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    Is there anything more mysterious than the brain and mind of an adolescent?
    Dr. Steven Schlozman, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will talk about the differences between the adolescent and adult brains before a screening of Wes Anderson’s 1998 coming-of-age film, “Rushmore.”  7 p.m. $10, $8 students. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.


    Home sweet home Auditions in Africa have resulted in an increased number of African students at the Berklee College of Music. Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa will be well represented at Homeland Security: Celebrating Contemporary and Traditional African Music and Dance, a program of original and traditional pieces. 8:15 p.m. $12. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

    Professors on parade New England Conservatory professors practice what they preach at the NEC Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight. Soloists include Ran Blake, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Nedelka Prescod, and Norm Zocher. There will be a rare trio performance by guest saxophonist Dave Liebman and faculty members Cecil McBee and Bob Moses. 8 p.m. Free. Jordan Hall,
    30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-585-1260.


    A legacy of letters In 1951, at age 26, William Styron made his literary debut with “Lie Down in Darkness.” The Pulitzer-winning author went on to pen “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” and more. At “Selected Letters of William Styron,” the late author’s wife, Rose Styron, and their daughter, Alexandra, will talk about Styron’s letters to artists of his era, including several about time he spent with President and Mrs. Kennedy. 6-7:30 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston. 617-514-1643.

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    Common creativity Using ballpoint pen and acrylic paint, Ed J. creates images of nature and the human face. Katie L. works with pastels and acrylic paint. They are two of the 10 homeless artists in Boston’s Common Art Program, and their work is on view at “Common Art.” Daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. through March 31. Athan’s Cafe Art Gallery, 407 Washington St., Brighton. 617-783-0313.

    Twenty times four Do folks yawn, walk away, or talk over you when you tell a story? Hone your skills at “1st Person Plural” presented by massmouth. Twenty-minute sets will be delivered by Peggy Melanson, Scott Schultz, Jerry Gregoire, and Will Luera, artistic director of ImprovBoston. 7 p.m. $10, $12 at the door; $6 students and seniors. Rosebud Bar and Grill, 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville.


    Who’s the boss? Truffaldino wants to double his money and meals, so he concocts a scheme to work for two masters at the same time. Yale Repertory Theatre’s “The Servant of Two Masters” is presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage. Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 10). $25-$79 (recommended for ages 14 and older). Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400.