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November 17, 2008
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FOLK/ROCK
JONATHA BROOKE
Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora, invited the singer-songwriter into the Woody Guthrie Archives to set her father's lyrics to a song or two. The visit resulted in "The Works," a full-length album of previously unheard lyrics set to original music written and performed by Brooke. Special guest is Glen Phillips. Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. $25. Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-448-7849. www.livenation.com

SIGNING
BRIAN WILSON
In its review, Rolling Stone said that Wilson's new record, "That Lucky Old Son," has a "natural hopeful flow that leaves you warm all over." The Beach Boys cofounder will sign his CD at Newbury Comics. Nov. 19 at noon. Free. Newbury Comics, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-248-9992. www.newburycomics.com

GALLERY
QUIDLEY AND COMPANY'S "THE BEST OF NEW ENGLAND"
You don't have to schlep to Nantucket to admire the art at Quidley and Company. A second gallery recently opened on Newbury Street where there's a group exhibit of paintings celebrating the New England seasons. Below: Sergio Roffo's "Sailing Off Gay Head." Nov. 20 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (opening reception 6-8 p.m.). Free (through Dec. 7). Quidley and Company, 118 Newbury St., Boston, 617-450-4300. www.quidleyandco.com

EVENT
CHRISTMAS TREE
A 46-foot white spruce arrives by truck from Nova Scotia to its seasonal home on Boston Common near the Boston Visitors Center on Tremont Street. Waiting for its arrival will be city officials, a Nova Scotian bagpiper, and a special appearance by Santa Claus. You'll have to wait until Dec. 4 for the tree lighting (6-8 p.m.). Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Free. Boston Common. 617-635-4505.

CLASSICAL
NEWTON CHORAL SOCIETY
The Boston-area choral group presents "Italian Renaissance Meets German Baroque." The program features soloists Brenda MacDonald, Deborah Rentz-Moore, Matthew Anderson, and John Salvi performing Bach cantatas and Palestrina's "O Magnum Mysterium." Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. $25, $21 seniors and students. Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St., Newton. 617-527-7464. www.newtonchoral.org

JUNE WULFF

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