, Salem, MA

March 20, 2014

North Shore Entertainment Calendar

The Salem News

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ZUMBA FOR LLS. Friday, March 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Sterling Center YMCA, Teen Center, 254 Essex St., Beverly. Zumba fitness dance led by eight local Zumba instructors to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Ashley McGilloway’s fundraising efforts to run the Boston Marathon in memory of her uncle, Fred Abate. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Raffle prizes and light refreshments.


ME & THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Friday, March 21, 8 p.m., Carole King Songbook: Brittany Ann, Natalie Acciani, Allie Faris, Kat Quinn, Anna Dagmar, and Meg Braun at me & thee coffeehouse, located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987,

ORGAN RECITAL. Sunday, March 23, 3 p.m., First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St., Salem. Dennis Organ Recital features Salem resident and organist Don Glover. Program includes works by Buxtehude, Bach, Franck, Levebure-Wely, Muschel and others. Sponsored by the William Dennis Fund in memory of Caroline Martin. Free. 978-744-1551,

FAMED VIOLINIST PERFORMS. Sunday, March 23, 4 p.m., Congregation Shirat Hayam, 55 Atlantic Ave., Swampscott. Renowned violinist Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh and her quintet will perform as part of the fifth annual Boston Jewish Music Festival. Tickets cost $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets and details at

Theater & talent

“HEROES.” Salem Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedy on stage March 20 through April 12, with performances Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m., at 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The play is about war heroes Gustave, Henri and Philippe who plot an escape from their retirement home. General admission is $25, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets and details are available at or 866-811-4111.

“ANYTHING GOES.” With music and lyrics by Cole Porter, will be performed by the North Shore Players in five performances: Saturdays, March 22 and 29, and Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, March 23 and 30, at 2:30 p.m. at Hogan Regional Center Auditorium, 6 Hathorne Circle, in Danvers. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors at or by calling 978-750-4842 or 978-335-5605.

COMEDIAN JUSTON MCKINNEY. Saturday, March 22, 8 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Tickets are $35 to $25, available at or 617-531-1257.

Discussions & presentations

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION. Thursday, March 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Salem State University, North Campus, Berry Library, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Discussion on “The Crisis in Crimea: Ukraine, Russia and the West,” featuring Dr. Kanishkan Sathasivam, Department of Political Science and Bates Center of Public Affairs; Dr. Elizabeth Coughlan, Department of Political Science and Bates Center of Public Affairs; Dr. Alexandros Kyrou, Department of History; and Dr. Christopher Mauriello, Department of History and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Free. 978-542-7435;; 978-542-7147;

FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, March 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, Conrad Room, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss “Old School” by Tobias Wolff. New members welcome. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may be available. 978-921-6066,

“GET TO KNOW THE FESTIVAL POETS.” The Peabody Institute Library’s program will discuss the work of poets who will be featured at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, which will be held in Salem from May 2 to 4. Led by poet and Salem State University Professor Jennifer Jean, the first of six meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 82 Main St., in Peabody. The poet discussed will be Phil Levine. Details and registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or


DRAWDIO ELECTRONICS CLASS. Wednesday, March 26, 4 to 5 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Creativity Lab, lower level, 82 Main St., Peabody. Peabody Institute Library hosts an electronics class, Drawdio for Teens. Drawdio circuit-crafts make it possible to turn everyday objects into musical instruments. Instruction provided for free; $10 suggested donation to offset the cost of supplies. Program for ages 11 to 18. Space is limited. Sign up at the Creativity Lab calendar at


IRISH POET TO SPEAK. Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m., Gordon College, Jenks Library 112, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Princemere Writers Series of Gordon College presents Irish poet Micheal O’Siadhail, winner of the Irish American Cultural Institute Prize for Poetry and the Marten Toonder Prize for Literature. O’Siadhail will read from his newly published “Collected Poems” (Bloodaxe, 2013), which draws on 13 books of poetry. Free. Professor Mark Stevick,

OCEANS AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Friday, March 21, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, will discuss the ways climate change is affecting the oceans and marine life, particularly in New England waters. Warren has monitored North Shore salt marsh systems since 1999 and has participated in developing the Wetland Health Assessment Toolbox. or 978-744-0804.

