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Nantucket Historical Association


Shedding light

In the old days (before fancy-shmancy technology), sailors relied on lighthouses for safe navigation. The Egan Maritime Institute presents “Guiding Lights: Nantucket’s Lighthouses, Keepers & Their Families,” an exhibit of photos, stories, and tales of shipwrecks at the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 8. $5, $3 ages 5-18. The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum,
158 Polpis Road, Nantucket. 508-228-1885.


Move over, Johnny Depp Joey C. Pelletier has written a “queer vampire stage thriller” called “Your Wildest Dreams.” It’s about eight dreamers who share a story that begins with a disappearing girl and involves a sexy vampire named Nadia. 7:30 p.m. (through June 2). $14, $10 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston.

Vino, view, and lobstuh salad We don’t have to say much more than chilled lobster salad, but we will. Top of the Hub’s Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner is a four-course menu from executive chef Mark Porcaro accompanied by wines from Dennis Cakebread’s Napa Valley vineyards. 6 p.m. $125 (reservations recommended). Top of the Hub, Prudential Tower, 52d floor, 800 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-1775. www.topofthe


Mars’s magical mystical tour Barnstable’s Joey Mars’s “Hybrids of the Singularity: Paintings and Drawings by Joey Mars” is a combination of surrealism, modern expressionism, and graffiti. Opening reception from 7-10 p.m. (through June 10). Free. Hyannis Harbor Arts Center at the Guyer Barn, 250 South St., Hyannis. 508-790-6370.

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The Bard and business In “Coriolanus,” Roman citizens are unhappy with their incompetent leaders. Let’s hear what Boston business leaders have to say after their reading of Shakespeare’s play at “Shakespeare and Leadership.” The cast/panel includes the Boston Foundation’s Paul Grogan, Boston Globe publisher Chris Mayer, and Bain & Company’s Phyllis R. Yale. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Steve Maler is in the director’s chair. 6 p.m. Free. Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-0863.


Some things never change Simon Johnson and James Kwak tackle a little thing called the national debt in “White House Burning: The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, and Why It Matters to You.” The professors will start with the Founding Fathers’ battles with taxes and spending, and explain how we ended up with our less-than-productive Congress. May 25
at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard


Triple play We have the goods on three exhibits at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, so let’s get to it: “Gary Webb: Mr. Jeans” (through Aug. 12); “PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar” (through Aug. 12); “second nature: abstract photography then and now” (through April 21, 2013). May 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (sculpture park open during daylight hours). $14, $12 seniors, $10 students, free under 13 and first Wed of the month. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln. 781-259-8355.