, Salem, MA

March 6, 2014

Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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MISS PINK PAGEANT. Saturday, March 8, 6 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Fifth annual Miss Pink Pageant to support breast cancer research and awareness, health and wellness care, and local survivors. $75/ticket, $500/table of eight. Event includes dinner, entertainment, photo booth, silent auction, raffle, a chance to win a diamond from Carters of Danvers, celebrity guests and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event host is Billy Costa. Tickets and details at

“ARTSPEAK: AWAKEN.” Saturday, March 8, 6 to 9 p.m., Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem. ArtSpeak:Awaken, an art show and concert to fight human trafficking. Art will be auctioned off to benefit the Amirah House, an organization that helps restore the lives of survivors of commercial exploitation on the North Shore. Free admission. or email

COMEDY NIGHT. Cove School PTO Comedy Night, Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show, Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Featuring Tony V., Dave Rattigan, Steve Bjork and Graig Murphy. The Cove PTO supports activities at Cove Elementary School. Cash bar, raffles, silent auction. Tickets $30 (four for $100), available at

CARE DIMENSIONS FUNDRAISER. Tuesday, March 11, 6 to 9 p.m., The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. To benefit Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. Twenty percent of the evening’s dining room sales will be donated to the nonprofit. Event includes a raffle and mini live auction. Reservations at 781-639-1266 or

WEARING OF THE GREEN. Wednesday, March 12, 10 a.m. to noon, Emmerton House, 12 Hawthorne Blvd., Salem. The Woman’s Friend Society presents the annual Florence Cobb Coffee, a fundraiser to benefit other charities in the community in addition to the Woman’s Friend Society’s projects at the Emmerton House, which is home to 19 women. Event theme is “Wearing of the Green.” $5 suggested donation at the door. Coffee, tea, refreshments and door prizes. 978-744-2137.


AMERICA’S CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE. A film forum held on Thursday, March 6, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Salem Five Community Room, 210 Essex St., Salem. Salem State University presents “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” a series of film forums that illustrate the history of civil rights in America to raise the level of discourse on the legacy of slavery and emancipation. Partial screening of “The Abolitionists” and discussion with John Stauffer, professor of English and African-American studies at Harvard University. Free. 978-542-7349,

SALEM FILM FEST. The largest all-documentary festival in New England, Thursday, March 6, through Thursday, March 13. 37 full-length documentaries; panel discussions with filmmakers, critics and experts; competitions; award ceremonies; after-hour parties; and more. Also, Salem Sketches, a shorts program with a focus on all things local, will precede each documentary. For details, passes, film descriptions and schedules, visit Screenings held at CinemaSalem, Peabody Essex Museum and Salem Visitor Center. Individual tickets: $10 adults; $8 seniors, students and children, at CinemaSalem box office (Monday to Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.), or at (click “Buy Tickets” next to each film) or at A limited number of tickets is available at PEM for films screened at PEM. Tickets for these screenings are also available at CinemaSalem and online.

“HONOR DIARIES.” Sunday, March 9, 7 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. In honor of International Women’s Day, free screening of the award-winning documentary “Honor Diaries,” the first film to break the silence on “honor violence” against women and girls. Open to all. RSVP to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or Walk-ins welcome.

Lectures & presentations

PEABODY GARDEN CLUB. Meeting, Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m., AVIV Woodbridge, community Room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Lecturer, horticulturist and garden writer Suzanne Mahler will speak on perennial color, spring to fall. Guests are welcome, and $5 guest fees are applicable to membership. For more information, contact Diane Currier at 978-531-4417.

LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN L. SULLIVAN. Friday, March 7, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Author and travel writer Christopher Klein opens the Friday Coffee speaker series with a presentation on the life of John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight boxing champion of the world, and the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. Open to all. Donations appreciated from nonmembers attending., 978-744-0804.

ROUNDERS TO BASEBALL. Friday, March 7, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Trace the game’s evolution from 19th century town ball to the formation of professional leagues and baseball’s greats, with a focus on New England. Free. Part of library’s First Fridays Series.

