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    Your Week Ahead

    Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 13-20

    Head to a spirited comedy festival, Salem style, enjoy films with the family, and more.

    The 2018 New England International Auto Show.
    Chris Russell
    The 2018 New England International Auto Show.


    Bewitching Laughter

    Make your own Salem-and-spirits joke — or, better yet, leave that to the professionals — at the Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival, a three-night series of stand-up shows at a cidery, a restaurant, and a distillery. The 21-plus event showcases performers from around New England and as far away as Chicago, with a different lineup each night at 7 p.m. $25/show.



    From beaters-to-be to a mansion-priced Swedish sports car (the Koenigsegg Agera XS), the New England International Auto Show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center has something for everyone. “Window” shop with no sales pressure, road-test something fancy, or get an early look at the 2020s — you’re in the driver’s seat. Check the website for hours. $15, kids 6-12 $6, under 6 free.


    Screen Time

    Belmont World Film’s 16th annual Family Film Festival spotlights live-action and animated short films and features on the theme “Where stories come alive!” Virtually visit India and Serbia, “Laugh Out Loud With Mo Willems,” experience WBUR’s Circle Round podcast in person, and more at venues in Belmont, Cambridge, and Arlington. $6-$12/event; all-access pass $50.


    On the Fly


    Assemble a four- to seven-person team for the Superbowl of Birding, organized by Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center in Newbury-port.Participants tally sightings — rare birds are worth more points — starting at 5 a.m. and ending 12 hours later with dinner (included in the fee) and prizes for the winning teams. $35, under 13 $20; preregistration required.

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    Stars of the Future

    After 2½ weeks of intensive prep, talented young classical musicians strut their stuff in the Bach Institute Final Concert. Four vocalists and nine instrumentalists, selected for the prestigious program through competitive auditions, perform cantata arias and the full cantata BWV 116 in the acoustically welcoming sanctuary of Emmanuel Church. 7:30 p.m. Free.

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