CHRIS FRACZEK: NEVER LOSE HOPE. Fundraising dance, Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., St. Michael's Hall, 25 Elmwood Ave., Lynn. Event includes DJ, dancing, light fare, raffles and auctions. All proceeds go to the Chris Fraczek: Never Lose Hope fund, which benefits Chris Fraczek, 24, of Salem, who was involved in a terrible car accident on Aug. 27, which broke several bones, caused internal injuries and severe head trauma, leaving Chris in a coma in critical condition. Chris has undergone many procedures and requires several more; proceeds will help offset medical costs. 617-828-1751, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://chrisfraczekneverlosehope.webs.com/.
LIVE AND SILENT AUCTION: OPERATION TROOP SUPPORT. Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn & Suites, 1 Newbury St., Peabody. Event includes cash bar, raffles, door prizes and Taste of the Region (restaurant sampling). $15/ticket. Proceeds will help send holiday cheer to deployed soldiers. email@example.com, www.operationtroopsupport.org, 978-774-5983 or 978-531-9555.
CRAZY HAT DAY. Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., 37 Boxford Road, Ipswich. Service Dog benefit will feature a DJ, cookout, chicken bingo with $100 cash prize and silent auction. Visit with dogs in training and the resident donkey, Mary. Wear "crazy" hats. All proceeds benefit Service Dog and its efforts to donate balance and mobility dogs for those in need. www.servicedogproject.org.
DINE TO DONATE. Monday, Oct. 24, 5 to 9 p.m., Applebee's, 50 Independence Way, Danvers. Stop by for appetizers, dinner, dessert or all three, and bring the flier to receive 15 percent of the bill donated to Miss Pink Pageant. For a flier, visit www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miss-Pink-Pageant/125222957501197.
Concerts and music
UNPLUGGED OPEN MIKE. Friday, Oct. 21, Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 323 Locust St., Danvers. Local talents are invited to bring instruments or their voices as part of this year's Music in the Woods series. Talent sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. $10 audience tickets. Top three performers will be awarded prizes of $75, $50 and $25. 978-774-7582, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.nsuu.org.
CHRISTINE COOPER IN CONCERT. Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., The Vault, 217 Essex St., Salem. An evening of traditional Celtic music and storytelling by award-winning Welsh fiddler. $10 at the door. email@example.com or 978-744-8444.
LOCAL DAD PERFORMS FAMILY CONCERT. Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 p.m., Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Hamilton. Local musician and dad Brian Doser will present a kid-friendly, 50-minute concert with his full band, "The Pudding Pops." Concert includes familiar songs from the oldies, top 40 and original works. $8/person (dads are free), $25/family; advance ticket purchase encouraged. 978-468-4818, ext. 13, www.communityhouse.org or www.briandoser.com.
NASHUA FLUTE CHOIR PERFORMANCE. Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Maple Street Church, 90 Maple St., Danvers. The Nashua Flute Choir, a 16-member flute orchestra, will open the 2011-2012 Artists Series with the Autumn Flute Bouquet concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert selections will include music of Mozart, Gershwin, Sousa, a pair of Klezmer dances and new music composed specifically for flute choir. Free-will offering taken. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-774-4510.
PETER, PAUL AND MARY TRIBUTE CONCERT. Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m., First Church, corner of Main and Arbor streets, Wenham. Sing along with local choral groups to popular songs. A goodwill offering will be taken to benefit the Acord Food Pantry. 978-468-5047.
CONCERT IN THE BARN SERIES. Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Gould Barn, 1 Howlett St., Topsfield. Connecticut native and Yale graduate Neal Fitzpatrick will perform classical and jazz guitar music in an intimate and relaxed setting. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Free; refreshments served. Seating is limited. Handicapped-accessible. 978-887-1528.
NORTHSHOREMEN AND HARBOR LIGHT SHOW CHORUS CONCERT. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Salem High School, 77 Willson St., Salem. The Northshoremen, Harbor Light Show Chorus of Peabody, and The Village Voices and Chordially Yours quartets will present a concert. The Salem High School band, chorus and orchestra will begin the concert. $6/general, $4/seniors and students. Salem High School Music Department, 978-740-1136.
