Boston-area to do list

Eric Antoniou


Two decades of blues

Guitarist Paul Speidel’s seemingly effortless combination of blues, jazz, and funk has made him a mainstay on Boston’s blues scene for the last two decades. He brings his talent to the stage for The Paul Speidel Band’s 20th Anniversary Blues Show, which features special guests David Maxwell, Toni Lynn Washington, and Sax Gordon. Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Cambridge. 617-562-4111.


Into the mystic Everything from the supernatural to Led Zeppelin is fair game at “Head-Banging, Dice-Rolling and Summoning Demons: A Talk About Rock, Dungeons & Dragons, the Occult and
The discussion, featuring authors Christopher Robichaud, Peter Bebergal, and Globe correspondent Ethan Gilsdorf, is followed by a Q&A and a book signing. 7 p.m. Free. Pandemonium Books and Games, 4 Pleasant St., Cambridge. 617-547-3721.

Special screening Based on the memoir of Amy-Jo Albany, daughter of famed jazz pianist Joe Albany, “Low Down” is an intimate look at a complex father-daughter relationship navigating its course amidst a musician’s career and devastating heroin addiction in the 1970s. See the special Boston premiere screening of this Jeff Preiss-directed biopic, which stars John Hawkes and Elle Fanning.
8 p.m. Tickets: $10 ($8 for Brattle and IFFB members; no passes). Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6838.


Legendary punks In 2012, after more than a three-decade hiatus, Pure Hell — branded as the first original all-black punk rock band — played its first gig since 1979. Now, the Philadelphia band brings its post-garage acid rock to Cambridge with help from Symptom, Damn Shame, and Notox. 9 p.m. Tickets: $10. 18+. T.T. the Bear’s Place,
10 Brookline St., Cambridge. 617-492-2327.

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Best of the West Take a visual tour through one of Boston’s most vibrant neighborhoods at the lecture “50 Years of the West End.” Photographer Robert Bayard Severy is your guide, sharing the district’s history through stories and photos, both old and new.
6:30 p.m. Free. The West End Museum, 150 Staniford St. 617-723-2125.


Turkey tremors Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge concludes its fall music series with Roots Rock Reggae Thanksgiving. Jah-N-I Roots Band performs, followed by an open mike.
Nov. 26 at 8:30 p.m. Free. Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain. 617-524-6060.

Not just hacking around Newbies and experienced hackers alike will find something to love at Circuit Hacking Night at Artisan’s Asylum. The electronics and robotics lab includes introductory soldering lessons, and experienced hackers and engineers are on-hand to answer questions for those who want to take on their own projects. Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. Free (online RSVP required). Artisan’s Asylum,
10 Tyler St., Somerville. 617-284-6878.

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