Boston-area to do list

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Magic to do

Forty years ago, Bob Fosse directed the Tony-winning “Pippin” which ran for almost 2,000 performances. Diane Paulus directs the American Repertory Theater revival of this maturation story by composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and librettist Roger O. Hirson. Matthew James Thomas (top) tackles the title role (he played Spidey in “Spider-Man, Turn off the Dark”). 7:30 p.m. preview (through Jan. 20). $25 and up. Loeb Drama Center,
64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


Come together Artists of all ages from the South End and Lower Roxbury community show off their skills with professional artists at the multimedia “Community Colors: Collaborative Art Exhibit.”
6-8 p.m. reception (through Jan. 9). Free. Harriet Tubman Gallery, 566 Columbus Ave., Boston. 617-375-8159.

High there Thirty feet in the air is where Johnny Linville created New York City’s Park in the Sky from an abandoned rail line. Linville will talk about the project at COGdesign’s 15th anniversary celebration “All About the High Line.” 7-9 p.m. $40 suggested admission (registration recommended; benefit for COGdesign). Boylston Hall, 951 Boylston St., Boston. 781-642-6662.


Brainiacs If you’re interested in keeping that brain of yours healthy and happy, listen carefully to the wisdom of Deepak Chopra . The author and physician will talk about “Super Brain,” which he wrote with Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi. After the talk, Chopra will participate in an audience Q&A. 7:30 p.m. $13 (the purchase of a $25 book voucher to be redeemed for a signed copy of the book is required when you buy 1 or 2 tickets). The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-436-2400.

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A Hill of dreams Clarence Thomas will never be one of our favorite people thanks to those awful Supreme Court confirmation hearings years ago when Anita Hill was a witness. The Brandeis professor, lawyer, scholar, and author will talk about her latest book, “Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home.” 6 p.m. Free (registration recommended). The National Archives and Records Administration, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham. 866-406-2379.


King of kings We know that Stephen King can make our hair spike and our knees wobble, but we didn’t know that the king of fright has published under the pen name Richard Bachman. At “A Conversation With Stephen King” will read from his canon, answer questions, and give advice to hopeful authors. Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. $30. Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell. 866-722-8780.


Let it snow “The sun that brief December day, rose cheerless over hills of gray; And, darkly circled, gave at noon, a sadder light than waning moon.” John Greenleaf Whittier wrote “Snow-Bound” in 1866 while living in Amesbury where he resided with his sister, Elizabeth, his mother, Abigail, and his aunt Mercy until he died in 1892. Visit the poet’s home and National Historic Landmark at the Whittier Home Community Open House where there will be music and refreshments. Dec. 8 from 2-4 p.m. Free. Whittier Home Museum,
86 Friend St., Amesbury. 978-388-1337.