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Brookline: The Lavazza Chamber Ensemble presents an all-Shostakovich concert featuring a piano trio, piano quintet, and the composer’s “Two Pieces for String Quartet” on Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 15 St Paul St. Free. 617-680-3854, www.lavazzachamberensemble.org.
Brookline: Help launch the newest novel by Boston author Dennis Lehane, who in “Live by Night” tells the tale of a petty thief who rises during Prohibition to be the Gulf Coast’s most successful rum runner, with a reading Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St. $5. 617-734-2500, www.brooklinebooksmith-shop.com.
Newton: Sassy French Baroque chamber orchestra L’Academie presents an evening of love, gossip, and two shepherdesses in “Rumor Has It,” featuring sopranos Teresa Wakim and Brenna Wells, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St. in Chestnut Hill. $40. 617-566-7679, www.lacademiemusic.org.