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April 4, 2013

Lookout: Radio Players return to WWII Wed.

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — The Seabrook Old-Time Radio Players will take the stage and recreate two World War II era radio programs on Wednesday at the Seabrook Public Library.

The radio players will use the original scripts from the golden age of radio to perform these productions. Under the direction of Don Bagley and Cher McDevitt, the actors will bring their characters into each of the two stories for a blended hour-long program that allows the audience to peek back into a time before television took over evening entertainment.

The players will stage”Fibber McGee and Molly Support the War Effort” and “It Pays To Be Ignorant” at two free shows. A matinee begins at 3:30 and the evening performance begins at 6:30. The library is located at 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook. Refreshments will be available at intermission.

Local residents join in poetry festival

Four local poets will participate in this year’s Boston National Poetry Month Festival at the Boston Public Library.

Newburyport’s Rhina P. Espaillat will be keynote poet in the Commonwealth Salon Room tomorrow and read with X.J. Kennedy from 2 to 3 p.m. Espaillat has published 13 collections of poetry and two bilingual short story collections. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals across the country, and she has received many poetry awards and honors.

Newbury’s Alfred Nicol, who was the honoree at last year’s Newburyport Literary Festival, will read on Sunday, in the auditorium of the library. He has published four collections of work and appeared in numerous literary journals.

Amesbury’s Lainie Senechal and Richard Wollman are also participating in this year’s festival. Senechal, who has published three collections of work and numerous poems in literary publications, will read on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. She is a retired environmental science and biology high school teacher.

Wollman is a professor at Simmons College in Boston. He has also published several collections of poetry and appeared in national literary publications. Wollman will read in the auditorium at the library on Sunday at 4:10 p.m.

‘Beats, Burgers and Brews’ at 17 State Street

Singer Brian Dolzani will perform at 17 State Street Cafe tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the restaurant’s weekend entertainment.

“Brian’s songs illustrate the seeking and longing inside all of us; for redemption, fulfillment, understanding, pleasure, love,” note organizers. “His voice is often described as a ‘smoother’ Neil Young.”

On Saturday, the entertainment continues with Old Saw from 7 to 9 p.m. as Nickie and Charlie Farr perform a mix of blues, jazz and Americana music.

Portrait appointments at Walsingham

Start your Mother’s Day shopping early this year. The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport is offering appointments for a children’s photo shoot with Cape Cod painter Doug Rugh on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rugh will deliver the finished portrait to the gallery in time for Mother’s Day on May 12. Rugh has been working in the visual arts field for more than 30 years, and has been a full-time painter for 13 years.

Contact the gallery at 978-499-4411 to schedule a photo shoot. Sessions are by appointment only.

‘Reverse Retrograde’ at Firehouse

Exit Dance will give a theatrical performance at the Firehouse Center for the Arts this weekend.

The Newburyport group, which was founded in 1987, will perform a showcase of their new works, “Reverse Retrograde,” tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m.

“Co-founder Cheryl Fisher’s new piece delves into the dream world with its random and disconnected images, mixing humor and terror,” writes the dance company members. “Jen Steeves’ new work subtly takes on the effects of war and conflict to a beautifully layered piece of music by Kimmo Pohjonen, Kronos Quartet and Samuel Kosminen. And finally, Wendy Hamel partners with guest dancer Karl Granoth for a duet exploring impulses that arise from being (or just feeling) trapped in a space with someone else.”

Tickets are $19 for the general public and $16 for students and seniors. They can be purchased by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

Exit was started as a way to broaden traditional dance styles in new ways, through theater techniques, improvisation and collaboration.

Ham and bean supper on Saturday

The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host a ham and bean supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

The menu includes ham, hot dogs, potato salad, Cole slaw, garden salad, brown bread, rolls, three kinds of beans, drinks and desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend. The supper will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 31 Green St.

Open House at Actors Studio

The Actors Studio of Newburyport is hosting an Open House on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.

For the festivities, founder/director Marc Clopton will conduct an open Cold Reading class. Audience members are invited to participate or just watch the process.

The Actors Studio is located in the Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.

