Time for a weekend getaway to the North Shore, where you can visit the Cape Ann Museum. Add it to your list, right after the boating races and before the stop to Bob Lobster.

Cape Ann Museum This gem on the Massachusetts North Shore just re-opened after a $5 million renovation.

See an extensive collection of works by 19th and 20th century artists who lived on or visited Cape Ann, or who were inspired by the area, including: Winslow Homer, Cecilia Beaux, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Nell Blaine, Frank Duveneck, and Milton Avery. There is also a wide array of sculptures in the museum by prominent American artists such as Walker Hancock, Paul Manship, Charles Grafly, Anna Hyatt Huntington, and Katherine Lane Weems. One of the museum's best boasts is holding the largest collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane, a leading 19th century Luminist marine painter and Gloucester native.

Cape Ann Museum Director Ronda Faloon points out how the Lane collection is particularly valuable to the North Shore.

“Lane was an amazing artist, but for us they’re amazing documents of Cape Ann. If you walk, if you look at any of the paintings, the waterfront, you can see buildings that still exist, you can see vessels that some may still be operating in the waterfront. So, I think they really documented maritime life and really the working waterfront and the cultural life of Cape Ann during his lifetime,” she said.

Danilo Perez His latest CD is Panama 500.

This latest CD is Pérez' most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls "three-dimensional music." His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country's history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa's arrival. Pérez similarly blends together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music.

Danilo Perez, the Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, explained to me why he gravitated toward Jazz.

“Jazz is really the first human declaration. The human declaration of a right that the man did in speaking his story and telling his perspective of life through his song," Perez said. "And the dynamic that happened between all the slaves that came here and the whole dichotomy of life, living experiences and many times a struggle, and how this music portrays all of these values.”

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For In Theaters Friday

Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels are back on the screen in 3D, and the film opens with fan-favorite “Just Another Saturday Night,” when Marv, played by Mickey Rourke, finds himself in the center of carnage, trying to remember the events leading up to it. In a town where justice doesn't prevail, the desperate want vengeance and ruthless murderers find themselves with vigilantes on their heels. Also starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Powers Boothe, Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba and Bruce Willis.

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