Local musicians Quartet For-Te will celebrate spring’s arrival and a new awakening with a special performance. Their concert, “Oppression and Liberation of the Human Spirit,” is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.
Quartet For-Te features Loren Lee and Caroline Lieber on violin, Dayla Stoerzbach on viola and John Bumstead on cello. The quartet began last year and explores a diverse mix of classical to contemporary music.
On Sunday, audiences will hear the string quartets selections by Dmitri Shostakovich and Edvard Grieg.
“The musical experience for the afternoon begins with a piece that captures the tremendous torment felt by tragedy, loss, war and bereavement,” according to organizers. “It is said that the composer himself could not hear this quartet without breaking into tears and dedicated the work.”
Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
“The music speaks volumes without saying a word,” Lieber said in a statement.
Music at 17 State St. Cafe
Singer/songwriter Marc Douglas Berardo will perform at Newburyport’s 17 State Street Cafe tomorrow night from 7 to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, performer Josef Nocera will entertain with original songs and cover the tunes of artists from the1950s and 1960s, including Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin.
Feline rescue society book sale
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will hold its annual Book Sale on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 16 Pleasant St., Newburyport.
Customers can browse a huge selection of books on various topics. All books will be priced at $2 or less. Proceeds benefit the MRFRS programs and services.
The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that advocates for the health and welfare of cats and kittens and promotes no-kill programs.
‘Hack License’ at Actors Studio
The Actors Studio of Newburyport is staging a new performance through its Stage Three Workshop series. Endicott creative writing professor and writer Dan Sklar’s “Hack License,” directed by Marc Clopton, will begin a run tomorrow night. The production will continue through April 21.
Shows are scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 5.
In the play, a New York City cab driver dreams of meeting her true love, while offering advice and a listening ear to her passengers as she takes them on their travels and trips around the Big Apple.
Stage Three is a theater lab experience designed to promote playwrights’ new works. Sklar has had plays produced at The Firehouse Center for the Arts, La Ma Ma Experimental Theater Club in New York City, Playwright’s Platform, The Boston Theater Marathon at The Calderwood Pavilion in Boston.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-1229 or go online at www.newburyportacting.org.
The Actors Studio of Newburyport is located at 50 Water St., The Tannery Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport.
Brogan exhibits at Hamilton gallery
Newburyport artist Brian Brogan is hanging a show, “The Painted Story: New Work by Brian Brogan,” at True North Gallery in Hamilton. The exhibit will open Saturday and run through May 24.
The public can attend a reception with Brogan on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. True North Gallery is located at 25 Woodbury St.
For Brogan, painting is a form of healing, and shows the relationship between humanity, nature and spirit. He is inspired by dreams, visions and indigenous traditions.
“When I paint, it’s all about balance,” Brogan wrote in a statement. “I try to hold the tension lightly, like when meditating. I’m here, but I’m also somewhere else.”
Brogan has lived in more than 20 countries. He is influenced by Eastern philosophy and the ancient Chinese practices of Qi Gong and Feng Shui.
‘Peter Pan’ at Firehouse Sunday
The Methuen Ballet Ensemble will return to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Sunday to present “Peter Pan,” the tale of the boy who never wants to grow up, and his adventures with The Lost Boys in Neverland, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook and the Darling children.
The ballet performance begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22. To purchase, call The Firehouse box office at 978-462-7336 or visit www.firehouse.org.
Author talk at Emma Andrews
Rowley author Constance Johnson Hambley will speak at The Emma Andrews Library in Newburyport next Thursday, April 18.
The manuscript for Hambley’s first novel, a thriller called “The Charity,” sat in her drawer for 15 years before she made a move last year to self-publish it. She will read from her book and discuss the process she went through, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The library is located at the corner of Marlborough and Purchase streets. It is free to attend these sessions, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, call 978-358-8097.
New exhibit showcases five Port artists
The Firehouse Center for the Arts is hosting a new exhibit this month. “April & Art: Upstairs at the Firehouse” runs through May 5.
The display features the works for five Newburyport artists: Mary Arthur Pollak, Alan Bull, Vivien Colon-Lebron, Heather Karp and Peter Zoltai, all of whom work in different mediums and styles, such as oil, acrylic and photography, ranging from impressionism, photo journalism, figurative and abstract expressionism.
A reception with the artists is scheduled for Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the upstairs gallery.
Home and garden expo on April 20
The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a Home, Garden and Business Expo on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Newburyport High School.
Numerous local businesses will be on hand to exhibit products and services for the home and garden.
“Wally the Green Monster,” the Boston Red Sox mascot, will visit from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Music will be provided by WNBP Radio.
Admission is free.
Healing Arts and Crafts Market
This month’s session of the Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Open to the public, the market is free to attend.
Visitors can receive a foot massage, get a tarot reading and browse a collection of healing crystals, handmade jewelry and other products.
Bartlett Museum dinner this month
The Bartlett Museum will host their annual dinner on Thursday, April 25, at Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., Amesbury.
The evening will include a short business meeting to elect new officers and board members. A social time will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reserve a seat by April 18.
Tickets are $15. Call Carol at 978-388-6591 or Tony at 978-462-6110 to reserve a seat. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Union Congregational Church. A 50/50 raffle will be held, with profits being used for the maintenance and upkeep of the museum.
Historical Society ‘Bury Treasures’ auction to be held
The Historical Society of Old Newbury is holding their popular “’Bury Treasures” auction on April 26 and April 27 at the Masonic Center in Newburyport.
“The range of items is astounding,” museum curator Jay Williamson said in a statement. “From antique prints and broadsides including a (rare) portrait of ‘Lord’ Timothy Dexter and Dexter’s last will and testament, to paintings by Margaret S. Pearson, George Hathaway featuring Plum Island and Newburyport views. There is truly something for every budget.”
Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple to Friday’s Gala Auction Party. Call 978-462-2681 to reserve a spot (space is limited).
Admission to Saturday’s auction is free. A preview runs from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The auction begins at 11 a.m.
For more information, call 978-462-2681 or visit www.NewburyHist.org.
Final session of art salon April 28
The Actors Studio of Newburyport will hold the final session of its “Art Changes Everything” salon series, featuring local photographers, on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m.
Respected artist and photographer Jeremy Barnard of Georgetown will present three collections of photographs that represent different stages of his 45-year photography career.
Barnard refers to his early work as “street photography,” while the photographs from his mid-career reflect his passion for abandoned places. In his latest work, Barnard has moved to infrared photography.
The Actors Studio is located at 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-1229 or visit online, www.newburyportacting.org.
Wine tasting at Georgetown Library
The Friends of the Georgetown Peabody Library are hosting a wine tasting on Saturday, April 27.
The benefit at the library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. will feature 40 different wine varieties as attendees listen to jazz drummer Keith Augeri and his band. The final half hour of the evening will include coffee and dessert.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the library or at Georgetown Liquors. Proceeds will be used to fund programs at the library. The evening is sponsored by Georgetown Liquors.
Organizers of the 41st annual North Andover Sheep Shearing Festival are seeking crafters. This year’s festival is set for May 19 on the Old North Andover Common from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call Joan at 978-685-5320 or Jeff at 978-682-5212.
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