, Newburyport, MA

November 21, 2013

The Lookout: Clown around with The Piccolini Trio

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Theater in the Open is presenting an evening with The Piccolino Trio this Saturday in Newburyport.

“Circus in a Trunk” is a family-friendly show featuring European-style clowning complete with music, physical comedy, juggling, pantomime and acrobatics.

The trio consists of three former Circus Smirkus performers, Joshua Shack, Joy Powers and John Stork.

The show starts at 6 p.m. at Newburyport City Hall, 60 Pleasant St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger. They are available at Eureka! Toys in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., and at the door.

Theater in the Open, a nonprofit arts organization in Newburyport that is committed to furthering children’s education in the arts, has been entertaining audiences for 34 seasons.

Author series concludes tonight

Amesbury writer and artist Muriel Angelil will wrap up the Emma L. Andrews Library’s Autumn Author Series with a presentation tonight at 7:30.

Angelil’s new memoir is called “Back to the Past: A Daughter of the Nile.” She grew up in a Melkite Catholic family living in the Islamic city of Alexandria. Her memories include the period around World War II and show the changes wrought in the society by changes in Egypt’s government.

Angelil will read from her book and share her art. The program is free, and the library is located at 77 Purchase St.

For more information, call 978-358-8097.

Monotype printing session, exhibit

Artists Alan Bull and Gordon Przybyla will host a “Pop-up Printathon” on Saturday at Indigo Artist Studio in Newburyport.

The longtime friends and colleagues will create monotypes on-site throughout the day, and the public is invited to view the printmaking process from 2 to 4 p.m. The monotypes will then be on display at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gallery owner and artist Mary Arthur Pollak will also exhibit her own monotypes, and all three artists will be on hand to explain the process.

Monotypes are typically produced by painting with oil- or water-based paints or inks on copper or Plexiglas plates, which are then transferred onto paper using an etching press. For many years, Bull and Przybyla produced monotypes during joint sessions at Fox Graphics, formerly in Merrimac.

The studio is located at 53 Middle St. For more information, call 978-500-0564.

Maudslay State Park calendars for sale

The Maudslay State Park Association is selling 2014 “Save the Pond” calendars that showcase the passive and active recreation elements of the park. Money raised from the sales will be used to restore the park’s pond. Calendars are $15.

The calendars are being sold in Newburyport at Yankee Runner, 49 Pleasant St.; Greater Boston Running Co., 27 Water St.; The Natural Dog, 155 State St.; Riverside Cycles, 50 Water St.; Salon Bellisimo, 113 Merrimac St.; Plum Island Coffee Roasters, 54R Merrimac St; and Maudslay headquarters, 74 Curzon Mill Road. They are also available at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank’s various locations; Amesbury Animal Hospital, 230 Main St.; and West Newbury Food Mart, 275 Main St.

Bringing ancient Greece back to life

Take a trip into the world of Greek mythology with Village Theatre Company’s presentation of “Myth Adventures: Five Greek Classics.”

Travel with the characters as they test their strength, virtue and bravery in a whirlwind of comedy and tragedy.

Performances are scheduled for tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Grange, 21 Garden St., West Newbury.

Tickets are $12. To order or for more information, visit or email

Village Theatre Company is a nonprofit that runs three productions a year. People of all ages are welcome to audition for plays, and volunteers are welcome to help out behind the scenes.

Creative time for young children

A free Open Art Studio Series for ages 2 to 5 is being held tomorrow, Dec. 2 and Dec. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Bright Horizons at Newburyport.

Tomorrow, children will create art inspired by “Pablo Picasso’s Blue and Rose Period.” They will learn about Picasso’s life and how the colors in his work reflected his feelings.

On Dec. 2, “Louise Nevelson’s Monochromatic Sculptures” is the subject, with participants gluing items inside a small box and then painting it all one color. Sculptures will once again be on the menu on Dec. 12, with kids creating and painting free-form pieces.

Bright Horizons is located at 2 Graf Road. To RSVP or for more information, call 978-465-0256 or visit

Artist exhibits work at Anna Jaques

Paintings by artist Averill Haines are on display starting today at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport.

