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    Things to Do

    Things to do in Greater Boston this fall

    Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

    Cecilia Vicuna with Quipu Gut at a 2017 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    Cecilia Vicuna with Quipu Gut at a 2017 exhibition in Kassel, Germany.


    Boston International Fine Art Show / October 18-21

    The 22d annual exhibition features historic, modern, and contemporary pieces by more than 30 artists. Check out the jewelry, paintings, rugs, illustrations, porcelain, and more at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. $15, under 12 free. 617-363-0405;

    Cecilia Vicuna: Disappeared Quipu/ October 20-January 21

    Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna builds on a prehistoric Andean means of communication called quipus — cords known as “talking knots” that were banned by the Spanish conquistadors — to investigate memory, indigenous traditions, and female empowerment. The Museum of Fine Arts show incorporates ancient quipus, textiles, video projections, and a room-sized installation of floor-to-ceiling wool strands. $25, seniors and students $23, ages 7 to 17 $10, under 7 free. 617-267-9300;

    Gary M. Pomerantz / October 25

    Author Gary M. Pomerantz discusses his latest book, The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End with Globe Magazine contributor Charles P. Pierce at Brookline Booksmith. Free. 617-566-6660;

    National Geographic Live: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War / October 28


    Look at photojournalism through a personal lens as Lynsey Addario describes her perilous experiences documenting human rights issues for National Geographic, Time, and The New York Times at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. $28-$58. 617-876-4275;

    Abbi Jacobson / October 31

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    Comedian-actress Abbi Jacobson, of Broad City fame, discusses her new book, I Might Regret This: Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities and Other Stuff. The Brookline Booksmith event takes place at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre. $45 (includes book). 617-566-6660;

    Comics Come Home / November 3

    A star-studded slate of local and national comedians, including Lenny Clarke, Brian Regan, and Christine Hurley, turns TD Garden into a giant comedy club. Denis Leary hosts the 24th Comics Come Home event, a benefit for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. $45-$145.50. 800-745-3000;

    Julie Dobrow / November 4

    Tufts professor Julie Dobrow reads from and discusses After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet at the Concord Bookshop. Free. 978-369-2405;

    Fenway Open Studios / November 10-11

    Explore the oldest building in the United States constructed to hold artists’ studios — a National Historic Landmark — and meet the 27 artists who live and work there. Free.

    Fenway Hurling Classic / November 18


    Cork, Limerick, Wexford, and defending champion Clare contest the Players Champions Cup at Fenway Park in a three-game hurling tournament. The accompanying festival (ticket required) features live music, Irish dancing, and food vendors. 866-800-1275;

    Josh Gondelman / November 23-24

    Last Week Tonight With John Oliver writer Josh Gondelman, a Stoneham High and Brandeis University grad — you may have seen him giving pep talks to strangers on Twitter — brings his stand-up act to Laugh Boston. 617-725-2844;

    Holiday House Tour / December 1-2

    Find seasonal decorating inspiration in homes around the Plymouth area lavishly adorned for Christmas. The event benefits the Pilgrim Hall Museum. $50 (good for both days, includes  one lunch). 508-746-1620;

    Holiday Antiques, Vintage, and Decorative Arts Show and Sale / December 8-9

    Billed as New England’s largest indoor antiques show, the former Boston Antiques, Vintage, Art and Design Show (previously a January event) adds a focus on holiday gifts as well as a books-and-paper section. At Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington. $10, under 12 free.



    America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration / November 16-17


    Plymouth starts the countdown to the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ 1620 arrival with the 22d annual celebration of the home-grown holiday, at locations throughout downtown. The centerpiece is Saturday’s parade; check the schedule for information about concerts, “living history” presentations, and more. Free; some events ticketed. 508-746-1818;

    Snowmazing! / November 23 - January 27  

    The Thanksgiving leftovers are barely cold when the Boston Children’s Museum starts spreading the holiday spirit. Check the schedule for details of Snowmazing! activities, which change regularly and always include “sock skating” (on a floor, not ice). $17; under 1 free. 617-426-6500;

    Harlem Globetrotters / December 26

    The clown princes — and princesses — of basketball bring their high-spirited antics to the TD Garden for two games. $20-$175. 800-745-3000;



    A Cappella Competition / October 20-21

    More than 40 college and independent a cappella groups from across New England face off at the west end of Faneuil Hall Marketplace in the 22d annual showdown. A panel of judges determines the champions, and the top three teams win cash prizes. Free.

