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    Five things to do, Oct. 16-22

    Frog Pond Pumpkin Float, Faneuil Hall Marketplace A Cappella Competition, and more.

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    BLOODY GOOD TIME

    Starting Thursday, October 19

    GoreFest, the Halloween musical game show written and directed by cast member Nate Lopez. Audience participation includes all five senses, and the Cambridge theater recommends bringing (or buying; $5) ponchos for protection against potential spattering with mock blood, guts, and gore. Through October 31. 8 p.m. $25. improvboston.com

    FLOATING HEADS

    Friday, October 20

    The Frog Pond Pumpkin Float lights up Boston Common with hundreds of homemade jack-o’-lanterns. Bring your own carved 8-inch hollow pumpkin to join the aquatic party, but don’t get too attached to your creation — they’ll be composted afterward. Refreshments, music, a display of carved pumpkins, and spooky family activities will surround the water. 5 p.m. Free. bostonfrogpond.com

    ROCK ME, AMADEUS

    Friday and Sunday, October 20 and 21

    Boston Baroque opens its season with an all-Mozart program featuring the Requiem (complete with chorus), the motet Exsultate, Jubilate, and Symphony No. 40. Grammy-winning soprano Amanda Forsythe leads the soloists at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. 8 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25. bostonbaroque.org

    GETTING ARTSY

    Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21

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    Love art that incorporates text, including art books and zines? Meet your party at the Boston Art Book Fair, a new event launching at the Boston Center for the Arts. International and local artists, publishers, and collectors will find a venue full of exhibitors and vendors including the MIT Press, Anthology Editions, and Aperture. Friday night’s preview event ($20) features local DJs. Noon both days. Free. bostonartbookfair.com

    ALL TOGETHER NOW

    Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21

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    Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s 21st annual A Cappella Competition brings together college ensembles and independent groups from across New England to compete for cash prizes. Keep an eye on the defending champion Nor’easters of Northeastern University, hot off a second-place finish in last month’s International Championship of A Cappella Open. 11 a.m. both days. Free. faneuilhallmarketplace.com

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