North Shore Picks of the Weekend 2/3-2/6

Before I get to my food and cultural picks for the weekend of February 2-6, I want to report on my test batch of Alice’s Tea Cup chewy molasses cookies.  Very delicious!  One successful recipe won’t guarantee that all the recipes will work, but it certainly prompts me to want to try more.  Flavorful and chewy, these were easy to make and perfect with a glass of cold milk (or tea, if you – like me – are not the milk drinking type).

The recipe calls for scooping the cookie dough with a standard size ice cream scoop for 10 – 12 giant cookies.  I’m not a giant cookie person either, and using the smaller of my two scoops, I got 28 2 1/2-inch cookies – not exactly tiny either.

On to the weekend’s picks.

I’ve included a few events that call for a trip up the north shore into Portsmouth, NH for local people looking to get a little further afield.  There’s so much going on!  Check these out:

THE MUSIC HALL, Portsmouth, NH

Writers on a New England Stage: Elizabeth Gilbert

Tonight, author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) reads from and discusses her most recent book, Committed, the follow up to her runaway best seller. The New York Times has called Committed, a story of love and marriage in the real world, both ‘entertaining and illuminating.’

The event takes place tonight, February 3, at 8:00 pm.  The Music Hall is located at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, NH.  Tickets cost $13 and $11, and you may obtain them by calling the Box Office at 603-436-2400.

Click here for more information.


Art  ’Round Town

Seven art galleries, representing the spectrum of representational art in the Seacoast, are located less than a few hundred yards from Portsmouth’s city center.

On the first Friday of every month, they host openings for new shows of contemporary art, historic works, limited edition prints, fine art photography, painting and sculpture.

The art stroll takes place on Friday, February 4, from 5 pm – 8 pm.  Admission is free.  For more information about the participating galleries, click here.


Monthly Wine Dinner

This month’s courses include Oyster Mushroom and Rabbit Gumbo, Pistachio Crusted Venison Loin, Espresso Braised Lamb Shank, and a dessert of Death By Chocolate.  All courses are paired with wine or fortified wine, and the meal costs $65 per person.  For hours and reservations, call the sports park at 978-388-5788.  Or, tickets are available online here.


Friday Dinner at Chez Bouchon

If you’re looking for a unique night of dining, and the above Amesbury Sports Park menu is not a match, why not try dinner at Chez Boucher Cooking School?  On most Fridays at 6:30 pm, Chez Boucher offers a 4-course seasonal dinner at its bistro, Chez Bouchon for $45.00 per person.

Menus feature traditional old world recipes recreated to highlight fresh native seasonal foods.  This Friday, enjoy White Bean Soup with Wilted Arugula, golden beet ravioli with goat’s ricotta and frisee, bourbon mustard glazed salmon, and caramel cake with warm apple dice.

Reserve here, or call Chez Boucher for more information at 603-926-2202.

THE MUSIC HALL, Portsmouth, NH

National Theatre of London’s King Lear in HD

On Saturday, February 5, straight from the National Theatre of London comes this HD broadcast of King Lear starring RSC and British stage legend, Derek Jacobi.  The Times of London gives King Lear five stars and describes the performance of multiple Emmy and Tony recipient as, “Jacobi’s Triumph. He made the familiar lines new and shook the heart.”

The Music Hall often broadcasts world-renowned theatre and opera, so if a show doesn’t fit into this weekend’s schedule, keep checking the events calendar.

Showtime is 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.  Tickets to the showing of King Lear are $27.50, and $15.00 for students.  Call 603-436-2400 for information, or click here for online ticketing.

The rest of the crew all have some great ideas for you too!

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

Lighter and Local’s Kimmy Bingham has some excellent selections here.

North Shore Kid: Weekend Picks

The Two Palaverers recommend all of these wonderful events.