PICK OF THE DAY
The tango was born in the 19th century when thousands of men left Europe, moved to Argentina, and found themselves surrounded by bars and brothels. Enter the passionate dance, “a story you tell in three minutes,” according to “Forever Tango” founder Luis Bravo. Fourteen dancers, one vocalist, and an 11-piece orchestra perform to original and traditional music. 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 2). $30-$95. Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-824-8000. www.cutlermajestic.org
Thugs WCVB news and sports anchor Bob Halloran will read and sign copies of his book, “Impact Statement: A Family’s Fight for Justice Against Whitey Bulger, Stephen Flemmi, and the FBI,” which chronicles the Davis family’s loss of a father, two sisters, and a brother. 8 p.m. Free. Thirsty Scholar Pub, 70 Beacon St., Somerville. 617-497-2294. www.thirstyscholarpub.com
Carribean experiences Stanwyck Cromwell, Gilda Sharpe-Etteh, and Monique Rolle-Johnson bring their Caribbean Culture experiences to “From the Caribbean Diaspora: 3 Visiting Artists.” The New Englanders share personal narratives at this exhibit sponsored by the Presidential International Visiting Scholars program at Wheelock College. Tuesday hours 1-5 p.m. (through Nov. 21). Free. Towne Art Gallery at Wheelock College, 180 The Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2219. www.wheelock.edu/art
On the Mark “The job of the artist is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention,” says Mark Dion, who once collaborated with Seattle officials to bring a mammoth redwood into a custom-built greenhouse. The New Bedford-born installation artist will speak at “On Collecting Things, Collectors, and Collections.” 7 p.m. Free (registration recommended). Boston Public Library Rabb Auditorium, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-349-8622. www.lesley.edu/markdion
Brooks from across the pond Small clubs, bars, colleges, and coffeehouses in New York and New England were music labs for Georgia native and former Bostonian Brooks Williams, who celebrates the release of “New Everything” in Cambridge. The acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter now lives in that other Cambridge, the one across the pond. 8 p.m. $18. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.org
Decisions Before he died in 2007, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. had 11 versions of a script that became “Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind.” The synthesized product by Broadway playwright Nicky Silver is a comedy about a guy named Roland Stackhouse who decides that indecisiveness is our greatest obstacle. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 30). $25 and up, $25 age 25 and under, $5 senior discount. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com
Pioneer blogger There are 19 recipes for Thanksgiving in “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays,” by Ree Drummond, so you have a few weeks to get your act together. The blogger and Food Network personality will talk and sign copies of her book. Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Free (tickets required and available at Barnes & Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St.). Boston University School of Management Auditorium, 595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-236-7405. www.bu.bncollege.comJune Wulff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.