Celebrating Irish culture on the screen in Somerville

THROUGH IRISH EYES It’s not yet St. Patrick’s Day, but the celebration will begin at the Boston Irish Film Festival in Somerville on March 10.

The theme “16 in 16” marks the 16th anniversary of the four-day festival, which will wrap up March 13.

More than 45 films will be screened in the historic Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. Visiting Irish filmmakers, directors, and special guests will honor the culture of films from their homeland and participate in post-show discussions. There also will be several receptions and after-parties.

Boston Irish Film Festival Productions was started in 1999 to promote global Irish cinema. Each year, awards are given for best film, best documentary, best short fiction or animation, and a director’s choice. There also is an excellence award to honor filmmakers whose work brings the best of Ireland and its people to audiences around the world.

Tickets are $15 opening night; $12 for all other screenings. A festival pass, for access to all screenings and receptions, is $85. Call 617-312-5429 or visit irishfilmfestival.com.


REVISITING GREEK TRAGEDY The Salem Theatre Company will present ”Medea” in its new space at 35 Congress St. from March 12 to 26.

The Greek tragedy tells the story of an abused and abandoned woman driven to revenge.

Adapted by British director and playwright Ben Power, this translation presents a lean, unflinching look at Medea’s defiance.

“The play grapples with tropes that resound across the centuries: domestic violence, subverting gender roles, and the decay of once-healthy communities ” said director Catherine Bertrand.

The play features Caroline Watson-Felt of Salem as Medea and Jay Connolly of Peabody as Jason.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 to $27 online and $10 to $30 at the door.


SMALL WORKS, BIG GOALS Local artists were provided 4-by-4-inch blank, stretched canvases and invited by The Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell to create pieces in whatever media and materials they chose.

The artists donated their time and talent to support a $1,000 scholarship for a University of Massachusetts Lowell student majoring in the visual arts.

The exhibit, which includes student art work, will run through March 12.

A fund-raising event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 12 with more than 123 pieces of art up for auction. Tickets are $25 at the door.

The gallery is at 256 Market St. Call 978-459-7819 or visit thebrush.org.

WINTER ON THE NECK “Rocky Neck Now,” an exhibit featuring works by members of the Gloucester art colony, will run March 10 through April 17.

Multiple works by more than 20 artists offer a range of styles and mediums including oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; photographs; mixed media; assemblages; and jewelry.

An opening reception with the artists will be 3 to 5 p.m. March 12.

One of the artists will be selected for a solo exhibition as part of Rocky Neck’s Gallery 53 summer series of shows. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for the recipient of a Viewer’s Choice Award. The winning artists will be recognized at a closing reception at 3 p.m. April 17.


The exhibit is at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester. Call 978-515-7004 or visit rockyneckartcolony.org.

LAUGHS ON TOUR The comedy “Lettice and Lovage,” a play about the misadventures of a tour guide in a historic house, will be presented in the Great House of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich on Fridays, March 11 to 20.

The show stars two local actresses, Cynthia August of Ipswich and Patricia Peterson Jamieson of Topsfield.

The play’s director, Kristina Brendel, was a tour guide — in character and costume — at Castle Hill last summer and is a longtime volunteer with the Trustees of Reservations. She has produced and directed community theater since 1985.

The event is part of the Trustees’ efforts to make its properties more active and available to the public. It follows the success of last summer’s immersion tours, in which actors in full character and 1929 costumes led guests through the historic property.

Seasonal house and landscape tours resume in May.

Performances of “Lettice and Lovage” will be 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $30; $20 for members of the Trustees. Advance registration is recommended

Castle Hill is at 290 Argilla Road. Call 978-356-4351 or visit thetrustees.org.

Wendy Killeen can be reached at wdkilleen@gmail.com.