The deadline for listings is noon, Tues., Nov. 18 for the Nov. 21 issue. Send listings to [email protected] Note: 617 should be dialed before numbers below, unless another area code is given.
Showa Japanese culture festival, Sun., Nov. 23, 1-5pm, 420 Pond St. Info: showaboston.org.
Bromley-Heath Fall Festival, hosted by state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez, Thanksgiving celebration to include arts, crafts, and games for youths, Mon., Nov. 24, 4-7pm, Anna Mae Cole Community Center, 10 Lamartine Street Ext. Info: 722-2130.
Second annual Turkey Trot 5K, Thanksgiving Day race raises money to support FPC summer youth crews, Playhouse in the Park concerts, and volunteer activities all year long, Thurs., Nov. 27, 9am, $25 in advance/$10 for 15 & under, Franklin Park Gold Clubhouse. Info: Franklin parkcoalition.org.
Holiday fair, over 40 artists, artisans and crafters with work ranging from hand crafted wood work, to ceramics, to jewelry, Sat., Dec. 6, 11am-5pm, 6 Eliot St. Info: 447-8194.
Midway Café, all shows 21+, doors 8pm, 3496 Washington St, 524-9038. Wednesdays: The Authentic Lounge (hip hop/reggae/soul); Thursdays: Queeraoke lesbian night; Fridays, 6-8:30pm: Hippie Hour. Nov. 21: The Dead Elect, Bellwire, Post Modern Authors, Nice Pilaf, The Roadside Dolls. Nov. 22, $7: Crown of Malice, Silver Beast, Marianne Toilet and The Runs, OK Potato. Nov. 23, $7: Crown of Malice, Silver Beast, Marianne Toilet and The Runs, OK Potato. Nov. 24, $8: The Wrong Chaneys, The Low Babies, Kermit’s Finger, Padded Hell. Nov. 25, $5: The JP Music Festival presents BUCK A BAND!!! Jesse & The Hogg Brothers, No Evil Star, Faceless Ones, Battle House, Slüthammer. Nov. 26, $8: Hank & Cupcakes (NY), Dogtown, Gnarly Charlie, Bron Don, Sumyeti. Nov. 27, $5: Kara Crockett. Nov. 28, $7: OFF & ON, idiot genes, Kal Marks, Trashawk, Nonpareils. Nov. 29, $8: Badwolf, Laughing Crow Band. Nov. 30, $5: Apollo Blue, The Forz, Roses. Dec. 1, $5: Big Big Buildings, Mines of Paris, Acadia Slideshow, Pat & the Hats. Dec. 2, $5: The Whitehaus Family Record Monthly Residency featuring this month’s special guests Couples Counseling, Lord Nathaniel, Con Tex & The Forgotten Jam, Dinnersss. Dec. 3, $5: Old Soldiers, Lowman, The Rockmores, Fireking. Dec. 4, $5: Hana Kahn. Dec. 5, $7: William Joseph & James, Ivo & The Waveriders, Peter Ward & Electric Blues, Doug MacDonald Band.
JP Concerts at St. John’s, 1 Roanoke Ave. Info: jpconcerts.org. Nov. 23, 4pm: Weston Wind Quintet. Dec. 6, 4pm: James Winn (flute) & David Kopp (piano). Dec. 13, 4pm: Boston Young Composers Ensemble. Dec. 14, 4pm: Boston Chamber Symphony Winter Concert.
Eliot Street Soirée, Sun., Dec. 7, 7pm: Darol Anger, Emy Phelps and Holiday Fiends: A Winter Concert. Parish Hall, First Church JP, 6 Eliot St. Info: firstchurchjp.org/eliotstreetsoiree.
Greenough House Parlor Concert series, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., 524-3158. Dec. 7: Brian Friedland, jazz of the forte piano. Jan. 4: Alicia Mielka, flute. Feb. 1: Shirley Hunt, baroque cellist. Feb. 15: Pentimento.
First Fridays Youth Open Mic with renowned feature artists, first Friday of every month, 7pm at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. Free for performers and those under 25, $10 suggested donation for those 25 and over.
Ladies Rock Camp Boston, applications open, March 6-8, April 10-12. Info: girlsrockboston.org.
