Events: the week ahead

By Milva Didomizio
January 7, 2010

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STREGA NONA When Big Anthony messes with Strega Nona’s magical pasta pot, a tiny Italian village nearly drowns in spaghetti. Fans of Tomie dePaola’s picture book about a grandmother witch who’s as sweet as she is wise should enjoy this musical adaptation. 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Jan. 9. $20-$35. Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-982-2787,

FEAST OF KINGS Are your kids experiencing holiday letdown? No worries. They can still celebrate the traditional French holiday La Fete des Rois, where they’ll dine on King’s cake (la galette des Rois). The lucky children who find a bean (feve) embedded in the puff pastry get to be king or queen for a day. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 9. $10, $4 children, $25 family. Reservations recommended. French Library, 53 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-912-0400,

BONAPARTE Any magician worth his salt travels with a bunny and a dove. Bonaparte’s are named Frisky and Snow. We’ll let you guess which is which. Another staple of a good magic show is audience participation. Expect plenty of that, plus skilled execution of dazzling tricks and gut-busting comedy. 2 p.m. Jan. 9. $8. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

ATRIUM ALIVE: JAPANESE NEW YEAR Celebrate the year of the tiger at a festival of Japanese arts and culture. Enjoy high-energy taiko drumming with Odaiko New England, Japanese lion dance by Stephen Long, calligraphy demonstrations by Michiko Imai, and traditional Japanese game playing. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Free with admission. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem. 978-745-9500,

PATRICK M. MALONE Lowell has its mills and canals. Brown University professor Malone expounds on the latter in “Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America.’’ The book takes an in-depth look at the canal system’s history and the personalities involved in its making. 2 p.m. Jan. 10. Free. Lowell National Historical Park, Visitor Center, 246 Market St., Lowell. 978-970-5000.

CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY The British actor, known for his roles on the sitcom “The Nanny,’’ the soap “Days of Our Lives,’’ and the drama “Mad Men,’’ is in town doing a private acting workshop for local youth. He takes a break from his work to discuss his career, pose for photos, and sign autographs. The event benefits the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 10. $20. National Amusements Cinemas, 565 Squire Road, Revere.

MOBY DICK MARATHON The first reader utters those immortal words, “Call me Ishmael’’ - and they’re off. The annual nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s classic novel takes about 25 hours and 150 readers. If you’re interested in participating, call to request an 8- to 10-minute reading slot. Listeners are welcome, too. Snacks, grog, and cider will be provided. Jan. 9, beginning at noon. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford. 508-997-0046,