Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston this week

500 cars, Poe’s birthday, a flapper party, plus more to see, do, and celebrate

The New England International Auto Show runs January 17 - 21.
Bruce Benedict
The New England International Auto Show runs January 17 - 21.

January 17-21


That’s the total value of the 500 gleaming machines filling six football fields’ worth of display space at the New England International Auto Show. Check out everything from the McLaren 12C ($229,000) to the Nissan Versa ($11,990), plus a whole host of spunky fuel-efficient vehicles and even some 2014 models. At the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center; tickets cost $12. 781-237-5533;

January 17


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The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem takes it back to the 1920s on Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:30 with a talk about Jazz Age flappers, a Charlie Chaplin film, and dance lessons with New School Swing. Tickets cost $10. 978-745-9500;

January 18-20


As our national tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. approaches, ArtsEmerson screens six films that explore his legacy, starting with the 2010 documentary Freedom Riders, about the history-making 1961 protests aboard buses in the South, at 6 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $10. 617-824-8400;

January 19


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Author and poet Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849). Pioneer of the modern detective story.


The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston’s 204th birthday party for the Raven writer includes a lecture by a Poe scholar, readings from The Tell-Tale Heart, first published in Boston (Poe’s birthplace), and other works, and an update on the foundation’s quest to build a Poe memorial in the Hub; 3 p.m. at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.


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Would spotting a snowy owl, harlequin duck, or purple sandpiper make your week? Grab your binoculars for the Boston Harbor Islands’ winter wildlife cruise. Tours, led by park rangers and birders, depart from Boston (11 a.m.) and Quincy (10 a.m.) and travel to the outer Harbor Islands, Hingham Bay, and Weir River Estuary. Tickets cost $20. 617-770-0040;

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