GMG Official XMAS Party January 28th at Cape Ann Giclee Everyone’s Invited!

You heard me right!  We wanted to wait this year and put it out after all the holidays in the lull of winter.  So here we are, kicking you in the privates to get your attention.

WE WANT TO PARTAY WITH YOU!

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party January 28th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 28th, 2017 – 6 to 11pm (ish)
Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

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street art Gloucester: 21st Century Orphans by Danny Diamond graffiti writer and mural artist

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There’s a monumental outdoor mural behind Prince Insurance at 3 Washington Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts, that changes every year. It’s sited on private property. Thanks to the Greeke family who own Prince Insurance and let him have at it, artist and writer Danny Diamond has expressed his ideas and showcased his can command on this same outside wall annually since 2011.  My favorite sight line is from Middle Street heading to the Legion and the Joan of Arc sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington. It’s in a tight spot, and so is the kid with the green, green eyes staring back from the latest mural.

Diamond is using his talents to bring awareness to homelessness and the economy. Here’s an excerpt from his statement about 21st Century Orphans: “The windfall of green-backs that flies from my letters gives way to dingy news-print and beggars’ placards–this orphaned child’s currency. It’s rarely discussed, in our scenic little fishing town, that the homeless population has increased in Massachusetts by 40% since 2007, even as the national average was in decline. This in part due to the fact that the cost of living here in Mass is among the highest in the country; the cost of housing continues to increase now that the market has come back, and there is no relief in sight… Fifteen percent (over half a million) of our children here in the Bay state live in poverty; of the over seventeen-thousand homeless people here, thirty-eight percent are children.” – Danny Diamond, 2016

A Gloucester native, Diamond is busy with commercial art and commissions on both coasts.  I had a chance to ask him more about his art and writing after I did a post about the sea monster fence he painted. He brushed off the street artist description: “I consider myself a graffiti-writer and sometimes a mural-artist, but not a “street-artist” (semantic distinction).”  I asked him about Gloucester connections and if he went to the high school. Did any teachers influence him? He wrote back swiftly:

I studied art under Jackie Underwood, who was “Jackie Kapp” at the time, as well as theatre and set-design with Krista Cowan and Kim Trigilio. I went on to earn a cum laude BA in English Lit and Creative Writing at UMass Boston, class of ’06… I spent a lot of time at Artspace on Center St. as a kid, and so Gloucester’s sub-cultural grandmaster Shep Abbott had a big effect on me by bringing punk rock and mural art into downtown. I was mentored in the world of graffiti art by the late Jed Richardson of Manhattan who was a major figure in the NYC subway-train art movement of the 1980’s; he moved to Gloucester in 2001 or so and remained here until his passing in September of ’09… ” 

Diamond created a tribute chalk mural to his mentor at Minglewood Tavern. I worked in New York and saw first hand the 1980 era kings (and not so kings) of subway and club graffiti. I didn’t know Jed Richardson’s work and wondered if Diamond had an image to share for this post.

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artist Jeb Richardson c.2008 (photo from artist Danny Diamond)

I also thought about the owners who turned over their wall for Diamond’s art. I learned that the building is owned by Peter Greeke who founded Prince Insurance. Aha! A creative family that understood and allows Danny Diamond the use of a large wall to practice and express his art. The Prince Insurance company is on Washington Street between Middle and Main and directly across from the Legion. It is a second generation family business that has specialized  in personal insurance for more than 35 years. It’s now co-owned by sisters, Melissa Moseley and Wendy Prendergast. A third sister, fashion designer Jennifer Greeke, operates Harpy Fashion out of the back office. The Prince Insurance storefront stands out with such original picture window displays.These windows are an entire family affair. Melissa doesn’t remember a time before the windows. Their mother creates them; Jen has made clothing, sculpted papier-mâché  creatures and mermaids. “Of course because of the community we  live in, over time artistic customers and friends joined in…like Richard Harding and the built boat. They’re just a lot of fun.”   Prince Insurance has a beautiful new website.

I hoped Danny Diamond had a record of his devoted wall mural project, which he obliterates and repaints every year. He did. Photographs below are from Diamond or his website, www.skribblefish.com.   I added one showing a work in progress he is  completing for a new restaurant opening in Salem in February and other local commissions.

