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Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Lunar New Year Weekend Festival.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse at the Lunar New Year Weekend Festival.

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Peabody: Presented by Music at Eden’s Edge, “Close Encounters with Music” is a four-part series that combines lecture and performance to explore the wonderful world of classical music. Monday, 7 p.m. Peabody Institute Library, 82 Main St. 978-531-0100,

Winchester: At Jazz in the Sanctuary, warm to the familiar and thrill to the unexpected with Greg Hopkins on trumpet, Mark Pucci on bass, Yoron Israel on drums, and composer and pianist John Kramer on piano. Friday, 8 p.m. Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St. 781-646-8538,

Salem: At the Lunar New Year Weekend Festival, celebrate the Year of the Horse, with traditional lion dances, a film set in Boston’s Chinatown, break dancing and sword play, and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square Mall. $18, seniors $15, students (with ID) $10, Youth (16 and under) and Salem residents (with ID) are admitted free. 978-745-9500,

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