‘Chasing Ice,’ is screened at Cape Ann Community Cinema

DRAMATIC CHANGE ON FILM: A documentary about climate change, “Chasing Ice,” is being shown at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Sunday to benefit marine science and environmental programs at Maritime Gloucester.

The film tells the story of one man’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of climate change. Using time-lapse cameras, his videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear.

“Chasing Ice” has been nominated for several independent film festival awards in the documentary and cinematography categories. It was recently awarded best documentary at the 22d annual Awards of the Environmental Media Association. 


It will be represented at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Feb. 24, as composer J. Ralph’s song “Before My Time,” which plays at the film’s end, was nominated in the original song category.

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The screening is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $9.75, $8.25 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at

LYRICAL LIBERTY: The United States Air Force bands usually present big shows. But individual band members also perform in more intimate settings as part of a chamber recital series.

Members of the Air Force Band of Liberty perform at Endicott College in Beverly on Sunday.

Instrumentalists and vocalists from the Air Force Band of Liberty appear on stage in Rose Hall of the Center for the Arts at Endicott College in Beverly on Sunday.

The men and women are joined by Boston-based pianist Yilin You


The two-hour program includes diverse pieces. The concert begins at 3 p.m. A reception follows.

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved at  or by calling 978- 998-7700. 

VACATION CLOSE-UP: As February school vacation approaches, the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport is accepting applications for its weeklong acting program for kids.

“On-Camera” is an intensive program in film-acting techniques for students ages 12 to 16. 

Participants have the opportunity to learn professional film acting techniques and watch their performances played back on a television monitor.


They use stories from their lives, as well as selected monologues from commercials, television shows, plays, and films. And they are given a digital copy of their work at the end of the session.

The instructor is Charles Van Eman, who for more than 30 years worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Boston.

His most recent stage work has been at the Firehouse Center in “The Christina Experiment” and at the Actors Studio of Newburyport in “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia.”

Local actress Ashley Risteen serves as the program assistant.

The workshop runs 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 to 22. Cost is $125. Call Beth Falconer at 978-499-9931, e-mail, or visit

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Marion Sparks  has been installed as president of the Greater

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Newburyport Association of Realtors. She serves as the association spokeswoman, presides over association meetings, and appoints committee members. Sparks is affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Newburyport and has more than 20 years experience representing home buyers and sellers in northern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. . . . Lindsey Curole of Merrimac, a 2012 graduate of Northern Essex Community College who now attends UMass Lowell, recently received the 2012 Massachusetts Educational Opportunity Association scholarship.

The scholarship program supports the success of low-income and first-generation college students in their pursuit of higher education. Born and raised in New Orleans, Curole was a student at her local community college when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. After the storm, she came to Massachusetts and enrolled in Northern Essex’s laboratory science program. She graduated with honors, earning an associate’s degree, and enrolled in the clinical lab science program at UMass Lowell.

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