Medford: The fall music schedule is in full swing at Tufts University's Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave. The Tufts Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor Gil Rose who makes his debut at 3 p.m. Nov. 11, wielding the baton for Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances, and a selection of works by Faure and Grieg. $5-$12. On Nov. 15 at 8 p.m., the Tufts Choral Extravaganza features the Tufts Chorale and Chambers Singers, Kiniwe, and the Boston Children's Chorus, performing works by Monteverdi and Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Stuckey, and world premieres of pieces by Rebecca Stacks (Tufts '04) and Trevor Weston. $5-$12. Many other programs, including music for soprano and guitar at 3 p.m. Sunday, and the music faculty colloquium at noon Monday, led by provost Jamshed Bharucha, are free. 617-627-4042.
Burlington: Fledgling publisher John Seavering has just enough money to publish one book: Should it be his friend's or his lover's? Adding to his dilemma, the arrival of a curious machine that spews pages and pages of information about the future, some that could have a direct bearing on his decision. Does he heed the unusual oracle, or let history take its course? That's the gist of Richard Greenberg's comedy "The Violet Hour." The Burlington Players will happily share the entire story with audiences tomorrow through Nov. 17 at the Park Playhouse, 1 Edgemere Road. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. $10-$19. burlingtonplayers.com, 781-229-2649.
Lexington: Cartoons can be serious business and have been for centuries. Harry Katz, former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and author of "Cartoon America: Comic Art at the Library of Congress," will present a journey through the art, humor, and history of cartooning in America at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave. Next Thursday at 7 p.m., storyteller and musician Kate Chadbourne presents "The Hag in Song, Story, Proverb, and Poem." Both programs are free. 781-862-6498.
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