, Newburyport, MA

February 14, 2013

Lookout: New England String Quartet plays Sunday

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — The New England String Quartet will perform a program of Brahms, Beethoven and Shostakovich on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. This is the second performance in this year’s Jean C. Wilson Music Series.

The quartet is currently the ensemble-in-residence at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

The New England String Quartet seeks to broaden the contemporary chamber music tradition with a mix of concerts, recordings, community outreach and educational programs. The quartet has numerous recordings of contemporary works through New England-based PARMA recordings, including pieces by Alan Beeler, Michael Cunningham, Sarah Wallin-Huff, Larry Read and Kyle Peter Rotolo.

Recently, they released their premieres of “Romance and Descent No. 1” by Brian Buch, “Exquisitries” and “Light Excelleth Darkness” by Betsy Schramm and “String Quartet No. 2” by Pasquale Tassone.

The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is named for one of the founders and the director of the music series for 27 years. Now, it operates under the sponsorship of the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Music Committee. The series traditionally offers three concerts each year from January through March.

There is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. It is free for children and students. For more information about the concert, go to or call 978-465-0602, ext. 401.

Valentine’s Day

beer, dessert tasting

Grab special someone and head to The Port Tavern in Newburyport tonight to celebrate the holiday.

“Be My Porter Valentine” is a celebration of loved ones — and the love of beer. From 8 to 10 p.m., attendees can learn about beer and brewing as organizers pair rich, delicious desserts and craft beers.

The Port Tavern is located at 84 State St., Newburyport.

‘Beauty and The Beast’ staged at Boys and Girls Club

The theater group, Kool with a K, will perform “Beauty & The Beast” at the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley this weekend.

The acting club, which consists of kids who attend the after-school program at 18 Maple St., Salisbury, will stage the production tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.

More than 45 club members are involved in the show and have been working on the production for several months. The play is being directed by Rowan Andriotakis a staff member at the club and the theater director. The kids have been working hard designing the sets and rehearsing their roles. Materials for the sets and the costumes have been donated.

Custom House museum hosts

Greely presentation

After being postponed due to last week’s snowstorm, the Custom House Maritime Museum will host a presentation on Adolphus Washington Greely tomorrow night.

The lecture by Dr. Miller Graf will begin at 6 p.m. and looks at the historic Lady Franklin Bay scientific expedition led by Newburyport’s own Greely in 1881. Graf has 20 years of active service as an Air Force officer. He was the founder of the management division at Bradford College and served as a professor of economics and finance there for 20 years.

Admission is $5. A reception will follow.

Valentine’s Day wine, chocolate pairing

Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton is hosting a wine and chocolate tasting on Saturday in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Sweethearts can head to the winery from noon to 4 p.m. for the complimentary pairing featuring Lindt chocolate.

Jewell Towne is located at 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton. This event was scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed to this weekend due to the blizzard.

Mardi Gras at coffeehouse

You don’t have to be in New Orleans this week to get a flavor of Mardi Gras. The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse will celebrate the holiday on Saturday.

Attendees will be entertained with music by Rockin’ Ralph and the Squeezebox Stompers while enjoying gumbo, King cake and New Orleans beer in The Cat Café.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield. Doors open at 7:30. Admission is $15 at the door. The performance is sponsored in part by the Newburyport Bank.

Music at David’s Tavern

Step into David’s Tavern on Brown Square and hear a mix of music this weekend.

Tonight, hear traditional and contemporary Irish music performed by Tom Courtney from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; Lori Timony and Higher Ground will perform light rock tomorrow night in the pub, and Lenny Peary will perform cover a selection of Sinatra tunes in the pub on Saturday night.

The restaurant is located inside The Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square, Newburyport.

Choral Society holds ‘Season of Love’ raffle all month

The Newburyport Choral Society will hold a fundraiser throughout February during which they’ll give away 28 weekly prizes.

Each week, a new raffle item will be picked, including weekend getaways, concert and theater tickets, sporting events, spa treatments and more. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at A calendar of the prizes is also posted.

New Works winner to play in Portsmouth

Newburyport’s Josh Faigen won the New Works Festival at the Firehouse Center for the Arts last winter as his full-length play was performed for audiences.

Now, for those fans of the theater who missed the performance or who just want to see it again, Faigen’s work, “A Book of Snow,” is being staged at The Player’s Ring Theater in Portsmouth, N.H.

Actors Carol Davenport and Alan Huisman, who recently starred in “The Gin Game” at the Firehouse, will play the roles of Vera and George, “a couple who manage a small and painful triumph against the challenges of marriage.”

“Winter provides the backdrop as the two characters try to understand what it means to live with each other in and out of love. In some ways, the play ends in the same place it starts; in other ways it doesn’t,” according to Faigen.

