, Salem, MA

January 24, 2013

North Shore entertainment calendar

The Salem News

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IPSWICH DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE FUNDRAISER. Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to noon, VFW, 110 County Road, Ipswich. Annual breakfast with featured speaker Congressman John Tierney. Also, the Community Service Award will be presented to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. $30/person, payable at the door. All are welcome, regardless of political views.

Martin Luther

King events

SPECIAL MUSIC WORSHIP IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Sunday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m., Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The church’s Chancel Choir will present four songs from John Rutter’s cycle of spirituals in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation and Black History Month in February. Concert will feature vocal, bass and percussion soloists. or 978-774-4510.

MLK JR. CONVOCATION. Monday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., Salem State University, Veterans Hall, 352 Lafayette St. Danvers resident and Salem State board chairwoman Pamela Scott will be the keynote speaker. Open to members of the SSU community, students from area elementary and middle schools, and the public. Also, winners from SSU’s essay contest, which challenged local students to write about the legacy of King, will read. 978-542-7500 or


ANNUAL FRIENDS AND FAMILY NIGHT. Friday, Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. The Salem High Winter Colorguard and new Salem Junior Colorguard, featuring middle school students, will present a preview of their 2013 competition shows. Refreshments served. Free admission; donations accepted. On Saturday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m., the school will host the New England Scholastic Band Association contest with the Junior Colorguard competing at 3 p.m., followed by the Senior Colorguard at 5 p.m. $8/adults, $5/students and seniors. Hot and cold food and 50-50 raffle in the cafeteria. 978-740-1136.

CHAMBER SERIES CONCERT. Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m., Endicott College, Center for the Arts, Rose Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty Chamber Recital Series features individual talents in the band’s instrumental and vocal sections. A reception will follow. Free admission. Tickets may be reserved at or by leaving a message at 978-998-7700.

SALEM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Sunday, Jan. 27, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Soloist will be baritone Colin Levin, also featuring the Paul Madore Chorale and the Salem High School Symphony. Free. Handicapped-accessible.

“CONCERTS IN THE BARN.” Sunday, Jan. 27, 4 to 6 p.m. Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Topsfield Town Library presents Pitch Slapped, a coed a cappella group from Berklee College of Music, whose repertoire includes pop, rock, and rhythm and blues. Group appeared on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and was named 2011 International Collegiate Champions at Lincoln Center in New York City. Sponsored by the George Gould Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Free admission. Refreshments provided, courtesy of Bradley D. Gatlin Family Fund. or 978-887-9137.

“HARPS MODERN AND TALL, ANCIENT AND SMALL.” Monday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich gives guided tour of harp and plays. This is part of a series, “Close Encounters With Music,” about classical music with Music at Eden’s Edge chamber group. Register at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or

Theater and comedy

“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., from Jan. 26 through Feb. 16, at the STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Performances on Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25, are previews with a “Name Your Own Ticket Price” at the door. Seating for the two preview performances may also be ensured by buying tickets for $10 at 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 cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students., or 978-790-8546.

“SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.” Presented by The Producer’s Society at Gordon College, Jan. 25 and 26 and Jan. 28 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 EventSearch?presenter= Gordon or at the box office 30 minutes before each performance.

“INHERIT THE WIND.” Presented by Marblehead Little Theatre, Jan. 25 through Feb. 3, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., 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 or Spirit of ’76 Bookstore.

VISIT FROM COMEDIAN JUSTON MCKINNEY. Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., Onion Town Grill, 175 Water St., Danvers. McKinney, known for his two Comedy Central specials and “Tonight Show” appearances, will present an evening of comedy with local comedians Jeff Koen, Jessie Bickford, Tim Willis and Peter Bakula. $20/ticket, available at

Explore and experience

QR CODE SCAVENGER HUNT. Friday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Teens are invited for a hunt throughout the library using their smartphones, iPods or iPads to scan QR codes. The winning team will receive iTunes cards. Refreshments served. Free. 978-887-7323.

WETLANDS IN WINTER. Saturday, Jan. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join sanctuary director Carol Decker for an exploration of the ice-covered marshes. Search for marsh wren nests, possibly examine a muskrat house, look for mink and weasel activity, and identify wetland plants by their winter buds. Dress warmly and wear waterproof boots. $12/nonmembers, $10/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required. 978-887-9264.

FLY TYING. The Orvis Co. will hold free classes on Saturdays, Jan. 26 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.

WINTER WEEKENDS. Saturday, Jan. 26, 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.

DANVERS COMMUNITY DAY. Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Historic New England invites Danvers residents for tours. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. Free admission offered only to Danvers residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.

WINGMASTERS PRESENTATION. Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. A presentation by Jim Parks and Julie Anne Collier will introduce attendees to different types of raptors, including hawks, owls, eagles and falcons. For adults, and families with children 5 and older. $13/adults, $11/children, discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required. 978-887-9264.

