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May 2, 2013

Lookout: Watercolorists host show in Newbury

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — A group of local watercolorists will hang an exhibit of their work at the Newbury Town Library. The show, which opened yesterday, continues through June 1.

The public can attend an opening reception with the artists tonight from 7 to 9 in the library’s meeting room.

The featured paintings include landscapes, seascapes and still lifes.

‘Sing-along-a-Grease’ comes to Newburyport

“Grease” is the word at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport tomorrow.

After last winter’s blizzard forced the cancellation of “Sing-a-long-a Grease,” the interactive show will go on. Audiences are invited to come to the Firehouse tomorrow, beginning at 7 p.m., to watch the famous movie on the big screen.

Similar to other interactive shows, such as the “Sing-along-a-Sound of Music” that came to Newburyport last year, the festivities include a free goody bag and assistance by the show’s master of ceremonies who will offer some tips — such as how best to hand-jive — while also directing the audience as they sing along to the popular lyrics and comment along with John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the rest of the T-Birds and Pink Ladies.

A costume competition will be held, so participants should come dressed in their best 1950s, Rydell High School garb, from poodle skirts to powder pink bomber jackets, chiffon scarves and skinny ties.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students. To purchase, call 978-462-7336, or go online at www.firehouse.org.

Nocera plays at 17 State St. Cafe

Singer/songwriter Josef Nocera will play at 17 State Street Cafe in Newburyport tomorrow night, beginning at 7 p.m. Nocera performs original songs, as well as covers of artists from the 1950s and 1960s. On Saturday, Dave Blakeslee and Michael Pellecchia will give a jazz performance from 7 to 9 p.m.

‘The Spider and the Mouse’ at Actors Studio

The Actor’s Studio of Newburyport will present “The Spider and the Mouse, A living prophecy of the MicMac people” this weekend.

Created by Ed Bullock, Marc Clopton and David Sanipass, the show is directed by Clopton. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the black box theater in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-1229, or go online to www.newburyportacting.org.

Launch party for ‘Royal Mistress’

Newburyport author Anne Easter Smith will hold a launch party for her newest book, “Royal Mistress,” at Jabberwocky Bookshop tomorrow night at 7.

Easter Smith is the author of four other novels set in the Wars of the Roses during the 15th century. Her third book, “The King’s Grace,” won Romantic Times Review 2009 Best Historical Biography award. “Royal Mistress” continues the story of the York branch of the Plantagenet dynasty during the civil or Cousins’ War that culminated in the death of King Richard III at Bosworth and the ascension to the throne of the Tudors.

Easter Smith’s other books are: “A Rose for the Crown,” “Daughter of York,” “The King’s Grace” and “Queen By Right.” On Monday, she will give a reading at the Boston Public Library at 6 p.m.

Crop walk at Arrowhead Farm Saturday

The Community-Supported Agriculture program at Arrowhead Farm will hold a Crop walk on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 6 p.m. at the Newburyport property.

On the free walk, the public can join members and growers in observing what is growing and how it is growing. The group will be able to sample different spring greens.

Arrowhead Farm is located at 131 Old Ferry Road, Newburyport. Reservations are not required.

Ham and bean supper

The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host a ham and bean supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The menu includes ham, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, garden salad, brown bread, rolls, three kinds of beans, drinks and desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend. The supper will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 31 Green St.

Choral Society spring concert at Belleville

The Newburyport Choral Society will perform its annual spring concert this weekend at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport.

This year’s concert is called “Springtime with Mozart and Haydn.” The performances will be held on Saturday evening at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

Under the direction of Music Director Dr. Gerald Weale, the 100 voices will be joined by an orchestra and professional soloists. Advance tickets are available online at $22 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $25. For more information and tickets, visit newburyportchoralsociety.org.

Gonier hosts solo show

Newburyport artist Cara Gonier is hosting a solo exhibition, “Sky Symphonies,” at Post Road Framers in Rowley.

Gonier’s display of abstract landscapes will hang throughout the month in the shop’s art gallery. A reception with Gonier is set for Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Gonier deconstructs the classic landscapes of coastal New England into the essential elements of color, form and texture,” according to show organizers.“Even her smallest pieces seem to hold a world of air and space.”

Local youth star in ‘Wizard of Oz’

The local acting company TTS Players will present “The Wizard of Oz” starting this weekend.

Written specifically for young performers, this show is directed by Jack Neary and choreographed by Stephanie Schapero. It features all of the popular songs from the movie — and some surprises — including “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” staged with colorful scenery and whimsical costumes.

The cast includes: Jonas Trach of Newburyport as the Wizard; Helen Brown of Newbury as the Wicked Witch; Kristen Siebert of Byfield as the Tin Man; and Mackenzie Tatro of Salisbury as the mayor of Munchkin City.

Performances are scheduled for tomorrow at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.To reserve tickets, leave a message with the TTS box office at 978-463-3335 or email Sarah at ttsplayers@gmail.com.

Singers join in guitar pull

Newburyport singer/songwriter Kate Redgate will join other musicians on Saturday for an old-fashioned guitar pull at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the group will gather on stage. Musicians include Susan Levine, Carl Cacho and Rob Laurens. During a guitar pull — a term coined during the Great Depression when songwriters gathered informally to meet and play new material for each other — musicians will improvise and collaborate.

Often during a guitar pull, only one player would have a guitar, so they’d “pull” it from each other to take a turn. On Saturday, Redate and her fellow singer/songwriters will offer an acoustic-based performance blending four different styles of music. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.firehouse.org.

Base Ball season begins Sunday in Newbury

The Essex Base Ball Association will hold its opening day for this summer’s season on Sunday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury. The club’s four resident teams will all take the field during the festivities.

The Essex Base Ball Association uses the sport’s rules from 1861. Players use underhand pitching and gloves are not allowed.

Grass field seating; bring blankets and lawn chairs. Games are weather-dependent. At noon, the Lynn Live Oaks take on the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and at 1:45 p.m. the Lowell Base Ball Nine take on the Newburyport Clamdiggers. After the match, spectators will have a chance to stand at bat.

Spring show at pottery shop this weekend

Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac is holding a spring show and sale this weekend.

In the working studio, founded by Iris Minc, guests can browse a selection of pottery while visiting with area potters. The festivities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s show features works by Fumihiko Mochizuki, Beth Bell, Bonnie Jean Malcom, Christina Bellinger, Lisa Mistretta, Lucy Hutchinson, Hiromi Satoh, Sibel Alpaslan, Gary Rathmell, Jenny Graf, Reg Logan, Ana Guerra and Minc.

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