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April 3, 2014

The Lookout: Local illustrator celebrates ‘monster’ release

A new children’s book written by a Newburyport author/illustrator will officially debut at a launch party on Saturday.

“Even Monsters” by AJ Smith teaches kids that monsters can be just like everyone else — getting scared, feeling sad, missing their mommies and having to brush their teeth.

The free party starts at 10:30 a.m. at Jabberwocky Bookshop and includes games, prizes, treats, the chance to take pictures in goofy monster form and possible appearances from the monsters themselves.

Smith teaches art and creates cartoons for shows like “Courage the Cowardly Dog” and “Sesame Street.” “Even Monsters,” which was released Tuesday, is his first trade picture book.

Jabberwocky is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

An evening of Scottish/Celtic music

Celtic fiddler Hanneke Cassel will return to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport tomorrow night.

Cassel’s new album, “Dot the Dragon’s Eyes,” features an American approach to Scottish music, with influences from Scotland to China and musical innovations from the Boston bluegrass/Americana scene.

A native of Oregon, Cassel is the 1997 Scottish Fiddle Champion. She recently joined the faculty at her alma mater, Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Cassel will be joined by cellist Mike Block and guitarist Christopher Lewis.

Block is an associate professor at Berklee and performs with many groups, including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Ma performed at the wedding of Cassel and Block in January.

Lewis has been involved with album production and performance in the Boston indie rock scene.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the 166 High St. church. Tickets are $28 and are available online through

‘Sweetly Ever After’ in Newbury

An original play drawing inspiration from Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll will premiere in Newbury next week.

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