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February 7, 2013

EDITOR'S PICKS Entertainment and recreational highlights of the week of Fe. 7 to 14

Rockin’ in Rockport

Local favorite singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry’s concert this Saturday sold out at Rockport Music’s Shalin Lui Performance Center. But don’t bum out just yet. The venue added a second show at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, so fans still have a chance at tickets for Berry’s edgy and powerful performance.

Combining acoustical guitar skills with compelling lyrics and vocals, Berry will charm audiences with popular hits, as well as original songs, including pieces from her CD, “I Wonder.” She has opened for artists suce as Livingston Taylor, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Isaak. The Dejas open the concert.

And yes, it’s worth the drive to this gorgeous seaside venue (a treat in and of itself). For tickets, ranging from $19 to $34, directions and information on more shows, visit www.rockportmusic.org. Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport. The Box Office is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heavy -- and light ...

“Heavy and Light,” a musical project promoting life created by the nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Amrs, comes to the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Thursday, Feb. 14.

There’s heavy subject matter at play here, but the show is powerful in delivering a hopeful message, not to mention important conversation and great music.

This is not a benefit performance, but rather an attempt to move and encourage people through great music and powerful words to stay alive and to get the help they need for depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. Everyone who attends a “Heavy and Light” show leaves with a list of local resources for such help.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with the aforementioned issues. The organization was founded to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $1,000,000 directly into treatment and recovery and responded to more than 170,000 messages and emails from more than 100 countries.

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