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.