Comprehensive listings for galleries, plays, music, and other happenings in the area.
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Danvers: An exhibit of watercolors by Danvers artist Sally Rothman is at Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., through Sept. 24. Viewing by appointment and on Sundays during the service, 10 a.m.-noon, starting Sept. 9. 978-774-7582.
Gloucester: North Shore Arts Association, 11 Pirates Lane, celebrates its 85th anniversary with the "Past & Present" exhibition, through Oct. 28. Paintings and sculpture from early and founding members are displayed alongside work by current artist members. In conjunction with this show, the association is publishing a catalog with a history of the organization and color plates of works by early members. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 978-283-1857, northshoreartsassoc.org.
Gloucester: An exhibit and art sale to benefit Annisquam Village Association will be held Sept. 1-3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Annisquam Village Hall, Leonard Street. Featured artists include Walter Dean, Ken Gore, Robert Gruppe, Joseph Kaknes, James Kerr, Maria Lizst, and Wayne Morrell. 978-281-0680.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-281-0470.
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 Historical 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: Paintings by Mary Weatherall and Michele Kenna are featured at The River Gallery, 4 Market St., Sept. 6-Oct. 7. Reception Sept. 7, 5-8 p.m. Fifteen additional artists will also exhibit their paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-blown glass, hand-carved birds, and ceramics. 978-356-1559, rivergalleryipswich.com.
Malden: Window Arts Malden 2007, a juried art exhibit, will display the work of 30 local artists in downtown storefronts Sept. 6-30. Take a self-guided tour to see drawings, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, quilts, glasswork, video, and site-specific installations. Maps available at Malden City Hall, Hugh O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant, MATV, Malden Public Library, and Malden YMCA. Opening celebration Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Malden Government Center Plaza with music and dance performances, crowning of Ms./Mr. Malden Arts, an "Artist's Eye" treasure hunt for children, and opportunities to meet the artists. Free. maldenarts.com, email@example.com, 781-330-9053.
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.; 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, contact Judy.Gruelich@comcast.net, 781-245-2337.
Marblehead: Marblehead Arts Association, 8 Hooper St., presents "A Realist's Perspective" paintings and drawings by Peter Meehan, and "Works by Katarzyna Mirowska," oil paintings and mixed media, Sept. 1-30. Reception Sept. 9, 2-4 p.m. 781-631-2608, marbleheadarts.org.
Marblehead: Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Carol Dearborn will be the featured artist in the Virginia Carten Gallery Sept. 4-30. Reception Sept. 22, 2-4 p.m. 781-631-1481, abbotlibrary.org.
Marblehead: Fourteen artists will exhibit their work, Sept. 1 and 2, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on the lawn of 280 Ocean Ave. on Marblehead Neck. Rain date Sept. 3. The exhibit "Evolutions '07" includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, photographs, etchings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. Also, live music by New Hampshire singer and songwriter Ted Sink. Saturday at 2 p.m., "The Wake-up Caller," a Tribeca Film Festival short film will be shown, and Sunday at 2 p.m., "What Does Your Soul Say?," a documentary examining the wellsprings of spirituality, will be screened. northshoreartists.org.
Newburyport: At Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water St., the Fall Members' Juried Show Part I continues through Sept. 16. "Wild Thing: Wildlife Photography to Make the Heart Sing," by Richard Seeley, through Sept. 5, in Hills Gallery. Reception Aug. 31, 7-9 p.m. Open Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free. 978-465-8769, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newburyport: Photographs by Eva Timothy, owner of Illumea Photography in Newburyport, are displayed at Firehouse Center for the Arts, second-floor gallery, 1 Market Square, through Sept. 3.
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. The Fourth Summer Show, with painting, graphics, sculpture, and the Fourth Summer Photography Show, through Sept. 27. Artist members give demonstrations in the Hibbard Gallery at 7:30 p.m. $5. 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: A solo exhibit of abstractions of contemporary photographs and news media by Martin Brief will be displayed Sept. 4-20 in Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center at Salem State College, 352 Lafayette St. Reception Sept. 11, 2 p.m. Free. salemstate.edu/arts.
