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December 6, 2012

The Lookout: Soul and blues concert tonight

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Blues and soul singer Ruthie Foster is the latest performer to take the stage at the Belleville Church on High Street in Newburyport as part of the Root Music Series.

Foster will give a concert tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger. They are available for purchase at the door.

The singer has been called “one of the greatest roots music voices of her generation,” notes organizers, as she sings passionately and taps into her heritage of soul, blues, folk, and gospel music.

The Root Music Concert Series began as a way to bring a variety of high quality music to the local community. Over the last several years, the program has hosted performers who specialize in a cappella, zydeco, blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, country folk, gospel, Irish, jazz and world music.

The series is a fundraiser for the Belleville church and proceeds are used to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Meetinghouse and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex.

Art reception for DeGeorge tonight

The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts program continues tonight with an opening reception for local photographer Suzanne DeGeorge.

DeGeorge traces her love of photography back to her childhood when she would use her grandmother’s old Kodak Brownie to take pictures of her younger sister. When she moved to Newburyport several years ago, DeGeorge began to seriously pursue her hobby and devoted more of her time to taking photographs. Today, she never leaves home without her camera.

DeGeorge’s exhibit, “The More I Look, The More I See!” will be on display through early January. The public can view her photographs during regular bank hours at the Storey Avenue branch.

She will also be on hand tonight to meet with visitors during a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Author reading at Book Rack

Author Bill Roorbach will visit The Book Rack in Newburyport tomorrow night to read aloud from his newest book, “Life Among Giants.” The reading begins at 7 p.m.

Roorbach, who lives in Maine, has written eight books, both nonfiction and fiction. His novel “Life Among Giants” tells the story of David “Lizard” Hochmeyer. At nearly 7 feet tall, the 17-year-old star quarterback of the high school football team is bound for Princeton, when life suddenly turns upside down. After his parents are shot to death, Lizard and his sister are left to find their ways in the world while full of questions about their family’s secrets.

Collagraph prints hanging at Firehouse gallery

Artist Kathleen Buchanan is displaying a collection of her collagraph prints at the Firehouse Center for the Arts gallery in Market Square this month.

Her exhibit, “Stone, Sea, Sky” will hang in the lobby of the Firehouse through Jan. 2. Buchanan will be at the gallery on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet with visitors. A former biologist, Buchanan became a printmaker in 1999. She is represented by Valerie’s Gallery in Newburyport.

A collagraph print is created by first building up layers of low-relief patterns by combining flat materials, such as paper, into a collage on a plate which is later inked, according to the show’s organizers.

“I am constantly inspired by the area where I live — the coast of Maine always reinvents itself with ever-changing ocean and sky, and seasons which each have grace and character all their own,” Buchanan said in a statement. “My two young children are my constant companions, and fuel the creative process by reminding me to engage the world with a sense of newness and discovery. In addition, music and poetry influence my work and fill my studio at all times. I look to the work of Rockwell Kent, Sabra Field, Christy Moore, and Billy Collins for guidance and energy to keep creating.”

Holiday show at artist studio

Indigo Artist Studio on Middle Street is hosting a holiday open house tomorrow and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The studio is featuring a show by artist Mary Arthur Pollak of “small monotype encaustics with saturated color, pattern and texture to create a glowing patchwork grid.” Pigment stick oil color works by Lillian M. Coolidge will also be on view — her images include a series of plein air paintings done in Vermont.

Indigo Artist Studio is located at 53 Middle St., Newburyport.

Joppa Flatts plays at Port restaurant

The local band Joppa Flatts will celebrate Invitation Nights at The Grog on Friday. The group, which began in Rowley several years ago, will begin playing at 9:30 p.m.

During Newburyport’s Invitation Nights — tomorrow and next Friday — numerous shops in downtown Newburyport and the Tannery Marketplace stay open late for holiday shoppers, offering light refreshments and holiday cheer. Entertainment will be offered in Market Square on both nights as well. Invitation Nights run from 6 to 9 p.m.

Santa’s Workshop set up on Inn Street

Throughout this month, younger visitors to Inn Street will find Santa Claus ready to listen to their wish lists.

Santa’s Workshop will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Dec. 22, and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Dec. 23.

Sponsored by the Newburyport Mothers Club, children can meet Santa, share their wish list, and get their photo taken with jolly old St. Nick.

For more information call the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce at 978-462-6680 or visit www.newburyportchamber.org.

Beal stars in ‘The Nutcracker’

Salisbury’s Jessica Beal is once again delighting audiences in the seasonal favorite, “The Nutcracker.”

Beal has been cast in the New England Civic Ballet Company’s 17th annual production of the ballet. She plays the role of the Mouse Queen who battles the Nutcracker during the Battle of Toy Soldiers and Mice, as well as a flower in the Waltz of the Flowers. This is Beal’s ninth year performing in the New England Civic Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker.”

The show is being performed at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover, and is directed by Phyllis George and Roshni Pecora. The show times are tomorrow and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at www.newenglandcivicballet.org or by calling the studio at 978-975-0289.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and children age 12 and younger.

“The Nutcracker” tells the timeless story of a young girl named Clara, who falls asleep following her family’s Christmas party, and enters into a magical dreamland where the Nutcracker doll that she received as a gift at the party springs to live.