“BEHIND THE SMILE.” Sunday, March 23, 2 p.m., Smith Barn, 38 Felton St., Peabody. Peabody Historical Society presents “Behind the Smile: Orphaned by Hitler’s Madness,” a lecture by the Rev. Peter K. Brenner. Brenner reflects on his experiences as an orphan who was taken from his Norwegian mother at birth by the Nazis during World War II. Five years and three orphanages later, Brenner was brought to America and adopted. Free/Peabody Historical Society members, $5/nonmembers. 978-531-0805.

“UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS.” Monday, March 24, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Historian Nancy Coffey presents an illustrated lecture about indoor immigrant workers, including maids, butlers, cooks and footmen, who worked behind the scenes on the affluent Beverly Farms estates during the late 19th and early 20th century. Program part of library’s Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to adults. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible., 978-921-6062.

“DIPLOMACY IN BLACK & WHITE.” Monday, March 24, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. Pickering House and Salem Athenaeum host an evening lecture by Dr. Ronald Angelo Johnson and signing of his new book, “Diplomacy in Black & White: John Adams, Toussaint Louverture, and Their Atlantic World Alliance.” Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering begins the program with remarks about his ancestor, Col. Timothy Pickering, who played a part in the subject of Johnson’s book. $20/Athenaeum or Pickering House members, $25/nonmembers. For tickets, visit

EVENING WITH JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR. Tuesday, March 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Ted Reinstein, a veteran reporter, commentator, producer and occasional anchor for WCVB-TV Channel 5’s “Chronicle,” will talk about his new book, “New England Notebook,” a collection of his favorite stories from reporting around New England. Reinstein will share photos from his book, followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Free; handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments served. Robin Flynn, 978-921-6062 or

“CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING FISHES.” Wednesday, March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Third program in the 2014 “Underwater in Salem Sound” lecture series presented by Salem Sound Coastwatch and Abbot Public Library. Dr. Mike Armstrong of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries presents an illustrated talk. Free., or 978-741-7900.

Book sale

ANNUAL LIBRARY BOOK SALE. Hamilton-Wenham Public Library’s book sale kicks off with a members-only preview sale, Friday, March 21, 6 to 8 p.m., at 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Nonmembers can obtain membership at the door. Sale opens to the public on Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and continues Monday, March 24, through Thursday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Books for children, teens and adults range from fiction to nonfiction, biography to self-help, science fiction, beach reads and more. Formats include hardcover, paperback, board books, DVDs, CDs and some maps.


STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN TOUR. Saturday, March 22, 1 to 3 p.m., Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. Walk the Cedar Point loop and investigate the trail for tracks and telltales to piece together evidence that will help illustrate the story in the landscape. Bring sharp senses and skills of observation. Hike will end in the Pine Grove with a bonfire and hot chocolate. Trustees members, free/adult, $5/child; nonmembers, free/adult, $8/child. Part of new, year-round Crane Outdoor Adventures Program. Program suitable for the entire family. Details and reservations at or 978-356-4351, ext. 4052.

VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION. Saturday, March 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join teacher-naturalist Scott Santino for a walk to the wetlands to look for wood frogs and salamanders that use vernal pools to reproduce. Visiting an active vernal pool can be an eye-opening experience. Program for adults. Meet in Nature Center. Dress for weather. $14/Mass Audubon members, $16/nonmembers. Preregistration required at, or 978-887-9264.

“IS BEEKEEPING FOR YOU?” Sunday, March 23, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Spend the morning with Kate Vandi, sanctuary beekeeper, to learn the basics of beekeeping and the biology behind why bees are so important for sustainability. Learn where to buy equipment and where beekeeping classes are offered locally. Talk about the challenges facing bees today, including the decline of honeybees due to colony collapse and disorder. Take a look at the sanctuary hive, or a demonstration hive if bees are too active. Meet in the barn. Dress for outdoors. $10/Mass Audubon members, $12/nonmembers. Preregistration required at, or 978-887-9264.


PIZZA AND A MOVIE. Thursday, March 20, 3 to 5 p.m., Abbot Public Library, Meeting Room, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Teens are invited to watch a newly released superhero movie and eat pizza. Bring friends. 781-631-1481,

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT. Saturday, March 22, 5:30 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. Families are invited for pizza, popcorn and a movie. Wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal.


