A Newburyport boy appears in a movie premiering Saturday night at the Regency Theatre in Arlington.
Karl Dorogy, a 12-year-old who attends Nock Middle School, plays Trevor in “Milwood,” which was filmed in Rockland and other parts of New England over the course of 26 days in 2012.
“Milwood” tells the story of Nathan Perry, who is assigned to a facility for young adults after a fatal accident. During his time at Milwood, he becomes a victim of terror and unusual behavior.
The film, produced by Michelle Romano of Roman Media, had its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France in May. It won nine awards at the CineRockom International Film Festival in October and was named the best independent feature at the Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival.
Saturday’s event includes a red carpet from 6 to 7 p.m. and the screening from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session and reception. Tickets are $20.
The theater is located at 7 Medford St. For more information, call 781-646-4849 or visit www.regenttheatre.com.
Church features Hughes artwork
Artwork by Blake Hughes is on display through the end of the month at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.
Hughes attended The Art Students League of New York, where he studied with Reginald Marsh, George Grosz and Louis Bouche. After returning from World War II, he began a career as a commercial artist and was the head artist at the packaging company Arkell & Smith’s.
Hughes and his wife, Ruth, operated The Newburyport Printmaker on Inn Street for a number of years.
The exhibit is in the lower meetinghouse gallery, 26 Pleasant St. Admission is free, and it is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Artist hosts oil demonstrations
Professional landscape painter Donald Jurney will host a three-part demonstration series on Jan. 10, 17 and 24 in Amesbury.
Jurney, a Newburyport resident who shows his work at galleries in New York City, Boston, Nantucket and North Carolina, will start with a blank canvas and create an oil painting. He will talk about the decisions he’s making as he goes along, the pitfalls he encounters and strategies for turning potential negatives into positives.
“Creative Process — A Study in Three Parts” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 14 Cedar St., Studio 101. Sessions are $60 each and are open to artists of all abilities.
For more information or to register, email Jurney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a volunteer at Joppa Flats
Training programs are being held this month for education volunteers at Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center.
Throughout the school year, Joppa Flats staff and volunteers provide a wide range of coastal ecology and birding programs for children. School and Youth Education coordinator Lisa Hutchings offers complete in-the-field training to prepare volunteers, regardless of science or teaching background.
Sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Jan. 7-28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics include Winter Birds and Penguins, Weather and Wildlife, Raptors, and Animal Tracks and Night Creatures.
No experience is necessary. All classes meet at the center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Registration fees of $20 per session will be refunded for those who satisfy the volunteer commitment. Training themes may change dates if the weather is inclement.
The registration deadline is 4 p.m. the day before each program. For more information or to sign up, contact 978-462-9998 or email@example.com.
Gallery opens season with landscapes
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” includes 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 from 2 to 4 p.m. and will feature music by guitarist John Tavano. The show opens today and runs through Jan. 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.
Winter farmers market this Sunday
The Newburyport Farmers’ Winter Market will be open this Sunday in The Tannery Marketplace Event Tent.
Among the offerings are free-range meat and locally grown produce, along with cheeses, baked goods, prepared foods and handmade crafts. Live music will also be performed.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Sunday. Upcoming dates are Jan. 19; Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 6. The Tannery is located at 50 Water St.
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 Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8 and Sunday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 5 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 at 6:30 p.m. and Monday 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.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Big Fair tomorrow and Clark Webb on Saturday.
Big Fair is a Newburyport indie band founded by high school friends Daniel Alvarez de Toledo, Jordan Dunn-Pilz and Clayton Vye. The group plays mostly original music and some well-known covers.
Webb is a folk-funk singer-songwriter promoting the release of his album “Random Bits & Pieces.”
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.
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