A 'Roomful of Blues'

Swing into spring tonight at 7:30 in the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 130 High St., Ipswich, when the North Shore Jazz Project presents Roomful of Blues, an eight-man band that mixes jump and jive with rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll. The band features vocalist Phil Pemberton, guitarist Chris Vachon, Beverly resident John Turner on upright and electric bass, pianist Travis Colby, percussionist Ephraim Lowell, alto saxophonist Rich Lataille, Ipswich resident Mark Earley on baritone and tenor saxophone, and trumpeter Doug Woolverton. Proceeds benefit the North Shore Jazz Project, a nonprofit dedicated to music education, and the Ipswich High School Music Department, as the students prepare for a musical performance and study abroad to England in April. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $22 for adults and $18 for students. For more information, call 978-312-1455 or visit northshorejazzproject.org.

Bon appetit!

Have a question for one of America's favorite chefs? You can ask "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten while she's in New York City and simulcast at the Jewish Community Center on Wednesday at 8 p.m., at 4 Community Road, Marblehead. As part of JCC's Manhattan in Marblehead series, Garten will dish about her successful ventures in retail, television and publishing, as well as her life as a wife and home cook. Garten worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget until she bought a specialty food store on Long Island. She has since written several books and stars in a cooking show on the Food Network. Come early and enjoy the Barefoot Contessa's hors d'oeuvres, prepared by Henry's Market in Beverly. The Spirit of '76 Bookstore will be in attendance, selling Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. Admission is $10 for JCC members and $12 for nonmembers. To sign up, visit www.jccns.org or call 781-631-8330. The program is supported by a grant from The Paul Taylor and Adeline Gertrude Magrane Rothwell Philanthropic Fund and the Marblehead Cultural Council.

Fashion for funds

Celebrities aren't the only ones with the latest trends, and a committee of parents at Danvers High School will prove it at "Fierce: 'A Fashion Forward Event'" on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Emceed by Party Excitement, the fashion show fundraiser will feature Danvers High students, teachers and administrators modeling outfits from area retail stores and boutiques' spring 2011 clothing lines, complete with professional hairdos and makeup. All proceeds support Danvers High School senior class prom and senior week activities. Admission is $40 and includes dinner and fashion show entertainment. For more information or to reserve a table of 10, call 978-337-4835.

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