SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 @ 1:30PM
A HOLIDAY GUITAR CONCERT
Fingerstyle guitarist Ken Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for more than 20 years. Based in Gloucester, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals, concert series, and acoustic venues across North America, and has released seven albums.
“Ken Bonfield’s instrumental guitar work patently avoids the incessant noodling… instead melody is king and Bonfield’s gifted fingers flesh out a beautiful cavalcade of notes that are at times reminiscent of a human voice singing and often soaring.” –Frank Rabey, Mountain Xpress
In his open-hearted, welcoming concerts, workshops and master classes, he shares new guitar dimensions and sonic explorations with his listeners. His compositions are performed with his unique “chamber ensemble” of handcrafted instruments ranging from baritone guitar to an 11-string harp guitar to a high-string guitar which Bonfield likens to a 6-string, Steel-String ukulele.
Join us for this all-ages holiday get-together, where Ken will be joined by fellow renowned guitarist Raymond Gonzalez performing holiday favorites and s00n-to-be-favorites in our comfortable and inviting living-room-style venue.
Hello again, true believers…
Man, what a year I’ve had.
First, let me be clear that this is actually me––the actual Rob Newton––the founder and still-owner-and-operator of The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage here in friggin’ go’geous downtown Glosta (Gloucester for you Inlanders). I am still here, and after a summer of quiet convalescence, I am well-rested and physically and mentally better than I’ve ever been. Sorry if my state of unwellness panicked you or sent you at least temporarily into the sticky arms of those robotic, thin-walled googolplexes Up-The-Line.
Thanks to your help, we have endured the meteorological armageddon that was The Winter Of 2015. This spring, we set out to raise $75,000 for relief, buttressing, and those little marshmallows for our hot cocoa, and I am very happy to report that we have crossed the 90% mark, with $67,555 raised to date. While folks are still showing interest in buying the Cinema (after the “Win This Cinema” contest didn’t reach its entry threshold), I am not in such a rush to sell as I was when I was sick. The short of it is, I’m staying around for a while, as there is still work to do to make this wonderful thing of ours impervious to whatever the Universe throws at it.
Eight years after its inception, The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage continues to bring an eclectic and meaningful line-up of the best independent and foreign films to the North Shore, and with Awards Season approaching, that means a marathon of even-better-than-usual programming through the spring. And I will be here and with you all the way, putting in more time here since before my starchild Zoë Annabelle Austin Newton was born nearly 3 years ago (and she is well and so many kinds of awesome, thanks for asking).
So, where do we go from here? First, please help us shore up the last of the funds we set out to raise this spring. Again, there is less than $10,000 to go (and your gift is fully tax-deductible and we’ll thank you with some kind of gift). This is easy as cake. Or pie. Whichever of those is easier.
Beyond this home-stretch, the next drive will be to fund our Cape Ann Community Screening Room, a 20-seat second screen in what is now the upstairs lobby. With it, we will not only be able to offer a second great (albeit smaller) film every day, but also will be able to avail the space inexpensively or free to any local person or group who needs it. Also, the additional revenue generated by this seemingly small resource will fund a full-time salary for myself or someone. It will be like finding $30K under one of the couch cushions. Every year. Until the Comet comes. And probably after that, too.
Since the spring, we have been soft-selling both the 10-ticket discount blocks to filmgoers and the annual Partnership packages to local businesses. Now, with 100% confidence, we again actively offer both, and at a considerable discount to help make up for lost time:
10-TICKET DISCOUNT TICKET BLOCK ::: $75.00. This super deal comes with 2 extra “Tell A Friend” tickets, so that you might hand them off to someone you know who hasn’t visited with us yet (or you can just keep them for yourself). This works out to $6.25 per ticket, which is much lower than our regular ticket prices of $10.50 and $9.00. And speaking of our regular ticket prices, we have put off a ticket price increase for some time now, so on December 1, 2015, ticket prices will go up. Stock up on these wicked cheap tickets as a hedge against inflation, or give some as a gift this holiday season. This “micro-investment” helps the Cinema in big ways, and makes you the hero gift-giver.
ANNUAL CINEMA PARTNERSHIP ::: $599. Do you own a business, or work with a non-profit that needs greater visibility and a swell way to raise money and reward its volunteers and supporters? Then this bundle is a no-brainers. 60 movie tickets (good on all non-premium events, which is 95% of our line-up), a Partner ad slide during our pre-show (over 1,000 appearances), a link on our website, and real estate in our lobby. Plus, you get a sweet deal on Cinema and Community Screening Room rentals. And I will do a dance if you sign up. Or actually, based on how badly I bust moves, I’ll dance *until* you sign up.
So there you have it. To sum up, I’m back, I’m strong, so is the Cinema, and with your continued support, we will all shine on to infinity… and beyond!
Owner & Creative Director
The Cape Ann Cinema & Stage
Protected: EXCLUSIVE! Abigail Disney presents her powerful new film, “The Armor of Light” – FREE SHOW (Fri. Dec. 11 @ 7:30pm)
It only took us 7 years to get them here, but WCVB’s acclaimed show “Chronicle” covered us for the first time, in regard to our “Win This Cinema” contest. Enjoy and please share!
Prices are for pick-up at the Cinema. Shipping is available for $5.00.