“LIFE UNDER THE VOLCANO.” Monday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Carole McCauley will speak about her experiences living in the shadow of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the island of Montserrat. Part of Monday Mornings lecture series. Free; open to the public. Handicapped-accessible. Refreshments served at 9 a.m. Robin Flynn, program director, 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
FILM SCREENING. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., St. James Conference Room, corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Salem Peace Committee presents a screening of “The World According to Monsanto.” Free. Discussion will follow. 978-740-9917.
HOLIDAY OPEN STUDIOS & SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT. Saturday, Dec. 1, open studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; evening gallery celebration from 4 to 7 p.m., at Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly. Visit studios of 50 local artists and artisans, ask questions, and purchase artwork. Gallery will be open and displaying a juried exhibit of small works that are one square foot or smaller. All works are available for purchase. Open house includes eggnog and cookies. An evening gallery celebration for the Small Works Exhibition will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., and includes food, drinks and music. Free; open to the public. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.studiosatportermill.blogspot.com.
“TAKE TWO: PHOTOGRAPHS BY TOM AND JUDY ROBINSON-COX.” Opening reception on Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cloister Gallery, St. Andrew’s Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Exhibit titled “Take Two: Photographs by Tom and Judy Robinson-Cox” features different photograph styles of landscapes, close-up macro views and abstract compositions inspired by Cape Ann’s atmosphere. Exhibit on view through January 2013. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 781-631-4951 or email@example.com.
“RACHEL ROME HOUPES: A CELEBRATION OF ART.” Solo show on view Nov. 29 through Jan. 4, 2013, in the ArcWorks Community Art Center Gallery, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Exhibit features oil paintings, acrylics, and mixed-media abstract art work by Rachel Rome Houpes. Exhibit is free and open to the public. Street and public lot parking available. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. arcworksart.org or www.facebook.com/ArcWorksCommunityArtCenter.