Well I’m sure they sometimes do, but on my morning walks along East Main Street and Eastern Point I quite often see coyote poop in the middle of the road. I always wonder what that is about. I agree that most wild animals do their doo in the woods, which is natural for them to do. Does anyone have any thoughts on why the coyotes seem to prefer the middle of the road? I think they do it to spite us – sort of a coyote’s way of saying: “FU humans for taking over and destroying my habitat and then trying to run me away when I eat your tasty little cats and dogs that you leave out unattended as easy prey.” Or maybe they’re saying: “If you humans are going to mess up my bathroom with your dog poop in plastic bags, I’ll just go out here in the road.” What do you think it means, if anything?
I just want to thank all of you who backed my I See Moolongz Kickstarter campaign, and those who didn’t but came to the backer reward and book launch party on Saturday (some of you who I haven’t seen for years came all the way up from East Boston – go Eastie!). It was a great turnout for the book launch party and Spontaneous Collaboration exhibit, and everyone seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Thanks especially to Brenda Malloy who kept me organized during the book signing. Any of you who did not get to come to the party and pick up your rewards, they are on their way to you by mail. This is such an amazing community! Thank you all so much. Love, EJ
Annisquam is always lovely, but especially nice to visit during the Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show, now in its 30th year of presenting unique, quality art and crafts by Cape Ann area artists. You definitely want to have this on your calendar for a great thing to do Columbus Day weekend.
The Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show this year celebrates it’s 30th anniversary with an exciting collection of work from 40 different artists.
The art encompasses landscapes, portraits and abstract water colors while crafts include jewelry, fashion, ceramics, paper art and printed fabrics. The majority of the artists – including many who are new to the show this year – are from the Cape Ann area. One of the highlights will be an original painting entitled My Gloucester Sunset 2 by the award-winning artist Dorothy Arnold. Generously donated by her family, it will be sold through a special raffle during the course of the show.
The show will be held in the Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street, Annisquam on October 11 and 12 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Admission is free. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Annisquam Village Church. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Had a very nice visit yesterday at the gallery with Pete and Pam Beardes who had just arrived in Gloucester from Charleston, SC. Pete is an avid GMG FOB who was stationed here with the Coast Guard from 1986-88, during which time he painted the Annisquam Lightkeeper’s house (among other things). Enjoy your stay Pete and Pam, and come back soon!
The Moolongz love a good party and hope you do too. The I See Moolongz backer rewards and book launch party is happening this Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street. Everyone is welcome. The party will also include a unique exhibit of five works by five artists in five weeks, called Spontaneous Collaboration. The I See Moolongz party will immediately be followed by a Colors party at the Rocky Neck Gallery (come as a color), 53 Rocky Neck Ave. starting at 6:00 and a Madfish Wharf Galleries Season Wine Down party starting at 7:00 at 77 Rocky Neck Ave.
A bunch of good, fun reasons to get yourself to Rocky Neck this Saturday.
Come to Mup Up on Saturday at 9:30 at YUPO Gallery and Khan Studio & the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave. to witness the solution to the Rubber Duck Hostage taking drama. The hostage takers have promised to return RD to Paul this weekend – let’s see if they are good to their word. Always fun, always good coffee, food, GMG peeps, fobs and passersby that we drag in to join us. The end is very near.
Eli has a studio at Madfish Wharf for the month of September where you can see some of her exceptional works and possibly catch her in the act of painting.
Whether you see Moolongz or not, whether you believe in Moolongz or not, whether you wish Moolongz had never appeared or are happy they did, they are here and you are all invited to the I See Moolongz book launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 4-6:00pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center, 6 Wonson Street.
During the book launch party, there will be an exhibit of an amazing collaboration series of five paintings by five artists in five weeks. The artists involved in the collaboration are Sue Handman (fabric artist), Brenda Malloy (abstract painter), Diana Pasquariello (watercolor painter), Regina Piantedosi (non-representational art) and E.J. Lefavour (photographer, painter, digital artist). In the true spirit of creativity, sharing and inspiration that the Rocky Neck Art Colony embodies, these five distinctly unique and different artists have come together to collaborate and share in the process of jointly creating five pieces of art. The experience has been one of learning, teaching, sharing, trust and letting go of the ego’s involvement in the creative process, and has resulted in five completely unique, never in a lifetime to come anywhere near being recreated again, pieces of art. If you are an artist or understand the creative process, you will appreciate how rare and unique an undertaking like this is. Please come by and check out our “Spontaneous Collaboration”.
