Greta Gerwig, known for her roles in films like “Greenberg,” “Frances Ha” and “20th Century Women,” moves behind the camera to tell the story of an average teenage girl in the early 2000s, struggling with the built-in crises of adolescence, while her mom tries to figure out how she’s going to support the family in the wake of her husband’s unemployment.
Now playing, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, $13, coolidge.org
'Plains, Trains, and Automobiles'
Just to get you stoked for Thanksgiving, there’s a free outdoor showing of this '80s comedy classic, starring Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy. Martin is a high-strung businessman just trying to get home for Turkey Day. Adding to his stress is the unrequested company of Candy’s obnoxiously affable salesman.
Nov. 18, 5 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq., Boston, free, faneuilhallmarketplace.com/blink
Letters to Cleo
Best known for their 1994 hit “Here and Now,” a sweet-and-sour alt-rock gem, Boston’s Letters to Cleo disbanded in 2000, with sporadic reunions since, including this weekend. It’s a testament to their hometown popularity that they’re playing three straight dates at the venerable Paradise, performing all of their studio albums in full, one each night.
Nov. 16-18, Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm. Ave., Boston, $30, ticketmaster.com
Older fans who saw him in the '60s or '70s might have a harder time dealing with the grizzled old Dylan of recent years, but younger fans are happier to just be in the presence of a living legend—the only singer-songwriter ever to win a Nobel Prize in literature. Plus, he’s got another living legend and personal musical heroine, Mavis Staples, joining him.
Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Agganis Arena, 925 Comm. Ave., Boston, $46-$126, livenation.com
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament
Rock paper scissors is like poker—it’s all about the psychological game-within-the-game. Don’t ask us how or why—we’re terrible at it. But if you’re good maybe you should go test your skills at this charity event, benefitting the 2017 Playworks Girl’s Basketball League, which helps bring more constructive sports to schools in need.
Nov. 16, 6:39 p.m., Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston St., Boston, $30, playworks.org
JP Night Market
Get away from the holiday shopping madness for a cozier atmosphere in whih the madness of modern choices is reduced to the work of just 12 creators. You’ll find art, jewelry, baby clothes, soaps, dolls, knitting and more. There will also be refreshments and interactive art activities. For more info, type “JP Night Market” into the Facebook search bar, and you’ll find the event page.
Nov. 16, 5-10 p.m., The Space, 128 Brookside Ave., Jamaica Plain, free
NuWave: The Virtual Reality Experience
Virtual reality was a futurist fad in the '90s, but it’s continued evolving long after it mostly receded from the public imagination. This social Boston Jewish Film Festival event will showcase a handful of Israeli filmmakers using the technology to innovate the art of storytelling. You’ll get to experience six different projects as well as a panel discussion with two of the creators.
Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m., Brookline Interactive Group, 46 Tappan St, Brookline, $30, bjff.org
Wild ‘N Out Live!
Nick Cannon started off as a teenage Nickelodeon star before making the transition to MTV with his own improv comedy series, “Wild ‘N Out,” which is still on the air after nine seasons. Now the show’s on tour, with a cast including Cannon, Rip Micheals, Emmanuel Hudson, Justina Valentine, DJ D-Wrek, Conceited, Hitman Holla and musical guest Rick Ross.
Nov. 17, 8 p.m., Agganis Arena, 925 Comm. Ave., Boston, $100, ticketmaster.com
The cover of this comedian’s new book, “I’m Fine… and Other Lies” features a blithely grinning Cummings neck deep in choppy water that we can only assume is rising. How many of us are in her soggy shoes? Cummings is a co-creator of the sitcom “2 Broke Girls,” but she’s also had three standup specials; the most recent, on HBO, was 2016’s “I’m Your Girlfriend.”
Nov. 18, 7 p.m., Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston, $37, thewilbur.com
Global Arts, Eats and Beats
This is the first of a new series of events from the Cambridge Innovation Center, aiming to celebrate the cultures of the world. You’ll see art and talks from Mayan and Columbian creators, get to make your own laser-cut luminary, try some traditionally prepared hot chocolate, hear the Latin-inspired group Ten Tumbao, and even get a salsa lesson.
Nov. 17, 4-8 p.m., CIC Boston, 50 Milk St., Boston, free, cic.com/boston-events
Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but if you want to get really Irish, you’d come out for these hurling matches between the teams of Dublin, Galway, Clare and Tipperary. Vaguely similar to field hockey and lacrosse, hurling was born in Ireland, and is considered the world’s fastest field sport. Preceding the matches, there will be Irish food, music and dancing.
Nov. 19, 11 a.m., Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, $25-$60, redsox.com/hurling
Lord Hobo 8th Anniversary
The Inman Square beer bar Lord Hobo celebrates eight years this week—no small feat for a bar or restaurant, or really any kind of business. Their five-day celebration continues tonight with guest brewer Melvin Brewing of Wyoming, a maker little known in these parts. Friday’s their public anniversary party, and Saturday is dessert, with a pop up from Blackbird Doughnuts.
Through Nov. 18, Lord Hobo, 92 Hampshire St., Cambridge, no cover, lordhobo.com