SECOND SUNDAY CHOWDER AND LECTURE. The Other Renaissance Minister in 18th Century Salem: The Rev. John Prince, with the Rev. Jeffrey Barz-Snell, Sunday, March 9, 12:30 p.m. chowder lunch, 1 p.m. lecture. Pickering House, 18 Broad St., Salem. While the Rev. William Bentley receives attention for his famous diaries chronicling 18th and 19th century in Salem, other sophisticated “divines” included John Prince, minister of First Church in Salem, an amateur scientist and astronomer, some of whose instruments are now owned by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. Second Sunday Chowder and Lecture Series. $20, $25 nonmembers; reservations required at 978-744-4777 or

“THREADS OF FATE: ONE FAMILY’S LIFE JOURNEY IN RUSSIA AND AMERICA.” Monday, March 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Anna Shapiro, a psychologist and yoga teacher who was born in 1941 in Moscow, Russia, and came to America in 1988, will speak as part of the library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Shapiro will relate aspects of her memoir “Threads of Fate,” including the story of how her family survived in Russia under the KGB, Stalin, conditions of war, and the oppressive Soviet system, and the process of attempting to emigrate to the U.S., and life thereafter. Free; open to adults. Refreshments served at 9 a.m., 978-921-6062.

ST. MICHAEL’S TERCENTENARY LECTURE. “Who Filled the Pews in St. Michael’s Church: 1714-1750?”, Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Michael’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. The second program of St. Michael’s tercentenary lecture series features author Robert Booth, who will discuss the Anglican people that filled the pews at St. Michael’s from 1714 to 1750; why they chose to be part of the poorest and smallest congregation in town; and how they fit into an evolving Marblehead. Free; open to the public.,

“DOWNTON ABBEY, LOCAL EDITION.” Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Jennifer Pustz, author and museum historian at Historic New England, presents “Downton Abbey, Local Edition: Domestic Servants in New England,” a discussion of her book “Voices From the Back Stairs,” which focuses on the lives of New England domestic servants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Funded by the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

THE TRAVELING LIBRARIAN VISITS FRANCE. Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. The Dordogne is a beautiful part of southwestern France, named for the river that meanders through it to the Atlantic Ocean. Join Beebe Library of Wakefield reference librarian Jeff Klapes, the “Traveling Librarian,” for a travel lecture focusing on photographs of the Dordogne region of southwestern France and a discussion of the geography and culture of that area. Register at or 978-774-0554.


“WORDS AND MUSIC” DEBUT CONCERT. Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8, at 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. “Words and Music,” Peabody Essex Museum’s new concerts led by PEM’s first composer-in-residence, pianist Matthew Aucoin, includes two world premieres by Aucoin and works by composers ranging from Mozart to Messiaen. Includes instrumental music and recited poetry. Featured artists include violinist Keir GoGwilt and visual artist Nick Pope. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $25 PEM members, $30 nonmembers. Advance reservations required.

ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, March 7, 8 p.m., me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Dan Navarro and The Nields. $18 in advance, $21 at the door. 781-631-8987,

HENRI SMITH MARDI GRAS BALL/CONCERTS. Three performances: Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., at The Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Wear dance shoes and a Mardi Gras costume. Tickets $18 at the door, or $16.52 at Also, Henri Smith, with Charles Neville, at Larcom Theatre, Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at Casa de Moda on Cabot Street in Beverly, www.gimmeLIVE.TV, or 978-525-9093.

SPIRIT FIDDLE BENEFIT CONCERT. Saturday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Spirit Fiddle, featuring champion fiddler Robin Warren and guitarist Brian Clancey, will perform a benefit concert for the Refugee Immigration Ministry, an interfaith organization that serves immigrants who are seeking asylum or are refugees. Concert features Southern swing, waltzes, French Canadian, Celtic and bluegrass music. $15 ticket includes reception starting at 7 p.m. Tickets and details at or 978-887-361.

ARTIST SERIES, MAPLE STREET CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. Four local choruses on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., including the Vocal Ensemble of Beverly High School; Building Bridges Through Music from Lynn; the Follow Hymn Gospel Choir from Lynn; and the Chancel Choir of the Maple Street Church. Each chorus will present a selection, and the program will conclude with a finale by all four groups combined. The concert will be held in the sanctuary of the Maple Street Congregational Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children, students, and seniors. 978-774-4510.

CLASSICAL MUSIC. Concert, Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. The Friends of the Peabody Institute Library of Danvers presents the Trio Soul, featuring clarinetist Eun Hyung Kim, pianist Chung Lim and cellist Young Sook Lee, performing music by Brahms, Piazzolla and others. Light refreshments to follow. 978-774-0554.


