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October 31, 2013

The Lookout: Dubus and "Dirty Love" at Jabberwocky tomorrow

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Best-selling author and Newbury resident Andre Dubus III returns to Jabberwocky Book Shop tomorrow night at 7.

Dubus will read from and discuss his new collection of four connected novellas, “Dirty Love.” The stories all explore the seedy side of relationships.

The author of “House of Sand and Fog,” “The Garden of Last Days” and “Townie,” his memoir of growing up in Haverhill, Dubus is currently a full-time faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is married to dancer Fontaine Dubus, and they have three children.

Tickets for tomorrow’s event are $5, with all proceeds going to the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence in the region. To purchase, call 978-465-9359 or visit the bookstore, located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

‘Days’ actor to teach workshop

Former “Days of our Lives” star Steve Blackwood will present “Contest! Auditioning With Monologues” on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Old South Church in Newburyport.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants will learn about the importance of the monologue and tips to personalize it. Each student will perform a one- or two-minute monologue of his or her choice, receive notes from Blackwood and then perform it again.

Blackwood will also select a winner, who will receive a free head shot session with Erica Derrickson. Additionally, he is recruiting students for his monthly master class, which has three spots left.

A Newburyport resident, Blackwood played Bart on the NBC soap opera for 10 years. He has also appeared in a number of movies and television shows.

To register for the workshop, which costs $65, email

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

To donate a tree, email

Express your opinion with chocolate

Chococoa Baking Co. is offering a sweet way for Newburyport residents to vote for their favorite mayoral candidate.

From now through Election Day, customers can cast their votes by purchasing mini whoopie pies. Mayor Donna Holaday has chosen chocolate with chocolate ganache, while challenger Richard Sullivan Jr. picked chocolate with vanilla.

For each whoopie vote cast, Chococoa will donate $1 to the mayoral race winner’s charity. For more information, call 978-499-8889 or visit

NAA members show off their work

The Fall Members Juried Show, Part 2, opens tomorrow and runs through Nov. 23 at the Newburyport Art Association.

The exhibit features acrylic, fine craft, mixed media, pastel and photography. A free opening reception and awards presentation will be held Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Award winners for the show, which features 110 artists, include:

Sam Sargent Best of Show: Mark Prescott Crannell, “Bridget’s Pond,” mixed media

Institution for Savings Award for Work in Acrylic: Sandra Morrissey, “Energized Coastal Dunes of New England”

Strem Chemicals Award for Work in Fine Craft: Nancy Cahan, “Fringed Raku Vessel”

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Award for Work in Mixed Media: Mary Arthur Pollak, “Holding On II”

Newburyport Development Award for Work in Pastel: Susan Kneeland, “A Sheepish Grin”

Matter Communications Award for Work in Photography: John Thomas Grant, “Life & Death in an Apartment”

Honorable mentions: Kristen Donegan, “The Swimmer,” acrylic; Wolfgang Ertl, “Slash Pines,” pastel; Judy Robinson-Cox, “Waterline #3,” photography; Janice M. Reynolds, “Gazing Out to Sea,” acrylic; Paul Osborne, “Still Life With Wine and Grapes,” photography

The association is located at 65 Water St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

‘Little Shop’ comes to Georgetown

“Little Shop of Horrors” will thrill audiences this weekend at the First Congregational Church in Georgetown.

Michael O’Malley of Groveland is starring as Seymour in the moonlight productions’ presentation. Show times are tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and 2 and 7:30 p.m. at the 7 Andover St. church.

General admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children 12 and under, with premium seats available for $17. Tickets are available at the door or by emailing

Full slate at the Firehouse

There’s something for everyone this weekend at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Tomorrow and Saturday, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor returns to give two concerts. The brother of James Taylor and a professor at Berklee College of Music, he has played to sold-out crowds in Newburyport numerous times.

Each show begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $32.

On Saturday afternoon, two radio plays will be presented by the Firehouse Senior Readers’ Theater.

The free performance starts at 1 p.m. and includes “Nine Prisoners” by William March and “The Pussycat and the Expert Plumber Who Was a Man” by Arthur Miller.

Finally, bring the kids Sunday for Crabgrass Puppet Theatre’s “The Pirate, The Princess and the Pea.” Ticket are $9 for students and $11 for adults.

To purchase tickets or for more information, go to, call 978-462-7336 or visit the box office in Market Square, Newburyport.

A night out for a good cause

An evening of music, dancing, and silent and live auctions is planned tomorrow night from 7 to 11 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall at Salisbury Beach.

“Rock the House!” is a benefit for The Pettengill House, a nonprofit community social service agency that supports families in the Greater Newburyport area.

Thomas Machine Works Band and Don’t Call Me Shirley will entertain the crowd, and a light buffet will be served. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at

Local children featured in play

Two Newburyport residents will appear in Pingree School’s “The Yellow Boat” this weekend.

