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5 things to do in Boston Nov. 3-9

Election Day, a triumphant turnaround, gingerbread creations, and more.

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BOTTOMS UP

Friday-Monday, November 7-10

Mixologists mash up at Thirst Boston, a four-day booze fest kicking off Friday night with a gala at the Fairmont Copley Plaza and continuing throughout the weekend with scholarly seminars such as the History of the Martini and the Reemergence of Rum. On Sunday, a dozen bartenders try to attain frozen libation perfection in the 2d annual Blender Bender. But can they concoct a cure for Monday morning’s hangover? Tickets go from $25 to $295. 617-759-1865; thirstboston.com

POLL UP OR SHUT UP

Tuesday, November 4

Your God-given right to grouse about those no-goodniks in office is hereby revoked if you don’t exercise your hard-won right to vote on Election Day this Tuesday. Absentee ballots can be obtained until noon the day before. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring ID, just in case. No excuses. Find your polling place and view a sample ballot at wheredoivotema.com. 1-800-462-VOTE or 617-727-2828

GINGERBREAD DELIGHTS

Friday-Sunday, November 7-9

Hansel and Gretel would surely be goners if they had stumbled upon the confectionery creations whipped up by more than a dozen local pastry chefs for the Boston Christmas Festival’s 21st annual Gingerbread House Competition. The homes are judged and sold for some serious dough, all to raise money for the homeless served by Malden’s Housing Families. The festival runs Friday through Sunday at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center and features some 350 exhibitors displaying their holiday gifts and wares. Tickets start at $15; kids are free. bostonchristmasfestival.com

DOUBLE FEATURE

Starting Friday, November 7

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The Hub Theatre Company of Boston will present the regional premiere of Israel Horovitz’s 6 Hotels, a compilation of six of the Gloucester playwright’s short works, at the Club Cafe in Boston on Friday. Tickets are pay what you can. The show runs through November 22. To catch more of Horovitz, his new film My Old Lady, starring Maggie Smith, is also playing in area theaters. hubtheatreboston.org

TRIUMPHANT TURNAROUND

Saturday, November 8

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It had been a bad year for Tig Notaro — the comedian suffered her mother’s death, a bad breakup, and a breast cancer diagnosis — when she went and delivered the darkly comic 31-minute set sent viral by Louis C.K., resulting in her album LIVE and a 2014 Grammy nomination. Her Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour stops at the Wilbur Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $25. tignation.com

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