North Shore Picks of the Weekend, 1/28-1/30

I’ll be exploring a bit of the Boston music scene early on in the weekend, but can’t wait to get back and enjoy some of the arts in my own back yard.  There’s lots happening on the North Shore this weekend:


Winter Open Members’ Show

Watercolor, Pastel, Photography, Mixed Media,
Drawing & Digital Art

Dates: January 13 – February 20

*Note:  The NAA suffered some structural damage related to last week’s snow storm, but as of this writing, they expected to be back in operation on Thursday, January 20.  Please call before you visit to confirm they are open!

Click here for show information and gallery hours


Tryst by Karoline Leach

A riveting romantic thriller set in Edwardian London about a handsome con-man who marries simple, well-off women only to leave them inexplicably poor and husbandless the day after their honeymoons. Then one day his charms meet their match. Emotional and breathtaking, Tryst is a provocative and suspenseful drama of love and betrayal. (Contains Adult Content, Nudity)  Show runs from 1/6/2011 – 1/30/2011

Click here for dates and ticket purchasing information


The New Works Festival 2011

Fri-Sat, January 21-22 at 7:30pm
Fri-Sat, January 28-29 at 7:30pm

Since 2002 The Firehouse Center for the Arts and the New Works Festival have fostered the development of New England writers, directors, and actors.  Providing insight on the play writing process from conception to presentation, this festival allows us to share with the community a rare and special look at the abundant talent that surrounds us.  Submitted plays are judged by an independent panel of theater professionals in blind readings. This year’s panel consisted of seven members of the theatrical community.

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JABBERWOCKY BOOKSHOP, 50 Water Street (The Tannery), Newburyport

Semi-Annual Yellow Dot Sale

The Yellow Dot Sale continues through the weekend of January 28, 2011, and Jabberwocky Bookshop invites you to “come on by and take a look at the thousands of books we have on sale for our semi-annual yellow dot sale.  Books marked with a yellow dot are 40% off their regular price this Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday they are marked down 50% off.  A large selection of books are on sale from throughout the store, art, history, fiction, children’s and many more!”

For hours and information call 978-465-9359, or visit

PRIMAL POLYPHONY, The Actors Studio, 50 Water Street (The Tannery), Newburyport

The Renaissance a capella Vocal Trio

Visit the Actors Studio on Sunday, January 30 at 3 pm for an afternoon of a capella music.  The Renaissance a capella vocal trio includes Wilhelmina Bradley, soprano; Annie Philips, mezzo-soprano and Charles Bradley, tenor. They have performed throughout New England and the East Coast, from Boston to Philadelphia, New Hampshire to Vermont and western Massachusetts. The trio perform early European music.

Admission is $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.  Primal Polyphony will donate the entire proceeds from the concert back to the Actors Studio.  For tickets, call 978-465-1229.

LOBBY ART EXHIBIT, Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport

Spellman and Johnson, en plein air painters

A new artist exhibit opened Thursday, January 27 at Anna Jaques Hospital and runs through February 25.  Sponsored by the Aid Association, the display is in the lobby of the hospital and features the works of Susan Spellman of Newburyport and Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury. The two women are plein air painters and they have studied together under Kevin Shea, of Newburyport, and marine painter Donald Demers, of Maine.  The exhibit is a fundraiser for the hospital.  There is no admission, but all paintings are for sale.

MUSICIANS OF THE OLD POST ROAD, Unitarian Church, 26 Pleasant Street, Newburyport

Hidden Treasures from the German Baroque

Join the Musicians of the Old Post Road on Sunday, January 30, at 4 pm for an instrumental concert featuring music from the Baroque, Classical and early Romantic periods.  The group has toured in Germany, Austria and Mexico and has appeared at festivals and in concert series throughout the country.

Suggested donations are $15, $10 for seniors, children and students free. For more information, go to or call 978-465-0602, ext. 401.

And here are the weekend picks from my pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:

The Weekend Picks From the North Shore Bloggers Consortium Here-


Choices from all over New England at The Two Palaverers.


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Please welcome Kimmy Bingham and her picks from Newburyport here

Joey’s got all that’s going on in Gloucester over at Good Morning Gloucester.


North Shore Dish spices things up with their weekend picks here North Shore Dish

Check out what North Shore Kid recommends here.