charge to see “Zoltan,” but separate reservations are required.

The Actors Studio is located in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. For tickets or more information, visit or call 978-465-1229.

Sand & Sea Festival this weekend

Salisbury Beach celebrates the arrival of summer with the seventh annual Sand & Sea Festival this Saturday and Sunday.

This year, 3-D chalk artist Anthony Cappetto will have a masterpiece on display, created in the days leading up to the event. And all day Saturday, local artists will decorate the sidewalks for the Street Art Festival, with prizes awarded for the best work.

Other attractions include the popular pizza-eating contest, the Pet Parade, crafters, food vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Independence Day will come early when fireworks light up the sky on Saturday evening, with an additional display scheduled for the Fourth of July.

For more on the festival, see tomorrow’s Daily News.

Summer concerts in West Newbury

The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series continues tonight with a performance by Quintessential Brass.

Upcoming shows include Thomas Machine Works on July 11, Bill Staines on July 18, John Curtis on July 25, The Usual Suspects on Aug. 1, Johnny Girouard and the Boys of Summer on Aug. 8, Way to the River on Aug. 15 and the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on Aug. 22.

The free concerts are held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex.

Food and beverages will be available to purchase, and concertgoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 978-363-1100 or visit

Helping kids get in touch with nature

Aspiring park rangers between the ages of 8 and 13 can sign up for the Junior Ranger Hikers program at Maudslay State Park.

The free program starts Friday, July 5, and will be held every Thursday and Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. until the end of the month.

Children will learn about various aspects of the park, explore different trails and learn how to navigate with a compass.

A new segment this year, Junior Ranger Stewards, gives participants the opportunity to improve the park. Activities include assembling a bluebird house, building a turtle barge and planting flowers.

Sessions meet at the park headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, call 978-465-7223.

‘The Platinum Print’ at NAA

Learn about platinum prints when photographer Robert Pyle gives a talk at the Newburyport Art Association on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Pyle’s black-and-white photographs are on display in the Laura Coombs Hill Gallery through Monday. A reception will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

The platinum-print images feature historic sites in New England, Provence, Burgundy, Venice and other places.

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Local writer launches her new book

Rowley author Holly Robinson will celebrate the publication of her novel “The Wishing Hill” with a launch party tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop.

“The Wishing Hill,” set partly in Byfield, Newburyport and other Merrimack Valley towns, tells the story of Juliet Clark, an artist returning from Mexico to care for her ailing mother, and the shocking discoveries she makes about her family.

The event is free. Jabberwocky is located in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

Healing market returns to Newburyport

The monthly Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

The community is invited to receive tarot readings, reiki and energy healing and to browse fine crafts, herbal products and crystals for sale. Free lectures and demonstrations will be held throughout the day, and refreshments and a raffle will be available.

The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit

Musical duo to play at David’s Tavern

Musicians Dan Kirouac and Sarah Gengel will perform tomorrow at 8 p.m. at David’s Tavern in Newburyport.

Kirouac is a member of Beatles for Sale, a New England-based tribute band, and Gengel is the lead singer, flutist and acoustic guitarist for The Groove Street Band.

The duo covers a variety of pop, rock, soul, R&B and Motown classics.

The restaurant is located at 11 Brown Square.

New exhibit opening at Firehouse

A solo exhibit of new work by painter Neil Wilkins opens in the gallery at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Wednesday.

“Formations” features bright and precise paintings inspired by the microscopic view of organic matter. They will be on display on Wednesdays through Sundays until July 28.

An artist’s reception will be held Sunday, July 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery, Market Square, Newburyport.

Art students show off their work

Photographs by four Triton High School students are on display and for sale through August at the Newbury Town Library.

With the guidance of art teacher Josh Andrews, Matilda Nichols, Chris Beal, Chelsea Mansur and Kam Mitchel have spent the last year photographing local subjects. They selected their 10 best works for this show.

The exhibit may be viewed on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the library, 0 Lunt St., Byfield.

Buy books to help cats

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society of Salisbury will hold a fundraiser tonight from 6 to 8. Twenty percent of the proceeds of all sales at The Book Rack in downtown Newburyport will be donated to the nonprofit organization.

For more information, visit

Programs for middle and high school artists

Young artists can now sign up for July classes at the Newburyport Art Association.

Art portfolio coaching is designed to help high school juniors and seniors applying to art colleges and university programs. The series of seminars will be held every Tuesday from July 2 through 30, with the last session including a group critique led by visitors from local programs. The cost is $80 for members and $90 for nonmembers.

For both middle and high school students, two summer mini camps will be offered. “Introduction to Digital Drawing” on July 8, 10 and 12 will teach basic Photoshop functions through creative projects. “Creative Photoshop Camp” on July 22, 24 and 25 will focus on how to take and enhance photos to print, share with friends and upload. Each camp costs $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers.

To register or for more information, call 978-465-8769 or email

Artwork on display at the Merrimac Library

An exhibit of oil paintings by Brent Rotsko is currently being featured at the Merrimac Public Library.

A public reception will be held Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the library, 86 W. Main St. Visitors can also enter a free raffle to win one of Rotsko’s New England-inspired paintings.

For more information, visit

Historic Amesbury home open for tours

The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Amesbury is open for tours through the end of October.

Eddy, the founder of Christian science, was the first American woman to found a worldwide religion. The Amesbury home of Sarah Bagley is where she did some of her earliest writing on the religion. The house’s furnishings have remained substantially unchanged since the mid-1800s.

The home will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29, Aug. 31, and Sept. 21 and 22. It is also open by appointment. Admission is a suggestion donation of $5.

To schedule a tour or for more information, call 800-277-8943, ext. 100.

Georgetown fair seeking crafters

The First Congregational Church in Georgetown is looking for craft vendors for its annual fall fair, which has been rescheduled to Oct. 25 and 26.

For information on renting a table, call Michelle at 978-361-5646.

Ipswich artist’s work on display at Joppa Flats

Pastel paintings of coastal landscapes are on display through July 28 at the Joppa Flats Education Center.

“Treetops, Flat Lands and Sand Dunes” features work by Ipswich artist Katherine O’Brien. O’Brien’s painting of Plum Island’s salt pannes is on permanent display at Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

A portion of proceeds from purchases made during the exhibit will help support Joppa Flats. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Joe Young Live tomorrow and Paddy Mills on Saturday.

Singer and guitarist Young plays music ranging from standard pop-folk to soul-searching ballads to rambling Americana.

Mills is a Maine-based folk singer and winner of the 2013 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Rusty Scott on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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