‘North Shore Star’ competition showcases area singers

Work by Shaun McNiff (above) is at Endicott College. OpArt by Karen DeSantis (below) is in Newburyport. 
Work by Shaun McNiff (above) is at Endicott College. OpArt by Karen DeSantis (below) is in Newburyport. 

LOCAL TALENT SHINES: Are you a rising star? You can find out by entering the fifth “North Shore Star” singing competition, co-hosted by the Beverly Rotary Club  and North Shore Music Theatre. 

The event is March 1. But talent is being prescreened through auditions 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

Vocalists must be at least 16 years old, have singing experience, and live in the Boston area.


Anyone interested in signing up for the audition should contact Tom Rosa  at 781- 662-1965, or by e-mail at

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The actual competition event is 6 to 11 p.m. March 1 at Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers.

It includes silent and live auctions and a full course dinner, followed by an evening of live music featuring 16 vocalists competing for the title of “North Shore Star.”

A panel of three professional theater and entertainment judges will select the evening’s winner, who will receive cash and other prizes.

All proceeds from the event support The Beverly Rotary Foundation scholarship and charity endowment, which benefits the Beverly community.


Tickets are $75 per person, and reserved tables of eight are available for $600. Included are appetizers, dinner, dessert, and the show. Contact Michael Harrington  at 978-232-0003. 

Local businesses that wish to support the event by purchasing an ad in the North Shore Star program book or that want to donate an auction item can also contact Harrington.

HEALING ART: Six US art therapists and educators present their own art in an exhibit at Endicott College  in Beverly through February.

The exhibit, “Personal and Professional Practices,” shows the many styles, materials, and subjects each of the artists have used to express his or her creative spirit.

The works illustrate how the various disciplines intersect on canvas, in collage, and in multi-media.


The six artists — Pat Allen, Peter London, Cathy Malchiodi, Shaun McNiff, Bruce Moon, and Catherine Moon — have selected works for this exhibition that reflect their own preferences and styles.

Endicott’s creative arts therapy program offers a four-year, preprofessional degree that integrates three areas of study: studio art, psychology, and arts therapy. The program focuses on visual arts, as well as performing arts including dance, drama, and music.

About 12 years ago, Mark Towner  was hired as dean of the school of visual and performing arts, and also to oversee the art therapy program.

“Art saved my life nearly 40 years ago, and continues to enrich and transform my life to this very day,” Towner said. “Along my professional journey, I’ve become increasingly aware of the things I can do to help assist and support others who find themselves in creative pursuit, troubling times, or identity development.”

Towner curated the exhibit with the assistance of Kathleen Moore, the college’s coordinator of visual arts.

A reception to meet several of the artists is 5 to 7 p.m. Feb.21. Call 978-232-2655 or visit


AUTHOR’S CORNER: Author Jared Diamond  discusses his new book, “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?” at The Music Hall  in Portsmouth, N.H., 7:30 p.m. Thursday. In the book, Diamond compares traditional societies that were pre-industrial, low-density, and without state government with the modern world that came to embrace industrialization, government, globalization, and technical innovation. Following his presentation, Diamond is interviewed on stage by Virginia Prescott , host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Diamond is a professor of geography at UCLA. He is the author of several books and he won the Pulitzer Prize for “Guns, Germs, and Steel.”

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “Fresh Paint: An OpArt Exhibit,” a collection of work created by the artists of Opportunity Works, is at The Provident Bank’s Lobby for the Arts in Newburyport during January. A reception with the artists is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24. OpArt is a partnership between the Newburyport Art Association  and Opportunity Works, which encourages and supports individuals with a variety of physical and developmental disabilities. OpArt helps participants professionally create, exhibit, and market their artwork . . . Evmorphia Stratis  of Everett, who has painted, exhibited, and taught painting in California, Greece, and Boston, is showing works at the Mystic Coffee Roaster Café in Medford. On display are large oil paintings from her tree series, small mixed-medium still life, and two figurative pieces.

Items can be sent to wdkilleen@gmail. com.