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Another perfect night for a FREE Movie at I4-C2 – Finding Nemo Tonight – Bring Food Donations for The Open Door

Last week over 700 people (including plenty of “Pink Ladies”) flocked to I4-C2 to enjoy “Grease” under the stars. Tonight will be just as beautiful, if a tad cooler. Perfect viewing weather for “Finding Nemo.” Bring non-perishable food to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry and do some good while having fun with the family!

Republican Convention (1879)

Boston, Sep. 12, 1879

You are earnestly requested to meet several gentleman at lunch at Parker, at one o’clock sharp to consult on the best method of securing harmony in the Republican Party at the convention and the election. Your presence is especially important.

Yours truly

E, N. Kinsley esq     J. M. Forbes NHS

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It appears it was in preparing for the 1880 Presidential election Election

Republican Chairman – George F. Hoar from Massachusetts

President / Vice President nominees – James A, Garfield / Chester A. Arthur

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(The Letter was Purchased at Main Street Arts & Antiques 124 Main Street Gloucester)

Magnolia Pier Debate Part 2 – Check out this video from 4 years ago — NO Barricades=Safer and More Fun!

4 years ago, I filmed people of all ages (from 5 years old to grandpa) jumping off Magnolia pier, with at least 3 people jumping for the first time — all the while there’s a game of “Pier Tag” going on too.  Pier Tag is impossible when the barricades are up. It’s time for the bureaucrats to man-or-woman-up, stop worrying so much about getting sued and remove the barricades to encourage kids, teens, adults, and grandparents to gather together in a safe, healthy place for some summer fun!  While you’re at it, put the ladders back too. Joey – you think we should have a pole about this?

Awesome video of Pier Jumping at Magnolia Pier

For some odd reason, somebody keeps barricading the kids’ favorite spot. This is creating an unsafe situation.  Generations of young children have learned to jump off the pier by being able to jump without having to climb the railing, which makes it a lot harder to learn — and way more scary too.  Whomever keeps barricading the jump spot, please remove the barricades.  Thanks!

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BREAKING NEWS: Tickets just went on sale for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville in Beverly Aug 19

Gloucester’s Henri Smith returns to Beverly on August 19 after headlining last year’s wildly successful Beverly Block Party! For this summer’s Mardi-Gras themed concert at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci hall, Henri welcomes Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell with a special appearance by the New England Nevilles featuring Charles Neville with his two sons: keyboardist Khalif and drummer Talyn.

This concert features reserved seats (get them here) with plenty of room to dance in the aisles with Henri, the New England Nevilles and the whole band during the traditional Second Line.

Breaking News: Court Rules Comcast can’t slow down GMG Videos or block GMG posts!

Well, it’s actually A LOT bigger than GMG.  The New York Times just reported the following:

The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

For us, here in Gloucester, it means that Comcast can’t intentionally slow down your streaming of a Netflix movie or a GMG video and it can’t block a GMG post — not even this one!

It’s a big win for GMG and everyone who uses the Internet … but, as you might expect, the fight isn’t over.

Check out the NYT article here.

Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

SELL OUT WARNING: Roomful of Blues Cruise this SUNDAY

When I lived for a while in the mountains near Woodstock, NY, people there used to say, “We have three seasons: July, August and Winter.”  This spring might make you wonder if the same is true here in Gloucester.  It’s not.  Nice weather is around the corner and it starts this weekend when we celebrate Memorial Day and call it the beginning of summer (even though astronomically, summer isn’t for another 4 weeks).  So … good riddance oh nasty spring — IT’S TIME TO PARTY!

But here’s the thing: even if our capricious New England weather decides not to cooperate, which we all know is possible, you can still party in supreme comfort aboard The Beauport Prince Cruise Ship on Memorial Day Sunday with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues!  That’s because the Beauport Princess is a Cruise Ship (not a whale watch boat) sporting 2 climate-controlled indoor decks with dance floors PLUS an open-air top deck — and there’s a full bar on every deck.  For this cruise, we have theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the 2nd deck and couches on the top deck — because Mother Nature could be nice to us after all!  Tickets are only $35 in advance ($45 at the dock if there are any left — this cruise has sold out the last 2 years).  It’s the best Memorial Day bargain you’ll find so get tickets right now RIGHT HERE!

Tomorrow (SAT) Miranda Russell Performs the Last Show at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre before it Closes

Miranda Russell and her band play a wide variety of repertoire from jazz to folk-rock invasion to contemporary gems. Critics routinely praise Miranda for her dynamic vocal range and unique treatments of celebrated songwriters such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, as well as standards from the American Songbook.  You will also hear at least one song from one of Miranda’s favorite artists: Prince.

