---- — Folk and blues legend Tom Rush is coming to Newburyport.
The singer-songwriter will visit the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square on Saturday, Feb. 9. Rush will perform at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public.
A native of Portsmouth, N.H., Rush launched his musical career at 17 years old. As a Harvard student in the 1960s, he began visiting the Cambridge folk club, Club 47, so often that he was soon a regular.
Rush graduated from Harvard University with an English degree and having recorded two albums. In addition to creating his own pieces, Rush covered the songs of numerous musicians, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan, which helped to strengthen and expand their fan bases. Many of today’s top music stars, including James Taylor and Garth Brooks, name Rush as one of their influences.
As his career progressed, Rush expanded into other genres and spent several years on tour during the early 1970s. After a short break, he returned to the music scene in 1981, performing at Symphony Hall in Boston. Later, he adapted his shows to allow seasoned artists and newcomers to share a stage and perform together.
In 2009, Rush released his first studio CD in more than 30 years. “What I Know” includes his original material, as well as contributions from other artists.
As Rush’s career progressed, he kept the design of his shows very simple — just his guitar and him. That format, he said, allows him to have a direct connection with his audience.
To purchase tickets, call 978-462-7336, go online to www.firehouse.org, or stop into the box office.
Lobby for the Arts
hangs new show
The Provident Bank in Amesbury will introduce a new Lobby for the Arts exhibit beginning today. Ipswich photographer Mark Gooby’s show, “Places Near and Places Far,” will hang through March 1.
The collection is meant to show the contrasts in landscapes across the country. His images include rugged mountains and prairies to nearby salt marshes and tidal flats.
Gooby will host a meet-and-greet with the public tonight from 5:30 to 7. The Provident Bank is located at 5 Market St., Amesbury.
Brew talks ‘Roots and Roads’
The Amesbury-based band, The Brew, is bringing their acoustic show, “Roots and Roads,” to the Firehouse Center for the Arts tomorrow night.
During their acoustic show, the group will pay tribute to several of the artists who have shaped their sound, songs and soul during the 10 years since The Brew formed shortly after the original bandmates graduated from Amesbury High.
The show will begin at 8 p.m. at the Firehouse Center in Newburyport’s Market Square. Admission is $20 for the general public. To purchase, call 978-462-7336 or go online to www.firehouse.org.
Ham and bean supper Saturday
The Bethany Masonic Lodge will host a ham and bean supper on Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The menu includes ham, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, garden salad, brown bread, rolls, three kinds of beans, drinks and desserts. Admission is $8. It is free for children to attend.
Wine and cheese reception at Bridge Gallery
The Bridge Gallery in Newburyport will hold a wine and cheese reception on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. Local artists Marjet Lesk and Joanna Hammond will be on hand to visit with the public and to answer questions about the cooperative gallery that is owned and operated by its eight artist members.
Currently, the gallery is hosting a show, as well as its annual winter sale. Guest artist Mary Ann McArdle is also exhibiting this month. McArdle is a staff member at the Essex Art Institute in Lawrence.
Snowshoeing program in West Newbury
New England Equine Rescue-North will hold their third annual snowshoe event on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at their facility, 183 River Road, West Newbury.
The public can hike trails and visit with the horses that have been rescued during the festivities, which also include refreshments and door prizes. Admission is $15 and will benefit the horses in need.
Zen meditation at First Religious
Each Monday evening, a free Zen meditation class is offered at the First Religious Society from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the church’s Lower Meetinghouse. Joyce Haydock, a Dharma teacher with the Kwan Um School of Zen, will lead the program.
First-time attendees are encouraged to attend a 6 p.m. orientation. The church is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
For more information, contact Joyce at 978-363-5457.
Jazz Vespers next week
A free jazz vespers service will be held at First Religious Society on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary. The evening will celebrate jazz, blues and swing music by the house band of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster. The service will also feature several readings by Forrest Speck and a moment of silent reflection.
First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Immigration Matters meets Wednesday
First Religious Society will hold a meeting of the Immigration Matters Study Group on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the church’s Lower Meetinghouse.
Dr. Michael Sandberg, a civil surgeon with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service in Boston, will lead the discussion. The topic for the evening will explore “The Unintended Consequences of Current U.S. Immigration Law.”
First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
High heels and martinis at Mission Oak
Ladies, head to Newburyport’s Mission Oak Grill next Thursday night for a chance to show off your favorite pair of high heels and help a good cause.
The restaurant is teaming up with Rheebo and Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer to hold “High Heel Night,” a fundraiser for breast cancer research. The fun begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 and features Mission Oak High Heel Martinis, raffles and a half-priced bar menu. Admission is $10 at door or join the Mission Oak VIP group on Rheebo.com and get in free of charge.
Mission Oak Grill is located at 26 Green St., Newburyport.
Broussard and Creole Cowboys give Mardi Gras concert
The Belleville Roots Music Series continues on Friday, Feb. 8, with a Mardi Gras concert and dance.
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys will present a mix of Creole classics and their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Belleville Church, 300 High St., Newburyport.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show. Admission for children age 12 and under is $10. Tickets are available at Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., Newburyport, at the Belleville Congregational Church office on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Belleville Thrift Shop on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon, or via the church website at www.bellevillechurch.org/roots.php.
Call for dancers
Local Sacred Circle dancers are also joining in the global One Billion Rising event on Valentine’s Day, along with other members of the Newburyport community.
Women and men are invited to participate in “The Dance of 100 Women,” a sacred circle dance and vigil on Feb. 14 from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in Newburyport.
Led by instructor Ellen Kennedy, participants will gather at the Masonic Hall on Green Street at 5:15 for a dance and blessing of the candles they will carry. The group will then walk from the hall down to Market Square where they will perform a circle dance and light the candles following a quiet moment of reflection. A vigil will continue until all of the candles burn out.
The program will be dedicated to the memory of Newburyport teacher Nikki Staszewski and all victims of domestic violence, Kennedy said.
A separate Valentine’s Day flash mob, which is also part of One Billion Rising, is being organized by The Dance Place owner Fontaine Dubus and dance instructor Tracey Kimball. It will be held in Market Square at 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.
‘Red’ plays in Lowell
The Merrimack Repertory Theatre is hosting a production of the 2010 Tony Award winning play “Red” from Feb. 14 through March 10.
In the play written by John Logan, a painter is presented with a chance to work on large murals and hires a young assistant “who ends up challenging the master’s fervently held artistic beliefs.”
The play features Mark Zeisler as painter Mark Rothko and Ryan Barry as his assistant Ken. It is directed by Charles Towers.
Tickets begin at $20 and are on sale at www.MRT.org or by calling 978-654-4678.
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