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BEACON HILL'S A SCARY PLACE

Monday, October 31

See what lurks among the pretty brownstones in one of the city's quaintest neighborhoods on the Beacon Hill With a Boo walking tour. Stops on this trick-filled tour include where Mary Dyer, a Quaker, was hanged by the Puritans; sites of the Boston Strangler killings; the home of Dr. George Parkman (the city's most famous 19th-century murder victim); and more. 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets $20, $10 for Boston by Foot members. bostonbyfoot.org

STORY TIME

Wednesday, November 2

Live storytelling via On the Brink: The Moth in Worcester flutters into the Hanover Theatre. Dame Wilburn, a regular host of the Moth StorySlam and MainStage shows, will emcee and present the five storytellers and their tales of being poised on the edge of something. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $45. thehanovertheatre.org

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PROTEST THEATER

Saturday, November 5

Every 28 Hours — 80 one-minute plays created in response to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri —  makes its Boston premiere at the Museum of Fine Arts. Local playwright Kirsten Greenidge helped shape the show, whose title refers to how often black Americans are killed by police, security guards, or vigilantes. This production includes eight original works by The Theater Offensive. Free (tickets not available until day of performance). 2-3:30 p.m. 800-440-6975; mfa.org

JAZZ WOMAN

Saturday, November 5

Jazz pianist and vocalist Dena DeRose caps her time as artist-in-residence at Harvard University with a performance of her smooth jazz stylings, reminiscent of Shirley Horn. The Grammy-nominated musician has partnered with the likes of Ray Brown, Phil Woods, and others in the past. This time, she'll be with the Harvard Jazz Bands. At Lowell Hall in Cambridge. 8 p.m. Tickets $10, students and seniors $8. Seating first come, first served. 617-496-2222; ofa.fas.harvard.edu

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FANTASY AUTHORS LIVE

Sunday, November 6

Wellesley Books hosts Mega Awesome at the Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley, emceed by Rick Riordan. He will discuss his new Magnus Chase book (The Hammer of Thor) and interview four other popular tweens-book authors: Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co.), Robert Beatty (Serafina and the Black Cloak), and Joshua Khan (Shadow Magic). Tickets $20 ($23 for Riordan), which includes a signed copy of the new book by the author of your choice. wellesleybooks.com


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