Dylan Wack plays Benjamin and Hannah Wilson plays a “transformational character” in the production, which is based on the true story of Benjamin Saar, a young artist who died at age 8 from a terminal illness in 1987.

Pingree’s adaptation will feature live music written and performed by Amherst band Kids Choice, an a cappella performance by school group Spectrum, and a community visual art piece.

Show times are tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested at the door.

Pingree is located at 537 Highland St., Hamilton. For more information, call 978-468-4415.

Wine and art at Veasey Park

Veasey Memorial Park in Groveland is hosting its eighth annual Wine and Art Reception on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The evening will include entertainment by Don’t Call Me Shirley, a large selection of locally created art and raffles. Food, wine and beer will be available.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Veasey Park is located at 201 Washington St. For more information, call 978-521-9345.

Y program lets parents take night off

The popular Kids Night Out continues tomorrow at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Offered every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., the drop-in program treats kids to an open swim, a themed activity, a pizza dinner and entertainment. Parents leave their children in the hands of highly qualified youth services staff.

The program is open to children in first through fourth grade and costs $30 for the first child and $25 for the second. Members save $5.

For reservations or more information, email

Join Candlelight Chorale for holidays

Singers are invited to take part in the Candlelight Chorale of the First Religious Society’s 88th annual Christmas Candlelight Service.

Rehearsals will be held tomorrow; Nov. 8 and 22; and Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. A dress rehearsal will take place Saturday, Dec. 21, and the concert will be presented Sunday, Dec. 22.

This year’s performance will include three choirs, an organ and a brass quintet, led by music director Jay Lane. The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. in Newburyport.

For more information, call 978-465-0602 or

Artists group puts on ‘A Holiday Show’

The Band of Brushes is presenting “A Holiday Show,” starting tomorrow at Carry Out Cafe in Newburyport.

Members of the group share a love of nature and plein air painting in oil, watercolor, pastel and acrylic. Participating artists include Dorothy Aham, Fran Butsavich and Mary Ann Varoski of Newbury; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; and Anika Savage of Newburyport.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the cafe, 155 State St. The show runs through Dec. 31.

Jazz Vespers at First Religious Society

The theme of giving thanks will be highlighted in a Jazz Vespers Service on Wednesday at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Carolyn Dawson will give readings, and the house band of Lark Madden, Tomas Havrda, Susan Creamer and Andy Brewster will perform.

The service, which starts at 8 p.m., celebrates the inspiration of jazz, blues and swing music. Admission is free, and the church is located at 26 Pleasant St.

Artists exhibit ‘New Works’ in Byfield

“New Works” by Karen Jones and Priscilla Serafin will be on display tomorrow through Dec. 20 at The Governor’s Academy.

A reception with the artists is set for tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit is in The Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Elm St., Byfield.

For more information, visit

Unique gifts for sale at Whittier Home

The gift shop at the Whittier Home Museum will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Offerings include “The Barefoot Boy” signed by author Lisa Greenleaf, the newest engraved poem by local poet Rhina Espaillat and John Greenleaf Whittier’s “A Caller at Gove House” in a gold gift box, along with books, stationery and mugs.

The museum is located at 86 Friend St., Amesbury. Admission to the gift shop is free.

Speaker to discuss Plum Island coast

A talk on “Changing Climate, Changing Coasts” will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on Plum Island Turnpike.

Rob Thieler will explain why Plum Island is more like the Outer Banks of the Carolinas than the rest of the New England coast in terms of coastal vulnerability.

The event is part of the Storm Surge series.

Ham and bean supper Saturday

A “Thanksgiving” theme dinner will be held Saturday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bethany Masonic Lodge in Newburyport.

The menu includes turkey pot pie, ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, drinks and desserts. Paul Rogers and Good Company will play smooth jazz to accompany the meal.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. The lodge is located at 31 Green St.

Artist hosts open studio on Sunday

Artist Valerie Isaacs will open her Plum Island studio to visitors this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Paintings of the island, rural landscapes and animals will be on display. The studio is located at 15 Reservation Terrace, near 57th Street.

To view Isaacs’ work, visit

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 murder-mystery writer Edith Maxwell tonight, Linda Werbner on Nov. 14 and Kato Mele on Nov. 21. Additionally, on Nov. 7, the open mike will be hosted by Jon Mooers at his gallery on Main Street in downtown Amesbury.

The coffee shop is located at 54R Merrimac St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-4428 or email

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature The Chuck Walker Jazz Quartet tomorrow and Paddy Mills on Saturday.

The jazz quartet explores everything from swing to blues to funk and jazz.

Mills is a Maine-based folk singer and winner of the 2013 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

‘Shrek’ comes to Pentucket

Pentucket Regional High School is presenting “Shrek the Musical” from Nov. 7 through 10. Show times are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m.

General admission is $10, and reserved seating is $15.

Advance sales for both types of tickets will be held at the school this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. General admission tickets will also be available at the door.


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