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An afternoon of piano at the Marblehead Arts Association

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform at the Marblehead Arts Association.

Pianist Jacqueline Schwab will perform at the Marblehead Arts Association.

PIANOSCAPES: Pianist Jacqueline Schwab makes a return appearance to the Marblehead Arts Association, performing in the ballroom of the King Hooper Mansion on Sunday.

Schwab specializes in telling stories and creating moods with her music, as well as inspiring people to dance.

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She improvises and composes meditative, spirited arrangements of traditional and vintage tunes from the United States, England, Scotland, and beyond.

Schwab has performed on more than a dozen documentaries by Ken Burns, including his Grammy Award-winning “Civil War,” his Emmy Award-winning “Baseball,” and his recently premiered “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

“Jacqueline Schwab brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know,” said Burns. “Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt, and unusually moving.”

Schwab also has been heard on other PBS documentaries, including “New York: A Documentary Film,” by Ric Burns, and “The Irish in America.”

She has performed at the White House for President Clinton, and also with singer Jean Redpath on Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Schwab’s playing was recently featured on John Birge’s “Giving Thanks,” which aired nationally on public radio. She has three solo recordings.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20; $15 for Marblehead Art Association members. Call 781-631-2608 or visit www.marbleheadarts.org.

TRAVELING HISTORY: Ipswich playwright J.T. Turner and members of the Actors Company have been invited to perform Turner’s historical play “Within These Walls” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., in August.

The play tells the story of one house in Ipswich, five families, and 200 years of history.

The invitation comes in honor of the 50th anniversary of a historic preservation intervention by Kay Thompson and Helen Lunt, two housewives who, in 1963, recognized that chapters of American history, written within the walls of a simple clapboard house slated for destruction, were in peril.

Turner introduces audiences to the two women, as well as five of the families who lived at 16 Elm St. In experiencing their life and times, audiences can learn the arch of American history as it played out in the kitchens and parlors of ordinary citizens.

The house that inspired the play is the largest single artifact on permanent display at the Smithsonian museum.

The Actors Company has launched a campaign to raise the $5,000 needed to send its players to Washington. To make a donation for the trip or for more information, visit www.ipswichvisitorcenter.org.

“Within These Walls” is also performed annually at 16 Elm St. in Ipswich, on the spot where the house long stood. The stage is set around a three-dimensional, three-fourths-scale replica of the house painted on canvas. This year’s free performance is Sept. 28.

AUTHOR’S CORNER:Dennis Lehane, author of “Gone, Baby, Gone” and “Mystic River,” visits Bestsellers Café in Medford at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Lehane is known for detective stories and novels of psychological suspense. His other books include “Shutter Island” and “The Given Day.” His latest is “Live by Night,” the story of a gangster set in the 1920s. . .  Bill Sargent talks about his new book, “Beach Wars: 10,000 Years of Conflict and Change on a Barrier Beach,” at 7 p.m. Friday at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. A naturalist who lives in Ipswich, Sargent outlines the history of New England’s barrier beaches such as Plum Island, and reflects on how protection of the land and ocean has been redefined over the years.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES:Bridge Gallery, an artist cooperative in downtown Newburyport, is closing after Memorial Day weekend. The gallery opened in 2006 with 15 members. The membership remained constant until this year, when a number of departing members were not replaced. Current members include: Marjet Lesk, Anne Recchia, and Karen Lynch, all of Newburyport; Joanna Hammond and Andrea Holland Hart of Amesbury; Michael Doran of North Andover; and Danielle Gauthier McCarthy of Plaistow, N.H. The gallery is selling artwork at a 20 percent discount. A “Make An Offer” reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. . . . “Breaking Out,” an exhibition of work by the 13 artists of the Brush Gallery and Artists Studios in Lowell, runs June 8 through Aug. 3. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. June 13. The artists broke out of their traditional formats and integrated their work to create a unified canvas within the gallery. The show includes a range of media and artistic expression. 

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