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Museum of Fine Arts


A bird’s life

John James Audubon didn’t wait for the birds to come to him, he went to the birds. During the early 1800s, he traveled all over the eastern US and Canada to observe North American birds where they live, and create his famous drawings for “The Birds of America.” “Audubon’s Birds, Audubon’s Words” features 30 works (including prints from “The Birds of America”) paired with writings that illuminate the artist’s methods, obsessions, and difficulties he encountered. July 27-May 11. Mon-Tues and Sat-Sun, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. $25, discounts for students, seniors, and kids. Museum of Fine Arts, Edward and Nancy Roberts Family Gallery, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300,


Just because you’re paranoid. . . Who else but Tony Award winner Christopher Durang could come up with “Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.” Titanic Theatre Company presents the dark comedy with crazy characters including a woman with an underwear issue, a minister who directs porn on the side, and a man who might be using a butterfly collection to obscure his involvement in a shadow government. July 25, 7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 10. $25. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box Theater, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.

Glory be VOICES Theater Company presents “Glory,” a new historic play by Sally Filkins featuring stories of the Civil War era told from the points of view of Pittsfield residents. The dramatization features vignettes about the Underground Railroad in the Berkshires, and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment. July 25-27, 7 p.m. Also Aug. 8-10 and Sept. 6-7 at 6 p.m. $10. Pittsfield Cemetery, 203 Wahconah St., Pittsfield. 413-442-1793,


Psycho by the seaside Imagine this: Alfred Hitchock meets Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Now you have the vibe for Happy Medium Theatre Company and Heart & Dagger Productions’ “Psycho Beach Party.” The action follows 1960s teen tomboy Chicklet Forrest on her mission to become part of the surf crowd. July 25-27, 8 p.m. July 28, 4 p.m. Through Aug. 3. $20, $15 students. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston.

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Ocean views Art professor Blythe Hazen chose sculpture, prints, quilts, and photographs for the North Shore juried show “twentythirteen.” She says, “While the works I selected for this exhibit are not particularly about seaside life, they are all in some way about how the ocean has impacted my awareness of space and place.” Through Aug. 4. Thurs-Sun, noon-6 p.m. Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.


Acts of war Last year Olympia Dukakis starred in Shakespeare & Company’s production of “The Tempest.” She’s back this year in the 20th-century masterwork “Mother Courage and Her Children.” Her brother Apollo joins her in Bertolt Brecht’s exploration of the morality of war. July 26-27, 7:30 p.m. July 28, 2 p.m. Through Aug. 25. $15-$95. Tina Packer Playhouse, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353,


It’s real Do you think art is something fun you can participate in? It’s not all in your imagination, it’s at Figment Boston. The weekend of art, performance, and creativity features interactive art projects, dance performances, and music. July 27, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 28, noon-6 p.m. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston.