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December 19, 2013

The Lookout: Byfield concert to support two nonprofits

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — A special holiday performance starting at 8 p.m. tomorrow will rock the Byfield Community Arts Center.

“Soul Squared” will feature both Soul Rebel Project, a Boston reggae and rock band, and Soul Robot, a Newburyport blues, funk and pop band.

Tickets are $15 general admission or $10 with a nonperishable food donation. All donations will be delivered to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans and other veterans agencies by the Patriots for American Veterans Organization, a new nonprofit based in Newburyport.

Proceeds from the concert will help support the nonprofit arts center, located at 7 Central St., and its programs.

Sounds of the season in South Hampton

Warm up your vocal cords for this Sunday’s 14th annual Caroling-on-the-Common in South Hampton.

The singing will start at 7 p.m., followed by cookies and hot chocolate at 7:30 p.m. at the South Hampton Baptist Church.

For more information, call 603-394-7595.

Artist’s reception at refuge on Sunday

Ipswich artist F. Michael Dorsey is currently exhibiting his paintings and photographs at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

A free reception will be held this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Refreshments will be served.

Dorsey’s art centers on creating landscapes that evoke the timeless stories that light, clouds, mist and land try to tell us every day. He is the winner of seven national and international awards for his film “Twilight,” which he created with fellow artist Rolf Bronniman.

Howie Carr makes Newburyport stop

New York Times best-selling author Howie Carr will visit Newburyport’s The Book Rack on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Carr will discuss his latest book, “Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger,” which chronicles the trial of the notorious mob boss charged with 19 murders. Carr, a newspaper columnist and radio show host, also shares personal accounts from his coverage of the trial and testimony from a hit man who claims that Bulger ordered him to kill Carr.

The Book Rack is located at 52 State St. For more information, call 978-462-8615.

A sweet event at Newbury library

The fourth annual Holiday Cookie Swap is set for tonight at 6:30 at the Newbury Town Library on Lunt Street in Byfield.

Participants are asked to bake six dozen cookies and to bring them on one tray, along with an empty container to take cookies home. Each person should also bring copies of his or her recipe.

The cookies will be divided equally, with each guest taking home six dozen.

The swap is hosted by the Friends of the Newbury Town Library. For more information, email friendsofnewburytownlibrary@gmail.com.

Holiday panto at the Firehouse

Theater in the Open’s holiday pantomime show continues this weekend at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

“Through the Wardrobe: A Winter Wonderland Panto!” features a cavalcade of clownish characters in a show that relies on audience participation.

Show times are tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, students and members.

To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org. The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

Winter Concert at Whittier Tech

Pop favorites and holiday classics are on the menu for the Whittier Tech Chorus’s annual Winter Concert tonight in Haverhill.

The 26-member chorus will be accompanied by student and faculty musicians on guitar, bass, drums and keyboards in the free show, which starts at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 115 Amesbury Line Road.

The chorus recently performed at the annual Council on Aging Holiday Party in Amesbury.

Coffee shop hosting open mikes

A weekly open mike called Merrimac Mic is held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Plum Island Coffee Roasters.

Poets, writers and storytellers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for five minutes at the microphone. No experience is necessary.

Tonight’s featured speaker is Fran Larkin, a Newburyport author, speaker, blogger, poet and artist. His presentation from 7:30 to 8 will include a Christmas story that he wrote.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email merrimacmic@gmail.com.

Artist exhibits work at Anna Jaques

Photographs by Linda J. Dahlberg will be on display from Dec. 23 through Jan. 30 in the main lobby at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

A former clinical nurse specialist in emergency care and nurse manager of an oncology clinic with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dahlberg nurtured her passion for photography while working at bed-and-breakfasts in the White Mountains and Rockport. She delights in the ever-changing New England scene and its seasonal treasures.

The show is sponsored by the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association.

Dickens relative presents ‘Carol’

Tickets are still available for Gerald Charles Dickens’ acclaimed solo production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The last stop on his tour is Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at North Church in Market Square in Portsmouth, N.H.

Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, will bring 26 characters to life in the 75-minute adaptation of the classic tale. He will greet audience members after each performance.

General admission is $25. To purchase, visit www.achristmascarolportsmouthnh.com or call 866-811-4111.

Dance celebrates winter solstice

A Winter Solstice Sacred Circle Dance is planned for Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Chailey Manor in Newburyport.

Participants will dance the sun down to welcome the longest night of the year. Each dance will be taught, so no experience is necessary.

The manor is located at 9 Spring Lane. Dancing will take place on the wooden floor of the grand ballroom.

Admission is a suggested donation. For more information, contact Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or dancingspiral@aol.com.

New exhibit rolls into the Grog

New paintings of old work trucks by Newburyport artist Alan Bull are on view at the Grog restaurant in Newburyport through Monday.

Each oil painting represents a different month and will be published in a 2014 calendar. They feature local scenes along with trucks and tractors in Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Utah.

The Grog is located at 13 Middle St. For more information, visit www.alanbull.com.

Auction underway at art association

The Newburyport Art Association is hosting a special Holiday Live Auction of a large pastel work donated by member Karen Jones.

Bidding continues through Monday. The 28-inch-by-36-inch painting has a fair market value of $1,800.

All proceeds will be used to purchase new easels for classes and workshops at the NAA.

To register as a bidder, contact the NAA at 978-465-8769 or visit the galleries at 65 Water St.

Make an elf out of yourself for charity

The Tannery Marketplace is looking for a few good elves.

Each elf sighting reported by text message, email or phone will earn $1 toward the elf’s charity of choice. Each photo of an elf posted to the Tannery’s Facebook page gets $2.

To participate, register and pick up a numbered elf hat at the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce or the following Tannery shops: The Black Duck, Riverside Cycles, Newburyport Olive Oil Co., Eureka! Toys and Shanti Salon.

Since the program began in 2009, more than $12,000 has been collected for organizations such as the Rowley Council on Aging, the Amesbury holiday program and The Pettengill House.

The program runs through Christmas Day. The Tannery is located at 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature The Chuck Walker Jazz Quartet tomorrow and Liz Frame and the Kickers on Saturday.

The jazz quartet is a “new label on old wine” ensemble that explores everything from swing to blues to funk and jazz.

Popular local band Liz Frame and the Kickers will present original music along with some holiday tunes. Frame just released her first full-length recording, “Sooner.”

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

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