Singer-songwriter and Academy Award nominee Aimee Mann returns to her old North Shore stomping grounds this month when she brings her East Coast tour to Newburyport. Mann will perform Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School on Low Street.

No stranger to the North Shore, Mann and her '80s alternative rock band, Til Tuesday, were regular performers at clubs, colleges and outdoor venues in the region. Eventually, fueled by the success of the hit "Voices Carry," she and her Boston-based band moved onto the national scene.

Mann later developed her solo career and moved to Los Angeles, where she now lives with her husband, singer-songwriter Michael Penn. She garnered attention in 1999 for her contributions to the movie sound track for "Magnolia," and was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe for the 2007 "Save Me" soundtrack. She and her husband also contributed a cut to the 2001 sound track for "Sam I Am" starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer.

A leader on the independent music scene, she formed her own label, SuperEgo, allowing her to produce several albums without label interference. She is also the cofounder of the independent music collective United Musicians, which assists independent musicians in retaining ownership of their own musical copyrights in contrast to standard industry contracts .

Mann will perform in Newburyport with her three-piece band. In addition to showcasing a range of songs from her career, including tracks from her latest recording, "Save Me," she will deliver a preview of several new songs from a project based on her 2005 album, "The Forgotten Arm."

Tickets for the show, produced by Heptunes, are $40. They are available at Dyno Records on Middle Street in Newburyport and all Bull Moose Locations, online at or by calling 978-462-9630. Visit for more.

Port Farmers Market keeping warm for fall season at Tannery

The Newburyport Farmers Market continues Sunday with the start of its fall season next to Mill 4 in The Tannery mall parking lot. The market will be open outdoors on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Dec. 19, rain or shine. Heaters will be set up to keep shoppers warm.

Locally grown vegetables will remain a staple of the market. Farmers will be offering heirloom tomatoes; kale, lettuces, chard and a variety of other greens; sugar beets, collards, leeks, white and scarlet salad turnips, eight varieties of radishes, purple turnips, rutabaga, kohlrabi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, winter squashes, pumpkins and carrots. Participating farms include Heron Pond in South Hampton, Middle Earth in Amesbury and Arrowhead Farm in Newburyport.

Riverslea Farm in Epping, N.H., will offer farm-raised lamb and goat-prepared foods and meat products. The farm will also be providing wool spinning and needle felting demonstrations as well as wool products for sale.

In addition, local eggs, honey, maple syrup and apples will be available. Artisanal crafts will be featured and Herb FARMacy of Salisbury will be offering certified organic, handmade herbal products, including herb vinegars, dried herbs and chiles, herbal salts, face creams, body lotions, salves, lip balms, aromatheraphy mists and sachets.

For more on the market, visit

Expert birding couple offering guide to the sky

Longtime bird authors and educators Don and Lillian Stokes present "You, The Birds And Birding" tomorrow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

The Stokes will highlight their latest work, "The Stokes Field Guide To The Birds Of North America," and explain how they designed it for the birdwatcher of today. Six years in the making, the comprehensive, national photographic field guide book features more than 3,400 color photos.

The couple's presentation will include ways to sharpen bird identification skills, bird photography tips and a look at some of Massachusetts' birds. A book-signing will follow.

The Stokes created, hosted and produced the first national PBS television bird-watching shows and more than 40 million viewers tuned in to their "Stokes Birds at Home" TV series. They have written more than 30 bird and nature books, which have sold 4.5 million copies, and have contributed to birding magazines. They received the Partners in Flight National Conservation Award in 2005.

The free presentation is hosted by The Nature Shop at Joppa Flats. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 978-463-0103 to save a seat.

A bird's-eye view of plein air painting

Plein air artist Caleb Stone demonstrates his techniques painting outdoors tomorrow on a visit to The Walsingham Gallery at 47 Merrimac St. in downtown Newburyport.