Holiday programs at Lowell’s Boat Shop

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury will celebrate the season with its annual Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday.

The festivities will begin with an art show preview party tomorrow, during which Lowell’s Boat Shop members and their friends can get an early glimpse of this year’s art show and sale, “Wood and Water: a Mixed Media Exhibit.” The display includes works from numerous local artists, including members of OpArt, an art education outreach program for clients at Opportunity Works, and offered by the Newburyport Art Association.

The Holiday Open House runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Open to the general public, the celebration includes the art exhibit and sale, as well as a collection of unique Lowell’s Boat Shop gifts, handmade holiday wreaths and fresh trees, a variety of raffles and a silent auction. Refreshments will be served, and music will be performed by the Thomas Machine Works Band on Saturday and Morning Glories on Sunday.

Children can make their own ornaments and visit with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

Lowell’s Boat Shop is located at 459 Main St. in Amesbury.

Kickin’ things up at Byfield coffeehouse

A favorite local band is set to entertain the audience at the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse in Byfield on Saturday. The performance by the Newburyport-based “rootsy Americana” band Liz Frame and the Kickers comes on the heels of the group’s song “Don’t Play With Guns” being picked up by Gloucester DJ Meg Griffin for her shows on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

“Laughing Boy” a.k.a. David Keevil will open the show. The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse is hosted by the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

Doors open at 7:30. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are available in the Cat Cafe. Admission is $5.

Artisans in the Open sell wares this weekend

Local artists are hoping shoppers will stay local this weekend and head to the Artisans in the Open’s annual holiday show at First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

The group of 27 vendors and crafters will sell their handmade wares in the parish hall tomorrow from 2 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The show will return next weekend, as well, on Friday, Dec. 14 from 2 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Whittier Home hosts Holiday Open House

The Whittier Home, 86 Friend St., Amesbury, will celebrate its annual Community Holiday Open House on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.

Guests will be greeted by the sounds of seasonal music and former mayor Nicholas J. Costello will be on hand to welcome visitors to Whittier’s personal study.

Throughout the afternoon, guests can enjoy the artistic holiday décor and Victorian-style table of delectable treats.

The gift shop will be open for visitors looking for a unique holiday gift. Free wrapping also will be available.

Art Association show and sale

The Newburyport Art Association is hosting its annual Holiday Art Show and Sale this month.

The art gallery on Water Street in Newburyport will be open during the city’s Invitation Nights tomorrow and next Friday, for shoppers seeking a unique gift made by local artists and crafters.

The Art Association will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Dec. 14, as well as on Dec. 21 for Men’s Shopping Night.

Refreshments and gift-wrapping will be offered as well.

Children’s yoga session in Amesbury

People’s Yoga Co-op is offering a special class for kids on Saturday that incorporates yoga, movement and art,

During the three-hour session from 6 to 9 p.m., children will complete holiday arts and crafts while taking part in movement, yoga and zumba lessons. The program is meant for children ages 5 to 11. There is a $35 fee.

People’s Yoga Co-Op is located at 14 Cedar St., 101, Amesbury. To register, call Renee at 978-335-0403 or Jennifer at 508-333-4160.

Men’s chorus sings at library

The Merrimack Valley Townsmen, an all men’s barbershop chorus, will perform at the Newburyport Public Library on Monday.

The group, which is part of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will offer a mix of holiday tunes beginning at 7 p.m. in the program room. The audience will be able to sing along as the chorus performs some seasonal favorites.

Colburn is featured artist at refuge

The Parker River Wildlife Refuge is exhibiting works from Newburyport artist Richard Colburn this month.

Colburn’s show in the refuge’s auditorium is free to attend. He has hung a collection of wooden sculptures depicting marine wildlife. The refuge headquarters is located at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

Holiday Sing-along at Firehouse

Warm those vocal cords up — the popular Holiday Sing-along is returning to the Firehouse on Dec. 15.

Families are invited to attend the program and sing some treasured Christmas carols with the youth choir from the Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport, directed by Donna Postle.

Terry Blanchard will read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and children can visit with Santa and tell him their wish lists.

The fun begins at 11 a.m. at the theater. Tickets sell out so families are encouraged to buy early. Tickets are $3 and are available at the box office or by calling 978-462-7336.

Boston String Quartet plays at Belleville

The Boston String Quartet will return to Newburyport later this holiday season with their new seasonal program, “Christmas in Paris.”

The musicians will bring French carols, new stories, and multimedia tools as they take the audience through the City of Lights on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Belleville Church is located at 300 High St., Newburyport.

The quartet will explore Paris through music from a mix of hit movies, music from Edith Piaf, and traditional French carols. Video images of beloved landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre will accompany the music.

The Boston String Quartet is one of only a few string ensembles that writes all original music and arrangements.

Tickets are $20. Children and teens under age 18 are free to attend.

Christmas Candlelight Service at First Religious

The First Religious Society in Newburyport is holding its 87th annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:15 p.m.

The traditional carol service will feature music from three choirs, a brass ensemble, and the newly restored pipe organ. Treasured tunes of the season will be performed such as“ O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “The First Noel,” and “Angels We Have Heard On High,” along with musical pieces from around the world.

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