"RUMORS." Thursday, Oct. 20, Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Tia's Theater, Endicott College, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Set at a ritzy, New York City townhouse anniversary party, the host (and deputy mayor) has just shot himself in the ear, and his lawyer and wife must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. Confusion and miscommunication mount, spinning into classic farcical hilarity. May not be suitable for young audiences. $5/general, free/Endicott College ID holders. 978-232-2250 or www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts.
"LIZZY, DARCY AND JANE." Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Margaret Jensen Theatre, Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham. A play by Joanna Norland, directed by Jeffrey S. Miller. A riveting look into the mind of Jane Austen. Tickets range $5 to $10. 978-867-3400 or www.gordon.edu/theatreschedule.
Storytelling and literature
TALES FROM BEYOND. Thursday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., Topsfield Town Library, Meeting Room, 1 S. Common St., Topsfield. Event will include handling voodoo dolls, ancient coins, stories of disappearances, ghosts and unsolved mysteries. Sugary snacks served. Appropriate for children in grade 7 and older. 6:30 p.m., snacks; 7 p.m., program begins. 978-887-1528.
FARMS BRANCH BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP. Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Beverly Public Library Farms Branch, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Group will discuss "Quartet in Autumn" by Barbara Pym. New members welcome. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6066.
WRITERS SERIES. Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., Marsh Conference Center, room 210, Salem State University, 71 Loring Ave., Salem. The 2011-2012 Writers Series event will feature readings from two award-winning English Department faculty, Perry Glasser and Dr. Nancy Schultz. Free. 978-542-7890 or email@example.com.
"MOVE THE SOCK HOLE OVER." Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Author John G. Funchion will read and discuss stories from his recently published book, "Move the Sock Hole Over," a series of essays reflecting on his youth in Peabody, as the oldest of 11 children, and observations of nature emanating from his daily three-mile walks wherever he happens to be in the world. Time for question and comments will follow. Free. 978-921-6062.
GROUNDBREAKING AMERICAN POETRY LECTURE AND DISCUSSION SERIES. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. "Geography III" by Elizabeth Bishop, presented by poet Jennifer Martelli. Read books prior to discussion; copies available through the library. Registration required. 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
VAMPIRES IN LITERATURE AND FILM. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. Sue Weaver Schopf, associate dean and director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program and lecturer at Harvard Extension School, will present "The Vampire in Literature and Film: A Very Strange Love Story," an exploration of the evolution and myth of the vampire. http://danverslibrary.org.
PERSPECTIVES: LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS OPENING RECEPTION. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2 to 4 p.m., Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St., Beverly Farms. Artists Cheryl Dyment of Middleton and Heather Johnson Reid of Beverly Farms will combine their talents in a showcase titled "Perspectives: Landscape Paintings," on view through Oct. 31. Paintings illustrate the artists' relationship with New England. All are welcome. 978-921-6066, www.beverlypubliclibrary.org/farms, www.heatherjohnsonreid.com or www.cheryldyment.com.
PHOTOGRAPHING AUTUMN WOODLANDS AND MEADOWS. Saturday, Oct. 22, 3 to 6 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join Bob Speare, Camp Wildwood director, master naturalist and photographer, for an in-depth visit to the woodlands and meadows of the sanctuary. Discover the plants and animals that make these habitats their home, viewing each scene with a photographer's eye, and learn how to best capture the fall colors and textures with a camera. For film and digital photographers. $30/general, $25/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
MUSEUM OF BAD ART. Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St., Peabody. Program led by Louise Sacco, the Museum of Bad Art's permanent acting interim executive director, will explore MOBA's purpose, history and philosophy; MOBA is dedicated to the collection, exhibition and celebration of the world's worst art. Donations accepted. Register at 978-531-0100, ext. 10, or www.peabodylibrary.org.
