Event Calendar: Nov. 2-Nov. 8

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By Elissa Taublib, news staff  

Thursday, Nov. 2

At the opening night of the Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition, learn more about Turkish cuisine and culture by attending the screening of the movie “The Turkish Way.” Directed by Luis Gonzalez, this documentary follows the Roca Brothers, restaurant owners of El Celler de Can Roca in Catalonia, as they take a five-week tour across Turkey. The screening will be introduced by Ana Sortun, an executive chef and owner of Oleana and Sofra Bakery and Cafe and co-owner of Sarma, and will be followed by a performance from Antioch Civilizations Choir and a reception. This festival is presented by MFA Film and the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England. 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts; $20

Friday, Nov. 3

Once a region of neglected warehouses in Boston’s South End, the SoWa Art + Design District is now a vibrant space for art and culture developed to support and preserve the city’s talented artists and entrepreneurs. On the first Friday of every month, it opens its doors to the public. At SoWa First Friday, you will be inspired by this community of artists and the work being presented in their studios, contemporary art galleries, boutiques, design showrooms and exhibitions. Make sure to dine at one of SoWa’s renowned restaurants to fully experience the vibrancy of the region, which was ranked as the second best art district in the country in 2015 by USA Today. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 450 Harrison Ave.; free

Saturday, Nov. 4

Be prepared for a unique shopping experience. If you want to buy a special handmade gift for friends and family or see for yourself some of the best artisan work being made, this is the event for you. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, the first edition of the MFA Artisan Market and Book Sale will feature artisan vendors such as Pono, Barbara Poole, Crossroads Jewelry, Atomic 3-D Printed Jewelry, Ozone Socks, Luke Adams, Momo Glassworks, Cupcake International and Printed Village. In the market, which will be located in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, you will find local jewelry, fashion, handmade gifts and bargain books. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts; free

Sunday, Nov. 5

If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer and stand up for positive change, or happen to be interested in learning a bit more about animal rights in food production, come down to International Cube Day: Boston on Nov. 5. At this direct-action street outreach and demonstration organized by Anonymous for the Voiceless, volunteers will be showing the public the cruelty that is involved in meat, dairy and egg production within the United States. The event will also offer visitors the chance to experience what life is like from a livestock animal’s perspective through the use of virtual reality technology. 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Copley Square; free

Monday, Nov. 6

Acoustic singer and songwriter Denison Witmer will be performing some of his songs at AfterHours Presents: Denison Witmer with Maya Dengel. Witmer is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and plays acoustic music, folk music and alternative rock. According to the artist, music and life both resemble a dream, making sense on an intuitive level rather than a rational one. He also believes that music is about the process and not always about the final product. Check out his performance at the event organized by AfterHours. The concert will also feature Maya Dengel, a student at Northeastern University who is also a songwriter. 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.; AfterHours at Northeastern; free

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Organized by Berklee Women In Action, the Unwavering Women Panel will feature previous executives at Universal Music Group and Sony Music who worked with artists such as Leonard Cohen and Gloria Estefan. Besides enjoying the free food provided at the event, you will also hear successful women in the music industry discuss how females can be ahead of the curve and pivot from different fields, while staying current in an ever-changing industry. Berklee Women in Action is an activist student-run club that aims to promote women in the college, the music industry and beyond with projects, fundraisers and events to create a space of empowerment of women. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Berklee College of Music; free

Wednesday, Nov. 8

President Trump’s election and citizen activism are some of the main issues addressed in the book “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported.” The book’s authors will join Boston academics Wednesday for a discussion on these same themes. The event, organized by Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, will feature a conversation between book authors E.J. Dionne, Jr., who is a columnist for The Washington Post and a professor at Georgetown University, and Norman J. Ornstein, a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic. The debate will be moderated by Heather Cox Richardson, a professor of History at Boston College. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate (210 William T Morrissey Blvd); free

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