Boston-area to do list

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Novelist with teeth

Included on Time magazine’s “Top 100 English-Speaking Novels Since 1923” list, Zadie Smith’s first novel, “White Teeth,” garnered the British writer much acclaim, which she’s built upon with three more novels and a collection of essays. She stops by Wellesley as part of its
Distinguished Writers Series. 4:30 p.m. Free. Pendleton Atrium, Wellesley College,
106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-1000.


Get jazzed Young talent takes on everything from the Andrew Sisters to the Manhattan Transfer at Berklee College of Music’s Vocal Jazz Festival, which puts the school’s vocal jazz ensembles onstage for two days. 8 p.m. (repeats Tuesday). $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave. 617-266-1400.

Ozark oeuvre Set in the tourist epicenter of America’s Heartland, “We Always Lie to Strangers” is a documentary exploring music, tradition, and community through the lives of four families who live and perform in Branson, Mo. A Q&A with codirector David Wilson follows the screening of the film. 7 p.m. Tickets: $10 regular admission; $8 for students, seniors and Brattle members (passes not accepted). The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6838.



A peaceful revolution A documentary exploring restorative justice and forgiveness, “Beyond Right and Wrong” depicts the victims and perpetrators of the Rwandan Genocide, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Join Women for Women International supporters and other activists for a screening of the 2012 documentary, which will be followed by a panel discussion. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Free (pre-register by e-mailing Women for Women International at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2501.

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Babes of Broadway With a handful of Tony Awards and a plethora of Broadway credits between them, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, and Faith Prince are all impressive musical stars in their own right. The flirty, funny females team up for “4 Girls 4: A Christmas Together,” a one-night-only performance of song, dance, and theatrics. Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. $50-$75. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St. 617-248-9700.

Lay of the land In his book “The Resilient Farm and Homestead,” permaculturist Ben Falk offers insight and models of regenerative agriculture and ecological design. Falk discusses his book at this Community Outreach Group for Landscape Design event, which includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres. A book signing will follow. Dec. 2 at
6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25; $15 for students. District Hall, 75 Northern Ave. 781-642-6662.

Peanuts not included Though it’s been a Boston Garden mainstay since opening in 1928, the circus’s presence in the city can be traced back to the 1700s. The origins are explored in the exhibit “The Circus: A West End Tradition.” Opens Dec. 2 (runs through
Jan. 21). Museum hours: Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday,
11 a.m. -4 p.m. Free. The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St.

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