After this brief exhibit at the Cultural Center, one of the pieces will be on exhibit in each of the five artists’ galleries for the remainder of the season.
It was a lovely but tense Mug Up this morning at YUPO Gallery. Paul Morrison arrived promptly with a bag filled with ransom demand fulfillment. Joey arrived late with Rubber Duck, but refused to release her to Paul, only allowing him a brief viewing of her to prove that she was unharmed (it was not Paul’s RD that had been crushed in the GE press after all). Joey told Paul that he needed to return to Mug Up next Saturday at 9:30am with more ranson, and he would come back again with Rubber Duck and the two “Kind” ducknappers, who would decide then if his ransom was sufficient to warrant RD’s release. This is dragging out much longer than any of us anticipated, and Paul was showing pronounced signs of tension and anxiety. We all pray he can hold out until next Saturday and that this ordeal will reach a satisfactory conclusion. Joey does seem to be enjoying making Paul squirm after all the times Paul has attempted to have RD usurp Homie’s rightful place as mascot of GMG. Karma can be tough.
Last week’s Mug Up ended with Rubber Duck being taken hostage by a pair of adorable but vicious ducknappers. Come to Mug Up this Saturday at 9:30 to see how this drama plays itself out. Will Paul Morrison buckle under and give in to the hostage takers extreme demands to gain RD’s freedom, will RD remain imprisoned (or maybe totally forgotten about and relegated to the back of a closet), or will Paul Morrison pull off bringing a massive rubber duck to Gloucester harbor to float outside Joey’s window and stare relentlessly at him until his Flexilis anatidaephobia forces him to give up RD? Come to Madfish Wharf Saturday morning and find out.
“I AM TOUGH AND DEDICATED.” WATCH THIS WOUNDED MARINE’S STORY OF RESILIENCE
For more than two years, Rockport-based artist Thi Linh Wernau has been photographing a series titled, YOU. ARE. BEAUTIFUL. It is a project that celebrates the human spirit and beauty in our wounded veterans. It honors the sacrifice of our wounded veterans, empowers them with a platform to share their voices and inspires and helps other vets.
Thi recently dove into the world of video and filmmaking with a passion and desire to share these veterans’ voices in new ways. Please view her documentary short film (13 minutes) featuring an interview with Marine and wounded combat vet, LCpl Nick Eufrazio, USMC (retired) of Plymouth, MA. You will learn more about Nick’s spirit and who he is as a person through the eyes of his family and caregivers, as well as through his own eyes.
WATCH THE VIDEO NOW: http://vimeo.com/105192600
The main mission of this project is to spread love and kindness, inspiring love of self and love of others. Thi also has the goal to pay it forward to charities that help empower wounded veterans. Please help her pay this message of kindness forward by donating on behalf of her project today. Every dollar helps, and you can donate as little as $10, 100% of which goes directly to the charity.
DONATE NOW: http://bit.ly/1w9cTt8
Stay tuned for a few more updates on this project, as Thi has an exciting solo exhibition of her photographs launching at McGladrey Art Gallery in Boston this October.
The You. Are. Beautiful. project is made possible through the generosity of Wernau Asset Management. Learn more about her work at: http://ThiLinh.com
Theater In The Pines in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER
37 Main St., Rockport – Accessible
September 12, 13, 14, 2014
Friday and Saturday 7:30.
Matinee: Saturday 2:30. Sunday 2:00
Tickets $20 – Available at:
Toad Hall Books, Main St, Rockport
The Book Store, Main St., Gloucester
Rockport Music Box Office, 37 Main St., Rockport
978-546-7391 or tickets.rockportmusic.org
and in the lobby prior to performance.
