The Must List
It’s been exactly half a century since more than one million people crammed the Capitol to witness John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. And Jack can still draw a crowd: Two JFK Library forums commemorating the anniversary of that event have been sold out for months. Luckily, you can still catch guests such as Tom Brokaw (1/20) and Caroline Kennedy (2/21) live.
Chatham novelist Lisa Genova hit gold with her 2007 self-published debut, Still Alice. The book was picked up by Simon & Schuster and has sold nearly one million copies. With this follow-up (out 1/4), Genova once again deploys her Harvard neuroscience Ph.D. to tell the story of a woman whose perception of her family radically changes after a brain injury. $25, gallerybooks.com.
RED SOX ROCK
Ladies and gentlemen, now batting for the Lemonheads: Evan Dando. Yes, he’s the surprising headliner of the 12th annual Hot Stove, Cool Music fundraiser. The lineup at this Paradise Rock Club concert also includes local legends like Buffalo Tom’s Bill Janovitz and Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley. Plus, some guys you may have heard of named Epstein, Gammons, and Arroyo. $40, 1/15.
RACHEL PERRY WELTY
The Gloucester-based artist was busy last fall with high-profile shows in New York and Paris. Welty’s back home now, unveiling her first large-scale solo exhibit at the DeCordova. She’s best known for obsessive craftsmanship, like the time she arranged 128,000 twist-ties into a shimmering wall at the ICA. $12, 1/29–4/24.