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Musical mix in Lowell

Liz Gribin’s “A New Song’’ is among works on view in “Metaphors in Color’’ opening Saturday in Newburyport. Liz Gribin’s “A New Song’’ is among works on view in “Metaphors in Color’’ opening Saturday in Newburyport.
By Wendy Killeen
July 19, 2009
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The 2009 Lowell Folk Festival, a weekend of music, dance, ethnic foods, and arts and crafts, is Friday through next Sunday.

Performances, ranging from traditional folk to honky-tonk, polka, jazz, gospel, and blues, take place on six stages throughout downtown Lowell.

The music is geared for all ages and there’s a family activities area. American and ethnic foods from around the world are prepared and offered by nonprofit Lowell-area cultural organizations.

Traditional crafters along Lucy Larcom Park display their wares on the theme “Keepers of the Tradition: Folk Art and Heritage in Massachusetts.’’

After hosting the National Folk Festival in Lowell from 1987 to 1989, the producing partners and community wanted to continue the excitement and began the Lowell Folk Festival in 1990.

Each year, the producing partners - the city of Lowell, the Lowell Festival Foundation, Lowell National Historical Park, and National Council for the Traditional Arts - present the festival the last full weekend in July.

This year’s event kicks off with a downtown parade at 6:45 p.m., followed by concerts at the Boarding House Park stage and Dutton Street Dance Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Performances Saturday are from noon to 6 p.m. on six stages; 7-10 p.m. on two stages; and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. on six stages.

Admission is free. Visit

ART BY THE SEA: Manchester-by-the-Sea comes alive Saturday with the second annual Manchester Arts Festival.

The daylong event includes about 100 juried artists and artisans exhibiting and selling their work; a plein air painting competition; children’s activities coordinated by the Cape Ann Museum; bands; and roving musicians.

Festival activities take place throughout downtown and Masconomo Park.

Cofounders and cochairs of the festival are Chuck Hayback, owner of Nor’east Frameworks, and artist Joan van Roden White of Beach Street Studios, both in Manchester.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rain date is next Sunday. Admission is free. Transportation by train is recommended, as downtown parking is limited.

A CHANCE TO SING ALONG: The Paul Madore Chorale in Salem invites singers to join the chorale, professional soloists, and volunteer orchestra for the 21st Summersing.

The program started July 13 and continues at 8 p.m. the next seven Mondays at Old Town Hall in Salem. Singers can borrow chorale scores for the night.

Admission to concerts is $8; $6 for students and senior citizens. For a schedule and more information, call 781-631-2185 or visit

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Rebecca Horan discusses her book, “Once Upon a Farm: A Fairly True Tale,’’ at Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, N.H., at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The semi-autographical novel is about a woman’s foray into farming and raising livestock. . . . Hobson Woodward talks about his new book, “A Brave Vessel: The True Tale of the Castaways who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare’s `The Tempest,’ ’’ at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport at 7 p.m. Friday. . . . Comedy writer Steve Hely signs copies of his first novel, “How I Became a Famous Novelist,’’ at The Book Rack in Newburyport at 7 p.m. Saturday. The book is a humorous exploration of the quest to write the great American novel.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Pablo Picasso Lithographs: Portraits Imaginaires,’’ is on view at Endicott College in Beverly through Aug. 21. A public reception is scheduled 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Picasso created the imaginary portraits using sheets of cardboard and paper and shipping materials from newly delivered art supplies in 1969, when he was 87. He teamed with Marcel Salinas to produce the lithograph versions of the “Portraits Imaginaires.’’. . . The Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell presents the fourth annual Art in the Courtyard event Friday through next Sunday. The exhibit and sale features art and fine crafts by more than 20 artists. It takes place in the courtyard between the National Historical Park Visitor Center and the Brush Art Gallery. . . . “Metaphors in Color,’’ featuring the art of Beatrice Dauge, Ira Barkoff, and Liz Gribin, opens at The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through Sept. 12.

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