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5 things to do this week in and around Boston

A food truck faceoff, a baby mastodon, video-game music at Symphony Hall, and more


Neither Bach nor Mozart are on the program at Symphony Hall Sunday. Instead, the 70-piece Video Game Orchestra, joined by a choir and five-piece rock band, will pay “rockestral” homage to music composed for video games. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets cost $40.50 and up.

October 7


The Museum of Science’s new “Mammoths and Mastodons’’ exhibition, opening Sunday, holds such fascinating finds as a cast of a preserved 40,000-year-old baby mammoth and mastodon bones from Thomas Jefferson’s private collection, plus life-size models of the 8-ton creatures and prehistoric hunting weapons. 617-723-2500,

October 8


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Leaf peeping’s not the only entertainment option this Columbus Day. Opening Our Doors, the Fenway cultural festival, is a free multi-venue event that begins with a chiming concert at Christian Science Plaza and includes tours of the Back Bay Fens, open houses, storytelling, indoor kite flying, sidewalk art, and loads more.

October 13


Whimsical scarecrows vie for cash prizes at the annual Rockport Harvest Fest. Made by local groups, they’re positioned around the postcard-perfect town, where festivalgoers can vote for their favorites, plus take a hayride, see cooking demos, and enjoy local food, brews, and live

October 13


New York may have the better baseball team this season, but can it say the same of its food trucks? Bring your growling stomach to the Rose Kennedy Greenway on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to judge for yourself. For the inaugural Food Truck Throwdown, wagons from Boston and New York serve up everything from waffles to foie gras. One will be crowned king.

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