The holidays are right around the corner, and some might say that the holiday season has already begun. Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and Christmas will be here faster than you can say "oh no, it's December 24 and I haven't started shopping yet!" (Looking at you, guys).
There are no holiday-themed events planned this weekend in Salem, but even still, there is no shortage of engaging things to do around the city over the next two days. The Peabody Essex Museum continues to offer up an abundance of special events, and plenty of music and art, as always in a city that embraces creativity, can be easily found.
And hey, if nothing below tickles your fancy, why not just come downtown and walk around? Visit some of the boutiques and restaurants behind the Retailers Association of Massachusetts' decision to recognize Salem as the "Best Shopping District" in the state for 2012, and take in the autumn before the snow turns the Witch City into Slush City.
Here's a snapshot of what's going on around the city this weekend:
Family Gallery Explorations at Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
A 30-minute gallery adventure with hands-on activity. Tickets available at admission desk on day of program. For families with children ages 5 and up.
Artist Friends and Neighbors at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 12 - 5 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square West).
An exhibition of work by Salem artists who are connected by neighborhood affiliation, personal relationships or both. Participating artists include Charlie Allen, Katy Bratun, David Decker, Julie Shaw Lutts, Barbara Burgess Maier, Trip Mason, and Racket Shreve. For more information call 978-825-0022 or visit kensingtonstobartgallery.com.
Art Investigations at the Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, Nov. 17, and Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 - 3 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for PEM's interactive "Art Cart" and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art making techniques and discover the stories about the art around you. Visit pem.org for more information.
"HARRY: An Adult Fable"
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 ? 9:30 p.m. at Salem Theatre Company (90 Lafayette Street).
In Harry, Ms. Beck introduces us to a streetwise, clever and perpetually surviving tomcat, Harry, who has a few problems. He doesn't know who he is, what he is or why he does that stuff he does. Is it sheer accident or homicidal mayhem? A cross between Cary Grant and Bagheera from "The Jungle Book," Harry embarks on a set of adventures that lead him to an astonishing end-game discovery. For more information and tickets visit the Salem Theatre Company website.
Deep Green, "We Can Fix This" movie at Cinema Salem
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10 ? 11:30 a.m. at the Museum Place Mall (1 East India Square Mall).
Join Salem businesses for a movie focusing on a positive approach to addressing the condition of our environment. The film is based on six years of intensive research and devoted exclusively to solutions for man-made global warming and cuts through the clutter of information (and misinformation) to bring new clarity to an increasingly urgent situation. Attendees are encouraged to come early for networking and coffee. Free coffee to the first 50 attendees. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit deepgreenmovie.com and cinemasalem.com.
Americana Lecture with Antiques specialist Arthur Liverant
Sunday, Nov. 18, 4 - 6 p.m. at Hamilton Hall (9 Chestnut Street).
Hamilton Hall will premier an Americana Lecture Series to benefit the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark. The inaugural presentation will be given by nationally renowned American decorative arts specialist, Arthur Liverant, third-generation owner of Nathan Liverant and Son in Colchester, Connecticut, and a founder of the Antiques Dealers Association of America. Liverant's presentation, "Shaped Aprons and Turned Legs: Regionalism in Early American Furniture" will include an examination of several pieces of furniture from the Liverant inventory, including a desk made in Salem by cabinetmaker John Chipman between 1785 and 1810. Liverant will be introduced by Dean T. Lahikainen, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Admission to the lecture is $50 in advance or $60 at the door and will include a reception for Liverant. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For tickets visit hamiltonhall.org or call 978-744-0805. Event Benefits Preservation and Restoration of Hamilton Hall.
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival fall fundraiser featuring Lois Lane and the Daily Planets
Sunday, Nov. 18, 7 - 10 p.m. at Murphy's Restaurant and Pub (300 Derby Street).
Help support the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival, a musical entity dedicated to producing free concerts for the public and raising money to fund music education programs across the North Shore. The show will feature the eclectic rock and soul music of Lois Lane and the Daily Planets. Free appetizers early in the evening, dancing, a 50/50 raffle, and a live auction.