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    5 things to do around Boston Sept. 21-27

    Salman Rushdie reads from his new book, Museum Day and ArtWeek, and more.

    Photograph from ArtWeek Boston
    Wild Things at Night, at 555 Gallery in South Boston.

    AHT SMAHTS

    Friday, September 25, through October 4

    It’s longer than a week and not just in Boston, but ArtWeek Boston is the real deal. Featuring performances, classes, workshops, exhibits, talks, and tours — many of them free — the family-friendly 10-day event spotlights artists and the creative process. At locations around Eastern Massachusetts through October 4. artweekboston.org

    FUTURE IMPERFECT

    Monday, September 21

    Magical beings invade the mortal world in Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (1,001 nights — get it?), the new novel by Salman Rushdie. He reads at Cambridge’s First Parish Church at 7 p.m. Presented by Harvard Book Store and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Tickets (including one copy of the book) $28.75. harvard.com

    KEEP IT SHORT

    Friday, September 25, through October 4

    In a resounding victory for crowdsourcing, the 10 finalists in the Manhattan Short film festival screen at venues around the world, and audience members vote to pick the winner. Theaters in all six New England states are participating; check the website for details. Through October 4. manhattanshort.com

    FREE CULTURE

    Saturday, September 26

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    Witches, textiles, books, and more. Delve into the rich history and culture of Massachusetts on Museum Day Live! Go online ahead of time to get a ticket for free admission for two, good at one of dozens of museums across the state, from the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. smithsonianmag.com

    SHINE ON

    Saturday, September 26

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    You say, “Harvest celebration around the time of the full moon,” I say, “Mooncakes!” The Boston Chinatown Lantern Festival, featuring live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and a traditional lion dance, runs from noon to 8 p.m. on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway at the Chinatown Gate. chinatownmainstreet.org

    SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.