Beverly: “Poor Girl Gourmet’’ author Amy McCoy discusses eating in style on a bare-bones budget, including tactics on saving money on groceries, with emphasis on enjoying the process of cooking as well as the meals themselves. She will also discuss the food philosophy that led to her cookbook, her path from a broadcast producing career to blog creator, and the transition from blog to book. Monday, 9:30 a.m. Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Free. 978-921-6062, www.poorgirlgourmet.blogspot.com.
Medford: Boston Jewish Music Festival presents Ellen Allard & Company. Followed by a Purim carnival with games, prizes, music, face painting, piñata, Kosher wine tasting for the adults, and lots of hamantaschen. Sunday, 1 p.m. Temple Shalom, 475 Winthrop St. Advance: $12 per ticket, $40 family maximum. $15/$45 at the door. www.bostonjewishmusicfestival.org.
Salisbury: Comedian Lenny Clarke was the most popular “saloon comic’’ in Boston during the 1980s, the heyday of the Boston comedy scene. He performs Saturday, 8 p.m. Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front N. $30. 978-462-5888.