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Paul Kolnik/Queen Productions Ltd.


Rocking royalty

Earth is in the hands of a big corporation where individuality and musical instruments are verboten, everyone dresses the same, watches the same movies, shares the same thoughts, and listens to music from the corporation’s computers. Enter young Galileo to bring rock back.
Ben Elton’s “We Will Rock You” is based on two dozen Queen hits including “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are the Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the show’s title.
(Pictured: Ruby Lewis and Brian Justin Crum.) 7 p.m. (through Nov. 10). $33 and up.
Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston.


We’ve grown accustomed to his tunes Lungs will be filled and ready to sing at “I Could Have Danced All Night — the Songs of Alan Jay Lerner,” a benefit concert for Upstage Lung Cancer. The lungs belong to Leigh Barrett, Brian De Lorenzo, Hildy Grossman, Paula Markowicz, and Scott Wahle. Lerner, who died from lung cancer, wrote the lyrics for Broadway gems including “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” and “Gigi.” 7:30 p.m. $40-$500. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.

From Pompeii to pastels A trip to Pompeii made a lasting impression on a young Yves Crenn, who summons a classical antiquity in his recent work. “Face Cachée” shows the French artist’s affinity for using watercolors and pastels to depict women, landscapes, and still lifes in muted tones. Tuesday hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (through Nov. 26). Free. Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, 91 Newbury St., Boston. 617-450-0700.


Murder in the West End Dr. George Parkman was a rich but frugal man who walked around the West End collecting debts. John White Webster, a Harvard Medical College professor, was one of his “clients.” The Boston Brahmins arranged a meeting in 1849, and Parkman was never seen again. The janitor. . . Sorry, you’ll have to see the “The Parkman-Webster Murder Case” exhibit for the rest of the story. Tuesday hours are noon-5 p.m. (through Dec. 21). Free. The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-416-0718.


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Miles of trash Jonny Miles had a go at dumpster diving for his second novel, “Want Not,” about consumption and human excess. The former New York Times cocktail columnist shakes things up with his story about a freegan couple in Manhattan living off the grid. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Free. Porter Square Books, 25 White St., Cambridge. 617-491-2220.

Happy anniversary With 46 films from 13 countries, the 25th Boston Jewish Film Festival gets underway with “The Zigzag Kid.” A 13-year-old is determined to find out what happened to his deceased mother in this film based on a book by Israeli author David Grossman. Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. (music at 6:30 p.m.; through Nov. 18). $14, $12 seniors and students (Nov. 6 Opening Night, Nov. 13, and Nov. 17 are $26, $24 students and seniors). Multiple venues including Nov. 6 at Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-244-9899.

Charm school Jeffrey Hatcher recounts his friendship with Helen Anderson Kirk, a.k.a. “Mrs. Mannerly,” who taught a manners class in 1967 Ohio. Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (through Nov. 17). $20 and up, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Nancy L. Donahue Theatre , 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678.

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