PICK OF THE DAY
E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” is back in the limelight with the upcoming film and the “50 Shades! The Musical” parody. When a few ladies gather for their book club “meeting,” songs including “They Get Nasty,” “I Don’t Make Love,” and “There’s a Hole Inside of Me” are between the lines. Nov. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. $49 and up (recommended for 18 and older). Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 866-348-9738. www.citicenter.org/50shades
This happened If you are not drawn in by the opening line of “The Year of Magical Thinking,” try harder: “This happened on Dec. 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you . . . and it will happen to you.” Anne Kraft stars in the one-woman show based on Joan Didion’s theatrical adaptation of her best-selling memoir about the loss of her husband and daughter. Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. $35, $25 seniors, $15 students. Salem Theatre Company Theatre, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-811-4111. www.salemtheatre.com
Inequality Michelle Alexander’s 2010 New York Times bestseller, “The New Jim Crow,” is about the return of a caste-like system. Jim Crow laws may be gone, but a high number of African-Americans are in prison or denied civil and human rights. MassOccupy/Brookline presents a panel discussion about the book titled “Mass Incarceration & Racial Inequality: The New Jim Crow” with Lois Ahrens, founder of the Real Cost of Prisons Project, and other guests. 6:30 p.m. Free. Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline Village. 617-945-3813. www.brooklinelibrary.org
Shades of Violet Violet’s mother used to manage a Shanghai courtesan house, and the half-American and half-Chinese daughter has become a courtesan as a result of difficult circumstances. The story unfolds in “The Valley of Amazement” by Amy Tan, who will talk in Brookline. 7 p.m. Free with pre-order of “The Valley of Amazement,” $5 second ticket. Temple Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com/tickets
Approach the discussion Alan Dershowitz is the guy you want at your table, dining or courtroom. The Harvard Law School prof and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” has represented Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Jim Bakker, and O.J. Simpson, and currently represents WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. At “Taking the Stand With Alan Dershowitz,” the legal expert talks with lawyer Harvey Silverglate. 6:30 p.m. Free. C. Walsh Theatre at Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. 617-557-2007. www.fordhallforum.org
Outlaw and her mother Playwright MJ Kaufman has said about his play “Outlaw Jean”: “I was interested in the figure of the outlaw and how that evolved from the cowboy, and I studied those narratives from early American literature.” The play presented by Fresh Ink Theatre is structured like a Greek tragedy and tells the story of a bandit who goes home to get her mother’s blessing. Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. (through Nov. 16). $20. The Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.freshinktheatre.com
Love, etc. Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” has all the ingredients for a nail-biting story: love, a famous opera singer, a political activist, a political escapee, evil, passion, murder, trickery, and suicide. The Met: Live in HD presents. Nov. 9 at 12:55 p.m. (Nov. 13 encore at 6:30 p.m.). $25, $23 seniors, $19 kids. Participating movie theaters including Showcase Cinemas De Lux Revere, 565 Squire Road, Revere. 781-286-1660. www.fathomevents.comJune Wulff can be reached at email@example.com.
An earlier version had the incorrect time for “50 Shades! The Musical” at Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. It plays at 8 p.m.