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Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University


Hit the book fair

The wire-tapping equipment the FBI used to gather evidence against Whitey Bulger isn’t necessarily what we’d expect to see at the International Antiquarian Book Fair. Nevertheless, it will be there, along with President Kennedy’s personalized humidor (that’s a cigar holder). Did we mention the books? More than 120 dealers from several countries exhibit rare books, illuminated manuscripts, maps, atlases, and other literary ephemera. Highlights include first editions by Faulkner, Austen, Wharton, and others; an 1848 engraving of the Declaration of Independence; and an autographed portrait of Charlie Chaplin. If you’re wondering about the value of your own literary treasures, bring books for appraisal from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Nov. 16, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 17, noon-7 p.m. Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m. $15 opening night, includes weekend admission. Sat-Sun admission $8 per day. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-6540, www.bostonbookfair.com



Keeping up with Jones Lady Gaga, Carla Bruni, and Madonna are just a few of Stephen Jones’s celebrity clients. Be there when the milliner, whose hats are currently on view in “Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones,” presides over a Millinery Runway Show. View hats, try on hats, nosh on hors d’ouevres, and listen to Jones’s tips on choosing the perfect hat for every occasion. Nov. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $45, $55. Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem.
978-745-9500, ext. 3011; www.pem.org

Tiny treasures Looking for good things in small packages this holiday season? Then shop at the Copley Society of Art’s Holiday Small Works 2012. More than 350 artists create paintings, sculptures, photographs, and prints that won’t break your little piggy bank.
Nov. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. reception. Through Dec. 24. Co/So Gallery, 158 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-5049, www.copleysociety.org

City story NYU grad student Calvin Thomas is just looking for a good barber when he happens upon “The Rez,” an encounter that begins a journey to confront his own heritage. Find out what happens in New African Company’s production of “WETU in the City: An Urban Black Indian Tale.” Nov. 15-17, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, 3 p.m. $25, $15 students and seniors. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-849-6322, www.madison-park.org

Nobody’s home What is there to see when bustling public spaces are depicted with no people in them? Three photographers explore the void in “The Space in Between.” The exhibit includes work by Daniel Feldman, Stefanie Klavens, and Lynn Saville. Nov. 15-Jan. 19. Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat noon-4 p.m. Reception Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. Photographic Resource Gallery, 832 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-975-0600, www.prcboston.org


Seven-play wonder Four hours, seven plays, 35 student actors, and dinner and dessert during intermission. That’s what you get when the Suffolk University Theatre Department presents Sean Graney’s adaptation of Sophocles’s “These Seven Sicknesses.”
Nov. 16-17, 7 p.m. Nov. 18, 4 p.m. $20, $15 students and seniors. Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston. 800-440-7654, www.moderntheatre.com


Mayor in the movies Filmmaker Neil Barsky’s documentary “Koch” offers a cinematic view of former New York City mayor Ed Koch. The warts-and-all portrait of the complicated leader of a major metropolis explores both the political and the personal. The screening is part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. Nov. 17, 7 p.m. $12, $11 students and seniors. Revere Boston Common Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-244-9899, www.bjff.org