Discover and explore
M IS FOR MUSEUM: WARMTH OF THE FIRESIDE. Friday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. Discover how people kept warm in winter long ago, enjoy a story about winter on the farm and warm cocoa, and make a mitten craft with museum educators. For children in preschool and older. Free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
LEARN ABOUT GUIDE DOGS. Friday, Jan. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, Parish Hall, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. A representative from “Guiding Eyes,” an internationally accredited guide dog school, will be present. Evening starts with a short children’s story followed by information about the dogs. Dublin, a trained guide dog, will visit. Pizza, salad, drinks and cookies served. A $5 donation per person, or $10 donation per family, will be accepted but is not required. 781-595-8836, ext. 10, or email@example.com.
FAMILY GALLERY EXPLORATION: SILK! Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Japanese Art Gallery, East India Square, Salem. Drop by the exhibition “Fish, Silk, Tea, Bamboo: Cultivating an Image of China,” where a museum educator will explore hidden symbols in an incredible silk robe. Free with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
STUDIO DISCOVERIES: SILK PAPER MAKING. Saturday, Jan. 12, 1 to 4 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, Bartlett Gallery, East India Square, Salem. Using silk filaments and simple paste and water, attendees can create their own colorful pieces of paper. Free with museum admission. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
BEVERLY COMMUNITY DAY. Sunday, Jan. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Historic New England invites Beverly residents for tours. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain, ship paintings and architectural details. Free admission offered only to Beverly residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.
Theater and music
“HONK!” Thursday, Jan. 10, 6 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Ferrini Auditorium, 775 Bay Road, Hamilton. Miles River Middle School presents musical tale of “The Ugly Duckling.” For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets also available on the night of the show.
BOSTON ARTISTS ENSEMBLE CONCERT. Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Marine Hall, East India Square, Salem. $23/members, $27/nonmembers, $12/students. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
“THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER.” Marionette show, Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St. A full-scale marionette performance with harpsichord accompaniment of Grimms’ fairy tale. All ages welcome. Registration is required; seating is limited. Free with museum admission; $8/adults, $6/children. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
“TREASURES FROM THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK.” Saturday, Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Music in the Woods will present a concert featuring tenor Brendan P. Buckley, soprano Katrina Holden, baritone Samuel Bowen and pianist John Kramer. $20/general, $15/seniors and students, free/children under 12. 978-774-7582 or www.nsuu.org.
SALEM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Sunday, Jan. 13, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Winter concert series features a concert with flutist Judith Braude and soprano Kathryn Lordan. Free. Handicapped-accessible. www.salemphilharmonic.org.
SEWING GROUP MEETING. Friday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. First meeting of the drop-in sewing group. Needle workers of all levels welcome; those who knit, embroider, crochet or do other forms of hand-sewing are invited. Participants can learn from others and share what they know. 978-531-0100, ext. 17.
POETRY & CREATIVE WRITING. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Teen and adult writers are invited to share a sample of their poetry and creative writing. www.flintlibrary.org or 978-774-8132.
“BAG IT.” Environmental documentary, Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Cove Community Center, 19 E. Corning St., Beverly. Community leaders at the Solid Waste Management Committee are hosting a screening of the new, award-winning environmental documentary, which follows “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he tries to make sense of our dependence on plastic bags. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich of Marblehead, who is sponsoring a bill to ban plastic bags statewide, will introduce the film and lead a Q&A after. Free. 978-473-9891.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. On view every Tuesday and Thursday through Jan. 31, at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Films include “Gloucestermen” at 11:30 a.m. and “Civil War Life and Medicine” at 12:15 p.m. $5/general, $4/seniors. Details at 978-777-2711.
Presentations and discussions
“THE HOBBIT” DISCUSSION. Thursday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. “There and Back Again & Beyond: Exploring the Meaning in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit,’” presented by author and lecturer Sean McDonough, explores what makes the journey so compelling and how it connects with the deeper history of Tolkien’s Middle-earth. www.hwlibrary.org.
