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Palestinian politics, photographs, and a rock band

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Author James Carroll will speak tonight about his new book, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. Photo courtesy of James Carroll

Anyone interested in the history of the Middle East will want to stop by the Boston Public Library tonight when author and Boston Globe columnist James Carroll, a former Catholic chaplain at BU, discusses his new book, Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World. Carroll’s book examines the role Jerusalem has played as the center of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths and how that has led to the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

James Carroll speaks tonight, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square. This event is free and open to the public.

Looking to fill a lazy afternoon? Visit the Jeff Jacobson exhibition Melting Point, now on view at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. Jacobson’s 35mm Kodachrome photographs were shot over 20 years, beginning in 1976, and capture the changes in American politics, religion, and art during that time. Jacobson refers to the two decades as “a meltdown period,” where seemingly opposite ideals came together.

The Jeff Jacobson exhibition Melting Point is at Boston University’s Photographic Resource Center, 832 Commonwealth Ave., through March 20. The exhibition can be seen between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday this week and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is free and open to the public.

Cap off your evening by heading to Atwood’s Tavern in Cambridge to catch the local group Elastic Waste Band perform their Delta and New Orleans style blues music and retro rock. Best of all, the concert is free.

Elastic Waste Band performs tonight, March 16, at Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St., Cambridge, at 10 p.m. This 21+ event is free. Directions to the tavern can be found here.

Allison Thomasseau can be reached at althoma@bu.edu.

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