Boston-area to do list

Joan Marcus


Secretarial skills

In the 1980 movie “9 to 5,” the female office workers show up on time, work hard, and are smarter and more capable than their boss, who has a few minor character flaws (Jane Fonda’s character calls him “a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot”). It’s nothing they can’t handle with a little ingenuity, rat poison, and forgery skills. The trio of wonder women get their revenge in the stage version, and sing and dance to boot. “9 to 5: The Musical” features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton including the hit title tune. Lucie Arnaz was slated to play the role of Violet, but has bowed out due to a back injury. Dee Hoty (above), who performed the role in the Broadway national tour, steps in as the office manager. Sept. 25-Oct. 7. Tue-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Matinees Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun 2 p.m. $40-$70. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200,


For the kids Sox pitcher Jon Lester won his own battle with cancer. Now he and his wife, Farrah, are helping out the Pediactric Cancer Research Foundation with its inaugural event, NVRQT Night. The event includes a “Hollywood Squares”-style game with celebrities, auctions, and music. Sept. 24, 7 p.m. $100-$250. House of Blues,
15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 949-859-6312,

Dated dishes In keeping with the time travel theme of the flick “Looper,” David Blessing prepares a four-course prix fixe menu with dishes from the last 30 years. The event includes movie sneak peeks. Sept. 24, 6 p.m. $50 includes movie ticket. Reservations required. Alden Castle, 20 Chapel St., Brookline.


To the music born Some people are tone deaf and some have perfect pitch. Ever wonder why? Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Byrne and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker ponder the subject in “How Music Works: Are We Born Musical?” Sept. 24, 8 p.m. Free, reservations required. Boston University, Tsai Performance Center, 685 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-353-8725,

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Drawing lines As a visiting artist and lecturer at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in 1971, Sol LeWitt eschewed lectures and worked with students on “Wall Drawing #118.” The piece serves as the catalyst for “Something Along Those Lines,” an exhibit of work by artists combining formal drawing with nontraditional elements. Through Nov. 3. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Grossman Gallery, 230 The Fenway, Boston.


Stories and songs Brendan Behan didn’t just churn out literary works and volunteer for the Irish Republican Army. He also sang. When Danny Venezia portrays him in the solo show “Broth of a Boy,” he’ll combine storytelling, humor, and songs. Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 7. $25. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

Lunchtime politics Alex Castellanos, who said, “This will be the moment that probably reelected Barack Obama” after Bill’s Clinton’s DNC speech, speaks at “The 2012 Presidential Campaigns: Big Election, Small Campaigns.” Sept. 25, noon. Shorenstein Center, Allison Dining Room, Taubman Building, Fifth Floor, 79 JFK St., Cambridge.