, Salem, MA

August 23, 2013

Best Bets for Friday, Aug. 23

The Salem News

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

Prepare your son or daughter ahead of time for the bus ride to school by going to today's Bus Safety Open House, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beverly Public Schools Transportation Department, 25 Sohier Road, Beverly, behind Briscoe School. Parents and kids can ride on the big yellow school bus, meet drivers and monitors, and get answers to questions about school transportation. The open house also features refreshments, special guests, Shriners with Kid’s Safe Kits, Operation Lifesaver from the MBTA, Beverly Fire Department, YMCA Afterschool, and agencies with information. Kids in attendance can participate in contests with an opportunity to win prizes. For more information, call 978-921-6109.

Do you know what Jane Austen really looked like? Test your "Sense and Sensibility" during "Jane Austen: Portrait of a Lady," a talk by Price Grisham tonight at the Salem Athenaeum. Grisham will have handouts of various portraits all purported to be of Austen, and attendees will examine them to see if they differ from one another. No tickets or reservations are required. The talk, part of the athenaeum's Summer Salon Series, starts at 5:30 p.m. at 337 Essex St., Salem. For more information, visit, call 978-744-2540 or email

Check out the North Shore Acoustic Project, self-described as an electric/acoustic duo that plays classic songs, hidden gems and even a bit of island music, tonight from 10 to midnight at the Howling Wolf Taqueria, at 76 Lafayette St., Salem. For more information about this and other live music events at the restaurant, visit or call 978-744-9653.