The Witch City can be described in one word this weekend: Art.
There is a full weekend slate of artist demonstrations, special exhibits and workshops being offered at Peabody Essex Museum as part of its "Weaving Tales of Glory" festival, and included below is just a snippet of some what the museum is offering.
But PEM is not the only spot in town offering up artwork as history to the masses. The Hawthorne Hotel, and historic Phillips House are also hosting art-themed events this weekend.
Not into canvases and galleries? Head to the North Shore Music Theatre or Salem Theatre Company and catch a show. Also, don't forget that Sunday marks the start of the second and final five days of Salem's Fall Restaurant Week, with some of the best local restaurants offer value pricing on their signature menus.
Here is a snapshot of what's going on around Salem this weekend:
Tapestry and Artist Demonstration at Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, 12 - 3 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
Join Artist Micala Sidore in the Atrium as she weaves a tapestry before your eyes on the portable loom she designed. Sidore also demonstrates techniques that you can try on one of her portable looms.
Behind the Canvas Art Tour
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 - 3 p.m. at 34 Chestnut Street.
Historic New England's Phillips House will be offering a special tour that highlights the Phillips' collection of international and American art. Learn not only about the family's passion for collection, but also about the artists behind the canvas, including Maurice Prendergast, James Whistler, and Herman Dudley Murphy. Admission is $5 for Historic New England members and $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Online registration is available at the official website of Historic New England.
Renaissance Art Demonstration
Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
Artist Andrew Volpe explores silver point and quill pen drawings techniques commonly used by artists in the 15th century.
Artist Friends and Neighbors at the Kensington-Stobart Gallery
Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, 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.
"Guys and Dolls" at North Shore Music Theatre
Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, at the North Shore Music Theatre (62 Dunham Road, Beverly).
When chronic gambler Nathan Detroit finds himself in need of funds to support his floating craps game, Save-a-Soul Mission's ultimate good girl, Sgt. Sarah Brown, becomes the center of a wager between gamblers Nathan and Sky Masterson. Saddled with an additional distraction, Nathan must keep his long-time show-girl fiancee Adelaide, from finding out about his continued gambling while dodging a trip down the aisle and the police. For reservations and showtimes call the North Shore Music Theatre at 978-232-7200 or visit nsmt.org.
Art Investigations at the Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, 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. 10, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 - 5 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.