Stone grew up in the art colony of Rockport, where he was introduced early on to plein air painting by his father, impressionist painter Don Stone. But while his artistic roots are on Cape Ann and Monhegan Island, Maine, he travels the world exploring new locations, recently returning from a painting expedition in Alaska.

Drawing his inspiration from life, Stone says his subject matter is as varied as the places he visits. Explaining his commitment to painting from nature, he says, "there is no substitute for feeling the quality of the light while plein air painting."

Tomorrow's demonstration will take place outdoors from 1 to 5 p.m., weather permitting. A new collection of work by Stone will be on display inside the gallery. Refreshments will be served. For more, call Walsingham at 978-499-4411 or visit

'Hidden World of Owls' exposed at Joppa Flats

Photographer Mark Brown of Andover shares "The Hidden World of Owls" in a new exhibit opening Sunday at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport.

Brown, who grew up in New York City, became fascinated with nature's wonders at a young age. He began pursuing photography as an adult in 1995 while studying mountain lions as a research volunteer in Idaho's Sawtooth National Forest. Since then he has captured thousands of images across North America, with a focus on landscape and wildlife found in settings from deserts to forests, mountains to oceans. He has exhibited and published his photography nationally.

The exhibit opens Sunday with an artist's reception at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free, and a portion of proceeds from sales of Brown's work will support the Joppa Flats Center. The show runs through Jan. 2. Call 978-462-9998 or visit for more.

Painter, photographer showing new works

Photographer Sara Connor and painter Alan Bull share their latest work in a show tomorrow from noon to 4 p.m. at Bull's studio at 18 Graf Road (second floor) in Newburyport.

Connor, a graduate student at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and native of Newburyport, specializes in traditional silver gelatin prints and alternative processes in her photography. Her subjects include portraits, interiors and figurative work, and she has exhibited her work at the Newburyport Art Association.

Bull, who is showing off his recent monochromatic paintings, is originally from Old Town, Maine, and has been living in Newburyport for almost 20 years. He has shown his paintings locally, including at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport and The Governor's Academy in Byfield. Some of his pieces are on display at Ten Center in downtown Newburyport as well.

Admission to tomorrow's open house is free. For more, call Bull at 978-417-9778.

Abstract acrylics full of hopes and dreams

West Newbury artist Joshua Marcus presents his abstract acrylic paintings in an exhibit this month at Fowle's at 17 State St. in downtown Newburyport.

Calling his paintings colorful and noticeable, Marcus says his aim is to create works that are an expression of inner hopes and dreams and external realities.

For more on Marcus' artwork, visit

Crystals, rocks and minerals shine

A crystal, rock and mineral show is on tap this weekend at Riverwalk Bead Shop and Gallery, 32 Elm St., Amesbury.

Jerry Marchand, a miner, geologist and Celtic harpist, will be showcasing his selection of crystals, rocks and minerals from around the world as well as many that he has mined in New England. He'll also treat the public to his Celtic harp playing.

The show goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Call Riverwalk at 978-388-3499 or visit

Wine & Art to benefit Veasey Park

The fifth annual Wine & Art Reception in Groveland's Veasey Memorial Park is set for tomorrow from 5 to 8 p.m. at the park at 201 Washington St.

The event will feature original artwork by local artists, fine wine, food from area restaurants and caterers, music, plus raffles and other entertainment.

Proceeds from the event, including 40 percent of artwork sales, will support the park. Tickets are $15 in advance, $12 for seniors, and $20 tomorrow, $18 for seniors. For information, call 978-521-9345, e-mail or visit

Comedy, family fun headed to Blue Ocean

Comedian Paula Poundstone delivers her sharp wit when she brings her stand-up routine to Blue Ocean Music Hall on Salisbury Beach tomorrow night. Then on Sunday, Tom Chapin presents a family show spotlighting his life-affirming original songs.

Poundstone has had several solo specials on HBO and most recently BRAVO TV and she can be heard on NPR's "Morning Edition" as well as read on the Huffington Post and comedy site 23/6. The author of "There's Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say," she is at work on a second book. She also released her first live comedy CD, "I HEART JOKES: Paula Tells Them In Maine."

