Celebrate Arts in April!


Schedule of Events, April 14–19, 2014

Arts in April is a celebration of the arts sponsored by the Liberal Studies Division (including Cultural Arts, English, History,Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications Skills departments),as well as Student Life, Library, TRiO Student Support Services, Program Council, Performing Arts Council, Disability Services, the Philosophy Club, Early Childhood Development, and the Green Initiatives Team.

Events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted

On-Going All Week

Both campuses

Faculty, Staff, and Student Art Exhibits:  Lynn cafeteria; Danvers library

Faces of NSCC: various locations. This 10-minute video, developed by the Diversity Leadership Committee in conjunction with Media Services, features photographs and quotes from students, staff, and faculty showcasing this year’s theme, “Culture of Respect and Inclusion at NSCC.” The slide show will be shown in various locations on both campuses throughout the week of Arts in April.

NSCC Authors and Artists Sale: next to the Arts in April table on both campuses. Faculty and staff will display and sell their books and art work throughout the week.

Raffle for free passes to local museums and cinema including:

Peabody Essex Museum

Salem Cinema

North Shore Music Theatre

Museum of Fine Arts

Bostonian Society

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

New England Aquarium

U.S.S. Constitution Museum

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Concord Museum

Historic New England/Tour of the Phillips House, Salem, MA

Free Popcorn – Danvers campus

Free Candy, Arts in April Buttons – Both campuses.


Peabody Essex Museum Exhibit: Glass case in Berry building lobby. Display of books and other items from the museum gift shop relating to upcoming exhibits.

Art Exhibit by NSCC Veterans: Veterans Center (DS104). Host: Kristine Babcock  (Also, reception on Wed., April 16, 11:30am-1:30pm.)

Off Campus:

Art Exhibit: Got Pixelation? Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St, Lynn- Come on over to the Lynn Museum to explore computer graphics of notable Lynn landmarks which have been digitally manipulated. You may be shocked at what you see, and yes, squinting is allowed! For hours and information, please call 781-581-6200 or visit www.lynnmuseum.org

“Ignite – Create – Connect”: RAW Arts Work’s Celebration of the City of Lynn   NSCC will participate in a photo shoot as part of the RAW Art Works project to create artwork depicting the faces of Lynn. The final project will be exhibited on May 8 at Raw Art Works, 37 Central Square,Lynn, MA 01901.

Monday, April 14th


Documentary Film with 4-20 min shorts: “Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship,”  1:30pm-3:30, McGee Building, LE303. Host: Nancy Tufo. “Green Fire Productions has traveled the country from coast to coast, capturing stories of these ocean pioneers—people who are embarking on a new course of stewardship, in defense of the seas that sustain them. …. In Ocean Frontiers you’ll meet the unlikely allies who are guiding us toward a new era of ocean stewardship”

Open Rehearsal Session: The Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov  3:30-4:30, McGee Building, LW225. Get a sneak peak of the Performing Arts Council’s spring production,33 Swoons (Vaudeville Sketches by Anton Chekhov.)


Spark Launch  12:00-1:30pm, DS111 (Student lounge near Danvers bookstore). Sponsored by Student Activities, and introduced with a welcome to Arts in April by President Gentile, the Spark Launch will celebrate NSCC student writers and artists whose work is being published in this year’s edition of Spark, our college literary and arts magazine. Please join us to meet and congratulate these talented writers and artists and to view the gallery of student work that will be on display.

Jewelry Design Demo  12:30-1:15pm, table at Berry building entrance. Merrilyn Van Gelder, founder and designer for Em’s Gems and whose work has appeared in juried crafts shows and been displayed in the Vermont Welcome Center, will teach the importance of balancing form, color and texture when designing jewelry. Merrilyn will also show the various techniques a jeweler uses to finish each piece. Host: Betsy Mariere

The Comics Panel  12:30-2:00, DH105 (new Health Building) Lecture Hall. A 60-minute panel by 3-4 local comic book creators about their experiences and work within the world of comics followed by Q&A, book signing, and talk with the artists. Hosted by Lance Eaton.

Readings from Like One: Poems for Boston  4:00-5:15pm, DS119 (Lecture Hall). Readings from a poetry anthology that raises money for The One Fund. Readings will be by Deborah Finkelstein, Kevin Carey, Doug Holder, Jennifer Jean, Alfred Nicol,Emily Pineau, and Dan Sklar, all local poets featured in the book. Deborah’s NSCC students will also read other poems from the book from poets outside the area and classic poets such as Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost. Books will be on sale after the reading.

Tuesday, April 15th


House of the Seven Gables information table next to Arts in April table on second floor: All day

One World, Many Stories: The Trickster! 12:30 – 1:45 pm, LW329, Joe Boyd tells stories and leads a discussion of the trickster character as he appears in folk tales from around the world.


Dickens Inferno: The Moral World of Charles Dickens  9:30-10:45, DB206. Book presentation by author Susan Jhirad, retired Professor of English at NSCC. What do Dickens and Dante have in common? They were both Christians who created some of the“damnedest villains” you will find anywhere in world literature. They both hated the greedy, the indifferent, the violent, the hypocrites, and those who tried to stir people up against each other based on identity and religion. That’s why they are still so relevant today. Dr. Jhirad’s book is available on Amazon.

The Short Story and “Flash Fiction”  12:30-1:45, DB312. Peter Eliopoulos will discuss the short story as well as the new phenomenon of “flash fiction.” He will read an excerpt from his short story recently published in an anthology entitled River Muse: Tales of Lowell-currently available at local bookstores and Amazon.com.

