, Newburyport, MA

October 3, 2013

The Lookout: Local musicians rally for Screening Room

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — 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

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.

Dramatic interpretation of the Vietnam War

The true experiences of Vietnam War veterans will be dramatized in a presentation this Saturday at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St.

Created and performed by Carl Thomsen, “Silent Men Speaking” compiles stories, dance, music and poetry based on the oral histories of David Bianchini, Allen Gaskell and Robert Vinson. There are no props or special effects, just Thomsen.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Delta Dog, a nonprofit organization that rescues homeless dogs and trains them to work as service dogs for veterans who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., and admission is a suggested donation of $5. The show is for ages 18 and up.

Comic relief at the Firehouse

Boston comedians Brad Mastrangelo and Stephen Bjork will entertain at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday.

Mastrangelo is a 20-year veteran of the comedy scene who has toured the U.S. and appeared on Comedy Central. He is a frequent writer for “The Tonight Show” monologue, and his routine often touches on family, marriage and fatherhood.

Bjork has been performing for two decades, sharing the stage with stars like Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Gilbert Gottfried and Tommy Chong. He reflects on childhood memories, being a father and everyday life.

Presented by Laugh Riot Productions, the show starts at 8 p.m. at the center, which is located in Market Square, Newburyport. Tickets are $20 and are available at the box office, by calling 978-462-7336 or online at

See some of the animals of Kenya

Take a virtual trip to Africa during a slide presentation and lecture at the Joppa Flats Education Center on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Kenya Birds and Mammals” will feature images from a recent expedition led by Bill Gette, sanctuary director. During the trip, he and his group visited Nairobi National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Samburu National Reserve and several locations in the Rift Valley.

The program costs $4 for nonmembers. Registration is not required.

Joppa Flats is located at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. For more information, call 978-462-9998 or visit

Restaurant helping chorus raise money

The Newburyport Choral Society is raising money this month by teaming up with Not Your Average Joe’s.

Every Tuesday in October, the Market Square restaurant will donate 15 percent of proceeds from food purchases made by dine-in or takeout patrons who identify themselves as NCS supporters. You can simply let your server know or download a certificate at

The fundraiser will help NCS present its winter and spring concerts.

NAA members show off their work

The Fall Members Juried Show, Part 1, opens tomorrow and runs through Oct. 26 at the Newburyport Art Association.

The exhibit features digital art, drawing, oil, printmaking, sculpture and watercolor. An opening reception will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

Tour the lighthouse on Plum Island

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will open one last time this season for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.

Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email or visit

‘Art in Season’ at Amesbury bank

Artwork highlighting the autumn, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons is on display through December at The Provident Bank in Amesbury.

“Art in Season” features pieces by artists from The North Shore Atelier, an Amesbury-based studio founded by Lully Schwartz.

An artists’ reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the 5 Market St. branch. The art is also on display at the branch on the corner of Route 110 and Main Street.

For more information, call 978-834-8527 or visit

Explore Whittier’s family tree

An ancestor of John Greenleaf Whittier will speak at the Whittier Home Museum in Amesbury today at 2 p.m.

Amesbury native James Elliott Reid Jr.’s talk will follow the theme “Are You Aware of Whittier’s Famous Ancestors?”

The program will be followed by tea and refreshments in the museum, 86 Friend St. Admission is $10 for guests and free for members. For reservations or more information, call 978-388-1337.

Local photographer’s images on display

Photographs by Rowley resident Barrett S. Bacall are on display through the end of October at the Rowley Public Library.

Bacall’s diversified color images are dominated by nature, scenics and abstracts.

The library, located at 141 Main St., is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays from 2 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Concert to raise money for arts center

Tonight’s concert at the Grog will raise money for the Byfield Community Arts Center.

Presented by Fusion Blue Productions, the 21-plus show starts at 8 p.m. and features Southbound Outlaws, Morning Orange, Casey Herlihy and Estimated Prophets.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5, with all proceeds benefiting building maintenance and event production at the center, which is volunteer-run.

The Grog is located at 13 Middle St., Newburyport.

Ham and bean supper Saturday

A “Boston Bean” supper will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bethany Masonic Lodge in Newburyport.

The Red Sox-themed dinner will include ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, potato salad, garden salad, coleslaw, drinks and desserts.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The lodge is located at 31 Green St.

Be part of a ‘thrilling’ experience

A local dance instructor is getting involved in a worldwide effort to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

Through Oct. 20, free clinics will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio at 908 Salem St., Groveland. Everyone ages 8 and up is welcome to come and learn the “Thriller” dance.

Then, on Oct. 26, anyone who wishes to participate is invited to the Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, where check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Dressing like a zombie is encouraged.

Donations collected on the day of the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and Alzheimer’s disease research.

For more information, visit or

Irish music featured at Port church

Celtic group The Crossing will perform tonight at Old South Church in Newburyport.

Hosted by nonprofit ministry FirstLoveWorks, the concert will feature original songs that carry on the Celtic tradition of storytelling.

The Crossing is a Chicago-based band that has been entertaining since 1984. While spiritual themes are woven throughout its sets, the overall mood is one of hope, joy and celebration that appeals to people of all convictions.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

The church is located at 29 Federal St. For more information, visit or call 978-463-0923.

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Rusty Scott on piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa on bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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