THE VOICES: Kathy St. George and Kerry Dowling affectionately battle for center stage in “Dueling Divas (…and a Dandy!)” at Gloucester Stage Wednesday through Sunday.
The show features songs from the Great American Songbook, including tunes from stage and screen.
Daniel Robert Sullivan, from the national tour of “Jersey Boys,” officiates the musical “competition.”
A native of Stoneham, St. George was first exposed to theater while a college student at Salem State. Later, while teaching second grade in Stoneham, she got involved in community theater and went on to perform on Broadway. Since returning to Boston in 1991, she has worked steadily as an actress and singer.
Dowling is a Boston singer and actress. Sullivan has appeared in national tours of several musicals, including “The Pirates of Penzance” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
Eric C. Engel, artistic director of Gloucester Stage, directs “Dueling Divas.”
Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $40; $35 for students and senior citizens. Call 978-281-4433 or visit gloucesterstage.com.
OUTDOOR SCULPTURE: “Bacon,” a cast bronze pig by sculptor Nancy Schon — perhaps best known for her “Make Way for Ducklings” statues in the Boston Public Garden — is part of the fourth annual Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School in South Hamilton.
Schon is honorary chairwoman of the exhibit, which features the work of 22 artists. The show runs next Sunday through Nov. 24.
Participating artists include Daniel Altshuler, Richard Bertman, Whitmore Boogaerts, Lindley Briggs, Dave Carpenter, Larry Elardo, Shawn Farrell, the late Ephraim Friedman, Gordon Frost, Steven Hayden, Arlene Hecht, Aron Leaman, Jill Nooney, Buddy Quinn, Dale Rogers, Gene Sheehan, Duncan Smith, Brad Story, Bart Stuyf, and Michael Updike.
An indoor memorial exhibit of the works of Beverly Seamans of Marblehead, who died in 2012, coincides with the outdoor show.
During the first week of the exhibit, sculptor Justin Gordon of Groveland creates a sand sculpture of three students in front of the school. The public is invited to watch him work from Sept. 2 to 7.
Visitors can view the outdoor show seven days a week during daylight hours. A reception with the artists is 3 p.m. Sept. 8.
LOCKHART VISITS: Tickets are still available to see Keith Lockhart and Friends on Sept. 28 at the Collins Center for the Performing Arts at Andover High School.
Lockhart presents a talk on composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” illustrated by periodic interludes of music performed by a group of seven musicians.
Lockhart became the 20th conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995, following John Williams and Arthur Fiedler.
The event is presented by the Northern Essex Community College (NECC) Foundation, Inc., Women of NECC, and the NECC Alumni Association. Proceeds benefit NECC’s endowment fund.
The performance is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Tickets are $35. Call 978-556-3870 or visit www.mvarts.info.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: Children’s book author Shelia Duncan reads from her book, “Here’s Trouble,” at Wit and Whimsy Children’s Bookstore in Marblehead at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Trouble the Dog was created by Duncan and her niece, after the niece lost her father, grandmother, and a beloved family pet to cancer within a short time.
The aim is for the character to help kids learn how to deal with the difficulties life brings, gently and with humor.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES:
“Woodcut: Blocks and Prints,” an exhibit of work by Don Gorvett, is at the Winfisky Gallery
at Salem State University Sept. 4 through Oct. 9. Gorvett has produced large-scale reduction woodcut prints for decades. The exhibit includes rarely seen massive woodblocks, which yield the prints. Gorvett’s work can be found in numerous museums, and corporate and private collections . . . “Essence
of Space,” paintings by Sus
Iserbyt, are on exhibit at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell Sept. 4-29. A reception is
5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Iserbyt paints with acrylics, using a palette knife to shape images and build layers.