The Actors Studio of Newburyport is celebrating love this weekend with a Valentine Varietal.
Plays and poems by local writers will include encounters in a card shop, an interview with Cupid, the new frontiers of love for transgender people and the comfort of canine affection.
The show will be presented tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.
The Actors Studio is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.
For reservations or more information, call 978-465-1229 or visit www.newburyportacting.org.
Artist to show off his techniques
Watercolor artist W.E. (Bill) Duke will give a free demonstration and discussion Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. at Post Road Framers in Rowley.
The demonstration is being held in conjunction with the Salisbury resident’s current exhibit, “North Shore Moods,” which runs through the end of February.
“North Shore Moods” features work inspired by the unique landscape of the region. Duke has won several awards at the North Shore Arts Association’s exhibits, including Most Popular in 2013. His work has also been accepted into the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibitions in New York City.
The gallery and store is located in Rowley Market Place on Route 1. For more information, call 978-948-2710 or visit www.postroadframers.com.
Mardi Gras celebration in Byfield this weekend
Ring in Mardi Gras a bit early with a performance by the Squeezebox Stompers on Saturday night in Byfield.
The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will host the band’s annual celebration, featuring a mix of Cajun, zydeco, country, blues and jazz music. The Cat Cafe will serve authentic Cajun gumbo and New Orleans beer in addition to its regular fare.
The coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30, and the music starts at 8. Admission is $15 at the door.
Exhibit combines art and science
Science-inspired art is on display through March 7 at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.
“Aesthetic Experiments” features Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s ink drawings inspired by diagrams and technical figures, abstract paintings of science concepts, and experiments that exemplify a physical chemist’s approach to acrylic and mixed media painting.
Valluzzi has an extensive scientific background in nanotechnology and biophysics. She has a bachelor’s degree in materials science from MIT and doctorate in polymer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The exhibit is on display in the Remis Lobby Gallery at The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Elm St. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and by chance or appointment on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, call 978-499-3230 or visit www.govarts.org.
Tickets on sale now for ‘Random Acts’
Writers and Actors, INK is gearing up for its 11th presentation of “Random Acts,” set for next Saturday at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.
The popular evening features eight short plays that are written, cast, rehearsed and performed as staged readings in just 24 hours. Playwrights are randomly paired the night before and sent off for 12 hours to write the 10-minute plays.
The finished plays are then handed off to directors and actors early the next morning to be cast and rehearsed until the curtain goes up at 8 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $15 and always sell out, so people are encouraged to buy early. To purchase, call 978-462-7336, visit www.firehouse.org or stop by the box office in Market Square.
Magic show, book sale at Newburyport Library
Kick off school vacation week with a free afternoon of magic and books on Saturday at the Newburyport Public Library.
Local magician Debbie O’Carroll will perform her tricks at 1:30 p.m., and a used book sale will follow. The sale will offer fiction and nonfiction appropriate for preschoolers through young adults, and proceeds will benefit the Children’s Room.
Saturday’s event is hosted by the Friends of Newburyport Public Library in the Program Room at the 94 State St. library.
Local artist wins award in show
A painter from Seabrook has won “Best of Show” in the Seacoast Artist Association’s February theme show, “Black & White With a Splash of Red.”
Dennis Stevens won for his acrylic painting “Still Laughing.”
The exhibit is on display through the end of the month at the SAA gallery, 225 Water St., Exeter, N.H. An artists’ reception will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., with visitors encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice” award.
For more information, call 603-778-8856 or email email@example.com.
Author to speak at Andrews library
Local writer Robert Brun will be the featured guest at the Emma L. Andrews Library’s next Author Series event.
Brun will present a talk titled “Flying by the Seat of my Pants: A Novice’s Approach to Writing Historical Fiction.” He is the author of “My Shadow,” a fictionalized account of World War II experiences.
The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.