Salem: Salem artists show their work in the "Salem by Salem" art exhibition, Sept. 14-16 at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square. Opening reception Sept. 14, 7-9 p.m. Open Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sept. 16, noon-4 p.m. Free. 978-745-4850, salemartsassociation.org.
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.
Swampscott: Acrylic paintings by Francesca Bastarache are displayed at Sovereign Bank, Vinnin Square, through Oct. 31. fineartbyfrancesca.com, 781-842-4951.
Salem: Salem artist Paula Beaulieu is exhibiting her work at New Civilitea, 318 Derby St., through Sept. 16.
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.
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.
Marblehead: Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor's "Autumn Palette Art Auction" will honor the memory of artist Bunny Hannaway Sept. 16 at Tedesco Country Club. Art preview at 5:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar 6-7 p.m. Live auction at 7 p.m. Proceeds will fund The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor's scholarships and philanthropic projects. $20; two tickets for $35. Tickets at Arnould Gallery & Framery, 111 Washington St.; The Garden Collection, 155 Washington St.; and Marblehead Reporter, 122 Washington St. Tickets also at the door. 781-639-0624 or email@example.com, or 978-741-0033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockport: Auction 2007, the annual goods and services auction sponsored by the Rockport Chamber of Commerce, will be held Sept. 14 at Rockport Art Association, 12 Main St. Auction preview and silent auction 5:30-7 p.m., live auction 7:15 p.m. Auction items online at rockportusa.com/auction. To reserve a table, donate a good or service, or make a financial contribution, call 978-546-6575.
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., 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.
Lynn: Follow Hymn Interfaith Choir, a North Shore-based community chorus, will hold auditions Sept. 4, 6-9 p.m., at Lynn Arts Inc., 25 Exchange St. The choir is an interfaith, multicultural performance organization, offered by Follow Hymn Interfaith Music Ministries, Inc. (followhymn.org). It is committed to using the power of music through song, movement, and spoken word as a tool to bridge cultural gaps and provide greater understanding and awareness of all people. Repertoire is sung in English, Hebrew, Spanish, and Swahili. Singers with choral experience, ages 18 and older, are invited to audition. Sight-reading skills are helpful but not required. Rehearsals Mondays, 7-9 p.m. For appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-953-1849.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Salisbury: Sparhawk School's new youth choral ensemble, the Sparhawk Regional Youth Chorale, will hold open auditions for ages 11-18 from all area schools Sept.10, 3:45-6:45 p.m., in Choral Room (1B) at Sparhawk School Upper Campus, 18 Maple St. Auditioners will sing the National
Ipswich: Chorus North Shore invites new members to perform Handel's "Messiah" in the Dec. 8 and 9 holiday concerts. Rehearsals, Mondays, 7:30 p.m., in the Choral Room of Ipswich High School, 134 High St., beginning Sept. 10. No auditions required. chorusnorthshore.org, email@example.com, 978-356-3807.
Newburyport: Candlelight Chorale, a nonsectarian chamber choir, welcomes singers to participate in its Oct. 28 performance of music by Johann Sebastian Bach, accompanied by a chamber orchestra with festival trumpets. Rehearsals, Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 p.m., beginning Sept. 6 and mornings of Oct. 20 and 27. Rehearsals in the choir room at First Religious Society, Unitarian Universalist. Fee $20. Contact the music director/conductor at 978-372-0606, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salem: The Paul Madore Chorale will hold auditions for new members, Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 7:15 p.m. at Tabernacle Church, Federal Street. Music provided or bring your own. 781-631-2185.
Swampscott: The Concert Singers of Greater Lynn hold rehearsals for holiday music Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Unitarian-Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave. Sept. 4, 11 and 18 are open rehearsals; try out the music with no obligation. 978-744-4787 or 781-592-8839. Cost of music and dues are modest.
