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    They look a little like Blue Man Group, except in white. Their show is billed as a “dynamic, intergalactic musical theater experience that bridges languages, cultures. . . and planets.” Voca People, a group that got its start on YouTube (more than 20 million hits and counting), features eight singers combining a cappella vocals with beat box. No instruments, no sound effects, just the virtuosic voices in repertoire that encompasses everything from classical (Mozart) to pop (Madonna) to hip-hop (Run-DMC). Their first US tour last spring sold out shows in more than 30 cities, but didn’t hit Boston. This time around, they’ll be stopping here for three shows. Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 2 and 8 p.m. $30-$60. Citi Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St., Boston.


    350 is the number Author, environmentalist, and founder Bill McKibben has been a major contributor to the conversation about global warming and alternative energy. He speaks on “350: The Most Important Number in the World” as part of Boston College’s Lowell Humanities Series. Oct. 24, 7 p.m. Free. Boston College, McGuinn Hall 121, 140 Comm. Ave., Chestnut Hill.

    Go into Hyde-ing Regarding that angel on one shoulder and devil on the other, have you ever gotten confused about which is which? Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” explores the complexities surrounding good and evil with an ingenious device. One actor portrays Dr. Jekyll, and the rest of the cast take turns as Mr. Hyde. Oct. 24-Nov. 10. Thurs
    7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 3 and 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200,


    Study in freedom Alemayehu Weldemariam’s comments about Ethiopian politics cost him his job. Iranian scholar Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh’s activism landed her in jail. Both are visiting scholars in the US, and will talk about their experiences in “Scholars Rescue,” a Ford Hall Forum discussion moderated by Nir Eisikovits. Oct. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Suffolk University, C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St., Boston. 617-557-2007,


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    Elvis speaks First it was Miles Davis, then Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones, and now Elvis Costello. The singer-songwriter is the fourth Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to receive an honorary degree from New England Conservatory. He talks about his career in a public forum moderated by Globe critic Sarah Rodman.
    Oct. 25, 2 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-585-1260,

    Lee way The Harvard Film Archive calls “Lust, Caution” one of Ang Lee’s “overlooked films.” You won’t want to overlook its screening at “Ang Lee, Close Up,” a weekend of Ang Lee films, especially since the director himself will be at the screening. Oct. 25, 7 p.m., $12, “Lust, Caution.” Other Lee films through Oct. 28. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700,


    Salad days Here are a few details about Kristin Lajeunesse’s attempt to eat at every vegan restaurant in America: 18 months, 48 states, nearly 500 eateries. Lajeunesse talks about the trip at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, which also features more than 100 exhibitors, food sampling, chef presentations, and a kids’ activity center. Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. Free. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston.