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The Art of Cape Ann Sightseeing Tour - Rockport
Meet the Artists In Their Studios! “Unlike a gallery that brings the works of an artists to the public, The Art of Cape Ann Tour will bring the public into our working environment. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to engage with artists and experience the culture of art on Cape Ann.” Explains Cape Ann Artist Melody Phaneuf. Gloucester is home of our nations oldest running artist colony, Rocky Neck, and today more than 2000 artists call this area home.  Starting in the early 1800's, artists have been painting, sculpting, and capturing the spirit of this charming and picturesque village.  This is a special tour for Art Week, and we will combine history, seaside sightseeing and demonstrations by local artists. With multiple (4-5) stops, we will discover artists of the past along our narrated tour passing by homes painted by Edward Hopper, landscapes featured in art and poetry, and iconic scenery that has captivated visitors for centuries as we journey by bus to visit the working art studios, and beautiful galleries nestled around Cape Ann. Light snacks will be served in some of the studios, everyone will receive a canvas backpack with snacks, a bottle of water and brochures to help you find more of our local artists when you are ready to return again. Prior to the start of the event on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PluginCapeAnnTours), we will provide the names and a links to the artists and the studios which we will visit during each tour.   Call for more information.  Reservations are recommended to secure your place. A Child under 18 can join for free with an adult ticket, please call for code. You may call us directly to reserve your seat.  Eventbrite allows cancellations up to 1 day before, but you may TRANSFER your reservation to another event of ours FREE of charge. Walk-Ins are welcome!   We will pick up 30 minutes- 60 minutes before from your hotel, or at our location on 34 Western Avenue/Stacey Boulevard, Gloucester, MA. SATURDAY DEPARTURE - GLOUCESTER TRAIN STATION SUNDAY DEPARTURE - ROCKPORT TRAIN STATION

When: Sep 23, 2018 1:30PM in Rockport, MA
Coig

Còig is a Celtic folk band unlike any other, thanks to a unique combination of influences that could only come from these four players. It’s traditional for sure, but it’s performed in a lot of non-traditional ways. The members are all highly sought-after award-winning solo players in their own right, making the band a kind of Cape Breton supergroup. All have traditional roots, but each brings something else to the table. Fiddler Chrissy Crowley infuses her playing with touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Jason Roach has earned a jazz degree, Darren McMullen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc.) has worked with every genre, from Irish folk to rock groups, and fiddler Rachel Davis has the most traditional Cape Breton in her style, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well.



When: Sep 23, 2018 7pm in Rockport, MA
Cost: Ticket prices include: $24, $29
Manhattan Short Film Festival

The Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique experience, extending beyond its headquarters in New York City by inviting participating venues worldwide to screen entries and allow audience voting to determine the winner. The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so.

Unlike any other festival, The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites you—the viewer—to vote for the festival’s winner! The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so.  These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinema goers will become instant film critics as they will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it.



When: Sep 27, 2018 7pm in Rockport, MA
Red Molly

Red Molly began when MacAllister and Gardner, along with songwriter Carolann Solebello met and sang together at a campfire song circle during the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Hearing how natural their voices sounded together and sharing similar musical tastes, they quickly joined forces. After a few years on the humble coffeehouse circuit, their ascent began with the band gaining the most votes at the 2006 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s Emerging Artist Showcase, followed by being named Top New Artist of the Year by WUMB, Boston’s influential folk radio station. Their 2006 debut record Never Been to Vegas was also listed among their annual Top Albums list. High profile appearances at festivals and concert halls soon became a regular part of their touring schedule as word of their crystalline harmonies and dynamic interplay quickly spread. Their next album Love and Other Tragedies reached number 15 on the Americana Charts in 2008, and two years later James reached number 4 on the same chart.



When: Sep 28, 2018 8pm in Rockport, MA
Cost: Tickets: $29, $35, $39.
Manhattan Short Film Festival
This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received 1565 entries from 73 countries from which nine finalists were selected. These nine short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 300 cities on six continents during the week of Sept 27 - Oct 7. And the judges of these films are you, the audience. On entry to each venue, you will be handed a ballot card that allows you to VOTE for the BEST SHORT FILM and ACTOR at the conclusion of the program. Votes will be sent to MANHATTAN SHORT's headquarters and the winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 8 at 10am EST. The directors and actors anxiously await your decision. The nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These final nine short films represent the best short from among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT in 2018, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year's finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas;fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program. The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria). Unlike any other festival, The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites you--the viewer--to vote for the festival's winner! These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinema goers will become instant film critics as they will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Tickets: $9.75/$7 Srs & Studts (fees may apply)

When: Sep 30, 2018 12pm in Rockport, MA
Chanticleer

The group’s original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to adventuresome new music has led them to sell well over a million albums and garnered two GRAMMY® awards. Their latest album, Someone New, is a collection of jazz/pop tunes by composers from Brubeck to Freddy Mercury. Their album A Chanticleer Christmas is broadcast annually on over 300 affiliated public radio stations nationwide.

Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. With commissions from over eighty composers, Chanticleer’s contribution to new a cappella choral works is unparalleled and includes works by John Musto, Stephen Paulus, John Tavener and Chen Yi.



When: Sep 30, 2018 6pm in Rockport, MA
Cost: Tickets: $69, $62, $49
Manhattan Short Film Festival
This year, MANHATTAN SHORT received 1565 entries from 73 countries from which nine finalists were selected. These nine short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 300 cities on six continents during the week of Sept 27 - Oct 7. And the judges of these films are you, the audience. On entry to each venue, you will be handed a ballot card that allows you to VOTE for the BEST SHORT FILM and ACTOR at the conclusion of the program. Votes will be sent to MANHATTAN SHORT's headquarters and the winner will be announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday, October 8 at 10am EST. The directors and actors anxiously await your decision. The nine MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, New Zealand, the USA, and two films from the United Kingdom. These final nine short films represent the best short from among 1565 submissions from 73 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT in 2018, a testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films. This year's finalists bring together an extraordinary range of film genres including intimate dramas;fast-paced animation; spine-tingling tales; a World War 11 epic; a film shot entirely underwater and a dark comedy as part of the MANHATTAN SHORT 2018 program. The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve (Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria). Unlike any other festival, The Manhattan Short Film Festival invites you--the viewer--to vote for the festival's winner! These short films will not only entertain a global audience but will be judged by them as well. Cinema goers will become instant film critics as they will be handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Tickets: $9.75/$7 Srs & Studts (fees may apply)

When: Oct 1, 2018 1pm in Rockport, MA
National Theatre in HD: King Lear

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.  Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two aging fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.



When: Oct 2, 2018 7pm in Rockport, MA
The Weight Band

The Weight originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs. Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb and Brian Mitchell to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers and Michael Bram to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb.



When: Oct 5, 2018 8pm in Rockport, MA
Cost: Tickets: $29, $39, $49