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Call for Volunteers! Cape Ann Sustainability Fair 

Cape Ann Community

TownGreen 2025, a program of the Gloucester Meeting House Foundation, presents its second Cape Ann Sustainability Fair on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, located at 32 Cherry Street in Gloucester, MA, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Come join the fun! We need volunteers throughout the day of the event. If you’d like to help please email Kelly Knox at We have a list of potential volunteer opportunities. Cape Ann is getting greener! Come help out!

The Cape Ann Farmer’s Market will be on site from 10 AM to 2 PM. There will be an arts and crafts area for young children. The high school and middle school kids will share what they are learning about climate change. Folks can bring their broken bicycles to be repaired by volunteers from the Cape Ann Timebank and unwanted bikes can be donated for refurbishing by Bikes not Bombs. There will be live music, speakers addressing clean energy technology, carbon neutrality, locally relevant impacts of climate change, and personal carbon…

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Grow your own food with Backyard Growers! Seed Starting Workshop Wednesday.

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Grow your own food this season with the help of Backyard Growers! Join us Wednesday for Seed Starting Part 2. Starting your own seeds is a great way to garden more sustainably while also enjoying a wide variety of veggies. Expert Suzanne Gosselin will share her tips and tricks and guide us through planting our first trays of seedlings.

Buy your tickets HERE!

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The Trident Gallery, This Week

Towers and Other Thoughts in Performance: A Fundraiser for Refugees in Gloucester

Wednesday March 29, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm

Floating Lotus, 169 Main Street / Gloucester MA 01930

$15 suggested minimum donation
TICKETS: available at or at the door on the night of the event.

Contact: Sarah Slifer Swift,, 978-394-5797

An art show and performance to benefit recently resettled refugee families in Gloucester will be held at Floating Lotus on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 7:00 to 8:00pm. Projected images of art from Susan Erony’s recent exhibition at Trident Gallery, Towers and Other Thoughts, will accompany a performance piece inspired by Erony’s art and produced by Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift and Trident Gallery Director Matthew Swift.

Erony’s art, in turn, takes particular inspiration from Franz Kafka’s Parables and often includes hand-written text transcribed from Kafka’s writings. Erony writes that

Kafka’s words have always made me feel safe, because he clarifies the deep and complex natures of modernity and human behavior. He has helped me make sense of the world as a frustrating, absurd, but wondrous place.

Kafka retells and refers to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel in several of his writings. Erony finds these writings particularly illuminating to our current socio-political climate:

The body of work in Towers and other Thoughts reflects … concerns about the human lack of understanding of each other, and even desire to try to understand. The Tower of Babel seemed a right theme for our times in America, when many people are screaming and few are listening.

Choreographer Sarah Slifer Swift has made a dance performance piece in response to both the Parables of Kafka and to Erony’s powerful imagery. The performance explores themes of division, unity, and ultimately the power and beauty of diversity through dance and sound. Matthew Swift has contributed textual imagery and performance elements. Visual art, dance, sound, and text come together as powerful intermedia experience appealing to all the senses. Slifer Swift says that

in the Tower of Babel, we have the story of how we all became refugees, going from a unity to being split apart by language and distance. In the performance, we take the perspective that the diversity that came from the split is not a weakness but a humble strength, our humanity.

Dance performers in the work are Reg Edmonds, Alison Fornes, Barbe Ennis-Abramo, Nome Graham, Jane Justice, Philip Story, Ziggy Hartfelder, and Sarah Slifer Swift. All the artists are donating their work to this event, and Floating Lotus is donating the use of their space as well as administrative assistance.

This event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the refugee families who have settled in Gloucester and how the community can support them. Peggy Russell, who heads the efforts to settle the refugees, will speak about the families, the work being done, and how people can help. Susan Erony will also speak about her work with the refugees and about the role of artists in political and community actions.

