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Save Our Church benefit

By Wendy Killeen
February 15, 2009
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An acoustic music festival featuring 11 acts is presented by the Linden Tree Coffeehouse in Wakefield on Feb. 28.

The Save Our Structure event benefits the Unitarian Universalist Church, home to the coffeehouse since 1985. The historic church, built in 1839, needs extensive renovations, which its members alone can't afford.

A range of musical styles will be presented throughout the day, including blues, bluegrass, traditional, and folk rock. Each act is donating its performance.

Acts include Danielle Miraglia; David Surrette and Susie Burke; Fishken and Groves; Jud Caswell; Folk Arts Quartet; Pine Hill Ramblers; Harvey Reid; Jason Spooner Trio; Paul Rishell and Annie Raines. Musical guest hosts are Gail Rundlett and Scott Alarik.

The festival runs from 2 to 11 p.m. A pasta dinner prepared by church members will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. for $6.

Tickets for attendance between 2 and 6:30 p.m. are $15; between 6 and 11 p.m., $20. Tickets to attend all day are $50 for reserved seating; $25 for general seating; $10 for under age 16. Snow date is March 1.

Call 781-246-2836 or visit

CLASSIC AND CURRENT CONCERT: The Essex Chamber Music Players present a concert of classic and contemporary works next Sunday, at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill.

Featuring pianist David Pihl, the concert presents music by Beethoven and Chopin, as well as the world premiere of a contemporary piece by composer Marc W. Rossi.

Pihl commissioned Rossi to compose the music, which is based on the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, an Indian philosopher.

Pihl is a cofounder of the Essex Chamber Music Players, which is in residence at Northern Essex.

The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. in the college's Technology Center. Tickets are $10; $5 for students; free for Northern Essex students with identification. They can be purchased at the door or online at

For more information on the players, call 978-470-1584 or visit

AUTHOR'S CORNER: Ruth Nemzoff, author of "Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Adult Relationships With Your Adult Children," speaks at The Peabody Institute Library in Peabody Feb. 23, 7 p.m. The book challenges the belief that parents must let go of their adult children and encourages dialogue between the generations. Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and an adjunct professor at Bentley College. She lectures on family dynamics. Nemzoff has a doctorate in social policy from Harvard University, served three terms in the New Hampshire Legislature, and is a former New Hampshire deputy commissioner of health and human services. She is the mother of four adult children.

Registration is required. Call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: "Mahjong," an exhibit of contemporary Chinese art from the Uli Sigg Collection, opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Saturday and runs through May 17. Comprising a range of media - including paintings, drawings, photographs, and video installations - the exhibit charts China's artistic transformation during the last 40 years. This is the only East Coast showing of the exhibit, which includes work by artists Liu Wei, Ai Weiwei, Yue Minjun, and Zhang Huan. . . . Oil paintings by Priscilla Serafin of Rowley are on exhibit at the YWCA Greater Newburyport through mid-March. The show focuses on her recent works of North Shore landscapes and figure studies. Serafin has a master of fine arts degree in graphic design from Yale University, where she focused on studio art. She built a graphic design business before returning to painting in 1996. Serafin also was an assistant professor at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly for five years.

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