, Salem, MA

February 28, 2013

North Shore entertainment calendar

The Salem News

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READING AND BENEFIT BOOK SIGNING BY JAMES PHOENIX. Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Author of the new novel “Frame Up,” which features a streetwise Boston detective named Fenway Burke. Copies of the book will be available for sale, with all proceeds going to the library. 978-921-6062 or

HURRICANE SANDY FUNDRAISER. Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. to midnight, Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square East, Salem. Event features live music by Playing for Crickets, Kathy Corneau, Shawn Johnson, Dave Provost and The Spirit House Band, plus a silent auction, raffle and more. $10/ticket, available at the door. Supplies may also be dropped off., or 978-305-7170.

FUNDRAISER FOR FURRY FRIENDS. Chet’s Video, 1 Essex St., Marblehead, hosts combination fundraiser for Friends of Beverly Animals, Friends of Marblehead Abandoned Animals and Friends of Lynn Saugus Animals on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with a raffle drawing at 8 p.m. Event features special sales at the store, raffles, 50-50, face-painting, Balloon Kid, refreshments, and an opportunity to speak with volunteers from each group about how to adopt, rescue and foster animals. Raffle tickets cost $3 each or four for $10. 781-631-9550 or

THIRD ANNUAL ALL STAR ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT. Saturday, March 2, 6 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Event includes dinner, dancing, door prizes, raffles, 50-50, silent auction and more. Proceeds support the Allstar Foundation, which works to find a cure for urea cycle disorder.

COMEDY NIGHT. Saturday, March 2, Timothy’s, 225 Newbury St., Danvers. Event presented by Friends of Danvers Dog Park includes raffles, a cash bar, and comedians Patty Ross, Paul Gilligan, Mac Livingston and Sean Sullivan. Tickets cost $20 if purchased by Thursday, Feb. 28, or $25 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m.; event starts at 8 p.m. Money raised will be donated to Friends of Danvers Dog Park. or

ST. JOHN’S PREP ONLINE AUCTION. Starts Monday, March 4, and runs through Monday, March 11. Preview the auction at New items are added regularly. 978-774-6727, ext. 328, or

2013 BEST CHEF COMPETITION. Beverly Bootstraps benefit, Monday, March 4, 6 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Competing chefs will be Christopher DeStefano of Christopher’s Table in Ipswich, Stephen Crato of Fibber McGee’s, Scott Jenson of Alchemy Cafe and Bistro in Gloucester and Chianti’s of Beverly. Also, Taste of the North Shore with sampling stations of more than 20 local restaurants, cash bar, silent and live auctions. Event benefits the food assistance, client support, adult education, and youth and family programs at Beverly Bootstraps. $50; reserve tickets at or 978-927-1561.

ART CAN MAKE AN IMPRESSION. Tuesday, March 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Salem Elementary School, Peabody Essex Museum and Salem Education Foundation present an art show and community service event featuring student artwork on display. Students have studied impressionism over the past few months and have created a wide variety of work for the show. Admission is a can of food for Harvest of Hope Food Pantry. 978-766-8239.


“BUGSY MALONE JR.” Friday, March 1, 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 2, 1 and 7 p.m., Holten Richmond Middle School, 55 Conant St., Danvers. The Holten Richmond Theater Organization presents a musical featuring tap-dancing flappers and gangsters from the Roaring ’20s. $10/ticket, available at the door or in advance. Raffle tickets and refreshments for sale during intermission. Tickets purchased for originally scheduled February show dates will be honored. 978-774-2039 or

2013 MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL THEATER GUILD DRAMA FESTIVAL PRELIMINARY ROUND. Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m., Ipswich High School Performing Arts Center, 134 High St. The Company at Ipswich High School will host the preliminary round of the annual high school drama competition, featuring eight local schools presenting 40-minute short plays or excerpts from longer works. Three top scorers will advance to semifinals and compete against other schools across the state. $10 ticket available at the door. First performance begins at 9 a.m., and the final show begins at 5:30 p.m.