ROBERT ENGLISH EXHIBIT. On view through Saturday, Oct. 29, at The Meisel Gallery at Post Road Framers, 225 Turnpike Road, Route 1, Rowley. Exhibit features 30 whimsical paintings by beloved Ipswich artist Robert English, who died from chronic leukemia on July 13. English mostly painted everyday subjects, sometimes using oil, acrylic and collage materials. Half the paintings on view were painted over the past year while English was undergoing chemotherapy; he was planning an exhibit for this fall. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 978-948-2710.
LIGHT DRAWING. Exhibit on view through Monday, Oct. 31, Beverly Cooperative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly. Exhibit features "light drawing" photography and graphic art from the members of Boy Scout Troop 2, the oldest operating troop in the city. Light drawing involves leaving the camera's shutter open for a long period of time, creating a very long exposure, then drawing with a light source in front of the open lens. Digital artwork prints by boy scout Maxx Manfre. Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.beverlycoop.com.
GEDNEY GLOWS. Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:15 and 6 p.m., Gedney House, 21 High St., Salem. Explore the 1665 Gedney House by the glow of lantern light and find out why it's not a typical historic house tour. Explore the architecture of a 17th-century Salem shipbuilder's home, stand inside the chimney, see original paint treatments and view the layers of the house in a totally new light. $5/Historic New England members, $10/nonmembers. Registration required at 978-744-0440 or HistoricNewEngland.org.
A NIGHT AT THE (WENHAM) MUSEUM. Friday, Oct. 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. Tour the museum galleries featuring PuppetPalooza. Characters from the museum's collections will charm attendees, while actors, pretending to be former residents of the museum's 17-century house, share chilling tales. Guests will be led on a moonlit tour of the Claflin-Richards House and sent on a treasure hunt. Dress in Halloween costumes. $8/ticket or four for $26/museum members; $12/ticket or four for $40/nonmembers. 978-468-2377 or www.wenhammuseum.org.
FALL FOLIAGE AND WINE TASTINGS. Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:15 a.m. for 10:30 a.m. departure, MGH North Shore, 102 Endicott St., Danvers. Chartered bus tour during the peak foliage season to visit the Sakonnet and Westport Rivers vineyards. Tour includes bus ride, two wine tastings and a box lunch. All proceeds benefit SHUR Inc., toward the purchase of a portable ultrasound unit for a midwives' clinic in Guatemala. $85/person. Reservations at www.shurinc.org.
Gardens and nature
THE FALL GARDEN AND PUTTING IT TO BED. Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m., Riverbend, 143 County Road, Ipswich. Denise King of Denise King Landscapes Design will discuss how to extend the season and what to plant to maximize fall garden colors; King will also share steps of putting a garden to bed for the winter. After presentation, attendees will head into the gardens for a workshop. Dress appropriately and bring tools for the workshop. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-412-8200.
DEER-PROOFING GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES. Saturday, Oct. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Workshop with local garden and landscape designer Catherine Carney-Feldman will teach attendees the basic knowledge and information needed to make deer-resistant gardens and landscapes using organic and humane principles. $10/general, $8/Mass Audubon members. Advance registration required at 978-887-9264.
COOKING WITH HERBS. Monday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott St., Danvers. Danvers Garden Club meeting will feature horticulture consultant Paul Slit. He will create a salad with herb dressing along with herb butter and bread for each member and guest. Learn about growing, harvesting, preserving and using herbs. Donna Armstrong is the hospitality hostess for the evening. 978-774-1936.
Festivals, fairs and sales
A FAIR TO REMEMBER. Thursday, Oct. 20, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Essex Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 265 Essex St., Beverly. School-age children and families are invited to an old-fashioned state fair-themed evening. Event includes a petting zoo, pony rides, face-painter, prizes, pumpkin painting, make-your-own sundaes and festival treats. Free; donations welcomed. Proceeds benefit Windrush Farm in Boxford, a nonprofit that helps disabled children and adults. 978-816-0557 or email@example.com.