Tickets are still left.  Best available seats are in the balcony.  Get Them Here.

The Band:
David Sparr – keyboards
Justin Piper – guitars
Joe Kessler – fiddle and mandolin
Dave Landoni – acoustic upright bass & bass guitar
Leo Ciaramitaro – drums

Special Guests:
Folk Singer Daisy Nell
Singer Cecelia Russell
A professional opera singer
Trumpeter Tom Palance

Note about the Larcom Theatre : The owners of the Larcom Theatre have put it up for sale. We are working to preserve this historic treasure as a performing arts venue rather than see it go condo. If you would like to help us in this endeavor, please call Vickie or Peter at 978.525.9093 or contact us here.

Get Ready for Cape Ann Symphony’s Season Finale with this Mesmerizing Look at Brahms

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Can you imagine a more spectacular climax to the Cape Ann Symphony‘s most spectacular season?  On Saturday (5/21) you can join Yoichi Udagawa and the top classical players on Boston’s North Shore for a stellar evening of music.  This kind of concert doesn’t come along very often.  Believe it or not, there are still tickets available for this Grand Finale. Get Tickets Here.

Watch this mesmerizing video to get you in the mood . . .

 

We’re not always right but we’re right about this

Once in a while we pick a winner.  This is one of those times … trust me.  Ruby Rose Fox will be a major Rock Star in the not-too-distant future.

We’ve presented Ruby Rose Fox on stage twice: Opening for Martha Davis + The Motels last April at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (where Sheila Roberts Orlando took the photo at right) and in a co-bill with Jesse Dee at The Cabot last July (see this review).

In addition to being one of the best singers and songwriters we’ve encountered over the past dozen or so years, Ruby produces extraordinary videos (see them here).

Today she premieres a double feature.  That’s right, folks … 2 videos at once.  See a review by Infectious Magazine here.  Better yet, watch and enjoy, below (top volume and full screen recommended).  You can see Ruby at Katrina’s on June 18th with Gloucester’s own Inge Berge opening (another one of our favorite singer/songwriters/video producers — see some of Inge’s videos here and listen an excellent Inge Berge song below).

Art Garfunkel & Savoy Brown — Right Down the Road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre This Weekend

Tickets are still available to both Larcom Theatre concerts this weekend featuring two legendary performers:

Tomorrow (SAT) at 8pm, British Blues Pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown celebrate 50 years and more than 5,000 rockin’ shows from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Fillmore East and West and now Beverly’s Larcom Theatre!  In this interview, Kim Simmonds tells Blake Maddux of the Beverly Citizen, “I’m bringing a guest vocalist in for a few songs. It will be a quite different show that people might never see again.”  GET TICKETS HERE.  Savoy Brown’s “Tell Mama” was featured on HBO’s hit series Vinyl.

Then on Sunday at 6pm you can experience the magic of an intimate evening with one of popular music’s most revered icons, Art Garfunkel, who brings his astounding performance to the gorgeous, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre.  There are still a few tickets left, with the best available seats being in the Balcony (remember the last row of the Larcom’s balcony is only 60 feet from the stage).  GET THEM HERE.

Miranda Russell on 104.9FM w/ Dana & Mugs Tomorrow (5/11) at 8:30AM

Miranda Russell in front of The Larcom Theatre

If you live in Gloucester, you most likely listen to North Shore 104.9 FM radio for local news, happenings, Red Sox games, classic rock and the best local morning show on radio, hosted by Dana Hersey & Kevin McGonagle (Mugs) who lives in Gloucester.

Tomorrow morning (5/11) at about 8:30 local vocalist Miranda Russell will be their guest.

Miranda will give a little preview of her concert next Saturday, May 21 (right down the road at The Larcom Theatre, Beverly’s most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room) and perhaps a bit about what to look for this season at Russell Orchards (her farm in Ipswich) and probably a surprise or two.

Dana & Mugs are always entertaining — and when they’re joined by a world-class entertainer it’s even more fun.  Check them out!

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Miranda at her concert on May 21. Tickets (starting at only $19.00) are still available, but they’re selling fast.  The best seats are in the balcony.  Get them here.

It’s a Feel-Good Weekend for Nineteen Bucks

We all want to feel good.  “So why do we love the Blues?” you ask.  As it turns out, music in general — and sad songs in particular — help us feel better.  Really.  Here are 4 scientific studies on the subject: Science Alert, PLOS, NAI, University of Chicago.

Tomorrow (Saturday) night you have 4 good reasons to feel better … and all 4 are right down the road at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre:

  1. The Delta Generators last concert with Craig Rawding fronting the band
  2. Willie J. Laws Band
  3. Danielle Miraglia with special guest Cheryl Arena
  4. All of these blues stars on the same stage raising money to help Harborlight Community Partners prevent homelessness.

