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January 3, 2013

Lookout: Cohen brings 'Venice in Winter' to Port

Amesbury's Joel Cohen has taken several trips to Venice, Italy.

All of his visits in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2012, were during the so-called "bad weather" months in the Italian city. Yet, Cohen, the former director of the Boston Camerata, brought his digital cameras and kept snapping away.

The result is about 50 photos now hanging in a unique exhibit, "Venice in Winter" at Newburyport's Caffe di Siena on Pleasant Street. Some photos were later digitized/posterized through computer technology, while others are 'straight' images, Cohen said in a statement.

This is his first exhibit as a solo visual artist. It will hang throughout the month.

Cohen has been a photographer since the 1970s and his work has appeared in numerous print publications, including Le Monde, the Boston Globe and the New York Times. He is currently the artistic director of Camerata Mediterranea, a nonprofit musical foundation in both the United States and France.

First Religious choir looking for singers

The First Religious Society in Newburyport is beginning its new season of music shortly, and is looking for new singers to join the group.

The choir sings in a variety of styles and pieces from numerous faith traditions. Rehearsals are held every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. The Choir Room is upstairs in the sanctuary behind the organ.

For more information, email the church's music director Jay Lane at jaydlane@comcast.net.

Puppet show on Saturday

Maine puppeteer Nicola McEldowney will visit The Reading Room for Kids on Saturday.

McEldowney will perform the fable "Frederick" by Leo Lionni at 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the shop in Rye, N.H. Admission is free. The shop is located at 1247 Washington Road, Suite 5, Rye, N.H. For more information, call 603-379-2875 or e-mail leslie@thereadingroomforkids.com.

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