RUMMAGE SALE. Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of St. Andrew, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Sale features adult and children's clothing and shoes, small appliances, kitchenware, linens, books, toys, furniture, gardening supplies, artwork, sporting goods, purses and accessories, luggage, lamps, baskets, craft items, boutique items, and more. Coffee, muffins, sandwiches, beverages and homemade baked goods for sale. Sale benefits the church and its outreach ministries. 781-631-4951.
FALL BACK VENDOR'S FAIR. Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 221 Cabot St., Beverly. Fair will include a raffle table, bake sale and lunch concession in addition to vendor tables. Live entertainment by Beverly High School Strings Ensemble and Tom Collins. Proceeds will benefit the Beverly High School Music and Performing Arts Association (BMPAA). 978-922-3295.
SUSTAINABILITY FAIR. Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Shore Community College's Danvers campus, 1 Ferncroft Road, Danvers. The fair's theme is Renewable Energy Technology. Fair includes tours of the new Health Professions and Student Services Building, exhibits, presentations, environmentally sound vendors, face-painting, and free pumpkins for kids. Admission is free. firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-762-4000, ext. 5560.
SOLAR ENERGY HARVEST FESTIVAL. Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Greenergy Park, next to Beverly High School, corner of Tozer and Sohier roads, Beverly. Meet the plumbers who installed the solar system at the White House. Tour America's first commercial sized Solar Electric system and hear presentations by home energy experts. Festival includes music by Salem Jazz All Stars, Beverly Cycles workshop, local food, gifts and produce. Rain date Oct. 23. Free admission and parking; donations accepted. 617-335-2706 or SolarNow.org.
Nature and wildlife
THE LIVES OF STARS. Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield. Join physicist and astronomer Gary Meehan and receive a brief introduction on stellar evolution. After, gaze up at the stars through telescopes. Weather-permitting; indoor portion runs rain or shine. Registration required. Suitable for children ages 8 and up. Fee ranges $6 to $9. 978-887-9264 or email@example.com.
FALL FOLIAGE FAMILY HIKE. Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m., unpaved northern section of North Liberty Street, Middleton. All are welcome to the Middleton Stream Team's three-to-four-mile annual fall hike. Bring a drink and comfortable footwear for rugged walking; walking sticks and cameras welcome. www.middletonstreamteam.org, Streamteam@comcast.net or 978-777-4584.
OCTOBER COW FESTIVAL: STROLLING OF THE DAIRY HERD. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich. Celebrate the dairy herd with a cow and calf parade, hands-on educational dairy activities, dairy quest, and tours of the dairy barn during milking time. Celebration ends with local ice cream. Free. Rain or shine. Trustees of Reservations member event; friends welcome. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINI MOO'S. Monday, Oct. 24, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Appleton Farms, Route 1A, Ipswich. Toddler friends can enjoy calf close encounters, a cow story and costumes, milking in the dairy barn, and more. For ages 2 to 5 with an accompanying adult. $4/Trustees of Reservations member, $5/nonmember. Pre-register. 978-356-5728, ext. 18, or email@example.com.
COMMITTEE FOR DIVERSITY FILM SERIES. Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Peabody Institute Library, Gordon Room, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. "Hate Crime" (rated R), about Robbie Levinson and Trey McCoy, who suddenly encounter intolerance and hostility at the hands of their new neighbor, Chris Boyd, the son of a fundamentalist preacher. Free; light refreshments served. A discussion will follow the film. firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERITAGE HISTORICAL FILMS. On view every Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hollywood Hits Theater, 7 Hutchinson Drive, Danvers. Fun, entertaining and educational films about Essex County history and mysteries, created by local producer Dan Tremblay. $5 admission. 978-777-2711.
"MONSTAH SMASH AND COSTUME GALA." Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. to midnight, Nathaniel Silsbee House/Knights of Columbus, 94 Washington Square East, Salem. Celebration of Journeys of Hope's successful first year of programming and their new move. Proceeds will provide emergency shelter, food, clothing and other services for homeless young adults. Event includes auction, psychic readings, and a live performance by Lois Lane and the Daily Planets. www.johma.org or 978-922-3205.
