, Newburyport, MA

August 15, 2013

The Lookout: Check out art throughout downtown Newburyport

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — The city’s third ArtWalk of the season will be held this weekend.

The free, self-guided tour will run from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 12 galleries around the city.

Special activities planned this time include:

Chameleon: A Meet the Artist reception will be held Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. with Maria Malatesta. The Rockport artist and Montserrat College of Art instructor’s exhibit “Fields” is inspired by nature.

Connor Summers Gallery: Work by Cathy Connor, Michael Updike and the late Jim Mickelson will be featured in a collection spanning the contemporary art scene.

Firehouse Art Gallery: A Meet the Artist reception will be held Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with Robert Loren Lerch. The photographer’s exhibit “Peggy’s House” presents the life of an old house through vignettes of interior details.

Sweethaven Gallery: A selection of musical paintings by Alan Bull will be on display. Images include the Zach Field Drum Studio, Parrish Percussion Project, and musicians from the Wednesday night jazz sessions at Ten Center and the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.

Valerie’s Gallery: A Meet the Artist reception will be held Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. with Ron Cravens. A large collection of his handmade jewelry will be on display.

The Walsingham Gallery: A painting demonstration with Janis Sanders will be held Saturday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The oil painter will demonstrate his unique style, which often uses a palette knife.

Other participating galleries include Indigo Artist Studio, Lepore Fine Arts, Nantucket Stock Exchange, Newburyport Art Association, Sisters We Three and Somerby’s Landing Sculpture Park.

The Artwalk brochure with a map is available at galleries, the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, many restaurants and inns, the middle passageway between State Street and Inn Street, and online at

Japanese restaurant fetes summer

Celebrate Asian culture at this weekend’s Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival.

Running from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hana Japan, the event will feature the all-female taiko drumming troupe Genki Spark, Japanese folk dancer Miyano and Japanese hula group Pohai Hula Nohona Aloha. There will also be origami, kimono and sushi demonstrations.

Admission is free, with food at $3.50 and up and games for $1 per play.

Hana Japan is located in Port Plaza, 45 Storey Ave., Newburyport. For more information, visit

Show brings Louisiana to Newburyport

The Firehouse Center for the Arts will get a dose of New Orleans when the Swamp Romp! Louisiana Roots Music for Children debuts Sunday at 3 p.m.

Kids will sing along with jazz, Cajun, Creole, blues and zydeco tunes in the show, presented by award-winning singer Johnette Downing and Grammy win Downing has performed all over the world and is also a children’s book author. The concert will feature her original songs.

As a vice president at Rounder Records, Newburyport’s Billington has produced more than 100 albums of Louisiana roots music and has performed with a number of New England and Louisiana bands.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or visit

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

Getting around the refuge with GPS

Learn how a GPS can help you navigate the outdoors in “Exploring Nature by Satellite,” a free program Saturday at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors are invited to stop by to learn GPS basics and try out the refuge’s GeoQuest route. The day will also include presentations on snowy owls and Plum Island history.

Participants with handheld GPS units or smartphones with GPS capabilities are asked to bring them along.

The refuge visitor center is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-5753.

Orchestra auditions for young musicians

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras will hold auditions for the 2013-14 season on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Music students from throughout the region are invited to audition for the Symphony Orchestra (high school musicians), the Wind Ensemble (advanced wind players), the Intermezzo Orchestra (middle school musicians), the Overture and Prelude orchestras (elementary and middle school string players), the Junior Flute Choir (middle school flutists), the Flute Choir (high school flutists), and the Select Flute Choir (advanced high school flutists).

NMYO is the largest youth orchestra program in northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Musicians come from more than 40 communities, including Amesbury, Georgetown, Groveland, Newburyport, Rowley and West Newbury.

The auditions will take place at Ipswich High School, 134 High St. To register and for details on requirements, visit There is a $25 audition fee for new musicians.

For more information, call 978-309-9833 or email

Music at the senior center today

Singer and guitarist Dan Kirouac will perform today at noon at the Amesbury Senior Center.

A member of the tribute band Beatles for Sale, Kirouac plays both contemporary and oldies songs, including one-hit wonders and lost classics.

The senior center is located at 68 Elm St. For more information, call 978-388-8138 or visit

Original Batmobile drives into Port

Tonight’s “Cruisin’ the 50s” free car show and concert in downtown Newburyport will feature the original Batmobile.

From 5 to 8 p.m., there will be live doo-wop music and dancing, along with 150 classic cars representing the best American vehicles from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s.

The 19-foot-long Batmobile used in the 1960s TV show will be at the Institution for Savings on State Street. It sold at auction for $4.6 million early this year.

While it is free to view the Batmobile, donations will be accepted on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley. Radio station WNBP will also raffle off opportunities for photos in the Batmobile, with all proceeds going to the club.

For more information, visit or

‘Heart Sounds’ at Belleville Church

Pianist, singer and songwriter Ross Varney will perform Wednesday at Belleville Congregational Church in Newburyport.

Taking the stage at 7:30 p.m., Varney will present songs of faith, hope and love from his CDs “Heart Sounds” and “Life is a Journey.”

Donations will benefit the church, which is at 300 High St.

Maudslay Arts Center concerts continue

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series continues with Rebecca Parris at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Liz Frame and the Kickers at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Parris, “Boston’s First Lady of Jazz,” has performed all over the world with her own groups and with some of jazz’s greatest legends.

Newburyport’s Liz Frame and the Kickers are back in town after embarking on a successful mid-Atlantic tour this summer. The band, which is recording its sophomore album this month, offers original songs with a raw, acoustic sound and sweet harmonies.

The series will wrap up next weekend with New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24 and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.


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