Comprehensive listings for galleries, plays, music, and other happenings in the area.
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Beverly: Montserrat College of Art is hosting summer exhibitions featuring the work of local architects who are also part of the Montserrat community. "Moving Structure: Architectural Drawings by Olson Lewis Dioli and Doktor" is displayed through Aug. 23 in the Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St. This exhibition shows a number of the modes that architects Randy Lewis and John Olson use in their practice, including hand-sketched plans and computer-generated perspectives. Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Events hot line, 978-921-4242, ext. 1319. montserrat.edu.
Chelsea: "Passing Secrets: A Year on the River's Edge," an exhibition of 24 highly detailed, color-saturated photographs by award-winning journalist Madeline Drexler, are displayed through Aug. 29 at the Chelsea City cafe, 73 Washington Ave. The images document an abandoned factory and an overgrown nature trail and reveal the surprising beauty of benign neglect. The cafe's gallery is open Monday and Tuesday 7 a.m.-noon, Wednesday-Friday 7 a.m.-noon and 4-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 617-884-9887, chelseacity.com.
Gloucester: More than 175 juried artists and craftsmen from throughout the United States will display their work during the annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival, held at Stage Fort Park along Gloucester Harbor, Aug. 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival also offers children's activities, ethnic foods, magic and puppet shows, live Celtic and folk music performances, Rotary Club pancake breakfast Saturday morning, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce's traditional New England Lobster Bake on Sunday afternoon. North Shore Old Car Club will display more than 50 antique/classic autos on Sunday. Hot-air balloon tethered rides from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday (for a nominal donation to the Labor Day Fireworks Fund). Schedule of events at CapeAnnVacations.com or WaterfrontFestivals.com. Free. All day parking at Stage Fort Park, $10. 978-283-1601, info@CapeAnnChamber.com.
Gloucester: The third annual Gloucester New Arts Festival, "workweek: an experimental vacation," will feature five artists in residence Aug. 20-23, sharing ideas, integrating with the community, and culminating in performances and installations Aug. 24-26. GNAF aims to show innovative work from the outer borders of contemporary art and performance. This year's artists will create works in dance, sound, installation, and sculpture. Jennifer Monson will give a site-specific dance performance at the opening event, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. A Rocky Neck art scavenger hunt, organized by the artists of Rocky Neck Art Colony, will be held Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation on Transportation Awareness Day, Aug. 25. CATA bus lines will provide free service for their red line buses, and Harborside Cyle is offering half-price bike rentals. A tour of the sites and informal discussion will be held Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Locations and schedule details will be posted online at newartsfestival.com by Aug. 21. Information also available at seARTS office, 11 Center St. All events are free.
Gloucester: "A Sea Garden," a large-scale installation celebrating unique aspects of Gloucester and Cape Ann by artist Rose-Marie Glen in collaboration with master ships rigger Stan Dulong, builder Craig Dulong, and architect Renate Heuser, is on view through the summer at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, Harbor Loop. Featuring more than 600 linear feet of individually painted banners rigged on masts from local shipyards, the work reaches 40 feet above the docks. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 978-283-7188, email@example.com, 978-281-0470.
Gloucester: North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, presents its annual "Associates Show" through Aug. 16. Artist Jeff Weaver will lead a discussion on "Illustrators, Muralists, and Painters and the Search for Self-Expression in Representational Art," Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. Free. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 978-283-1857, firstname.lastname@example.org, northshoreartsassoc.org.
Haverhill: "Put a Little Light in Your Life," Merrimack Valley Camera Club's annual photography exhibition, continues through Sept. 3 at Buttonwoods Museum at Haverhill Historic Society, 240 Water St. More then 100 photographs capture visions of a wide variety of subjects. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 978-374-4626. mvcameraclub.org, haverhillhistory.org.
Ipswich: River Gallery, 4 Market St., is featuring oil paintings by Ipswich artist Janice Colby and oil paintings by Andover artist Sharon Hayes through Sept. 2. Fifteen other artists are exhibiting paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand-carved birds, and ceramics. Free. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. 978-356-1559, rivergalleryipswich.com.
Ipswich: "The Rose Exhibit," new work by Susan Otis and Giselle Rein, through Aug. 19 at OTISREIN gallery, 7 South Main St. Open Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment. 978-356-6088.
Malden: "Electronica Artistica," a multimedia exhibition by Trevor Toscano, is displayed at MATV Gallery, 145 Pleasant St., through Aug. 27. Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Closing reception with noise art band Skullp, Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m. Free. matv.org/gallery, 781-321-6400.
Malden: Nineteen artists are showing paintings, drawings, and etchings in the fifth annual Malden Sketch Group Exhibit at Commerce Place, 350 Main St., through Sept. 28. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Reception will be held in the lobby Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m., in conjunction with the opening of Window Arts Malden on Sept. 8. For information about the sketch group, Judy.Gruelich@comcast.net, 781-245-2337.
