JUDITH MURRAY IN CONCERT. Monday, Oct. 7, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Opus, downstairs bar and lounge, 87 Washington St., Salem. Jazz vocalist Judith Murray will perform Monday nights, with pianist Steve Hershman and bassist David Landoni. 978-744-9600, www.salemopus.com.
AMERICA’S MUSIC: COUNTRY AND BLUEGRASS. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Sutton Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Explore the film “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.” Event is part of a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. www.peabodylibrary.org.
Learn how to
SHARPEN KNIVES. Saturday, Oct. 5, noon to 3 p.m., Shubie’s Marketplace, 16 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead. Representatives from Wusthof Knives will lead a knife-sharpening clinic. Learn how to care for knives, and bring one knife to be sharpened for free and up to three more for $3 each, any brand. No serrated knives. All proceeds will be donated to the Marblehead Food Pantry. 781-631-0149.
SWING DANCE. Monday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m., Dance Studio, O’Keefe Sports Complex, Salem State University, 225 Canal St., Salem. West Coast Swing Master Class with Stephen St. Pierre. Free. 978-542-7890, salemstate.edu/arts.
Lectures & presentations
THE EVANGELICAL LEFT: OXYMORON OR OPPORTUNITY. Thursday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Ken Olsen Science Center, MacDonald Auditorium, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. David Swartz will address how evangelicals of nearly all political and denominational persuasions view social engagement as a fundamental responsibility, and, in light of recent history, what an evangelical progressive vision of politics can contribute to the common good. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Lecture is free and open to the public. Debbie Drost, email@example.com.
EXHIBIT AND LECTURE SERIES. Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Marblehead Museum, 170 Washington St., Marblehead. As part of Marblehead Museum’s lecture series and new exhibit, “Fishing and Shoemaking in Marblehead,” Standley Goodwin will present “John Orne, Marblehead’s First Shoe Manufacturer.” $10 museum members, $15 nonmembers. Reservations recommended at 781-631-1768.