---- — Former Daily News columnist Nancy Crochiere will debut her new book, “The Mother Load,” at Jabberwocky Bookshop on Saturday night.
In her collection of the most popular columns that ran over a 15-year period, Crochiere takes a humorous look at family life in the 21st century.
Running from 1997 to 2011, “The Mother Load” explored such topics as spousal temperature battles, GPS woes, Thanksgiving turkey troubles and trying to keep up in Zumba class.
Crochiere is an editor and writer who has published everything from magazine and newspaper articles to children’s detective stories. She lives in Amesbury.
The book launch and signing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.
Explore manga with Tannery Series
The Tannery Series returns to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem next Thursday with a program on Japanese graphic novels.
“Manga Nation: Japanese Design and American Pop Culture” will feature writers Roland Kelt and Robin Brenner, who will discuss what the popularity of manga and anime reveals about the changes in American identity. Brenner is the teen librarian at the Brookline Public Library and author of “Understanding Manga and Anime,” which was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award. Kelt is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and co-editor of the New York literary journal “A Public Space.”
The evening will also include musician VJ Beyonder Domela, hands-on instruction in drawing manga and the opportunity to visit the new exhibit “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion.” Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters. Food and drinks will be available.
The program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the museum, located in East India Square on Essex Street. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students.
For more information about The Tannery Series, visit www.tanneryseries.com or call 617-794-0995.
String quartet, soprano to perform at church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport is presenting two concerts this weekend.
Quartet For-Te will perform tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., and soprano Ann Harter will give a recital on Sunday at 4 p.m.
The quartet, featuring Loren Lee and Caroline Lieber on violin, Karen McConomy on viola and John Bumstead on cello, will play works by Schubert, Barber and Beethoven. General admission is $10 and free for children.
Harter will present “The Art of Song: Art Songs of the Night and Latin Legends.” The vocal recital will include French, German, Spanish and Brazilian songs, as well as selections from the Great American Songbook. She will be accompanied by pianist Malgosia Smolarek and classical guitarist John Tavana, who both teach with her at The Musical Suite. Admission is a suggested donation of $15.
The church is located at 166 High St.
Film chronicles abuse scandal
An Amesbury business owner is screening his documentary this Sunday at Stage Two Cinema Pub.
Titled “Basta,” which is Italian for the word “Enough,” the film focuses on the aftermath of the clergy abuse scandal, Bergeron’s own personal journey and how adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse increasingly began to speak out once it became apparent that they weren’t alone.
The film is composed primarily of news broadcasts, statistics and footage taken by Bergeron during his trips to the Vatican in 2003 and 2010, with the intent being just to tell the story without trying to sensationalize it.
Bergeron, who runs the Mill 77 consignment store on Route 110 and is the co-founder of Survivors Voice, has partnered with Speaking Out Safely, a nonprofit organization focused on the prevention of and response to child sexual abuse.
A benefit for the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, the screening will start at 4 p.m. and will be followed by an open discussion with Bergeron from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, 109 Main St. Survivors and their families will be admitted free.
Local actors in Beverly play
Several local residents are featured in Neverland Theatre’s “Les Miserables,” opening Saturday in Beverly.
Cast members include Carly and Haley Gendell of Amesbury, Jackie Chianca and Susan Lorenz of Georgetown, Stephen Faria of Newbury, Laura Gale and Cindy MacIsaac of Newburyport, and Jillian Quigley and Andy Diskes of Rowley. Director/producer Andrew Diskes is also from Rowley.
Show times are Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., Nov. 17 at 1 and 6:30 p.m., Nov. 18-21 at 7 p.m., Nov. 23 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at Temple B’nai Abraham, 200 E. Lothrop St. Tickets are $15 to $20.
For more information, visit www.neverlandtheatre.com or call 978-500-8832.
A cappella groups set to perform
Pitch Slapped will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pentucket Regional High School.
Named one of the five best collegiate a cappella groups in the country, Berklee College of Music’s singers will headline the Pentucket Arts Foundation’s 10th annual A Cappella Night.
Groups from Pentucket, Amesbury and Hamilton-Wenham high schools will also perform. Tickets are $10 at the door, 24 Main St., West Newbury.
For more information, visit www.pentucketarts.org.
Locals to screen new movie
Two Georgetown natives are presenting a special showing of their new film this Sunday at 1:15 p.m. in the Screening Room in Newburyport.
Written by Andrew Boylan and starring Alexandra Boylan, “Home Sweet Home” is a psychological thriller that follows a young woman who has lost everything. She moves back into her parents’ abandoned home in the New Mexico desert, where she is confronted by two desperate squatters.
The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the Boylans. The theater is located at 82 State St.
