Best And Worst Music Moments of 2017 by Chris Ricci

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Greed. Lies. Revenge. And love. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s iconic American novel, “The House of the Seven Gables,” has it all. It took 167 years but the wait is worth it. Playwright JF Dacey has adapted the book for stage and North Shore audiences are in for a treat. Three dramatically staged readings are scheduled in mid-January and those interested are advised to reserve their seats now.

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Meet the ‘Ink Masters’ at Helheim Gallery

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“Ink Master” has begun the groundwork for a new series titled “Ink Master: Angels” which will focus strictly on female tattoo artists. But, for the ladies at Helheim Gallery in Salem, this is just another day at the shop.

Fall Into Grace with Sarah & The Wild Versatile’s Opus

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By Chris Ricci A somewhat simplistic way to sum up the sound of a particular artist is to simply compare them to another band and just leave it at that. There’s comfort in familiarity when it comes to describing music in that way, and it helps casual listeners weed out what they may or may [….]

Beverly MA – The Larcom has treats in October!

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By Chris Ricci The Larcom Beverly has become a major hit in the North Shore music scene in recent months for their constantly impressive lineup of artists ranging from up-and-coming local acts to widely regarded cover acts to rock and roll legends. With past seasons including acts like Art Garfunkel and Booker T & The [….]

Nick Cave Finds Beauty In The Desolate Image of The Skeleton Tree

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By Chris Ricci Sometimes in life, the most beautiful things are the most painful, and Nick Cave has made it a life mission to find the beauty through the pain. For decades, Nick has been hiding in the shadows and recounting what he sees while, at the same time, experimenting with how he conveys this [….]

CinemaSalem’s One Night With Nick Cave

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By Chris Ricci “Someone needs to sing the blood, and someone needs to sing the pain” -Nick Cave In Ancient Greek mythology, the troubadour Orpheus had the ability to charm any living creature on Earth with his beautiful and deeply emotional songs. One day, his love was taken from him after succumbing to the venom of [….]

Samantha, Roger Conant, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Squirtle? Pokemon GO hits Salem MA

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By Chris Ricci Over twenty years after it first landed on American Shores, Pokemon has suddenly faced a revival that not only shows the significance of the franchise but also shows how much people truly love it. Before, you were stuck playing the game with a Gameboy and had to [….]

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown 50th Anniversary with special guests the Venus Mars Project

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); by Chris Ricci In recent years, classic bands and artists have decided that a great course of action is to settle old differences and play nostalgic shows with classic lineups to give fans a flair of the past and a reminder of how the band used to sound. However, there [….]

Singin’ the Blues for a Good Cause at the Larcom Theatre

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); by Chris Ricci Beverly has been going through a theatrical renaissance as of late, and plenty of the credit can be given to gimmeLIVE. A labor of love from Vickie and Peter Van Ness, the project has brought legendary artists to the equally legendary Larcom and Cabot Theaters. Ranging from [….]

SFF 2016 – 5 Minute Student Doc competition – Mini Review

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By Chris Ricci Five minutes sounds like a short amount of time, but it’s amazing how much you can learn in such a limited amount of time. Hardened filmmakers work their whole lives to craft a tale that will thrill and grip audiences for hours on end, and even then [….]

SFF 2016 – 5 Minute Student Doc competition – Mini Review

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Five minutes sounds like a short amount of time, but it’s amazing how much you can learn in such a limited amount of time. Hardened filmmakers work their whole lives to craft a tale that will thrill and grip audiences for hours on end, and even then they fall short. [….]

SFF 2016 – Sonita – Mini review

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); by Chris Ricci There are two versions of ourselves: the version that we live with on a daily basis, and the dream version that we long to be. But what separates us from that dream? Money? Fear? Tradition? For the titular “Sonita,” it’s all of the above.  “Sonita” follows a [….]

Andrew MacLean: Lopping Heads One Issue At A Time

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); To say the world of comics has gone through a revival is quite the understatement. Just a few years ago, the idea of superhero movies and television shows were almost strictly synonymous with nerd culture. Now, everyone has embraced the world of comics in more ways than one. We’ve got [….]

A Classical approach to Haunted Happenings in Salem with Salem Classical

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(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); By Chris Ricci If you’ve stepped foot in Salem this month, you can definitely tell that there’s something spooky going on. Yes, there are the massive lines for local staples, and yes there are fleets of people sporting tiny witch hats. But, outside of some of the more pop-centric scary [….]