HOLLY NEAR CONCERT. Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Holly Near, a musician and activist for social change, presents an evening of inspirational song and message. Near will be joined by longtime friends and fellow musicians Emma’s Revolution and bassist Jan Martinelli. Tickets, $26 online, $28 at the door. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Visit uumarblehead.org for details and tickets.
Theater & performance
“SHIRLEY VALENTINE.” On stage Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m., STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. The Salem Theatre Company presents Willy Russell’s “Shirley Valentine,” a one-woman tour de force about self-transformation. Tickets cost $25, $20 seniors, $10 students; available at www.salemtheatre.com or by calling Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111. On stage Thursday, Friday and Sunday through June 7.
COMEDY NIGHT. Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. Comedy night features comedians Juston McKinney, Beverly native Jeff Koen and Chris D. All tickets cost $25 and are available at www.larcomtheatre.com or 617-531-1257.
“IN THE TERRITORIES.” Sea Change Theatre presents a western dramatic comedy about relationships, responsibility and revenge, on stage Friday, May 16, 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 17, 3 and 8 p.m., Dane Street Church, 10 Dane St., Beverly. Tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for students and seniors. For details and tickets, call the box office at 978-500-3885, or email email@example.com.
Lectures, discussions & presentations
“STEALING REMBRANDTS.” Thursday, May 15, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. In “Stealing Rembrandts,” art security expert Anthony M. Amore and award-winning investigative reporter Tom Mashberg reveal the actors behind the major Rembrandt heists in the last century. The authors track daring entries and escapes from the world’s most renowned museums. Register for the program at danverslibrary.org or 978-774-0554.
THE “BEWITCHED” STATUE CONTROVERSY. Friday, May 16, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Peter Alachi, author of three books about the TV series “Bewitched,” will trace the history of the memorial statue, which was met with both excitement and resentment at its unveiling in 2005. www.explorerslli.org, 978-744-0804.