Marblehead: Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., presents the group show "9" featuring local artists known as "P.A.D.," Professional Artists Dialogue. Maria Lakhman is showing mixed-media works in "Blue Color Emotions." "Pixels and Palettes" features works by watercolorist Judy Arnold and photographer Mike Dupuis. Shows continue through Aug. 26. 781-631-2608, marbleheadarts.org.
Marblehead: Acrylic and watercolor paintings by Suzanne Hennessey are displayed in the Virginia Carten Gallery at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., through August. 781-631-1481, abbotlibrary.org.
Marblehead: Erlich Gallery, 96 Washington St., is featuring "Seaforms," shells painted in luminous pastels and other ocean-themed paintings by Robert Peterson, through August. 781-631-1202, erlichgallery.com.
Newburyport: Watercolor paintings by Anne Recchia are featured at Bridge Gallery, 113 Merrimac St., through August. Reception, Aug. 17, 5-7 p.m. Free.
Newburyport: At Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St. "North Shore Memoir," pastel paintings by Topsfield artist Linda Siwak, through Aug. 22. Reception, Aug. 17, 7-9 p.m. Paintings in oil and pastel by Ann Goldberg will be displayed Aug. 23-29. Reception, Aug. 24, 7-9 p.m. Goldberg will paint in the gallery the week of the show. The Fall Members' Juried Show Part I will be displayed Aug. 24-Sept. 16. Reception and awards ceremony, Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Free. 978-465-8769, email@example.com.
Newburyport: A yearlong exhibit of contemporary sculpture by New England artists is displayed at Somerby's Landing Sculpture Park, at the west end of the boardwalk near the Black Cow Tap & Grill. Four new sculptures by Michael Alfano, Rob Lorenson, and David Skora join the sculptures on exhibit by Wendy Klemperer, Robert Motes, and Dale Rogers. Meet the artists at the reception Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m., at the sculpture park. Rain location: 2d floor, Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square. 978-768-3600.
Newburyport: Photographs by Eva Timothy, owner of Illumea Photography in Newburyport, are displayed at Firehouse Center for the Arts, 2d Floor Gallery, One Market Square, through Sept. 3. Reception, Aug. 25, 2-4 p.m.
Newburyport: "Courting Nature's Bliss," photography by Patricia Bashford, is displayed through Sept. 2 at MassAudubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike. Open Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 978-462-9998, massaudubon.org/joppaflats.
Rockport: Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Third Summer Show with painting, graphics, sculpture, and the Third Summer Photography Show, through Aug. 21. Fourth Summer Show and Fourth Summer Photography Show, Aug. 25-Sept. 27. Aug. 25, 7:30-11 p.m.: annual costume ball, "RAA Goes Hollywood," featuring a red carpet entrance and dancing to live music by Secret Agent. Come dressed as a favorite Hollywood personality or movie prop. $25. Reservations required. Outdoor painting classes, workshops for adults and children, sketch groups. Artist members give demonstrations in the Hibbard Gallery at 7:30 p.m. $5. Aug. 16: Domenic DiStefano, watercolor painting. Aug. 23: John Fleming, drawing. Aug. 28: Margaret Laurie-Abramo, watercolor painting. Aug. 30: David Curtis, oil painting. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 978-546-6604, rockportartassn.org.
Salem: Salem Arts Association and the Salem Chamber of Commerce present "Ode to Cornell: What Would Joseph Do?," a juried exhibition of art inspired by Joseph Cornell, through Aug. 19 at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square. Open Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Free. Salem Arts Association also presents the Old Town Hall Arts Festival, with music, art, crafts, and improv comedy, Aug. 11 and 12 on the Front Street plaza of Old Town Hall. Hours: Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. salemartsassociation.org.
Salem: At Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, through Aug. 19, "Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination," the first major retrospective of the artist's work in more than 26 years, features 180 works, including the artist's box constructions, collages, dossiers, films, and graphic designs. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, seniors $11, students $9. Free for ages 16 and younger and residents of Salem. pem.org, 866-745-1876.
Salem: Experimental Art Gallery & Studio, in Artist Row, 24 New Derby St., No. 4, presents "Digressions," explorations in painting and color on metal by Paul Walcott, through Sept. 2. Open Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 781-439-1540.
Topsfield: Topsfield Town Library, 1 South Common St., is showing an exhibition of handcrafted furniture by Michael Dressen through August. Open Monday and Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday noon-5 p.m. 978-887-1528.
Salem: Salem artist Paula Beaulieu is exhibiting her work at New Civilitea, 318 Derby St., through Sept. 16.