What’s not to feel good about?  Tickets starting at only $19.00 are still available here.

Food Fight in Lynn on May 7!

This drama touched nearly all of us, who live in Gloucester.  Now it’s a movie.  Check it out on May 7th at Lynn Auditorium!

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Tickets available on line here or by calling the Box Office at 781-599-SHOW or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.  Or you can go to their box office at 3 City Hall Square in Lynn, MA (Lynn City Hall).

Here’s an article about the film with some good backstory:

We Are All Market Basket
Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket documentary tells the dramatic story
By Rachel Forrest

For six weeks in the summer of 2014, we watched the result of a modern Greek family drama unfold.  After a long history of conflict and intrigue,  on July 17, 2014, Arthur T. Demoulas, CEO of Market Basket, was ousted from his position by rival and cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, and because this drama is a modern one, we were  in the audience experiencing  not the heated boardroom discussions but the aftermath of that one decision. We watched and read the news stories as thousands of Market Basket workers walked out in protest to demand that their beloved “Artie T.” be reinstated, with the statement “We Are Market Basket.”  Not content to just watch, many of us became part of the protest, and signing petitions, boycotting the stores, honking in encouragement while driving by parking lots filled with strikers.

Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket, which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival on April 15, is the story of six weeks in the life of the largest non-union walk-out in U.S.History. Filmmaker Jay Childs and his crew were on the ground filming as soon as the story broke and with Producer Melissa Paly and Tom Bennett, Tom Bennett, Producer, Editor and Writer. They tell the saga of the walk-out and aftermath through on the scene footage, in-depth interviews with the key organizers and everyday Market Basket employees, revealing insider-only communiques and interviews with industry experts. The result is a film filled with drama and emotion — hope, anger, fear — but  most of all, it’s a story about the courage of just regular, hard working people and what they sacrificed to save the company that treated them — 25,000 employees — so well.

The film begins with a bit of background into the rise of Market Basket, the old Greek family and offspring that brought the franchise to success from one small store  in Lowell, MA, in 1917. You’ll learn about the beginning of the controversies in 1990, family infighting, lawsuits and court battles, but the bulk of the film is about the people who work there. Told chronologically which both helps keep the story flowing and heighten the real-life dramatic tension, we meet managers who have been with the company all of their working lives, since age 16, for 40 years and more. We hear the stories of truck drivers and bagboys, teenagers and seniors. They tell us why they love “Artie T.”, all he’s done for them and why, as a result, they want to help bring him back.

Thanks to the filmmakers’ dogged dedication to being right there among the organizers during the strike, we’re party to scenes and plot twists missed in some media coverage. We learn about how the strike affects the families, how the cause took precedent over paying the bills. We also meet key organizers, including Steve Paulenka and Tom Trainor, both during the strike and afterward in revealing interviews in which they explain what is is about the company culture that created a staff who would sacrifice this much to get their leader back. We hear them say “The company gives a little more to me than I’ve given them.” “Artie built this place.” “We don’t mind working hard because of who we work for.” “We can be a part of something greater.”

We also learn about the effects our own actions had on the stores. Many of us were a part of the massive customer boycott of the stores and saw the empty shelves on the news but what you might not know is all of the intrigue that went on during that boycott when some workers still in the stores participated in the resistance with slow-downs and civil disobedience tactics as well as  defiant memos to the reigning leadership, all part of an organized grassroots strategy by 6-8 key people who met each day.

The film follows it all through buyout attempts and lay offs to the dramatic conclusion then follows up with interviews that reflect how we all felt when we heard the news on August 27, 2014 that Artie T. had been reinstated. We don’t hear from Arthur S.,  Felicia Thornton or Jim Gooch, the co-CEOs  during the takeover. We don’t hear from Artie T.  until a speech at the end of the film,  but this story isn’t really about them. Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket takes us out of the boardroom and talk of money and power and into the lives of regular, hard working,  loyal people — the Market Basket employees –who with all the customers who supported the cause, stood up for what was right, what they believed in, and won. This gripping, touching and inspiring documentary tells us how and why they did just that.

If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?

Joey’s poll from yesterday asking “WHICH IS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL HIT FOR YOU, THE LOSS OF DAVID BOWIE OR PRINCE?” struck a powerful chord in me. It feels like the greatest musicians of our era are dropping so fast we can’t even keep track. Case in point: Lonnie Mack (blues/rock guitar pioneer and major influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan) also died yesterday.  So what do we do? One response is for Vickie and me book as many of our idols as quickly as possible and rush out to see the ones who are too big for the venues we book. It’s beginning to feel like a race against time.

