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Halloween night is the perfect time to re-create the 1938 radio event that rattled listeners across the nation. The Orson Welles Mercury Theatre broadcast of H.G. Welles’s “War of the Worlds” convinced listeners that the interplanetary battle was true, so don’t panic when local media celebs Christopher Lydon, Joyce Kulhawik, and others re-create the radio play in Arlington. Pictured: Orson Welles rehearsing in 1938. Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. $20, $25 at the door (benefit for Garen Daly’s documentary, “The Orson Welles Complex”). The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., Arlington. 781-646-4849. www.bostonsci-fi.com/waroftheworlds

WEDNESDAY

The nose knows At the age of 22, Shostakovich wrote an opera that was condemned by Soviet authorities in 1930 and wasn’t performed again in Russia until 1974. The Met: Live in HD presents “The Nose,” a satire based on Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 short story about a former major who is looking for his missing nose.
6:30 p.m. $25, $23 seniors, $19 kids. Participating movie theaters including Regal Fenway Stadium 13 & RPX, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6266. www.metopera.org/hdlive

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Lamb’s chops Bestselling author Wally Lamb follows “She’s Come Undone” with a story about a woman who ends a long marriage to marry the Manhattan art dealer who nurtured her career. “We Are Water” is a tempest tale about marriage, family, tragedy, class, and more. 6 p.m. $5 (free with the pre-order of “We Are Water” from Brookline Booksmith). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

The same, but different Just like snowflakes, no two people are identical, even identical twins. Geneticist and author Tim Spector will talk about case studies of identical twins who had the same upbringing at “Can We Change Our Genes?” 7-9 p.m. Free. Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. www.mos.org

THURSDAY

New is in With a mission to take listeners and musicians on an adventure to experience new and unusual masterpieces, Stephen Drury conducts his contemporary ensemble at Avant Gardner: Callithumpian Consort. The program includes music by Chaya Czernowin . Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. $12-$27 (includes museum admission). Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 the Fenway, Boston.
617-278-5156. www.gardnermuseum.org

In the mix The Aokify America Tour stops at the House of Blues for an evening of sets from Waka Flocka Flame, Borgore, Dirtyphonics, Kryoman, and Steve Aoki himself. The latest solo album by the DJ/producer is “Wonderland.” Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. $31-$100. 18+. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.com

Hot, hot, hot Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt lives on thanks in part to the Django Reinhardt Festival that adds new tunes and renditions to keep the Gypsy jazz fire stoked. The Regattabar hosts the Django Reinhardt Festival Allstars featuring Dorado Schmitt who brings his Django Reinhardt looks (including the moustache) and guitar to Cambridge. Oct. 31 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. $25 (10 p.m.), $30 (7:30 p.m.). Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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