CAITLIN CORBETT DANCE COMPANY LECTURE/DEMONSTRATION. Monday, April 1, 11 a.m., Veteran’s Hall, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Explores movement-driven dance that celebrates human quirkiness and the notion of beauty. Includes repertory work and a discussion on Corbett’s creative process. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO GAME DESIGN. The Teen Department at the Peabody Institute Library is offering a free, three-week class for teens ages 11 to 18 on Tuesdays, April 2, 9 and 23, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Teens will learn what it takes to create a video game, and then design simple games using Scratch software and programming language. Teens will create online Scratch accounts so they can access their video games outside of class. The hands-on workshop will be taught by experienced Scratch teacher Rosemary Slattery. The program is funded by the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. Space is limited. Teens can sign up on the library’s “Events for Teens” calendar, available at www.peabodylibrary.org, or by calling the library at 978-531-0100, ext. 14.
POETRY WORKSHOP AND OPEN MIKE NIGHT. Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Local poet and creative writing professor J.D. Scrimgeour will lead a workshop prior to the library’s open mike session. Anyone interested in performing music, poetry or prose is welcome to participate in the open mike portion of the event, which begins at 7 p.m. Sign-up required for both events; register at 978-774-0554.
Lectures, discussions and workshops
ADVENTURE JOURNALIST TO SPEAK. Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library Main Branch, 82 Main St., Peabody. Jeff Wise, author of “Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger,” will present a lecture titled “The Upside of Fear.” Wise will discuss the benefits of fear and its startling influence on physical and mental powers. Event funded by The Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries. Registration at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.