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'Fevers' pitch

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Paul Burch describes his new release, "Fevers," like this: "a fevered radio station where each song sends you somewhere else." The record mixes country, stringband blues, and rock, and includes 10 Burch originals and covers of "Ocean of Tears" and "I'm Going to Memphis." Burch's varied career has included being a film consultant for PBS's "The Appalachians," appearing on Michelle Obama's Let's Move/Partnership for a Healthier America album, and earning a Grammy nomination. Burch and his band, the WPA Ballclub, stop in Cambridge on their album release tour. Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m. $8. Atwood's Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com



Savoring the season Chefs from in and around Cambridge serve their best autumn dishes at Bostonchefs.com’s 10th annual Flavors of Fall. Participants include the Blue Room, Sandrine’s, Park, and Alden & Harlow. The evening benefits Community Cooks and also features a silent auction and music by the Jane Potter Trio. Nov. 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75, $125 includes VIP hour at 5:30 p.m. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. flavors.bostonchefs.com

Hurry up and run The butterfly effect posits that small events can have big consequences. Applied mathematician John Geddes discusses that and other aspects of chaos theory before a screening of Tom Tykwer’s “Run Lola Run,” about a woman who has 20 minutes to save her lover from certain death. The event is part of the Science on Screen Series. Nov. 11, 7 p.m. $9.75, $7.75 students and seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500, www.coolidge.org


Something fishy You may not always appreciate them, but cold-blooded creatures have their own charm. Tune into it at “In Cold Blood: Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish,” a juried exhibit that celebrates the beauty and ecological importance of cold-blooded animals. Through Dec. 7. Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St., Lowell. 978-459-7819, www.thebrush.org

Rock-it man The “Diving Board,” the new release by Elton John, features a dozen songs with lyrics by longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin and production by T Bone Burnett. The artist who has been knighted in his native England and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame returns to the TD Garden after an absence of eight years. Nov. 12, 8 p.m. $39.50-$149.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com

Coast of plenty Chef Josh Lewin gets inspired by Karen J. Covey’s book “The Coastal Table: Recipes Inspired by the Farmland and Seaside of Southern New England.” The result is a four-course dinner with seafood and produce unique to New England coasts. Covey will be at the dinner to meet and talk with guests. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. $60 includes book, $25 optional wine pairing. Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, 25 Charles St., Boston. 617-723-7575, www.beaconhillhotel.com

Shame, shame, shame Who would want to share embarrassing adolescent diaries, letters, poems, and art with strangers? People do in Mortified, the grass-roots stage show that became a national hit and is now a movie. “Mortified Nation” features footage from performances of public confessions (many shot in Boston), and looks at the movement behind them. Nov. 12, 6 and 8:30 p.m. $12, advance purchase required. Theatre 1 at Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston. 617-457-2618, www.mortifiednationbos.eventbrite.com