Award-winning poets to read
Two winners of the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award are the featured readers at Wednesday’s free Powow River Poets reading.
A.M. Juster and Len Krisak will present starting at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. Both poets are longtime members of the Powow River Poets and have been widely published.
An open mike will follow. The bookstore is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St.
For more information, visit powowriverpoets.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book sale at Amesbury Library
The Friends of the Amesbury Public Library will hold a “Fill a Bag” book sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shoppers can purchase a reusable bag for $10 and fill it with anything from the shelves. In addition to books for adults, teens and children, there will also be music, movies, audiobooks and puzzles.
All proceeds benefit the Friends, whose mission is to support the library and its staff and to enhance the resources and services.
The sale will be held in the Friends Used Book Shop, located downstairs at the library, 149 Main St.
Theater group starts new season
The Georgetown Theatre Workshop is opening its 40th anniversary season with “In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot).”
A holiday comedy by Steve Franco, the play opens tomorrow and continues on Nov. 16, 21, 22 and 23. All shows start at 8 p.m. at the theater’s new home, the Sparhawk School theater at 196 Main St., Amesbury.
Directed by Christopher Dollas, the show features a number of local actors, including Amesbury High and Sparhawk students.
Tickets are $12.50 for adults, with a discounted price of $7.50 for seniors and students tomorrow and Nov. 21. For more information, call 978-352-6367 or visit www.georgetowntheatreworkshop.com.
Saltbox artists celebrate 25 years
Greater Newburyport residents are among the 23 artists displaying their work in the Saltbox Gallery’s 25th Anniversary Show this weekend.
Held in Coolidge Hall at the Topsfield Fairgrounds off Route 1, the exhibit features oils, watercolors, etchings, bird carvings, woodworking, jewelry, photography, sculptures and more.
The show is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an artists’ reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday night. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, visit www.saltboxgallery.net.
Open house at photography studio
Photographer Kiki Larouge is hosting an open house Saturday at her new studio in downtown Newburyport.
From 2 to 6 p.m., the public is invited to meet Larouge, an award-winning portrait and fine art photographer, and view her work. Light refreshments will be served.
The studio is located at 36 Liberty St., second floor. For more information, call 617-875-7339 or email email@example.com.
Local stores showcase fashions
Get your fashion fix at two local events this Sunday.
At Holy Family Parish Hall, 9 Sparhawk St., Amesbury, at 2 p.m., clothing and accessory retailers will showcase their merchandise in “Fashions of the Season.”
Hosted by the Ladies Guild at Holy Family, the event will feature a fashion show, appetizers, desserts and beverages. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Parke Place Boutique, 42 Main St., or by calling 978-388-9003.
From 4 to 7 p.m. at Andiamo Restaurant + Bar, 24 Winter St., Newburyport, “Fashion to be Thankful For” will be presented by John Farley Clothiers and Smitten.
The show will feature clothing for men and women, with local celebrity models like City Councilor Ed Cameron, Dr. Daryl Colden and Ann Ormond of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry. There will also be appetizers, cocktails and live music. Tickets are $10 plus a frozen turkey to donate to a local food pantry. To reserve a seat, call 978-255-4341.
Fundraising auction this weekend
The Newburyport Education Foundation is planning its annual Lighthouse Auction for Saturday.
The event, running from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 31 Green St., will include both silent and live auctions, along with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door. Online bidding for items started Nov. 8 and runs through 8 p.m. tomorrow.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.newburyportef.org.
New holiday fundraiser planned
Decorated trees are being sought for the first Sea Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for Anna Jaques Hospital and the Salisbury Beach Partnership.
Businesses, schools and individuals are invited to donate 6- to 8-foot artificial, themed trees, which will be raffled off during the event. Awards will be given to the best trees.
Open to the public from Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, the festival will feature a giant gingerbread house, entertainment and the North Pole Cafe & Candy Shoppe. Special events planned include the Mistletoe Madness Gala, gingerbread house-decorating parties and a Polar Express Brunch.
Admission to the festival is $5, with additional costs for raffle tickets and the special events. For more information, visit www.blueoceanhall.com.
To donate a tree, email email@example.com.
Coffee shop hosting open mikes
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.
Featured speakers will present from 7:30 to 8 and include Linda Werbner tonight, Kato Mele on Nov. 21 and Lee Eric Freedman on Dec. 5. There will be no event on Thanksgiving.
The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entertainment and food at 17 State St.
This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Sheila Linehan tomorrow and The Latin Quarter on Saturday.
Linehan performs contemporary and traditional Irish songs along with some American folk tunes.
The Latin Quarter, formerly Bossa Buena, features classic bossa nova songs along with original music with Brazilian, Latin and Cuban influences.
Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newburyport restaurant.
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