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    Telling life stories through dance

    Ipswich Moving Company presents “Here & Now/Life Stories,” a dance concert this Friday through Sunday.
    Ipswich Moving Company presents “Here & Now/Life Stories,” a dance concert this Friday through Sunday.

    DANCING TALES: Ipswich Moving Company presents “Here & Now/Life Stories,” a dance concert of new works and improvisations, Friday through Sunday.

    The intergenerational company of dancers, ages 26 to 74, shares personal stories through dance, poetry, music, and visual media.

    The performance captures the poignant and often funny moments in the dancers’ lives as they face transitions, whether it’s moving into a marriage, searching for creative impulse, aging, or facing a life-changing event.


    “Here & Now” features new works by artistic director Janet Taisey Craft and company members Danielle DiVito and Tabitha Liversidge, with dances and structured improvisations by Lou Cannon, Shannon Devoe, Carol McIntyre, Melissa Tucker, and Linda Walcott.

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    The concert also includes live harp music by Carol McIntyre.

    The audience is invited to an informal discussion with the company immediately following each performance.

    Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Ipswich Moving Company Studio Theatre.

    For tickets and information call 978-356-5565,e-mail:, or visit


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    MUSIC FOR THE AGES: Symphony by the Sea explores the roots of sacred and secular Jewish music at its winter concerts in Marblehead and Newburyport.

    The concerts feature Donald Palma as guest soloist performing double bass in Max Bruch’s treatment of “Kol Nidr,” a prayer of the Jewish high holidays.

    Palma is the symphony’s music director and conductor.

    In Bruch’s setting of the traditional melody, the solo instrument imitates the voice of a cantor chanting the liturgy.


    Also on the program is John Williams’s “Three Pieces from Schindler’s List,” as well as “Jewish Jazz,” performed by Guttmann’s Klezmer All Stars.

    Concluding the concert is the music of Ernest Bloch.

    Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Abbot Hall in Marblehead, with a pre-concert reception at 6:30 p.m.; and 3 p.m. next Sunday at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport.

    Tickets are $35, $5 for students kindergarten through Grade 12.


    AUTHOR’S CORNER: Ted Reinstein, a reporter, commentator, producer, and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle,” talks about his new book, “New England Notebook,” 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody. The book is a collection of his favorite stories from reporting throughout the region. The program includes a slide show, question-and-answer session, and book signing. . . . Dory Codington reads from her book, “Cardinal Points,” 2 p.m. March 2 at Book Ends in Winchester. The book tells the story of two young people trapped in the chaos of the early days of the American Revolution. Codington is a former park guide on the Freedom Trail in Boston, an archivist, and a history teacher. “Cardinal Points” is her debut novel.

    IN LOCAL GALLERIES: Annalee Johnson, Linda Tasker, and Candace Mitchell present new works in “Nothing is the Same” at the Newburyport Art Association March 4 through 9. A reception with the artists is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 7. The past year has taken each artist in a new direction. All are now, for the most part, working in oil, yet their styles range from realistic to abstract, with some works striking a whimsical tone. . . . “Field of Potentiality,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Lynda Scholsberg, is at Endicott College in Beverly through March 20. Scholsberg creates intricate and complex paintings that are inspired by quantum theories and philosophies. She references imagery from science fiction, cinema, satellite, and nature photography.

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