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Five things to do around Boston, Oct. 8-14

Afterglow @OBERON, Boston Book Festival, “We Will Not Be Silent,” and more.

Tori Scott, looking #thirsty.
Darren Bell
Tori Scott, looking #thirsty.


Free for All

The headline of the annual Opening Our Doors celebration is free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, but keep reading — the Fenway Alliance goes all-out for a day of art installations and cultural experiences across the neighborhood. Just a stroll or free trolley ride away are live music, an interactive community mural, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (later at some venues). Free.

Starting Thursday

Risque Business

The avant-garde performance series originally known as Glowberon returns to Cambridge as Afterglow @ OBERON. Curated by Quinn Cox, who cofounded Provincetown’s annual Afterglow Festival with John Cameron Mitchell, the six-show series features cabaret and beyond. Up first: Tori Scott Is #Thirsty, a musical look at the singer-actress’s love of vodka. Series runs through April 18. $25.


Between the Lines

Bring your reading glasses to the Boston Book Festival, a day of panel discussions, workshops, and other activities featuring big names, local favorites, and celebrities — everyone from Kate DiCamillo to Michael Pollan to the Globe’s own Meredith Goldstein. Exhibitors, vendors, and thousands of bibliophiles take over Copley Square, and the festivities extend to East Boston and (new this year) Roxbury. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

Opening Saturday

The Cost of Courage


A German college student spearheading the anti-Nazi resistance faces interrogation in We Will Not Be Silent. David Meyers’s play is based on the true story of Sophie Scholl, a leader of the short-lived White Rose movement. All three cast members are Boston University graduates. The New Repertory Theatre production plays the Mosesian Center for the Arts in Watertown through November 4. $25-$67.


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The Central Square Food Truck Festival roars into town complete with live music, kids’ activities, a beer garden, and more than two dozen mobile eateries. The inaugural event piggybacks on the weekly Central Flea market at University Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

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