TWO FUNDRAISERS FOR BRIGHT HAPPY POWER. Saturday, Feb. 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., movie night, features “The Karate Kid” (original) movie with snacks; register by Friday, Feb. 1. Also on Saturday, a women’s self-defense class from 1:30 to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce; all women are welcome. Donations appreciated. Money raised from both events will be donated to Bright Happy Power, a nonprofit started by Jessie Doktor, who lost her battle with cancer at age 9; the organization helps families with children fighting cancer. Events will be held at the Professional Martial Arts Academy, 43 Market St., Ipswich. 978-356-9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUP AND CHOWDER FEST. Saturday, Feb. 2, 5 to 7 p.m., Lincoln Hall, 561 Main St., Boxford. The West Boxford Improvement Society will hold its annual fundraiser, featuring all-you-can-eat homemade soup, bread and desserts. $10/admission, $8/seniors and children. email@example.com.
“A CEILI FOR ERIN.” Erin Dawson, a 26-year-old Peabody resident who was born with neurofibromatosis, was recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma, an aggressive malignant brain tumor that neurofibromatosis patients are at risk for developing. Since her diagnosis, Dawson has been unable to work. A fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 10 p.m., to help defray the costs of her medical treatment. The event will be held at the Vittori-Rocci Post, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly, and will include food, live music, a silent auction, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased at ACeiliforErin@gmail.com, or by calling Julie at 978-927-5739 or Joan at 978-922-8083. Monetary donations can be mailed to Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915, with checks made payable to “A Ceili for Erin.”
THIRD ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER. Saturday, Feb. 2, 6 to 9 p.m., O’Neill’s Pub, 120 Washington St., Salem. Various auction items, a door prize and a 50-50 raffle. All funds go to the North Shore Women’s Rugby Football Club to cover annual costs and purchase equipment. 978-210-6204, 617-686-8279 or www.nswomensrugby.com.
BENEFIT FOR CANCER PATIENT. Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., AOH, 104 Boston St., Salem. Fundraiser for Elizabeth Lake, a Salem resident, who was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Proceeds will help defray the costs of treatment and procedures. $15/ticket, includes food and raffles.
POLAR PLUNGE. Sunday, Feb. 3, 12:30 p.m., Lynch Park in Beverly, 55 Ober St., and Winter Island Park in Salem, 90 Winter Island Road. To benefit North Shore Community Development Coalition in Salem and the River House in Beverly; event raises money to end homelessness and build affordable housing. Registration at 11 a.m. A celebration will follow in Beverly High School’s cafeteria. polarplungenorthshore.org.
“FRIDAYS IN THE ROSE.” Featuring The Brian Fitzpatrick Trio, Friday, Feb. 1, noon to 1:50 p.m., Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Music series opens with school faculty member and pianist Brian Fitzpatrick, bassist Dave Zox and percussionist Dave Ellis. Light appetizer reception will follow. Free. Reserve tickets at www.endicott.edu/centerfor
thearts or by leaving a message at 978-998-7700.
SEVENTH ANNUAL A CAPPELLA NIGHT. Friday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Danvers High School auditorium, 60 Cabot Road. Danvers High School Music Program presents a concert featuring DHS’ Falconize, Ingrid Sound and Mixed Chorus; SwingTown! from St. John’s Prep; The Northshoremen; and Redline, a professional group from Boston. Proceeds will be used to purchase new sound equipment for the high school choral ensembles. $14/adults in advance, $15/at the door, $10/students. Advance ticket purchase recommended at dhschoralmusic.com.
“SHINING CITY.” The Salem Theatre Company presents Conor McPherson’s play, directed by John Fogle, with regular performances running Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., through Feb. 16, at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The haunting exploration of human frailties is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. Tickets $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. www.salemtheatre.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-790-8546.
“SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.” Presented by The Producer’s Society at Gordon College, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., Margaret Jensen Theatre, Barrington Center for the Arts at Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. Tickets $12 general admission, $7 for students and faculty, available at http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets / Event Search?presenter=Gordon or at the box office 30 minutes before each performance. http://gordonsweeneytodd.wordpress.com/.
“INHERIT THE WIND.” Presented by Marblehead Little Theatre, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., through Feb. 3, 12 School St., Marblehead. Based on a trial in 1925 when Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan battled in a courtroom over free speech, science and the forces of creationism. Tickets cost $23 for adults; special $15 student rate for matinees only. Available at www.mltlive.org or Spirit of ’76 Bookstore.
“RENT.” Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., at Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Salem High Drama Club presents the school edition of the Broadway musical. Show tells the story of a group of young musicians and artists living in New York City who struggle with their ideals and are faced with addiction, disease, isolation and poverty. $12/reserved seats, $10/general, $7/students and seniors. Reserve tickets in advance at 978-740-1136.
Explore and experience
“FOCUS ON FEEDERS.” Mass Audubon’s annual winter bird count, set for Saturday, Feb. 2, and Sunday, Feb. 3, invites people to participate in a volunteer survey and list individual bird species and the greatest number of each seen at one time at their feeders and in their yards on Feb. 2 and 3. Record one count for each species seen, then submit the report form to Mass Audubon. Participants’ names will be entered in a drawing to win one of several prizes. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 28. Anyone can participate. www.massaudubon.org/focus.
