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October 31, 2013

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

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.

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