Join the Peabody Essex Museum to celebrate the Lunar New Year and mark the beginning of the Year of the Horse. Starting at 10 a.m., you can drop in for a number of craft activities, including making a lion head mask inspired by one of the day's performances. You can also make a red envelope lantern, inspired by the tradition of giving red envelopes with money to family members to ensure a year of good luck. During the day you can enjoy a variety of performances, including the lion dance, the Chinese Dulcimer Guzheng Youth Band, breakdancing, sword play, drumming, and folk dances. At 3 p.m., PEM will show "Freckled Rice," a film that takes place in Boston's Chinatown during the Kennedy years and centers on Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with his Chinese-American identity. Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All activities free with museum admission: adults, $18; seniors, $15; students with ID, $10; ages 16 and under, and Salem residents with ID, free. (Does not apply to student/youth tour groups.) Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. www.pem.org
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