Open auditions, conference on witches and poem on stage

The Malden Sketch Group’s 20th annual exhibition runs through September 30. The exhibit features paintings, drawings, collages and prints by 25 artists from Malden and surrounding areas. This year’s exhibition includes a sample of the work of longtime member Ginger Greenblatt, who passed away this year. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on September 9 at the exhibit at 350 Main Street. For more information, call 781-245-2337.

The house with seven gables Salem offers audiences a unique opportunity to learn more about the city’s historic witch trial frenzy through a conversation with David Tamanini, lawyer and author. The event will take place September 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Gables, 115 Derby St. It will focus on Tamanini’s research into Tituba, the first woman accused of witchcraft in Salem, as well as broader themes like racism, sexism and hysteria. The event is free to the public. For more information, visit

Plymouth is looking for enthusiastic singers to participate in public rehearsals and auditions for the Pilgrim Festival Chorus, the area’s non-profit volunteer choral ensemble. Auditions will be held at the Faith Community Church located at 29 Carver Road on September 12 and 19 at 6:30 p.m. Singers of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to audition. For more information, go to

South Shore Ballet Theater in hingham is holding open auditions for his holiday season portrayal of “The Nutcracker.” Local dancers can stop by the theater, located at 45 Industrial Park Road, between 9:30 a.m. and noon on September 10 to audition with their age group. “The Nutcracker” takes place December 17 and 18 at Braintree’s Thayer Academy Center for Performing Arts. For more information and specific audition times, visit

The Peabody Institute Library in Danvers hosts a virtual conversation with Quentin Prideaux, board member of Sustainable Wellesley, a non-profit organization engaging community members to protect the climate. The Zoom conversation on September 8 at 7 p.m. will focus on the science behind climate change and the potential impact it could have on the New England region. Participants must register on the calendar of events at

The hingham The Historical Commission kicks off its Virginia Tay Memorial Lecture Series with a presentation by Jon Meacham at 1 p.m. September 10. The Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian will present “The Soul of America,” a lecture that shares its title with Meacham’s 2018 book, at Hingham Town Hall’s Sanborn Auditorium, 210 Central St. After the lecture, James Conroy of the Hingham Historical Society will host a Q&A session. There is no admission fee, but registration is required as places are limited. To sign up, email [email protected]

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts will host a reading of Percy MacKaye’s “Dogtown Commons” on its stage at 257R Granite St. in Rockport. A love letter to Cape Ann, MacKaye’s poem has been adapted for the stage and adorned with new backing music by Kathleen Adams. Before the reading, visitors will hear a lecture by Grace Schrafft on the history of witches in Gloucester. The show runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 10 and 11. Tickets are $25 and $20 student tickets are available on Sundays. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Westcott Mercantile Goods is holding an open house to coincide with Belmont Porchfest on September 10. The store, which has recently expanded, offers a selection of works by local and international artisans. The open house takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with live music and outdoor shopping at select Belmont Center shops outside the storefront of 61 Leonard St. Porchfest takes place at the same hours in homes across the city and features dozens of local bands and artists. For more information about Westcott Mercantile Goods, visit; For more information on Porchfest, visit

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Angela C. Hale