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THANK YOU PASSPORTS FOR AN OUTSTANDING DINING EXPERIENCE!

Chef Eric’s Spanish inspired menu was beyond delicious and Nick Defasio from M.S. Walker selected some pretty amazing wines to go with. I highly recommend trying both of these outstanding wines and am planning to look for them at our local shops–a lovely white, the Burga’ns, Albarino, that Eric paired with a haddock entree; and a rich chocolatey red, the Casa Castilo, Monastrell, accompanying beautiful smoked paprika pork with grilled vegetables.

Passports wine dinners are typically in the $40.00 to 45.00 dollar range and I simply don’t know how they can afford to do that, truly an exceptional value The four course dinners are wonderfully inventive, the portions generous, and the wines, top of the line. Every third Thursday of the month – GO!

Sincerely, Barack Obama…

I think I have posted this letter from the White House once before, but it seemed extra fitting today of all days.  As with the letter I wrote about earlier this week, this is another piece of mail that I will always treasure.  No political rants here…just thankful for this letter…and thankful for the message.  “We wish you a long and happy life filled with chances to learn, ideas to explore, people to love, and dreams to fulfill.” Thank you.

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Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board News For 1/20/17

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Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

GED Prep Math Class Starts Tuesday!

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After Hours Event at the Cape Ann Museum

January 19, 2017 ~ Cape Ann Museum

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Friday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.

An evening of friends, fun and discovery

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Come celebrate at the Museum after regular visiting hours! Join us for interactive games in the galleries, a dance performance “Dancing the Woods” by artist Dawn Pratson, light refreshments and local beverages.

CAMafterhours is perfect for people looking to meet and mingle with other creative adults, switch up their date-night, and/or experience the Museum in a more hands-on way. If you haven’t visited us before, then this is the night to do so and enjoy the magic of the Museum after dark. Guests are invited to continue the evening with our collaborator, Short & Main restaurant, a short walk away.

Tickets are $20 for Cape Ann Museum members, $25 for nonmembers (ages 21+). Includes Museum admission, guided and self-guided games in the galleries, dance performances, music, hors d’oeuvres and local brews – including Far From the Tree (Salem), Old Planter’s Brewing Co. (Beverly), and Ipswich Ale Brewery (Ipswich), among others.

Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (978)879-6349 or emailing info@capeannmuseum.org.


About the “Dancing the Woods” Performance

Dawn Pratson was an active member of the arts community in and around Cape Ann and Boston from 1983–2003 as a dancer/choreographer, musician, teacher and creative arts therapist. Dawn and friends will perform thematic movements throughout the Museum culminating in a music and dance performance in the exhibition gallery of Voicing the Woods. Performers include: Sarah Slifer Swift, Lou Cannon, Carl Thomsen, Reg Edmonds, Cynthia Williams, Sue Ann Willis, Dawn Pratson.

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Gloucester High School FREE Internship Program – Registration Now Open!

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OUR BEAUTIFUL LADY OF OUR LADY OF GOOD VOYAGE CHURCH

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Our Lady of Good Voyage was designed to resemble the Church of Santa Maria Magdalena on the island of Pico in the Azores. The west tower houses one of the oldest collections of carillon bells in the nation. The community is treated to a concert of the bells of Good Voyage on Tuesday evenings during the warmer months.

Excerpt from the Maritime History of Gloucester

“Originally dedicated in 1893, Our Lady of Good Voyage was built for the Portuguese community in Gloucester, after they petitioned the Roman Catholic Church for the establishment of a place to worship dedicated to the Madonna. Large numbers of Portuguese immigrants migrated from the rugged Azores Islands and began settling around Gloucester’s Inner Harbor as early as 1829 to work in the city’s active fishing industry. By 1888, approximately 200 Portuguese families lived in Gloucester making it the largest Portuguese colony on the East Coast. According to the story of Our Lady of Good Voyage, a stranded fisherman in the rough Atlantic Ocean broke one of his oars and could not return to his homeport. He sought help from the Madonna and the sea miraculously calmed allowing him to reach port safely.”