Wakefield: Wakefield Choral Society begins rehearsals Sept. 10, 7 p.m. in the music room at Wakefield High School. New members welcome. Open to all ability levels. Open rehearsals Sept. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1 for newcomers to decide if they want to join. Membership fee $50 for the season, $100 for the year. wakefieldchoralsociety.org, 781-246-6444.
Salem: Ensemble Tre's will perform "Hark How the Songsters, Baroque Music of England," Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m., at House of the Seven Gables Visitor Center, 115 Derby St. An evening of music and song followed by a cocktail and dessert reception. Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo soprano, and Jayne West, soprano, will perform duos and solos by Purcell and Handel. Michael Beattie, harpsichord; Lisa Brooke, Baroque violin; and Daniel Rowe, Baroque cello, provide instrumental sonatas and collaboration. $45. Reservations suggested. 978-744-0991, ext. 126, or email@example.com. 7gables.org.
Wenham: Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, with flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert, will open the Thompson Chamber Music Series at Gordon College with a Gala Vocal Chamber Concert, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. at Gordon College, Phillips Music Center, Phillips Recital Hall, 255 Grapevine Road. $21, seniors and children $16. 978-867-4273.
Gloucester: Gloucester Rotary Club sponsors a Comedy Night, Aug. 30, 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester, Rowe Square, featuring Paul D'Angelo, Tony V., Dave Rattigan, and Amy Tee. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25. Proceeds benefit Rotary projects. 978-283-8600.
Haverhill: Haverhill Cultural Council and Haverhill Council on Aging sponsor an Autumn Dance Sept. 28 at Haverhill Country Club. Cocktail hour with live piano music 6:30-7:30 p.m. Complimentary ballroom dance lesson 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance to music by Ted Wirt's seven-piece orchestra 7:30-11 p.m. $20 includes hors d'oeuvres, coffee, and dessert. Cash bar. Raffle and door prizes. 978-374-2390.
Regional: The sixth annual Trails & Sails: A Weekend of Walks and Water will be held Sept. 28-30 throughout Essex County. Discover the seaside villages, towns, cities, farms, and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. More than 150 free events will be held at nearly 90 locations. Many of the events focus on three themes: The Great Marsh, Farms and Agriculture, and First Period Architecture. Presented by the Essex National Heritage Commission. Complete schedule of events at essexheritage.org or 978-740-0004.
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.
Gloucester: Rocky Neck Art Colony, on Rocky Neck Avenue, East Gloucester, hosts a night of gallery receptions and entertainment during "Nights on the Neck" Sept. 6, 5-9 p.m. Dance performance by Sarah Slifer; music by the Willow Flute Ensemble, The Leftist Marching Band, and Three Sheets to the Wind; Chester Brigham will discuss his new book, "Gloucester's Bargain with the Sea." Complete schedule will be posted at Rocky Neck Avenue parking lot.
Gloucester: The schooner Thomas E. Lannon will host a Welcome the Bluenose sail on Aug. 31, noon-2:15 p.m., departing from Seven Seas Wharf at Gloucester House Restaurant, Route 127. The Lannon will sail out to greet the Schooner Bluenose II and return in its company to the Inner Harbor. $50. Reservations suggested. The Bluenose II, a reproduction of Nova Scotia's famous fishing schooner, will be berthed at Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center, 23 Harbor Loop, during the Gloucester Schooner Festival. schooner.org, 978-281-6634.
Hamilton: The 107th annual Myopia Horse Show will be held Sept. 2 and 3 at the schooling field on Bay Road, across from the Myopia Hunt Club polo fields. The Master of Foxhounds Sporting Art Exhibit is held both days under the Patrons' Tent. Family Day, Sept. 2, offers children's classes and horseback games and sporting hunter competition.Tailgate picnicking is encouraged, with prizes awarded to the best picnic. Sept. 3 show jumpers compete in Stakes classes including the $5,000 Mini Prix. Denise Hopkins presents a Trickster Horse act mid-day. Derby Cross races will be held in the afternoon. Partial proceeds donated to Essex County Trail Association, Trustees of Reservations, Essex County Greenbelt Association, and Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation Inc. Portions of the Schooling Field are uneven ground, but it is generally wheelchair-accessible. Free. myopiahunt.com, 978-468-6146.
