Boston-area to do list

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Long may he run

With two albums released in 2012, Neil Young & Crazy Horse embark on a new tour. On “Americana,” Young, Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, and Poncho Sampedro pay their respects to “Oh Susanna,” “Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain),” and more. On “Psychedelic Pill,” they stretch out — one track, “Drifin’ Back,” clocks in at almost a half hour long. Pictured: Sampedro, Talbot, and Young . 7:30 p.m. $58-$258. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.


Ha-rvard Director Andrew Bujalski returns to his alma mater for a screening of his 2002 indie film, “Funny Ha Ha.” “About a third of the cast and crew were fellow Harvard grads, and it feels very much like the film is my [unofficial] post-grad thesis.” The debut feature looks at contemporary relationships through Marnie, a 23-year-old office temp. 7 p.m. $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.

Filling and burning The filling in of Back Bay and the Great Fire of 1872 made it possible for Boston to welcome the wealthy and the immigrants. The filling created beautiful boulevards and architecture; the latter destroyed Boston’s commercial district but made way for improved streets and new building codes. It’s all chronicled in “Boston in the Gilded Age: Mapping Public Places.” Monday hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (through March 17). Free. Boston Public Library Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Brian and his buddy Dogs, cats, and birds are the typical family pets that rule our lives. But for Brian McGrory it was a rooster named Buddy that changed his life. The award-winning columnist will talk about Buddy and his book, “Buddy: How a Rooster Made Me a Family Man.”7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.


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Newport goes nutcrackers Rosecliff’s grand ballroom, dining room, and sweetheart staircase welcome snowflakes, mice, soldiers, and other characters at Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff. And Island Moving Co. welcomes company members, guest artists, and kids from Rhode Island studios. Nov. 27-30 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. is sold out). $50-$90. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave., Newport, R.I. 401-847-4470.

Our digital future At Fission strategy, partner Cheryl Contee helps nonprofit organizations and foundations “use social media to create social good.” So, perhaps the Yale and Georgetown alum can enlighten our face-in-the-phone culture at “The End of the Digital Divide: What It Means for the Nation’s Future.” Nov. 27 at noon. Free. Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Taubman 275, 79 JFK St., Cambridge. 617-495-8269.

It tolls for tree When you hear the Old South Church Great Bell chime, it means the Copley Square Holiday Tree Lighting is true to its name. Music will be provided by the Trinity Church Choristers, the United States Air Force Brass Band, and Boston Children’s Chorus. Santa and Rudolph stop by, the Fairmont Copley Plaza hosts a family reception, and before the lighting there will be balloon artists, stilt walkers, and jugglers (3-5 p.m.). Nov. 27 from 5-6 p.m. Free. Copley Square, Boston. 617-536-2101.