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NEW YEAR, FRESH AIR
Monday, January 1
MV Freedom takes off for Thompson Island on the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands Seafarers Island Holiday. The excursion includes views of the skyline on the 45-minute (each way) ride and time to check out the island’s meadows, trails, beaches, and salt marsh. En route from Rowes Wharf, head inside to warm up or take part in a one-hour yoga session ($10). 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $30 adults, $20 children. fbhi.org
Monday, January 1
What better way to start a new year than weak with laughter? Kick off 2018 with timeless comic genius at the Brattle Theatre Marx Brothers Marathon. The madcap fun — all on 35mm — starts at 1 p.m. with A Day at the Races (1937), followed by Go West (1940), Room Service (1938), A Night at the Opera (1935), and a 9 p.m. encore of A Day at the Races. Tickets $9 until 5 p.m., then $11; four-film pass $20. brattlefilm.org
Opening Friday, January 5
After a one-night stint in 2016, The David Bowie Experience is back at the Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science. When the legendary musician died, in January 2016, employees played his music through the planetarium, inspiring the program combining an all-Bowie soundtrack with visuals created by some of those same employees. 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in January. $10. mos.org/planetarium
WHALE OF A READ
Friday-Sunday, January 5-7
Sit back and listen to a whale of a tale at the 22d annual Moby-Dick Marathon, a weekend-long reading of the classic novel at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Between sessions, attend artist demonstrations, chat with Melville scholars, and eat clam chowder from local restaurants. The readathon starts at noon on Saturday and wraps up with the Epilogue in the early afternoon Sunday. Free. whalingmuseum.org
Opening Saturday, January 6
The Roslindale Village Winter Farmers Market returns, with more than 20 local vendors selling products ranging from farm-fresh food to Haitian hot sauce to pottery. Jamaica Mi Hungry will serve Caribbean cuisine weekly, and Jaju Polish Pierogi will make the scene twice a month. At the Sons of Italy Hall (which has a bar that’s open during market hours) Saturdays through March 31. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.roslindale.netShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter @BostonGlobeMag.