There is an ongoing fundraising effort to help with the costs of settling the families. At the event, there will be a place to make tax-deductible donations by check, payable to the WGTCC (West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church) with “refugees” in the memo line. There is also a GoFundMe campaign online at


Trident Live Arts Series presents performances by Monstah Black and Mx. Oops, and hosts Panel Discussion “The Political Body in Art”;accompanying visual art exhibition The Political Body opens at Trident Gallery

March 31 and April 1, 8:00pm
Panel Discussion: April 1, 4:00pm
Exhibition: March 31 through April 30

Trident Gallery, 189 Main Street / Gloucester MA

COST: $10 suggested donation for performances; panel discussion free; exhibition free

CONTACTS: Performances & Panel: Sarah Slifer Swift,, 978-394-5797 Exhibition: Matthew Swift,, 978-491-7785

New York City performing artists Monstah Black and Mx. Oops come to Gloucester’s Trident Gallery for two nights of performance. Both performers will bring original solo intermedia works that combine dance, live music, and visual art elements to the Trident Live Art Series’ intimate performance setting. Both performance works (together about 60 minutes) will be shown at each performance evening. Seats for the performances may be reserved at

A panel discussion entitled “The Political Body in Art” will be held at Trident Gallery on Saturday, April 1, at 4:00pm to discuss the relationships between art and politics, and how the body can be the vehicle for these interactions. Panelists will be visual artists Gabrielle Barzaghi, Nadine Boughton, and Susan Erony; Gloucester Stage Company Managing Director Jeff Zinn; musician 3rian King; and the visiting performers, Monstah Black and Mx. Oops. Trident Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift will moderate.

The first performance on March 31 coincides with the opening of the visual art exhibition The Political Body at Trident Gallery, showing visual art which engages with the political dimensions of the human body. Artists represented will include the three visual artists on the panel, other Trident Gallery artists, and artists not before shown at the Gallery. Exhibition hours on Saturday, April 1, are TBD. Exhibition hours from Sunday, April 2, through closing day Sunday, April 30 are Fri 12–7, Sat 10–7, Sun 10–5, Mon 12–5 and by appointment. Extended hours may be announced later, please check the gallery web site at

Monstah Black will present Cotton, a dance film accompanied by live musical performance. The work investigates the idea of physical transformation as a source for healing and a means to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder passed on for generations through DNA. Black employs images from slavery as a point of departure, modifying the images into positive iconography to inspire and empower those that suffered and continue to suffer from its ugly legacy.

“It’s a matter of taking the historical facts from the ugly side of history, and then reshaping it for myself and others to achieve empowerment and affirmation,” Black says. “I’m taking the negative, adding magic and making fanciful, majestic, mythological, yet real.”

Black has performed at Art Basel Miami, The Whitney Annual Gala, The Smithsonian, Performa Biennial (NY), Joe’s Pub (NY), Dance New Amsterdam (NY), New York Live Arts, Movement Research (NY), Dixon Place (NY), and Lincoln Center Out Of Doors.

Mx. Oops will be performing excerpts from the work Carrying Capacity. Mixing elements of Vogue, Capoiera, and Yoga, Carrying Capacity is a dynamic exploration of embodiment. Mx. Oops tries on sometimes divergent ways of being to clumsily see which might fit. Sudden shifts from intimate, quiet moments to loud, erratic passages illuminate both questions of authenticity and mental health. A collage of personal experiences embrace confusion, defining terrains of shame and pleasure.

Mx. Oops, a transhuman, gender-bending, genre-bending, urban arts shaman is performed by Wendell Cooper. Founder of Complex Stability, Cooper creates interdisciplinary work with a focus on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies. Carrying Capacity premiered at The American Realness Festival in NYC this past January.

About Trident Gallery

Trident Gallery shows beautiful and intelligent contemporary art in all mediums, emphasizing the work of artists continuing Gloucester’s rich legacy as a center for new American Art. Gallery Director Dr. Matthew Swift curates and produces the exhibitions, drawing on over twenty years of multi-disciplinary scholarship, teaching, and creative exploration.

About the Trident Live Art Series

The Trident Live Art Series presents performances by seasoned professionals showing experimental and collaborative work in the intimate salon setting of the gallery. Live Art Series Director Sarah Slifer Swift curates and produces the performances, drawing on over twenty years of experience in the United States and abroad as a dance artist, choreographer, and producer.

About Trident Live Art Series performances

A $10 suggested donation compensates the artists. Performances of 30–45 minutes are followed by refreshments and informal conversation among guests and artists. (Note: The performances of The Political Body will be longer, about 60 minutes.)

Reservations are recommended. To reserve seats, please use the online RSVP form at the bottom of the event’s page on the Trident Gallery web site or contact the gallery. Unreserved guests are usually accommodated comfortably: they will be invited to occupy empty seats at the scheduled start time. When seats are fully occupied, standing room and sometimes floor seating are normally available.

