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    From taxi to teacher

    The actor who starred in “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss?” had a very tough role three years ago in front of 26 students at Philadelphia’s Northeast High School. Tony Danza tells about his year as a teacher in “I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High.” Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m. Free (first-come, first-served basis). Fisher College Alumni Hall, 118 Beacon St., Boston. 617-236-8800.


    Listen up, Obama and Romney What’s your favorite 20th-century speech? We’re partial to JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you.” Northeastern University adjunct professor Lawrence Lowenthal will discuss great 20th-century speeches and what makes a leader and hero at “Speeches That Changed the World: Roosevelt, Churchill, & Kennedy.” Presented by City Salon: Boston. 7 p.m. $25, $30 at the door (registration recommended; light meal included). 1111 Beacon St., Brookline. 617-232-1858.

    A tale of 23 characters Who is your favorite Dickens woman? Fanny Squeers from “Nicholas Nickleby” gets our vote. In her one-woman show, “Dickens’ Women,” Miriam Margolyes portrays 23 Dickens ladies to commemorate the bicentennial of the writer’s birth. 7:30 p.m. Free. Boston University Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-358-0180.


    In the can The satongé is a one-string electric lute made out of a tin can by one of the members of Staff Benda Bilili . The rumba/swing/funk Congolese band includes four paraplegic singers and guitarists who sit on customized tricycles and are backed by an acoustic rhythm section featuring that lute. The band’s message: “The only real handicaps are not in the body but in the mind.” 7:30 p.m. $35. Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.


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    Link and Zelda Have you played “The Wind Waker,” “Twilight Princess,” “Majora’s Mask,” and other Nintendo action and adventure games in the the Legend of Zelda series? Have you heard them? The theme music will be performed at “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” with the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. $34.75-$107.25. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738.

    Old stuff If you’re hooked on “Antiques Roadshow” and “American Pickers” and can’t get enough of old stuff, there’s lots of it at The Ellis Boston Antiques Show, where 40 dealers show and sell their wares.
    Oct. 18 gala preview 5:30-8:30 p.m. (through Oct. 21). $250 (gala preview to benefit Ellis Memorial); show tickets $15, free under 12. 617-363-0405. The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St.,
    Boston. 617-299-6096.

    Wait a minute In 1948, photography changed. Thanks to Edwin Land and his “Pictures in a minute!” you had instant gratification, and thanks to Christopher Bonanos you can read about the former Cambridge-based company Land cofounded in “Instant: The Story of Polaroid.” Bonanos will talk about his new book and you can view footage of Land and see artifacts from the MIT Museum collection. Oct. 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. Free. MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5927.