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September 21, 2012

Lookout: Robinson exhibits at Governor’s Academy

The Lookout
Katie Lovett

---- — Local artist Chris Robinson will display a new show, “Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees,” at the Wilkie Center for the Performing Arts at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield.

Running through Oct. 19, the show includes watercolors, drawings and prints.

“My show is from the last 5 years or so,” Robinson wrote in an email. “Originally, my kids and I started art club on Sunday mornings where we would all draw together.”

“My work is about the ordinary,” she added. “Sparrows, flowers and bugs — simple things that are really quite beautiful if you stop and examine them. I no longer try to hit the viewer with the deep meanings — I just try to draw what I see. Maybe this show will just make people smile.”

Amesbury author holds book launch

Amesbury’s Tace Baker (aka Edith Maxwell) is holding a release party for her first fiction novel, “Speaking of Murder,” next Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at The Book Rack, 52 State St.

Maxwell will read aloud from her book, which tells the tale of a murder at a small New England college and the quest for the killer by a linguistics professor.

“Her investigation exposes small-town intrigues, academic blackmail and a clandestine drug cartel that now has its sights set on her,” notes the author in a press release. “Convinced that the key to the crime lies hidden in her dead student’s thesis, Lauren races to solve the mystery while an escalating trail of misfortune circles ever closer.”

A discussion will follow Maxwell’s reading. Audience members can enter a raffle to win a gift basket featuring items mentioned in the book. A Quaker and linguist, Maxwell has been a writer for decades, but only began writing mystery novels four years ago.

Youth stage ‘Once On This Island Jr.’

The Byfield youth theater company, TTS Players, are presenting “Once On This Island Jr.,” beginning this weekend.

More than 60 local youth will take the stage in the performances, set for tomorrow and Saturday and again on Sept. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. and Sunday and again on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Byfield Community Arts Center, 7 Central St., Byfield.

Among the performers are: Kazmira Chateauneuf, Robin Orr and Lauren Swift of Amesbury; Kira Carlson and Kristen Siebert of Byfield; Jackie Chianca, Danielle Damico, Alex Kosciuszek, Cole Martens, Charles Mullen, Sarah Olbash and Nicole Reardon of Georgetown; Davan Connelly, Zoie Connelly, Maddie MacDonald and Carly MacDonald of Newbury.

Also, Caroline Bell, Emma Bodwell, Emily Coulombe, Grace Demeritt, Anna Doucette, Sean Doucette, Sidney Ficht, Olivia Frisch, Devyn Gallagher, Jillian Gray, Danielle Harrison, Emma O’Rourke, Lilly Page, Maggie Pennington, Madeleine Rubino, Jillian Stallard, Claire Thibeault, Summer Tracy, Tiegan Trach and Amy Wolpert of Newburyport; Sean Bellamy, Sheelagh Cook, Harry DiTullio, Mackenzie Tatro and Mitchell Wolpert of Salisbury, and Annika Ellis, Erin Flaherty, Megan Kempton, Katie Sutton and Liz Sutton of West Newbury.

Directed and choreographed by Stephanie Schapero, the song-and-dance show follows a peasant girl, Ti Moune, as she rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of the island that she lives on.

“When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death,” notes the show’s organizers.

To purchase tickets, call the TTS Box office at 978-463-3335 or email Sarah at ttsplayers@gmail.com.

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