14TH ANNUAL SPRING DANCE. Saturday, April 27, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Salem Common, 94 Washington Square. Features music, door prizes and raffles to benefit the Stephen M. O’Grady Foundation’s continuing education scholarships for Salem Little League and Boys & Girls Club alumni. $20 suggested donation. 978-618-5949.
SALEM ARTS EN PLEIN AIR RECEPTION. Friday, April 26, 5 to 8 p.m., The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. For Salem Arts Association’s and The House of the Seven Gables’ outdoor art event. Reception follows seven days of open outside painting, photography and other forms of art by Salem Arts’ artists. www.salemartsassociation.org/.
PUBLIC GALLERY TALK: FREEPORT [NO. 006]: NICK CAVE. Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. Public gallery talk with Trevor Smith, curator of contemporary art. Meet at the information desk. Tickets available day of program. www.pem.org/calendar.
SLOW ART DAY 2013. Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum galleries, East India Square, Salem. Participants choose five works of art to look at for 10 minutes each, then meet others in the Atrium Cafe at 1 p.m. to talk about the experience. Slow Art Day is a worldwide celebration of art that encourages people to look at art slowly and thereby experience art in a new way. Learn more at http://SlowArtDay.com. Free with museum admission; lunch available for purchase. Register online at http://slowartpem2013.eventbrite.com/.
“FROM PENCIL TO PRINT” EVENTS. Sunday, April 28, 2 to 5 p.m., Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square West, Salem. Join Salem resident and artist Katy Bratun for “Hen and Chicks Mothers’ Day Art.” Bratun will read her book “Just Mommy and Me,” then lead a workshop to make mother hen and her chicks. Reserve spaces. Books available. 978-825-0022 or www.kensingtonstobartgallery.com.
ESSEX COUNTY NEEDLECRAFT GUILD’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBIT. Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hellenic Center of Ipswich, 117 County Road. Needlework Exhibit and Tea, featuring needlework by more than 100 members, including quilts, needlepoint, hooked rugs, knitting, felting, embroidery and more. Members will also be on hand to demonstrate their crafts throughout the day. Free admission. www.essexcountyneedlecraft.com.