PINGREE ADULT CLASSES. As part of the Pingree Masters program, Pingree School will offer the following adult classes, taught by Pingree faculty and community professionals: Printmaking meets on Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m., for four sessions beginning Jan. 28; Plato and Friends meets on Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., for four sessions beginning Jan. 26; Creating Art Books meets on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Introduction to African Drumming meets on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. or 978-468-4415, ext. 255.

Children and families

“WICKED COOL FOR KIDS ‘SCIFISCI.’” The Peabody Recreation Department presents a program for kids to explore how science fiction has inspired current inventions and gadgets and how far-fetched stories from long ago have become the everyday technology of the present. Participants will build and experiment with their own models of an X-wing fighter, hovercraft, submarines and a communication device. The program will run on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., starting Jan. 28 through March 11 (no class Feb. 18). The cost is $85. Register online at or in person at the Peabody Recreation Department, 50 Farm Ave.

LEGO CLUB. Friday, Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Children in kindergarten and older are invited for an hour of Lego building around the theme of robots. Free. 978-887-7323.

AMELIA BEDELIA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY. Saturday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Milestone marks decades of Amelia’s antics, which helped teach generations of children to read.

MORNING PROGRAMS FOR THE LITTLE ONES. Beginning Monday, Jan. 28, through Monday, Feb. 11, at the Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Three-week program sessions include: Mondays, 9:30 a.m., Babies, Books and Beppie Bunny, a lap-sit program for babies birth through 12 months with caregiver; Tuesdays, 10:45 a.m., Welcome to My World, a toddler story time with music, movement and simple story sharing for children ages 1 to 4 with caregiver; Wednesdays, 10 a.m., Little Yogis, a parent-child yoga program for ages 3 to 5 with yoga poses, stories and music; Thursdays, 10 a.m., Preschool Books & Bingo, a story and game program for children ages 3 to 5 with caregivers. All programs are free. Space is limited, and registration is required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.

LEGO BUILDING PROGRAM: BRICKS 4 KIDZ. Monday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Children, ages 5 to 11, can watch a Lego expert build amazing structures, then build their own. or 978-774-8132.


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. 978-777-2711.

TEEN MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHT. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Screening of “Hotel Transylvania,” rated PG. Call or drop in to reserve a spot. For children ages 13 and older. or 978-774-8132.

Lectures and discussions

“HAITI: A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL STORY.” Saturday, Jan. 26, 4 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Dr. Brian Orr will speak about his experiences in Haiti since the earthquake three years ago. Orr will discuss how Haiti is working to recover from the disaster, but poverty is still rampant and international support is slowing down. Free. 978-774-7582 or visit

FORUM ON “IMMIGRATION RIGHTS IN MASSACHUSETTS.” Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. Facilitated by Jesse Jaeger, executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Mass Action. Includes three presenters from the immigration rights community: Jose Palma, organizer for Centro Presente; Katherine Ascuncion of the Student Immigrant Movement; and Lena Graber of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Lunch served at 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall; forum will follow.; 781-595-8836, ext. 12; or

THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE: THE BEATITUDES AND PSALMS. Sunday, Jan. 27, 12:30 to 2 p.m., First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St. A free, nondenominational seminar led by Theo Theoharis, a professor of comparative literature and award-winning teacher at Harvard and MIT. Theoharis will lead participants in an interactive and informative discussion of the texts and their role in the development of Western culture, thought and literature. The seminar is the pilot for an ongoing book group on the Bible as literature, which will meet monthly at a cost of $20 to $25 per person for each session. 978-979-8745,, 978-744-5125 or

THE GEOGRAPHY OF AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN. Monday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Salem State University professor Stephen Young will describe the way the geography of the region contributes to the difficulty of America’s longest war. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or

SLAVERY AND FREEDOM: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN BEVERLY, 1750-1850. Monday, Jan. 28, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Learn the little-known story of Beverly’s 18th- and 19th-century black families. By examining town and court records, deeds, letters, and memoirs, historian Terri McFadden has pieced together facts about the early population in Beverly. McFadden will talk about what life was like for the individuals represented in the town papers, with particular focus on the Larcom-Thistle family, who started out as slaves and claimed their freedom during the American Revolution. Part of “Monday Mornings” lecture series. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or

WOMAN’S FRIEND SOCIETY LUNCHEON AND DISCUSSION. Monday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m., Nathaniel Sillsbee House, 94 Washington Square East., Salem. Business meeting will be held, followed by a luncheon. Barbara Bowman will be inducted into the society as chairwoman. Also, Mayor Kim Driscoll will be the keynote speaker following lunch. Information about the society’s upcoming fundraiser will also be available. $10/person; reservations requested by calling The Emmerton House at 978-744-2137.

“HOW TO SPEAK WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN/HEALTH CARE PROVIDER.” Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Jane Metrano, director of Resident Care at The Herrick House, will discuss the way the ever-changing health care system requires more patient participation. Metrano will outline a patient’s responsibilities and offer basic suggestions for communicating effectively with health care professionals, including formats for better information sharing. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. 978-744-0804 or

E-BOOK HELP SESSION. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Attendees can bring their e-readers and cables to learn the process of downloading e-books. Kindle users are asked to bring in their Amazon login information. All ages welcome. or 978-774-8132.

