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In the ‘Blackmail’

There aren’t a lot of chances to see the silent version of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 film “Blackmail.” The Coolidge offers one tonight, with live musical accompaniment by the three-man Alloy Orchestra (above). The story focuses on what happens after the girlfriend (Anny Ondra, top) of a Scotland Yard detective commits murder in self defense. Her boyfriend ignores the fact that her gloves are at the crime scene, but the petty thief who saw her there demands a price to keep quiet. The screening/performance is the last stop on a US tour before the on-loan archival 35 mm print is returned to the British Film Institute. Before the main event, the musicians warm up by accompanying Hans Richter’s short “Filmstudie.” Sept. 17,
7 p.m. $20, $17 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,


Rockin’ stories Maybe you made it backstage with the Boss, or had a cosmic experience at a Grateful Dead show, or perhaps you saw U2 play on the roof of a liquor store. Whatever your best five-minute rock ’n’ roll tale is, bring it to Massmouth’s Story Slam. Ten names will be randomly drawn to perform for a panel of judges. Sept. 17, 6:30-9 p.m. $10, $5 students. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge.

Alimentary airs When they perform, the artists of Food for Music ask for nothing but a donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank. For their season opener, they’ll present Dvorák miniatures for solo piano performed by Lydia Artymiw, songs by Ernest Chausson with Kendra Colton and Eliko Akahori, and Dvorák’s second piano quintet. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. Donations of money, non-perishable food items. New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston. www.musicforfoodboston


Season of introspection Novelist Paul Auster wrote his first memoir, “The Invention of Solitude,” a few decades ago. The 60-something writer returns to the genre with a book about aging, memory, and the life and death of his mother. He discusses “Winter Journal” in Cambridge. Sept. 17, 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515,

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Digging deep On a day when low tide happens twice, a clam digger has twice as much work. “Double Tide,” filmmaker Sharon Lockhart’s portrait of a New England laborer, is a poignant and meditative work influenced by her roots in photography. Lockhart and Jen Casard, the clam digger in the movie, will be on hand for a screening. Sept. 17, 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,


Eat your seafood For the Celebrate Seafood Dinner, chef Josh Lewin and the New England Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Program work together to combine fresh, sustainable ingredients in a four-course meal. Lobster mousse, Pacific sardines, salt hake brandade, and seared cobia are on the menu. Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. $65, $25 optional wine pairing. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575,

Focus on photography Wellesley College was the first undergraduate institution to offer art history as a major. As a result, they have an impressive photography collection. A new exhibit, “A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012,” follows the collection’s evolution with diverse works from artists including Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, and Nan Goldin. Through Dec. 16. Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed until 8 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Free. Davis Museum at Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051,