, Salem, MA

August 22, 2013

Best Bets for Thursday, Aug. 22

The Salem News

---- — Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

End your hard day's night with a little help from your friends, as Beatles tribute band Help! takes the stage at tonight's Castle Hill Summer Picnic Concert. Gates open at 5 p.m. for picnicking and close once capacity is reached. Admission is at the gate only; $30 per car, $20 per car for members of The Trustees of Reservations, $10 for walk-ins. Castle Hill is at 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich. For more information, visit or call 978-356-4351.

Author David Ira Rottenberg will read his children's book, “Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig,” and ballerinas from A Performing Arts Academy will perform the story tonight at 7 at Salem Public Library, 370 Essex St., Salem. A mini-movement lesson will be offered following the performance. There will be an opportunity for autographs, and cameras are encouraged for this free event. For more information, call 978-744-0860.

Two Salem restaurants are offering live music tonight. At 8 p.m. at Gulu-Gulu Cafe, check out Arms and Ears, a four-piece Boston-based alternative rock group similar to The Strokes and Muse. Gulu-Gulu Cafe is at 247 Essex St. Or, from 9 p.m. to midnight, check out open mike night at Victoria Station, 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf. For more information about either event, call Gulu-Gulu Cafe at 978-740-8882 or call Victoria Station at 978-745-3400.