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PEM Premiers Immersive Theatre Experience in Historic Gardner-Pingree House

This sounds so incredibly fascinating...

All at once upon at time at peabody essex museum

Present Tense Initiative continues with aesthetically visceral, intellectually challenging and emotionally unafraid original work

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) presents the world premiere of All at Once Upon a Time (or Variations on the Theme of Disappearing) in PEM’s historic Gardner-Pingree House on Friday, December 11, at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 12, at 4 and 8 pm; and Sunday, December 13, at 4 pm. Tickets are available at:
The museum’s Present Tense Initiative, which supports PEM’s Composer-in-Residence program, continues to expand the creative range of the museum, as well as access to the museum’s historic properties. This immersive and audience-driven theater experience takes place on three floors of the Gardner-Pingree House, a National Historic Landmark that is one of Salem architect Samuel McIntire’s finest and best-preserved Federal designs. Intimate and ephemeral, the performance offers a unique perspective into this architectural treasure, allowing participants to explore the elegant and storied home on foot, and come upon surprising and dreamlike happenings, while navigating an exploration into the way we see our environment, ourselves and each other.
All at Once Upon a Time is conceived and directed by Giselle Ty, a freelance opera/theater director based in London and New York. She produces original theatrical works for those seeking a small group experience that excites wonder, curiosity, magic and mystery. Each participant will take a different path through the house, experiencing something unique to them, while the group as a whole explores how deeply we see others and are seen by others and where our truest selves lie -- when we are alone, when we write, in someone else’s memory or perhaps in the art we leave behind?  
Art lovers hoping for a dose of daring, wonder and living in the moment are welcome, but must be willing to climb creaky stairs, enjoy the company of strangers and unplug from technology for the duration of the performance.

Visit for more information and to purchase tickets (which are limited!)

Posted by Kate on 11/28 at 08:17 AM Permalink

Five finds in Salem this weekend

Salem MA Small Business Saturday#ShopSmall #ShopSalem . . . It's Small Business Saturday on November 28, and the Salem Chamber of Commerce has pulled together a great list of Salem's small businesses that will be offering promotions on Saturday.  Make your list and check it twice, you'll be able to tackle some of it this Saturday in Salem.

Santa! . . . Each year Santa lands his sleigh atop the Hawthorne Hotel and, with a little help from the Salem Fire Department, descends to the gleeful families below. This year's event is double-great because Santa will be going to Lappin Park (Essex and Washington Streets) where he will help Mayor Kim Driscoll light the holiday tree. Find it on Facebook

Paws for a Cause . . . The Hawthorne Hotel will giving back to Northeast Animal Shelter on Saturday morning via pet photos with Santa. Bring your four-legged friend and a suggested donation of $5.00 to the hotel and smile for photographer Louise Michaud (who photographed the cover of the 2015 Salem Guide!).  Learn more Jamie Okuma (Luiseño/Shoshone-Bannock). Boots, 2013-14.  Glass beads on boots designed by Christian Louboutin. Museum commission with support from Katrina Carye, John Coruby, Dan Elias and Karen Keane, Cynthia Gardner, Merry Glosband, and Steve and Ellen Hoffman. © Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Walter Silver.

Find some style . . . Native Fashion Now opened at the Peabody Essex last weekend.  This exhibition is bold and vibrant and surprising.  It is hear until March 6, but time flies, so check it out now while it's new!

Nightlife . . . Get out and relax with some of Salem's nightlife (yes, we have nightlife). There is live music planned at more than six of Salem's restaurants this weekend, including Gulu-Gulu, Opus, Victoria Station, and the Village Tavern. See listings


And there is always more to do in Salem. Visit the calendar on for more events and programs this week and throughout the year.

Posted by Kate on 11/27 at 01:55 AM Permalink