Boston-area to do list

Raqs Media Collective


Night at the museum

Ben Stiller isn’t the only one walking around a museum at night. During a 2010 residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the New Delhi artist trio known as the Raqs Media Collective had a private flashlight tour, which inspired them and their exhibit “The Great Bare Mat & Constellation.” Oct. 10 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Jan. 7). $15; $12 seniors; $5 students; free under 18, for everyone on his/her birthday, and those named Isabella. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston.


The who Despite the quintet’s name, the first track on “Who Needs Who” is upbeat. The avante-garde pop Dark Dark Dark has a sense of humor — it’s website is 9 p.m. $12. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston.

Go ask Alice Lynn Goldsmith messes around with store windows to “highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine.” The photographer takes things out of window displays, puts herself in, makes up a story in the name of identity exploration, and creates “The Looking Glass.” 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Dec. 2). $7, $3 seniors, free under 12 and for everyone on Thursdays. The Griffin Museum of Photography, 67 Shore Road, Winchester. 781-729-1158, or visit www.griffin



Tweet fleet When this author writes, you read. When she tweets, you laugh. Elinor Lipman and other writers are in Brookline to read from Lipman’s “Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes From the Political Circus.” With a poem a day (140 characters or less), the author and poet skewers this skewerable 2012 presidential race. Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

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Plenty of Merritt Emmylou Harris has said that Tift Merritt has “stood out like a diamond in a coal patch.” The Grammy-nominated Americana and country singer has toured with Nick Lowe and Gregg Allman and has appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. $16. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.

Jordan will not be under soled. Since 1985, Rick Kosow has been a collector of Air Jordans, and you get a sneak(er) preview of Air Jordan kicks, Space Jam, 1992 Olympics Dream Team shoes, clothing, and other Jordan collectibles at “Sneaker Museum.” The show is part of Assemble!, a Wednesday series celebrating Boston’s art and culture scene. Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. No cover. Emerald Lounge, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2626.

When times were tougher In this 99-percent land, many of us are lucky. We have a roof over our head, food on the table, and a job. We worry about the poorhouse, but hopefully avoid it. Heli Meltsner will talk about her book, “Poorhouses of Massachusetts: A Cultural and Architectural History.”Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Orientation Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.