SALEM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA. Sunday, Jan. 20, 3:30 p.m., Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St. Winter concert series features a concert with soloists Lisa Brooke on violin and Jean Pocius on trumpet. Free. Handicapped-accessible. www.salemphilharmonic.org.
CHARLESTON/CHAPLIN: 1920S STYLE. Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Peabody Essex Museum, atrium, East India Square, Salem. Celebrate flappers, fashion, film and music from the Roaring ’20s. Hear fashion historian Michelle Tolini Finamore discuss the Jazz Age flapper, watch a Charlie Chaplin film and try out some dance moves with teachers from the New School of Swing. Cash bar. Refreshments available for purchase in the Atrium Cafe. Free/members and Salem residents, $10/nonmembers. www.pem.org/calendar or 978-745-9500, ext. 3011.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL PIE DAY. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Pie potluck and related stories with local storyteller Tony Toledo. Bring a homemade or store-bought pie to share, and enjoy a slice or two while Tony leads the group in swapping favorite pie stories. Beverages provided. Free. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“THE BEST EVER LAUNCHING THE 4TH PARTY.” Saturday, Jan. 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hastings House, 14 Oak St., Beverly Farms. Event includes a short talk on planning and fundraising needs for the Farms-Prides Fourth of July celebration. Also, Atlas PyroVision Productions, which provides fireworks each year, will present “The Making of a Fireworks Show,” which describes how shows are designed and choreographed; the “Grand Finale” is a short video of the company’s world championship performance in Montreal last summer. Food and beverages will be available, and videos and photos of past celebrations will be on display. Free. email@example.com.
FESTIVAL OF ARTS LOGO PREMIERE PARTY. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead. The winning 2013 Marblehead Festival of Arts logo will be on display. This year’s contest featured more than 40 entries. A panel of judges selected three finalists, then a public ballot at 16 voting locations selected the winner. The finalist’s and semifinalist’s entries will also be on display. Party includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. MarbleheadFestival.org.
Explore and experience
TRAINS AND RAILROADS. The Wenham Museum will host members of the Northeastern Region of the National Model Railroad Association on Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, at 132 Main St. Model train engineers will share their expertise on building a classic HO-scale model train layout and simple scenery. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. 978-468-2377 or wenhammuseum.org.
OLD IPSWICH RUM TOUR & TASTING. Thursday, Jan. 17, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Turkey Shore Distilleries, 23 Hayward St., Unit 8, Ipswich. Join Essex Heritage for an evening reconnecting to a significant part of New England’s past, and taste a line of handcrafted, local rums. Attendees must be 21 or older to sample the spirits. Children must be accompanied by parents. Reservations required at www.essexheritage.org/membership/events. $17/Essex Heritage members, $24/nonmembers. 978-740-0444.
FLY TYING. The Orvis Co. will hold free classes on Saturdays, Jan. 19 through Feb. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Orvis, Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., Peabody. Includes an introduction to the tools, materials and techniques of fly tying, plus two flies and in-store shopping offers. Space is limited. 978-531-0185.
PEABODY COMMUNITY DAY. Sunday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phillips House Museum, 34 Chestnut St., Salem. Historic New England invites Peabody residents for tours. Learn about the lives of the Phillips family and their domestic staff in the early 20th century. View the collection of fine furnishings, paintings, Chinese export porcelain, ship paintings and architectural details. Free admission offered only to Peabody residents. Bring proof of residency. 978-744-0440.
MODERN SQUARE DANCING. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Calvary Episcopal Church, 46 Cherry St., corner of Holten and Cherry streets, Danvers. A free introduction, with exercise for mind and body. Entrance is at end of driveway on Holten Street, across from Danvers Town Hall. Homemade soup and chili will be served. No experience necessary, no partner needed to learn, casual dress. All you need is ability to walk briskly. Classes will continue on Wednesdays for 15 sessions at $65 per person. Sponsored by Riverside Squares. 978-774-8159 or riversidesquares.org.
