Hotlist January 21 – 27

High Life: Jesse Burke

Jesse Burke documents his subjects against the lush backdrop of the New England landscape. Burke’s intimate portraits provide a psychological look into the lives of his family and friends. His depiction of contemporary masculinity is simultaneously revealing and confronting societal stereotypes and the various roles male are expected to play. While the artist explores the fragility and vulnerability of others, he ultimately creates a self-portrait. The Artist Talk is on Thursday, January 24, 11:30 am

Monday, January 21
Montserrat College of Art Galleries
23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
10:00am until 5:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

How to Survive a Plague

With the announcement of this year’s Academy Award nominees,the Cape Ann Community Cinema will host many of the films that wouldn’t usually get seen in theaters on the North Shore. “How to Survive a Plague” tells the story of an improbable group of young people faced with their own mortality , many of them HIV-positive young men, and how they broke the mold as radical warriors by taking on Washington and the medical establishment.

Tuesday, January 22
Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street, Gloucester
7:30pm until 9:00pm
Tickets: $9.75 adults, $8.25 students & seniors (60+) |

62 Restaurant & Wine Bar 5th Anniversary

Located in Salem’s Pickering Wharf area, the Northshore favorite dinner spot features hand crafted, authentic modern Italian cuisine and a unique wine list. The 5th Anniversary Milestone Tasting Menu will include a five course meal for $62 with the option of wine pairings for an additional $35. The first dinner in the series of three is titled The Inspiration. Chef Bettencourt will pay homage to a memorable meal he experienced while visiting Northern Italy. The tasting menu showcases dishes that inspired and shaped his culinary point of view then, and continue to influence him now as an Italian chef.

Wednesday, January 23 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar
62 Wharf Street, Salem
6:30pm until close
Tickets: $62 |

Absent | Present Artist Reception

Kate Gilmore shares an interest in physical risk common around the turn of the 1970s. The all-out commitment of effort that Gilmore demands of herself keeps at bay an obvious question: whether she acts as herself in her work or plays bizarrely motivated and situated characters. Zsuzsanna Szegedi’s destructive drawings and accompanying animations of the process question the role of the artist in performative work. The process-oriented videos regard the concept of “completeness” and “transience” in a durational medium.

Thursday, January 24
Montserrat College of Art Galleries
23 Essex St. Beverly, MA
10:00am until 5:00pm Tickets: FREE |

The New Works Festival 2013

Now in its 11th year the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival will once again showcase the abundant
creativity that is to be found throughout New England.The full-length winning play and the one-act winning play are both dramas while the majority of the seventeen finalists in the ten-minute short category are comedies.

Friday, January 25
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square, Newburyport,
Tickets: $13 |

Shining City

Directed by John Fogle, Shining City is set in Dublin, a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Shining City has been called “a thoughtful, artful, absorbing new drama…” from “the finest dramatist of his generation.”

Saturday, January 26
Salem Theatre Company
90 Lafayette Street, Salem
7:30pm until 8:30pm
Tickets: $25 / $20 / $10 |

Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea has long been known as an impeccable singer-songwriter with an unmistakable voice. Her 17 albums and 30 hit singles are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. With her latest release Calling Me Home, Mattea, accompanied by her all-star band, embraces the rich musical heritage, and timeless melodies of her Appalachian roots.

Sunday, January 27
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport
Tickets: $31-$52 |

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