Culture Calendar: Eight Arts and Entertainment Must-Sees in November 2012

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Illustration by Pablo

DINOSAURS ON PARADE

It’s a great month to camp out in front of the TD Garden, thanks to its mammoth slate of classic-rock legends: The Who, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

11/16 (The Who); 11/18 (Dylan); 11/26 (Young)

 

ART-HOUSE FARE

From old silent films to Fast Times at Ridgemont High,the Brattle Theatre celebrates 100 years of Universal Pictures this month.

11/2–12/2

 

LAUGH HUNTER

Delivering crass material with a right wicked accent, veteran Maine comedian Bob Marley—yes, he knows there was a more-famous one—will prove once again at The Wilbur that he’s the Denis Leary of the Pine Tree State.

11/2

 

ARIAS ALOFT

The Boston Lyric Opera opens its season with a perennial favorite: Puccini’s tragedy Madama Butterfly, about a young geisha in Nagasaki who marries an American naval officer.

11/2–11/11

 

CHASIN’ THE TRANE

Grammy-winning drummer and Berklee prof Terri Lyne Carrington tops the bill at the 35th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, the world’s longest-running celebration of the tenor sax titan, at Northeastern’s Blackman Auditorium.

11/3

 

FACT MEETS FICTION

Boston Medical Center nurse Roberta Gately taps into her experience as an international aid worker in her latest novel, The Bracelet, a thriller about a UN worker trying to bust a vicious human-trafficking ring.

Out 11/6, gallery books, $15

 

ESSENTIAL ’80S

With 100 works by superstars like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Mapplethorpe, the ICA’s sprawling exhibit “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s” reflects on the tumultuous years that brought us Reaganomics, the advent of AIDS, and the fall of Communism.

11/15–3/3/2013

 

ACTION, CONTRAPTION!

Want to see the city’s most complex Rube Goldberg machine? You have to build it first. Bring your gadget to MIT’s Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, where artist and inventor Arthur Ganson and a team of engineers will link all the machines together as part of the school’s annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction.

11/23

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