Hotlist December 31 – January 6

New Year’s Rockport Eve

Rockport celebrates the future, the joy of sharing a special evening with family, friends and neighbors. They will entertain you with clowns, cowboys, magicians, musicians – classical, pop, jazz, Dixieland, folk, country, gospel swing and rock and roll – ventriloquists, dance, drama, puppets, and much, much more!

Monday, December 31st
Downtown Rockport
6:00pm until 12:00am
Tickets: $15 adults, $6 children 12 & under, 3 & under, free |

Stone, Sea, Sky

There is a charming, primitive quality to the collagraph prints made by Kathleen Buchanan. The colors are muted and soft and included in each image are facts sufficient to tell a story but yet not so overwhelming that we the viewers are distracted by too much information. The sharpness of a horizon line, the angle of a seaside cliff, the linear aspects of tall pine trees viewed against the neighboring ocean; all contrast pleasantly with the roundness of sheep in repose, or the white breasts of murres communing on a rocky outpost, or the stones in a New England wall.

Wednesday, January 2nd
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square, Newburyport, MA
12:00pm until 5:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

Into the Woods: Recent Drawings by Gabrielle Barzaghi

After focusing on figurative and narrative imagery for many years, Barzaghi’s recent work concentrates on landscape and specifically the woods and wetlands surrounding her home and studio here in Gloucester. Working in pastel, charcoal, conté crayon and mixed media, and often on a large scale, her drawings portray the primordial forests and rugged terrain which she encounters each day. For Barzaghi, it is a landscape of opposites, a place of solitude and shelter and, at the same time, a place of danger and forbiddance. The rich color Barzaghi achieves with pastels and the intricate texture her skillful use of line and mixed media create, invest her works with a unique vibrancy and sense of emotion.

Thursday, January 6
Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
10:00am until 5:00pm
Tickets: $10 |

50 under 50

Are you ready for an afternoon of exploration that will delight your senses, go easy on your wallet and make you feel all warm and cozy inside at the same time? Then the 50 under 50 exhibit on display at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios from January 2nd – 27th is something you don’t want to miss. This collaborative gallery of 50 artists proudly presents hidden gems of work each well-priced at under $50. Attend the opening on Saturday, January 5th from 5-7pm to chat with the artists, see their work and mingle with a like-minded community of people who appreciate all things handmade.

Friday, January 4nd – 27th
The Loading Dock Gallery
Western Avenue Studios
122 Western Avenue, Lowell, MA
11 am until 4:30 pm
Tickets: 50 |

Berlioz’s Les Troyens

Just after the New Year begins, Rockport Music’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast begins with Berlioz’s Les Troyens on Saturday, January 5 at 12 pm. Francesca Zambello’s 2003 production of Berlioz’s Trojan War epic returns to the Met with a cast led by Marcello Giordani in the central role of Aeneas, the hero who flees the ruins of Troy for a new set of challenges in the North African kingdom of Carthage. Deborah Voigt reprises the role of the cursed Trojan prophetess Cassandra and Susan Graham makes her debut as Dido, the noble but heartbroken Queen of Carthage.

Saturday, January 5
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street Rockport, MA
Tickets: $32, $29, $20 |

Accidentally on Purpose

Tickets are now on sale for “Accidentally on Purpose”, Marblehead Little Theatre’s Improve Troupe’s upcoming perfomances . Their improv style is based on the hit TV show “Who’s Line Is It Anyway”.  Their last show sold out,
buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment! Audience members give the troupe subjects for improv. Don’t miss this zany group improving their way out of hilarious situations!

Saturday, January 5th
Marblehead Little Theatre
12 School Streetl, Marblehead
7:00pm and 9:00pm
Tickets: $15 | Marblehead Little Theatre’s

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