GIMME SHELTER BIRDHOUSE AUCTION. Sunday, Sept. 29, 1 to 3 p.m., Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby St., Salem. A silent auction of birdhouses made by local artists and the community at large. Live music and food from local restaurants will be provided. Birdhouses on display throughout artists’ spaces on Artists’ Row. Live music by BlackDogBrother. The public will be invited to help make a popsicle stick birdhouse. For more information contact Laura Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/salemcollective, 978-219-7226.
TASTE OF THE GABLES. Sunday, Sept. 29, 5 to 8 p.m., House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Join 26 local chefs, wineries/brewers and distillers as they offer their specialties and compete for Best Chef and Best Beverage under a tent on the Gables’ oceanfront lawn. Live and silent auction. Proceeds go toward matching a grant received by Mass Cultural Council for the preservation of the Gables’ eight historic houses. Tickets $75 per person, available at TOTG2013.eventbritTe.com.
BENEFIT PERFORMANCE. Friday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. Join North Shore Community Action Programs and the North Shore Music Theatre for a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. with a light dinner, cash bar, raffle prizes and a chance auction, followed by an 8 p.m. performance of “La Cage aux Folles.” Event supports NSCAP’s homeless prevention services on the North Shore. Tickets cost $65. www.nscap.org.
PATTY LARKIN “STILL GREEN” CD RELEASE SHOW. Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Me & Thee Coffeehouse, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. With opener Scott Alarik. Tickets $22 in advance, $25 at the door. 781-631-8987, www.meandthee.org.
BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT. Friday, Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Atrium, East India Square, Salem. Boston Artists Ensemble season kicks off with a program of three unique works with pianist Randall Hodgkinson, violinist Sharan Leventhal, violist Lila Brown and cellist Jonathan Miller. $24/museum members, $27/nonmembers, $10/students. For tickets, call 978-542-1511; tickets also available at the door. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.