LIBERTY LODGE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Open House, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 to 11 a.m., Masonic Hall, 20 Washington St., Beverly. All-you-can-eat pancakes, including blueberry, plain and chocolate chip, plus scrambled eggs, sausage and all the fixings. $5/adults, $3/kids. Also, tour the Masonic Hall. firstname.lastname@example.org.
DELUXE PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Vittori-Rocci Post No. 56, 143 Brimbal Ave., Beverly. Menu includes applesauce, juice, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, baked beans, unlimited pancakes, coffee and tea. $4/adults, $3/children. Proceeds support the Beverly High School Junior ROTC and the Veterans Aid Fund. Handicapped-accessible. 978-927-2103.
"WIRED.TO.THE.EDGE." Concert, Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Salem State University, Recital Hall, Central Campus, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Contemporary, experimental electronic music featuring Salem State music faculty Abe Finch, Nick Giarratani and Michael Testa. Free. salemstate.edu/arts.
"THE GRIPES OF ROTH." Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., STC Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Salem Theatre Company presents David Roth, singer, songwriter and humorist. Roth is a contemporary version of a '60s folk singer with unique songs, humor and stories. $17/advance, $20/at the door; group rates available. www.salemtheatre.com, email@example.com or 978-790-8546.
"APPROACHES TO LISTENING." Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. A series of four lectures/performances presented by Music at Eden's Edge. Harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich and flutist Orlando Cela present "The Most Ancient of Instruments in the NOW: Harp and Flute," offering insights on listening to their program. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
CHRIS HERREN. Thursday, Feb. 23, 8:30 a.m., Pingree School, 537 Highland St., Hamilton. Former Celtics player will discuss his addiction to drugs and his recovery. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-468-4415, ext. 233.
"EMBRACING VARIATION" Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6 p.m., Endicott College, Center for the Arts, Rose Performance Hall, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Michael Lye, senior critic and NASA coordinator at Rhode Island School of Design, will focus on both the interdisciplinary approach to and the human-centered aspects of design. Free. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
ENERGY RETROFITS AND THE HISTORIC HOME. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Sally Zimmerman of Historic Preservation Services for Historic New England presents historic preservation perspective on insulation, window repair, air sealing and renewable energy options in the historic home. www.hwlibrary.org, click "Go Green pages and blog."
Literature and writing
READING. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Marsh Conference Center, 210, Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. Margot Livesey and Matthew Salesses, both multiple-award-winning writers, will read from their new works. Livesey is author of seven novels and currently distinguished writer at Emerson College in Boston. Salesses, originally from Korea, has been published in The Literary Review, Glimmer Train and American Short Fiction, among others. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
MONDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP. Monday, Feb. 27, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Group will discuss "Let's Take the Long Way Home" by Gail Caldwell. www.hwlibrary.org.
"THE CASE OF THE ACCIDENTAL VICTORIAN." Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St., Salem. In honor of poet Robert Browning's 200th birthday, Sue Weaver Schopf will discuss Browning's poetic legacy and lead the audience through his remarkable works. $10/members, $15/nonmembers, free/students with ID. Read and print "A Death in the Desert" prior to the lecture, www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173008. Register at 978-744-2540.
Black History Month
MOTOWN CIVIL RIGHTS. Lecture, Thursday, Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., North Shore Community College, campus student lounge, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Tom Ingrassia will speak. Discover how music inspired a generation, and how Motown sound broke down barriers of race and region, class and customs, language and location. Black History Month events are free and open to the public. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"MALCOLM AND MARTIN." Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., North Shore Community College, Math Science Building cafeteria, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Gil Noble presents an episode from "Like It Is," followed by a discussion led by professor Troy Smith. Noble is a significant figure in black American journalism and was host of "Like It Is" TV show. Black History Month events free and open to the public. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION. Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., First Church Congregational Boxford, Family Life Center, 4 Georgetown Road, Boxford. Concert features "Confirmation," a Boston-based gospel ensemble. Free; canned-food contributions to the church's food pantry accepted. Refreshments served following the concert. Doors open at 6 p.m. www.FirstChurchBoxford.org.