“UNDERSTANDING FEAR, ANXIETY AND AGGRESSION IN CATS & DOGS.” Tuesday, Jan. 29, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Professional behaviorist Alana Stevenson discusses how animals deal with stress, how to modify their aggression, and simple behavior modification techniques that help animals overcome their fears and anxieties.

PRESENTATION ON RESCUE SWIMMER’S HEROICS. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on his new book, “A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue.” Tougias will share slides of the storm, the survivors and the rescue. A book signing will follow. The program is free and suitable for all ages. Sign up at or call 978-774-0554.

“WITCHCRAFT, QUAKERS, AND THOMAS MAULE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.” Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Historian Emerson “Tad” Baker of Salem State University sheds new light on the aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials, revealing America’s first major government cover-up. In 1695, Thomas Maule, a Salem Quaker, challenged Gov. William Phips’ ban on any publications on the witch trials by publishing “Truth Held Forth and Maintained,” a stinging general criticism of the Massachusetts government, including a condemnation of the trials. Maule’s courageous act cost him dearly, but his actions and trial provide insights on Salem’s substantial Quaker population and the colony’s initial efforts to heal the wounds inflicted by the witchcraft outbreak. $15/ticket, $10/Athenaeum members, free/students with ID. or 978-744-2540.

UNDERWATER IN SALEM SOUND. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 7 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Salem Sound Coastwatch’s new lecture series features a presentation, titled “The Geologic History and Evolution of Salem Sound” by Dr. Lindley Hanson, a professor of geology at Salem State University. The lecture will explore how Salem Sound sits on bedrock created by volcanic activity with affinities to North Africa, how the rocks traveled to the sound, when it happened, and the geological processes responsible for shaping harbors and coasts. Free. 978-741-7900, or


“HIGH LIFE” AND “ABSENT | PRESENT” RECEPTION. Thursday, Jan. 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. For Jesse Burke’s exhibit and Zsuzsanna Szegedi and Kate Gilmore’s exhibit., 978-867-9604 or

PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: JESSE BURKE. Friday, Jan. 25, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Burke will give a talk inspired by his current photography exhibit, “High Life.” On view through Feb. 9., 978-867-9624 or

“RENEWAL AND METAMORPHOSIS” EXHIBIT LECTURE. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 12:15 p.m., Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Lecture by Murray Forbes, executive director of the Navigator Foundation. Exhibit features Russian photographs from the Navigator Foundation Collection and showcases Russian photographic accomplishments from World War II through the 1990s. Free admission. On view through Feb. 7. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. 978-542-7890 or

PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: JESSE SCHMAL. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. Schmal will discuss his animations and drawing aesthetic and off-kilter characters., 978-867-9624 or

ILLUSTRATION THEME SHOW. On view through Feb. 1 at Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Reception for Montserrat’s illustration students. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Public welcome., 978-867-9604 or

“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, or

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.

“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.


MUSIC & MEATBALLS. Saturday, Jan. 26, 4 to 8 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly. Full buffet spaghetti dinner, DJ playing music, and fun and games for children. Cash bar with beer and wine available. Event to benefit $5/Hastings House members, $10/nonmembers.


BOB’S BALLROOM DANCING. Jan. 26, 7 to 11 p.m., complimentary dance lesson at 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 96 Main St., Peabody. $15/general admission, $12/seniors age 60 and older. Dances held the last Saturday of each month, except in December. or 978-281-2365.

CAPONE’S. Jan. 24, Trivia Night with DJ Tommy, music to follow; Jan. 25, Lisa Love; Jan. 26, The Herland Brothers. 147 Summit St., Peabody. $5 cover on Friday and Saturday. Proper dress required. Must be 21 and older to be in the lounge. 978-977-0520 or

E.J. CABOTS. Jan. 26, 9 p.m., The Kind Buds, an acoustic guitar duo from Vermont, will perform. 282 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-969-3792

FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Jan. 24, Henley Douglas and The Cool Times Trio; Jan. 25, 9 p.m. to midnight, The Gravel Project. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.

GULU-GULU. Jan. 24, Jay Kustka; Jan. 25, Plumerai; Jan. 26, Glass Onion (Beatles tribute); Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., open mike. Show time is 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.

HARDCOVER CAFE. Jan. 25, Bare Bones. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.

HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Jan. 25, System Soul; Jan. 26, North Shore Acoustic Project; Jan. 27, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets; Jan. 28, 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

IN A PIG’S EYE. Jan. 24, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets; Jan. 25, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, followed by Fiddle Head from 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Jan. 26, Bird Mancini; Jan. 27, 7 to 10 p.m., Eric Reardon and Friends; Jan. 28, Open Mike with Dave Bailin; Jan. 29, ZigZag Poetry Open Mike; Jan. 30, Grateful Ted and Pete Tentindo. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.

ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Jan. 25, doors open at 7:30 p.m., performance starts at 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Concert features Vance Gilbert with Patti DeRosa opening. $20/advance, $23 at the door. 781-631-8987 or