“NORTH SHORE PRIVATEERS IN THE WAR OF 1812.” Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 p.m., Felton-Smith Historic Site, Felton Street, Peabody. Peabody Historical Society presents lecture by Michael Rutstein, who will describe how privateers — private, armed vessels — received government commissions to seize an enemy’s vessels in time of war. During the War of 1812, Salem had a total of 43 privateers. Free/society members, $5/nonmembers. Wheelchair-accessible. 978-531-0805 or www.peabodyhistorical.org.
“HOLLYWOOD: WILD WEST TO MOVIE MECCA.” Sunday, Jan. 13, 3 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., adjacent to Topsfield Common. Topsfield Historical Society’s monthly lecture series program features Topsfield resident Anne Barrett. Learn how Hollywood evolved from a barren landscape to a prosperous, conservative community, and then to a glittering movie mecca full of glamorous stars and scandalous behavior. See 19th- and early 20th-century film clips that give a front-row seat to the dawn of the movie industry and all it meant to the first moviegoers. Free. Refreshments served. email@example.com or 978-887-9137.
GOLDA MEIR. Monday, Jan. 14, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Jewish historian Herb Belkin will share the inspiring story of Meir’s rise from a Russian shtetl to prime minister of Israel, focusing on her dedication to the Zionist movement and a Jewish homeland. Nonmembers welcome; donations appreciated. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
WINTER WELLNESS. Monday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Lecture presented by Lynn Helferich explores how to live in harmony with nature’s dry and cold season, basic Ayurvedic principles that help balance winter symptoms, complimentary ways to stimulate immunity, and how to augment personal care routines with simple techniques. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk or may be available on alternate formats (CD, downloadable audiobook, downloadable e-book). 978-921-6062.
ARTHUR FIEDLER AND THE BOSTON POPS. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Musician Bill Sano will relate the history of the Pops with emphasis on the years when Fiedler conducted. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURE. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Illustrated presentation by Stephen Kenney, director of the Commonwealth Museum, describing the great “foundation documents” displayed at the museum and high-tech interactive exhibits that bring Massachusetts history to life. Rare national treasures will be featured. $10/nonmembers, free/members and audience participants. Refreshments served. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
DADS & DONUTS. Saturday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Story time designed especially for dads and children ages 2 and up; moms are invited, too. Snacks follow 30 minutes of stories based around the theme “Star Light, Star Bright!” Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
STORY TRAILS: UNDER THE COBBLESTONES. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2 to 3 p.m., meet at information desk, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Meet author/illustrator Joe McKendry and hear the stories he uncovered while writing “Beneath the Streets of Boston,” then draw with the artist. Tickets available on day of program. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
BEAR GALLERY RECEPTION. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4 to 6 p.m., 100 Cummings Center, Suite 106H, Beverly. Montserrat College of Art’s student-run gallery will host an exhibition dedicated to Montserrat’s current sophomore class. “The Sophomore Show” will be a documentation of the development of skill the students have achieved during the academic year. On view through Jan. 30. firstname.lastname@example.org,www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“SELF REVEALED.” A mixed fiber media show of wearable art pieces, created by fiber artist Robin Taliesin, will be on display for most of January in the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Selected works are all one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items. The gallery is open during church events, when church staff are in the building and by appointment. 781-639-1215, email@example.com, 508-641-0767 or 617-285-6265.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Jan. 11, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sturdy Moss. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Jan. 10, Bryan Pero and the Tired Horses; Jan. 11, Michael Kelley & The Hot Blue Q; Jan. 12, Jamaica Plain Jazz Collective; Jan. 16, Open Mike Shindig. Show time is 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Jan. 11, Steve Baglioni. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Jan. 11, Nick Consone; Jan. 12, David Fischer and Erik Farnsworth; Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m., Steve Spungin. Show time is 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Jan. 10, Ali Manionn and Mike Mele; Jan. 11, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam followed by Dave Bailin and the Bailouts, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Jan. 12, Juke Joint 5; Jan. 13, Ervin Dhimo Trio; Jan. 14, Open Mike with Spike Emerson; Jan. 16, 2 Base Hit. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.