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. 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. 978-283-7708.
Marblehead: The Marblehead Peace Committee hosts an evening of song, meditation, speakers, film, refreshments, and information about the Department of Peace Sept. 11, 7 p.m., in the Meeting Room at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St. Free. 781-631-1481, abbotlibrary.org.
Ipswich: Ipswich Rotary Club presents a Family Day of Horse Play Sept. 9, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Bird Field, 55 Waldenfield Road, with pony rides, hay rides, women's polo games, face painting and martial arts. $10, students and seniors $5. All proceeds benefit Rotary International Humanitarian Projects. ipswichrotary.org, 978-372-1106.
Essex: Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum hosts a day of family fun, food, and music during the eighth annual Essex River BasinFest Sept. 15 on the grounds of the historic A. D. Story shipyard at 66 Main St., Route 133. Children may race boats built from apples on the Essex River and participate in other adventures. Teams design and build full-sized boats against the clock and race them down river in the Boat-O-Matic instant boat building contest. Also face painting and live music. Rain date, Sept. 16. Proceeds benefit the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. 978-768-7541, essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.
Gloucester: The Gloucester Schooner Festival will take place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2, with sailing races and shoreside events. Participating vessels range from 19 feet to more than 125 feet in length. Events on Saturday include Gloucester Maritime Heritage Day actitivies, dory races, the lighted boat parade, and a gala fireworks display over Gloucester Harbor. Sunday morning, a grand Parade of Sail passes the Boulevard promenade (Stacy Boulevard, Route 127) as more than a dozen large schooners head out to sea for the Mayor's Race. 978-283-1601, capeannvacations.com/schooner.
Newburyport: Be entertained by musicians, clowns, jugglers and magicians during The Newburyport Buskers Festival Sept. 2 and 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown. 978-462-6680, newburyportchamber.org.
Peabody: The annual International Festival on Sept. 9, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., celebrates the cultural diversity of the city of Peabody and features more than 70 booths by local organizations, churches, and groups. Continuous entertainment on two stages includes Grupo Fantasia playing music from Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico; Sabor Picante, a Cuban-Dominican group with a jazz twist; Crystal Panjammers, a youth steel drum band; the Brian Maes Band; Fortune, Rumbafrica; the Armenian Folk Dance Company; Banda Recreativa; and the Musical Mavans. Held on Lowell Street between Central and Sawyer streets. For children, moon bounces, face painting, and balloon artists at Leather Common. The Artists Galleria will display works by 50 local artists. Rain date Sept. 16. Free. Shuttle buses provide free transportation from Higgins Middle School and Northshore Mall parking lot. 978-538-5702.
Topsfield: 19th annual Intertribal Pow-Wow and Native American Crafts Festival Sept. 8 and 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Plug Pond, Mill Street. Performance by The Wolf Cry Singers, an intertribal women's hand drum group. Also, Native American drumming and singing, storytelling, dancing, craftmaking, Iroquois songs, and social dances by Dave Little Tree, educational presentation, and visits inside a wickiup and a tipi. Information, resource, and membership tables. Traditional Native food. $4, seniors $3, ages 4-12 $2, ages 3 and younger, free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. 617-884-4227, firstname.lastname@example.org, mcnaa.org.
Chelsea: The fourth annual Taste of Chelsea, sponsored by Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and HarborCOV, Sept. 10, 5-8 p.m. at Massport Facility, 62 Broadway. Food, live music, raffles and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit HarborCOV, a community organization working to end domestic violence. $35 at the door; $30 in advance; $25 for 10 or more. 617-884-9799.