Haines is primarily a self-taught artist who started oil painting in 2004 after retiring from Boston University as the assistant athletics director and compliance coordinator. The Newburyport resident’s early childhood experiences in Keuka Lake, N.Y., and Wells, Maine, fostered a deep appreciation of the natural world and its beauty.

Selected original paintings and high-density giclee prints will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association.

‘Enough Said’ at Screening Room

The Screening Room will show “Enough Said” starting tomorrow and running through Dec. 5.

Rated PG-13, the new film follows Eva, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a massage therapist in a midlife travail, and Albert, played by James Gandolfini, the man who might actually get her, not just her jokes. It also stars Catherine Keener and Toni Collette.

Show times are Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.; and Sundays at 5:15 and 7:30 p.m.

The Screening Room is located at 82 State St., downtown Newburyport. For more information, visit or call 978-462-3456.

Musicians featured in coffeehouse

Singer-songwriter Hayley Sabella and the Lenny Solomon Band will both perform Saturday at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse.

Sabella’s songs feature intrinsic lyrics and playful vocals, highlighted by catchy guitar stylings. The Lenny Solomon Band brings back a time when folk, country and hillbilly music blended to tell stories.

The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and admission is $5. The Cat Cafe will offer beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks.

Visit or call 978-463-3335 for more information.

Show and sale at pottery studio

Barberry Hill Pottery in West Newbury is hosting a Fall Studio Show and Sale over three weekends.

Owner Barbara Haack will display her ceramics in the exhibit, which will also include paintings by Eva Lee and sculpture by Peter Spellman.

The show will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 22-24, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. A reception will be held this Sunday from 1 to 4.

Barberry Hill is located at 102 Main St. For more information, call 978-363-2245 or email

Post-Thanksgiving dance celebration

A Thanksgiving Sacred Circle Dance is planned for next Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Chailey Manor in Newburyport.

No experience is required to learn the simple, traditional and newly crafted village dances from around the world.

The manor is located at 9 Spring Lane. Dancing will take place on the wooden floor of the grand ballroom.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, contact Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or

Shopping event to help choral society

The Newburyport Choral Society will host a fundraiser tomorrow at Greetings by Design in Newburyport.

From 5 to 8 p.m., guests can enjoy wine and cheese while shopping for items such as holiday cards, stationery, invitations and jewelry. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit the society.

Greetings by Design recently moved to a new location at 1 Rear Water St. For more information, call 978-255-6700.

Dickens relative presents ‘Carol’

Tickets are on sale now for Gerald Charles Dickens’ acclaimed solo production of “A Christmas Carol.”

The last stop on his tour is Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at North Church in Market Square in Portsmouth, N.H.

Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, will bring 26 characters to life in the 75-minute adaptation of the classic tale. He will greet audience members after each performance.

General admission is $25. To purchase, visit or call 866-811-4111.

Explore manga with Tannery Series

The Tannery Series returns to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem tonight with a program on Japanese graphic novels.

“Manga Nation: Japanese Design and American Pop Culture” will feature writers Roland Kelt and Robin Brenner, who will discuss what the popularity of manga and anime reveals about the changes in American identity. Brenner is the teen librarian at the Brookline Public Library and author of “Understanding Manga and Anime,” which was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award. Kelt is a lecturer at the University of Tokyo and co-editor of the New York literary journal “A Public Space.”

The evening will also include musician VJ Beyonder Domela, hands-on instruction in drawing manga and the opportunity to visit the new exhibit “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion.” Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favorite characters. Food and drinks will be available.

The program will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the museum, located in East India Square on Essex Street. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $11 for students.

For more information about The Tannery Series, visit or call 617-794-0995.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

17 State Street Cafe’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” will feature Joe Hanley on Saturday and Clark Webb on Wednesday.

Hanley, who has spent the past 20 years playing around New England with his bands Beyond the Pale and The Foggy Duo, is getting back to his solo acoustic roots.

Webb is a folk-funk singer-songwriter promoting the release of his album “Random Bits & Pieces.”

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


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