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June 20, 2013

Editor's Picks: Highlights of entertainment and recreation as chosen by Managing Editor Tracey Dee Rauh

Smith’s film career takes flight with butterfly project

Garden expert-turned-filmmaker Kim Smith will host the world premiere of her new film, “Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly,” on Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St., Gloucester. This auspicious debut falls appropriately on the summer solstice, the first official day of summer.

The film is a 45-minute documentary, penned and narrated by Smith, that takes place in a garden and at the ocean’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is appropriate for all ages, and was designed so that all who experience it can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.

Tickets are $10 each, and advance purchase is recommended, either at the box office or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.

Dig this: Master sand sculptors come to Hampton

The Hampton Beach, N.H., Master Sand Sculpting Competition will be showcasing some new talent this year, including current U.S. National Snow Sculpting Champion David Andrews. The event will be held Thursday to Saturday, June 20 to 22, 2013, and will once again feature world-famous sand sculptors from all over the world.

This year’s competition is once again a qualifier for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting; it’s the only qualifying event on the East Coast and the largest Solo Masters Competition in the Northeast.

The sculptors use nothing but sand, water, and a few plastic or wooden forms to allow them to initially build their masterpieces up high (the forms are later removed). Past creations have featured elaborately detailed mermaids, mythical creatures, knitting grandmothers, hockey goalies, pirates, giant cats, buddhas, fairy tale characters, and an eagle.

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