PEM/PM: RAISE A GLASS | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 | 6-9 PM
SALEM, MA — On Thursday, December 18, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is open late for its monthly evening party series, PEM/PM.
Celebrate the season with an evening dedicated to the art of mixology. Amid the sounds of smooth jazz by local trumpeter and New England Conservatory professor Peter Kenagy and his trio, learn how to impress your guests with unique and traditional punch recipes demonstrated by local mixologists. Perfect your toast with tips from an expert. Join PEM’s first Maker-in-Residence in a lesson about wearable technology and festive 3-D-printed designs. Distinguish your wine glass by creating your own charms.
Round out the evening with comic stories of feasting and drinking by Jason Wilson, author of Boozehound, and Molly Birnbaum, author of Season to Taste, presented by The Tannery Series.
Tannery Series presenters
Jason Wilson is the author of Boozehound: On The Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits (Ten Speed), which Anthony Bourdain called “superbly informative, entertaining and yet deeply subversive.” He wrote a popular drinks column for The Washington Post, which won awards for best newspaper column three different years from the Association of Food Journalists. Additionally, Wilson is the series editor of The Best American Travel Writing (Houghton Mifflin) and his work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine.
Molly Birnbaum is a writer and editor living in Boston. She is author of Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, published by Ecco/HarperCollins and shortlisted for an IACP award for literary food writing in 2011. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, NPR’s Cognoscenti and Modern Farmer magazine, among others. Today, she works as managing editor of special projects at America’s Test Kitchen.
Members and Salem residents (with ID) free | Nonmembers $10 at the door
Cash bar | Special small plates menu available from the Hawthorne Hotel
PEM’s evening parties -- with music and dance performances, food tastings, lectures and art-making stations -- kicked off in the Asian Garden the summer of 2011 and have grown in popularity ever since. On the third Thursday of each month, activities have included a celebration of romance in PEM’s Chinese House, dancing with Nick Cave’s Soundsuits and lessons in Indian cooking techniques.
Save the Third Thursday for PEM/PM:
January 15 -- Art, Off the Wall. Enjoy an evening of unconventional experiences that allow you to get up close and personal with art. Break boundaries with surprises in the galleries and create original poetry from the words around you.
February 19 -- I’m a Lumberjack. Spend a winter night in the North Woods while celebrating the art of trees and Branching Out. See competitive lumberjacks demonstrate their skills, savor the sweet offerings of trees with a maple syrup tasting, try your skills at giant Jenga, create wood-burn art and have your picture snapped in our photo booth. Don’t forget to wear your boots and flannel plaid!
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS: OpenTuesday-Sunday, 10 am–5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit pem.org