TUSKEGEE AIRMAN PRESENTATION. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Sgt. James Sheppard will share his experiences as one of the first African-American military aviators in WWII. All ages welcome. www.flintlibrary.org or 978-774-8132.
"I DREAM A WORLD." Monday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., Central Campus Academic Building, Room 275, 71 Loring Ave., Salem State University. Beverly and Andrew Soll present a lecture demonstration about William Grant Still and the civil rights issues that affected his work as an African-American musician and composer. This is the first lecture in the colloquium series "Music in Social Context." Free. 978-542-0789 or salemstate.edu/arts.
"BEYOND COLLARD GREENS AND CORNBREAD." Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:15 p.m., North Shore Community College, Danvers DB129, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Graeme Griffith will discuss what it means to be black in America. Open student dialogue will explore concept of blackness by examining how people from different backgrounds understand their black ethnic or racial identity. Black History Month events free and open to the public. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NATIONAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN READ-IN. Wednesday, Feb. 29, 1 p.m., North Shore Community College, library, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. Participate by reading "The Souls of Black Folks" by W.E.B. Dubois prior to public reading/group discussion. Snacks provided. Books available in library. Share favorite excerpts from book; bring copy of book to event. Black History Month events free and open to the public. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"DEVELOPING THEME GARDENS." Monday, Feb. 27, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Monday Mornings Lecture Series presents florist Betsy Williams on the language of flowers and how to create gardens centered around themes. Attendees receive handouts and a book list. Light refreshments served. Free. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
DANVERS GARDEN CLUB. Monday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. presentation, Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Monthly meeting. Coffee and social followed by a presentation on "Bees in our Environment Today." Carrie Podmostka will be the hospitality hostess. 978-774-1936.
ARTISTS AND AUTHORS WINTER EXHIBIT. Thursday, Feb. 23, 5 to 9 p.m., Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Hawthorne Hotel and Salem Arts Association present second annual exhibit featuring local fine artists and authors, music by Brendan O'Reilly and Clay Ventre and the Bond Girls, a cash bar, and special "arts menu." Free. www.salemartassociation.org.
THE IRAQ WAR: PRINTS AND DRAWINGS. Reception, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2 p.m., Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St., Salem. Exhibit by James O'Neill, a soldier in the Army who was deployed to Kuwait in February 2003 and part of the force that invaded Iraq. Free. On view through Thursday, March 29. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
BIRDS 2012, OIL PAINTINGS. Beverly resident and artist Alyssa Watters' paintings of birds. With wine and light hors d'oeuvres, Thursday, March 1, 6 to 9 p.m. At Porter Mill, 95 Rantoul St., Beverly, on display through March 31. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and also by appointment. www.alyssawatters.com.
"RANDOM ACCESS: DATA AS ART." On display, now until March 31. Work by Joelle Dietrick, Reese Inman, George Legrady, Nathalie Miebach and Casey Reas explores the stories that are revealed as data become visualized as works of art. Montserrat College of Art Galleries, 23 Essex St., Beverly. www.montserrat.edu/galleries/public-programs.
CLOISTER GALLERY. Local Salem artists Wendy Snow Lang and husband Charles Lang exhibit works through Thursday, March 8. St. Andrew Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Acrylic paintings in a realist style, fantastic images, and natural scenes and objects. Gallery hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible. 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. 781-631-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINTER WEEKENDS AT THE PHILLIPS HOUSE. Saturday, Feb. 25, 3 to 4:30 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 in 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.
"BOXFORD GOES TO THE MOVIES." Saturday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Library will screen "To Hell and Back," nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category. Film is not rated. Popcorn and coffee served. Free. 978-887-7323, ext. 2.
ART WORKSHOP. Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Topsfield Town Library, meeting room, 1 S. Common St. Local artist Carol White will lead an art workshop for adults; participants will create a matted piece of artwork using White's techniques. Free. Advance registration required. Limited to 20 participants. 978-887-1528.
ROCKETS. Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., Middleton. Children ages 6 to 8 with a parent are invited to build rockets, Thursday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.; children ages 9 and up can make rockets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Sponsored by the Curvey family. www.flintlibrary.org or 978-774-8132.
