A cofounder of both The Daily Show and Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead knows from funny — and from politics. This election season she’s out to satirize the entire field with her stand-up show Bang the Dumb Slowly: The Long Road to the White House. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at Johnny D’s in Somerville’s Davis Square. Tickets are $24. 617-776-2004; johnnyds.com
BODIES OF WORK
On Monday, the “Science on Screen” series at Brookline’s Coolidge Corner Theatre presents the 1990 cult classic Edward Scissorhands, about a young man with blades for fingers. Before the film rolls, at 7 p.m., Boston University anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva discusses the body parts (and lives) of two early-man fossils he’s studying. Tickets cost $10. 617-734-2500; coolidge.org
The Celtics open their season Tuesday with an 8 p.m. game in Miami. (First home game is Friday, against Milwaukee.)
BEST OF THE BOO
Need ideas for Wednesday? These Halloween costumes are the top sellers at iParty, a retailer in New England and Florida and a nationwide website:
> Monster High characters such as Frankie Stein (based on the Mattel dolls)
> Angry Birds (from the smartphone game)
> Ted (from the movie with Mark Wahlberg)
> Wonder Woman
> Obama and Romney masks
MAKING A LIST?
Get an early start on holiday shopping at the Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center. More than 350 craftspeople will be selling wares such as jewelry, ornaments, and specialty jams. There’s also a gingerbread-house competition featuring local chefs. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. 617-385-5000; bostonchristmasfestival.com
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