Lectures and presentations
“SHIFTING GEARS, REMEMBERING MILES.” Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 to 8 p.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Featuring biker poet K. Peddlar Bridges. www.hwlibrary.org.
“MAGIC OF THE MIND” WITH JACK RYAN. Monday, Oct. 1, 9:30 a.m., Beverly Public Library, Sohier Room, 32 Essex St. Boston-area magician Ryan presents an adult magic show filled with sophisticated magic, ESP, humor and audience participation. Part of library’s “Monday Mornings” lecture series for seniors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library. Free. Handicapped-accessible. Light refreshments served at 9 a.m. 978-921-6062.
MONTHLY BROWN BAG LUNCH. Monday, Oct. 1, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Cogswell’s Grant Site manager Kristen Weiss will present “Neat and Tidy: Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households.” Bring lunch; coffee and tea served. Free/museum members and Ipswich seniors, $5/nonmembers. 978-356-2811 or www.ipswichmuseum.org.
MANHATTAN IN MARBLEHEAD. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 8 p.m., JCC, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. JCC’s speaker series kicks off the beginning of its new season with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Thomas Friedman discussing “How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.” He’ll analyze the current challenges facing America, as well as the protests engulfing the Middle East. $10/JCC members, $12 for the community. Refreshments served 30 minutes prior. JCCNS.org or 781-631-8330.
TEEN MOVIE NIGHT. Friday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Boxford Town Library, 10 Elm St. Features screening of “The Avengers.” Refreshments served. Free. 978-887-7323.
CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE MASTER CLASS.
Monday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., O’Keefe Center Dance Studio, Salem State University, 225 Canal St. Jaclyn Waguespack explores contemporary and modern dance training through many styles. Class will begin with a warm-up that focuses on alignment and clarity of movement in space. Through guided improvisation and problem solving, students will experiment with momentum, weight, and various points of initiation and flow. Free. 978-542-7890 or salemstate.edu/arts.