Tickets for Poundstone's 8 p.m. show at Blue Ocean are $35 and $40.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Chapin, who uses music and fun to convey important lessons, will treat audiences to some of his Grammy Award-nominated recordings aimed at 5- to 10-year-olds and their families. He has been recognized by the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, National Association of Parenting Publications and more. Tickets are $15.

For more on either show, call Blue Ocean at 4 Oceanfront North at 978-462-5888 or visit www.blueoceanhall,com.

Challenge at Engage Your Core Pilates

Engage Your Core Pilates in The Tannery, 50 Water St., Newburyport, has begun a new 10-week challenge series that doubles as a benefit for the Newburyport-based Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center.

The challenge, which encourages participants to take 30 mat/reformer classes or private training sessions during the series, aims to help people get motivated to become fit before the holidays.

Those who complete the program will receive a gift bag valued at more than $200, with one winner who logs the most sessions receiving a gift bag valued at $500. Prizes are being donated by Lululemon, Natural High Fitness Center, Sports Massage Pro, Revitalive Cafe, Kelly Essman Personal Assistant and more.

The $25 participation fee will be donated to the crisis center. In addition, participants will receive a 10 percent discount on packages and memberships during the series. For more, call Engage Your Core at 978-462-4742 or visit

Hitting the piano keys in a free workshop

Christina Dietrich, a member of Northern Essex Community College's music faculty, leads a free piano workshop Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St.

Participants will learn to play and perform in a cooperative setting. Solo piano works and instrumental and vocal works with piano accompaniment, at various levels of difficulty, will be explored. Piano performance and preparation will also be discussed.

Dietrich has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras and has performed in Boston and New York. She has a bachelor's in music from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and her master's in music from Boston University, where she also pursued her doctorate in musical arts. She is founder and administrative director of the Chopin Conservatory of Music on the North Shore.

For more on Sunday's workshop, contact Ken Langer, coordinator of the NECC music program, at 978-556-3223 or

Guitarist highlights Spanish masters

Guitar soloist George Little performs a program of classical and flamenco inspired by some of the great Spanish composers next Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., Newburyport. The date of the concert was incorrectly listed in yesterday's Lookout column.

Next weekend's concert will highlight works by Isaac Albeniz, Francisco Tarrega, Miguel Llobet, Gaspar Sanz and Manuel de Falla.

Little, who grew up in Amesbury, holds a master's from Longy School of Music in Cambridge and is the Suzuki guitar chairman at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham.

Admission to the concert is a suggested $10 donation. Call 617-962-1655 or visit

Candlelight Chorale seeks voices

Newburyport's Candlelight Chorale is welcoming vocalists to join the group for the performance of its 85th annual Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Rehearsals are planned for Friday nights, Nov. 12 and 19 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, with a dress rehearsal on Saturday morning, Dec. 18, at First Religious Society,

A holiday tradition on the North Shore, the candlelight service this year will include three choirs, organ and brass quintet. First Religious Society's music director Jay Lane will direct. For more, call the church at 978-465-0602 or visit

To Newfoundland, by way of Joppa Flats

Travel to Newfoundland, Canada, with Bill Gette, sanctuary director at Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport, during a slide program and lecture on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the center at 1 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport.

In "Newfoundland: From the Avalon Peninsula to L'Anse aux Meadows," Gette will share his photos of a bird-nesting colony at Cape Saint Mary, the wind-swept Avalon barrens, the geological formations at Gros Morne National Park, and the plants, animals and scenery of the Northern Peninsula.

Gette led a group of travelers in July on a 1,600-mile adventure through the easternmost region of Canada, from the Avalon Peninsula in the south to the northernmost part of the island at L'Anse aux Meadows, site of the historic Viking settlement.

All ages are invited; reservations are not required. Admission is $4; Mass Audubon members are welcome for free. Call the Joppa Flats Center at 978-462-9998 for more.

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