, Newburyport, MA


December 13, 2012

Lookout: Theater in the Open stages 'A Christmas Carol Panto'


DeSimone is the author of “From Stage IV to Center Stage,” which details her experience with stage 4 throat and neck cancer. The author, interfaith minister and motivational speaker treated her illness with a blend of traditional radiation and her own self-healing techniques.

“The presence of cancer was the best present I ever received,” DeSimone wrote in a press release. “Befriending my cancer as opposed to battling it was critical to my overall health. The world is constantly waging war on so many fronts, from drugs and poverty to AIDS and terrorism — I knew that waging a war with something that was already raging within me would be ludicrous.”

DeSimone is certified in multiple alternative healing treatments and is a wellness coach to cancer patients. This is her first book.

‘Free Art’ show around Newburyport

Looking for a local, creative holiday gift this year? Just look around the city.

For the 11th year, the city will once again sport the “Free Art” show, organized by Gordon Przybyla and Dylan Metrano.

The pair first launched the program in 2001 asking various local and regional artists to to contribute 50 pieces of art to be given away anonymously in December. Some donated 50 original works; others made prints or photocopies of a work.

Each piece got “Free Art” stamp and placed into a bin with a label, “Free Art: Take One.” The bins were placed around the city, in stores and public gathering places where people could look through the offerings and take what they liked.

Each December since, the show has returned, and this year is no exception. While the original concept has seen some slight tweaks — artists now donate 30 pieces and the boxes are placed in several other cities in addition to Newburyport — the premise remains the same.

This year’s boxes can be found in Newburyport at Caffe di Siena, The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Joppa Fine Foods and The Dance Place in the Tannery and Ganesh Imports. Bins are also located in Ganesh Imports in Portsmouth, N.H., Engine in Biddeford, Maine, and Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine.

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