HONK! Add award-winning music and some wit and sparkle to Hans Christian Andersen’s tale “The Ugly Duckling” and you get the favorite children’s musical “Honk!” Boston Children’s Theatre presents the show directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Larry Sousa.
Feb. 9-10, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 24. $25. Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-6634, ext. 222; www.bostonchildrenstheatre.org
EXPLORING THE GREEN BOOK In honor of Black History Month, author Calvin Ramsey will read from and talk about his book “Ruth and the Green Book.” The program covers the history of the 1936 Green Book and issues including fairness and discrimination. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Feb. 9,
2 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. www.ramsey.eventbrite.com
MONKEY AND THE MYSTERY OF THE SNAKE Someone is making mischief before the Chinese New Year Celebration. Watch as Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets presents this tale with traditional Taiwanese hand puppets. Feb. 9,
2 p.m. $6. Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St., Arlington. www.galapagos
PURIM PALOOZA Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with ball wizardry by Benjamin the juggler, storytelling by students from MetroWest Jewish Day School, holiday basket making, and some hamantaschen. Feb. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Family rate $20, $15 if registered by Feb. 7. Recommended for families with children ages 2-6. Juniper Hill School, 29 Upper Joclyn Ave., Framingham. 508-879-3300, www.bostonjcc.org/metrowestpurim
RUM AND REVOLUTION Boston wags Abijah and Tobias (Jeremy Bell and Lawrence Young) deliver musical selections on period instruments, 18th-century jokes, and the story that rum played in starting the American Revolution. The event also features a cameo by the Colonial Singers. Rum punch will be served. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. $10. 21+. Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square, Lexington. 781-862-1703.
JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS: LOVE LETTERS Historical performers Thomas Macy and Patricia Bridgman portray the couple, offering insight into their relationship from early courtship through 1777. A chocolate buffet follows. Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 advance, $5 students. First Congregational Church,
39 Main St., Essex. www.essexship
WHAT’S THE WORD Writers and storytellers gather for a spoken word festival that incorporates performance, poetry, and comedy. Participants include Larry Smith, Vanessa Hidary, Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Steve Almond, and Rachel Sklar. Feb. 9, 8 p.m. $23. Levelnthal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226, www.bostonjcc.org/artsevents
MISS BOSTON AND MISS CAMBRIDGE PAGEANT Sixteen young women compete in talent, interview, physical fitness, evening gown, and on-stage interview segments. Only two can make it to the titles of Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge, and the chance to go on to try for Miss Massachusetts. Feb. 10, 5 p.m. Tickets start at $25, purchase by Feb. 8. Park Plaza, Boston. www.missboston.org