HAM AND BEAN SUPPER. Saturday, March 22, 5 to 6 p.m., Second Congregational Church, 35 Conant St., Beverly. Menu features two kinds of home-baked beans, ham, coleslaw, rolls and beverage. Home-baked pies are $1.50 per slice. Prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3.50 for children. The building is handicapped-accessible.

SALEM SPRING RESTAURANT WEEK. Salem Chamber of Commerce’s eighth annual Salem Spring Restaurant Week takes place Sunday, March 23, through Thursday, March 27, at 20 restaurants in Salem. Participating restaurants will offer either a prix-fix, two-course dinner menu for $18 or a prix-fix, three-course dinner menu for $28. For details and a list of participating restaurants, visit Reservations are encouraged.

MARDI GRAS FEAST. Wednesday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Debbie Alsebai of Kidz Cooking presents a Cooks & Books program, during which teens will learn how to prepare chicken gumbo, quick jambalaya and bananas Foster. During the class, Alsebai will read excerpts from books about the history and customs of Mardi Gras. Space is limited to 20 teens. Advance registration required at or 781-596-8867.


PEM/PM EVENING PARTY: ARTOPIA. Thursday, March 20, 6 to 9 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Explore Salem’s creative scene as local art groups “take over” the museum. Beverly High School’s AP art students exhibit their work, while PEM’s ArtLink participants lead art-making experiences. Free/PEM members and Salem residents with ID, $10/nonmembers at the door. Cash bar and special menu from Hawthorne Hotel available., 978-542-1511.

17TH ANNUAL HOME SHOW. Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marblehead High School, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Marblehead Chamber of Commerce presents its 17th annual Home Show, featuring a wide range of products and providers of home improvement jobs, remodeling, renovating, and homebuying services. Free parking, silent auction, giveaways, family activities and home improvement vendors. Homeowners can have one-on-one consultations with business owners and employees about home needs. Lunch available for purchase. Details at

A SUNDAY OF SWEETNESS. Sunday, March 23, 1 to 3 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Explore the museum’s Spoonful of Sugar exhibit with the character Mary Poppins. Event includes live music, crafts, and book signings with the authors and illustrators featured in the Draw Me a Story exhibit. Included with museum admission; $8 adult, $6 children, free/members. 978-468-2377,

Art exhibits & events

BEA MODISETT: FIELD WORK. Opening reception on Thursday, March 20, 5 to 7 p.m., at Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Artist’s talk on Wednesday, March 26, 11:30 a.m., in the Hardie Building, room 201, at Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. “Field Work” features paintings by local artist Bea Modisett.

MAA GALLERY TALK. Saturday, March 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Marblehead Arts Association, King Hooper Mansion Gallery, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Photographer Peter Morris will discuss the stories behind each of his photographs featured at the MAA in an exhibit called “Photographs From Interesting Places.” A second talk will be held April 12. Exhibit on view through April 20. Free.

CELEBRATING THE WILDFLOWERS OF MARBLEHEAD. Tuesday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. A celebration of “Wildflowers of Marblehead: Photographs by Dennis Curtin,” an exhibit on view at Abbot Library, which coincides with the Marblehead Conservancy’s annual meeting, featuring an illustrated talk titled “Genetic Diversity in the Landscape” by Mark Richardson, director of horticulture at the New England Wildflower Society. Richardson will discuss ways that individual gardeners in coastal regions can make decisions, in their own gardens, to help preserve and strengthen local ecosystems. All are welcome. Light refreshments served. 781-631-1481,

SCULPTURES IN WOOD. Exhibit, “Sculptures in Wood: Students of Joseph Wheelwright,” on view through April 19, at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Free., 978-531-7146.

SUSAN DODGE EXHIBIT. Paintings and prints by Salem artist and Marblehead native Susan Dodge are on view in the lobby of the Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem, during the showing of “Heroes” from March 20 to April 12.

WATERCOLORS BY ANN JONES. On view March and April at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Exhibit features watercolor paintings of local landscapes, as well as landscapes from her travels to England, Nova Scotia and Egypt.

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

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.