Children and families
WINTERTIME STORIES & CRAFT. Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. to noon, Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Enjoy stories that celebrate a winter wonderland and then create a fun craft. Program appropriate for children ages 2 and older. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
MUSIC TOGETHER. Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, Children’s Room, 82 Main St., Peabody. Teresa Coelho features a music and movement demonstration class for children up to age 5 and their families. Registration required at 978-531-0100, ext. 29.
“THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.” Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers, and Monday, Jan. 21, 10 and 11 a.m., Danvers Historical Society, Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St. Film is about slave movement on the North Shore with a look at tunnels under Salem, and a perspective on Robert Rollins, a black soldier buried in Andover, who fought in the 54th Regiment Massachusetts in the Civil War. Free. 978-777-2711.
HERITAGE INDEPENDENT FILMS. On view every Tuesday and Thursday through Jan. 31, at Hollywood Hits Theatre, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Films include “Gloucestermen” at 11:40 a.m. and “Civil War Life and Medicine” at 12:15 p.m. $5/general, $4/seniors. 978-777-2711.
HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, Peabody Essex Museum’s Morse Auditorium, Salem. Jan. 19, 1 p.m., “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” and 3:15 p.m., “Bidder 70”; Jan. 20, 1 p.m., “They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain,” and 3:15 p.m., “Words of Witness”; Jan. 21, 1 p.m., “Pink Ribbons, Inc.,” and 3:15 p.m., “Salaam Dunk.” www.pem.org.
SHELLEY GILL, AUTHOR, ADVENTURER AND DOG MUSHER. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Friends of New England Sled Dogs will host a presentation by Gill, who will share her experiences as one of the first women to race in the Iditarod, her research of humpback whales for Eye of the Whale Marine Mammal Research, her observations regarding climate change and her life as an adventurer-author. Free. A meet-and-greet with light refreshments will follow. Gill’s visit is part of the programming for the New England Sled Dog Races 2013, slated for Feb. 2 and 3. 978-468-7927.
BEVERLY PUBLIC LIBRARY FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m., 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom. Handicapped-accessible. Discussion titles are available at the checkout desk, or they may be available on alternate formats (CD, downloadable audiobook, downloadable e-book). Search online catalog, or call reference staff for assistance. 978-921-6066.
OFF THE PATH BOOK GROUP. Featuring a book discussion series on the American dream. Meeting Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., at the Boxford Town Library, Cummings Room, 10 Elm St. Group will discuss “Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. Books are available at the circulation desk. 978-887-7323.
ECHO PRESENTATION. Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Danvers Art Association, 105 Elliott St. Essex County Horticultural Organization meeting features speakers Debbie and Pete Lincoln, who visited each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. They have developed an informative, entertaining show filled with anecdotes, little-known history, hidden locales and their own mishaps. Bring food or drinks to share. $5 donation for guests.
AUTHOR READING AND TALK. Saturday, Jan. 19, 3:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Julia Newman, author of “The Loose Lip Brigade” and the blog “Feed Me Daily,” will read from her book and talk about what it’s like to be an online author. Free. Refreshments served. Copies of Newman’s book will be available for purchase. 978-921-6062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING LONGER, STRONGER AND HAPPIER. Tuesday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Peter Spiers, senior vice president of Road Scholar, will discuss his book “Master Class,” which contains a straightforward, easy and effective program for achieving a rich, satisfying and brain-healthy lifestyle. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
“HEALTHY YUMMY KIDS.” Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St. Nina Manolson, a family wellness expert, helps parents cultivate a healthy mindset for their families, make changes without feeling overwhelmed, navigate the world of fast food and junk food, and understand the secrets to making healthy eating easy and fun. Free. 781-596-8867.
ADEQUACY OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER PROGRAM. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute, 10 Federal St., Salem. Attorney Lawrence J. McGuire will discuss the way poor defendants are represented in legal proceedings. McGuire was the recipient of a Massachusetts Bar Association award for major contributions to the provision of legal services to low-income clients accused of crimes. Donations appreciated from nonmembers in attendance. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
FISH TALES FROM THE FISH HOUSE. Talk and video, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Fish House, 425 Humphrey St., Swampscott. The Swampscott Yacht Club’s lecture features a talk and video titled “Lobsters vs. Cod” by Jon Grabowski, professor and researcher from Marine Science Center of Northeastern University. Grabowski will discuss the two most treasured seafood species of coastal Massachusetts and Maine and their interactions with each other. Free. Cash bar available. Reservations requested at 781-962-5587.
