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There's lots happening in Salem this evening, as it's Salem First Friday and the kick-off night for the annual Arts Festival. There will be special events and promotions at more than 40 businesses in Salem participating in today's special Salem First Friday: PRIDE Edition. Meanwhile, the arts festival kicks off at 5 p.m. with a juried art show gallery reception in Old Town Hall, artist vendors along the pedestrian mall, live music at the East India Fountain on Essex Street and performances in Derby Square. For more information about either event, visit http://salemfirstfriday.com/, GoOutLoud.com/PRIDE or salemartsfestival.com.
Cheer on your local community talent — or show your neighbors what you're made up — in tonight's Oniontown Community Variety Show, sponsored by the Danvers Historical Society, set from 7 to 9 at Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page St., Danvers. This cabaret style program features community talent in music, comedy and show pieces. Open mike for walk-in performers will be available as time allows. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $5 for non-performers. To perform, contact Dan Tremblay at 978-777-2711.
Dane Street Congregational Church presents its 29th annual Spring Pops Concert featuring The Dane Street Church Community Concert Band, conducted by Avard Rushton, tonight at 7:30 at the church, at 10 Dane St., Beverly. Admission is free. For more information, call 978-922-4325.