Salem: An exhibition of monotypes by Coco Berkman is displayed at Cinema Salem, One East India Square, through Aug. 31. Berkman, whose studio is at Redbrick Art Center in Beverly, is one of the artists involved in the new partnership between Redbrick and Cinema Salem. cinemasalem.com, redbrickarts.com, 978-927-5615.
Salem: Students in Nordia Kay's watercolor classes at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore exhibit their work in "Art In The Park," through Sept. 4, at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 978-741-5700.
Wakefield: Hera Gallery presents "Essential Elements," a national juried exhibition, through Aug. 18. The 40 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, and photos, explore the theme "What are essential elements in art making?" Free. Open Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m. heragallery.org.
Wenham: Oil paintings by local artist Lorrie Berry are displayed at Wenham Tea House, Monument Street, through Sept. 4, with 20 percent of sales donated to the Wenham Tea House to support its philanthropic endeavors.
Beverly: Coro Stella Maris, a Renaissance music vocal ensemble based on Cape Ann, will hold auditions for all sections in soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices through Aug. 31. Choral experience and good sight-reading preferred. Rehearsals Mondays at 7 p.m. in Beverly Farms, beginning in September. 857-919-4218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for appointment. corostellamaris.org.
Beverly: The newly formed St. John the Evangelist Community Players is looking for singers and male actors to perform "God on the Back Burner (Call of the Broken Heart)," a nondenominational inspirational drama. Tryouts Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-10 p.m., in August, and on Sept. 5, 7, and 10 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St. To sign up, call 978-927-4819 or 978-685-4734, email@example.com.
Saugus: Theatre Company of Saugus will hold auditions for "45 Seconds From Broadway" by Neil Simon, Aug. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre at St. John's Episcopal Church, Central and Prospect streets. Readings from the script. Auditioners may prepare a monologue. Roles open for six men and six women of varying ages. An apprentice assistant stage manager is also needed; candidates should e-mail the director or attend the auditions. Performances Nov. 9-17. tcsaugus.home.comcast.net or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Danvers, Salem, Beverly: Music at Eden's Edge presents "The 18th Century Grand Tour in August," featuring sonatas and suites of baroque and early classical Europe performed on period instruments. The concert includes rarely heard music of Le Roux, Couperin, Laurenti, Mondonville, and Purcell, and works by Corelli, J.S. Bach, and Telemann. Performances: Aug. 21, 2 p.m., at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Free. Fully accessible to mobility-impaired individuals. Families with young children are encouraged to attend this performance. For assistance for individuals with disabilities call 978-270-4463. Aug. 24, 8 p.m., East India Marine Hall, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. $22, students $16 (includes access to Maritime galleries). 978-745-9500, ext. 3011. Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Endicott College Chapel, 376 Hale St., Beverly. $22, students and seniors $16. 978-270-4463, edensedge.org.
Newburyport: The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival continues through Aug. 18. Schedule: Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., Festival String Quartet performs works of Haydn, Webern, and Shostakovich at St. Paul's Church. Aug. 17, 10 a.m., open rehearsal with composer-in-residence present at Newburyport Public Library. Aug. 18, 4 p.m., Festival Quartet performs works of Schubert and world premiere composition by Anna Weesner, composer-in-residence at St. Paul's Church. $25, students and seniors $18 unless otherwise noted. Free parking. 978-463-9776, newburyportchambermusic.org.
Lynn: Celebrate the visit of the schooner Friendship of Salem with an outdoor dance and concert channeling Old New England on Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m., at Lynn Heritage State Park on the harbor. Contra dance lesson offered. 781-595-8701, email@example.com.
Amesbury: Aug. 19, 3-5 p.m. Bartlett Museum of Amesbury sponsors a two-hour cruise on the Merrimack River aboard the 65-foot motor yacht Full Moon, built by Henry C. Grebe in 1949. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts served. Cash bar. $40. Depart from Hatter's Point, Merrimac Street. 978-388-1635.
Danvers: The Danvers Police Department hosts its annual DARE summer car shows at Liberty Tree Mall every Wednesday through September. Local car enthusiasts show off their vehicles, 5-10 p.m., in the back parking lot of Liberty Tree Mall, across from Marshall's and the Sports Authority entrance. Donations benefit the DARE program. If it rains, the event shifts to Thursday.
Danvers: The Dunn Planetarium program "50 Years of Space Exploration" takes a look at past achievements and examines the future of space exploration. A tour of the night sky is accompanied by music, science, and stories. Shows Fridays, 7 p.m., through Sept. 14, in Dunn Planetarium at Danvers High School, 64 Cabot Road. Tickets $2.50. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free parking in front of the school and next to the tennis courts. danvers.mec.edu.
