Free Fun Shit: January 17-24: Ninja race, DJ battles, DIY Touring Rock Shop, dance party benefit, "Literary Firsts,"

Red Bull Thre3Style

Red Bull Presents Thre3Style Boston | Annual freestyle competition is back in town. Local competitors spit rhymes to determine who has the freshest flow | Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave, Allston | Friday, January 18 @ 8 pm |

New England Book Festival Book Fair + Publishing Symposium | Focus on breaking into both indie or mainstream publishing with authors and publishers exhibiting their works and various readings scheduled throughout the day | Omni Parker House Hotel, 60 School St, Boston | Saturday, January 19 from 11 am to 5 pm |

A Celebration Of Poe's 204th Birthday | The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston presents this celebration featuring readings of Poe's work, a lecture about Poe, and more | Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St, Boston | Saturday, January 19 @ from 3 to 4:30 pm |

"Make a Noise to Save a Life" | Dance party fundraiser with DJ Joe Bermudez and Davis Ballard to benefit Samaritans, a local suicide prevention and support organization. No cover but donations much appreciated | House of Blues |  Sunday, January 20 @ 8 pm |

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Open House | Open house at the MFA with activities all day including art-making activities, performances, tours, and more | Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston  | Monday, January 21 from 10 am to 4:45 pm |

Literary Firsts | Cambridge's "sexiest reading series" is back for another installment wherein readers share stories about their first time | Middlesex Lounge, 315 Mass Ave, Cambridge | Monday, January 21 @ 7 pm |

"An Evening with Daniel Beaty and Maurice Hines" | Preview of the two performance artists upcoming ArtsEmerson shows, Emergency and Tappin' Thru Life: An Evening With Maurice Hines, respectively | Cutler Majestic Theatre  | Tuesday, January 22 @ 7:30 pm | (reservations required)

Rock Shop #22: DIY Touring | Rock Shop returns with a discussion about the challenges of booking tours with special guests Holden Lewis from Pretty & Nice, Jim Domenici from The Fake Boys, Nick Wolf from The Proselyte and Phantom Glue, and Rick Maguire from Pile | Middle East downstairs | Wednesday, January 23 @ 6 pm |

Boston Ninja Race | 8-mile nighttime race around the Charles River with various obstacles thrown in, presented by the November Project. Ninja-themed attire required. All are welcome (those not registered can jump on in at any point during the run) | Race follows the Charles River paths  | Wednesday, January 23 @ 9 pm |

Assemble! With Artisan Fabric | Assemble!, the weekly, free event featuring local innovators, returns after a brief hiatus. Tonight's edition features Artisan Fabric, a creative label and online boutique connecting lesser known European labels to Boston boutiques. They'll be a pop-up showcase of new designs, plus cocktails, music, and more | Emerald Lounge at the Revere Hotel | Wednesday, January 23 @ 7 pm |

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