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Concerts at Lincoln Hall: Come hear Epic Identity, a recently formed band of friends that specializes in rock, country, and pop music, perform fresh twists on classic covers as well as original material at 6:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hall, 561 Main St., West Boxford. Krystal Polychronis plays guitar and sings along with Jillian Tentindo. Nathan Barthelemy plays keyboards, Andrew Malkin plays bass, and Bryan Crosby plays drums. Peter Tentindo of local bands Venus Mars Project and Britannica will be featured on guitar and vocals. Tonight's performance is funded by the Friends of the Boxford Library.
"Rock, Gravel, Sand — The Geology of our Local Beaches": Have you ever noticed that the local beaches can vary from largely mud, sand, gravel or sometimes boulders? And that each beach takes on a different form? What causes these variations? How and why does each beach respond differently to storm activity? Dr. Lindley Hanson of Salem State University's Geological Science Department will describe and explain the array of beaches on the North Shore to address the variability and dynamics of these local beaches in a free illustrated talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Hanson's talk is part of the 2015 "Underwater in Salem Sound" Lecture Series, sponsored by the library and Salem Sound Coastwatch.
Former Poet Laureate Charles Simic in Peabody: Don't miss a poetry reading with Charles Simic, the 15th U.S. Poet Laureate, at 7 p.m. at Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St., Peabody. A poet, essayist, and translator, Simic has been honored with the Frost Medal, the Wallace Stevens Award, a Pulitzer Prize, two PEN Awards for his work as a translator, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. For more information and to reserve a seat, call 978-531-0100 ext. 10 or register online at www.peabodylibrary.org.