"SPOOK-TACULAR OPEN HOUSE." Saturday, Oct. 22, noon to 3 p.m., Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem. Pets in their costumes are invited to attend. Dogs can show their favorite trick to get a special treat, or send a photo of a dog or cat's best "in costume" photo to be displayed in the lobby. Photos available for $5. Also, Country 102.5 and PODS's "Fill The PODS" sponsored event will accept donations at the shelter. 102.5 will be onsite with music and chances to win prizes. Visit www.neas.org/supplies.
CHILDREN'S PARADE AND COSTUME PARTY. Saturday, Oct. 22, noon to 3 p.m., Salem Common. Parade registration between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m., then beginning at noon. Costume party held at The Phoenix School, 89 Margin St., Salem. Prizes awarded for best costumes. Come visit the friendly haunted world, and play games and create crafts. In case of rain, parade will be held in the school beginning at noon. For children ages 3 to 10. Admission to both events is $10. 978-741-0870.
HOWL-AWEEN DANCE & COSTUME CONTEST. Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 to 11 p.m., Franco American Club, 44 Park St., Beverly. Event supports Vest A Dog, specifically Danvers police K-9. Event includes music by "Borrowed Time," '50s to '90s oldies, classic rock and country music; hot and cold buffet, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; costumes optional but requested; prizes awarded; cash bar; raffles, 50-50 and silent auction. $10/person. Advance tickets at 781-593-2197 or 978-922-1987.
GHOST GALLERY. Saturday, Oct. 22, 6 to 9 p.m., King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St., Marblehead. Marblehead Arts Association will showcase bewildering talent, and unleash looming ghosts, haunting spirits and barbaric pirates from Marblehead's past. Performances are 45 minutes long and start every 15 minutes. Family-friendly event, recommended for children ages 6 and older. $16/adults, $12/children under 12. Purchase at www.marbleheadarts.org or 781-631-2608. Fundraising event sponsored by Structures North Consulting Engineers and National Grand Bank.
SAFE TRICK-OR-TREAT. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., Endicott College Field House, Post Center, 376 Hale St., Beverly. Free; open to all Beverly area children up to age 12 and their families; parent/guardian must accompany children. Meet at 6 p.m. for a party with food, games and crafts. Trick-or-treating at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a canned food item for the college's Halloween for the Hungry Food Drive and receive a special treat. 978-232-2141.
Lectures, discussions and demonstrations
TRAILS AND SAILS. Friday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Elizabeth Rankin of the Essex National Heritage Commission will present a wide variety of interesting and historic sites in the 500-square-mile section of eastern Massachusetts that stretches from the North Shore to the Merrimack River Valley. 978-744-0804 or salemstate.edu/explorers.
DINNER WITH THE PENGUIN LADY. Saturday, Oct. 22, 5:45 p.m., First Church, 40 Monument Ave., Swampscott. Dyan deNapoli, penguin expert and award-winning author, will speak about "The Great Penguin Rescue" and her adventures. Spaghetti supper prior to presentation. $15/general, $10/children under 12. 781-592-6081 or 781-631-7290.
"HOLLYWOOD: FROM WILD WEST TO MOVIE MECCA." Monday, Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. The "Monday Mornings" program will feature historical researcher Anne Barrett and her illustrated talk, which explores early movie-making and Hollywood's evolution from a barren land boasting one adobe hut to a glittering movie mecca. Free. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. Handicapped-accessible. 978-921-6062 or email@example.com.
HUMAN RIGHTS AWARENESS PROGRAM. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8:15 to 11:15 a.m., Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 485 Lowell St., Peabody. Human Rights Awareness program will feature presentations from three victims of prosecution: Marika Barnett, the Holocaust; Franco Majok, "Lost Boys" of Sudan; and Claude Kaitare, the Rwandan Genocide. Students in grades nine through 12 and their teachers are invited. Register by calling The Holocaust Center, 978-531-8288, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information.
