, Newburyport, MA

July 25, 2013

The Lookout:

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Five O’Clock Shadow, an all-vocal rock and pop band, will present a show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts on Saturday at 8 p.m.

By using amplification and basic effects, the Boston-based group doesn’t need instruments to create the same sound and energy as the typical rock band. The members have been featured on a number of TV shows and have sung for the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for members and seniors, and $16 for students. For more information, call the box office at 978-462-7336 or visit

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

New exhibits opening at art association

Acrylic paintings by Lisa Bohnwagner will be on display from July 31 through Aug. 5 at the Newburyport Art Association.

“Look Within: Expressive Portraits of the Nature of Animals” features a style that could be termed “abstract realism,” with rough surfaces, unexpected color combinations and dramatic perspectives.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The gallery is also hosting “Collective Perspective,” a show and sale by the Photography Interest Group, through Aug. 5.

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

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

For more information, call 978-465-8769.

Tours shed light on Portsmouth’s history

Learn all about Portsmouth’s historic landmarks in a series of tours starting this Saturday.

At 11 a.m., participants will depart from Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., and explore downtown landmarks, including the Portsmouth Athenaeum, the Old and New Custom Houses and the Rockingham Hotel.

Future tours on Aug. 10, Sept. 7 and Oct. 12 will look at the city’s South End, the Brick Act of 1814 and Haymarket Square and the Victorian West End.

They will be led by professor Richard Candee, author of “Building Portsmouth.” The cost of each tour is $10, and space is limited. For reservations, call 603-436-8433.

Veteran actor to teach cold reading workshop

A former “Days of Our Lives” star is teaching an upcoming seminar at The Actors Studio in Newburyport.

Steve Blackwood, who played Bart on the soap opera and appears in the movies “Machine Gun Preacher” and “Cedar Rapids,” will present “Cold Reading Technique” on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Blackwood, who is moving to Newburyport next month, is the author of “The Steve Blackwood Sessions,” a handbook for actors.

He will show participants how to trust their instincts and other techniques. Actors will receive scenes in class and have just a few minutes to look at them before doing cold readings.

To register for the class, which costs $65, call 978-465-1229 or email

Summer Classics Series starts at Actors Studio

The Actors Studio will host staged readings of Ellen McLaughlin’s “Lysistrata” this weekend.

The performances are the first in the Summer Classics Series. The script is a short version of the Aristophanes play and will be directed by Anna Smulowitz and feature live, improvised music by cellist Kristen Miller.

McLaughlin created the script for the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 2003 Lysistrata Project, a worldwide protest against the Iraq War.

Readings will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the studio in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling 978-465-1229 or online at

Revisit the past to help the future

Take a “Walk Back in Time” on Saturday, Aug. 10, to help out the Music for Music Foundation.

Local garage bands The Shadows and The Reunion Band will perform cover songs from the 1960s and ’70s. Acoustic duo Stellwagen will open the show.

The foundation is in its third year of raising money for music programs in Newburyport schools. This year, the goal is to help the Newburyport High band program and fund two scholarships.

The show will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 35 Low St., Newburyport. Tickets are $25 in advance at Denise’s Flower Shop, 35 Pleasant St., Newburyport, or $30 at the door.

An evening of song at Newburyport church

The Newburyport Choral Society will host a Summer Sing of Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass” on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.

All are welcome to come and sing, or to simply listen. Admission is free. The church is located at 7 Harris St., Newburyport.

Buffett tribute, tailgating party in Salisbury

The fourth annual Buffett Beach Blast! is set for tomorrow at Blue Ocean Music Hall on Salisbury Beach.

The celebration starts with a Parade of Cars at 3:30 p.m., followed by a tailgating party from 4 to 8 p.m. and a concert featuring Jimmy Buffett tribute band Changes in Latitude at 8.

Special prizes will be awarded for the best theme cars, and there will be silent and live auctions throughout the evening. All proceeds benefit the Salisbury Beach Partnership, a nonprofit organization.

Tickets are $25 for the concert and $15 per car for the tailgating party. No RVs, buses or oversized vehicles are allowed.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 978-462-5888 or visit Blue Ocean is located at 4 Oceanfront North.

Legos and more coming to Georgetown library

An assortment of Legos and model trains will be on display at the Georgetown Peabody Library on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see a Lego city with Lego trains created by Patrick Connolly, along with G-gauge trains and other models.

The show is part of a Summer Wrap-Up Adventure for the library’s Tuesday Morning Fun program. There will also be a scavenger hunt and vehicles from town departments, including firetrucks and police cruisers.

The library is located at 2 Maple St. For more information on the Lego exhibit, contact Connolly at 978-270-7348 or For more information about library programs, visit

Free concerts in Georgetown this summer

The Georgetown Summer Concert Series continues on Sunday with a performance of traditional and modern Irish tunes by Auld Locals.

Upcoming shows will feature Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers on Aug. 4, Rust Never Sleeps on Aug. 11, and Girls Guns and Glory on Aug. 18.

All concerts are free and run from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Park, Rear Prospect Street. For more information, visit

Paintings of Newburyport featured at restaurant

An exhibit of oil paintings by Christine Molitor Johnson is on display at Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport through Oct. 15.

“Newburyport — Home Again” includes images of Sandy Point, the Chain Bridge, Joppa Flats, Maudslay and the salt marshes. Molitor Johnson is an Amesbury resident who grew up in Newburyport, and the show reflects some of her fondest childhood memories.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Aug. 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michael’s, 1 Tournament Wharf.

The restaurant is open Monday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Summer music continues at Maudslay Arts Center

International jazz artist Grace Kelly will perform Saturday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Maudslay Arts Center.

Future shows in the Summer Concert Series include the Don Campbell Band on Aug. 10, Hal McIntyre Orchestra “Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on Aug. 11, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18, New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24, and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.

Workshop to help aspiring photographers

Dragonfly Photography is offering a workshop for all ages on Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Designed for beginners, the class can be tailored to more experienced photographers and will help participants develop and use their skills.

The cost is $79 for both nights. To reserve a spot, call 978-857-6730 or email

The workshop will be held at 31 Green St., Newburyport.

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 David Corson on Saturday.

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

Corson is a seasoned, veteran performer who has been compared to Ray Lamontagne, Ed Sheeran and Matt Nathanson.

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


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