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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 508-641-0767 or 617-285-6265.