“ANTIGONE.” The Sea Change Theatre Company presents Sophocles’ “Antigone,” a contemporary horror story of the ancient Greek tragedy that explores the questions of civil disobedience, unwritten laws and human rights. Shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays, and 3 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, March 7, 8, 14 and 15, in the performance space inside Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For details and tickets, call 978-500-3885 or email


BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, March 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Group will discuss “Cross Roads” by William P. Young. New members welcome. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6062,

AUTHOR’S APPEARANCE AT PEM. Nina Siegal, author of “The Anatomy Lesson,” Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Morse Auditorium, 171 Essex St., Salem. Historical novel is based on painting by Rembrandt. Opening for the evening will be Golden Light, an exhibition that explores Dutch art and life in the 1600s through a selection of paintings from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. Author reception following presentation. Free. Information at 866-745-1876 or

IPSWICH AUTHOR APPEARANCE. Connie Hambley, Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., Collins Room, Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St., Ipswich. Connie Johnson Hambley will discuss her horse-themed novel “The Charity,” which is set in Hamilton. Talk will follow the Friends’ annual meeting at 7 p.m. or 978-356-6648.


NATURAL HISTORY OF OWLS. Friday, March 7, 7 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join teacher-naturalist Scott Santino to learn about the natural history of the owl species in Massachusetts. Following an indoor presentation, walk outdoors to listen for a great horned owl and try to summon up barred owls and eastern screech-owls. Meet in Nature Center. Dress warmly. $14/Mass Audubon member, $16/nonmember. Preregistration required at 978-887-9264 or

Maple sugaring

MAPLE SUGARING TOURS. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., March 8, 9, 15 and 16, at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. After the tour, warm up by the wood stove in the barn. One-hour, naturalist-guided tours run rain or shine; dress warmly. Mass Audubon members, $8/adult, $7/child; nonmembers, $9/adult, $8/child. Children under 3 are admitted for free and should be in a backpack. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264. Visit for details.

SATURDAYS AT THE SHACK. Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Visit the sugar shack at Appleton Farms and experience the sights and smells of this historic New England tradition. Take a walk to see the maple-lined avenues and help collect sap, then learn how it becomes maple syrup. Free; open to the public., 978-356-5728.

TAP TO TABLE WITH APPLETON COOKS. Saturday, March 8, 3 to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Walk around the farmstead to see how sap is harvested and collected; tour the sugar shack to see and smell the transformation of sap to syrup; and gather in the farm kitchen for the second half of the workshop with Chef Carolyn Grieco to make maple syrup treats, including maple mustard vinaigrette, butter braised sweet potatoes, and upside-down maple pear pancakes. Register at or 978-356-5728, ext. 12. $60 The Trustees of Reservations members, $65 nonmembers.


DADS AND DONUTS. Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Celebrate the coming of spring with 30 minutes of stories especially for dads with children ages 2 and older. Morning concludes with coloring, snacks and social time. Suitable for ages 2 and older. Moms are always invited. Free.

SADIE HAWKINS DINNER DANCE. Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 p.m., American Legion Post 227, 69 River St., Middleton. Sadie Hawkins dance with music by JK Entertainment, a dinner of chicken or beef, and door prizes. Casual dress. Tickets: suggested donations of $30/person, $50/couple, to benefit the American Legion Post 227 Scholarship Fund. Tickets on sale at the bar.

MARCH TEA, DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. March Tea, General Israel Putnam Chapter of the DAR, Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m., Judge Samuel Holten House, 171 Holten St., Danvers. Area students, their families, and their teachers will be present as the chapter honors American History Essay Contest winners, grades 5 through 8, Good Citizens nominated by their high school teachers, and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps awardees. Members Linda Vaughn, Susan Lawrence and Mary Brown will direct the proceedings.

Art events

PAINTING CLASS. Four-week painting class, taught by local artist Paula Kulas at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody, held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, begins March 7. The course will focus on the watercolor works of John Singer Sargent. All materials will be provided. For details and registration, call 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or visit

DRAW ME A STORY: ALPHABETS AND ANIMALS. Annual exhibit on display March 7 to 30, begins with cocktail reception March 7, 6 to 8 p.m., guests asked to bring $10 donation to benefit the Cape Ann Animal Aid. Exhibit features original illustrations by creators of children’s books, many of whom will be on hand and happy to sign books (also at “A Sunday of Sweetness,” on Sunday, March 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.) An exhibit-based activity will be held Friday, March 14, for children preschool and up, who will illustrate their own picture book to take home. Wenham Museum is at 132 Main St. in Wenham, 978-468-2377, Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children ages 1 and up. Group rates are available with advance registration.

Art exhibits

PHOTOGRAPHS BY ELISABETH NEVILLE. On view throughout March at the Stetson Art Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St.,

“ON EARTH.” An exhibit of paintings by Heather Johnson Reid of Beverly Farms is on view through Thursday, March 27, in the Celebration Hall at St. John’s Church, 705 Hale St., Beverly Farms. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 978-927-0229,

AMANDA BEARD. Original artwork by Amanda Beard, illustrator and designer from Beverly, on view through April 4 at Beverly Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly, during regular banking hours.