Brookline: Steve Pemberton talks about his book “A Chance in the World.’’ Taken from his mother at age 3, he was caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse. Finding his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a stranger, he launched an extraordinary quest for his identity and his true home. Thursday, 7 p.m. Coolidge Corner, Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St. Free. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com
Framingham: Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it’s stayed there ever since. Appearing on nearly 50 albums and with seven years with the legendary Roomful of Blues, his élan and robust tone makes his voice one of the most distinctive, well-defined and recognizable instruments in modern blues. Saturday, 8 p.m. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St. $20, student/senior $19, members $17, under age 12 $10. 508405-2787, www.amazingthings.org
Sudbury: The Sudbury Savoyards present a sneak preview performance of “Ruddigore’’ or “The Witch’s Curse.’’ Founded in 1961, The Sudbury Savoyards are known for performing Gilbert and Sullivan on a grand scale, and they donate all proceeds to world hunger relief. Dress rehearsal performance with discounted ticket price Thursday, 8 p.m. Rogers-Kirshner Theater at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, 390 Lincoln Road. $15, $12 children. www.sudburysavoyards.org.