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October 16, 2011

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EVENTS Arlington: The town’s Human Rights Commission and Arlington Community Education are hosting a special program, “Medford & the African American Experience,’’ featuring historian Dee Morris recounting the city’s rich and varied legacy, including being second only to Boston in the number of enslaved residents in 18th-century Massachusetts, and later as the center of a thriving African-American community, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Ave. $10.

Brookline: Writer Bill Bryson (“A Walk in the Woods,’’ “A Short History of Nearly Everything’’) turns his curious eye on the modern home and unearths 10,000 years of quirky history in his latest work, “At Home,’’ which he will discuss Thursday, 6 p.m., at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. $5. 617-734-2500,

MUSIC Watertown: The Folk Song Society of Greater Boston presents Brian Peters, a performer of traditional folk music who combines skill on three instruments with a great voice and an energetic stage presence, Saturday, 8 p.m., at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St. $10 to $15. 617-924-6143,

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