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PICK OF THE DAY

Big bang theory

Get thee to EurekaFest and soak up the inventive spirit. On Thursday and Friday, the Lemelson-MIT Program includes master classes, InvenTeams Showcase, and presentations.
At Saturday’s design challenge, more than 200 high school students from around the world will design, build, and test a wind-powered contraption that can lift a trash can three stories. All the cans will be released for the “big bang” finale. June 21 and 22 starting at 9 a.m.
(June 23 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Free (June 23 Museum of Science event is free with
museum admission). MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge.
617-253-3352. web.mit.edu/invent/eurekafest.html

WEDNESDAY

Kid for a day Except for the cocktails, Joe’s Waterfront gives you everything you need to become a kid again for a few hours at the “Flip-Flop-Fancy” Benefit for the Life is good Playmakers. On this first day of summer, enjoy music from McAlister Drive, photo booths, temporary tattoos, beach ball and bean bag tosses, and nibbles. 5:30-10:30 p.m. $75. 21+. Joe’s Waterfront, 100 Atlantic Ave., Boston. 617-367-8700. www.joesamerican.com

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Water, water everywhere The Voss Foundation provides access to clean water to sub-Saharan African communities by building wells and water systems. Its “Women Helping Women” international grass-roots campaign helps mothers and children all over the world improve their lives. Grammy-winning Patti Austin is the guest speaker at this benefit. 6-8 p.m. $100. L’Espalier, 774 Boylston St., Boston. 617-262-3023. www.thevossfoundation.org

Theater takes it all There’s a 7:30 p.m. performance of “Mamma Mia!” at the Boston Opera House during your “Behind the Curtain” class, so stick with your group or who knows where you’ll end up. Learn about the backstage world of theater and the gorgeous venue. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $75 (registration required). The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org

THURSDAY

The urge to emerge Three Boston art organizations keep you busy at the Emerging America Festival. The American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, and the Institute of Contemporary Art drive this annual festival of performers, writers, companies, and directors. Thursday is “The Pirates of Penzance”
(8 p.m. at Oberon) and “The Hotel Nepenthe” (7:30 and 10:30 p.m. at the Calderwood Pavilion). June 21 at 7:30, 8, and 10:30 p.m. (through June 24; see website for complete schedule). $5-$25 (packages available). Oberon, 2 Arrow St. Cambridge; Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston; ICA, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. www.emergingamericafestival.org

Super Mario This Greek tenor sings everything from rock to opera and does it in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Greek. Mario Frangoulis joins Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for “Beautiful Things Live,” a concert of songs from his new record, “Beautiful Things.” June 21 at 7:30 p.m. $35-$150. Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 888-266-1200. www.bostonpops.org

Pick a card It all started when Alex Stone was 5 and got a magic kit from his father. This led to an unearthing of an active underground magic community in New York, and this led to Stone’s book, “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind.” The author wil read from his book. June 21 at 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/alex_stone

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