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Sunday, Nov. 27

Beyond Wrestling “Motherlode” at 7 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. Tickets are $30. The independent wrestling YouTube channel brings a night of matches to town, with Willow Nightingale vs. Masha Slamovich at the top of the card. Information is here.

Monday, Nov. 28

An original edition of “Democracy’s Discontent” by Michael Sandel. (Photo: Biblio)

Michael Sandel reads from “Democracy’s Discontent: A New Edition for Our Perilous Times” at 6 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $26.75 with a hardcover copy of the book, or $6 for admission only. It was a quarter-century ago that the original “Democracy’s Discontent” warned of the moment’s capitalism and globalism leading to political ruin; the author’s new edition accounts for the time since and suggests how to reconfigure the economy to pull America back from the brink. Sandel will be in conversation with Farah Stockman of The New York Times. Information is here.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Jazz and contemporary music double feature at 7 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested. The Harmolodic Ensemble led by Dave Bryant performs works using techniques developed by jazz visionary Ornette Coleman; the JCM Art Ensemble led by saxophonist Charlie Kohlhase continues its focus on the music of the Danish multi-woodwind player and composer John Tchicai. Information is here.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Harvard Art Museums at Night from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., near Harvard Square. Free, but reserving a visit is suggested. Browse the galleries, mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard and enjoy the sounds of DJ C-Zone. There’s food and drink available for purchase. Information is here.

“The Grimkes: The Legacy of Slavery in an American Family” lecture at 6 p.m. at Longfellow House and the Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, 105 Brattle St., West Cambridge. This book by Tufts’ Kerri Greenidge landed on The New York Times’ list of “15 Works of Nonfiction to Read This Fall” for its corrective look at revered abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke and the obscuring of the Black side of their family. Free. Information is here.

Comedian Rob Delaney has published a memoir. (Photo: Rob Delaney)

Rob Delaney reads from “A Heart That Works” at 7 p.m. at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Harvard Square. Tickets are $30 with a hardcover copy of the book. Delaney, the Bafta-winning co-creator and co-star of the sitcom “Catastrophe,” talks about his new memoir with comedian and actor Eugene Mirman. Well-fitting masks are required at this Harvard Book Store event. Information is here.

Tongue & Cheek: Original sex storytelling and history from 7 to 11 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing, 14 Tyler St., near Union Square, Somerville. Free, with donations welcome. Discussion of taboos, queer history and sex culture in an event described as “a one-night stand with The Moth, Ted Talks and our neighbors the Smut Slam.” Information is here.

“Iscariot: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. at Baldwin House, 5 James St., Harvard Square. Buckle up. In this Harvard students’ musical Biblical retelling commenting on race, class and celebrity culture, Judas Iscariot is a queer Asian American high school senior in modern-day Hollywood. Information is here.

Friday, Dec. 2

Jeanne Garrison’s mountain sculpture. (Photo: Mudflat Studios)

Mudflat Holiday Open Studio & Pottery Sale from 6 to 10 p.m. at 81 Broadway, Somerville. Free. Nearly 100 artists, faculty and students display their goods through Dec. 11, but this opening will have the best stuff and light refreshments. Information is here.

Kevin Geeks Out About Christmas at 7 p.m. at The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square. Comedian Kevin Maher jump-starts the holiday season with a video variety show with play-along games and guests such as Ken Reid, comedian and host of the podcast “TV Guidance Counselor”; Phaea Crede, author of the book “Super Pizza & Kid Kale”; and Kevin Harrington, comedian and actor on the “Hadron Gospel Hour” podcast. (Can’t get to this event? There’s a Saturday matinee in Somerville with the same energy.) Information is here.