“HOT L BALTIMORE.” Through March 2, Thursdays through Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., Callan Studio Theatre, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Show by Lanford Wilson follows the disenfranchised residents of the decaying Hotel Baltimore who face eviction from their condemned home. Over the course of one day, an eclectic cast of characters from every walk of life meet in the lobby. The audience overhears conversations about the passing events of their lives and their uncertain futures. Tickets $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. or 978-542-6365.

“THE SOUND OF MUSIC.” The Community House of Hamilton and Wenham presents an in-house production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s show on Fridays, March 1 and 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, March 2 and 9, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, March 3 and 10, at 3 p.m. at 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Advance tickets $18 for adults and $13 for children; tickets at the door $20 for adults and $15 for children. Call to reserve seats. or 978-468-4818, ext. 10.


WITCHPITCH? CONCERT. Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Salem High’s a cappella group will compete at the International Championship for High School A Cappella New England Semifinal on Saturday. Concert will include a preview of the group’s 12-minute competition and other songs. $5 suggested donation. Also, group is celebrating its recent selection to the Varsity Vocals “Best of High School A Cappella” compilation album; CDs will be on sale for $10.

MUSIC & MORE SERIES: MONTANA SKIES. Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St. Award-winning musicians who perform covers and original music on guitar and cello. $17/advance, $20/at the door. 978-790-8546 or

“A LITTLE IRISH MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY.” Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Ipswich Public Library, Rogers Room, 25 N. Main St. Features fiddle player Brendan Bulger, bodhran player Eoin McQuinn and concertina player Frank Woulfe, known as the Moonlighters. McQuinn will share information about the bodhran. Program sponsored by a grant from the Ipswich Cultural Council at the Ipswich branch of Institution for Savings. Free. or 978-412-8713.

MUSIC & MORE SERIES: JAMIE KENT. Saturday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St. Features 25-year-old singer and songwriter. Tickets cost $15. 978-790-8546 or

PETER KRASINSKI AND “THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK.” Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 795 Hale St., Beverly Farms. The church presents a screening of the silent film with accompaniment by organist Krasinski. Following the concert, a reception will be held to meet the artist. Free admission. Event is part of St. John’s Concert Series. Concert sponsored in part by the Manchester Cultural Council.

DÜNYA ENSEMBLE: STREETS OF ISTANBUL. Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Recital Hall, Central Campus, 71 Loring Ave. Dünya (“world”) is a musicians collective based in the rich heritage of Turkish traditional music. Concerts reflect the cultural cross-currents of the Ottoman Empire; folk tunes from Central Asia; Jewish, Greek and Armenian ballads; and Sufi chants. Also, free lecture and demonstration at 11 a.m. Concert tickets cost $10/general, $5/students and seniors. 978-542-7890 or

Learn and explore

NINTH ANNUAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Beverly, Salem and Peabody chambers of commerce’s health and wellness members will showcase their products and services. Free/chamber members, $20/nonmembers. Reserve a spot at

SALEM ATHENAEUM SPRING COURSE. “Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov: Modern Masters,” led by instructor Theo Theoharis, begins Saturday, March 2, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and runs every Saturday through April 6 at 337 Essex St., Salem. Students will read two plays by the three featured dramatists and analyze how each writer handled dialogue, characterization and theme and created a new theater. Enrollment costs $155 for Athenaeum members and $175 for nonmembers. 978-744-2540, or

MAPLE SUGARING TOURS. Saturdays and Sundays, March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Tour the sanctuary’s sugar bush and learn how to identify a sugar maple tree, observe tapping and sap collection methods, discover how sap becomes syrup in the sugar house, and get a sweet taste of the final product. Rain or shine. Warm up after the tour by the wood stove in the barn, where food, sweets, books, gift items and more are available for purchase. $9/adults, $8/children, free/children under 3. Discounts available for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.

“THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE.” Course starts Sunday, March 3, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at First Church in Salem, Unitarian, 316 Essex St. Nondenominational book group led by Theo Theoharis, professor of comparative literature and award-winning teacher at Harvard and MIT. Interactive and informative discussion of the texts and their role in the development of Western culture, thought and literature. Seminar meets on the first Sunday of each month through June 6. Cost is $25 per session or $80 for the four-month term, payable in advance to the First Church in Salem, Unitarian. 978-744-5125 or

ACRYLIC ART CLASSES. Led by Lynn artist Trinidad Martinez on Wednesday evenings starting at 7 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn Parish Hall, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. Classes begin March 6 and run for five consecutive weeks. $35. 781-595-8836, ext. 12, or

Books and writers

ARTISTS & AUTHORS WINTER EXHIBITION. Thursday, Feb. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. The Salem Arts Association and the Hawthorne Hotel present the third annual exhibition with a special interactive painting demonstration by Frank Costantino from 5 to 6 p.m. Local artists and authors will display and sell their work. Free. Admission to the demonstration is $7 online, $10 at the door.

AN EVENING WITH A PLAYWRIGHT. Thursday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Salem State University, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Lila Rose Kaplan, award-winning playwright, shares a conversation with Michael Jaros of Salem State’s English Department. Event includes a staged reading of Kaplan’s work directed by theater professor Peter Sampieri. Free. 978-542-7890 or

“DAUGHTER OF THE COMMANDANT.” Friday, March 1, 10:15 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Author Alice Wentworth Douglin will discuss “Daughter of the Commandant,” an autobiography.

BOOK SIGNING. Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Beverly resident James Phoenix will sign copies of his debut novel, “Frame Up.” 978-573-3261.

PUBLIC READING AND BOOK SIGNING. Monday, March 4, 7:30 p.m., Montserrat College of Art’s Writing Studio, 238 Cabot St., Beverly. Montserrat’s Writing Studio will host “Maybe You’ll Find What Haunts You: An Event Presented by Roots+Limbs Press.” Free. Event features performances by Michael Flatt, Colleen Michaels, Janna Plant, Ariella Ruth, Meghan Schardt and Annie Sicherman. Roots+Limbs books and chaplets available for purchase.

Night out

SALEM FIRST FRIDAY. Friday, March 1, downtown and Pickering Wharf, Salem. A Salem Main Streets initiative. Downtown and Pickering Wharf businesses host special events, including cooking demonstrations, live music, art showings and other creative events, and offer special discounts and promotions. March First Friday events feature a cross-promotion with Disney that includes a scavenger hunt with the theme of “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Customers need only to check into eight participating First Friday businesses and end at CinemaSalem, where they will turn in their check-in cards for a chance to win a prize pack.

“PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS” PARTY. Saturday, March 2, 8 to 11 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St. Music from Rum and Revelation, sea chanteys from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary beer and wine with ticket. Signature rum drink available for purchase. Tickets $60 online at or at the door. 978-744-2540.

Lectures, discussions and presentations

“PRACTICAL WISDOM AND RATIONAL CHOICE: ECONOMICS’ PROPER PLACE IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES.” Thursday, Feb. 28, 4:45 p.m., Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Jenks 406, Wenham. Annual Franz Lecture hosted by Gordon College’s social sciences division, featuring Dr. Andrew Yuengert. Free. A reception will be held in the Jenks Alumni Reading Room before the lecture. or 978-867-4568.

“UNDERSTANDING THE NEW RACING RULES OF SAILING.” Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Eastern Yacht Club, 47 Foster St., Marblehead. Eastern Yacht Club Sailing Committee’s 2013 Winter Speaker Series features Dave Perry, who will highlight the changes in the 2013-2016 RRS and the tactical options as they relate to the new rules. Sign up to reserve a spot. $85/U.S. Sailing members, $115/nonmembers, $50/junior sailors and high school students. $10/lunch. Register at

“A PEDAGOGY OF BLISS: HISTORY, MYSTERY AND TRAGIC BEAUTY.” Monday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Meier Hall, room 426, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Philosophy professor Stefan Schindler shares his philosophy of education based on joy. With Dr. Severin Kitanov as panel respondent. Sponsored by the philosophy department, Philosophy Club, the Peace Institute and the School of Education.

