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    Comic relief is welcome this election season. Get some at a screening of “Jimmy Tingle's American Dream” followed by the live performance “Jimmy Tingle for President: The Funniest Campaign in History.” The film includes appearances by Robert Altman, Howard Zinn, Al Franken, Robert Reich, and Tingle’s mother. The one-man show is based on the comedian’s 2012 run for the White House. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. $20. Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont. 617-484-3980,


    Courtroom drama Director Robert Walsh says of playwright David Mamet’s writing: “[T]here’s great emphasis on punctuation, and he takes great care in word structure.” See how the actors play those commas and question marks in New Repertory Theatre’s production of Mamet’s “Race.” The comedy employs Mamet’s signature fast-paced dialogue and biting wit to tell the story of two lawyers defending a white man charged with the rape of an African-American woman. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 4. $28-$58. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    Acting of gods Have you heard of Florence Lawrence? The early screen idol is discussed in Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr’s new book. “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stars and Modern Fame” looks at the history of stardom, with commentary and stories about Hollywood legends including Marlon Brando, Charlie Chaplin, and Tom Cruise. Oct. 15, 7 p.m. Free. Barnes and Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-8484,


    Dinner is brewing Drinking doesn’t mix with many activities, but at Brew and Chew it goes nicely with cooking. Chef Mary Dumont and the Brooklyn Brewery combine forces to pair and prepare dinner dishes and craft beer. Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m. $70, $15 materials, registration required. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430,

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    Dreamy duo Vocalist-organist Victoria Legrand and guitarist-keyboardist Alex Scally kept things simple when they formed Beach House in 2004, because they liked the challenge of trying to make a new sound without excess technology. They bring their atmospheric sounds to the Wilbur. Oct. 15, 8 p.m. $24-$27. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.


    All that glitters Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most provocative art critic of all? Our mirror says the answer could be Camille Paglia. Hear the “Sexual Personae” author talk about her new book, “Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars.” Oct. 16, 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515,

    47 is the number Club 47 has nothing to do with Mitt Romney or his comments at a swanky fund-raiser. Rather, it’s the former name of Club Passim. Back in the day, the folk music venue’s stage saw the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Maria Muldaur, and Judy Collins. The documentary “For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival” looks at the tiny club’s significance in the folk revival of the 1960s through the contemporary singer-songwriter era. Oct. 16, 7 p.m. $25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679,