Hamilton: Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic will be held Sept. 5-9 at Coldwell Banker Previews Grand Prix Field, Route 1A, adjacent to Myopia Hunt Club, South Hamilton. Jumper riders compete for more than $200,000 in prize money, culminating with the $75,000 Fidelity Investments AGA Grand Prix and the $10,000 Mohegan Sun Speed Stake on Sept. 9. Open daily 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission Wednesday-Friday. On Saturday, $20; 13 and older $15; younger than 13 free. Sunday $25; children $15; younger than 6 free. VIP tickets for the week $160; VIP table (seats 10) $1,550. Parking is free during the week, $5 Saturday and Sunday. "Ultimate Resort Family Day" activities begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 8. Ms. Massachusetts and Ms. Teen Massachusetts will sign autographs. Also, face painting for children, relay races for all ages and abilities, a cookie-decorating contest, hayrides, and an equestrian parade and fashion show with horses. On Sept. 8, the Lovelane Luncheon and Hat Contest, a benefit champagne luncheon for Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program, will be held in a ringside tent for children and adults. All female guests are encouraged to wear fun and creative hats at the luncheon. For tickets contact Lovelane at JCLunch@Lovelane.org or 781-259-1177, ext. 22. Also Sept. 8, the City to Saddle Luncheon benefits City to Saddle, a program that enables underprivileged children to enjoy the benefits of horseback riding. Tickets at jumperclassic.com. By purchasing a ticket online before Aug. 15, the buyer is entered to win an opportunity to accompany one of the Grand Prix riders on a walk to see firsthand what riders and horses face on the show jumping course. Three winners will be selected, one for each ticket category: VIP, grandstand, and general admission. The winners and a guest will participate prior to the start of the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic. jumperclassic.com, 978-283-7708.
Haverhill: Winnekenni Castle, 347 Kenoza Ave., will hold its annual Summer Psychic Fair on Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Appointments booked on-site only. Vendors will be outside, weather permitting. Refreshments available. 978-521-1686, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverhill: A Vintage Base Ball Tournament will be played Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Riverside Park, off Lincoln Avenue, under 1861 rules, with underhand pitching and no gloves allowed. Learn how to play and then join a team. This is an all-day tournament with games at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Essex Base Ball Club and seven other teams will play. Free. Sponsored by the Haverhill Historical Society-Buttonwoods Museum and Riverside Motors. Concessions and souvenirs available. 978-374-4626, haverhillhistory.org, essexbaseball.org.
Lynn: The tall ship Friendship of Salem, a replica of a 1797 three-masted, square-rigged East Indiaman merchant ship, is docked at Seaport Marina through Aug. 18. It will be open for free dockside public tours Aug. 16 and 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. essexheritage.org, nps.gov/sama.
Wenham: Super Summer Saturdays, a weekly outdoor market with free entertainment for families, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at 300 at Main. Aug. 25, Peter Stewart in concert.
Ipswich: Family programs at Appleton Farms, 219 County Road. Tour the farmstead area and see the newest calves during the Meet the Cows! program, Aug. 21, 3-4:30 p.m. $10, children $5. Recommended minimum age is 6 (16 without an adult). Reservations required. Family Hay Days, Aug. 23, 3-5 p.m., includes activities about making hay. For all ages. Reservations recommended. $5. Meet at the Highland Street parking lot. thetrustees.org, 975-921-1944, ext. 8815.
Haverhill: The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe will sponsor an Armenian Music & Food Festival on Aug. 19, noon-6 p.m., at American Legion Farm, 1314 Main St., featuring an Armenian band and a raffle with a grand prize of $1,000. Air-conditioned hall. Bring lawn chairs. Admission $1; children free. Food and beverages individually priced. 978-372-9227.
Lynn: Aug. 16, from 5-8 p.m., bring your dog to Central Square for the Dog Days of Summer Pageant, a parade of dogs competing for prizes. The grand prize is a year of free dog food. Preregister your dog for the pageant at dogdaysparade.com. Music by the Austin Torpedoes. See the Greater Lynn Photographic Association's annual member exhibition at LynnArts and the Art of Lynn Folk at Lynn Museum. Raw Art Works will have a family art-making activity. Mass Theatrica presents Opera Scenes and Arias at 7:30 p.m. in Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre at LynnArts; visit masstheatrica.org for tickets. thirdthursdayslynn.com.
Beverly: Aug 18, Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., will host its fifth annual Home Movie Day, part of an international event. Bring 8mm, Super-8, and 16mm films for an open screening. Film drop-off 11 a.m.-noon; screening noon-3 p.m. The event celebrates amateur film, bringing it back to life for those who no longer have the equipment needed to view the formats. Film archivists Liz Coffey of the Harvard Film Archive and Albert Steg of Zampano's Playhouse will inspect submitted films and advise attendees on conserving and viewing their home movies. Films in suitable condition will be projected. Enjoy an afternoon of vivid personal, community, and cultural histories, enlivened by commentary from the owner of the films, observations from the gallery, or a musical soundtrack provided by organizers. Free. 978-921-6062.