“PACK OF WOLVES.” Exhibit reception on Thursday, Jan. 17, 5 to 8 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Gallery, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Solo exhibition of Jenn Houle’s recent works illustrates the transfer of energy through organisms with paint, collage and sculptural installation. Also, Opal Puckett will perform at the reception. email@example.com or 978-867-9604.
“NIGHT AND DAY.” Opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., ArcWorks Community Art Center, 22 Foster St., Peabody. Exhibit features Kevin Kusiolek’s paintings of local city scenes without people. On view through Feb. 9. 978-531-7146, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
MEET THE ARTIST OF “SELF REVEALED.” Sunday, Jan. 20, noon to 1 p.m. Meet fiber artist Robin Taliesin, creator of a mixed-fiber-media show of wearable art pieces, on display for most of January in the Stetson Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St. Selected works are all one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items. The gallery is open during church events, when church staff are in the building and by appointment. 781-639-1215, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-641-0767 or 617-285-6265.
“RENEWAL AND METAMORPHOSIS.” Exhibit reception, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. Featuring Russian photographs from the Navigator Foundation Collection. Showcases Russian photographic accomplishments from World War II through the 1990s. Free admission. On view through Feb. 7. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.
ILLUSTRATION THEME SHOW. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5 to 7 p.m., Montserrat College of Art, 301 Cabot St., Beverly. Reception for Montserrat’s illustration students. Exhibit on view through Feb. 1. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Public welcome. email@example.com, 978-867-9604 or www.montserrat.edu/galleries.
WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT. Original watercolors by Kathryn Gentile Roberts on view at Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St. Gentile Roberts is a member of the North Shore Arts Association, Newburyport Art Association, SeARTS and the artisans’ cooperative Local Colors. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. On view through Feb. 14. www.beverlycoop.com.
“PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES.” On view through Feb. 27 at Endicott College, Manninen Center for the Arts, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Exhibit highlights six of the country’s best-known art therapists and educators, providing insight into their creative efforts. The artists, Pat Allen, Peter London, Cathy Malchiodi, Shaun McNiff, Bruce Moon and Catherine Moon, have self-selected works for the exhibit, which reflect their own preferences and style. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
CAPONE’S. Jan. 17, Res X, dance and laser show; Jan. 18, Wildfire; Jan. 19, The SoulMate Band, a six-piece, Motown-funk disco-dance party show band. 147 Summit St., Peabody. $5 cover on Friday and Saturday. Proper dress required. Must be 21 and older to be in the lounge. 978-977-0520 or www.caponesdining.com.
FINZ SEAFOOD AND GRILL. Jan. 17, Henley Douglas and The Cool Times Trio; Jan. 18, 9 p.m. to midnight, Jody Blackwell. 76 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-774-8485.
GULU-GULU. Jan. 17, Noah Gopen & Linda Usher; Jan. 19, Radio Scotvoid; Jan. 23, Open Mike Shindig. Show time is 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER CAFE. Jan. 18, Julie Dougherty. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
HOWLING WOLF TAQUERIA. Jan. 18, Joe Mack; Jan. 19, Joel LaRue Smith; Jan. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Steve Spungin. Show time is 10 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 76 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-774-9653 or www.feedyourwolf.com.
IN A PIG’S EYE. Jan. 17, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Lydia Harrell; Jan. 18, 4 to 7 p.m., Blues Jam, followed by Matt Stubbs Trio from 9 to 11:30 p.m.; Jan. 19, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Cannibal Ramblers; Jan. 20, 7 to 10 p.m., Field Trip; Jan. 21, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Open Mike with Orville Giddings; Jan. 23, 9 to 11:30 p.m., Scaredy Cats. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.