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January readings feature Lesley authors, poet Marilyn Nelson of ’05 ‘Emmett Till’

January readings feature Lesley authors, poet Marilyn Nelson of ’05 ‘Emmett Till’

Poet Marilyn Nelson headlines a series of free evening readings that runs Jan. 2-9 at Lesley University.

Freedom Cypher crowdfunds for its rent, expanding to monthly House of Hip-Hop

Freedom Cypher crowdfunds for its rent, expanding to monthly House of Hip-Hop

A crowdfunding campaign can help keep Cambridge a center for musical creativity by turning the entire first floor of Harvard Square’s Democracy Center into a House of Hip-Hop for one night a month.

Sixth hip-hop ‘What the Dickens!’ dances through four shows in coming weekend

Sixth hip-hop ‘What the Dickens!’ dances through four shows in coming weekend

The sixth annual “What the Dickens!” arrives Friday, Saturday and Sunday – an all-ages, untraditional “A Christmas Carol” that is old and successful enough to have traditions of its own.

Stand-Up Sit Down reveals where comics attain inspiration (terrible friends count)

Stand-Up Sit Down reveals where comics attain inspiration (terrible friends count)

The Stand-Up Sit Down returns Tuesday as a show where you get to hear jokes from three comedians, then get to hear what’s behind those jokes.

Two events you can still attend tonight, both musical but in very different ways

Two events you can still attend tonight, both musical but in very different ways

It’s Friday and you have nothing to do? Don’t worry. Here are two events that would welcome your procrastinating self:

‘Wild’: Reese Witherspoon finds herself first in dark places, then 1,100-mile hike

‘Wild’: Reese Witherspoon finds herself first in dark places, then 1,100-mile hike

Witherspoon bought the film rights to this memoir of loss and walking the Pacific Crest Trail, but Jean-Marc Vallée and Nick Hornby made sure it was more than a Hallmark weepy.

Luminarium ‘Sleeprunner’ brings dreams to East Cambridge stage starting Friday

Luminarium ‘Sleeprunner’ brings dreams to East Cambridge stage starting Friday

The Luminarium Dance Company takes more creative leaps around and forward with its production “The Sleeprunner,” opening Friday at the Multicultural Arts Center.

Student artists from Cambridge get invite to compete for film festival’s poster prize

Student artists from Cambridge get invite to compete for film festival’s poster prize

Students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School are now invited take part in a juried contest to design the poster for the Arlington International Film Festival.

Prog-rock quartet Ryan Jackson Troika plays Thursday, and it’s gonna be heavy

Prog-rock quartet Ryan Jackson Troika plays Thursday, and it’s gonna be heavy

The Allston band with a sublimely heavy, prog-rock sound – part of Boston’s growing progressive scene – leads off a five-band night in Central Square.

Artist Suzanne Lacy’s next performance: Thursday talk at Lesley on inspirations

Artist Suzanne Lacy’s next performance: Thursday talk at Lesley on inspirations

Performance and installation artist Suzanne Lacy speaks at Lesley University on Thursday about the social issues have inspired her over the past three decades, including race, gender equity and the labor conditions of low-wage workers.

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