The Riot Theater, Comedy Shows, 146A South St., theriottheater.com. Fri., Nov. 21, 8pm: ComedySportz, all-ages competitive improv show, 10pm; Improvised Goosebumps, inspired by the children’s horror novels; Sat., Nov. 22, 8pm: The Stable with David Mogolov, 10pm, Double Trouble: Improv Comedy Duos.; Fri., Nov. 28, 8pm: ComedySportz, all-ages competitive improv show, 10pm, Improvised Goosebumps; Sat., Nov. 29, 10pm: Improv Jones Boston.
West African dance classes, taught by Zucan, a principal dancer with the Drum and Spirit of African Society. Mondays, 7:30-9pm, English High School, 144 McBride St. Info: 359-1552.
Gender-Free/English Country Dance, beginners welcome and encouraged. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays (5th Tuesdays: experienced) of the month, 7:30-11:30pm, First Church, 6 Eliot St. Info: www.lcfd.org/bgfe/512-5554.
Small Worlds: Through A Small Glass Window, macrophotography by Josh Falk, through Feb. 3, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway. Info: my.arboretum.harvard.edu.
UFORGE Gallery, 767 Centre St., 553-4480. Through Nov. 30: “Journeys.”
Drawings by Gilmore Tamny, through Nov. 30, Streetcar Wine & Beer, 433 Centre St. 522-6416.
Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, 50 Burroughs St. Nancy Marks paintings, through Dec. 31.
Comfortable Control: Vulnerability in the Digital Age, new media works by Evelyn Eastmond, Catherine Siller and Hyo-Jin Yoo, through Dec. 21, reception Thurs., Dec. 4, 6-8pm, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.,Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St.
Annual Carpenter Poets night, Mon., Dec. 1, 6pm, James’s Gate, 5 McBride St. Info: [email protected]
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Book discussion for adults, Mon., Nov. 24, 7pm: “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Poer.
Arthur Shurcliff: From Boston to Colonial Williamsburg, lecture & reception, Wed., Dec. 3, 6pm, Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum. Info: bit.ly/1zkuoFO.
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Fridays through Nov. 21, 2:45pm: Taking Steps dance workshops for kids grades 4-6. Mondays 4-6pm: homework help w/ BPS teacher. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30-5:30pm: high school mentors for grades K-8. Wednesdays 10:30am: children’s films for preschoolers. Mon., Dec. 8, 6:30pm: Family Holiday Craft Night, make a fun snowman craft for the holidays, all ages.
Egleston Square Branch Library, 2044 Columbus Ave., 445-4340. Mon.-Thurs., 3:30pm-5:30pm: homework help. Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30am, preschool storytime.
Jamaica Plain Branch Library. 12 Sedgwick St. 524-2053. Mondays, 10:30: ESL Conversation. Tuesdays, 10:30am: Preschool/Reading readiness storytime; Tues., Dec. 2, Reading Readiness Concert with Sarah Gardner; Wednesdays, 10:30am, baby lapsit; 4:00pm, Kids club; Thursdays, 3pm: Creative Library drama; 6:30: Intercambio; Fridays, 10:30: JP Jubilee (Singing for 55+).
Family art class, wheelchair accessible, Tuesdays 10:30am-11:30am, ages 3-5. Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, ages 5+. Family Resource Center, 1542 Columbus Ave. Info: 522-1018.
Learn to stiltwalk with Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St. Sundays, 11am-1pm, $5. Info: 857-498-2438.
Narratives Boston, queer activist-writers group open to LGBTQ-identified adults interested in creative expression and social justice, first and third Wednesday evenings of the month, 7-9pm, Haymarket People’s Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: [email protected]
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre St., 522-1960. Spanish/English language exchange, Saturdays, noon-1:45pm.
Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 12 Sedgwick St., 524-2053, ESL Conversation weekly group, Mondays, 10:30am-noon. Knitting Group, Thursdays, 6-8pm. Free singing class for adults 55+, open to all singing levels, Fridays 10:30am-noon.
Party for the Helping Hand Fund, hosted by Haymarket People’s Fund, every 3rd Friday of the month, 5:30-8pm, 42 Seaverns Ave. Info: 522-3349/[email protected]
Bird walk, co-sponsored by Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Emerald Necklace Bird Club, and the Brookline Bird Club, Dec. 7, Olmsted Park. Info: facebook.com/OlmstedNHS.