"EVERYTHING EBOOKS NIGHT." Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St., Beverly. Learn how to optimize reading library books in the digital age. Learn about e-readers, how to download e-books from the library, or how to read library books on a smartphone, iPad or e-reader. "Petting zoo" of various e-reader devices, then presentations by experts will follow. Free. 978-921-6062.
I, ROBOT. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St., Swampscott. Dr. Daniel J. Braunstein, senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering, will talk about the robots in his program and the designing of robots. Braunstein will also show a video of MIT 2.007 Robot Competition and bring gizmos to interact with. 781-596-8867.
DINNER DANCE. Friday, Oct. 21, 6 to 11 p.m., Beverly Franco American Club, 44 Park St., Beverly. Dinner menu features the choice of a steak tips or baked haddock, served with appetizers, salad and dessert. Entertainment by Sherman and the Waybacks. $15/person; advance ticket purchase only. Smoke-free event. 978-922-1950.
A TASTE OF SWAMPSCOTT. Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 to 5 p.m., Swampscott High School cafeteria, 200 Essex St., Swampscott. Event will feature several participating local restaurants, and a "Cake Boss" cake-decorating competition. $15/adults, $5/children under 12. Event proceeds benefit the Swampscott High School Class of 2014. 781-596-8830 or email@example.com.
CHIANTI JAZZ LOUNGE. Oct. 20, 9 p.m. to midnight, Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks; Oct. 21, 9 p.m. to midnight, Jen Kearney; Oct. 22, 9 p.m. to midnight, Anita Coehlo; Oct. 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., David Eure Trio; Oct. 24, 9 p.m. to midnight, Ned Nugent and the Big Babies; Oct. 25, 9 p.m. to midnight, Evan Goodrow; Oct. 26, 9 p.m. to midnight, Michelle Wilson. 285 Cabot St., Beverly. 978-921-2233 or www.chiantibeverly.com.
DODGE STREET BAR & GRILL. Oct. 20, Tokyo Tramps; Oct. 21, Hip Hop Night; Oct. 22, Mean Mr. Mustard; Oct. 23, Musicians Mayhem open mike; Oct. 24, Open Mike Musical Madness; Oct. 25, Mind Games Live Trivia; Oct. 26, Wicked Wednesday Karaoke. 7 Dodge St., Salem, 978-745-0139. Live music nightly starting at 9/9:30 p.m.
FINZ SEAFOOD & GRILL. Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Baze Band; Oct. 21, 9 p.m., Paul Speidel Band. 76 Wharf St., Salem. www.hipfinz.com.
GULU-GULU. Sarah Fard, Oct. 20; Daniel Ouellette and the Shobijin, Oct. 21; Open Mike Wednesday Nights, Oct. 26. 247 Essex St., Salem. 978-740-8882.
HARDCOVER RESTAURANT. Plan B, Oct. 21. 15A Newbury St. (Route 1 north), Danvers. 978-774-1223.
IN A PIG'S EYE. Fiddle Head, Oct. 20; Blues Jam, 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 21; Andrew Gravel Project, Oct. 22; Eric Reardon and Friends, 7 to 10 p.m., Oct. 23; Bobby Ledger, Oct. 24; Erinn Brown, Oct. 26. 148 Derby St., Salem. 978-741-4436.
ME&THEE. Friday, Oct. 21, The Parkington Sisters, Heather Maloney opening. Doors open at 7:30 for 8 p.m. show at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Tickets $18 in advance and $21 at the door, online at www.meanthee.org or at Spirit of '76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery. 781-631-8987.
SEAPORT CAFE. Two local musicians, Chris Fitz from The Chris Fitz Band and Steve Peabody, will host an acoustic jam session, Sunday, Oct. 23, 4 to 7 p.m. 215 Derby St., Salem. 978-594-8490.
VICTORIA STATION. Open mike with Nick Consone, Oct. 20; DJ Bounce of Good Vibes Entertainment, Oct. 21; Karaoke, Oct. 26. 86 Wharf St., Pickering Wharf, Salem. 978-745-3400.