Salisbury native Terry Marengi will return to his hometown on Saturday, with guitar in hand.
Marengi, an up-and-coming musician, will take the stage at Blue Ocean Music Hall with his band, Nerve 8. The New Englander first became interested in music at age 10, when he received an electric piano. When he was 12, his instrument of choice became the electric guitar.
In 2008, he began creating Nerve 8.The group describes their style as "indie music with elements of synth pop, dance and alternative rock." They are currently working on a new CD.
In addition to Marengi on vocals and guitar, Nerve 8 consists of lead guitarist DJ Marengi, Cameron Kaszuba, percussion/looping effects, Josh Collins, bass, and Corey Dobson on drums and vocals.
The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at https://locallive2012.eventbrite.com/ for $15 or at the door for $20.
Rich DiMare returns to Salisbury
Boston-based performer Rich DiMare will return to Seaglass restaurant in Salisbury for an encore performance of his show, "A Night of Sinatra."
DiMare will entertain audiences with some of Sinatra's classics and songs from his new album tonight from 6 to 9 in the restaurant's lounge. He will be joined by an acoustic bassist and keyboard player as he performs a selection of Sinatra's tunes and classic songs.
Admission is free. Seaglass restaurant is at 4 Oceanfront North, next to Blue Ocean Music Hall.
'Wizard of Oz' comes to Amesbury
Amesbury's youth will take to the stage tonight to perform "The Wizard of Oz." The show begins at 7 p.m. at Amesbury High School, 5 Highland St., Amesbury. A second show is set for Saturday night, also at 7 p.m.
The young actors are performing with Act Up, a theater program operated through the town's Recreation Department.
Admission is $5.
Globe's Goldstein visits Jabberwocky
The Boston Globe's popular advice columnist Meredith Goldstein will visit Newburyport tomorrow night.
Goldstein, who helps readers solve their relationship problems each day in her "Love Letters" column, will discuss her new novel, "The Singles," beginning at 7 p.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop in the Tannery.
Admission to the talk is free.
Whittier Museum holding docent training
The Whittier Home museum in Amesbury will offer a free training session tomorrow at noon for volunteers interested in serving as docents.
Docents are museum guides trained to further visitors' understanding of the artifacts and collections. The session will be led by Newburyport's Sue Herman and Dawn Bennett.
The museum opens for the season on Saturday. Tours run on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through the end of October.
Songwriter, storyteller performs in Merrimac
Musician Christopher Williams will entertain with a mix of music and stories at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Merrimac on Saturday.
Williams' show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling 978-346-8400, ext. 10. They also will be available at the door for $12.
Pilgrim Congregational Church is located at 27 Church St., Merrimac.
Open house at pottery studio
Purple Sage Pottery in Merrimac will host a spring open house this weekend. The public is invited to stop in and visit the studio, 3 Mechanic St., Merrimac, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The creations of 14 area potters will be available to browse and purchase. The studio is also celebrating the 90th birthday of ceramic artist Bonnie Jean Malcolm during the open house and sale. Malcolm has created a series of bird sculptures especially for the open house at Purple Sage Pottery.
Malcolm began her career as an artist at age 15. She has competed in juried shows and has won many awards throughout her long career. She has held shows at the Newburyport Art Association and participated in the annual sculpture show at Maudslay.
May Breakfast at First Religious
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Newburyport's First Religious Society on Saturday. The church will hold their annual May Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon.
For $6, guests can enjoy a menu of local organic eggs, ham, homemade pancakes with maple syrup, veggie sausage, fresh fruit salad, baked goods, baked beans, cereal, fair trade coffee, tea and juice.
First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Coffee chat with Edith Pearlman
Author Edith Pearlman will discuss her award-winning book of short stories, "Binocular Vision," on Saturday.
Pearlman's talk will begin at 10 a.m. at Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple St., Georgetown. Attendees can enjoy coffee and refreshments.
The program is sponsored by the local chapters of the American Association of University Women and the Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library.
Admission is $12 with proceeds going to the two groups. AAUW will use the proceeds to help fund a trip for an Endicott College student to attend the upcoming National Conference of College Women Student Leaders in Maryland. The Friends of the Library will use their share to buy museum passes and to fund programs.
'The Way Life Should Be' is at Actors Studio
Local playwright Leslie Powell's dramatic work, "The Way Life Should Be," will open at The Actors Studio tomorrow night.
The production tells the story of a young man meeting his birth mother for the first time and is told from the perspective of his mother.
"Strong and often humorous, this play offers no simplistic packaging for this complex subject matter, rather it helps to deepen our collective understanding of what adoption means to all those who lives are part of this unique experience," according to the plot description.
The show will run this weekend and next. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and the Sunday shows begin at 5. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets, call 978-465-1229 or go online to MKTix.com. The Actors Studio of Newburyport is located at 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.
Cedar Street Studios celebrate 10th birthday
Amesbury's 14 Cedar Street Studios is throwing a 10th birthday party this weekend with an open house.
The artists and crafters who have studios in the building will give free demonstrations of their work and offer tours of their studio spaces on Saturday and Sunday. Live music and refreshments will also be available.
The studios will also display a collection of "before and after" pictures of the building and its renovations since owner Barbara Lorenc purchased it in 2002.
The open house will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Jewish Film Festival in Port this weekend
The city's first Jewish Film Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday.
Sponsored by Newburyport's Congregation Ahavas Achim, North Shore Teen Initiative and Camp Menorah, the festival is funded by a grant and is free to attend.
To view the festival's complete schedule, visit http://www.ahavas-achim.org/.
Karp exhibits at Anna Jaques this month
Newburyport artist Heather Karp will hang her paintings in the lobby and front hallway of Anna Jaques Hospital this month.
Sponsored by the Anna Jaques Aid Association, her oil painting exhibit "Local Color" runs through June 1.
Karp, owner of Studio 54 on State Street, began painting after surviving a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2000. She spent two years recovering and left her job as a publishing executive.
Karp took a painting workshop in 2006 following a walk down High Street, where she noticed light transforming a bright red door into a bouquet of flowers.
"Painting takes me to a place filled with amazing silence — a silence that is loud in color and intense beauty," she wrote in her artist statement for the hospital display. "Everything around me fades away leaving me with a brush, a canvas and an overwhelming peacefulness. I am able to listen to my intuitive self and really hear the colors. I paint more from what feels right rather than what looks right letting the story unfold through color and emotion. I want the person experiencing my art to touch upon raw emotion, be it happiness, sadness or even fear."
Musician Nancy Day coming to Port
Hear the vocal talents of singer-songwriter Nancy Day on Saturday when she gives a concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Day, a local favorite, has toured around the country and performed at various venues locally and around the region.
Her show, which begins at 8 p.m., will offer a blend of pop, jazz, classical and folk tunes. She will be joined on stage by her band: John Bumstead on cello, Matt Beddia on drums, Mike Costanza on guitar, Vincent Briguglio on bass guitar and Linda Schneider on percussion. Special guest Eduardo Bobby Abad will also make an appearance with the group.
Tickets are $18 and will be available at the door. St. Paul's Episcopal Church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.
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