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Plan ahead for the PEM/PM evening party series in 2015

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to announce a full schedule of its PEM/PM evening party series for 2015. Visitors can dress like a lumberjack, play kickball, see unique films, learn new dance moves, sip cocktails and make new friends. The whole museum is open late during PEM/PM, which takes place the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 pm. Learn more at

Peabody Essex Museum rolls out 2015 PEM/PM


February 19: I’m a Lumberjack -- Spend a winter night in the North Woods while celebrating the art of trees and Branching Out. See the works of a chainsaw artist. Sample cider from the local company Far From the Tree and get to know their unique process. Contribute to a felt-art installation and have your picture snapped in our photo booth. Don’t forget to wear your boots and flannel plaid!

March 19: Artopia -- Spend the evening with folks from the Salem Arts Festival and Creative Salem and celebrate our region’s vibrant arts and culture scene. Learn how to incorporate art into the every day, from drawing and poetry, to theater and dance. The possibilities are endless!

April 16: Strike a Pose: Art & the ‘80s -- In partnership with Go Out Loud we travel back to the 1980s! Help us celebrate the decade that produced some of the most iconic artists, questionable fashion trends and best dance crazes. Vogue, anyone?

May 21: Run & Play -- Get outside and enjoy an evening of fun and street play. Channel your inner child for a game of foursquare or kickball, build your own fort or join Salem’s Wicked Running Club for its weekly No Rest for the Wicked 5K.

June 18: Culture Shock -- Take a tour around the world, no passport needed. Learn salsa or Bollywood-inspired dance, sample the flavors of international cuisine, listen to the sounds of reggae and soca and explore today’s cultures and identities. Co-sponsored by the Point Neighborhood Association and the North Shore Community Development Coalition.

July 16: Anti-Boredom -- Discover wild new ways to banish boredom this summer. Make ice cream with nitrogen, join in a game of quidditch or disc golf, borrow a book from our pop-up library, make some tie-dye inspired art and help us break a Guinness World Record.

August 20: Silver Screen -- Spend an evening appreciating the art of film with an international pop-up film festival, screenings of animated shorts and 1930s classics and more. Try your hand at some gourmet popcorn recipes while you’re at it!

September 17: Strandbeest -- Help celebrate the arrival of Theo Jansen’s kinetic Strandbeest sculptures. Learn all about the engineering behind the beests, watch them in action and help construct a brand new one.

October 15: Off the Scale -- Celebrate all things great and small from the world of Alice in Wonderland to alternate universes and Tiny Houses. Take a photo in our larger-than-life photo booth or add your own unique illustration to the story of Alice in Wonderland. Inspired by PEM’s newest Art & Nature Center exhibition, Nature of Scale.

November 19: What’s Your Type? In partnership with Dribble, the international graphic design community, delve into the creative world of type, fonts and lettering. Form human letters, learn chalkboard and hand-lettering techniques, experiment with creating your own font and get an inside scoop on graphic design with PEM’s Creative Services team.

December 17: Wassail! Join a midwinter feast celebrating light in the darkest part of the year. Sample ancient festive beverages, search out art from many cultures featuring light and fire and drive out the darkness with music and dance.

Members and Salem residents (with ID) free | Nonmembers $10 at the door Cash bar | Special small plates menu available from the Hawthorne Hotel

Posted by Kate on 01/31 at 08:00 AM Permalink

Jose Antonio Vargas named 2015 Recipient of the Salem Award

Salem Award Foundation

Jose Antonio Vargas has been named the recipient of the 2015 Salem Award by the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. Vargas is set to receive this award on Sunday, March 22nd at the Old Town Hall in Salem. Vargas is being recognized for his outstanding work in the area of immigration rights. The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to highlight the challenges in our present day society. The Salem Award was established in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials
A pre-reception, open to all, will be held at 3:00 pm on the ground floor of the Old Town Hall followed by the 4:00 pm award ceremony that will be held on the 2nd floor. A cocktail reception will follow at 5:30 pm at the nearby Adriatic restaurant. For further information on tickets for the award ceremony and cocktail reception, please go to:

The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is given each year to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to highlight the challenges in our present day society. The Salem Award was established in 1992, the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials.

About Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas Jose Antonio Vargas, born in the Philippines in 1981, has lived in the United States since age 12 when his mother sent him to live with his grandparents in California without obtaining authorization for him to stay permanently. He did not learn of his immigration status until the age of 16 when he applied for a driver's license and discovered that his identity documents were fraudulent. He kept his immigration status a secret and focused on his education and fitting in as an American.

After graduation from college, Vargas worked for the Washington Post and earned acclaim for his coverage of the AIDS epidemic in Washington DC. His work inspired the production of the documentary "The Other City" which aired on Showtime.

In 2011, Vargas wrote an essay for the New York Times revealing that he is an undocumented immigrant. He detailed how he kept this secret for 15 years during which time he worked, paid taxes and worried that this status would be revealed. His story received much acclaim and highlighted the situation that thousands of young people are dealing with today. He received the June 2011 Sidney Award for an outstanding piece of socially conscious journalism.

Also in 2011, Vargas founded Define American, a non-profit project established for the purpose of facilitating dialogue about the challenges of the undocumented and related immigration issues. His advocacy on behalf of the DREAM Act, which would provide undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship, led to his cover story in Time magazine where he described the uncertainty of his life after revealing his status. The day after the article was released, President Obama announced that his administration would halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants under age 30 who would qualify for DREAM Act relief and provide work permits for them, allowing them to remain in the U.S. legally. Because Vargas was 31 at the time, he did not qualify.

He influenced major media outlets to use the term "undocumented" as opposed to "illegal immigrant" determining it is less dehumanizing. In 2013, the Associated Press and the New York Times announced that they will no longer use "illegal immigrant". Vargas wrote, directed and produced the autobiographical film "Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American" released in 2013 and presented by CNN in 2014. In February 2013 Vargas testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Immigration and argued, "No human being is illegal".

Vargas came out as gay in high school in 1999 and described it as "less daunting than coming out about my legal status". He spoke out against the Defense of Marriage Act, calling it an immigration issue that disadvantages people like him "from marrying my way into citizenship like straight people can".

Posted by Kate on 01/28 at 08:00 AM Permalink