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Terry Francona Book Signing at the Prudential Center

Calling all Red Sox fans! Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona has just released his memoir Terry Francona: The Red Sox Years, and on Friday, Francona will be at the Barnes & Noble in the Prudential Center to sign copies of the new book. This is a great opportunity for Red Sox lovers to meet the former long-time manager of their favorite team. During his eight-year tenure, the Red Sox won two World Series championships, one in 2004 and the second in 2007. An excerpt from Francona's memoir was released in Sports Illustrated, and Francona was quoted: “[The owners] come in with all these ideas about baseball, but I don't think they love baseball. […] It's different for me. Baseball in my life.” The assertion caused quite a stir, but Francona has since clarified that he thinks the Red Sox have good owners.

Free, Friday, Jan. 25, 12:30-2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 800 Boylston St., 617-247-6959,

Charlie Puth & Taylor Berrett

Berklee student and YouTuber Charlie Puth will be joined by SPR recording artist Taylor Berrett at the Red Room tonight. Puth became an overnight success story after Ellen DeGeneres saw a video of him and his friend Emily Luther on YouTube. They had covered Adele’s song “Somone Like You.” Ellen invited both to perform on her show, where she later announced that she would sign both of them to her record label, eleveneleven. Tonight's show will take place at The Red Room @ Café 939.

$10, Thursday, Jan. 24, 8-11 p.m., The Red Room @ Café 939, 939 Bolyston St., 617-747-6038,

Check out the YouTube cover here:

Food (21+)
King of the Wing: The Ultimate Wing Throw Down

This Friday night, Game On! Fenway will host its third annual King of the Wing Throw Down. There will be unlimited wings, drinks by Samuel Adams Lager, and the chance to use real Fenway Park batting cages. Seven restaurants will compete to become “King of the Wing,” so don’t miss out on the chance to help decide who wins title. Proceeds will directly support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. Tickets are available online and at the door.

$25-30, Friday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., Game On! Fenway, 82 Lansdowne St., 617-351-7001,

Theme Party
A Gatsby Gala

All you Gatsby fans are in luck—Jumpstart’s Young Professional Board will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a roaring-’20s-inspired party. The party will include live music, a DJ, and an open bar. Don’t forget to wear your ’20s-themed attire, as well. Tickets can be bought online or at the door. Unfortunately, attendance by Mr. Gatsby played by one Leonardo DiCaprio is not guaranteed.

$75-100, Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Space with a Soul, 281 Summer St., 617-744-9336,


It’s time to get up and be active. ClimbAmerica! focuses on raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease, researching the disease, and offering free programs to motivate people to be active. Although there isn't really any time left to train, if you think you are up to the challenge of climbing the stairs of 100 Summer St. or Prudential Tower, then this event is for you. In order to participate, climbers must be over the age of 11, and climbers between 11 and 17 must get permission from a parent. You can register online or at the event.

Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. at 100 Summer St., and  Sunday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m., Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston St., 855-932-5462,