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National Theatre in HD: Allelujah!
Alan Bennett's sharp and hilarious new play is 'just what the doctor ordered' (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London's Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don't miss this acclaimed production full of 'singalongs and stinging wit' (Guardian). The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town in Yorkshire, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people's choir. One of Britain's most celebrated writers, Alan Bennett's plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner. 'Singalongs and Bennett's stinging wit light up a state-of-the-nation play.' -Guardian

When: Nov 15, 2018 7pm in Rockport, MA
An Evening with John McCutcheon
John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers. The performance will take place in the church's handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall. Coffee, tea, and delicious homemade desserts will be available for purchase.

When: Nov 16, 2018 7:30PM in Rockport, MA
Cost: Advance tickets are $20. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $25 for adults, $15 for those 65 and older, $5 for those under 18, and $50 for families.
Capitol Steps
As the granddaddy of political satire, The Capitol Steps have been poking fun at the D.C. establishment for over 35 years. The veteran troupe have become masters at skewering both sides of the aisle, their repurposed covers of pop songs loaded with puns and outrageous one-liners. No one is safe! The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form. Before The Daily Show, Full Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning. The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven't let up since. If you've been keeping with the news, you know there's no shortage of material. The troupe is coming back to Rockport with a new show of musical and political comedy. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake or a deplorable: neither side is safe from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy! Tickets: $79, $72, $55 (Fees may apply)

When: Nov 17, 2018 8pm in Rockport, MA
Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps have elevated political satire to an art form.  Before The Daily ShowFull Frontal, and The Colbert Report, this Washington, DC-based comedy troupe gave audience laugh cramps with their bipartisan lampooning.  The Capitol Steps began in 1981 as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize their employers, and haven’t let up since.  If you’ve been keeping with the news, you know there’s no shortage of material.  The troupe is coming back to Rockport with a new show of musical and political comedy.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or Democrat, a snowflake or a deplorable:  neither side is safe from the group that puts the “MOCK” in Democracy!

When: Nov 17, 2018 8pm in Rockport, MA
Danish String Quartet
The Danish Quartet's playing reflects impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and, above all, an expressivity inextricably bound to the music, from Haydn to Shostakovich to contemporary scores. Their performances bring a rare musical spontaneity, giving audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time, and exuding a palpable joy in music-making that have made them enormously in-demand on concert stages throughout the world. Since its debut in 2002, the Danish String Quartet has demonstrated a special affinity for Scandinavian composers, from Nielsen to Hans Abrahamsen, alongside music of Mozart and Beethoven. The Quartet's musical interests also encompass Nordic folk music, the focus of its newest recording, Last Leaf, on the ECM label. The recipient of many awards and prestigious appointments, including the Borletti Buitoni Trust, the Danish String Quartet was named in 2013 as BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and appointed to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two Program. The 2018-19 season takes them London's Wigmore Hall and Norway's Trondheim Festival to New York's 92nd Street Y and the La Jolla Festival. The group takes an active role in reaching new audiences through special projects. In 2007, they established the DSQ Festival, now in its 11th year, which takes place in an intimate and informal setting in Copenhagen. This October, the Danish String Quartet performs, over the course of six concerts, the complete Beethoven cycle of 16 string quartets. In 2016, they inaugurated a new music festival, Series of Four, which they both perform and invite colleagues to appear at the venerable Danish Radio Concert Hall. Concerts this season range from a chamber version of the Fauré Requiem, a recital with violinist Augustin Hadelich, and the Scandinavian debut of the Vision String Quartet. The Danish String Quartet has received numerous citations and prizes, including First Prize in the Vagn Homboe String Quartet Competition and the Charles Hennen International Chamber Music Competition in the Netherlands, as well as the Audience Prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition in 2005. In 2009, the Danish String Quartet won First Prize in the 11th London International String Quartet Competition, now known as the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition. The Quartet was the awarded the 2010 NORDMETALL-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, and in 2011, they received the Carl Nielsen Prize, the highest cultural honor in Denmark. Named Artist-in-Residence in 2006 by the Danish Radio, the Quartet was offered the opportunity to record the Nielsen string quartets at the Danish Radio Concert Hall. The two CDs, released in 2007 and 2008 on the Dacapo label, garnered enthusiastic praise for their first recordings--"these Danish players have excelled in performances of works by Brahms, Mozart and Bartók in recent years. But they play Nielsen's quartets as if they owned them," noted the New York Times. In 2012, the Danish String Quartet released a recording of Haydn and Brahms quartets on the German AVI-music label, for which they also received critical notice. Subsequently, they recorded works by Brahms and Robert Fuchs with clarinetist Sebastian Manz, released by AVI-music in 2014; Wood Works, an album of traditional Scandinavian folk music, released by Dacapo in 2017 and one of the top classical albums of the year, including on Spotify; and music of Thomas Adès, Per Nøgård, and Abrahamsen, the Quartet's debut album on ECM. Violinists Frederik Øland and Rune Tonsgaard Sørenson and violist Asbjorn Norgaard met as children at a music summer camp where they played soccer and made music together. As teenagers, they began the study of classical chamber music and were mentored by Tim Frederiksen of Copenhagen's Royal Danish Academy of Music. In 2008, the three Danes were joined by Norwegian cellist Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin. PROGRAM HAYDN: String Quartet in C major, Op. 20, No.2 ABRAHAMSEN: Quartet no. 1 "Ten Preludes" BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No.1 (First Rasumovsky) Pre-concert talk with Dr. Andrew Shryock, 2 PM

When: Nov 18, 2018 12am to Nov 18, 2018 12am in Rockport, MA
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: Nov 18, 2018 1:30PM in Rockport, MA
Bolshoi Ballet in HD: La Sylphide
On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville's style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece. Tickets: $22 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors/$5 Youth

When: Nov 20, 2018 12am to Nov 20, 2018 12am in Rockport, MA
National Theatre in HD: The Madness of George III
Written by one of Britain's best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). It's 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King's mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man. Tickets: $22 Adults/ $15 Students & Seniors/$5 Youth

When: Nov 25, 2018 12:55PM in Rockport, MA
Stunningly powerful vocal harmony floods the room as the four Windborne singers present Song on the Times, their project of working class movements for peoples' rights from the past 400 years, sung for today struggles. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their Indiegogo for the project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries. Aside from this new project, Windborne has collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world, Windborne is able to shift from radically different genres like no band you have ever heard, as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song, as an English ballad. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage - their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

When: Nov 27, 2018 12am to Nov 27, 2018 12am in Rockport, MA
Coco Montoya
When: Dec 1, 2018 8pm in Rockport, MA