PICK OF THE DAY
Stand-up and deliver When our kids were teenagers, Don White’s songs about those tumultuous years of parenting made us laugh, cry, and nod our heads in recognition. The folk music funnyman plays at this week’s Amazing Comedy Open Mique Show; he brings his songs and stories about family, the Red Sox, and his hometown of Lynn. Other performers include Dave Hornfischer; singer-songwriters Marc Duval and John Powers; comedians J-Krafty, Ed Alley, David Retalic, and Rob Rogers; storytellers Helena Leet-Pellegrini and Robert Isenberg; and comedic magician Malik Haddadi. Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. $6. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
Creature feature Bison, camels, kangaroos, penguins, seals, and snow leopards don’t mind the cold, and you can visit them during Winter Wonder Days. If you get chilly, step inside the Textron Elephant & Giraffe Pavilion, Australasia Building, or Tropical America Building. Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Half price admission through February, $6, $4 ages 3-12 and seniors, under 3 free. Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence. 401-941-4998, ext. 316; www.rwpzoo.org
One song Nick Page’s charismatic songleading has won over many a non-singer. The Mystic Chorale director leads a New Epiphany Sing, using PowerPoint projections to teach selections representing a range of moods and styles, from uplifting (“Our Purpose Here’’) to silly (“Bacteria Blues’’). Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m. $10, $8 students and seniors. First Parish Church, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington. 781-620-1184.
Spicy footwork Whether you’re an absolute beginner, dabbler, or expert salsero, you’re welcome at Noche Latino. The Tuesday night event features lessons in and dancing to salsa, bachata, and merengue. Jan. 3, beginner classes 7 and 8:15 p.m., intermediate class 8:30 p.m., dancing/DJ 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $10-$13. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge. 617-876-9330, www.rylesjazz.com
Bird art Our fine feathered friends serve as muse for two area sculptors with shows opening this week. Donna Dodson’s “Flock Together’’ features 16 wood sculptures of bird-headed female forms. “Avian Language’’ showcases Andy Moerlein’s ceramic and wood structures. Jan. 4-Feb. 5. Wed-Sun noon-6 p.m. Reception Jan. 6, 5-8 p.m. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781, www.bostonsculptors.com
Rebel, rebel The late writer, poet, teacher, and social critic Paul Goodman wrote “Growing Up Absurd,’’ helped launch Gestalt therapy, and was a beacon for the countercultural movement in the 1960s. The Boston Jewish Film Festival and the MFA present the biopic “Paul Goodman Changed My Life.’’ Jan. 4-5, 8 p.m. Jan. 6, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 12:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2:30 p.m. $9-$11. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-244-9899, www.bjff.org
Tune in Smooth-voiced Ron Della Chiesa has been a mainstay of Boston’s radio waves for more than three decades. During that time, he’s interviewed legends including Luciano Pavarotti, Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, and Tony Bennett. He talks about his memoir, “Radio My Way,’’ and signs copies tomorrow night. Jan. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Stellina Restaurant, 47 Main St., Watertown. www.stellinarestaurant.com