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Me & thee coffeehouse launching its winter season

Caravan of Thieves will perform at me & thee on Feb. 7.

Caravan of Thieves will perform at me & thee on Feb. 7.

WINTER AT ME & THEE: The me & thee coffeehouse in Marblehead, one of the oldest continually running acoustic music coffeehouses in New England, has launched its winter season.

Caravan of Thieves returns to the stage Feb. 7. Gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass, and violin lay the foundation for the group’s vocal harmonies, storytelling, and circus-like showmanship. Opening the show is the Bones of J.R. Jones.

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Two a cappella groups perform Feb.14. Boston-based Five O’Clock Shadow is an all-vocal rock band. The quintet’s voices create guitar riffs, trumpet solos, and beatboxing.

Luminescence, an all-female a cappella group from Marblehead High School, opens.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Seth Glier headlines Feb. 21. Kayla Ringelheim, 2008’s audience choice at Boston Folk Festival’s songwriting competition, opens.

Stoughton native Lori McKenna closes out the month on Feb. 28. Three of McKenna’s songs were recorded on Faith Hill’s “Fireflies” album, and she is set to release a new album of her own, called “Massachusetts,” this spring. Opening act is Americana songwriter Dietrick Strause.

Folk rock duo Nerissa and Katryna Nields appear March 7. The sisters have been performing together for 20 years. Their newest album, “The Full Catastrophe,” is for all those who struggle to balance work, home, and artistic lives.

Singer-songwriter Dan Navarro, who spent years as half of the duo Lowen and Navarro, is the other part of the co-bill.

The season ends March 14 with Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-folk singer David Francey, whose songs document the lives of working people and have earned him three Juno awards.

The coffeehouse is at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Music begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets range from $10 to $25, depending on the show. Senior citizens get a $3 discount and most student tickets are $10.

Call 781-631-8987 or visit meandthee.org.

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Sheila Cunningham reads from her book, “Willow’s Walkabout: A Children’s Guide to Boston,” 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. It’s the story of Willow the wallaby, who escapes from the zoo and explores Boston. It is based on the true story of Aardu, who escaped from the Stone Zoo in 1990 and explored the city for 11 days before being found. Illustrations are by Kathie Kelleher of Merrimac. . . . Mark Bodanza discusses his book, “Make It Count: The Life and Times of Basketball Great JoJo White,” 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Peabody Institute Library in Danvers. White, a former Boston Celtic, will be on hand for the discussion. The book examines White’s playing days from the neighborhood courts of St. Louis to the NBA, and shows how his upbringing and character helped influence his success on the court.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Looking for Hope: The New Orleans Drawing Project, 2006–2013,” a solo exhibition by Gloucester artist Jeffrey Marshall, is at Endicott College in Beverly through April 11. A reception is 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6. The EC Jazz Rock Ensemble, led by Ray Novack, provides music as guests view the works and visit with the artist. For the last eight years, Marshall has traveled to New Orleans for two to three weeks at a time, drawing around the city to get a sense of its recovery following Hurricane Katrina. He uses grease pencils, ink, conte, pastels, paper, and illustration board to document the devastation left behind by Katrina, and the progress or lack of progress since 2006.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com.
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