    UB40 / November 1

    For the band’s 40th anniversary, five of the original six members of UB40 are on a national tour backing their latest album, A Real Labour of Love. Expect to hear reggae-inflected hits such as “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” and “Red Red Wine” in the mix with new songs at the Wilbur. $34-$127. 617-248-9700;

    Britten Chamber Festival / November 2-4

    Emmanuel Music devotes a weekend to Benjamin Britten with programs including all three of the English composer’s celebrated string quartets (one per day) at Emmanuel Church. Patrons $55, general $30, students $10 per performance; festival package $90 or $165. 617-536-3356;

    KT Tunstall / November 14

    Fresh off the release of her latest album, Wax, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall rocks into Cambridge. Indie artist Maddie Ross opens at The Sinclair. $30-$34. 617-547-5200;

    Arturo Sandoval / November 30-December 1

    Celebrated Cuban-American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval plays four shows at Scullers Jazz Club. Sandoval, who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013, has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande, and more. $40-$55. 617-562-4111;

    Travis Scott / December 2

    Touring in support of his chart-topping new album, Astroworld, rapper Travis Scott brings his bold live production to the TD Garden. $29.95-$99.95. 800-745-3000;

    Andrea Bocelli / December 15

    The beloved Italian tenor’s national tour stops at the TD Garden. Expect to hear opera as well as selections from Bocelli’s newly released album, Si, which features “Fall on Me,” a duet with son Matteo that plays over the end credits of the new Disney movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. $69.50-$129.50. 800-745-3000;



    Ibero-American Film Festival / October 15-29

    Ten films from 10 countries — in Spanish or Portuguese with English subtitles — make up the 23d festival, at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Roxbury. Free.

    Boston Asian American Film Festival / October 18-28

    Go beyond Crazy Rich Asians and check out 50-plus films that shed light on the Asian American experience. At the Emerson Paramount Center, the Brattle Theatre, and other venues. Most screenings $11, seniors and students $9.50.

    Arlington International Film Festival / November 1-4

    Local, national, and world premieres of features, documentaries, and shorts screen at the Capitol Theatre. The schedule includes a screening of 13 shorts by student filmmakers under age 19 as well as multiple Q&As with filmmakers and directors. $12 per screening, festival pass $85.



    Wild Type: A Dance Performance About Who We Are/ November 2-3

    Modern pieces exploring issues ofidentity and work-life balance make up Wild Type, featuring works by local choreographers, including a new project by Boston-based Jenna Pollack. The Boston Moving Arts Productions presentation plays the Boston Center for the Arts. $40.

    Boston Bhangra Competition / November 17

    Traditional Punjabi folk dance teams from the United States and Canada compete to blow the judges away in execution, creativity, choreography, and synchronization at the Orpheum Theatre. Punjabi-American recording artist G. Sidhu is this year’s featured singer. $25-$100.

    Boston Dance Theater / November 30-December 1

    Boston Dance Theater, a new company that performed for the first time at Jacob’s Pillow this summer, takes the stage at the Institute of Contemporary Art. The nine-member contemporary troupe makes its hometown debut with pieces choreographed by Itzik Galili, Sidra Bell, and Yin Yue. $36.

    The Nutcracker / November 30-December 23

    Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s interpretation of the classic Christmas story puts the emphasis on Clara, who takes a magical journey with a nutcracker-turned-prince. At the Cutler Majestic Theatre through December 9 and the Strand Theatre in Dorchester starting December 14. $25-$80. 617-354-7467;



    Peter and the Starcatcher / November 2-17

    Based on a 2004 novel by humorist Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that became a Broadway hit, Peter and the Starcatcher tells the story of pre-Wendy Peter Pan and a two-handed (for now) pirate. The Hub Theatre Company pay-what-you-can production plays First Church Boston; donations of new and “gently loved” toys and books for charity accepted at the door.

    Blue Kettle and Here We Go / November 7-18

    An adoptee claims to have found his biological mother, and death steps into the spotlight in these one-act plays by Caryl Churchill. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of the British playwright’s surrealist works, directed by Bryn Boice, plays Babson College’s Sorenson Black Box Theater. $40, seniors $36.

    Breath & Imagination / November 30-December 23

    Daniel Beaty’s musical tells the story of groundbreaking African-American classical vocalist Roland Hayes (1887-1977). The son of Georgia tenant farmers became the first African-American to perform with a major US symphony orchestra — the BSO — in 1923. The Lyric Stage Company production stars Davron S. Monroe as Hayes. $25-$77. 617-585-5678;

    A John Waters Christmas / December 6

    The illustrious writer/director/actor brings his line-crossing one-man show to the Berklee Performance Center. Inspired by his love-hate relationship with the holiday, the legendary Baltimore filmmaker discusses what to expect, how to recover, and much, much more. $30-$130. 617-266-1400;


    Sky / Horizon / Light: Perspectives on Crane Beach / November 24 - February

    Artist Dorothy Arnold (1924 – 2018) had a studio in Cambridge and another in Gloucester that faced Ipswich’s Crane Beach, a frequent subject of her paintings. This Cape Ann Museum show focuses on small-scale acrylics on paper. $12, under 19 free. 978-283-0455;

    Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork / November 17-March 29

    Between the turn of the 20th century and the Great Depression, Boston was a hotbed of jewelry design. Through more than 75 objects, the Museum of Fine Arts exhibition explores the Arts and Crafts movement, which emerged as part of the backlash to rising industrialization, and how its philosophical underpinnings resonate today. $25, seniors and students $23, ages 7 to 17 $10, under 7 free. 617-267-9300;

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