Five things to do, Nov. 6-12

The Boston Bhangra Competition, Lynda Barry at BU, Fenway Open Studios, and more.

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The Boston Bhangra Competition comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 11.

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Thursday, November 9

Living legend Lynda Barry, the award-winning cartoonist, writer, and educator, speaks at Boston University as part of the Stanley P. Stone Distinguished Lecture Series. Barry, perhaps best known for the comic strip Ernie Pook’s Comeek, will discuss creativity and where she believes it originates. Her classic illustrated novel, The Good Times Are Killing Me, was reissued this fall. First come, first seated. Free. 5 p.m.


Saturday, November 11

South Asia leaps into the Orpheum Theatre for the Boston Bhangra Competition. Nine colorfully costumed teams from around the United States and Canada showcase their culture through the traditional North Indian and Pakistani dance, performing to the beat of the dhol, or double-headed drum. The winning troupe gets $2,000. Tickets start at $12. 6 p.m.


Saturday, November 11


In observation of Veterans Day, Harvard’s Memorial Church screens The Big Parade, a silent black-and-white film about love, violence, and World War I. Why show it in a church? It has the instrument that organist Peter Edwin Krasinski, an award-winning improviser, needs to perform live musical accompaniment to the 1925 film. 7 p.m. Free.


Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12

Fenway Studios — the striking 1905 Arts and Crafts-style building you’ve admired as you sped past on the Mass. Pike — welcomes art lovers to 30 Ipswich Street for Fenway Open Studios. Twenty artists working in media ranging from sculpture to puppy portraits will be on-site. Some work will be for sale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free; donation of a non-perishable food item requested.


Sunday, November 12

Wrap up the three-day weekend with Family Day at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover. The theme is invisibility; secret messages are encouraged. Children of all ages (who must be with an adult) are welcome to explore the fall exhibits: the apropos Seen and Unseen; Eye on the Collection; and Mark Tobey: Threading Light. 2 to 4 p.m. Free.

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