The library is located at the corner of Purchase and Marlborough streets in Newburyport. Guests are encouraged to stop by beforehand to reserve seats for the presentation.
Celebrate winter at Lake Attitash
The 2014 Lake Attitash Winterfest is this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the state boat ramp in Merrimac.
Open to the public, the festival features skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowman making, human dog sled racing, a tug of war and more, depending on the day’s snow and ice conditions.
The Lake Attitash Association will also provide music, hot chocolate and cider, s’mores and gas grills. Guests are asking to bring their own nonalcoholic beverages and a potluck item to share.
For more information, call 978-384-8056 or visit www.lakeattitash.org.
New exhibit remembers HMS America
The Portsmouth Athenaeum is celebrating the donation of its first object, the 1749 model of the HMS America, with a free exhibit opening Saturday.
The HMS America, built on the North Mill Pond by shipwright Nathaniel Meserve, was a reward for New England’s victory in the siege of Louisbourg in Cape Breton in 1745.
The original Colonial model of the ship was donated to the Athenaeum in 1820, three years after the museum and library was founded. It is believed to be the earliest known American Admiralty-type ship model.
The exhibit, which runs through May 17, will concentrate on the historical background of the model, Portsmouth shipbuilding, and the industries needed for building and equipping a ship.
An opening reception will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Athenaeum’s Randall Gallery, 6-8 Market Square, Portsmouth, N.H. The exhibit is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Singles invited to Valentine’s Day event
The inaugural “Singles Nite in Newburyport” will be held tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, at the Atomic Cafe in Newburyport.
Guests are asked to leave their cellphones and other electronic devices at home and to bring a member of the opposite sex with them.
The event, sponsored by GFE (Gadget Free Events), will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at 56 State St.
Take a virtual trip to Bhutan
A slide program and lecture called “Crossing Bhutan: Land of the Dragons” will be held tonight at 7:30 at the Joppa Flats Education Center. The program was rescheduled after last Wednesday’s snowstorm.
Sanctuary director Bill Gette has led three, three-week trips to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia. He will share his photographs of the people, religious art, architecture and wildlife.
The program is $4 for nonmembers. Registration is not required.
Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.
Bidding underway for fundraising auction
Online bidding has started for Opportunity Works’ 30th annual Lend-a-Hand Auction.
Through Monday, visitors to www.biddingforgood.com/opportunityworks can view and pre-bid on the auction items, which include weekend getaways, electronics, sporting tickets, artwork and gift certificates.
High bids from the online auction will be transferred to the Preview Night on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Nock Middle School in Newburyport. High bids from that night will then be transferred to the live, televised auction on Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 9 p.m.
The live auction will be shown on Comcast public access stations in the Greater Newburyport and Haverhill areas and will be streamed online at www.portmedia.org.
Opportunity Works provides programs and services for people with developmental disabilities. The auction is its signature fundraising event, with a goal of $85,000 this year.
To donate an auction item or volunteer, or for more information, call 978-462-6144 or visit www.opportunityworks.org.
Musical entertainment on tap in city
17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Samantha Farrell tomorrow and Tom “Satch” Kerans on Saturday.
Farrell is a Boston musician who writes and sings her own blend of jazz and folk-influenced pop. Her album “Luminous” was produced by the late LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band and made it to No. 7 on the iTunes pop charts.
Kerans is a singer, songwriter and guitarist influenced by Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. He was the 2009 runner-up in 92.5 The River’s Rising Star Contest and has opened for a number of national acts.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.
On Sunday, the weekly Parker Wheeler’s Blues Party at the Grog will welcome guitarist Willie J. Laws. Laws will be joined by his touring band and special guests keyboardist Tom West and saxophonist Amadee Castenell.
Next week’s performance will feature Castenell, West, Maureen Medeiros, Tony Carle, Steve Monahan and Steve Bankuti.
Admission is $7, and shows run from 6 to 10 p.m. at the 13 Middle St. restaurant.
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