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October 10, 2011

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Arts in the neighborhood

The Fenway Alliance's annual free day of local arts and culture, Opening Our Doors, turns 10 this year. Join the celebration featuring music, theater, dance, art exhibits, film, hands-on activities, a pumpkin patch, walking tours, indoor kite flying, and a cupcake birthday cake. Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. at the Christian Science Plaza with guest speakers, the Boston Children's Chorus, and a children's parade led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band. Performers throughout the day include Zili Misik, Stacey Peasley, Odaiko New England, and Thea Hopkins. Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Fenway area of Boston. Free. Full schedule at


Metal muse If you haven’t seen “We Still See the Black,’’ today is a good time. In conjunction with the exhibit of art inspired by heavy metal music, Steve Almond reads from his short stories and essays. His books include “My Life in Heavy Metal’’ and “Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.’’ 3:30-5 p.m. Free. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville. 617-964-3424,

Folk fright night Halloween is coming, and Celtic Music Monday wants to scare you into the mood. “Whistling Past the Graveyard’’ features spooky songs with fiddle/guitar duo Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman, husband/wife duo Matt and Shannon Heaton, and guitarists/vocalists Liz Simmons and Hannah Sanders. 8 p.m. $12. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,

Objects of art Before the pop art of the 1960s, there were the object posters of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s. “Proto-Pop: The Elegant Object’’ features 30 vintage posters. It also looks at the influence of object posters on Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and other pop artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Nov. 24. Free. International Poster Gallery,205 Newbury St., Boston.


Eat your fish When you think of sardines, do you imagine tiny, oil-drenched fish packed in a tin? If so, chef Jeremy Sewall from Island Creek Oyster Bar wants to give you a corrective experience. For the next New England Aquarium Sustainable Seafood Dinner, Sewall prepares fresh sardines, lobster, and trout. Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. $75, reservations required. Harbor View Café, Central Wharf, Boston. 617-973-5206,

The doctors are in When it comes to doctors, are you a believer or a doubter? In “Medical Minds,’’ husband/wife MDs Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband discuss the role of character and belief in medical decision making. The pair recently authored “Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You.’’ Joyce Kulhawik moderates. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. $28, $45. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-531-4610,

Legendary life story Brilliant artist, difficult personality, peacenik, house husband - the personas inhabited by Beatles icon John Lennon don’t always add up. Tim Riley sheds some light on the matter in a new biography, “LENNON: The Man, the Myth, the Music - The Definitive Life.’’ Riley discusses the book and signs copies. Oct. 11, 4-6 p.m. Barnes & Noble at Emerson College, 114 Boylston St., Boston. 617-824-8696,

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