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    Chick Singer Night Boston at Johnny D’s in Somerville

    RAISING FEMALE VOICES: Chick Singer Night Boston  hosts a talent show highlighting female singers and songwriters at Johnny D’s  in Somerville on Saturday.

    The show, which is for all ages, features established and emerging female talent including Pan Morigan  and Krista Angelucci, both of Billerica; Barbara Alex  of Marblehead; Colleen Nicholas  of Arlington; Kyra Koman  of Winchester; and The Cranks, with band members Haley and Connor Gowland  of Dunstable and Alex Markoski  of Westford.

    In keeping with its nondiscriminatory tradition, Chick Singer Night welcomes special guest Ira Bernstein  of Lexington as the “Are You Man Enough” feature.


    There are acoustic and band performances, as well as artists backed by the Chick Singer Night house band including Joe Musella  on guitar, Justin Kolack  on bass, Greg Allison  on drums, and Andrew Beckman  on keyboard.

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    Chick Singer Night is an international nonprofit with locations in 15 US cities and in Stockholm. Celebrating 23 years, it exists solely to promote up-and-coming young female talent.

    The Boston chapter, codirected by Jennifer Truesdale  of Arlington and Marcia Macres  of Westford, has set itself apart by donating all proceeds from its talent showcases to local music and arts programs.

    Doors open at 3:30 p.m. with the show running from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Visit

    SUNNY’S DAY: Sonja “Sunny” Dahlgren Pryor  recently received the Alfred Nash Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award from Choral Arts New England.  


    The award honors significant contributions to choral singing and its culture within New England.

    Pryor, of Ipswich, is celebrating her 50th year as music director of Chorus North Shore, which is in its 80th year. She has developed the community chorus into a leading arts organization, which performs master choral works with internationally known soloists and embarks on regular concert tours abroad.

    Associated with music education for more than 30 years, Pryor has taught students from kindergarten through college. She served as director of music of the Hamilton-Wenham school district, and has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Gordon College, and Northern Essex Community College. 

    AUTHOR’S CORNER: James Phoenix  reads from his book “Frame Up,” the first book in the Fenway Burke Mystery Series, at Jabberwocky Bookshop  in Newburyport 7 p.m. Friday. In the book, Burke — whose home base is a rusting, steel-hulled boat moored in Marblehead Harbor — is recruited by a Boston bookie, a childhood friend, to win the release of a wrongly convicted man. . . . Mary Johnson  discusses her memoir, “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life,” at Northern Essex Community College  in Haverhill noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday. At 19, Johnson joined the Missionaries of Charity, also known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She spent 15 of her 20 years as a sister stationed in Rome, where she lived and worked with Mother Teresa. After leaving the sisters in 1997, she completed a degree in English at Lamar University and a master of fine arts in creative writing at Goddard College.  Johnson is creative director of retreats for A Room of Her Own Foundation. 

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Large oil paintings of area landscapes by Mary Pyche  of Merrimac are on display at the G.A.R. Memorial Library in West Newbury during November and December. Pyche studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts  and the Art Students League in New York. She has been painting in New England, Canada, and Europe for 35 years. . . . “Impressions in Color,” an exhibit of new oil paintings by Anne Cowman, is at Sovereign Bank in Manchester-by-the-Sea through Dec. 4. Cowman captures the interplay of sky, land, and water using vivid colors and the bold strokes of a palette knife. . . .“Ulrike Welsch – Photography, My Passion and My Life – A Retrospective” is at the Marblehead Arts Association  through Nov. 29. Welsch started photographing as a teenager in Germany. After arriving in the United States in 1964, she developed her skills as a photojournalist, first with the now-defunct Boston Herald Traveler and then The Boston Globe. At both papers she was the first woman staff photographer. She gives a talk on her life in photography 4 p.m. next Sunday. Reservations are requested.

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