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The latest novel by Dennis Lehane is set in 1926 Boston when Prohibition was an economic stimulus before that 1929 you-know-what happened. In “Live by Night,” our Boston novelist introduces us to Joe Coughlin who is climbing up the criminal ladder faster than you can say “Lehane sent me.” The author is in Brookline. Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre,
290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

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And then there was one Here’s a ballot to keep your itchy fingers busy until next month’s election. More than 500 entries from 49 countries were submitted for the Manhattan Short Film Festival. You and folks in more than 300 cities on six continents will vote for one of the 10 finalists. The United States finalist is “92 Skybox Alonzo Mourning Rookie Card.” The winner will be posted on the website Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. 1, 4, 7, and 9:30 p.m. through Oct. 4. $10. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. Brookline. 617–734–2500. www.manhattanshort.com

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Is three a crowd? They live in the same house, one floor on top of the other, but often lead lives as different as these three-decker structures. Boston artists in the Rifrákt collective offer their interpretation of a Boston “ThreeFam” using photography, illustration, painting, and printmaking. Mon-Fri from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 12. Free. Scollay Square Gallery, Boston City Hall, 1 City Hall Sq., Boston. 617-635-4500. www.cityofboston.gov/arts/visual/galleries.asp

All that jazz Sixteen years ago, 10-year-old jazz violinist Jason Anick met Stéphane Grappelli after a performance by the latter. Now 26, the Berklee College of Music instructor and Boston native will pay tribute to the late violinist. 8 p.m. $12. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.org

He really has a hold on them Anyone with a Master of Arts degree in “The Beatles, Popular Music and Society” gets our attention. Tom Kelley has one from Liverpool Hope University and will share his knowledge through recordings, television footage, film clips, original Beatles memorabilia, and personal recollections at “Backstage Pass With the Beatles.” This also serves as a promo for Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s “Live & Let Die: Tribute to Paul McCartney” concerts on Oct. 6 and 7. 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Cape Cod Conservatory of Music & Arts, 60 Highfield Dr., Falmouth (Oct. 4 at the Barnstable campus). 508-362-2772. www.capecodconservatory.org

Confined in China The 91-year-old subject of “The Revolutionary” will be in attendance at Monday’s screening. Sidney Rittenberg, the documentary’s namesake, lived and worked with leaders of the Chinese Communist Party for more than 30 years in the People’s Republic of China. 7 p.m. Free. UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. 617-482-0042. www.revolutionarymovie.com

Vaulting Can you guess what architectural feature is shared by the Boston Public Library, Ellis Island, and Grand Central Station? Right. They all have structural tile vaulting designed and installed by the Guastavino Company. Presented by MIT and the BPL, “Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces” includes guided tours on Thurs and Sun at 2 p.m. Monday hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (through Feb. 24). Free. Boston Public Library Changing Exhibits Gallery, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org

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