STRINGS N BEATS Shadaj, a Lexington-based group dedicated to cultivating, nurturing and promoting Indian classical music in its most authentic form, presents “Strings N Beats,” in which three artists representing a range of Indian music and dance will introduce traditional dances, instrumental classical music on the sitar and tabla, and storytelling through body language. The concert takes place Sunday, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at Cary Hall, 1605 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington. Tickets are $30. For tickets and more information, go to www.shadaj.org.
BEST AND BRIGHTEST Sixteen local luminaries are on the schedule at Newton Schools Foundation’s seventh annual “Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community” on Monday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Newton South High School. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for an evening of discussion with some of Newton’s best and brightest. This year’s program includes the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr; Dr. Alice Shaw, director of the Center for Thoracic Cancers at Massachusetts General Hospital; Nancy Schön, the artist/sculptor interviewed by Jared Bowen, WGBH executive arts editor; and Open Studio host and restaurateur David Punch speaking with food writer Andrea Pyenson. The event is free to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged at www.NewtonSchoolsFoundation.org.
ON STAGE The Savoyard Light Opera Company presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” with performances on Saturdays, Nov. 11 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Nov. 12 and 19, at 2 p.m. at the Carlisle Public School Auditorium, 117 Church St., Carlisle. Tickets are $24 general admission; $22 students/seniors; $16 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, go to www.savoyardlightopera.org.
The epic battle to succeed Henry the Second as the king of England plays out in the TCAN Players’ production of “The Lion In Winter,” with performances on Nov. 16, 17, and 18 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 a 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission; $20 for TCAN members; $12 for students/seniors, and may be purchased by calling 508-647-0097 or by going to www.natickarts.org. The TCAN Players is the in-house troupe of the Center for the Arts in Natick. Performances take place at 14 Summer St., Natick.
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company welcomes actors Brooke Adams and Tony Shalhoub for a staged reading of Bertolt Brecht’s drama “Fear and Misery in the Third Reich.” The production, in a translation by Eric Bentley and directed by Steve Maler, takes place Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, 19 Babson College Drive, Wellesley. General admission is $20 to $40. A limited number of tickets are available for $125 and include priority seating for the performance and a post-show reception with the cast. All proceeds benefit CSC’s education and outreach programs. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to commshakes.org.
ARTS AND CRAFTS The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough on Nov. 17, 18, and 19, showcasing the works of 175 competitively juried artists from 27 states. Come see original works in ceramics, painting, decorative fiber, art glass, furniture, jewelry, metal, mixed media, photography sculpture, wearable art and woodworking, along with live music, themed exhibits, artist demonstrations and two cafés. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $14 adults; $12 seniors; $8 students; free for children 12 and under. Or buy a weekend pass for $16. The Royal Plaza Trade Center is located at 181 Royal Plaza Drive, Marlborough. For more information, call 800-511-9725 or go to www.paradisecityarts.com.
The Old Schwamb Mill’s Annual Crafts Show & Sale will take place on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The seasonal crafts show will feature two floors of hand-made fabric art, jewelry, mosaics, picture frames, photography and more, located in the mill’s 1864-era woodworking mill building at 17 Mill Lane, Arlington. For more information, call 784-643-0554 or visit www.oldschwambmill.org.
Middlesex Community College will host its annual Arts & Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at 591 Springs Rd., Bedford. Approximately 60 vendors offer an array of unique, local, and handmade items. In addition to a raffle and a DJ, this year’s fair features a Food Truck Festival. For more information, go to www.middlesex.mass.edu/craftfair.Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.