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Some enchanted afternoon

A certain colleague is heartbroken that he will be out of town when his honeybun is in town. Sorry, but you’ll miss “Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins,” starring Mitzi Gaynor, the Hollywood, TV, and Las Vegas legend who played Nellie Forbush in the movie “South Pacific.” Presented by Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. April 22 at 1 p.m. $35-$57, $2 senior discount, $25 ages 5-18. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600. www.reaglemusictheatre.org

SATURDAY

Death and dictation After Henry James died, his secretary claimed to receive dictation from him. This anecdote was the inspiration for Michael Hollinger’s “Ghost-Writer” about a 20th-century novelist who dies mid-sentence. Saturday at 8 p.m. (through May 13). $24 and up. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.merrimackrep.org

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C this After C comes E at this Boston Classical Orchestra concert conducted by Steven Lipsitt. Violinist Irina Muresanu performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E-minor following the program opener Overture in C by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel. 8 p.m.
(April 22 at 3 p.m.; pre-concert talks one hour before curtain). $19-$74. Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market Place, Boston. 617-423-3883. www.bostonclassicalorchestra.org

On top of the world A mother polar bear and her twin
7-month-old cubs upstage narrator Meryl Streep in “To The Arctic 3D,” a documentary about survival the Arctic wilderness. April 21 at 10 a.m., noon, 3, 5, and 8 p.m. (through Dec. 31). $10, $9 seniors, $8 ages 3-11. Museum of Science Mugar Omni Theater,
1 Science Park, Boston. 617-723-2500. www.mos.org

Kindred spirits Since art and science both lay claim to creativity, experimentation, health, and beauty, they join forces for “Tales From a Test Tube: The Chemistry of Curating.” This multimedia exhibit is also a partnership for Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg State University, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and Beyond Benign. Opening reception and gallery talk from
1-4 p.m. (through July 27). Free. Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry, 100 Research Dr., Wilmington. 978-345-4207, ext. 312. www.fitchburgartmuseum.org

SUNDAY

Playing for change A couple of years ago, Sam Hanser died from surgery complications. To continue their son’s passion and commitment to a world of self-empowerment, his parents created the Samuel B. Hanser Memorial Trust and annual benefit, “Musicians Changing the World.” The concert features friends and colleagues of Suzanne Hanser, chair of the Music Therapy Department at Berklee College of Music, and Hanser’s mom. Musicians include saxophonist Stan Strickland, a cappella vocalists Women of the World, and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. April 22 at 3 p.m. $50-$100. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org

Break bread and a record The Guinness World Record for the largest global picnic is on the line at Sunday’s Picnic for the Planet. Help break the record from noon-3 p.m., and celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly activities and a nature treasure hunt. April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Boston Common Frog Pond. www.nature.org/bostonpicnic

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