Peabody Essex Museum is for the birds (and the French)

Heather Norcross, manager of Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments in Salem, sits as a French model for a sketching activity during Peabody Essex Museum's monthly evening party series. January's focus was on French art and life. (Juliette Lynch for The Boston Globe)
Heather Norcross, manager of Modern Millie Vintage and Consignments in Salem, sits as a French model for a sketching activity during Peabody Essex Museum's monthly evening party series. January's focus was on French art and life. (Juliette Lynch for The Boston Globe)

The Peabody Essex Museum had a busy few days. On Thursday night, the museum hosted “La Vie Bohème,” an evening for Francophiles featuring French music, an absinthe tasting, and a lecture from New Yorker magazine writer Adam Gopnik, who spoke of his years living in Paris. Locals also sketched Heather Norcross (left), manager of Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments clothing in Salem, who dressed herself as a French model. The museum only got more crowded over the weekend when it opened “FreePort [No. 007]: Céleste Boursier-Mougenot ,” an installation featuring a flock of zebra finches playing amplified guitars. On Saturday, museumgoers waited for up to two hours to see — and hear — the birds.

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