RockinBluesl_Jumbo4-30bAt the same time, we think it’s important to showcase young artists, who might become the next Prince or Bowie or any of the dozen other greats who have left us over the past year. To that end, we produce several “rising star” shows a year — and our next one is a Rockin’ Blues Benefit next Saturday, April 30 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.

In addition to featuring three of the region’s top talent: Delta Generators, Willie J. Laws Band and Danielle Miraglia, this show has some profound significance: 1) It’s the last Delta Generators Show with Craig Rawding fronting the band — and 2) We will auction off a guitar (thanks to Guitar Center) signed by all the artists to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.  This will likely be the last guitar — perhaps the last thing ever — signed by all the current members of the Delta Generators.

If you live in Gloucester, you may have seen Danielle Miraglia here. In 2014, we brought her to Gloucester for the first time to perform with James Montgomery at a benefit for The Open Door, then again at the Cape Ann Solstice with Allen Estes and Charlie Farren.  She’s also been at the Rhumb Line.

On Sunday morning at 9AM, Danielle will be Aurelia Nelson’s special guest — and her only guest — on her North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up.  You’ll hear Danielle perform some of her songs along with a tribute to her favorite artist, Prince.  Now, Danielle isn’t one of those people who waited until yesterday to honor Prince.  Here’s a transcript of an interview she gave 10 years ago in Boston Beats:

Question: “If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?”

Danielle: “Oh, Prince. Even though I would be completely intimidated by him, and probably just faint. And he’s my height, so it would work.  All his dancers are really short, because they can’t be taller than him or it would just look funny.  I don’t have to play anything, I’ll just roll around on stage.  I’ll just hold onto his leg.  You can put that in print if you want.”

Check out Danielle at Gloucester’s UU Church fundraiser here (by Cape Ann TV):

Bounce Back…for Apres Mini Bar.

I had a great little getaway to Vegas back in December.  While the pretty sweet minibars were hit rather hard, I was happy to not once feel the need to tear into the Bounce Back Hangover Recovery Kit.  Nice touch.  How thoughtful of them.

With a detox drink, earplugs, “clear eyes” eye drops, cool mint breath strips, and eye renewal cream…I’m still left to wonder if it would have worked had I not done such a stellar job of pacing myself each day/night.

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Homie and Rubber Duck’s Fifth Anniversary

Five years since Rubber Duck and Homie met on that blustery day April 18, 2011. The Fifth is the wood anniversary. Homie gave Rubber Duck a carving of Homie. (Homie is a little self-centered.)

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

The following is a repost of Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary describing that fateful hook-up five years ago today.

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?”

Solitude of the lonely Homie.

Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic!

A little stand offish at first.

They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love.

“So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time.

“I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.”

You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!”

“We could make it work!”

“Do you think it’s safe to come out?”

Your friends are rude Homie.

Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011:  (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds:  But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ”  “I am so out of here!”  But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him.  Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.

37 Days Left to Apply for This Fun!

Red Bull Flugtag, meaning “Flying Day” in German is coming to Boston.

Even if you’re not brave (or crazy) enough to apply….I think being a spectator for this spirited mayhem would be a blast!

Mark Your Calendars now!

Applications and “craft designs” are due by May 13th.

The Red Bull Flugtag event will be held on August 20th at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell.

Red Bull Flugtag is back in 2016 and is once again challenging wannabe pilots to push the limits of human flight. Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag (which translates to “Flying Day” in German) has made stops around the world challenging competitors to build and pilot homemade human powered flying machines. For the first time ever, the brave and brainy teams of five will take a flying leap off a 28-foot-high flight deck into the water below in both Boston, Massachusetts and Louisville, Kentucky.

Applications are now being accepted for both locations and carpenters, athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers, and everyone in-between can turn their dreams of flight into reality. Five-Member teams of aspiring aviators and courageous craftsmen can apply for a chance to compete by submitting flying-machine plans to http://www.RedBullFlugtag.com. The deadline to submit craft designs is May 13.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE!

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VIDEO: Top North Shore Talent brings Doo-Wop to life in Beverly April 15-17

Classic Doo-Wop April 15-17 right down the road at The Larcom Theatre — Beverly’s most intimate acoustically stellar listening venue!

Written & Directed by Malden-native Richie Willis (founder of the award-winning vocal group, North Shore Acappella) The Last Days of Doo-Wop is a heartwarming tale of five local street corner singers — the Doo-Rays — that brings you back to a time of tenderness and turbulence.

Top hits of the 50s & 60s woven together with critically acclaimed original songs — this engaging musical tugs at your heartstrings and warms your soul.

Good seats still available for all shows.  GET THEM HERE.

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