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August 1, 2013

The Lookout: Local band to sing ‘God Bless America’ at Fenway Park

Pop rock trio Sunchunck will return to Fenway Park this Sunday to sing its rendition of “God Bless America.”

The group, which formed in 2002 after brothers-in-law Mike Bertolami and John Catino met Amesbury High School teacher Brett Manoloff at a beach volleyball game on Plum Island, first performed the song there in 2011.

The band’s version of the patriotic song has been played at Gillette Stadium regularly since 2009 and has been videotaped and sent to troops overseas. Proceeds from downloads of the song benefit charities that support U.S. soldiers.

Sunchunck will take the field during the seventh-inning stretch of Sunday’s Red Sox game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game starts at 1:35 p.m. in Boston.

For more information, visit www.sunchunck.com.

Artists present shows in Newburyport

An exhibit of oil paintings by the Band of Brushes and a solo exhibit of abstract work both open Wednesday at the Newburyport Art Association.

“A Brush With Beauty” features art by Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich and Mary Ann Varoski of Newbury; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; Anika Savage of Newburyport; Grace Daly of Newton, N.H.; Sarajean Graham of Kensington, N.H.; Lynn Murray of Salem; Pam Perras of Wakefield; Cindy Stern of Boxford; and Robin Thornhill of Danville, N.H.

“Not So Simple” includes paintings by Newburyport artist Patty deGrandpre, who works in multiple mediums that embody both printmaking and mixed media.

An opening reception for both exhibits will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The paintings will all be on display through Aug. 19 at 65 Water St. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-8769.

Enjoy classical music at Newburyport library

The Newburyport Public Library is hosting five free concerts this month.

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