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From Celtics to comedy When they retire, some athletes hawk products, land a TV gig, coach, count their money, or a combination of the above. For 40-year-old retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, the retirement road includes humor. Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam stars host Gary Owen, Tony Roberts, Michael Blackson, and DJ Spinderella. 7 and 9:45 p.m. $29-$39. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

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A good foundation The Museum of Fine Arts shows off its new Arts of Korea gallery at “Korea Foundation Day.” There will be tours in Korean and English, performances by percussion group Gong Myoung, artist demonstrations by Kang Ik-Joong, and “Divine Depictions: Korean Buddhist Paintings.” 3-9:45 p.m. Free with museum admission of $25, $23 students and seniors, free under 18. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org

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Closure When Kyle Abraham was growing up in Pittsburgh he listened to a radio show that eventually closed in 2009. The choreographer and dancer used this and his father’s struggles with Alzheimer’s disease and aphasia to fuel “The Radio Show.” Kyle Abraham/Abraham.in.Motion presents this exploration of identity, personal history, and the loss of communication to a score of classic soul, hip-hop, and contemporary classical music. 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.). $40. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275. www.worldmusic.org

SATURDAY

Lights, camera, action Holiday stuff is all over store shelves, so stress is just around the corner. Before it gets to you, revel in the lights and sounds of the season at “Blink!” This kickoff at America’s first open marketplace starts with Pilates bootcamp and continues with music (Holiday Pops and others), stories, comedy, and more than 350,000 LED lights. Nov. 17 from 9:15 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St., Boston. 617-523-1300. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

SUNDAY

Psycho strings Now that the finback whale has gone to lower ground, Rockportians can focus on what’s going on at the beautiful Shalin Liu Performance Center. One event is Berklee World Strings, an ensemble of soloists, chamber players, and fiddlers from the Berklee College of Music. The program features Bernard Herrmann’s “Psycho—A Narrative for String Orchestra” and Bruce Thomas’s “East River Mountain Suite.” Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. $10, free under 19. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org

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