CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC. Monday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. As part of its four-part series, Music at Eden’s Edge presents its next event called “Chinese New Year of the Flute: A Red Lantern?” featuring flutist Orlando Cela. Cela will explore his playing experience in China and how cultural differences affect the way one listens to and perceives music. Details and reservations at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
“DEFENDING THE CAVEMAN.” On stage Thursday, Feb. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 22, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m., at The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Featuring Vince Valentine as The Caveman. Comedy show about the ways men and women relate. $39 ticket, $36 senior citizens, available at 617-531-1257 or www.larcomtheatre.com.
“HENRY IV.” Salem State University presents Dakin Matthews’ Tony Award-winning adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” on Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Directed by Professor Celena Sky April, the staged reading features Professor Tom Luddy as the witty and calculating Sir John Falstaff. Tickets and details at www.salemstatetickets.com or 978-542-7890.
Writers, books & literary discussions
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALEM STATE WRITERS SERIES. Thursday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Series presents Gregory Fraser and Lexa Hillyer, two poets staking out territory in the current landscape of contemporary verse. 978-542-7890, www.salemstate.edu/arts.
BOOK LAUNCH. Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Peter Stewart, a writer, performer and composer, launches his new book, “When Angels Learn to Fly.” www.hwlibrary.org.