“GETTING READY FOR SPRING.” Sunday, March 3, 2 p.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center School Hall, 5 Margin St., Peabody. Bill Graham of Beautiful Things in Salem presents “Getting Ready for Spring” with the “little black dress” and floral arrangements. Refreshments served. $15/person. Purchase tickets at 978-745-0505 or at the door. Parking and entrance in the back.

“UNDERSTANDING OUR CHANGING EARTH FROM SPACE.” Monday, March 4, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Library’s Monday Mornings adult lecture series features a lecture by professor Stephen Young of Salem State University. Attendees will look at Earth from the view of satellites in space and see the planet as a whole functioning globe. Participants will also see and detect some of the massive changes occurring on Earth. Free; handicapped-accessible. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. 978-921-6062 or

“HISTORY OF SOAPMAKING.” Monday, March 4, 12 p.m., Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Brown-bag lunch. Wendy Copithorne, owner of the family-owned Ipswich Bay Soap Company, discusses soap making using the old-fashioned “kettle” tradition. Hear how a local business makes a product in town and sells it around the world. Free to museum members and Ipswich seniors, $5 for nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or

SUBURBAN HOWLS: EASTERN COYOTES. Presentation by author and researcher Dr. Jonathan Way, Tuesday, March 5, 7 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., South Hamilton. Dr. Jonathan Way will speak of his dedication and emotional involvement of working with coyotes, a needlessly controversial animal, and will offer simple precautions to enable humans to coexist with these wild canines, also called “tricksters.” Way will share the data he’s collected over the past 10 years, which provides an insight into coyotes’ behavior and habits.

WOMEN IN ACTION BREAKFAST. Wednesday, March 6, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Beverly Cove Community Center, 19 East Corning St., Beverly. Women in Action breakfast focuses on the topic of “Reducing Obesity and Achieving Healthy Living: Examples of Patient Care and Community Change at Massachusetts General Hospital,” and features Dr. Jeffrey Collins, chief of Urgent Care at MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center, and Melissa Dimond, manager of community initiatives/healthy living, MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center & Center for Community Health Improvement. Free. Register at

“TRUTH, BEAUTY, GOODNESS REFRAMED.” Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Salem State University, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of cognition and education at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, presents “Truth, Beauty, Goodness Reframed” as part of SSU’s Psychology Colloquium Series. Free. or 978-542-7402.

PUBLIC ARTIST TALK: MARY KOSUT. Wednesday, March 6, 11:30 a.m., Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St., Beverly. A professor of Media, Society & the Arts, Kosut uses interdisciplinary research of sociology, anthropology, philosophy and art history to explore the relationships between art worlds, everyday life and popular culture. or 978-867-9624.

THE SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES SECOND COMMUNITY LECTURE. Wednesday, March 6, 6 p.m., 100 Cummings Center, Community Conference Room, Suite 221-E, Beverly. The School for Field Studies second community lecture features Nawang Norbu, director, and Sherub, chief of education and research at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment in Bhutan, presenting “Transcending Topography: Migration of High Altitude Birds in Bhutan and the Himalayas.” Speakers will discuss Bhutan’s conservation and research priorities, sharing their experiences with and research findings on high altitude bird migration and the effects of climate change, with a focus on pheasants and the Black-necked Crane. Free. Space is limited. Reserve a spot at

WELCOME TO THE GRAVEYARD. Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. The Gravestone Girls, Brenda Sullivan, Maggie White and Melissa Anderson, present a 90-minute virtual tour of Danvers cemeteries from colonial burial grounds into the 21st century to examine the symbolism and artistry of cemeteries and gravestones. The Gravestone Girls present a historical perspective of old cemeteries by documenting and preserving the art featured on gravestones and in cemeteries. Register at or 978-774-0554.

