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    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and some of Boston’s best musical talent will sing at the top of their lungs in the fight against the disease. “Unforgettable,” Upstage Lung Cancer’s annual cabaret concert, celebrates music of Nat King Cole and Rosemary Clooney, two legendary singers who had lung cancer. Joyce Kulhawik emcees the evening with performers Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman (above, with Timothy Evans), Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. The event also features a reception and silent auction. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. $40, $100. Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678,


    Sea monster We all know an octopus has eight tentacles, but the giant cephalopod in “It Came From Beneath the Sea” is missing a couple. Budgetary restraints gave the mutant sea creature only six working arms, but it still does a pretty good job of tearing up San Francisco in Robert Gordon’s 1955 flick. The Coolidge’s Science on Screen series presents the movie and a talk by Professor Michael LaBarbera on “The Biology of B-Movie Monsters.” Nov. 12, 7 p.m. $10, $8 students. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500,

    Tasty bites Where can you find dishes by 18 Boston chefs in one place? Boston magazine’s annual “Taste” event to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. Imbibe creative cocktails by area mixologists and sample goodies from eateries including Artisan Bistro, Ducali, Journeyman, L’Espalier, 80 Thoreau, and Tres Gatos. Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m. VIP hour 6-7 p.m. $95, $150. Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston. 617-535-8888,



    Flute-acious Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull form the New York duo Flutronix, which melds classical music with electronic effects. They present two sets of cutting edge flute music in their Boston debut. Nov. 13, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069,

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    Too much turkey What is there to do on the weekend after Thanksgiving besides shop? Use up your leftovers, of course. Learn how to transform them into yumminess at a hands-on workshop with Lovin’ Spoonfuls founder Ashley Stanley and Sweet Cheeks Q owner Tiffani Faison. “Lovin’ Thanksgiving Leftovers” also offers ideas on making simple changes to eliminate everyday food waste. Nov. 13, 6-9 p.m. $65, $15 materials, registration required. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St,. Boston. 617-267-4430,

    City talk Together, Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell and photographer Peter Vanderwarker wrote “Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time.” Together, they’ll talk about American cities in the Lowell Lecture Series: Common Ground. Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400,

    Flight of fiction The residents of a rural Tennessee town grapple with religion, economics, and climate change in the new novel by Barbara Kingsolver. “Flight Behavior” tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a farm wife longing for life beyond the confines of an unhappy marriage. When she discovers a puzzling natural phenomenon, scientists, journalists, and others descend on her community. Kingsolver reads from the book in Cambridge. Nov. 13, 7 p.m. $5. First Parish Church, 1446 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515,