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Church of Santa Maria Magdalena, Madalena, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

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COYOTE FORUM SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd FROM 7 TO 9PM

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COYOTE FORUM SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd FROM 7 TO 9PM

Our city continues to discuss coyote conflicts with state partners, including Mass Environmental Police, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and the Governor’s office, with direct conversations with the Lieutenant Governor. In addition to the on-going research by ad-hoc groups, our newly formed Animal Advisory Board will provide new insights (we need new members on this board, so please consider applying). Lastly, we are setting up a meeting tentative for Thursday, Feb 2nd from 7PM to 9PM at City Hall to host another informal coyote forum with information from state environmental partners, animal control, and time for questions and answers, too. We will continue to press our state leaders for safe and swift solutions and additional police and animal patrols remain on alert across Gloucester. Please see the link from Mass.gov on helpful tips and resolving conflicts (which includes law stating, “Coyotes taking pets are not considered an immediate threat to human safety, therefore ACO’s and municipal police departments are not authorized to remove these wild animals.”) We will provide more updates as they develop. Thank you.

 

 

Gloucester Stage Announces TWO SPECIAL EVENTS: January 20 & January 28

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 3pm

Gloucester Stage Company invites all to a free watch party of the extraordinary Concert For America at 3pm on Friday, January 20 at GSC, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Gloucester Stage will live stream this star studded benefit concert highlighting the diversity and hope that is America at its best from Town Hall in NYC. Some of Broadway’s biggest stars are slated to perform including Chita Rivera, Kelli O’Hara, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Betty Buckley, Jessie Mueller Billy Porter, Sharon Gless, Andrea Martin, Bebe Neuwirth, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, Lillias White, Judy Gold, Caroline Rhea, Stephanie Mills and Charles Busch. Any donations made that day will be evenly spilt among these organizations:  Planned Parenthood, NAACP, Sierra Club Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center and National Immigration Law Center. The Concert For America starts at 3pm on the big screen at GSC on January 20. Admission is free. Call 978-281-4433 for more information.

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 7:30 PM

JIMMY TINGLE!

HUMOR FOR HUMANITY

Humor for Humanity is a new social enterprise founded by comedian Jimmy Tingle that aspires to use entertainment for purposes beyond entertainment! According to Tingle, “Our mission is to help raise spirits, funds and awareness for non-profits, charities and social causes through social media, traditional media and live events. Our Mission is Their Mission. Humor for Humanity; Humor and Helping; Humor and Healing; Humor and Hope; HaH! HaH! HaH!” From 60 Minutes II and MSNBC, comedian and commentator Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better with his clean, funny intelligent humor for audiences of all ages. Jimmy Tingle’s Humor For Humanity is Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester , MA> All tickets are $25, general admission. For tickets and further information about Humor For Humanity, visit www.gloucesterstage.com or call 978-281-4433

Alicia Unleashed- Snapface and Instachat

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Alicia Unleashed Episode 52 taped 1/18/17 with B-Side, Kevin Bacon and Alicia Cox

 

 

Football Recap, Playoff Weekend, Goodell, Pats Nation, Concerts, Would you go to the movies by yourself?, How many bags do you bring to work?, What do you call a bag? etc

Win a Snowboard & Other AFC Championship Festivities

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Come in to Latitude 43 or Minglewood Tavern anytime between now and halftime during the AFC Championship game on Sunday for your chance to win this sweet snowboard! And get two entries if you join us for the game!

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Each time you come in you get a chance to win!

PLUS… 
Latitude 43 + Minglewood Tavern = the Ultimate Sunday Football Destination

43 Cent Wings at Latitude 43 from 3 PM on this Sunday, January 22nd!
OR head down the hall to  Minglewood Tavern and enjoy $5 cheese pizzas while you watch.
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Latitude 43 & Minglewood Tavern are located at 25 Rogers Street

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This Thursday at The Dave Sag’s Blues Party ~ Mr. Brad Faucher 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 1.19.2017

dsc00234Our continuing series at the Rhumb Line continues this Thursday with the arrival of Mr. Brad Faucher. In the old days, Brad was an irregular upon these shores, but has since left the North Shore for greener oceans, i.e. getting his own Thursday gig, but I’ve managed to bribe him to come back and continue where he’s left off. An amazing blues scholar, Mr. B. will tantalize you with his meaty interpretations of R&B classics and sordid blooze.

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He’s bringing along his old goombahs, Mr. John Cameron, on keys, and former Broomful o’ Blooz drummmbler, Mr. Chris Rivelli.

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

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