“Ghost Stories of New England”: Sept. 27, SATV, 285 Derby St., Salem. Donation: $5. Public invited. Heritage Films will present “Ghost Stories of new England” a series of short local ghost tales filmed on location. Shows are at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. Donation $5. Information: 978-777-2711.
“Homestead”: 7 p.m. Sept. 27-28, The Witch House, 310 Essex St., Salem. Cost: $13. For tickets: http://homestead.bpt.me. “Homestead,” a new, site-specific play, will allow the audience to observe a 17th-century colonial family on the brink of panic and witness firsthand how quickly a community can devolve under the pressure of a witchcraft accusation. The audience, as the proverbial “fly on the wall,” will eavesdrop on the conflicts of men, women and children as they confront their own fears surrounding the supernatural.
Hawthorne in Hollywood: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Cost: $12, members; $15, general admission. For information: http://7gables.org/event/hawthorne-in-hollywood/2019-08-01. The final screening of a film series that features three movies made from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novels is the “The Scarlet Letter.” The Swedish director Victor Sjostrom delivered his silent film interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter” in 1926, two years before the director’s most celebrated film, “The Wind.”
“Arts and Mysteries Revealed: Colonial Food Preservation”: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Cost: $11-$16; free for children younger than 5. For information: http://7gables.org. As part of the 17th Century Saturday, visitors will be invited to lend a hand to some colonial preservation techniques, such as butter-making, salting and sugaring.
Writers Series presents Alexandria Peary and Alfred Nicol: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Salem State University, MLK Room, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. For information: 978-542-6365; http://salemstate.edu/arts.
“Gunplay: A Play About America” by Frank Higgins: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 24-26 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27, Salem State University, Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, 356 Lafayette St. Cost: $20; $15, students and seniors. For information: 978-542-6365; http://salemstatetickets.com. Through dramatic vignettes, “Gunplay” explores guns in American society without taking sides or supporting any particular perspective. It is directed by Benny Sato Ambush. This production will include a post-show conversation after the Oct. 20 matinee and a prelude conversation 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
Preschoolers in the Park: 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 28, Salem Maritime, 160 Derby St. For information: http://nps.gov/sama. Preschoolers in the Park will give children and their adult caregivers the opportunity to learn together about National Parks through an age-appropriate, hands-on approach. National Park Service Rangers will read aloud a children’s book and facilitate active and engaging learning experiences in the national park. Books used in each program are raffled off to participants.
“Arts and Mysteries Revealed: A Sailor’s Life and Hornworking”: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Cost: $11-$16; free, children younger than 5. For information: http://7gables.org. Guests will join two educators as they demonstrate labors of 18th century. Mike Welch will sing sea shanties and describe the lives of colonial sailors. Chuck Walker will share information about horns. This staple material was used throughout the colonial period to make items such as spoons, powder-horns and combs.
“POP! Goes The Gables”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September, The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem. Cost: http://7Gables.org/events. The exhibit is a retrospective of how The House of the Seven Gables has influenced pop culture. Photographs, film clips, comic books and objects from The Gables’ collection will be on display.
Salem State Art + Design Faculty Showcase exhibit: through Oct. 2, Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. For information: 978-542-6365; http://salemstate.edu/arts. This annual event features the work of faculty from within Salem State University’s nationally accredited art + design department. Works by both full-time and adjunct studio faculty in printmaking, painting, design, sculpture, photography and other media will be exhibited. The Winfisky Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
“Ultra Mega Printmaking” by Haig Demarjian: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays Oct. 9-31, Salem State University, Winfisky Gallery, Ellison Campus Center, 352 Lafayette St. For information: 978-542-6365; http://salemstate.edu/arts. Haig Demarjian works in media ranging from fine art to commercial illustration to motion picture film. He has also written and drawn the adventures of his comic book creation Super Inga. This print series is the first time that he has allowed the many disparate aspects of his work to collide.
“Diversity”: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends through Nov. 7, The Gallery at AdviniaCare, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem. Free. For information: 978-741-5700. “Diversity,” a four part show featuring subject matter from the sea to the surreal by photographer Joseph R. Votano, will open at The Gallery at AdviniaCare. An opening reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 29.
“A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 1, Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. Cost: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $12, students. For information: 866-745-1876; http://pem.org. This is the first time this collection has been displayed at a museum. The exhibition includes 33 paintings and sculptures, 125 pieces of decorative art and more than 30 pieces of furniture. Carolyn and Peter Lynch’s range of interests, from the 17th century to contemporary artists and craftsmen, is represented.