NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 26, 2013

The Lookout: Gallery opens 2014 season with landscapes

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Pastels by Newburyport landscape artist Skip Motes will be featured in the first show of the year at the gallery in the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

“Motes Motifs: New Year, New Show, New Art” features a large body of new works, which Motes describes as “tone poems that interpret the color, texture, beauty and fragility of the Great Marsh and seacoast landscape of the region.” He often makes his own pastels and builds up the texture with printing inks and dry color pigments.

A free opening reception will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature music by guitarist John Tavano. The show runs from Jan. 2-26.

The gallery at the Firehouse, located in Newburyport’s Market Square, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., later on performance days. “Works in Slate” by Michael Updike is currently on display.

Ring in the new year with Entrain

Entrain will once again play a New Year’s Eve bash at Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury.

The Martha’s Vineyard-based, six-piece band was formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993 and offers a range of sounds from rock, blues and calypso to ska, zydeco, jazz and funk. The band includes Sam Holmstock on conga/djembe/trombone, lead singer/guitarist Brian Alex, bassist M’Talewa, saxophonist/percussionist Phillip Young and keyboardist Tony Falcetti.

The celebration will include a buffet and party favors, as well as a countdown to midnight and balloon drop to ring in 2013.

Tickets are $25 for the show only and $55 for the show and buffet. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., and the concert runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.blueoceanmusichall.com.

Theater groups casting new shows

Actors and actresses ages 10 and up are invited to audition for Village Theatre Company’s production of “Night at the Wax Museum.”

Six students stuck in summer school get more excitement than they bargained for when wax figures come to life and they embark on a treasure hunt with characters such as Cleopatra, King Henry VIII, Butch Cassidy and Lizzie Borden.

Auditions are scheduled for tonight from 7 to 8, Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. and next Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Laurel Grange, 21 Garden St., West Newbury. Performances are April 3-6.

Those interested are asked to bring a list of shows they have been in and a head shot, as well as to be prepared to perform a short song and a very short scene or monologue. People will also be required to read/act in groups.

For more information, visit www.villagetheatrecompany.org.

Auditions for “Barefoot in the Park,” Georgetown Theatre Workshop’s next production, will be held Sunday, Jan. 5, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.

Roles are available for four men and two women in the Neil Simon play. Characters include newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter (mid-20s to early 40s); Corie’s mother, Mrs. Baker (50s-60s); a telephone repair man or woman (any age); and a delivery person (any age).

Auditions will be held in the theater at Sparhawk School, 196 Main St. Performances are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8.

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 event will feature a Yankee swap and spontaneous haikus. Guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift that is worth no more than $1 or raided from the junk drawer.

Upcoming speakers include rapper/hip-hop fast talker Regal Pinion, aka Michael Barker, on Jan. 2; former Daily News columnist Nancy Crochiere on Jan. 9; and videographer Tristan DeWitt on Jan. 16.

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

Art show to benefit ed foundation

Work by nationally recognized artist Karen Blackwood is currently on display and for sale at Oregano Pizzeria & Ristorante in downtown Newburyport.

Thirty percent of all sales this month will benefit the Newburyport Education Foundation, which is raising money this year for lights, sound equipment and curtains for the Molin/Nock auditorium.

Blackwood is an American contemporary artist who specializes in landscapes. She is a founding member of the Adirondack School of Painters and is represented by Susan Powell Fine Art in Madison, Conn. She recently moved to Newburyport with her husband, “Days of our Lives” actor Steve Blackwood, and daughter, Nicole.

For more information, visit www.karenblackwoodfineart.com or www.newburyportef.org.

Local photographer featured at library

Photographs by Merrimac resident Sam Davis are on display through Tuesday at the Merrimac Public Library.

The show is called “It’s Not Always Black and White.” Davis’ interest in photography began in his teens but didn’t fully blossom until after the birth of his children. He is mostly self-taught, with the aid of some adult education classes, camera club involvement, workshops and seminars.

The library is located at 86 W. Main St. For more information, visit www.merrimaclibrary.org.

Artists group puts on ‘A Holiday Show’

The Band of Brushes is presenting “A Holiday Show” through Tuesday at Carry Out Cafe in Newburyport.

Members of the group share a love of nature and plein air painting in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic. Participating artists include Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich and Mary Ann Varoski of Newbury; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; and Anika Savage of Newburyport.

The cafe is located at 155 State St.

Maudslay State Park calendars for sale

The Maudslay State Park Association is selling 2014 “Save the Pond” calendars that showcase the passive and active recreation elements of the park. Money raised from the sales will be used to restore the park’s pond. Calendars are $15.

The calendars are being sold in Newburyport at Yankee Runner, 49 Pleasant St.; Greater Boston Running Co., 27 Water St.; The Natural Dog, 155 State St.; Riverside Cycles, 50 Water St.; Salon Bellisimo, 113 Merrimac St.; Plum Island Coffee Roasters, 54R Merrimac St; and Maudslay headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road. They are also available at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank’s various locations; Amesbury Animal Hospital, 230 Main St.; and West Newbury Food Mart, 275 Main St.

New photo exhibit at Newburyport bank

Photographs by Stephanie Naffah are on display in “Beyond the Eye,” an exhibit running through Feb. 1 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch.

Naffah believes that every photo has a story behind it and likes to take pictures of subjects that don’t typically get a lot of attention.

An artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 978-225-1401 or visit www.theprovidentbank.com.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Cuppa Joe tomorrow and Chris Marino on Saturday.

Cuppa Joe is a swing and blues jazz ensemble from Newburyport that performs a selection of classic jazz and blues standards of the 1950s and ’60s.

Marino is vocalist who performs rock, ballads, blues and more, with songs ranging from the 1960s to the present. He will be backed by a multi-keyboardist.

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

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