Special treat video proving who’s the best guitar player in town

You don’t often get to see KBMG ELECTRIC, but you can tonight at Minglewood at 9pm.  Just in case you forgot, they ROCKED Celebrate Gloucester.  Here’s a video from that beautiful September day in 2010 proving who the best guitar player in town really is!

And there’s a visiting rock star in this video ~ he looks like one too.  Anybody know who he is?

If you’re in the mood for something more quiet, check out our friend Marina Evans at Cafe Shalom.

Plus there are plenty of other excellent choices for music tonight.  See the full music lineup here.

Did You Know? (Rudyard Kipling and Whales)

That the Old Annisquam Customs House on River Road is also the site where Rudyard Kipling wrote parts of his 1897 novel Captains Courageous, which follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the arrogant and spoiled son of a railroad tycoon. The novel originally appeared as a serialization in McClure’s, beginning with the November 1896 edition.

The book’s title comes from the ballad “Mary Ambree”, which starts, “When captains courageous, whom death could not daunt”.  Kipling had previously used the same title for an article on businessmen as the new adventurers, published in The Times of November 23, 1892.

The last photo is of a pot beside the Customs House that was once used for boiling down whale blubber to oil used for the lighting of lamps.  Whales were brought to the Customs House and cut up, then boiled down for their oil.  Whales are now valued in New England for their sheer majesty and whale watches are a popular excursion and business, but whale hunting and harvesting was once a major industry in the colonies. During the 18th and 19th century, whaling was a lucrative business with whale oils used for lighting and whalebone used for many other products. Hundreds of ships left New England harbors each year on dangerous whaling expeditions that sometimes took them all over the globe. With the emergence of crude oil, interest in whale oil plummeted around 1850 and the industry thankfully went into demise.

Another very interesting tip courtesy of Allen Estes.

E.J. Lefavour


Grace Church in New York City

The photos of Grace Church and Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana) were sent to GMG by my daughter Liv- a preview of blossoms to come (NYC is several weeks ahead of Gloucester in spring flowering).

Grace Church, a gothic revival masterpiece, was designed by James Renwick, Jr. when he was only 23 years old. The church was consecrated on March 7, 1846. Grace Church is located at 802 Broadway, NY, NY.

Check out what’s happening @ The Cape Ann Community Cinema

Here’s what’s going on at the Cape Ann Community Cinema this week… and beyond!

Acclaimed chromatic player
Chet Williamson
plays jazz set, film follows

This Sunday, March 25 at 5:00pm,The Cape Ann Community Cinema hosts accomplished chromatic (harmonica) player Chet Williamson as he plays in its entirety his new concept album, “Chromatic Noir.”

“My passion for film noir dates back to the 1970s,” Williamson says. “While working as a projectionist for Nick Rock’s film series at the Worcester Public Library, I rolled tape on many a classic. My particular favorites include ‘D.O.A.,’ ‘Gun Crazy’ and ‘A Touch Of Evil.'” The 1950 classic“D.O.A.” will screen following Williamson’s live jazz set.

“Many a jazz standard were first introduced in noir films,” Williamson adds. “There’s ‘Blue Gardenia,’ ‘Laura,’ and ‘The Night Has A Thousand Eyes,’ or tunes that became classics because of the genre, like ‘Again,’ ‘To Each His Own,’ ‘Suddenly It’s Spring,’ and ‘Moanin’ Low,’ among others.”

Chromatic Noir is not a cover album, however. Williamson calls it “an entirely original project in search of its own imagery.” He also says, quoting the protagonist from “Double Indemnity,” that Chromatic Noir is “the stuff that dreams are made of…” adding, “not to mention, the residue of nightmares. In a world of high anxiety, disillusionment and overall bleakness in the face of any kind of future, it was conceived as a disarming antidote, offering romanticism, lyricism and hard-boiled poetry for the weary soul.”

Tickets for this special event are $9.50 adults, $8.00 students and seniors and $6.50 for members, available at the door.

“Chromatic Noir” can be previewed at www.ChromaticNoir.bandcamp.com.

For the Cinema’s full weekly schedule, which includes “Albert Nobbs,” “We Need To Talk About Kevin” and “Declaration Of War,” visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com, or call (978) 282-1988.

A couple of special events to tell you about (so you can plan and get tickets before they sell out): a special sneak preview (with free food) of Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated dance tribute PINA (Mon. Mar. 26 @ 6:00pm) and a one-night-only presentation of the acclaimed documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (Sun. Apr. 8 @ 5:00pm). Order tickets to either of these special events here.

We hope to see you soon!

Thank You For Your Support,

Robert Newton (Creative Director)

Copyright © 2011, Cape Ann Community Cinema, All rights reserved.Our mailing address is:
Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street – 2nd Floor
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 309-8448

An Artist Use For Google Street View.

Found on Youtube

What a great idea!

An Artist uses Google Street View.

This short video featuring Kentucky Painter Bill Guffey is part of an interview recorded in August 2009 at the Gallery at 916. It very quickly covers the aspect of using Google Street View technology to travel the world virtually in search of artistic reference.
One of the main thoughts behind the process is to aid those artists with physical and mental disabilities which limit their ability to get outside and paint.
Recorded by WKYU PBS television station in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Sir Terence David John Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett, (1948 -     )


Knighted in 2009 for his contributions to literature, English fantasy and science fiction writer Pratchett is among the most widely read authors in western popular culture. Known primarily for his Discworld series, he also has a long history of collaborations with other authors including Neil Gaiman, (Good Omens) and Larry Niven, (Rainbow Mars). His erudite and witty style is flavored by a solid knowledge of astronomy and physics. In 2009 Pratchett announced that he was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and has been active in the search for a cure.

Greg Bover



The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is planning another “Night of Recognition” to honor those who give generously to make Gloucester a better place. Nominations are now being received of men and women who have worked quietly and diligently, on their own or within an organization, often behind the scenes and with no expectation of pay or public notice. These are people who have by their actions have improved the quality of life in their neighborhood or anywhere in Gloucester .  Teenage to old age, there are no age restrictions.

Some examples – an individual who:

  • embodies the ideals of friendship
  • gives a helping hand to those who need to get back on their feet
  • has helped keep a cultural/community program alive

You probably know someone who deserves this recognition. Tell us about her or him.

Nominations are due by Friday, April 13.  Awards will be given May 20, at a ceremony at the church starting at 7 p.m. Come one, come all!

Mail to Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church , 10 Church St. , Gloucester 01930

or email your nomination to gloucesteruu@earthlink.net

Community Stuff Saturday


Gloucester Stroke Club meeting Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7 pm.

Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St. Women’s Health Center

Dr. Jonathan M. Inz will speak. Specific techniques and a discussion of how to deal with stress will be provided. Dr. Inz maintains his psychology practice at Medical Psychology Center in Beverly.
He is a graduate of Penn State University an rhe Beth Israel & Harvard Medical School Psychology Fellowship Program. No pre-registration is required. All are welcome. Refreshments.
For more information call 978-283-2633 or 978-283-3968
Submitted by Virginia R. McKinnon, 2 Stanwood Terrace, Gloucester  978-283-3968

Gloucester High School Class 1947

Gloucester High School Class 1947 will hold their 65th Class Reunion at the
Gloucester House on July 14, 2012 from 2 – 6 pm. Anyone starting with this class is
invited to attend, even if they did not graduate with the class. St. Ann’s Class
of 1947 is also invited. Please contact Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon
978-283-3968 or e-mail  mckinnon02@msn.com.
Submitted by Virginia McKinnon, 2 Stanwood Terrace, Gloucester 978-283-3968