written by Joseph Kesserling
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a old beloved, hysterical, and dark CLASSIC comedy about a family with several homicidal, maniacs, including two elderly, adorable, and precious Aunts who lovingly poison older gentlemen and then employ their delightfully confused brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt to bury them in the basement. This all happens around a wonderful love interest and delicious romance. Arsenic and Old Lace has it all and it is SWELL. Written by Joseph Kesserling. Friday, Sept. 12, 7:30, Saturday, September 13, 2:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, September 14, 7:30. Theater in the Pines at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, 978-546-7391
Arsenic and Old Lace
(In Order of Appearance)
Abby Brewster – Sue Barratt Sousa
The Rev. Dr. Harper – Randy Dupps
Teddy Brewster – Rick Doucette
Officer Brophy – Chuck Francis
Officer Klein – Ruthie Exama
Martha Brewster – Marjorie Grace
Elaine Harper – Kierstin Hazzard
Mortimer Brewster – Larry Cook
Mr. Gibbs – Fr. Garibaldi
Jonathan Brewster – Martin Ray
Dr. Einstein – Jonathan Arnold
Officer O’Hara – Nelson Pike/Karl Pulkkinen
Lieutenant Rooney – Keith McCarthy
Mrs. Witherspoon – Patti Pike
Artistic Director – Nan Webber
Technical Director – Frank Wolcott
Stage Manager – Karl Pulkkinen
Watch for Announcement of Rescheduled Date – it will be an amazing kickoff to the 2015 season that you won’t want to miss.
This is a great time to visit with GMG peeps and fobs, and visit the galleries that make up our historic Rocky Neck Art Colony and Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District.
Weather is perfect and parking is plentiful!
Thurs Sept 4: Nights on the Neck!
Friday, Sept. 5: Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries Opening Reception 4-6PM at the Cultural Center
Saturday, Sept 6: Tricia Nadeau Conant Opening Reception at Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Cooperative 6-8PM
Sunday, Sept 7: Richard Rosenfeld and Bob Crandall in the first Rocky Neck Conversations series talks on Air Wars, 7PM at the Cultural Center
Tuesday, Sept 9: African Drumming 6-7PM at the Cultural Center
Wednesday, Sept 10: third Goetemann Residency opening talk at the Cultural Center 7PM
Friday, Sept 12: ****ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS BALL**** at the Studio Restaurant, 7:30, costume parade from the Center at 6:30 (you do not have to wear a costume, but it is fun if you do). Ball Tickets $35 for RNAC members/$50 for non members/$100 gets you a RNAC membership and a free ticket, and Wicked Tuna Raffle tickets can be purchased online at http://www.rockyneckartcolony.org/events.php
Veteran foreign correspondent James Brooke, who spent the past eight years reporting from Moscow, will speak on the Ukraine crisis, the outlook for Russia under Vladimir Putin, and rising tensions with the United States at the first Cape Ann Forum of the 2014/2015 season. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. at Gloucester City Hall and is free and open to the public.
“The Kremlin’s strategy is to surround itself with weak and divided states,” wrote Brooke in a recent blogpost. “Ever wonder why there is no solution in sight for Moldova’s breakaway region of TransDniester Republic? For Georgia’s secessionist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia? For the Azeri-Armenian dispute over Nagorno Karabagh?
“Very simple: the EU and NATO will not accept as members countries with territorial disputes. So now, Ukraine joins the list of former Soviet republics kept weakened and on the defensive by Kremlin policy.
“Crimea exemplifies a zero sum view of the world that Russian foreign policy makers have adopted without much change from their Soviet predecessors. If you are up, I am down. If I am up, you are down.”
James Brooke, a native of the Berkshires, first visited Moscow as a correspondent for the New York Times in 1989. Over the following quarter century, he reported from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, from the Arctic to the Caucasus.
In July, he wound up eight years in Moscow, first as Bloomberg Bureau Chief, then as Voice of America bureau chief for Russia and the former Soviet Union. Most recently, he reported from Kiev’s Maidan on the rise of Ukraine’s democracy movement and from Moscow on the Kremlin’s military response.
With the New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada, Japan, North Korea, and South Korea. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010.
He recently moved to Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, to take over as editor-in-chief of The Cambodia Daily, a privately-owned newspaper printed in English and Khmer, with an editorial staff of 50. Educated at Yale, he speaks Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and basic Japanese.
This is the Cape Ann Forum‘s 85th public lecture and discussion since the community-based nonprofit was launched after 9/11 to increase public understanding of international issues. The Forum is an all-volunteer organization funded entirely by donations from local supporters.
Other forums planned for the season will focus on global climate change, the continuing crisis in Haiti and the Israeli/Palestinian issue.
For more information, go to the Forum’s website at http://www.capeannforum.org.