The event — which includes art, music, and readings — celebrates the importance of African-American art, and artfulness, to the American identity.
The party will feature food, music, dancing, and a cash bar. Visitors can tour the museum’s new exhibition, “In Conversation: Modern American Art,” which includes more than 100 pieces by 43 prominent artists, drawn from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The paintings, photographs, and sculptures represent cultural and personal struggles from the 1920s through the 1990s, in a variety of media.
Diggs Duke, vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer, provides the music with an innovative take on soul and jazz.
Writers Jerald Walker, chairman of the creative writing program at Emerson, College, and Tisa Bryant will read from their works. Walker’s essays take the reader on his quest for self-discovery as he chases the American dream. Bryant’s work is a mix of criticism, poetry, and essay. She is a professor at the California Institute for the Arts and a member of the poetry group Dark Room Collective.
The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Peabody Essex Museum. Admission is $10, free to museum members and Salem residents. Visit pem.org.
FRIENDS FOREVER: A production of “Claire de Lune” by Georgette Beck of Marblehead is being presented by the Salem Theatre Company Thursday through June 29. The piece is described as a “memory play about a long, strong friendship.”
“Sometimes it takes a lifetime to come full circle. And sometimes the journey is far too short,” Beck said. “In ‘Claire De Lune,’ two people discover that journey’s-end was there all along, simply waiting for them to arrive.”
The cast features Alex Alexander of Marblehead, Maureen Bucell of Lynn, and Kristine Burke of Salem. John Fogle directs.
Beck, a veteran of live theater and film, is an award-winning actor, as well as a director and playwright. A three-time recipient of Writers’ World awards, she is a prolific poet and short story author. Her first novel, “The Song of Sylvania Square,” was published last year.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays; 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20, $15 senior citizens, $10 for students. Call 866-811-4111 or visit salemtheatre.com.
AUTHOR’S CORNER: During the Circle The Square celebration in Medford on Thursday, Bestsellers Cafe hosts children’s author and illustrator Mary Jane Begin from 4 to 6 p.m. The event features her new book, “My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea.” Begin is the author of many award-winning illustrated picture books and is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design. . . . Kathryn Guare discusses her first novel, “Deceptive Cadence,” at The Flint Memorial Library in North Reading at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The book of international suspense is about an Irish musician sent to India to capture the man who ruined his career, his own brother. Guare spent 10 years as an executive with a global health membership and advocacy organization and has traveled extensively in Europe and India.
IN LOCAL GALLERIES: The Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell presents a solo exhibit of recent works by Sharon Yates through July 27. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. June 29. A longtime painter of scenic coastal scenes, Yates has in recent years become inspired by Maine’s cattle and dairy farms. She taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art for many years and directed its summer landscape program in Canada. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and won many awards. . . . “Interpreting the Moment,” an exhibit of oils by Priscilla Serafin, is at Time & Tide at Post Road Framers in Rowley through June 30. Serafin captures the fleeting moment when evening light hits the marsh and suddenly it glows with color and life.
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