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Dorothy A. and Albert H. Richard

PICK OF THE DAY

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In these digital days, maps might not be the direction givers they once were, but they are more than just a navigation device. Forty historic maps are on display at “Journeys and Discoveries: The Stories Maps Tell,” and the exhibit is divided into five sections: Mapmakers, Maps for Professionals and Students, Mapping Conflict, Maps for Traveling, and Journeys of the Imagination. March 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (ongoing). Free. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington. 781-861-6559. www.nationalheritagemuseum.org

THURSDAY

Royal treatmentWhat are Lucy, Charlie Brown, and other beloved Peanuts characters like as teenagers? In the Happy Medium Theatre’s “unauthorized parody” “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal, Charlie Brown wonders if there is an afterlife. 8 p.m. preview (through March 30). $18, $20 at the door; $3 student and senior discount. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. www.happymediumtheatre.com

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What we have here is a failure to communicate? London-based Argentinan artist Amalia Pica uses photocopies, light bulbs, drinking glasses, and cardboard to explore the communication gap in the self-titled show. Thursday hours are noon-6 p.m. (through April 7). Free. MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames St., Cambridge. 617-253-4680. listart.mit.edu

Voices from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina In Dominga Sotomayor’s “Thursday Till Sunday,” a young girl watches her parents’ failing relationship from the back seat of a car (5:30 p.m.). In “La Sirga” by William Vega, Alicia frees herself from government forces and heads to her uncle’s remote lakeside inn (7:30 p.m.). These are two of the films screening at New Latin American Cinema. (See reviews for both films, Page 4.) 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (through March 21). $11, $9 students and seniors (matinee discounts available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

You are what you eat The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library and Boston Organics present a screening of “Forks Over Knives” followed by a discussion. The film takes a look at the claim that most degenerative diseases can be reversed or controlled with a change in diet. 7:30 p.m. Free. Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main St., Charlestown. 617-242-1248. www.bpl.org

FRIDAY

Brain scan Composer William Finn’s diagnosis of an arteriovenous malformation was the impetus for “A New Brain” presented by Moonbox Productions. In the musical, Gordon Schwinn is a frustrated songwriter for a kids’ TV show who is diagnosed with a life-threatening brain disorder. March 15 at 8 p.m. (through April 6). $37.50, $27.50 students and seniors. Plaza Theatreat Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com

SATURDAY

Before St. Pat’s Day In the early 19th century, most New Englanders were Protestants which means that Evacuation Day was celebrated on March 17, not St. Patrick’s Day. Learn more at “Celtic Celebration” at Old Sturbridge Village featuring Irish music, food, step dancing, and stories. March 16 and 17 from 9:30 a.m.-
4 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (includes free second-day visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village,
1 Old Sturbriudge Village Road. 800-733-1830. www.osv.org

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