FLY TYING. The Orvis Co. will hold free classes on Saturdays, Feb. 2 through Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Orvis, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Includes an introduction to the tools, materials and techniques of fly tying, plus two flies and in-store shopping offers. Space is limited. 978-531-0185.
3-D PRINTING PROGRAM. Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to make electronics with new 3-D printers. Attendees can also make an “Angry Bird” figure using the printer. Snow date Feb. 9. Sponsored by Friends of the Boxford Town Library. Free. Program limited to eight children. Registration required at www.boxfordlibrary.org.
WINTER WEEKENDS. Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., Phillips House, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Follow the Phillips family on a wintry jaunt around New England. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while viewing film clips of the family sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing. Following film, house tour shows how family lived at 34 Chestnut St. through winter months. Then, sneak peek of Phillips family items, postcards and photographs, not usually on display. Register at 978-744-0440. Tickets $10, free to Historic New England members.
Children and families
TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE LIBRARY DAY. Saturday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Featuring a craft program from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and refreshments. Families can stop by any time during the day. Free. www.noblenet.org/swampscott.
DADS & DONUTS. Saturday, Feb. 2, 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 a theme of bears. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
GROUNDHOG DAY EXTRAVAGANZA. Saturday, Feb. 2, 1 to 4 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Families with children are invited for ongoing activities, including nature hikes, snow sculptures, a groundhog obstacle course, crafts, refreshments and more. Groundhog celebration and puppet show are set for 2 p.m. in the barn. Dress for weather. $9/adults, $7/children, discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
CHILDREN’S LITERACY EVENT. Sunday, Feb. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Aviv Centers for Living, Woodbridge Community Room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. North Suburban Jewish Community Center and the Coordinator Family & Community Engagement program present children’s author April Prince reading “What do Wheels do All Day,” followed by an art project and other related activities. Free; open to toddlers and children up to age 6 with caregivers. 978-471-5520 or www.nsjcc.org.
STORY TRAILS: “THE RAJAH’S RICE.” Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 to 3 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, meet at information desk, East India Square, Salem. Read David Barry’s story, then create a colored rice mosaic to take home. Program for children ages 5 to 8 with adult. Tickets available day of program. 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, or pem.org/calendar.
NANOTECHNOLOGY DEMYSTIFIED. Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Boxford resident Bob Spillman will talk about the implications of a certain technology on other fields as diverse as privacy and the arms race. Free. Sponsored by the Boxford Cultural Council. 978-887-7323.
“GOOGLE EARTH” PRESENTATION. Friday, Feb. 1, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Attendees will learn about Google Earth and its features, and visit places like the pyramids, Buckingham Palace or the houses they grew up in. No computer skills necessary. www.hwlibrary.org.
ELECTRONICS DRIVE. Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, Ipswich Middle School, 130 High St. To benefit the school. All collected items are recycled, and storage devices are shredded. For a list of accepted items and prices, contact 603-437-6945 or email@example.com.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. Thursday, Jan. 31, “Gloucestermen,” 11:30 a.m., and “Civil War Life and Medicine,” 12:15 p.m., at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Also, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February, “Ghost Stories and Mysterious Places in Essex County.” $5/general. 978-777-2711.
“THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.” Thursday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Heritage Films presents program about slave movement on the North Shore with a look at tunnels under Salem and a perspective on Robert Rollins, a black soldier buried in Andover, who fought in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts of the Civil War. Free. 978-777-2711.
SALEM PEACE COMMITTEE FILM. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, enter from parking lot, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Screening of “We’re Not Broke.” 978-740-9917.
Lectures, discussions and presentations
CREATIVE WRITING EVENT. Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Ellison Campus Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Room, 352 Lafayette St. Poet Marcia Karp and prose writer Regina Flynn will kick off Salem State University’s spring Writers Series. 978-542-7890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDITATION: A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION WORTH KEEPING. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 to 4 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Dr. Allan Hughes, chiropractor and practitioner of meditation, will discuss how meditating on a regular basis benefits individuals both physically and emotionally. Free. 978-921-6062.
AUTHOR VISIT. Sunday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Amy Kwei will discuss her book “A Concubine for the Family — A Family Saga in China” and share information on Chinese customs and their New Year. A reception will follow. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library, Danvers. www.danverslibrary.org.
ARCHER ADVENTURES: GREECE AND ARIZONA. Monday, Feb. 4, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Take a virtual vacation to Arizona and the Greek islands. Beverly resident John Archer presents an illustrated slide show of his travels. Part of the Monday Mornings adult lecture series. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
MONTHLY BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Feb. 4, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Presentation by museum member and seasonal weekend manager Bob Purzycki, titled “Ipswich and its Connections to President Lincoln.” The lecture complements the museum’s current winter exhibit, “Ipswich and the Civil War.” Free/museum members and Ipswich seniors, $5/nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
A VIEW FROM BEACON HILL. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Rep. John Keenan will discuss the state budget and the status of major legislation in the areas of energy, casino gaming, health care, the economy and crime control, as well as major projects within Salem, including development of the Salem Harbor Station site, courthouse renovations, new MBTA parking garage and Salem State University projects. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or www.explorerslli.org.
