CURRENT EVENTS: Marblehead’s best bets Aug. 9-16

Current Events spotlights exciting happenings in the coming week. If you’d like to contribute a listing, please email Current associate editor/senior reporter Leigh Blander at 

Rock out at Abbot Library
Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m.

As part of this year’s Summer Reading 2023: Find Your Voice, Abbot Library, 3 Brooks Rd.,  is hosting author and pop culture historian Marty Gitlin to speak about one of the greatest eras in American music history. Enjoy video presentations of artists including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Bo Diddley. Gitlin will discuss the impact these rock and roll pioneers made on society and pop culture. He will also challenge people with trivia questions. More info at

MAA opening reception
Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

The Marblehead Arts Association hosts an opening reception to debut seven new exhibits at the King Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St. The exhibits feature work from MAA artist members and include watercolor paintings, sculptures, collages, photography, mixed media and drawings. More info at

Andrew Fish exhibit
Opening Saturday, Aug. 12, 4 p.m.

The Arti Gallery, 70 Washington St., opens is Andrew Fish exhibit this week. Fish is a Boston-based panter and printmaker. His work explores the intersection of abstraction and representation, using the figure to investigate contemporary society and personal experience.

The Bordellos
Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.

This Salem-based band is back at The Beacon Restaurant, 123 Pleasant St. “We play a rainbow of great Americana, featuring some of time’s greatest artists,” according to the band’s Facebook page. 

Fix It Clinic
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Has a small repair stopped you from riding your bike or wearing a favorite outfit this summer? If so, stop by the Fix It Clinic at Abbot Library, 3 Brooks Rd. Marblehead Cycle will offer bike and helmet safety checks, chain lubrication, seat and handlebar adjustments and check tire pressure. Members of the Seacoast Quilt Guild will help with minor sewing repairs and can also answer questions about quilting. For more information, visit, email or call 781-631-1481.

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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