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Hank Phillippi Ryan, the award-winning WHDH-TV investigative reporter, author, and stylish lady, will discuss and sign copies of her literary quartet “Drive Time,’’ “Air Time,’’ “Face Time,’’ and “Prime Time’’ in Arlington.


Mystery aficionado When she isn’t solving real-life consumer mysteries, Hank Phillippi Ryan writes mystery books. The award-winning WHDH-TV investigative reporter, author, and stylish lady will discuss and sign copies of her literary quartet ‘‘Drive Time,’’ ‘‘Air Time,’’ ‘‘Face Time,’’ and ‘‘Prime Time.’’ Time to go. 6:30 p.m. Free (complimentary apps, cash bar). Flora Restaurant, 190 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. 781-354-6617.


From Santa to Senegal Now that we have Christmas carols out of our brains (hallelujah), let’s switch musical gears, head to West Africa, and welcome Paa Seck & Diery Band. The Boston percussionist, singer, dancer, and teacher performs with his musicians in Somerville. 8 p.m. $10. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004.



Grounded For more than three years, Erik Greenberg Anjou followed the Grammy-winning Klezmatics (we hope he likes klezmer music). The result is “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground’’ documentary about the New York-based band. Co-presented by the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Jan 11 at 5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 15). $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.

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Pick and choose If you are an acoustic guitar player, Brian Gore is the guy to kiss up to. The founder of International Guitar Night invites guitarists to join him for solos, duets, and quartets at his touring festival. Tomorrow’s guests are Lulo Reinhardt, Adrian Legg, and Marco Pereira. Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. $25. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757.

Milling around You think your work environment is bad (we love ours), try being an immigrant mill worker in the early part of the last century. Professor Robert Forrant kicks off the Bread & Roses Centennial with “One Hundred Years After: The Bread & Roses Centennial,’’ a talk about life in Lawrence on the eve of the three-month strike, the causes, tactics, and consequences. Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. (events continue through Labor Day in Lawrence and other locations). Free talk. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.

Over easy Do you like your eggs scrambled, sunny side up, or mixed with colored pigments? You’ll learn about the latter from artist Harriet Taylor-Thorpe at “Get Cracking: Egg Tempera Painting.’’ This painting technique dates back to the Egyptians, produces fast-drying, long-lasting artwork, and was used by Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Raphael. Jan. 11 from 5:45-7:45 p.m. (every Wed through Feb. 29). $208 plus $10 for materials. Registration is required. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430.

The dollar store Think you can hit a bunch of the 30 Legal Sea Foods to get a $1 cup of chowder? “Chowda Day’’ is a “Legal Holiday’’ in honor of National Soup Month, and you can enjoy the signature clam chowder that has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981. (Will Obama chowder down next year?) Jan. 11. $1 per cup with purchase of an entree ($11 per quart through online fish market to be delivered overnight or on a future date; All Legal Sea Foods locations.