EVENING WITH AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Peabody City Hall, Wiggin Auditorium, 24 Lowell St. Peabody Institute Library presents an evening with Andre Dubus III. Dubus is the author of five books, with a sixth book, “Dirty Love,” to be released in late 2013. Sponsored by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Library. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
“PREPARING YOUR BOAT.” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster St., Marblehead. Eastern Yacht Club Sailing Committee’s 2013 Winter Speaker Series features Brad White, who will discuss how to maximize the use of one’s boat by following important steps prior to this season’s launch. Free. Register in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibits and shows
TRUNK SHOW. Saturday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 35 Congress St., Suite 222, Salem. Bobbie Bush, children’s and family photographer in Salem, will host show presenting Matilda Jane’s spring 2013 apparel collection, featuring unique clothing not available in stores. Mini photo sessions and refreshments. Free. 978-744-6918, email@example.com or www.bobbiebush.com.
“MONSTERATURES.” Art exhibit reception, Saturday, Feb. 2, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Features Robert MacPhail’s portraits of characters from classic monster movies of the 1930s to 1950s. Work is hand-lettered using oil paint on wood panels. On view through Feb. 27. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“DALY AND DALY, CROSSROADS.” Opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Mother-and-daughter exhibit of paintings and sculptures by local artists Elaine and Dianna Daly. On view through March 9. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or email@example.com.
GROSVENOR PARK EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION. Sunday, Feb. 3, 3 to 5 p.m., The Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Exhibit features work by members of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association as part of the association’s 125-year anniversary. A variety of prints of local scenes and far-flung areas will be on display. Prints are in color and black and white. Exhibit on view through Feb. 28. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 781-631-3685.
ARMENIAN EXHIBIT. Open to the public during school hours through Feb. 12, at Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. “Who are the Armenians,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Armenian Library and Museum of America, features Armenia’s pre-Christian period, the nation’s adoption of Christianity in A.D. 301, the creation of the Armenian alphabet, the Golden Age of literature in the fifth century, the role of the Armenians in the Byzantine empire and during the Crusades, and the literary reawakening in the 18th and 19th centuries. Exhibit is timed to coincide with visits by two teachers from School No. 14 in Yerevan, Armenia. Prior to viewing the exhibit, visitors should call 978-468-4415, ext. 233. www.almainc.org/traveling%20exhibit%20materials/Who%20Are%20The%20Armenians%20Brochure%20Package.pdf.
“HIGH LIFE” AND “ABSENT | PRESENT.” Jesse Burke’s exhibit “High Life” is on view through Feb. 9, in Montserrat College of Art’s Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Zsuzsanna Szegedi and Kate Gilmore’s exhibit “Absent | Present” is on view through March 30 in the Montserrat Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. firstname.lastname@example.org, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“RENEWAL AND METAMORPHOSIS” EXHIBIT. On view through Feb. 7, at Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Exhibit features Russian photographs from the Navigator Foundation Collection and showcases Russian photographic accomplishments from World War II through the 1990s. Free admission. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ILLUSTRATION THEME SHOW. On view Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
“NIGHT AND DAY.” On view through Feb. 9 at ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Exhibit features Kevin Kusiolek’s paintings of local city scenes without people. 978-531-7146, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT. Original watercolors by Kathryn Gentile Roberts on view at Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St. Gentile Roberts is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, Newburyport Art Association, SeARTS and the artisans’ cooperative Local Colors. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On view through Feb. 14. www.beverlycoop.com.
“PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES.” On view through Feb. 27 at Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit highlights six of the country’s best-known art therapists and educators, providing insight into their creative efforts. The artists, Pat Allen, Peter London, Cathy Malchiodi, Shaun McNiff, Bruce Moon and Catherine Moon, have self-selected works for the exhibit, which reflect their own preferences and style. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Jan. 31, Henley Douglas and The Cool Times Trio; Feb. 1, 9 p.m. to midnight, Sturdy Moss. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Jan. 31, Familiar Strangers; Feb. 1, Jeff Savlon; Feb. 2, 7 to 11 p.m., lineup features a collection of local musicians paying tribute to popular British bands; Feb. 6, open mike. Show time is 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Feb. 1, Lee Hawkins. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Feb. 1, Adria Smith Trio; Feb. 2, Vein; Feb. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 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. 31, Adria Smith with Andrea Capozzoli. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Feb. 1, doors open at 7:30 p.m., performance starts at 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Concert features Maeve and Jim Trick. $15/advance, $18 at the door. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.
RED ROCK BISTRO. Feb. 3, noon to 3 p.m., Janine Graham with Erik Ringstad on guitar and Steve Aubert on keys. 141 Humphrey St., Swampscott. 781-595-1414 or www.redrockbistro.com.
SEAPORT CAFE. Feb. 1, 8 to 11 p.m., Julie Dougherty Band. 215 Derby St., Salem. www.juliedougherty.net.