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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. bu.edu/arts
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
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. bostonbhangra.com
WAR & PEACE
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. memorialchurch.harvard.edu
ART & ARCHITECTURE
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. fenwaystudios.org
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. addison.andover.eduShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.