Jan
28
Tue
La Tertulia
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Incessant Pipe: Poetry Salon
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Incessant Pipe Poetry Salon will meet upstairs in the Salem Athenaeum. “The Pipe” is a space to read poetry, yours or others, and discuss everything from the price of tea in China to quantum particles (as long as it relates back to poetry). All styles of poetry are welcome. Meets 4th Tuesdays.

Feb
4
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 4 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

Salem Writers’ Group
Feb 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.

Feb
7
Fri
Fin de Siècle Quartet: America, Inside and Out
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Following on their highly successful program of Ravel and Webern from last season, the Fin de Siècle Quartet returns for another exploration of music dating from a specific time and place but exploring different possibilities. This time, the place is the United States and the time is the last decade of the 19th century, with a look at three composers who combined the vernacular and classical traditions in very different ways. Performing on gut strings, the Fin de Siècle Quartet will allow listeners to hear the warmer string sonorities familiar to musicians and audiences from the time.

 

The program opens with Charles Ives’s youthful and delightful string quartet #1, a collage of hymn tunes with influences from barn dances and other American vernacular music. The players will introduce the quartet by playing some of these tunes. Composed while Ives was still a college student, the work is nostalgic as well as original, witty as well as moving.

 

The quartet will then play and discuss examples of Scott Joplin’s music, touching also on Joplin’s short but fascinating life, a story that remains little known even as his music has become known to millions.

 

The program ends with Dvorak’s beloved “American” string quartet, which the Czech master composed in Spillville, Iowa in 1893, on a break from his duties running a conservatory in New York. Dvorak’s sojourn in Spillville, amidst a community of Czech settlers, was one of the happiest and most productive of his life: in a single summer, he composed the “New World” symphony, this quartet, and a string quintet.

The Fin de Siècle Quartet takes its name from the French for “end of the century” as a reflection of its focus on repertoire from the decades before and after the end of the19th century. One way the group honors this time period is by performing on gut strings, which produce a gentler and richer sound than the steel strings that came into wide use after World War II. The Fin de Siècle Quartet is composed of violinists Katharina Radlberger and Sarah Ibbett, violist Karen McConomy, and cellist Jennifer Morsches.

Feb
8
Sat
Book Group
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Discussion group meets on the second Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

View the reading list.

Feb
10
Mon
Monday Evening Conversations
Feb 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Monday Evening Conversations Group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM. All members and other interested parties are invited.

It may be of interest to know that the The Social Library, predecessor of the Salem Athenæum, was founded by a similar discussion group, called the Monday Evening Club. Edward Augustus Holyoke, Rev. Thomas Barnard, Rev. Thomas Gilchrist, Benjamin Lynde, Nathaniel Ropes and others were among the Monday Evening Club founders, who gathered to discuss current events and topics of mutual interest.

Topics for discussion are wide open, but must be amenable to good conversation. Examples include:

  • The long ranging effects of the Civil War
  • The courage to be vulnerable
  • European architecture
  • The importance/non importance of art
  • Why have friends

Meetings will start with something to help frame the discussion for the evening, such as a:

  • brief talk
  • podcast
  • video
  • reading of prose or poetry
  • music

We look forward to talking with you!

Feb
11
Tue
Writers’ Open Studio
Feb 11 @ 8:40 am – 11:30 am

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.

The building will be open from 8:40-11:30 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting.

Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.

La Tertulia
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice.

Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday
from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Feb
15
Sat
Storytelling: “Bad Romance”
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Has your heart been mangled? Mashed? Have the pangs of unrequited love brought you humbly to your knees? On the day after Valentine’s, come to the Salem Athenaeum to hear local storytellers rehash their past loves with candid humor and lots of wisdom — the kind only love and disaster can teach. This fun and heartfelt evening of breakdowns and breakups will feature seven curated original stories and live folk music, built around our theme of “bad romance.”

Join us this mid-winter night for a cup of something warm, some delicious snacks, and lots of laughter.

Running time approximately 90 minutes.