Rowley: Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St., Route 1A, shows free movies Mondays at 6 p.m., through August. All movies are rated PG and have been selected to appeal to young adults, age 10 and up. For movie titles and schedule, 978-948-2850 or rowleylibrary.org.
Salem: Historic Salem will hold a "Summer Sipping" fund-raiser aboard the schooner Friendship, Aug. 26, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy fine wines and cuisine, music by Jazz in the Air! The event will be dockside. In case of thunderstorm, it will be at St. Joseph's Hall on Derby Street. Handicapped accessible (prior notice requested). Friendship requires visitors to wear soft-soled footwear. $60. Tickets at HSI office, 9 North St.; historicsalem.org; 978-745-0799.
Wakefield: Dancing with the Stars of BKP, a dinner dance to support small libraries in the Philippines, will be held Sept. 15, 7 p.m.-midnight, at Wakefield Elks Lodge, 63 Bay State Road (exit 41 off Route 128). $40 at the door; $35 before Sept. 5. One hour of group dance instruction is included. Also, Filipino cuisine, raffles, and music by a DJ. Dress is semiformal. The Bagibg Kulturang Pinoy (New Filipino Culture) is a registered organization that promotes love of reading among children living in low-income areas in the Philippines. BKP collects gently used children's books in the United States to establish small libraries where children can borrow books. aklatan.org. Call Emile Rivera McSweeney, 508-527-0504; Ning Zuelke, 508-650-4245; or Liz Freeman, 781-246-2836.
HOUSE & GARDEN TOURS
Ipswich: The Trustees of Reservations hosts guided tours of Castle Hill, the "Great House" of the Crane Estate, Thursdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon, through Oct. 6. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $10, younger than 18, $5. The grounds and first floor of Castle Hill are handicapped accessible. Landscape tours are held Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tours last 90 minutes. Bring comfortable shoes and a water bottle. $5. Purchase tickets for house and landscape tours at the gate, 290 Argilla Road. Completed in 1928, Castle Hill was once the summer residence of Chicago plumbing industrialist Richard T. Crane Jr. and his family; the 59-room English-style mansion features a library with 17th-century carvings by Grinling Gibbons, and luxurious bathrooms with Italian marble and sterling silver fixtures manufactured by the
Ipswich: Trustees of Reservations hosts guided tours of the Paine House at Greenwood Farm, 47 Jeffrey's Neck Road, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-3 p.m., through Oct. 7. The 1694 house on its original saltwater farm location features a rare 17th-century indoor dairy. Tours focus on architectural construction, archaeology, and the Colonial Revival period during which the Dodge Family lived on the farm. Recommended for ages 8 and older. $8, younger than 18 $5. Grounds are free, open 8 a.m.-sunset. 978-921-1944, ext. 4009; email@example.com.
Rockport: Free lecture at Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. Author Todd Balf traces his interest in history to his days in Rick Ives's history class at Rockport High School. Balf, a former senior editor of Outside magazine and a frequent contributor to Men's Journal and Fast Company, will release his new book "Major" in February. 978-546-6934.
MUSEUMS & HISTORY
Danvers: Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., was home to one of the women who were hanged during the Salem witch trials of 1692. The site is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through Labor Day; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 a.m., through Oct. 31. $5, ages 16 and younger $3, includes tour of house, old burying ground, replica of Salem Village Meetinghouse. 978-774-8799, rebeccanurse.org.
Gloucester: Cape Ann Historical Museum, 27 Pleasant St., is showing "Fitz Henry Lane and Mary Blood Mellen: Old Mysteries and New Discoveries," a scholarly exhibition exploring the artistic relationship between Lane and his most famous student and sometime collaborator. Free gallery talks by museum staff Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Lecture, Aug. 23, 7 p.m., "The American Sublime in Trans-Atlantic Perspective," presented by Tim Barringer of Yale University's art history department, at Gloucester City Hall, across the street from the museum. Lecture is free; suggested donation $10. The museum will be open until 6:30 p.m. on the day of lecture. The exhibition continues through Sept. 16. Also, through Sept. 23, the museum presents a show of still-life paintings by Cape Ann artist Paul Strisik (1918-1998). Works by students attending Annisquam Arts is on display in the education room through August. Walking tour of Fitz Henry Lane's Gloucester, led by Courtney Murphy, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. $12. Reservations required. 978-283-0455. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. $6.50; seniors $6, students $.50. capeannhistoricalmuseum.org.