Joppa Dance gives spring show

Newburyport’s Joppa Dance Company will hold a spring performance at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In “While We Float,” the dancers will perform new work for the first time, showing a mix of styles, from ballet to hip-hop. The program will include student-choreographed pieces, and the troupe’s directors have created a slate of pieces with various themes.

Joppa began more than 20 years ago as a way to offer young students a chance to learn dance methods and explore their creativity.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

Student show at Alan Bull studio

Newburyport art instructor Alan Bull will host a free, two-day exhibition this weekend, highlighting the works of his current students.

During the show on Saturday and Sunday, works will be on display at this Newburyport studio by Barrett Wendel, Ryan Shaw, Margaret Poppe, Cynthia Kowal, Anne Recchia, Rebecca Campbell, Izzy Dill Okaya, Barbara Gordon, Renee LaVerrier, Edson Worden, Jen Clough, Sue Murphy and others.

The show will run from 1 to 5 p.m each day with an artists’ reception Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. The studio is located at 18 Graf Road, unit 18, Newburyport.

Artists’ reception at Provident

The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Amesbury will host a reception with three local artists on Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Becca Donohue, Elizabeth Wilson Jackson and Renee Schneider have created this month’s exhibit, “Alternate Realms of Possibility” for the Lobby for the Arts program.

The reception will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the bank’s Amesbury branch, 5 Market St., through May 8.

A junior at the Boston Institute of Art, Donohue majors in photography and art education at Lesley University. Wilson Jackson, of Amesbury, uses a “highly stylized and methodical provoke an experiential observation of the unconscious self.”

Schneider, of Amesbury, is a graphic designer and former kindergarten teacher. She owns and operates Colorful Kids in Amesbury where she teaches art to children. An artist, she creates an “eclectic mix of acrylic painting and mixed media.”

Locals participate in art auction

Four local artists have donated artwork to Montserrat College of Art’s annual auction party, Artrageous!27 on Saturday.

Proceeds from the artwork, including the pieces by Philippa Dunn, Amanda Hawkins, Sue Ann Pearson and Jill Schlanger, will benefit Montserrat College of Art student scholarships. Artrageous!27 features more than 200 works by Montserrat alumni, faculty, staff, students and veteran and newcomer artists.

The auction will be held at 6 p.m. at 300 Jubilee Drive, Centennial Park, Peabody.

Bura group meets Sunday

The Greater Newburyport Bura Alliance will hold its monthly potluck supper meeting on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

The group, which began more than 20 years ago, oversees Newburyport’s relationship with its sister city, Bura, Kenya.

This month’s meeting will be held in Topsfield. The public is welcome. For further information and directions, contact Joanna Hammond at 978-388-3230.

Lambert hangs show at Seabrook bank

Local artist James Lambert will hang a show of his work at The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Seabrook this month.

A New York City native, Lambert studied at the Museum of Modern Art School, High School of Music and Art and New York Community College. For more than 30 years, he worked as a graphic designer, art director, advertising manager and photographer.

As he entered retirement, Lambert began exploring his own “artistic vision in graphic constructions that merge textures in three dimensions using shadows, contrasting materials and sparse color in a unified composition.”

“Deco Art” will be on display through June. The public can meet with Lambert on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the branch, 1 Provident Way, Seabrook.

Help pick Topsfield Fair theme

Organizers of the Topsfield Fair are seeking the public’s help in picking this year’s theme.

Through April 10, individuals can offer their idea in an online contest via the fair’s Facebook page. The winner will receive a prize package and four free tickets. The fair will run from Oct. 4 through Oct. 14.

Wine tasting at Georgetown Library

The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are hosting a wine tasting on Saturday, April 27.

The benefit at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. will feature 40 different wine varieties as attendees listen to jazz drummer Keith Augeri and his band. The final half hour of the evening will include coffee and dessert.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the library or at Georgetown Liquors. Proceeds will be used to fund programs at the library. The evening is sponsored by Georgetown Liquors.

Cagney stars in ‘Godspell’

Lindsey Cagney of Byfield is performing in Dean College’s production of “Godspell” this week.

Based on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, the play highlights parables from the life of Jesus and features numerous well-known, beloved songs, including “Day By Day,”All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”

Tickets are $20 for the general public and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Show times are at 7:30 from Thursday through Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For ticket information, please email, call 508-541-1605 or visit


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