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    Belleville Roots Music Series kicks off its season

    **warning: low-res for less than 1 col** For 14noarts - Sierra Hull and Highway 111 presents a bluegrass concert as part of the Belleville Roots Music Series at the Belleville Church in Newburyport Oct. 18. (Handout)
    **warning: low-res for less than 1 col** For 14noarts - Sierra Hull and Highway 111 presents a bluegrass concert as part of the Belleville Roots Music Series at the Belleville Church in Newburyport Oct. 18. (Handout)

    MUSICAL ROOTS: The Belleville Roots Music Series  kicks off its season with a bluegrass concert featuring Sierra Hull  and Highway 111  Thursday at the Belleville Congregational Church  in Newburyport.

    The five-concert series celebrates music ranging from a cappella to zydeco, blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, country folk, gospel, jazz, and world music.

    Hull is a singer, songwriter, and mandolin player. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, she was the first bluegrass performer to receive the Presidential Scholarship, a prestigious award given by the college.


    Hull has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House, and she fronts the band Highway 111. The International Bluesgrass Music Association has nominated the singer for five awards in the past three years.

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    The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 the day of the show; and $10 for children 12 and younger.

    Before the concert, there’s a barbecue dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets, which must be purchased by noon Tuesday, are $20; $10 for children 12 and younger.

    The Roots Music Series, founded in December 2010, has two missions: bringing a variety of quality roots music to the Newburyport area, and raising money to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Belleville Meetinghouse and adjacent Fiske Chapel at 300 High St. 

    Other concerts in the series include rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, and rockabilly with JD McPherson, Nov 16; soul, blues, and gospel with Ruthie Foster, Dec. 6; Mardi Gras dance and dinner with Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Feb. 8; and a St. Patrick’s Day concert with Goitse, a five-piece Irish band, on March 15.


    Visit www.bellevillechurch­.org. 

    CLASSIC THRILLER: Stoneham Theatre presents the New England premiere of the play “Double Indemnity,” Thursday through Nov. 4.

    Based on the 1944 film of the same name, the stage adaptation was done in 2011 by David Pichette  and R. Hamilton Wright

    “Double Indemnity” tells the story of an insurance man who is seduced by a woman into murdering her husband so she can collect his accident policy. Once the murder takes place, the love affair fades, as does their trust, while everyone around them suspects foul play.

    The play is directed by Weylin Symes, artistic director of Stoneham Theatre.


    The cast includes Lewis WheelerAimee Doherty,  Sean McGuirk, Michael Underhill,  and Melis Aker.  

    Lighting and scenic design is by Christopher Ostrom, and costumes by Rachel Padula-Shufelt.  

    Performances are 7:30 p.m Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. A special senior matinee is 2 p.m. Oct. 24.

    Tickets are $48 for orchestra premium; $44, standard orchestra; $44 and $42 for senior citizens. A Pay What You Can night is Thursday.

    Call 781-279-2200 or visit 

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Tom Sexton  presents a poetry reading at Northern Essex Community College  in Haverhill from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

    After graduating from Lowell High School in 1958, Sexton spent three years in the Army — two of them stationed in Alaska.

    He returned to Massachusetts and attended Northern Essex, where he joined the literary society and founded Parnassus, the college’s student literary and arts magazine.

    He graduated in 1966 with an associate degree. Sexton earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State and a master’s from the University of Alaska.

    He taught at the University of Alaska for 25 years, serving as chairman of the English department for 10 years, and was poetry editor of the Alaska Quarterly Review.

    From 1995 to 2000, Sexton was poet laureate of Alaska.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “From Plum Island to Paris,” an exhibit of paintings by Christine Molitor Johnson, is at the Newburyport Art Association  next Sunday through November. A reception will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26. Johnson, of Amesbury, grew up in Newburyport and spent summer days on Plum Island, which later became one of her favorite places to paint. Five years ago, she made her first trip to Paris and it has become another of her favorite destinations. The show highlights vistas in both locations. . . . “In My Lifetime: Paintings of Memories and Mementos,” by Ed Dodge,  is at The Provident Bank  in Newburyport through Saturday. Dodge has been a resident of Newbury and Newburyport since childhood. He is inspired by the rivers, Great Marsh, and seashore of Plum Island.

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