Haverhill: Rebuilding Together Greater Haverhill Inc. (formerly Christmas in April), a nonprofit organization providing free home repairs and handicapped modifications to income-eligible homeowners, will hold its fourth annual "Glow" Golf Tournament at Garrison Murphy's Par-3 Golf Course Sept. 21 beginning at dusk. Also, a raffle and auction. $40 per golfer, includes pizza and dessert. $10 for pizza and auction only. The course provides golfers with golf balls illuminated with glow sticks. Bring a flashlight. Enter individually or as a team. email@example.com, 978-469-0800.
Melrose: Sept. 15, 7-10 p.m., the benefit concert, "Helping Our Neighbors," will raise money for Bread of Life, a Malden-based volunteer organization that provides food for the needy. Six local acoustic acts are featured, plus a special children's show, at Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short St. Performances: 6:30 p.m., Children's show with Jeannie Mack; 7:15 p.m., Steve and Carol Gyurina; 7:45 p.m., Harry Hussey; 8:15 p.m., Howie Newman; 8:45 p.m., Maria McNeil; 9:15 p.m., James Cintolo; and 9:45 p.m, Janet Feld. Tickets are $6 or $5 with the donation of a canned food item. Admission to the children's show at 6:30 p.m. is $6 per family. Those attending the children's show are welcome to stay for the remainder of the evening. firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-662-2616.
Salem: An evening with Salem native Jack Welch, named CEO of the Century by Fortune magazine, will benefit The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. A question-and-answer session with Welch, the former
Wakefield: Dancing with the Stars of BKP, a dinner and dance to support small libraries in the Philippines, will be held 7 p.m.-midnight Sept. 15 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
Gloucester: "Innovative Living in a Timber Frame Home: A Gloucester Showhouse" is presented by Yankee Magazine, Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 7-30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy house tours, seminars, demonstrations and samplings at this 3,500 sq. ft. home in the Magnolia section of Gloucester. All tour ticket proceeds benefit the Open Door/Cape Ann Food
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 accessible to the handicapped. 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, archeology, 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.
Nahant: Nahant Garden Club presents a tour of 13 Nahant gardens, a fund-raiser for civic beautification, Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sept. 16, 1-4 p.m. $20. Advance ticket purchase only. Tickets can be used both days. 781-581-0736.
Newburyport: Author Joseph Finder will read from his latest thriller, "Power Play," Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at Jabberwocky BookShop, 50 Water St., Tannery Mill No. 1. Free. 978-465-9359, jabberwocky.booksense.com.
Peabody: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 210 Andover St. (behind NorthShore Mall). Sept. 8 at 1 p.m., reading and signing by Jo Kadlecek, author of "A Mile From Sunday" and "Quarter after Tuesday." Sept. 8, 2 p.m., Tony Toledo, master storyteller, tells some hair-raising Ghost Stories. Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Masha Hamilton will will read from her book, "The Camel Bookmobile." Sept. 8 at 4 p.m, Professor Jonathan Dark presents his "Great American Street Organ Magic Show." Free. bn.com, 978-573-3268.
Rockport: Eric Jay Dolin will show slides and discuss his new book, "Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America," Sept. 5, 7 p.m., at Rockport Public Library, 17 School St. Free. Co-sponsored by Toad Hall Bookstore. 978-546-7323.
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.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). 978-283-0455. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. $6.50; seniors $6, students $4.50. capeannhistoricalmuseum.org.
Marblehead: GAR Meeting Room & Civil War Museum, second floor, Old Town House at Market Square, will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15, and Nov. 11. Free. The GAR, or Grand Army of the Republic, was a Civil War veterans organization founded to provide support for soldiers and their families. The GAR 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.
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. $5. Judy Anderson leads a walking tour of Marblehead sites associated with General John Glover and the home front during the Revolutionary War., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, rain or shine. $15. Meet at Jeremiah Lee Mansion, 161 Washington St., for tours.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. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission $5, seniors and students $4.50. 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.
