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Catherine Sebastian

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Witness to history

Fifty years ago, Jack Landron — then a young folk musician known for his performances as Jackie Washington at Harvard Square’s Club 47 — made the journey from Boston to Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Now, the Afro-Puerto Rican musician, actor, and storyteller shares his experiences and his unique perspective on the civil rights movement at the forum “Remembering Freedom Summer.” 7 p.m. Free. Cambridge Forum, 3 Church St., Cambridge. 617-495-2727. www.cambridgeforum.org

WEDNESDAY

Girl power Boston Conservatory celebrates contemporary female musicianship at the 2014 New Music Festival, which features seven works by female composers in its four-day lineup. The festival launches with the premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s “Ritornello,” performed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble. 8 p.m. (festival runs through Saturday). Free. Seully Hall, 8 the Fenway. 617-536-6340. www.bostonconservatory.edu/new-music-festival

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Flight of fancy Celebrated for its realism and technical prowess upon release, the 1927 silent film “Wings” won best picture at the very first Academy Awards ceremony. Audiences can now see the epic World War I drama at the Harvard Film Archive’s special screening, which includes live musical accompaniment led by composer Jeff Rapsis. 7 p.m. Free. Harvard University’s Carpenter Center, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Opera revised Opera gets political in “The Mother: A Cantata for Ferguson,” which combines Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s avant-garde cantata with new texts, written by Boston University undergrads, about the ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo.. A roundtable discussion, exploring the political role of music and opera, follows. 8-10 p.m. Free. Boston University’s Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Ave. 617-358-0919. www.bu.edu/european

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Hometown glory Boston played a key role in the Civil War, not only as a center of abolitionist activity but as home to groups fighting for the cause. Learn about the city’s involvement in the conflict with Civil War expert Barbara Berenson as she reads from her book “Boston and the Civil War: Hub of the Second Revolution.” 6:30-8 p.m. Free (pre-registration required). The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. 617-723-2125. www.thewestendmuseum.org

THURSDAY

All in the family In “The Trip to the Bountiful,” Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning role as the feisty Carrie Watts, a woman determined to escape her son and bossy daughter-in-law and return to visit her childhood home. Blair Underwood and Vanessa Williams join Tyson onstage in Horton Foote’s classic play about intergenerational family dynamics. Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. (performances through Dec. 7).Tickets: $25-$110. Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. 617-824-8000. www.cutlermajestic.org

State of the art The SMFA Art Sale is a great place to find works by emerging and established artists affiliated with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The three-day annual sale kicks off with an opening celebration featuring music and a cash bar. Sale from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 20 (runs through Sunday); opening celebration: 5-8 p.m. Free. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 the Fenway. 617-369-3204. www.smfa.edu/artsale

Eryn Carlson

Eryn Carlson can be reached at eryn.carlson@globe.com.
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