Marblehead: Marblehead Museum and Historical Society events. Judy Anderson, Lee Mansion curator, leads walking tours of Marblehead, 1-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Oct. 6. Learn about some of Marblehead's 17th-century houses and sites, including Old Burial Hill, Doliber's Cove, Redd's Pond, and Fort Sewall. Meet at Jeremiah Lee Mansion, 170 Washington St. $5. The Vintage Model Pond Yacht Display, in the Frost Gallery, 170 Washington St., honors the 75th anniversary of the M design model yacht. Exhibition continues through August. Free admission. "Pirates & Privateers in Marblehead," paintings, portraits, documents, and re-creations of the mercenaries who sailed the region's waters in the 17th and 18th centuries, is displayed at Jeremiah Lee Mansion through December. Guided tours of the 1768 Lee Mansion offered through October. The museum hosts its annual Lawn Party on Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m., on the grounds of Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Free. The museum galleries will be open during the party. Cash bar. Free hors d'oeuvres. Proceeds from a raffle for four tickets to a Sept. 14 cruise on the schooner Fame, a full-scale replica of a privateer's ship from 1812, will benefit the Marblehead Museum family programs. Attire is casual. RSVP for the party. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission $5, seniors and students $4.50. 781-631-1768, marbleheadmuseum.org.
Marblehead: G.A.R. Meeting Room & Civil War Museum, 2d floor, Old Town House at Market Square, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 25, Sept. 8 and 15 and Nov. 11. Free. The G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) was a Civil War veterans organization founded to provide support for soldiers and their families. The G.A.R. Room is preserved as it was when the last meeting was held in the 1930s. The DVD "Marblehead and the Civil War" is shown throughout the day and is available for purchase. 781-631-1768, marbleheadmuseum.org.
Nahant: The Nahant Historical Society, 41 Valley Road, is exhibiting "Sacrifice of Self: Nahant and the Civil War" through Sept. 2. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. 781-581-2727, nahanthistory.org.
Wenham: The exhibition "Links to the Past: Historic Golf Courses of the North Shore" continues through Oct. 22 at Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. See historic North Shore courses and clubhouses in early photographs as well as the equipment golfers used long ago and the prizes they won. Test your skills at an indoor putting game and answer golf trivia on an electronic question-and-answer board. Special events held in conjunction with the show. Gary Larrabee will present "Historic Golf Courses of the North Shore," lecture, tour and book signing, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. Free. Wenham Museum's annual benefit golf tournament will be held Oct. 2 at Myopia Hunt Club. Player fee $325. Register for golf tournament at 978-468-2377, ext. 105, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $6.50, seniors $5.50, ages 2-16 $4.50. 978-468-2377, wenhammuseum.org.
Danvers: North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St. (Route 35) presents "The Art of the Scottish Fiddle: Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith in Concert," Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The fiddle and piano duo present a program of music from Scotland and beyond, exploring their traditional roots alongside contemporary and original works. Tickets at the door. $15, seniors $12, younger than 12 free. hurdsmith.com, 978-741-1244.
Essex: The annual Essex Music Festival will be held Aug. 25, noon-7:30 p.m., at Centennial Grove on Chebacco Lake, Route 22. Sweet Loretta's Snake Oil Jug Band hosts this outdoor acoustic music festival, which features folk, bluegrass, blues, Cajun and Zydeco, ragtime, Celtic, maritime, and country music performances. Musicians include Old Cold Tater, Daisy Nell and Captain Stan, Squeezebox Stompers, Tom Eaton and Pick 3, Chick & Ellen, Tamarac, Orville Giddings Acoustic Band, the Backwoods Ramblers, Paul Prue, Three Sheets to the Wind, Herb Broadbent, Carol Littlefield McIntyre, the Snake Oil Parlor Ensemble, Dusty and Joanna and friends, Bob and Jen Strom and company, Allan Aunapu, and Not That Blonde. All musicians are invited to bring instruments and join the Jam Circle. Bring a picnic, swim in Chebacco Lake, and watch jugglers perform. $6, children free. Proceeds benefit the restoration of Centennial Grove, a historic lakeside park. No pets permitted. 978-468-6581, essexmusicfestival.com.
Gloucester: The Summer Concert Series at Antonio Gentile Memorial Bandstand in Stage Fort Park presents free concerts Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 19, Cape Ann Community Band; Aug. 26, acoustic bluegrass with Old Cold Tater. 978-281-0543.
Ipswich: Castle Hill's Thursday picnic concert series is held outdoors, 7-9 p.m., at the Grand Allee, 290 Argilla Road. Gate opens at 5 p.m. for picnicking. $25 per car. Tickets available at gate only. Concert series: Aug. 16, Entrain, jazz, funk, rock, and blues; Aug. 23, Beantown Swing Orchestra, playing '40s big-band swing; Aug. 30, Orville Giddings Band, boogie blues. Concerts canceled in severe weather. Call 978-921-1944, ext. 4028, for last-minute update.
