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The night after his father dies, Charlie Duff trades his usual sign-off for a prayer. The Rochester news anchor ignores management’s objections, widens his audience, tries to narrow the gap with his ex-wife and teenage son, and continues his struggle with ambivalence. The Huntington Theatre Company presents Stephen Belber’s “The Power of Duff.” 8 p.m. (through Nov. 16; see www.coolidge.org for Oct. 14 7 p.m. screening of “Network” followed by conversation with Belber). $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 for 35 and younger, $15 students and military. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org

FRIDAY

From college to clay When he attended MIT in 1867, Daniel Chester French wasn’t in a studying mood, and by 1868 he was working on his family’s Concord farm: “I had been whittling and carving things from wood and gypsum, or even from turnips. . . . My father spoke to Miss [May] Alcott, as the artist of the community and she, with her ever-ready enthusiasm, immediately offered to give me modeling clay and tools.” The rest is history. “From the Minute Man to the Lincoln Memorial: The Timeless Sculpture of Daniel Chester French” includes studies and models for the seated Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. through March 23. $10, $8 students and seniors, $5 kids, free for active military and kids under 6. Concord Museum, Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-9763. www.concordmuseum.org

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In the way Call them obstacles, hurdles, stumbling blocks, obstructions, impediments, or “barriers,” which is what artists Bo Petran and Matthew Keller call psychological, spiritual, and social barriers that energize or de-energize us. Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 26 (Oct. 17 talk 6-9 p.m.). Free. Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border St., East Boston. 970-443-9551. www.atlanticworks.org

The secret’s out “Hesitation Marks,” the new release by Nine Inch Nails, was secretly recorded last year. And, according to Pitchfork, Trent Reznor’s band has “a record that pokes and prods and teases instead of going in for the kill.” 8 p.m. $35.50-$96.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Make some noise There’s plenty to honk about this year at the Honk! Festival. Sociopolitical activist street bands of many styles — more than two dozen bands so far — welcome the Original Big Seven Social Aid and Pleasure Club (OB7) from New Orleans to lead Sunday’s parade at noon. 3 p.m. (through Oct. 13). Free. In and around Somerville’s Davis Square and Cambridge’s Harvard Square. 617-383-4665. www.honkfest.org

SATURDAY

Street smart Throughout Columbus Day weekend, discover the talent at Faneuil Hall Marketplace during the Street Performer Fall Festival . Oct. 12-14 from
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. 617-523-1300. www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com

SUNDAY

Advance billing Federico Cortese conducts the Boston Youth Symphony in a program of Brahms and Stravinsky. Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. $25-$30, $5 student and senior discount. Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org

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