Improv group plays for laughs in Marblehead

Carved stoneware by Diane Chen KW (above) is on exhibit at Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia.
Carved stoneware by Diane Chen KW (above) is on exhibit at Lexicon Gallery in Magnolia.

DOCTOR TURNED ARTIST Diane Chen had a career as a physician and epidemiologist, but has carved out a new career.

Known by her artistic name, Diane Chen KW, she is a full-time ceramic artist and graduate student in the master of fine arts program at the University of Hawaii.

An exhibition and sale of her work, “Beauty in Nature: Carved Stoneware,” runs through Sept. 7 at the Lexicon Gallery in the Magnolia section of Gloucester. A reception is 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15.


Each of her pieces is a collaboration with a ceramic artist who creates the form, which she then carves using details of vines, grasses, ropes, flowers, roots, and leaves.

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Chen’s work is in many private collections, as well as in the permanent collection of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester.

Lexicon Gallery is at 15 Lexington Ave., No. 1. Call 978-525-2111 or visit

CONDUCTING A CELEBRATION Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening to Remember with Keith Lockhart and Friends” at the Lynn Auditoriumon Oct. 1.

The event is a combined celebration of Lockhart’s 20th anniversary as conductor of the Boston Pops and North Shore Community College’s 50th anniversary.


Lockhart, who will be joined by five musicians, will reminisce about his two decades with the Pops and demonstrate with some of his favorite music.

The evening begins at 5:45 p.m. with a reception Lockhart will attend for those who purchase VIP Circle tickets for $150 per person.

The concert follows at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert only are $75 for premium seating; $50 for general admission; and $25 for students.

The Lynn Auditorium is at 3 City Hall Square. Call 781-599-7469 or visit They also can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

GAME NIGHT The improvisational comedy group, Accidentally on Purpose, returns to its home, the Marblehead Little Theatre, Friday, Aug. 14.


The evening includes classic games, some with a twist. Audience participation is encouraged.

The troupe features Brett Bovio, Bruce Whear, Erik Rodenhiser, Erik Neumann, Andrew Dunlop, Susan Parker, Mark Salavatore, and special guests.

The show begins at 8 p.m. at 12 School St. Tickets are $15. Call 781-631-9697 or visit

PAINTING THE TOWN The fourth annual PaintEssex, a wet paint auction and reception, is Saturday, Aug. 15, and Sunday, Aug. 16.

Throughout the day on Saturday, artists capture the historic shipbuilding village and antique mecca, as well as landscapes and river views.

A live auction of their work is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Essex County Greenbelt Association, 82 Eastern Ave. (Route 133). The reception includes a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and live music. Tickets are $25 and are available through the Essex Merchants Group, 155 Main St. Call 978-412-5585.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Band of Brushes is a group of artists that meets weekly during the spring, summer, and fall to paint outdoors.

The artists — all members of theNewburyport Art Association — share a love of nature and plein air painting in oil, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics.

They paint at such locations as Sandy Point on Plum Island; Maudslay State Park in Newburyport; Cox Reservation in Essex; Crane Estate in Ipswich; Halibut Point in Rockport; and Stackyard Road in Rowley.

The artists are Dorothy Aham and Maryann Varoski of Plum Island; Grace Daly of Newton, N.H.; Sarajean Graham of Kensington, N.H.; Christine Molitor Johnson of Amesbury; Pam Perras of Wakefield; Anika Savage of Newburyport; Cynthia Stern and Sandra Marucci of Boxford; and Robin Thornhill of Danville, N.H.

The exhibit at the Newburyport Art Association runs Tuesday, Aug. 11, through Aug. 27. A reception is 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The art association is at 65 Water St. Call 978-465-8769 or visit

A NEW SEUSSBook Ends in Winchester is celebrating the release of the new Dr. Seuss book “What Pet Should I Get?” with a pajama party reading on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas — but they don’t have to — and can bring a stuffed animal friend.

The book was released in July, more than 20 years after the death of author Theodor Seuss Geisel. His window, Audrey Geisel, found manuscripts and illustrations in their home soon after the author died in 1991. She set the materials aside, rediscovering them in 2013 while cleaning his office.

Random House said it expects to release two additional books from the found materials.

The party runs 7 to 7:30 p.m. at 559 Main St. Call 781-721-5933 or visit

Wendy Killeen can be reached at