Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

A Bhangra showdown, free Beethoven concert, Wizard of Oz trivia night, and more.

Tim Hill


  • Sunday > November 10

  • On the joyous occasion of its 40th birthday, Boston Baroque will perform a free concert of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” (a.k.a. “Ode to Joy”) at Dorchester’s Strand Theatre at 2 p.m. today. Pick up tickets at the Strand’s box office. 617-635-1403;

  • Pictured, soloist Ann McMahon Quintero.


  • Monday > November 11

  • The American Legion mounts Boston’s annual Veterans Day Parade, stepping off from the corner of Boylston and Charles streets at 1 p.m. Members from all branches of the military will march to City Hall Plaza.



  • Tuesday > November 12

  • Who better than Boston’s greenest bar (as in the place is literally bathed in green) to host an Evening of Oz Trivia Night, timed to the film’s upcoming 75th anniversary? The Emerald Lounge has enlisted the help of Wizard of Oz authority John Fricke to quiz attendees on the yellow brick road and the characters who traveled it. The free fun (for ages 21+) starts at 7 p.m. 617-457-2626;

Leena Suthar


  • Saturday > November 16

  • With vivid costumes, loads of energy, and an irresistible beat, the Boston Bhangra Competition takes over the Orpheum Theatre stage Saturday at 6 p.m. A dozen teams from the United States and Canada will compete in the 10th annual competition devoted to this kinetic Punjabi dance. Tickets start at $20. 617-448-2508;

  • Pictured, dancers from Carnegie Mellon’s bhangra team worked the stage last year.

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  • Saturday > November 16

  • Got a great photo or tale of an Irish immigrant in your family? Head to the Mass. Memories Road Show at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton on Saturday. It’s a chance to share experiences with other attendees and get stories recorded or photos (up to three) scanned for the digital collection at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 617-287-5929;

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