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Celebrate the release of Salem State professor J.D. Scrimgeour’s new book, “Territories,” with a dramatic reading. Salem State theatre students Taylor Botticelli, Paige Fasold and Nick LaRoche, under the direction of Salem State theatre professor Peter Sampieri, will perform some of Scrimgeour’s dramatic monologues. The free, 40-minute performance will be followed by a reception and book signing. It all starts at 7 p.m. at Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. For more information, call 978-542-7890 or visit salemstate.edu/arts.
Dance the night away and raise money for Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families tonight at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul St., Beverly. Tickets cost $20 at the door or $15 in advance, and proceeds go to The One Fund Boston. The dance runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. To purchase advance tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local historian Jim McAllister will trace the respective careers of one-time Salem resident Alexander Graham Bell and his famed assistant, Salem native Thomas Watson in his presentation, “Bell and Watson: The Telephone and Beyond,” tonight at 7:30 at Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. This event is part of the Topsfield Historical Society's monthly lecture series. For more information, contact Beth Johnson at email@example.com or 978-887-9137.