Boston-area to do list



In addition to two courtrooms used by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and 25 for the US District Court, the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse provides space for temporary exhibits and permanent works of artist Ellsworth Kelly. Learn more about the courthouse from Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Douglas Woodlock.  Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Skate and donate Here’s a chance to warm up your skating moves and help keep others warm. For three days you can skate on the house at the outdoor rink at Free Winter Skate at Patriot Place if you bring a new or gently used coat for Cradles to Crayons.  4-9 p.m. through Nov. 21. Free (after Nov. 21, $2 discount with a coat donation through Feb. 28). Patriot Place, Foxborough. 508-203-2100.

It’s telling You have five minutes to tell a story using this month’s theme of “unintended” at The Moth. The storytelling series’ five-minute rule is accompanied by the truth rule which means you can’t make up stuff. Put your name in the hat and cross your fingers that you’ll be one of 10 selected.  8 p.m. $8. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 617-495-2668.


Trimmed Get ideas for your tree at this year’s Festival of Trees: “Myths & Magic” where more than 100 trees twinkle with the theme of legend and lore. The woody greens are decorated by folks from local businesses, schools, and community organizations.  Mon-Sat from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m. through Jan. 2. $13, $6 kids, free under 4. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171.

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The last word? At 43, Leonardo da Vinci was an unsuccessful, down-in-the-dumps painter. Art historian Ross King will talk about the 1495 project that turned everything around. In his new book, “Leonardo and the Last Supper,” Ross claims that two of the Apostles were modeled after the painter, who had no experience in the fresco medium.  7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge 617-661-1515.


The book of Genesis Sébastien Lamothe, founding member and musical director of The Musical Box, has said: “We are really trying to give the illusion that people are actually witnessing a Genesis show from the early ’70s.” The band got performing rights plus access to archives, audio tracks, and the original slideshow for “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” from Peter Gabriel and Genesis.  Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. $35-$47.50. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

Words worth Readings by Jack Scully, Kim Vaeth, and Allen West are not the whole story at The First and Last Word Poetry Series. The rest of the story is you, if you’re game. Bass guitarist Ethan Mackler accompanies the three poets and is available to you, if you like.  Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. $4. The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 617-718-2191.