Marblehead: Marblehead Summer Jazz '07 concludes Aug. 18 with the Donald Harrison Quartet performing at 8 p.m. at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St. Tickets $27, $25 in advance; available at Arnould Gallery, 111 Washington St.; Spirit of '76 Bookstore, 107 Pleasant St.; marbleheadjazz.org; 781-631-1528, 781-631-6366.
Marblehead: The second annual Accessibility Benefit Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., begins at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 25. "HELP! With a Little Help From Our Friends" will feature Beatles songs interpreted by acoustic musicians. Proceeds will benefit the accessibility project at the church, which hosts art and music programs throughout the year, including the me & thee coffeehouse and Marblehead Summer Jazz. Performers include Brooks Williams, Scott Alarik, Tony Toledo, Geoff Bartley, Raymond Gonazlez, Lisa Watkins, Debra Cowan, Thea Hopkins, Lenny Solomon, Shawn David Madden, Lin Sprague, and Paul Lee. $20. Tickets at uumarblehead.org, meandthee.org.
Newburyport: Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, presents Tom Rush, Sept. 2 at 3 and 7 p.m. $32. Sonya Kitchell, singer and songwriter, will perform Sept. 14, 8 p.m. $25. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.
Salem: The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will be held at Salem Willows bandstand, Fort Avenue, Aug. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Boston and North Shore bands perform jazz, funk and soul at this free, family-friendly event. The lineup features the Boston Horns, Bobby Keyes, Barrence Whitfield, Fats Hammond, Headshaft with Ken Clark, Jen Kearney and the Lost Onion, and others. Hosted by Holly Harris of "Blues on Sunday" on WBOS-FM, 92.9 FM. Rain date, Aug. 19. Also, as part of the festival, performances will be held at several local venues. Aug 16 at 7:30 p.m., the original members of the instrumental funk band Heavy Metal Horns will reunite for a special concert at Knights of Columbus Hall, 94 Washington Square. $15. bostonhorns.com. On Aug. 16, Patino Vasquez performs 9-11 p.m. at In a Pig's Eye, 148 Derby St. Aug. 17, Patino and Los Sugar Kings perform 9:30-11:30 p.m. at Edgewater Cafe, 155 Washington St., and Further from Zen and Swamptones will play 8-11 p.m. at Dodge Street Bar & Grill, 7 Dodge St. Aug. 18, Marty Rowen & Mike Mele play at Bangkok Paradise, 90 Washington St., 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Brother From Another Planet will be at Edgewater Cafe, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Headshaft plays at Dodge Street Bar & Grill, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; Tony Gallo performs 10 p.m.-midnight at Lyceum Bar & Grill, 43 Church St.; and Project 9 performs 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at Bay Bridge Restaurant, 29 Bridge St., Route 1A. Jazz Brunch, Aug. 19, 1-3 p.m. at In a Pig's Eye. salemjazzsoul.com.
Wakefield: Wakefield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a series of free Wednesday evening concerts in August. Concerts at 7 p.m. on Wakefield Common, Main and Common streets. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Aug. 22: True West plays country-western music. 781-245-0741, email@example.com, wakefieldma.org.
Saugus: The Department of Conservation and Recreation, the National Park Service, and the Saugus River Watershed Council will host the free program "Saugus River: Resource for the Past, Present and Future" on Aug. 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Breakheart Reservation Visitor's Center, 177 Forest St. Learn about the Saugus River's unique role in local and regional history, what's going on in the river today, and expectations for the future. Guest speakers, discussion, and light refreshments. RSVP, firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-233-5046.
Haverhill: Live music at the Peddler's Daughter, 45 Wingate St. Shows at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Tim Blaine; Friday, Aug. 17, EJ Ouellette & Crazy Maggy; Aug. 18, Double Shot. 978-372-9555, thepeddlersdaughter.com.
Manchester-by-the-Sea: The Landing at 7 Central. Friday and Saturday entertainment, 9 p.m.-midnight. Aug. 17, Janice & Will; Aug. 18, the Closers; Aug. 24, Nat Simpkins & Henri Smith; Aug. 25, Ric St. Germaine. Casual dress. No cover charge. 978-526-7494.
Marblehead: Landing Restaurant & Pub, 81 Front St. Weekend entertainment in the pub from 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16, MERJ; Aug. 17, Yukon Cornelius; Aug. 18, Larry & the Blues Casters; Aug. 23, Code 51; Aug. 24, Acoustic Alligators; Aug. 25, the Groove Cats; Aug. 30, Chad Hollister; Aug. 31, the Zacklys; Sept. 1, the Groove Cats. Casual dress. No cover charge. 781-639-1266.