In addition to earning the top honor at the New Works Festival, the play received a full reading at the 2012 Boston Theatre Marathon and was a semifinalist at the O’Neill Playwright’s Festival in Connecticut last year.

The director of the Portsmouth production, Kate Braun, was a judge of the New Works Festival competition. She is collaborating with consulting director Leslie Pasternack.

The two-act drama will be performed from Feb. 15 through March 3. Tickets are available for 8 p.m. performances on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. by contacting the theater at 603-436-8123 or online at

Artist’s reception

at NAA

The Newburyport Art Association will host the opening reception and awards presentation for the Winter Members Juried Show on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The art association was forced to cancel the reception last weekend due to the Blizzard of 2013.

Photography show

at Caffe di Siena

Ipswich photographer Tammy Tolosko has hung a selection of her work at Newburyport’s Caffe di Siena on Pleasant Street. The images are all scenes from throughout New England, including Salisbury and Hampton beaches, Newburyport’s High Street, Cape Cod, Rockport and the First Religious Society on Pleasant Street.

The show will be at the coffee shop through the end of the month.

‘Anton in Show Business’

at Actors Studio

Jane Martin’s “Anton in Show Business” is being presented as a staged reading at The Actors Studio in Newburyport next weekend.

Directed by Anna Smulowitz, the cast of Arlene Barnard, Sherry Bonder, Charles Bradley, Allyn Gamble, Gretchen Hunsberger, Astrid Lorentzson, Julie McConchie, Maureen McDonald, Kathleen Miller and Jack Santos will offer two performances.

The satirical comedy tells the story of “three actresses of wildly varied backgrounds who pursue their dream of performing in a San Antonio production of Chekhov’s’ Three Sisters.’ They take a tumble down the rabbit hole and into the strange wonderland of theatre,” according to a statement by the theater.

The play is meant to convey the “joys, pains and absurdities of ‘putting on a play,’ while poking hilarious fun at American culture.”

Performances are set for Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. For reservations or more information, call 978-465-1229 or go online to The Actors Studio of Newburyport is located in the Tannery, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5.

Reynolds hangs artwork at Ten Center Street

Local artist Carol Reynolds is hanging an exhibit of her oil paintings at Newburyport’s Ten Center Street restaurant. “Highlights” will be in the Garden Room through April 30.

“I paint a variety of subjects and savor the details. Newburyport’s beautiful surroundings and historical architecture inspire me, but painting figures and commissioned portraits is undeniably my passion,” Reynolds wrote in a press release. “I take my time to create bold compositions leading the viewer to quietly linger within. My art allows me to share my experiences, my places and portray personalities.”

Reynolds studied painting and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Syracuse University. The former gallery director at the Newburyport Art Association, Reynolds is working as a designer at Newburyport Framers. She paints landscapes in pastel and oil as well as commissioned portraits.

The public can meet with Reynolds on Feb. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during an evening of art, jazz, appetizers and a wine tasting.

Seacoast Civic Dance Company awards

The Seacoast Civic Dance Company received high scores and top awards during the recent Access Broadway regional dance competition in Mystic, Conn. The troupe earned 6 Platinum, 5 Hi-Gold and 6 first place awards in their division during the competition last month.

Hallett to speak at Emma Andrews library

Newburyport author William Hallett will discuss his latest book, “Newburyport and the Civil War,” on Thursday, Feb. 21, as part of the author series at the Emma L. Andrews Library on Purchase Street, Newburyport.

A 12th generation descendant of a first settler of Newbury, Nicholas Noyes, Hallett writes about the Newburyporters who served on the Union and Confederate sides and how they impacted the Civil War.

Hallett’s multimedia presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. It is free to attend. Light refreshments are served. Space is limited; reserve a seat by signing up at the library or by calling 978-358-8097.

Senior Readers give performance Feb. 22

Due to the Blizzard of 2013, the performance of “Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies” by the Senior Readers theater workshop at the Firehouse Center for the Arts has been rescheduled from last week.

The free performance has been moved to Feb. 22. The show, which begins at 7 p.m., is the product of their acting classes. The casts will perform two one-act plays, “The Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies” and “The Red Feather Ladies Get Their Man,” both of which were written by Maxine Holmgren.

The arts education program is designed for seniors over the age of 55. The performance is a staged reading, a format in which actors remain seated and read from a script.

Mardi Gras concert moved to Feb. 22

The Belleville Roots Music Series continues tomorrow night with their annual Mardi Gras concert and dance. Initially scheduled for last weekend, the performance was moved to Feb. 22 due to the blizzard.

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 today and tomorrow mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or via the church website at All previously sold tickets will be honored.


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