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Head of the Charles, 'Beetlejuice,' Halloween burlesque and more weekend events

It's getting spooky up in here.

MOVIES

Beetlejuice

Tim Burton’s gothic ’80s comedy is just as fun to watch as ever, with some truly fantastic pre-CGI special effects, the debut of Winona Ryder as American’s favorite cute/angsty teen, and a bonkers comedy performance from Michael Keaton, proving he could just as easily have played the Joker as Batman. A sequel, “Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian,” fortunately never got produced.October 20, 7 p.m.,Coolidge Corner Theater, 290 Harvard St., Brookline,$9-$12, coolidge.org

MUSIC

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Supersillyus

MMMMAVEN presents this New York-based electronic musician and producer, noted for his fascination with alternative time signatures. Signatures outside of 4/4 and 3/4 and their variants are rare in popular music — Pink’s Floyd’s “Money” and Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” both featuring 7/4 time, are notable examples. Experience the difference for yourself and see if it doesn’t expand your mind.October 22 and 23,Faneuil Hall​Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq., Boston,Free, faneuilhallmarketplace.com

COMEDY

PavementComedy Night

Brett Johnson hosts this evening of locally sourced comedy, held every third Friday of the month at Pavement Coffeehouse. October’s lineup includes Jiayong Li, EJ Murphy (described as a “bi-coastal comedy phenom”), Ben Quick, Srilatha Rajamani, Kylie Alexander (described as A “disgraced North Shore comedy princess” and George Civeris, with headliner Andrew Durso.October 21, 6:30 p.m.,Pavement Coffeehouse,736 Comm. Ave., Boston,$5, http://bit.ly/2ebko0h

White Like Me:A Honky Dory Puppet Show

As Beakman on the ’90s Saturday morning kids’ show “Beakman’s World,” Paul Zaloom used humor to teach science. At this show, assisted by his crew of puppets, he uses humor to discuss white privilege. In the first half, he talks to a dummy who’s been asleep since 1963, but probably sounds too much like certain relatives/high school classmates in your Facebook feed for comfort.October 21 and 22,Tower Auditorium, MassArt, 621 Huntington Ave., Boston,$25, puppetshowplace.org/zaloom

SPORTS

Head of theCharles Regatta

This annual rowing competition is a Bostonian tradition. The most popular place to watch is the Reunion Village, between the Weeks and Anderson Bridges. They’ve also got food vendors and a beer garden there. But the course begins near the B.U. Bridge and ends around Christian A. Herter Park in Lower Allston, so there are lots of spots to take in the action.October 22 and 23,Charles River banks, Boston/Cambridge,Free, hocr.org

HALLOWEENPERFORMANCE

WrathskellarTales

The BostonBeauTeasehave staged this Halloween burlesque show since 2009, but this year’s is the most ambitious yet, a whole burlesque haunted house, or more correctly, “infernal tavern.” You get two and a half hours and can wander anywhere you want in the complex. Inthat sense it’s like “Sleep NoMore”, but much sexier.October 20 through 31,TheThalia, 288 Green St., Cambridge,$28, 21+,wrathskellartales.bpt.me

THEATER

When January Feels Like Summer

Underground Railway Theater presents this urban romance by Cori Thomas, a “strangers’ lives intersect in unexpected ways” type of story taking place in Harlem in the middle of a bizarrely warm winter. It’s all presided over, we’re told, by the Hindu god Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity who’s all about serendipity — and a lot else besides.Through November 13,Central Square Theater,450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge,$16-$56, centralsquaretheater.org

The Fall RiverAxe Murders

Imaginary Beasts presents the premiere of this play, adapted from Angela Carter’s short story account Lizzie Borden’s legendary murder of both her parents in 1892. Taking in the moments leading up to the murder, various sights in Lizzie’s eyes remind her of the past, context and tension mounting simultaneously.Through October 22,Black Box Theater, Boston Center for the Arts,539 Tremont St., Boston,$15-$24, bostontheatrescene.com

FOOD

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

This fest is for vegetarians and vegans and their families, with talks from nationally-known chefs and other speakers, educational booths, and of course lots of sampling opportunities. Try some of the latest concoctions, learn more about yourdietary options, shop at discount. There are also kids’ activities for the restless youth.October 22 and 23,Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston,Free, bostonveg.org/foodfest

BOOKS

Natasha K. Warikoo

This author discusses her new book “The Diversity Bargain,” which finds her sidestepping the pundits to speak directly to college students about campus diversity and the oft-loaded term “affirmative action.” She finds a white-dominated collegiate world that often only pays lip service to diversity — diversity becomes a selling point more than a practice. But who’s to blame, and what can we do?October 21, 3 p.m.,Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge,Free, harvard.com


Wrathskellar Tales
The Boston BeauTease have staged this Halloween burlesque show since 2009, but this year’s is the most ambitious yet, a whole burlesque haunted house, or more correctly, “infernal tavern.” You get two and a half hours and can wander anywhere you want in the complex. In that sense it’s like “Sleep No More”, but much sexier. October 30 through 31, The Thalia, 288 Green St., Cambridge, $28, 21+, wrathskellartales.bpt.me

 
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