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Fictional documentaries, or mockumentaries, are the genre of choice for this French filmmaker who is in town for screenings at “Ciné-Voyage. Documentary Fictions by Nicolas Rey.” First up is “The Soviets Plus Electricity,” a personal travelogue of the director’s train trip across northern Russia shot on Super-8. Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. (through Nov. 17). $12 (in-person appearances). Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

WEDNESDAY

Fools rush in A circus unlike any other is presented by Canada’s Les Sages Fous (“The Wise Fools”) who shine a light on abandoned stuff through puppetry, clowning, and live theater at “The Orphan Circus.”
Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. $13-$15 (recommended for ages 13 and older). Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400, ext. 101. www.puppetshowplace.org

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Wading in the archives For two decades, musician Stephen Wade searched for folk musicians who recorded music for the Library of Congress in the ’30s and ’40s. The result is his book “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.” 7 p.m. Free. First Parish in Cambridge, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-495-2727. www.cambridgeforum.org

Cat and mouse game Mice, chicks, rabbits, and cats are given the trompe l’oeil treatment by French-born painter Marina Dieul, who comes from a long line of French and Canadian artists. Dieul’s playful critter portraits are on view at “Cat and Mouse.” Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Free. Marine Arts Gallery,
135 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-5000. www.marineartsgallery.com

No sibling rivalry Brother Rob and sister Rachel Kolar add a tap-dancing drummer, lap slide player, and bassist to their musical family He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. The vocalizing siblings, who also handle guitar and kick drum (he) and tambourine (she), celebrate their new release “Nobody Dances in This Town.” 9 p.m. $12. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 617-566-9014. www.greatscottboston.com

THURSDAY

Fateful day Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our 35th president. Speaking at the Joint Discussion on John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald are Dean R. Owen, author of “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy,” and Priscilla Johnson McMillan, who penned “Marina and Lee: The Tormented Love and Fatal Obsession Behind Lee Harvey Oswald’s Assassination of John F. Kennedy.” Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge. 617-491-2220. www.portersquarebooks.com

Friends and family Imagine being able to say that you got your first informal trumpet lesson from family friend Louis Armstrong. Eddie Henderson was 9 at the time, and a few years later (in 1957) the musician met Miles Davis, another family friend, who urged the young man to follow a music career. Learn more from the trumpeter and composer at A Conversation With Eddie Henderson moderated by Ingrid Monson. Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Free (Nov. 16 concert at 8 p.m. at Lowell Hall. $10, $8 students and seniors). Barker Center for the Humanities, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-8676. www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.

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