Ann Romney book signing in Winchester


NEW AND NOTEWORTHY: The revival of the Larcom Theatre in Beverly continues with a series of concerts, beginning with The Allen Estes Band on Saturday.

The theater, built in 1912, was once a vaudeville stage and became a film theater in the 1930s.

In 1984, Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company bought the theater and performed there for decades.


The theater closed after the death of the magic show’s founder, Cesareo Pelaez, in March 2012.

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Then local concert promoters Peter and Vickie Van Ness saw the theater and performed acoustic testing. “The Larcom Theatre’s elegant beauty and spectacular acoustics evoke a musical experience you just can’t get anywhere else on Boston’s North Shore,” said Peter Van Ness, of Gloucester.

Last April, Van Ness’s company, gimmeLIVE, produced its first concert in the theater. “After the public’s ecstatic reaction to our sold-out Mardi Gras concert, we knew the Larcom Theatre was a perfect venue to showcase top local talent from the Boston area,” he said.

Kicking off a season of concerts is singer and songwriter Allen Estes of Gloucester, whose award-winning songs have been recorded by Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Dave Mallett, Tom Wopat, and The Judds.

Estes also wrote “Where’d They Go,” the official song of Gloucester, and songs for “The Souls of the Sea” musical.


Van Ness said: “This concert represents a new direction for Allen and his music and will feature some of his newest material, including songs that have not yet been recorded.”

It also is a chance to hear Estes perform with a new six-piece band featuring David Brown on guitar, Dave Mattacks on drums, Matt Leavenworth on fiddle, Steve Burke on keyboards, and Wolf Ginandes on bass.

“Allen’s music blends pop, rock, folk, and country into a unique New England sound that speaks to the soul of this place and touches us deeply,” Van Ness said. “Allen takes his audience to places they’ve never been before, and with his full band they’ll be on their feet by the end of the show, just like they were in April.”

Opening the show is Dave Foley and the Fabulous Mustangs.

The concert – which is one night only – begins at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $19, $29, and $39. They are available at Casa De Moda in Beverly or at


TELLING TALES: Storyteller Judith Black of Marblehead prepares to head out on tour with a premiere performance of her latest work, “Our Heritage to Save,” at the Salem Theatre Company Tuesday.

The piece was commissioned by The Morton Museum of Collierville History in Tennessee.

The story is about 17-year-old Hannah Jean Conrad and her family as they struggle with the realities of living in Yankee-occupied Collierville during the Civil War.

“From her passionate support of the Confederate state to watching her brother and best friend march off on what everyone supposed would be a 30-day adventure, this story explores the differences of opinions within just one family, certainties that have been denied us in history books, and the resilience of the human spirit to learn and love and grow,” Black said.

“As Ms. Black prepares to go on tour with her latest work, we wanted to give her an opportunity to put it in front of an audience,” said John Fogle, the theater’s artistic director. “Hosting a Judith Black performance is always something we look forward to.”

Black is a professional author and storyteller with a national following.

Tuesday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is “pay what you will.”

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AUTHOR’S CORNER: Ann Romney speaks about and signs copies of her book, “The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes and Favorite Traditions,” from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Book Ends in Winchester. Romney and her husband, former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and twenty-one grandchildren. In the photo-filled book, she invites readers into her home and kitchen, combining some of her favorite foods with memories of raising a family. . . . Stephanie Lehmann discusses her newest novel, “Astor Place Vintage,” at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The book is about Amanda Rosenbloom, proprietor of Astor Place Vintage, who thinks she’s on just another call to appraise and possibly purchase clothing from a wealthy, elderly woman. But after discovering a journal sewn into a fur muff, she gets much more than she anticipated.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: With “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” the Rockport Art Association is presenting a new concept – the joining of works from the association’s permanent museum collection, works by contemporary artist members, and works by three invited artists that embody art of the future. The association’s collection has grown from humble beginnings to contain more than 200 works of oils, watercolors, etchings, lithographs, and sculpture. Featured works by association members, which number almost 300, are oils, acrylics, sculpture, graphics, and photography. The invitational portion features paintings by Jill Whitney Armstrong, photography by Phillip Jones, and sculpture by Chris Williams. . . . Mystic Art Gallery, a new space in Medford Square, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Featured during the month are photographs and mixed media by Heidi Gilliam.

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