Horszowski Trio’s “Circle of Inspiration” at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested. The Horszowski Trio takes on Robert Schumann’s “Fantasiestücke, Op.73” for cello and piano and Clara Schumann’s “Piano Trio in g minor, Op.17” and performs the world premiere of Paul Chihara’s fantasy “Dragonfly” from 2020, a result of the trio commissioning composers of various generations to write short pieces inspired by the music of Robert Schumann. Information is here.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Birds & Blooms from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., in the Baldwin neighborhood near Harvard Square. Free with regular admission; general admission is $15. Explore the lives and behaviors of birds in the Northeastern United States that spend the winter in Latin America. There will be hands-on activities with teens from Hear Me Out/Escúchame, a partnership with members in Somerville, Chelsea, East Boston and Everett. Information is here.

Cardboard City Big Group Build from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The MIT Museum, 314 Main St., Kendall Square. Free with admission; general admission is $18. A cardboard city will grow over the course of the day as visitors add buildings, parks and other elements of a sustainable, livable community. Information is here.

Small Mart Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Somerville Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 55 Davis Square, and Holiday Art Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square. Free. And thus the shopping season begins in earnest, with vintage goods and wares from artisans and makers.

Discover Mount Auburn walking tour from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St., West Cambridge. Tickets are $10. Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark and certainly one of the most famous cemeteries in the country, the final resting place of nearly 100,000 people – including famous ones such as poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and cookbook author Fannie Farmer – there are 700 species and varieties of trees, beautiful sculpture and landscaping and gloriously gloomy tombs and mausoleums. This 1.5-mile walking tour focuses on history, monuments and the lives of the buried. Information is here.

Kevin & Ken Save Christmas at 2 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square. Tickets are $14. Comedian Ken Reid (of the “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast) and author Kevin Maher (author of “Santa Doesn’t Need Your Help”) serve up Christmas clips, episodes, shorts and specials in which the audience makes selections as the hosts provide comedy, commentary and pop culture trivia. (There’s a similar show from the hosts the previous night in Cambridge.) Information is here.

The Harvard Square Business Association’s Giving Tree in a previous winter. (Photo: Harvard Square Business Association)

Harvard Square Giving Tree Kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Brattle Plaza, Harvard Square. Free. Hats, gloves, socks, mittens, T-shirts and scarves for the needy are placed at the Harvard Square Business Association’s tree in watertight bags, along with candy canes, chocolates and treats. Bring your own such items, help place the HSBA’s or take what you need to the sounds of hymns and songs performed by The Boys of the St. Paul’s Choir School and fortified by free hot chocolate and cookies. Information is here.

Somerville Songwriter Sessions at 7:30 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. There’s a $10 suggested donation. Singer-songwriters Terry Kitchen, Janet Feld and Esther Friedman and special guest violinist Jackie Damsky get solo sets, then perform as The Secret Sauce, followed by a round robin song swap. Information is here.

Ballpit Comedy from 9:30 to 11 p.m. at The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville. Tickets are $15. A night of stand-up dedicated to showcasing and uplifting comedians who are typically the “first, only or different” on lineups – often female, queer and people of color – this time including headliner Bethany Van Delft with Emily Goldstein, Rachel Dunbar and Nick Hahn. Masks are required. Information is here.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Milkweed Blowout seed giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fresh Pond ranger station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, in West Cambridge. Free. Pick up a packet of milkweed seeds and instructions on how to plant them to boost levels of the plant in Massachusetts – an important factor in helping the monarch butterfly bounce back from endangered status. Information is here.

Lady Ray and her Jazz Birds from 4 to 6 p.m. at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. There’s a $5 suggested donation. Standards sung by Raynel Shepard, backed by Ben Broder on piano, Dave Zox on bass and Miki Matsuki on percussion. Information is here.

A detail from Sandro Botticelli’s “Primavera.” (Image: Uffizi Gallery, Florence)

“High Spirits and Naughty Hijinks” faculty artist recital at 8 p.m. at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden St., Harvard Square. Free, but a donation of $10 or more is suggested, and attendees must pre-register. Singer Pamela Dellal and harpsichordist Vivian Montgomery perform charming and surprisingly witty pieces that seem almost like parodies of the ultra-serious chamber cantata form, with protagonists who misbehave naughtily in a way that feels contemporary. A highlight is Bach’s comic cantata “Die grazien,” or “The Three Graces.”Information is here.