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COMEDYSPORTZ BOSTON If things at home are getting too dramatic, bring the family to this improvisational comedy evening starring “actletes” who compete for laughs and points. Two teams solicit suggestions from the audience and occasionally ask for volunteers. Audience members are the judges. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. $18. Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., Somerville. 617-426-1999. www.mysterycafe.com/shows/comedysportz-boston

DEAR EDWINA JR. Advice giver Edwina Spoonapple directs the neighborhood kids in the latest edition of the 13-year-old’s weekly “Advice-A-Palooza.” Songs include “Put It in the Piggy,” “Frankenguest,” and “Hola Lola.” Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. (through Nov. 3). $15. The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell. 781-871-2787. www.companytheatre.com

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BILLY JONAS IN CONCERT Using found objects like buckets, keys, cans, bells, and body percussion, Jonas shows audiences of all ages that music is everywhere. “My favorite instrument is the audience. I work to ‘tribalize’ the compositions . . . to provide an immediate opportunity for the listener to join in,” according to the music maker. Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. $12, $10 seniors and kids. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. www.regenttheatre.com

JUNE WULFF

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THE GOLDFINCH Donna Tartt’s latest novel begins with 13-year-old New Yorker Theo Decker, who is alive after an accident that killed his mother. The boy was abandoned by his father so he goes to live with a rich friend of the family. Theo doesn’t quite feel at home in his new Park Avenue digs and holds on to a small painting that reminds him of his mother. Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. $5. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/donna_tartt

BEACON HILL WITH A BOO Mystery and suspense abound on Beacon Hill where you’ll see the home of the murdered George Parkman, the “sleepwalking” murderer’s favorite lane, and the Common where capital offenders were hanged. Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m., rain or shine. $20. Meet at the foot of the Massachusetts State House steps, 24 Beacon St., Boston. 617-367-2345. www.bostonbyfoot.org

FALL NEW ENGLAND HOME SHOW Time to tighten up the house for winter, so check out more than 250 exhibitors who can help keep you warm. Other home improvement offerings include lighting and flooring. There’s a Chef Fest, Artisan Craft and Specialty Food Pavilion, and a Fun Zone for the kids. Nov. 1 from 2-9 p.m. (through Nov. 3). $7, free for ages 17 and under, $1 online savings. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 508-823-0389. www.newenglandhomeshows.com

WILL & GRACE SET We’ve said goodbye to the sitcom, but here’s a chance to say goodbye to the TV set from the show, which has been at Emerson College since 2008. Next stop, Emerson College Los Angeles on Sunset Boulevard, which opens in 2014. Nov. 1 from
4-6 p.m. Free. Emerson College Iwasaki Library, 120 Boylston St., Boston. 617-824-8500. www.emerson.edu

JUNE WULFF

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