Boston-area to do list

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Flying in

Yes, a helicopter will land on the stage when the Tony-winning “Miss Saigon” lands at the North Shore Music Theatre. The story of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is reset in Vietnam during the war with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr., and Alain Boublil. Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 17). $45-$75 (50 percent discount Nov. 18 for ages 18 and under). North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200.


Poliça pop If you like your heartbreak served with celebration, Minneapolis’s Poliça is your ticket. Rolling Stone has described the work of the electronic pop-soul group as “heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously.” “Shulamith” is the band’s sophomore release. 8 p.m. $18. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Cast in Stone Kevin Costner plays New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone’s 1991 film, “JFK.” The director screened his film about Garrison’s investigation of JFK’s assassination to Congress which led to the 1992 Assassinations Disclosure Act. The screening is part of the Boston Public Library’s Monday Night Film Series: “Remembering John F. Kennedy.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Numbers theory Watching “The Simpsons” is a perfect excuse for not doing math homework. The writers of the animated TV sitcom have advanced degrees in math and physics, and Simon Singh makes the numbers add up in his book “The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.” If you are skeptical, watch “Bart the Genius” and “Treehouse of Horror VI.” 7 p.m. Free. Harvard University Science Center A, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-8676.

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Vacancy Dina Brodsky’s nine small (2 inches in diameter) circular paintings tell large stories at “Desert Places.” The Brookline-bred artist, who named her show after Robert Frost’s poem, has described her work as: “a familiar space rendered strange by vacancy — an empty bed, a vacant building, a bar stripped of its inhabitants by morning light, the crowded city emptied by a snowstorm.” 24/7 through Jan. 3. Free. The Mµseum, 72½ Union Square, Somerville.

Ad fads You can metaphorically eat as much as you want at “Posters a la Carte” without gaining an ounce. Original vintage food and beverage advertising posters from the 1890s to the 1960s are on display. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m. through Nov. 22. Free. International Poster Gallery, 205 Newbury St., Boston. 617-375-0076.


Rebel with a cause Otto Preminger didn’t let censorship get in the way of his movie making and desire to deal with drug addiction, rape, and other controversial subjects. At Film Noir Extravaganza, New England Conservatory students and faculty from the Contemporary Improvisation department compose original scores to scenes from Preminger’s “Whirlpool” and “Laura” starring Gene Tierney. Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1260.

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