Children and families

EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERS KIDS FAIR. Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Winthrop School, 325 Bay Road, Hamilton. Includes information on early childhood programs and services, plus opportunities to meet and network with professionals who work with children and to meet and network with other parents of young children. Fair features Curious Creatures, 10:45 and 11:15 a.m.; music and finger plays, noon; face-painting, crafts and play activities; frozen yogurt and pizza. Free admission. Food donations accepted for Acord Food Pantry. 978-468-5489.

MEET THE COWS. Saturday, March 2, 2:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, 219 County Road, Ipswich. Explore the farmstead buildings and visit with calves and heifers. Meet the cows in the dairy barn during milking, which is ordinarily closed to the public. Program for ages 5 and up. $4/Trustees of Reservations members, $5/nonmembers.

CHILDREN’S COMIC BOOK CLUB. Wednesday, March 6, 4 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Comic Book Club for children who enjoy reading and drawing comics. Free. 978-887-7323.


“HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU.” Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, enter from parking lot, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Film identifies a critical message of Katrina, the need to recognize and protect nature’s safeguards. The natural coastal buffer that once sheltered New Orleans from severe storms has drastically deteriorated, in part due to engineering actions, depleting the protective wetlands and leaving the city open to Mother Nature’s ferocious forces. Free. Sponsored by Salem Peace Committee. 978-740-9917.

“IMAGES OF JEWISH WOMEN IN AMERICAN FILM.” Program of the Jewish Women’s Archive, begins Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m. at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, with the movie “Marjorie Morningstar,” the 1958 film version of Herman Wouk’s novel. Program part of a free, special film and discussion series tracing cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. Free admission; refreshments served. Reserve a sport at 978-740-4431 or


“NEO-BAROQUE MINIMALISM, AND ALL THAT.” Exhibit reception Sunday, March 3, noon to 2 p.m., Stetson Gallery, Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. “Neo-Baroque Minimalism, and All That” exhibit features paintings and sculptures by award-winning artist Daniel Rocha. Gallery is open during church events, when church staff are in the building, and by appointment. 781-639-1215,, 508-641-0767 or 617-285-6265.

DALY AND DALY, CROSSROADS. Mother/daughter exhibit of paintings and sculptures by local artists Elaine and Dianna Daly. Runs until March 9 at the Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 136 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Gallery hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951.


CAPONE’S. Saturday, March 2, 9 p.m., The SoulMate Band, a six-piece, Motown funk disco-dance party show band. 147 Summit St., Peabody. $5 cover. 978-977-0520 or

GULU-GULU CAFE. Feb. 28, Jla and the Boyz; March 1, DJ Seth; March 2, Black Dog Brother; March 6, 7:30 p.m., Open Mike Shindig. Events run from 8 to 11 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.

FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILLE. Friday, March 1, 9 p.m. to midnight, Kerry Maher. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485 or

HARDCOVER. March 1, Mara Bettencourt. 15 A Newbury St., Route 1 north, Danvers. 978-774-1223,

HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Thursday, Feb. 28, 10 p.m., System Soul. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-744-9653,

IN A PIG’S EYE. Feb. 28, Lois Lane and The Daily Planets; March 1, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, and Todo Bien, 9 to 11:30 p.m.; March 2, Tearin’ Up Jake; March 3, 7 to 10 p.m., Henley Douglas Jr.; March 4, Open mike with Julie Dougherty; March 6, Mike Mele and Michelle Wilson. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.

ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. March 1, Tracy Grammer and Cliff Eberthardt. $20/advance, $23 at the door. Coffeehouse located at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., music starts at 8 p.m. 781-631-8987 or