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October 3, 2013

The Lookout: Local musicians rally for Screening Room

Newburyport bands are coming together Saturday night for “Americana for the Movies,” a benefit for the Screening Room.

Although the small movie theater has reached its minimum goal of $60,000 for a new digital projector, it still needs money to maintain the equipment and for future upgrades.

The show, which runs from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., is part of the Belleville Roots Music Concert Series and was organized by local musician Liz Frame and her partner, Vaughn Abbott.

The band lineup includes High Rock Mountain at 4, The Barn Burners at 5:15, Kate Redgate and Friends at 6:30, EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy at 7:45, and Liz Frame and the Kickers at 9.

Additionally, the evening will feature food, beverages and a silent auction that will offer dozens of unique items, from gift certificates to local retailers and restaurants to an original painting by Alan Bull to a limited, screenwriter-signed movie poster from “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”

Tickets are a suggestion donation of $30 and are available at the Screening Room, 82 State St., and Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., or online at mktix.com/bc/americana.

Firehouse picks plays for annual festival

The Firehouse Center for the Arts has selected the plays for the 2014 Annual New Works Festival.

The 12th annual event, which runs Jan. 17-18 and 24-25, will showcase one full-length show as a staged reading, one one-act play and several 10-minute plays.

The winning playwrights are:

Full-length: Cassie M. Seinuk of Somerville

One-act: Mary Beth Smith of Rockport

Shorts: Cynthia Arsenault of Haverhill; Dina Crawford of Salisbury; Steven Eimert of Boxford; Stephen Faria of Newbury; Hortense Gerardo of Boston; Deirdre Girard of Newbury; Kimberly Holliday of Boxford; Christopher Lockheardt of Andover; Jonathan K. Markella of Duxbury; Jack Rushton of Newbury; Carolyn Russell of West Newbury; George Sauer of Dedham; Marisa Smith of Hanover, N.H.; and Scott Tobin of Lowell.

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