, Newburyport, MA

March 6, 2014

The Lookout: Bird photographer to share ‘Epic Adventures’

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Christoph will present a free program Saturday at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

“Snowy Owls and More — The Epic Adventures of a Massachusetts Bird Photographer” will feature a narrated slideshow of Christoph’s favorite bird photographs, all taken in the state. He will also share stories, techniques and some of his favorite places to shoot pictures.

Photographs by Christoph, who lives in Lancaster, have appeared in national magazines and on several covers of New England Printer and Publisher. His program is in association with the Photographic Society of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, which welcomes anyone with an interest in nature, wildlife and/or photography.

The presentation will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the visitor center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 978-465-5753.

Nationally known comedian in Amesbury

A popular comedian with Boston roots will visit The Barn in Amesbury tomorrow night.

Tony V has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including a recurring role on Showtime’s “The Brotherhood.” He has performed on Comedy Central, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” “Evening at the Improv,” MTV and “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn.” His one-man show, “The Failure Artist,” drew critical acclaim.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and will also feature Mike Prior and Jeanne Sullivan.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and seating is limited.

‘Doughboys’ writer to speak in Seabrook

Best-selling author Richard Rubin will visit the Seabrook Library next week to discuss “The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War.”

The book brings out individual voices and individual experiences during World War I, through interviews that Rubin conducted with many of the last-known survivors.

The free program will be held Thursday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 25 Liberty Lane. Light refreshments will be served.

Rubin is also the author of “Confederancy of Silence: A True Tale of the New Old South,” about his experience as a reporter in Greenwood, Miss. He lives in New York and Maine.

For more information, call 603-474-2044.

OpArt works featured at Port bank

An exhibit of work from OpArt artists is on display through the month of March at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch.

An artists’ reception will be held Thursday, March 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank, 66 Storey Ave.

OpArt is a partnership between the Newburyport Art Association and Opportunity Works, a Newburyport-based social service agency that helps provide jobs and skills to developmentally challenged adults. The art education outreach program encourages and supports individuals with disabilities to explore the creative process.

The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Klezmer violinist to play in Newburyport

The fifth annual Boston Jewish Music Festival will make a Newburyport stop tonight, when renowned violinist Yaeko Mirando Elmaleh and her quintet will perform.

The group will play at 8 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 531/2 Washington St.

Elmaleh is best known as the violinist of the internationally renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band. She began violin lessons at the age of 3 and later studied at the New England Conservatory. She has performed at major venues throughout the world.

The quintet performs a cross-cultural mix of world music, including klezmer, Moroccan, Greek and Arabic. The other members are bassist Ehud Ettun, accordionist Michael McLaughlin, drummer Grant Smith and guitarist/mandolinist Brandon Seabrook.

Tickets to tonight’s concert are $20 at the door. For more information about the music festival, which runs through March 28, visit

Ceramics featured in NAA display

A ceramics exhibit by Nancy Cahan opens Tuesday at the Newburyport Art Association.

“Raku: Vessels and Sculpture” features a range of work inspired by the beauty and edges of nature. Cahan’s pieces capture the earthy to abstract with torn and ruptured vessels and female torsos.

Raku is a firing process that involves extreme heat, fire and smoke, resulting in black, metallic and crackled glazes.

An artist’s reception will be held Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will run through March 16.

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Mardi Gras celebration in Byfield this weekend

Ring in Mardi Gras a little late with a performance by the Squeezebox Stompers tomorrow 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 celebration was originally scheduled for Feb. 15 but was postponed due to the snowstorm that day.

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.

Free theater use in Newburyport

Applications are available now for the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ Community Use Grant Program.

Six nonprofit organizations from Greater Newburyport will receive complimentary midweek access to the lobby and theater in Newburyport’s Market Square, along with marketing assistance for their public events.

Submissions are due by March 14, and winners will be chosen by lottery. The program is open to nonprofits in Amesbury, Salisbury, Seabrook, Newbury, Newburyport, West Newbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Georgetown and Rowley.

For an application and more information, visit

Warm up at a beachy fundraiser

Get in the summer spirit at the Beach Blanket Bingo Night tomorrow night at Nicholson Hall in Newburyport.

From 6:30 to 10 p.m., attendees can play bingo, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, and vie for prizes in the raffles.

Tickets are $20 in advance, available at The Black Duck Market & Deli and Anchor Stone Deck Pizza, and $25 at the door. Prices include game cards.

All proceeds will support the Newburyport High School Class of 2014’s Senior Safe Night Celebration.

Nicholson Hall is located at 9 Harris St.

West Newbury artist’s work at library

Paintings by artist Tricia Mansfield are on display through March 31 at the GAR Memorial Library in West Newbury.

The exhibit features familiar scenes of West Newbury and surrounding communities, such as a crooked fence or signpost, an apple tree in full bloom, or lofty maples tapped for sap.

The library is located at 490 Main St. and open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Classic musical drives into Pentucket

Take a trip back to the 1950s with Pentucket Regional High School’s production of “Grease” next weekend.

Show times are March 14 at 7 p.m., March 15 at 2 and 7 p.m., and March 16 at 4 p.m.

General admission is $10, and reserved seating is $15.

Advance sales for both types of tickets will be held at the school this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. General admission tickets will also be available at the door.

Professional actor offers free lessons

Former “Days of our Lives” actor Steve Blackwood is offering free master class acting lessons to the first 30 people who purchase his book during a signing next week.

Blackwood, a Newburyport resident, will visit the Barnes & Noble in Framingham on Wednesday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. “The Steve Blackwood Sessions” is an actors handbook on technique and administration that also features anecdotes from his 10 years playing Bart on the NBC soap opera. It costs $9.95.

For more information, visit

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

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

Mills is a Maine-based folk singer and winner of the 2013 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.

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.

Both shows are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

Open mikes at Port coffee shop

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 Jon Waterman, who sings ballads and tells stories. Upcoming speakers include Jonathan Hammond on March 13, Regal Pinion on March 20 and K. Peddlar Bridges on March 27.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. The shop itself is closed during the open mikes, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email


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