Hotlist February 18-24

“True Abstractions”

Painting and architecture are the obsession and passion of Eva Hoffman’s lifetime; and each work is a new invention. “As I come to the completion of a painting I sense an original spirit infusing the composition. The many years of my work and study of fine art have served me well, and I feel my paintings show the result of intense private scrutiny and concentration.” Her talents have earned her numerous awards, group and solo shows and association memberships.

Tuesday, February 19th
Marblehead Arts Association
8 Hooper Street, Marblehead
12:00pm until 5:00pm
Tickets: FREE | marbleheadarts.org

Winter Film Festival

To bring some warmth to a cold night, come to the Winter Film Festival sponsored by the Marblehead Festival of Arts. This wide variety of selected pieces shows the many ways that film and video can be used as an art form to inform and express. They are not commercial films found in a standard multiplex. Although some of these works can certainly be enjoyed by children, not all of the films will be appropriate for young audiences. Parents are encouraged to review the lineup.

Wednesday, February 20
Marblehead Little Theatre
12 School Street, Marblehead
7:00pm until 9:30pm
Tickets: FREE | marbleheadfestival.org

PEM/PM: Hot Fusion: Explosive Global India

Experience street food, music and a fresh serving of the hottest Indian-American writers, as PEM’s Atrium is transformed into Café Samovar, Bombay’s artistic and intellectual hotspot. Join this fascinating conversation about art, books, America and global India, with Pulitzer-Prize finalist Suketu Mehta, along with authors Rajesh Parameswaran and Rishi Reddi. Chef demonstration and tasting provided by TAJ Boston. We are pleased to partner for this event with The Tannery Series, an effort to bring well-known authors to the North Shore.

Thursday, February 21
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square, Salem
6:30pm until 9:30pm
Tickets: Members and Salem residents (with ID) free, nonmembers $10 | pem.org

A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”

Featuring Patricia Zaido and John Archer, Love Letters evolves as the two characters read the notes, cards and letters sent to and from each other for almost 50 years. They discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.

Friday, February 22
STC Theater
90 Lafayette Street, Salem
7:30pm
Tickets: $25 | salemtheatre.com

Jasper Quartet

Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful
and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (The New York Times). They play “with sparkling vitality
and great verve, …polished, engaged, and in tune with one another.” They perform music Haydn and Beethoven to Berg, Ligeti, and living composers. They have already commissioned four string quartets from today’s up-and-coming composers and to critical acclaim. They have performed throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Korea, and Norway.

Saturday, February 23
Shalin Liu Performance Center
35 Main Street, Rockport
8:00pm until 9:00pm
Tickets: $19-$34 | rockportmusic.org

*Feature Image: Jasper Quartet (Photo Courtesy of Rockport Music)

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