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    ETHAN ROSSITER AND THE JAMBERRIES In their second CD, “Magic Watermelon,” these three local dads sing original songs about things that matter to kids, like rocket ships, underwear, and rock/paper/scissors. The recording also features inventive covers including a reggae version of “Mr. Sun” and a hip-hop, chant rendition of the kids’ book “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” Jan. 5, 4 p.m. $5, $3 kids. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,

    ART The Boston Teen Acting Troupe was founded in early 2011 to bring professional teen theater to the area. See the group’s production of Yasmine Reza’s comedy “ART,” about what happens to a trio of friends when one buys an expensive modern painting. Jan 4, 3:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. $10, $5 students. Bulger Performing Arts Center, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston. www.bostonteenacting

    FAMILY DANCE The New England Folk Festival Association and the Folk Arts Center invite families to learn and participate in traditional folk dancing to live music. The next event in a series of family dances focuses on New England barn dances and world dances with Jacob Bloom and Dana Sussman. Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m. $5, $25 family maximum. For ages 5 and up. Bring soft-soled shoes for dancing. Scout House, 74 Walden St., Concord.


    MAGIC OF BONAPARTE It’s Magic Month at the Regent, and that means a magical new show every Saturday. The wonder gets underway with The Magic of Bonaparté. The Boston-area favorite’s act includes comedy, origami, balloon sculpture, cute creatures, and more surprises. Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. $10, $8 children and seniors. Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849,



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    GIANNINA BRASCHI Ever feel like you’re living in “The United States of Banana”? That’s the title of Latin American writer Braschi’s new philosophical work of fiction. The author who has a doctorate in the Spanish Golden Age used to be a tennis champ, singer, and fashion model. The Modern Language Association presents Braschi in a reading of her work. Jan. 5, 7 p.m. Free. Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton St., Boston. giannina

    BOSTON SCULPTORS GALLERY This year, the gallery celebrates 20 years of existence. Visit to view its anniversary exhibition and hear a panel of speakers discuss “Traditional and Non-Traditional Sculptural Materials in a Contemporary Context.” Jan. 5, 4:30-5:45 p.m. (gallery hours noon-6 p.m.). Boston Sculptors Gallery, 500 & 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781,

    MOBY-DICK MARATHON Barney Frank may be retiring from Congress, but he’s got a new position as the first reader in the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s annual nonstop reading of Herman Melville’s great American novel. Frank will begin with “Call me Ishmael” promptly at noon. Aficionados who stay for the whole 25-hour reading win a prize. Arrive early with your toughest Melville questions for the Stump-the-Scholars quiz show-style panel. Jan. 5, 10-11 a.m., panel. Reading begins at noon. Free. See website for full schedule of events. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford.

    MUSCLE TEAM FUND-RAISER Professional athletes and children with muscular dystrophy are on the same team for this gala fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Participants include Ray Bourque, Brian Leetch, Matt Light, and Robert Parish. Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m. VIP reception, 6 p.m. cocktails and auctions followed by dinner and program. $350-
    $550. Seaport World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston. www.muscleteam