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What to do in Boston this weekend

Watch Vincent Price hunt down some poor witches in "Witchfinder."
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Well, there’s no Patriots game, and the weather is supposed to be grey, chilly and damp. Your options: Curl up with a mug of something warm and a good book (always a fine choice) or find something indoor and interesting to do. If the second option is more your flavor, try out the options below, which includes art exhibits, comedy, cult movies and a play where it’s a crime to be a woman.


The Map is Not the Territory

Through Nov. 3

Multicultural Arts Center

41 2nd St., Cambridge

Free, 617-577-1400


This exhibition features 39 different artists, mostly from Irish, Native American or Palestinian backgrounds, exploring these far-flung peoples’ common histories of colonialism and ethnic oppression. Such dark histories are often discussed one incidence at a time, but here we see subjugation as human phenomenon repeated through history, not only a particular crime of one society against another.

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Harpoon Brewery Octoberfest

Friday and Saturday

Harpoon Brewery

306 Northern Ave., Boston

$20, 21+, 617-456-2322


Harpoon, one of the pioneers of the American craft beer movement, celebrates the Fall as it has for 26 years, promising oompah music, bratwurst, chicken dancing and of course beer—all the things any self-respecting Octoberbest has got to have. Not much other detail to report here, what else do you really need to know?


The Best of Boston Sketch Comedy 2015

Fridays through Oct. 16

Improv Boston

40 Prospect St., Cambridge

$18, 617-576-1253


Over a series of four Fridays, ImprovBoston, better known for its unscripted comedy shows, is giving the stage to 12 local sketch groups. The first show last week featured Baby Cut, the Rekcus and Vitamin Snake; this Fridays’s lineup includes Ike and Clark, Klondike 237, World of Hurt. The showcase continues on Oct. 9and 16.


‘The Orson Welles Show’

Friday, 8 p.m.

Somerville Theater

55 Davis Sq., Somerville

$8, 617-625-5700


With 1941’s “Citizen Kane”, Orson Welles emerged as cinema’s resident boy genius, but in the ensuring years he endured multiple artistic frustrations, and by the 70’s he’d become rather eccentric. For but one example, Channel Zero shares this rare video, his failed 1979 attempt at a TV talk show, representing his last creative gasp. Among his guests are, surreally enough, the Muppets.

‘Witchfinder General’

Friday and Saturday

Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard St., Brookline

$12, 617-734-2500


Vincent Price stars in this 1968 British horror flick about a man who goes from town to town during the English Civil War, hunting down supposed witches. It’s very loosely based on a real personage of the era, Matthew Hopkins, who, accordingly to some estimates, sent 300 women to their deaths. His torturous methods are appropriately exaggerated here.


Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff

Thursday through Saturday

Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave., Cambridge

$36-$135, 617-266-1200


Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony through a triptych of Russian works. Russian music is known for its gravity, but Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony, performed here, was actually criticized on both sides of the Iron Curtain for being too light in wake of World War II. Evgeny Kissin stars in Tchaikovsky’s beloved Piano Concerto No. 1, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances rounds out the program.


‘Miss Penitentiary’

Oct. 2-Oct. 17

Boston Playwright’s Theater

949 Comm. Ave., Boston



Maiden Phoenix Theater Company, which aims to produce more work about women, premieres its first original work with this play by Laura Neubauer. It tells the ominous tale of a group of women imprisoned solely for the crime of being women. And the only way out isn’t parole, it’s a victory in the prison’s beauty pageant. Will the women find another way out? And if not, what kinds of skills will they show off in the pageant?

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