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December 13, 2012

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

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Together, the groups will perform a “Rockin’ Gospel” holiday CD release concert, beginning at 4 p.m. The doors open at 3:30.

“All of us are influenced by gospel, blues, doo wop, and R&B,” Dawn Boyer, founder and director of the two groups, said in a press release. “Those influences make their way into our harmonies and our arrangements, and of course we put our own stamp on them as well. No one else that we know of does quite what we do. We have a great time, and our audiences love the style of our music.”

The RMS Five was recently able to raise enough funds to record and release its first holiday album. There are plans to release a Rock My Soul Christmas CD in the future, as well.

“We asked our fans what songs they wanted us to include,” Boyer said, “And the 11 we chose are based on those responses.” During the concert, the choir will perform from the album, as well as other Christmas carols.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for seniors over the age of 65 when purchased in advance. At the door, all tickets will be $18. Children age 12 and younger are free. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.projectmusicworks.org or by calling 207-450-8016.

Philo hangs show at Port bakery

New England native and artist Nancy Philo is celebrating her return to home with a new show at Chococoa at the Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport.

Philo is the owner of Houseportraits, through which she creates renderings of homes and businesses in pen-and-ink drawings, watercolor or oil paintings.

The show will hang through Feb. 1 and features watercolors, acrylics and oils done recently in New England and in Santa Fe , N.M., where she lived for the last nine years prior to moving back to the area. Philo was the owner of Hyperbole Gallery on Pleasant Street and a co-founder of the Newburyport Gallery Association.

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