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Caroline Kennedy will read from her new book at an event cosponsored by Brookline Booksmith and the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site.

Caroline Kennedy will read from her new book at an event cosponsored by Brookline Booksmith and the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site.


From the heart

Think of a subject or an emotion, and chances are it’s covered in Caroline Kennedy’s new poetry collection, “Poems to Learn by Heart.” With illustrations by Jon J Muth, this companion to “A Family of Poems” covers hitting a home run, taking in a sunset, chuckling with your BFF, and more. Kennedy will read from her collection at this event cosponsored by Brookline Booksmith and the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site.  March 28 at 6 p.m. $19.99 (advance book purchase is required at Brookline Booksmith and includes one ticket and option to buy up to three additional tickets for $5 each). Coolidge Corner Theatre,
290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.


Running the table From last year’s “Masta Blasta” EP to this year’s “Westside!,” it’s been a wow of a year for Los Angeles’s Dillon Francis. The electronic music DJ and producer is on his Wurld Turr and turns the tables at the House of Blues with openers Oliver and Joe Bermudez. 8 p.m. $20. 18+. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000.


Speaking volumes You have until 7 p.m. to digest “My Heart is Boundless: Writings of Abigail May Alcott,” edited by Eve LaPlante, and “Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother” by LaPlante. These are suggested readings for Wednesday’s “The Alcotts,” the first of three lectures. LaPlante will talk about Louisa’s mother, Abigail May Alcott, who said: “What a volume might be written on the Heroines of private life!” 7 p.m. $8 ($20 for the series). New North Church, 1 Lincoln St., Hingham. 781-740-1117.

You know Junot Dominican-born and New Jersey-raised Junot
has enough awards to fill a book, and the author of “Drown,” “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” and “This Is How You Lose Her” visits MassArt to talk about his career. The Pulitzer winner is fiction editor at Boston Review and an MIT professor. 5 p.m. Free. Massachusetts College of Art and Design Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-879-7000.

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Whistler while she worked Being nearsighted was a plus for this Lowell artist who captured the blurry quality used by one of her favorite artists, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Elizabeth Morse Walsh (1886-1983) painted portraits of Lowell and Boston-area notables, plus figures, landscapes, and industrial scenes. Her work is on view at “Elizabeth Morse Walsh — In the Boston Tradition.”
Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through April 20. $5, $4 students and
seniors. Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. 978-452-7641.


All aboard A “modern-day traditionalist” is how Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been cleverly described. The Texas-born, guitar-playing singer started writing songs when he was 12 and continues to pen roadhouse blues, hepcat boogie, rockabilly, and juke joint swing. “Ride” is the newest addition to his record collection.
March 28 doors at 7 p.m. $15. 18+. The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-777-8932.

Faraway folk The world comes to you at the Berklee International Folk Music Festival of music, costumes, and dancing representing Colombia, Nigeria, Ireland, Jewish folk, flamenco, Mexico, Balkans, and Korea. March 28 at 8:15 p.m. $8, $12 day of show. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.

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