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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / January 11, 2011

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Eureka, Pureka From the haunting ‘‘Damage Control’’ to a frisky ‘‘Lowlands,’’ Chris Pureka delivers another record full of lush, complex, emotional lyrics, yummy melodies, and gargantuan guitar playing. ‘‘How I Learned to See in the Dark’’ is Pureka’s new release, and the Northampton-born musician will follow openers Vandaveer and Nicole Reynolds at the Middle East tomorrow night. Jan. 12, doors at 8 p.m. $15. 18+. Middle East Upstairs, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-468-7619. TODAY

It’s a miracle They’re not Monty Python, but these women did set out to search for the Holy Grail. Joan Luise Hill, Katie Mahon, and Mary Beth Phillips experienced catastrophes in their lives, and after a decade of research and interviews wrote “The Miracle Chase.’’ You can share your miracle stories at this discussion, reading, and book signing sponsored by Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and the Hampshire House. 7 p.m. Free (complimentary hors d’oeuvres; reservations recommended). Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston. 617-227-4646.

Post-punk play Members of the post-punk, Boston-based Wolves and the Radio howl here but are originally from New York and Maine. Members Matt Murphy and Steve Terry on guitar and vocals, Ian Yorke on drums, and Brian Jones on bass cover topics from social politics to life on the road and celebrate their self-titled debut release. 9 p.m. $8. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014.


Stairway to tribute heaven Chris Klein, Ian Lee, Bruce Lamont, and Paul Kamp pay tribute to a heavy metal band under the abbreviated moniker of LZ2. Led Zeppelin 2 re-enacts the improvisation and high energy of the legendary rock supergroup (pictured here from 1975). Jan. 12 (8 p.m.) and 13 (9 p.m.). 18+. $15, $25 both shows. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

A Wolffe at his door What shapes the Obama White House? What frustrations does the president feel? Journalist and MSNBC political analyst Richard Wolffe answers these and other questions in his political biography, “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House.’’ Wolffe had access to the West Wing and will discuss what he considers to be a defining moment in the Obama presidency. Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515.

It’s a stitch Here’s an analogy for you. Sewing machine is to brush like fabric and thread are to. . .? (The answer is at the end.) Portsmouth artist Nancy Morgan creates scenes of coastal life from bits of fabric and a variety of stitching techniques. You can see the results at “Fabric, Thread and Tulle’’ (pictured). By the way, the answer is “medium.’’ Jan. 12 from noon-5 p.m. (through Jan. 30). Free. Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport. 978-462-7336.