Peabody: Local historian Ted Quinn will discuss his first published work on the history of Peabody firefighters Sept. 13, noon-1 p.m., at George Peabody House Museum, 205 Washington St. The talk will be complemented by historical photographs and artifacts from the museum's collection. Bring your own brown bag lunch; light refreshments served. Free. 978-531-0355, georgepeabodyhousemuseum.org.
Salem: In March 2007, the federal government designated The House of the Seven Gables nationally significant in the areas of historic preservation and architecture. In honor of becoming a National Historic Landmark District, The House of the Seven Gables will host a Preservation Lecture Series and a celebration party. On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., the first lecture in the series provides an overview of the evolution of the preservation movement and changing philosophies. Free. The Gables' Landmark Celebration will be held Sept. 23, 4-6 p.m. Join some surprise guests and dignitaries in a sunset toast on the seaside lawn. Tour The Gables. Also, music, hors d'oeuvres and open bar. $50. Advance reservation required for the party. Held at the Visitor Center, 115 Derby St. 978-744-0991, 7gables.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.
Amesbury: Live music, Sundays, noon-3 p.m., at Powow River Grille, 33 Main St. Sept. 2, Danny Harrington; Sept. 9, Steve Wark Duo; Sept. 16, Dan Stevens; Sept. 23 and 30, Danny Harrington. 978-388-2300, powowrivergrille.com.
Gloucester: The schooner Thomas E. Lannon hosts a music sail with local musicians performing acoustic bluegrass, Celtic, folk music, and sea chanteys as the schooner sails around Gloucester harbor Sept. 3, 1-3:30 p.m. Depart from Seven Seas Wharf at Gloucester House Restaurant, Route 127. $45, seniors $40, children $35. schooner.org, 978-281-6634.
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. Aug. 30, Orville Giddings Band, boogie blues. Concerts canceled in severe weather. Call 978-921-1944, ext. 4028, for last-minute update.
Newburyport: Firehouse Center for the Arts, 1 Market Square, presents Tom Rush, Sept. 2 and 3, 7 p.m. $32. Sonya Kitchell, singer and songwriter, will perform Sept. 14, 8 p.m. $25. 978-462-7336, firehouse.org.
Topsfield: Sept. 9 at 2 p.m., bass and banjo player Dave Hollander will be joined by Flynn Cohen, guitar and vocals; Frank Drake on the bass; Joe Walsh playing the mandolin; and Nicki Singleton, fiddle and vocals, in a free open-air concert of bluegrass music to kick off the Gould Fund Music Series at Topsfield Library, 1 South Common St. If it rains the concert will move indoors. South Common Street will be blocked off to make seating room for listeners. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic. 978-887-1528.
Newburyport: Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, a natural history education and visitor center, offers exhibits, nature programs, lectures and classes for all ages. Nature photographer Paul Kaplan presents the lecture, "Botswana's Unspoiled Wilderness," Sept. 5, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $4.Open Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 978-462-9998, massaudubon.org/joppaflats.
Newburyport: Bring the family to "GO FISH! Kids Fishing Day" Sept. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, 6 Plum Island Turnpike. Staff and volunteers from the Refuge and the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association will show how to cast and fish along the refuge beach. Refreshments and goodie bags available. Free. No registration required. Rain date, Sept. 9. 978-465-5753, http://parkerriver.fws.gov.
Gloucester: Rhumb Line, 40 Railroad Ave. Open Jamm on Mondays. Open Mike with Fly Amero, Wednesdays. Dave Sag's Blues Party on Thursdays. Aug. 31, Jamm Down. 978-283-9732.
Haverhill: Live music at the Peddler's Daughter, 45 Wingate St. Shows at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Celtic Clan; Sept. 1, Mike Barrett; Sept.6, Double Shot; Sept.7, Conor; Sept.8, Revels Glen. No cover charge. 978-372-9555, thepeddlersdaughter.com.