Beverly: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, presents musical "The Three Musketeers" Aug. 21 through Sept. 9. Performances Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., matinees Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., ASL interpretation on Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. $75-$40. Related free events: Aug. 28 and 29, Meet the Theatre after the 7:30 p.m. performance, audience discussion with the artists; Sept. 2, Spotlight on History, a free preshow discussion focusing on historical issues related to the performance; Sept. 6, Out at the North Shore, an evening for the gay and lesbian community with a post-show reception; Sept. 8, Meet the Theatre after the 2 p.m. performance, audience discussion with the artists. nsmt.org, 978-232-7200.
Beverly: Monet's Garden Art Cafe, in the Red Brick Art Center, 95 Rantoul St., hosts a Thursday night "Garden Party" series featuring storytellers, musicians, filmmakers, writers, poets, and playwrights. Storyteller Judith Black headlines the series with performances of "That Faded Scent" Aug. 16 and Sept. 6 and "North Shore Stories" Aug. 30. Dessert buffet is $8.95. For tickets, 978-927-9270, monetsgardenartcafe.com.
Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., presents "The Widow's Blind Date" by Israel Horovitz, through Sept. 2. Set in Wakefield, a seemingly lighthearted reunion of three former high school classmates moves on to a stunning conclusion. $35, seniors and students $30. 978-281-4433, gloucesterstage.org.
Gloucester: The world premiere of "The Souls of the Sea," a musical about the 10,000 lost fishermen of Gloucester, is on stage through Aug. 19 at Gloucester High School Theatre, 32 Leslie O. Johnson Road. Performances at 7:30 p.m. Written by Gloucester poet/songwriter Frank Tedesco, directed by Theatre In the Pines founder Nan Webber and with music by Allen Estes, "The Souls of the Sea" features nearly two dozen actors, designers, and craftspeople from Cape Ann. $20, students and seniors $15. Tickets at thesoulsofthesea.com and at many locations in Gloucester and Rockport, and at the door starting at 6 p.m. on night of performances; 25 percent of proceeds will benefit the Gloucester High School theater program. 978-283-1601, 978-546-6575.
Lynn: Mass Theatrica holds its summer concert series in the Neal Rantoul Vault Theatre at LynnArts, 25 Exchange St. Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m., Opera Scenes and Arias. $15, seniors and students $13, children 12 and younger $8. 508-757-8515, email@example.com, masstheatrica.org.
Newburyport: Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, presents "Greater Tuna," a comedy about the third-smallest town in Texas, where the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies, through Aug. 19. Shows Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. $17, $18 and $20. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.
Salem: Theatre of Light presents the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown," with actors ages 10-17 from several North Shore communities. Performances Aug. 16 at 3 and 7 p.m. and Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. A dinner theater performance will be held Aug. 18 at 6 p.m. All performances at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 24 St. Peter St. Reservations recommended; tickets also at the door. $10, children $5. Dinner theater $20, children $10. 978-210-9818.
Winthrop: Winthrop Playmakers present "A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber," Aug. 17 and 18 at Winthrop Playhouse, Hermon Street. The "Music of the Night" revue features selections from "Cats," "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Aspects of Love," "Starlight Express," "Sunset Boulevard," "Song & Dance," "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," and "Phantom of the Opera." $16, students and seniors $13. This is a fund-raiser to replace the roof of Winthrop Playhouse. 617-539-1175, winthropplaymakers.com.
Exeter: Original handmade contemporary furniture and lathe-turned bowls by John McAlevey are featured during August at Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. 603-778-8282.
Portsmouth: Gallery 280 at Children's Museum of Portsmouth, 280 Marcy St., celebrates the wonder and diversity of the animal kingdom with the "Animals in Art" exhibition through Sept. 2; featuring drawings, paintings, fabric art, photography, and Chinese brushwork by Seacoast artists. Free admission to Gallery 280. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Admission to the museum: $6, seniors $5. 603-436-3853, childrens-museum.org.
Portsmouth: See the restoration of the interior of the Music Hall and dance to Miami-based Latin band Tiempo Libre at the theater's opening gala on Sept. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m.; for ages 21 and older. $50. Proceeds benefit the Music Hall's Community Outreach Program. Held at the Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St. themusichall.org, 603-436-2400.
Portsmouth: Children's Museum of Portsmouth, 280 Marcy St., offers science workshops for children. Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., the scientist-led workshop "Polymers All Around Us" includes demonstrations and activities that explore the properties of common polymers used in everyday life. Appropriate for school-aged children; younger children welcome if supervised by an adult. Workshops included in the cost of admission. No reservations required. 603-436-3853, childrens-museum.org.
Portsmouth: Riverrun Bookstore, 20 Congress St., hosts a book signing by Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Free. 603-431-2100.
Stratham: Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Ave., will host a discussion on "The Culture and History of Turkey" with Tamer Teoman, Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. Teoman, visiting from Turkey, will discuss his country's culture, archeology, Islam, and more. Free. 603-772-4346.