Bill Staines will perform at the me & thee coffeehouse.
Bill Staines at me & thee
MARBLEHEAD — Folk Legacy Month at the me & thee continues with the appearance of Bill Staines tomorrow night. Staines has performed on the coffeehouse stage every year since it began in 1970. Quentin Callewaert opens the show at 8 p.m. The me & thee coffee house is at the Unitarian Universalist Church on 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead.
Staines became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960s and for a time emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. He performs nearly 200 concerts a year and drives some 65,000 miles annually. He has recorded 26 albums and many of his songs have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals and scouting campfire songbooks.
Callewaert has been on the music scene for only a few years but he’s making a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around — and the Byfield resident is still in high school. Quentin plays a combination of classical, traditional, contemporary and popular material as well as his own finely crafted original compositions.
The door charge for this show is $20. Tickets are available at the me & thee website at www.meandthee.org.
LYNN — Mary Spitzer, a sculptor based at the Lydia Pinkham Building, will exhibit some of her work at Christopher’s Cafe, 2 Lewis St., through March 4. The restaurant is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LYNN — North Shore Community College and the Lynn Museum are collaborating on two Black History Month programs. “Artful Prose: A Spoken Word Event” will occupy the LynnArts Gallery tonight from 6-8 p.m. A festive “Harlem Renaissance Gala” will follow at Lynn Museum on Feb. 23.
The Lynn High School Jazz Band is expected to perform at the gala. Boston-based actor Alan White will recite poems and stories from the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural, social and artistic explosion that revitalized Harlem, N.Y., in the 1920s.
The “Artful Prose” night is an open mic, spoken word showcase. Everyone is invited to participate and all will be given up to three minutes to share their talent. The subject matter need not be related to Black History Month.
Both events are free and open to all
For free tickets to the gala, use this link: https://goo.gl/cfNFAH
PEABODY — Northeast Arc, a nonprofit organization that helps children and adults with disabilities become full participants in the community, will host “Love Letters” at the ArcWorks Community Art Center tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the performance benefit Arc’s planned construction of a Black Box Theater at ArcWorks.
“Love Letters” is the story of a man and a woman whose friendship spans 50 years, during which, despite making different choices and taking different paths, they share a bond that cannot be broken. Starring in the production are John Archer of Danvers and Anne Marilyn Lucas of Marblehead. It is being directed by Aimee Oliver of Wenham.
‘Thomas Spencer: Salem Abolitionist’
SALEM — Historical Interpreter and storyteller Merrill Kohlhofer will present “Thomas Spencer: Salem Abolitionist,” a program about the anti-slavery effort in the port city of Salem, tonight at National Park Service Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, call 978-740-1650.
The Gift of Song
SWAMPSCOTT — The First Church in Swampscott will present “The Gift of Song: Voices of Black America” on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the church sanctuary at 40 Monument Ave. The gifted musicians and actors in this program include baritone Robert Honeysucker, internationally renowned opera and concert singer; reader Samuel Martinborough, performer and theater educator; tenor Antanas Meilus; soprano Kynesha Patterson; organist Andrew Soll; and pianist and artistic director Beverly Soll. An interfaith choir will also participate in the performance. The concert is free and open to the public; free-will donations will be accepted. For more information, call 781-592-6081 or visit thefirstchurch.org.