Marblehead: Landing Restaurant & Pub, 81 Front St. Weekend entertainment in the pub from 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30, Chad Hollister; Aug. 31, the Zacklys; Sept. 1, the Groove Cats. Casual dress. No cover charge. 781-639-1266.
Beverly: Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company opens its autumn season Sept. 16, 3 p.m., at Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, 286 Cabot St. $20; ages 11 and younger $12. 978-927-3677, legranddavid.com.
Beverly: North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, presents musical "The Three Musketeers" 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: 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. Shows at 8 p.m. Storyteller Judith Black performs "That Faded Scent" Sept. 6. Dessert buffet is $8.95. For tickets, 978-927-9270, monetsgardenartcafe.com.
Danvers: The theatrical troupe Imaginary Beasts presents Moliere's 1660 farce, "The Imaginary Cuckold," Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St. $12. Reservations recommended. Rain or shine. 978-500-5553 or email@example.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: "Van Gogh: The Final Lesson," will be on stage Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at West End Theatre, 1 Washington St. In this one-man play, the artist recounts his life and the all-consuming passion that drove him to madness, while painting an original work of art. $20. Proceeds will benefit Annisquam Village Association. 978-281-0680.
Revere: Las Vegas performers The Edwards Twins perform the two-man revue "Celebrities on Stage," featuring impersonations of Billy Joel, Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Bette Midler, and Sonny & Cher, and other stars Sept. 7 at 8 p.m. at Showcase Cinemas Revere, 565 Squire Road. $35. Tickets at nationalamusements.com, at the box office, or 781-286-1660.
Salem: Salem State College professors Tom Luddy and David Allen George perform the roles of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer in a concert stage reading of "Boys of Autumn," the Bernard Sabath play in which the childhood friends reunite as men in their 60s, and reminisce.The concert reading is a performance with script in hand, with enhanced staging. On stage Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State College, 352 Lafayette St. Sponsored by the Center for Creative and Performing Arts. Free. 978-542-6290.
Durham: The Art Gallery, Paul Creative Arts Center, 30 College Road, at the University of New Hampshire, presents three new exhibitions Sept. 8-Oct. 17. Recent work by studio art faculty members Rebecca Litt (painting and drawing), Shiao-Ping Wang (painting and drawing), and Leah Woods (woodworking/furniture design) is presented in the Art Faculty Review. The League of N.H. Craftsmen 25th Biennial Members' Juried Exhibition showcases the artistry of League members. "Ceramics by Edwin and Mary Scheier: The Durham Years" focuses on the University's collection of works of Edwin and Mary Scheier, potters who were important figures in the early development of both the League of N.H. Craftsmen and the UNH Department of the Arts. A reception will be held Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m. Free. Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visitor parking in C Lot (across from the Mill Road Shopping Center) at $1 per hour. 603-862-3712, unh.edu/art-gallery.
Exeter: Exeter Fine Crafts, 61 Water St., features printmaker Mary Margaret Sweeney as September Artist of the Month. Sept. 15 between noon and 3 p.m. Sweeney will talk about creating her etchings. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 603-778-8282.
Portsmouth: New Hampshire Theatre Project will hold open auditions for its 2007-'08 professional season Sept. 5, 4-7 p.m. Prepare two contrasting monologues, two minutes total. Auditions at NHTP (WEST), 959 Islington St. All roles are compensated commensurate with experience. Some Equity guest contracts may be available. For appointment, contact Genevieve Aichele, artistic director, 603-431-6644, ext. 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portsmouth: "She %$#@-ing Hates Me" will be on stage Sept. 7 and 8, 8 p.m., at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, 125 Bow St. 603-433-4472.
Portsmouth: 18-year old Zach Tremblay, recently signed to Mill Town Records, celebrates the release of his debut album, "Hotel Cities," Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. at Riverrun Bookstore, 20 Congress St. Opening the show will be Roy Davis of Portland, Maine. Free. 603-431-2100, email@example.com.
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.