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PICK OF THE DAY

Knights on the town

Every year royals, peasants, knights, and troubadours gather in Carver to re-create a bustling Renaissance village at King Richard’s Faire. The 80-acre site’s attractions include acrobats, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, and jousts on horseback. Stop at Cassandra’s Cottage to have your fortune told, encounter wandering fairies in the forest, try your hand at the Axe Throw, and visit the Royal Zoo to see snow leopards, Siberian tigers, and other exotic big cats. When you get hungry, have a spit-roasted giant turkey leg or boule of stew.
Sept. 1-Oct. 21, weekends 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Also open Labor Day (Sept. 3) and Columbus Day (Oct. 8). $27, $15 ages 4-11, under 4 free. 235 Main St., Carver. 508-866-5391, www.kingrichardsfaire.net

THURSDAY

World of sushi As wild fish becomes more scarce, sushi production will face challenges. Director Mark Hall’s award-winning film “Sushi: The Global Catch” explores environmental implications of the international industry. Aug. 30, 4 p.m. Aug. 31, 6:15 p.m. Sept. 1, 11:15 a.m. Sept. 2, 3:10 p.m. $7-$11. Museum of Fine Arts, Remis Auditorium, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org/film

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To the letterpress The Letterpress Guild of New England celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition featuring hand-set works by guild members and a working letterpress. Printer John Kristensen of Firefly Press stops in to give a talk during the reception. Aug. 30-Sept. 30. Tues-Sun noon-6 p.m. Reception Sept. 8, 1-4 p.m. Free. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-0100, www.arsenalarts.org

FRIDAY

Hail to the tree The Olmsted Elm was part of the landscape of Fairsted, Frederick Law Olmsted’s home, for almost two centuries. As part of the Witness Tree Project, Rhode Island School of Design students created art from the wood of that tree. See it in “Echoes of the Olmsted Elm.”Aug. 31-Sept. 30. Thurs 5-8 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit also featured in Wed-Sun tours. Free. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren St., Brookline. 617-566-1689, www.nps.gov/frla

Keeping the rhythm Blues, Americana, Zydeco, Cajun, New Orleans R&B, and swing — at the Rhythm & Roots Festival they do it all. Performers include the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Donna the Buffalo, and Nanci Griffith. Aug. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight. Sept. 1-2, noon-midnight. $25-$175, under 13 free. Ninigret Park, 4890A Old Post Road, Charlestown, R.I. 888-855-6940, www.rhythmandroots.com

History is served We watch “Downton Abbey” so we know what life with servants is like. Still, we might learn something at Gore Place’s next Full Moon Tour. “What the Butler Said” gleans its content from the writing of Robert Roberts, butler for the Gores during the 1820s. A guide leads the way through the 1806 mansion. Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. $14, $10 ages 5-12, reservations recommended. Gore Place, |52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798, www.goreplace.org

SATURDAY

Of queens and cake Playwright David Adjmi’s new tragicomedy looks at the life of “Marie Antoinette.” The American Repertory Theater presents the play in a coproduction with Yale Repertory Theatre. Sept. 1-2, 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 29. Tickets start at $25. Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.americanrepertorytheater.org

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