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William Richards


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Reggae fans get a bonus at the Wailers concert. Before the band performs its entire “Survival” album, there will be a talk by reggae collector extraordinaire Roger Steffens. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born actor, author, producer, reggae, and Wailers historian has the largest collection of Bob Marley material. Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. $25. 18+. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.


Communal living Founded in 1968, Montague Farm (north of Amherst) was a successful commune for 35 years. Writer and 1960s historian Tom Fels spent four years there in the late ’60s and early ’70s and will read from his new book, “Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune.” 7 p.m. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge. 617-491-2220.

Links in a deadly chain John Wilkes Booth, Charles Guiteau, Leon Czolgosz, and Lee Harvey Oswald have more in common than presidential assassinations. In his latest book, “The Fifth Assassin,” New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer introduces us to archivist Beecher White, who uncovers a plot that links the foursome. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.


Look, up in the sky The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Mass Audubon offer an excuse to leave work a bit early Wednesday. Take time to look up from your computer screen, and we do mean up. Check out winter birds at the Millennium Park Bird Walk. Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Free. Millennium Park, 300 Gardner St., West Roxbury (meet at the parking lot near the canoe launch). 617-635-4505.


Norwegian wood We were hatched long before 1986 and don’t even know how to hold a violin, let alone be an award-winning musician like Vilde Frang . The Norwegian violinist, winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, will be accompanied on piano by Michail Lifits for a program of Mozart, Fauré, Brahms, and Prokofiev.  Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. $40 and up. Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.

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Silence, please You won’t know what will come out of the digital synthesizer at the screening of “Faust” accompanied by Jeff Rapsis , because the silent-film musician makes it up as he goes along. The 1926 film by F.W. Murnau screens as part of the Brattle Theatre’s “Dead of Winter: Satan on Screen” series.  Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. (double feature with “Witchcraft Through the Ages” at 5:15 and 9:30 p.m.). $12. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.

They’ve got rhythm Nadja Washington, Gabriela Martina, and Sissy Castrogiovanni will rhapsodize, Paris-ize, and Porgy-and-Bess-ize at Wednesday evening’s Gershwin Tribute. The trio will vocalize to the composer’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” and “Porgy and Bess.” Jan. 23 8 p.m.- midnight (menu from 5 p.m.-2 a.m., reservations recommended). No cover. The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston. 617-423-0069.

This article has been updated to reflect that the Millennium Park Bird Walk was rescheduled to February 27, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.