Boston-area to do list


Silver gala

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Gladys Knight (left) has always been versatile, lending her vocal talents to soul, gospel, jazz, and pop songs. In 2012 she added more variety to her performing resume as Tristan McManus’s partner on “Dancing With the Stars.” See the “empress of soul” when she takes the stage at the 25th annual Steppin’ Out for Dimock Gala. The black tie event which celebrates the Roxbury health center’s 150th anniversary also features local emerging artist Shea Rose (right), who’s been praised in the Globe for her style (one of 2012’s 25 most stylish Bostonians) and substance (“artist most likely to make an impact on the national stage”). Other performers include a cappella ensemble Take 6, South African singer/guitarist Jonathan Butler, Cuba’s Orquesta Aragon, smooth jazzer Elan Trotman, and salsa purveyor Manolo Maniera y Curubande. Oct. 20, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $150. Westin Copley Place, Boston. 617-442-8800, ext. 1224;


Staging Cain

Billy Wilder’s 1944 movie version of James M. Cain’s novel “Double Indemnity” is classic film noir. Director Weylin Symes goes for stage noir in a theatrical version of the story about an insurance man and his lady client’s nefarious plot to cash in on a policy. Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., pay what you can night. Through Nov. 4. $44, $48. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200,

Relatives research

If your nonno came from Italia like ours did, Italian family history specialist Marcia Melnyk can help you trace your roots. “They Came From Italy” offers instruction on finding relatives locally, in National Archives records, and abroad. Oct. 18,
6 p.m. Free, registration required. National Archives, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham. 866-406-2379,


Brooklyn boys


After staging one Chaim Potok novel in 2011 (“My Name Is Asher Lev”), Lyric Stage presents another in “The Chosen.” The play tells the story of two Jewish adolescents growing up in 1940s Brooklyn. Oct. 19-Nov. 17. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat 8 p.m. Sat-Sun 3 p.m. Additional 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 24 & Nov. 14. $25-$58, $5 off seniors, $10 student rush. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678,

In the studios

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Historic waterfront warehouses in Boston are home to lots of creative types. During the Fort Point Arts Community Open Studios Weekend, visit the workspaces of more than 150 artists. Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m., preview of selected studios. Oct. 20-21, noon-
6 p.m. Free. Fort Point Area, Boston. Maps available on website and at locations including Midway Artists’ Building, 15 Channel Center St. 617-423-4299,


Reel memories

Family filmmakers capture many precious (and entertaining) moments. See some when regular folks dust off the old family footage for Home Movie Day. Film archivists will inspect super 8, 8mm, and 16mm films for damage, and professional projectionists will screen them in cinema conditions. To participate, submit your film in advance. Formats including VHS and DVD are also included. Oct. 20, noon-
3 p.m. Film check-in 11 a.m. Somerville Community Access Television, 90 Union Square, Somerville.