A flamenco beat at the Firehouse in Newburyport

“Birthday Serenade,” by James Kubiatowicz, at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport.
“Birthday Serenade,” by James Kubiatowicz, at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport.

HOT STUFF: Flamenco music and dancing are aimed at warming up a cold night — and inciting some romance — at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport on Valentine’s evening. The show features flamenco guitarist, composer, and improviser Juanito Pascual and his new trio.

Pascual’s sound is a blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco, with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.

Since the 2003 release of his debut solo recording, “Cosas en Comun,” Pascual’s international touring schedule has included the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York’s Lincoln Center, Blue Note Jazz Club, the Panama Jazz Festival, and Madrid’s renowned Casa Patas.


He has performed with a lengthy list of top flamenco artists from Spain and the United States, in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of artists.

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The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio includes percussionist Tupac Mantilla and bassist Brad Barrett. The Firehouse show also features guest flamenco dancer Auxi Fernandez.

The performance is at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Tickets are $24; $22 for Firehouse members. Call 978-462-7336 or visit

YOUTHFUL JAZZ: The second annual “Warm Music for a Winter’s Night” welcomes Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra to the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday.

The gala benefits the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras’ special programs for young musicians, community outreach, and scholarships.


Oliver founded the jazz orchestra in 1995, while a student at Berklee College of Music.

He conducts the young, energetic 15-piece orchestra, and this show includes a female vocalist.

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras is the largest youth orchestral program in northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, serving more than 40 communities

The young musicians play strings, wind, brass, and percussion instruments in eight distinct ensembles, led by music director Gerald Dolan and a group of music educators.

As part of its mission, the student musicians perform free concerts for the public, as well as outreach performances for residents in communities who might not otherwise have access to live classical music.


“Warm Music for a Winter’s Night” begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for benefactors are $150, and include premier seating, a pre-concert reception with hors d’oeuvres, and acknowledgment in the concert program. Tickets for patrons are $75, and include premium seating and acknowledgment in the concert program. General admission tickets for the concert only are $50 and $25. Call 978- 546-7391 or visit

AUTHORS’ CORNER: Elisabeth Brink discusses her new mystery, “North of Boston,” at 7 p.m. Friday at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport. Published under the pen name Elisabeth Elo, the literary suspense novel introduces readers to Pirio Kasparov — a Boston-bred, tough-talking woman with an acerbic wit. Brink is a former resident of Newburyport. . . . Richard Beinecke reads from and signs copies of his book, “The Mystic River: A Natural and Human History and Recreation Guide,” at 2 p.m. next Sunday at Book Ends in Winchester. The book includes historical and recreational information and a discussion of the river’s environmental issues. Written in collaboration with the Mystic River Watershed Association, it is organized as a series of trips along the river, suitable for armchair readers, kayakers, cyclists, and others.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: An exhibit in the vein of the British drama “Downton Abbey” opens at The Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. “Gestures of Romance” features new paintings by James Kubiatowicz, who began painting his own scenes of dinner jackets and evening gowns before the television series rocketed to popularity. The exhibit, which celebrates the little moments that define relationships, runs through Jan. 22. . . . Fresh, bright, colorful paintings by Barbara Naeser are on display at the Stetson Art Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead through February. An opening reception for the artist is being held Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Naeser, of Marblehead, paints people and playful objects from everyday life that have a personal significance.

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