American flags, ballet and legal drama

from Gloucester The Cape Ann Museum has opened “Americans Flags”, an exhibition by artist Tim Ferguson Sauder. The exhibition presents a collection of wooden flags, on which the stars and stripes have been marked by footsteps, tire pads and natural materials. The marks were collected at sites ranging from strawberry farms in Massachusetts to the country’s southern border. “Americans Flags” operates Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. through September 25 at the Janet & William Ellery James Center on the museum’s CAM Green, 13 Poplar St. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Aspiring dancers can line up along the bar at the South Shore Ballet Theater for two days of open houses at the end of August. The hingham The Ballet School will open its 45 Industrial Park Road studios from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 29 and 30, offering classes open to dancers ages 7 and up, facility tours and auditions for its annual production of ” Nutcracker “. Auditions will also be held for the Boys’ Ballet studio scholarship program. Free entry. For more information, visit

The North River Theater at Norwell features Ayn Rand’s first courtroom drama, “The Night of January 16th.” Written before his novels, the play asks volunteers from the public to participate in a jury, deciding the verdict of the defendant – and the end of the show. The production runs September 9-18 at 513 River St. Evening and matinee tickets are available for $25. For more information, visit

The newburyport Art Association is holding an exhibition and sale of paintings by its interest groups outdoors from August 24 to September 4. Paintings by two groups of artists, “Band of Brushes” and “Newburyport Ten”, will be displayed throughout the Sargent, Hartson and 65 Water Street Malls, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Framed and unframed works will be available for sale. For more information, visit

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus will host rehearsals and auditions open to Plymouth Faith Community Church, 25 Carver Road. On Mondays, September 12 and 19, interested singers can stop by at 6:30 p.m. to audition for placement or simply stay for an informal rehearsal session with the rest of the choir. The choir is preparing for its winter vacation concert, which will take place in December. There is no charge to attend rehearsals/tryouts. For more information, look under the membership tab for “sing with us” at

The Armory Cafe’s long-running live music series, “Somerville Songwriter Sessions,” is back for its first full fall season since 2019. South Coast fiddler Sam Babineau will be joined by two Boston-based artists — keyboardist Glimmer and vocalist Rachel Marie — for solo performances and a turn-by-turn song swap beginning at 7:30 a.m., September 10. Shows continue every first Saturday of the month at 191 Highland Ave. The suggested donation is $15. For more information, visit

Milton’s Eustice Estate celebrates its new exhibit with a picnic on Sunday, September 11, from noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music, lawn games and circus performances , as well as an exclusive infusion of Sam Adams. . Tickets are $35, $15 for Historic New England members, and include a beer and admission to “Loud, Naked & in Three Colours: the History of Tattooing in Boston,” which runs through October. For more information, visit

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