LEGO-PALOOZA. Thursday, Feb. 23, 1 and 2 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Build a car, flying saucer and more with Legos. Come early and tour the galleries featuring a model train gallery, doll and toy collection, textiles, and 17th-century house. All ages welcome. Registration required. $7.50/adults, $5.50/children. www.wenhammuseum.org or 978-468-2377.
ZENTANGLE WORKSHOP. Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Dr. Susan H. Smith will lead class; learn how to create images from repetitive patterns, which may help increase focus and creativity, relax and relieve stress, and improve hand/eye coordination. Open to teens (11 and up) and adults. Sign up at 978-468-5577.
"THE SHADOW BOX." Thursday, Feb. 23, Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m., Callan Studio Theatre, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette St. Playwright Michael Cristofer presents the intertwined stories of three families dealing with terminal cancer diagnoses in his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. Directed by professor David Allen George. $15/general, $10/non-Salem State students and seniors. Tickets available at www.salemstatetickets.com or at the door. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ZENTANGLE. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6 to 9 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St., Boxford. Kate Quackenbush will lead a class. If attendees can write their names, then they can create beautiful designs from simple, repetitive strokes of a pen. Free. Limited to 10 participants, ages 15 and up. Registration required at www.boxfordlibrary.org, under "program registration."
SIMON MALL DIAPER DERBY. Crawlers up to 12 months invited to race against each other in a fun, free competition on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty Tree Mall, Kohl's wing, registration at Center Court, 100 Independence Way, Danvers. There will be 36 crawlers and six racers in each heat; winners from each heat compete for first, second and third prize. The event will also include other activities. Parents can register at 978-777-0795, or the day of on a first-come, first-served basis.
STAGE MAGIC/LE GRAND DAVID. "An Anthology of Stage Magic," Thursday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly; and "Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company," Sunday, Feb. 26, 3 p.m., Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, 286 Cabot St., Beverly. Tickets for both shows $26 adults, $15 children (11 and under). Information at 978-927-3677.
WELLNESS CLINIC. Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 to 11 a.m., Washington Meadows, 92 Washington St., Topsfield. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., Jaclen Towers, 215 Rantoul St., Beverly, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Hannah Village, 17 Conant St., Beverly. VNA Care Network and Hospice will host a free clinic where local residents can have their blood pressure checked and learn about health concerns; blood sugar, weight monitoring and other health assessments available. Open to residents age 60 and older. www.vnacarenetwork.org or 888-663-3688, ext. 5603.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. Feb. 23, Beloved Few; March 1, Larry and the Blues Casters. 8 to 11 p.m. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-744-8485, email@example.com.
GULU-GULU. Feb. 23, Model Citizens; Feb. 24, Dub Steady Quartets; Feb. 25, Big Blue Octopus; Feb. 28, "Rear Window," Hitchcock; March 1, cask night, Silversense. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER RESTAURANT. Julie Dougherty, Feb. 24. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Feb. 23, 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., Michael Fioretti and Chris Noyes; Friday, Feb. 24, 9 p.m. to midnight, Jeff Buckridge's Uke Joint; Feb. 25, 9 p.m. to midnight, The Dejas; Sunday, Feb. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Steve Spungin; Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m., "Old Time Jam." 76 Lafayette St., Salem; www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG'S EYE. Feb. 22, Tokyo Tramps; Feb. 23, Ervin Dhimo; Feb. 24, Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m.; Feb. 25, Andrew Gravel Project; Feb. 26, Eric Reardon and Friends, 7 to 10 p.m.; Feb. 27, open mike with Dave Bailin; Feb. 28, 758 Comedy Club, 7:58 to 10:30 p.m., Feb. 29 Grateful Ted. All times are 9 to 11:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE COFFEEHOUSE. Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Caravan of Thieves, Heather Maloney opens. $12/advance, $15/at the door. Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. 781-631-8987 or www.meandthee.org.
SCRATCH KITCHEN, Feb. 23, Preacher Jack and Willie Alexander, 6 to 9 p.m. No cover. 245 Derby St., Salem.