PICK OF THE DAY
Today’s kids want tablets and smartphones for Christmas, but in the ’40s, Ralphie had his heart set on a Red Ryder BB gun of “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” fame. Jean Shepherd’s leg lamp, bunny pajamas, and more make an appearance at “A Christmas Story, The Musical.” Pictured: John Bolton as The Old Man. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 8). $45-$125.
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.citicenter.org
Recalculating Colonial Bostonians didn’t have GPS to help them navigate, but our city was the leading producer of printed maps, including the earliest city map, battle plan, and map engraved on copper. “Made in Boston” is a collection of maps and other visuals made in Boston a century before the American Revolution. Tuesday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (through March 10). Free. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org
A slice of life We had no idea that there was an expert on pizza boxes, so we are happy to report that Scott Wiener is in town to talk about the history of the pizza box and read from his book, “Viva
La Pizza.” 7 p.m. Free (pizza samples included). Otto Pizza,
888 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-566-6660. www.brookline
A river runs through it With mineral pigment, ink, and graphite, Naoe Suzuki makes a statement about our water supply at her exhibit “The River.” The Waltham resident shows water filled with intestines, organs, and plant forms to warn us of an impending shortage. Tuesday hours are noon-5 p.m. (through Nov. 27; call to confirm hours). Free. Lesley University’s VanDernoot Gallery, University Hall, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-585-6656. www.lesley.edu
No boundaries “I don’t want to be confined to any particular style. I decided I didn’t want to be considered a jazz singer anymore and that was really freeing. Once I realized that jazz singing is just something that I do and it’s just a label, it freed me as an artist to just write without any boundaries.” This is what New York-based singer-songwriter José James has said about his latest release, “No Beginning No End.” Nov. 20 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25 (10 p.m.), $28
(7:30 p.m.). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com
War and peace Excerpts from letters, newspapers, and broadsides reveal the range of emotions experienced during war in “In Their Own Words” by Vice Admiral George W. Emery, USN (Ret.). The Lowell Bicentennial Lecture Series presents “The Navy Fights the War of 1812: Documents From a Sailor’s Collection.” Nov. 20 at
6 p.m. Free. USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard. 617-426-1812. www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
Food fight “National Lampoon’s Animal House” gets the royal treatment from Louie DiBiccari at Reel Chefs: Inspired Gourmet Pairings of Food & Film. Your three-course menu of small plates that accompany the chef’s favorite movie includes charcuterie of brambley farm pig, venison sausage, and game bird ballontine. Nov. 20 at
7 p.m. $50 (includes food and screening; advance purchase required; $10 cocktails). Theatre 1 Boston at Revere Hotel Boston Common,
200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2618. www.reelchefs6.eventbrite.com
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