Hotlist February 11-17

“Decorated Women” – Mixed Media by Leslie Fahn Rosenberg

Women/Nature/Design are the common themes in this exhibit of portraits and mixed media collages entitled “Decorated Women.” The work is highly stylized, bold and graphic, infused with intense color and delicate line work. The pieces are done “in series” or simultaneously, to maintain consistency and cohesiveness. Four or more rapid sketches, generally begin the process, followed by paint, collage, and finishing with hand drawn lines, dots and patterns.

Tuesday, February 12
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
12:00pm until 5:00pm
Tickets: FREE |

Untitled (Sorry I Changed Your Password _____ Face)

Emily Hurley’s installation, Untitled, (Sorry I changed your password to ____Face), consists of a playful painting of parts, that are both plastic as well as organic, and which will be in continual conversation with one another. There will be flat illustrations painted to the window of Frame 301 as well as illustrations of items dangling for display. Hurley’s images are typically fragmented items that often take on human traits and remain recognizable even though they are not completely whole.

Wednesday, February 13
Montserrat College of Art Galleries
23 Essex St., Beverly
Tickets: FREE |

Romance is in the Hall

Listen! That is the sound of your heart beating as it soars to music of Tchaikovsky, Villa Lobos, Brahms, Gershwin and more at the Symphony by the Sea concert. The Valentine’s Day concert features a pre-concert reception that starts at 6:30. Music lovers who dine early at one of eight Marblehead restaurants (The Landing, Le Bistro, Caffe Italia, Hungry Betty’s, Three Cod Tavern, Yannalfo’s Ristorante, Jack Tar’s and Five Corner’s Kitchen) need only to show their dinner receipt to be eligible for a discounted ticket.

Thursday, February 14
Abbot Hall
188 Washington Street, Marblehead
7:30pm until 9:00pm
Tickets: $35 |

BostonArtists Ensemble: Beethoven, Faure’, Schuller

Warmspring breezes blow through the February program, a welcome time for a breath of wit, luxury, and élan. Soaring melodies and profound meditations combine with moments of shimmer and buoyancy to embody the essence of late French romanticism. Collaborating in this program of eclectic temperament and inspiration are musicians Sharan Leventhal and Julianne Lee, violins; Marcus Thompson, viola; Jonathan Miller,cello, and Randall Hodgkinson, piano

Friday, February 15
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970
8:00pm until 9:00pm
Tickets: $14-$27 |

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet Honey In The Rock performs with their stunning vocal prowess the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. For almost 40 years, they have toured the country as one of America’s most celebrated a cappella vocal groups and have garnered critical acclaim, including a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations. Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms.

Saturday, February 16
Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main St
Rockport, MA
8:00pm until 9:00pm
Tickets: $49-$68 |

A Theatrical Valentine: Circus-O-Scenario

Hear the tale of Bobo the clown, a poet and romantic whose station in life is reason for his self-doubt. Finding himself in a love triangle, Bobo is taken advantage of by the handsome and shallow Ring Master who intimidates Bobo into writing love letters to the beautiful Priscilla, the high wire aerialist, on behalf of the Ring Master. Will Priscilla discover Bobo’s secret? Can Bobo ever realize his dream to be loved? The answers and hilarity unfold between kooky circus acts, mistaken identities, and exchange of meaningful letters.

Sunday, February 17
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square, Newburyport
3:00pm until 5:00pm
Tickets: $10-12 |

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