Your Week Ahead

5 things to do this week in and around Boston

Catch a martial arts spectacle, listen to free chamber music -- and don’t forget to vote.

Imperial Acrobats of China.
Imperial Acrobats of China.

November 4


Revel in an extra hour of sleep (or, perhaps, leaf raking?) on Sunday morning; daylight saving time ends when the clock strikes 2 a.m.

November 6


That’s how many people cast votes for president in Massachusetts in the 2008 general election. Join the throngs deciding the next four years on Tuesday; polls will be open from at least 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To find your polling place and see a copy of the ballot, visit

November 8


In her grandmother’s attic three years ago, Sally Pemberton stumbled upon a trove of memorabilia and writings by her grandfather, the late Murdock Pemberton, The New Yorker’s first art critic. That discovery led to a book, which Pemberton will discuss with the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, Sebastian Smee, at the Boston Athenaeum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and reservations are required. Go to, starting at 10 a.m. Monday. 617-227-0270

November 8-16



Boston Conservatory’s annual New Music Festival features faculty and student performers in five free concerts of contemporary chamber music, all at Studio 401 in the Fenway at 8 p.m. The programs include jazz-influenced pieces, works by current students, and more. 617-912-9240;

November 9 & 10


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The Imperial Acrobats of China put on a colorful, martial arts-influenced, be-costumed spectacle titled “Chi of Shaolin — the Tale of the Dragon” at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $25. 877-571-7469;

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