Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Winter birding cruise, car show, family film festival, and more.


  • Thursday > January 16

  • Christopher Kennedy Lawford — son of Patricia Kennedy and Peter Lawford — hosts a free discussion of his latest book, his fourth on the subject of addiction, at 7 p.m. at Cambridge’s Harvard Book Store. “What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons From Recovery to Benefit Everyone” promises coping strategies for battling everything from junk-food obsession to toxic relationships. 617-661-1515;


  • Thursday > January 16

  • The story of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City — which claimed the lives of 146 workers in less than 20 minutes and kicked off labor reforms — will be presented in a most novel way: as a puppet play with live music. The free performance of “Triangle” starts at 7 p.m. at New England Conservatory’s Brown Hall in Boston. 617-585-1260;


  • Thursday-Monday > January 16-20

  • That’s the number of car companies providing unlimited test-drives over the course of the New England International Auto Show (specifically, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Kia, Scion, and Toyota). At the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center; tickets cost $12. 800-251-1563;

Matt Sayles


  • Friday-Monday > January 17-20

  • Adults and kids should find something of interest at the four-day Family Film Festival at Belmont’s Studio Cinema and Arlington’s Regent Theatre. There’s a South African coming-of-age movie called “Felix”; “Our Mockingbird”, a documentary about two Alabama high schools’ powerful theater project; animated shorts about Martin Luther King Jr.; and more. Tickets are $5 or $8, depending on the film. 617-484-3980;

  • Pictured, the festival includes the short film “Lost and Found.”


  • Saturday > January 18

  • Bring your hat and binoculars. The three-hour Winter Wildlife Cruise departs Boston’s Long Wharf at 11 a.m. and travels to the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay, and Weir River Estuary. If you’re lucky you’ll spot snowy owls, harlequin ducks, harbor seals, and more. Tickets cost $20. 617-770-0040;

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