, Newburyport, MA


October 3, 2013

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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.

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