If unforeseen circumstances require postponement or cancellation, notices will be posted on the gallery website and social media (Facebook and Twitter).

Founding support for the Live Art Series is provided by Trident Gallery, which furnishes the venue, provides publicity, and guarantees minimum compensation to the performing artists. Supplementary fiscal support in 2015, 2016, and 2017 has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Scenes and sounds from Cape Ann Symphony 65th Anniversary season Romantic Masters concert


We were told that yesterday’s Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Season concert “Romantic Masters” was the orchestra’s most sold out March concert, ever. Great job, Heidi Dallin, on promotion!


My son spotted Heidi’s name in the playbill and Yellow Sub, along with many other local names and arts supporters. It takes a village.



By the way– kids tickets are $5 at these concerts. Area schools benefit from Cape Ann Symphony performance outreach.

Cape Ann Symphony’s next concert is: SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR Saturday, March 20, 2017 8PM

Before setting off into the next piece, Musical Director & Conductor Yoichi Udagawa breaks down a mini music lesson excerpt with the orchestra. He has a signature foot lift when he conducts.


Here’s a snippet of glorious music. Can you name that tune?

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Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema 2017: the dates and titles for the free outdoor movies are…

Rob Newton, Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage, announces the 2017 summer line up:

Save the dates! Six free movie nights begin Wednesday July 12th!

July 12 ::: Jaws
July 19 ::: Disney Moana
July 26 ::: Rogue One Star Wars Movie
August 2 ::: Lego Batman Movie
August 9 ::: The Princess Bride
August 16 ::: Sing!

July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16. Rain dates  August 23, 30.

Over 5000 Cape Ann residents attended the HarborWalk Summer Cinema series in 2016.

Awesome North Shore 104.9 amps the pre-show festivities!

Contact Rob for 2017 partnership options.


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Mom’s Kitchen

Great way to start this beautiful, sunny, Sunday morning with a fresh made breakfast at Mom’s Kitchen!!  Thanks Dave and El….great coffee, yummy food and homey feel!   Stop down and give them some love at 29 Commercial St (down the Fort.). Now off to brave the market!


GHS Interact Club Pizza Taste Off

Cape Ann Community

You are invited to the Gloucester High School Interact Club’s 10th annual Pizza Taste-Off on Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-7:30pm at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester, MA. Taste them all for yourself and vote on the best!

Tickets on $10 (children 5 and under $5). Tickets are limited to 300 and will be available at the door.

All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

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5 great reasons to buy a ticket for the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market’s annual fundraiser!

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5 great reasons to buy a ticket

for the CAFM annual fundraiser on April 3!

1. Support your local farmers’ market

2. Eat amazing food from some of the best restaurants in town!

3. Watch an incredible film about a very timely subject!

4. See all your old friends

5. Community + action = a restful night’s sleep

Get your ticket today!

CAFM Dinner & a Movie

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Poetry Workshop at the Cape Ann Museum

Cape Ann Community

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Saturday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

April is national poetry month!

In this workshop, former North Andover poet laureate Gayle Heney will teach participants how to write poetry using the Museum’s collections as inspiration, concentrating on the new exhibition, Charles Movalli: Cape Ann & Beyond. As time allows, participants will be introduced to poetry prompts, stanzas, quatrains, ekphrastic poetry and experimental poetry. Depending on interest, discussion of the editing process and the option to read/perform may also be included.

$10 Museum members/ $20 non-members. Space is limited; reservations required. For more information email Tickets can be purchased by calling 978-283-0455 x10 or online at Eventbrite.
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Feather and Wedge – 5 Main Street Rockport MA


Rockport Has Arrived. Sexy.  Classy.  Adult.  Delicious. Finally.

Check Out Their Website-

Reservations   978-999-5917

I have to imagine that the fine folks that live in beautiful Rockport MA are praising the heavens that they have a sleek, adult downtown restaurant to gather and nosh on something other than fish and chips (not that there’s anything wrong with fish and chips).

Chef Doug Papows which we’ve been a fan of for a long while has landed at Feather and Wedge.  Kate and I went last night and were not disappointed.

Beautiful room, great food, excellent service.  We will be back.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking-


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