Dance Concert  12:30-1:30, DS111. (Student lounge near Danvers bookstore). Dance Concert sponsored by Jim Robinson and Elaine Mawhinney

Voices from the Hill: Edgar Lee Masters’ classic, Spoon River Anthology, is a collection of poems containing voices of the dead, looking back and commenting on their lives. This piece will feature readings of select poems, interpreted through dance.

Multiple Cats: Based on readings from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, dancers will interpret the characteristics of various cats against the sound track from the musical Cats. Readings of the selected poems will precede the choreography.

Trio from Streetcar Named Desire: Blanche, Stella and Stanley come to life in dance interpretations of these characters from Tennessee Williams’ classic play. The soundtrack from the film will provide the background for movement.

Open Rehearsal Session: The Bear by Anton Chekhov  3:00pm–4:00 pm, DS123. Get a sneak peak of the Performing Arts Council’s spring production, 33 Swoons (Vaudeville Sketches by Anton Chekhov)

Wednesday, April 16th


Visiting Writer JoeAnn Hart  9:30-10:20 am and from 11:30 am-12:20 pm, Gym of McGee Building. Hart is an essayist, short story writer, novelist, passionate environmentalist, and a recipient of the PEN New England Discovery Award in Fiction. Her latest novel, Float, set on the coast of Maine, explores the “interplay of art, industry, and plastics in the ocean.” JoeAnn is very much looking forward to reading from her work and speaking to North Shore students about protecting the marine environment. Her reading will be accompanied by some examples of environmental art.

Students Create Mural Based on Music  2:30-3:15, LW204. Watch Jim Chisholm’s Basic Drawing 2 students paint a mural based on the Appalachian Spring ballet. A student spokesperson will be available to discuss the project with visitors. This mural will be in progress throughout the month of April, and visitors are invited to stop by any time during the month to watch.


Reception for Veterans Center Art Exhibit  11:30am-1:30pm, Veterans Center (DS104). Host: Kristine Babcock

Documentary Film with 4-20 min shorts: “Ocean Frontiers:  The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship,”  1:30pm-3:30pm, DS119 (Lecture Hall) Host: Nancy Tufo. See description for 4/14.

Book and Poetry Readings on the Topic of Art and Compassion to Overcome Adversity  2:30-3:30 pm, DS111 (student lounge near bookstore). Laurette Folk will read from her novel A Portal to Vibrancy and Jennifer Jean will read from her poetry manuscript on sex-trafficking. There will also be a presentation of sample works in art, fiction and poetry with the theme of compassion from their joint venture, the Compassion Project: An Anthology.

Staged Reading by Robert McKenzie  7:00-8:00 pm, DS119. Staged readings of three short plays by NSCC student and playwright Robert McKenzie. Watch local actors make these pieces come to life. After the plays there will be a Question and Answer period with the playwright.

Off Campus:

Local Oral History Presentation  12:00-1:30, Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St, Lynn. Host: Nathan Chio.  Students from North Shore Community College will be presenting local oral history interviews they have collected this semester as part of the service learning component of their world history course. Students will share the stories of life-long Lynn residents, laborers and more recent arrivals to the city, as well as their own local history research. This event is free and open to the public.

Field trip to MFA (Museum of Fine Arts), Boston  3:30pm-8:00pm. Bus leaves from and returns to Lynn Campus (meet outside Gym entrance). Host: Sandy Fuhs. See local, domestic and international displays of art and culture including the spectacular new wing for the Art of the Americas collection.  Cost: $5 per person. Signing a Field Trip Release Form will be required before boarding the bus.

Thursday, April 17th


Ralph Tufo and the Squeezebox Stompers  7-9pm, Lynn Cafeteria. The band will perform Ralph’s originals from their new CD featuring Cajun/Zydeco, Blues, and Folk Music.


House of the Seven Gables information table next to Arts in April table on second floor: All day.

Visiting Writer, JoeAnn Hart  9:30-10:45 am and from 11:00 am-12:15 pm, DS111 (Student lounge near Danvers Bookstore).  See description for 4/16.

Staged Readings of Three Plays Written by NSCC Students  1:00-1:45pm, DS123. Host: Jim Robinson

One World, Many Stories: The Trickster!  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Danvers Berry Building Student Lounge. Joe Boyd: Storyteller. See description on 4/15.

Off Campus:

Poetry Reading  7:30 pm, West Lynn Arts and Business Center, 104 Woodman Street, Lynn. Alicia Churchill and other local poets will read their work from a poetry anthology coming out this spring called Wild Women of Lynn. Free and open to the public.

Friday, April 18th


Open Rehearsal Session: The Festivities by Anton Chekhov  2:00 pm – 3:00pm, McGee Building, LE141. Get a sneak peak of the Performing Arts Council’s spring production, 33 Swoons (Vaudeville Sketches by Anton Chekhov).


Music Talk: “We in Boston were much ahead of them”: Music in Greater Boston since the 1880s 8:30 am-9:20 am, DB102. Host: Aaron Keebaugh.  In the late nineteenth century, Boston was a cultural backwater. But such a view, held by European intellectuals at the time, is far from accurate. The city hosted some of the first professional music ensembles and public concerts in America, and, in the past hundred-plus years, has witnessed the premieres of major new works. This talk will highlight the advancements that Boston composers, musicians, and musical institutions made to so-called “classical music” over the past century.

Saturday, April 19


Music Talk: “We in Boston were much ahead of them”: Music in Greater Boston since the 1880s  9:30 am-12:15pm, McGee Building, LE304. Host: Aaron Keebaugh. See 4/18 for description



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