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Float your boat

“Cleopatra’s Couch” should whet your appetite for the Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Track it down while feasting your eyes on and touring some of the snazzy vintage yachts. But don’t be a stowaway or you’ll miss the Parade of Boats at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday. Aug. 24 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), Aug. 25 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). $5, free under 12. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Turner St., Salem. 617-666-8530. www.boatfestival.org

THURSDAY

What’s on your floor? Painter and art instructor Lisa Knox converted her memories of figurines, tea sets, and plastic farm animals into a series of paintings for “Toy Land.” Thursday hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Aug. 22 reception from 5-7 p.m.; through Aug. 31). Free. Made in Fort Point, 30 Channel Center St., Boston. 617-423-1100. www.fortpointarts.org

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Looking at the ladies Adam Rhude’s paintings of three women reveal their exterior and interior beauty. He and other artists carry out themes of beauty, documentation, humor, and protection at “In Praise of Women: How Women Are Portrayed in American Art.” Thursday hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 22 reception 5:30-7 p.m.; through Sept. 29). $8, $7 seniors, $6 students, free under 12. The Cahoon Museum of American Art, 4676 Falmouth Road (Route 28),
Cotuit. 508-428-7581. www.cahoonmuseum.org

FRIDAY

If you build it Every year, thousands of people from all over the world flock to a Nevada desert to build a city that will last about week before they burn it down. The documentary “Spark: A Burning Man Story” chronicles this annual large-scale arts festival. Aug. 23 at 4:30, 7, and 9;30 p.m. (through Aug. 26). $9.75, $7.75 students and matinee, $6.75 seniors and under 12. Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837. www.brattlefilm.org

Directory assistance Here’s something for you “Downton Abbey” addicts to tide you over until Season 4 begins in January. Gore Place, the Federal-period mansion in Waltham, invites you to “What the Butler Said,” a guided tour about the servants who worked in the 1806 mansion. In period dress, your guide will speak for Robert Roberts, head butler and author of “The House Servant’s Directory.” Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m. $15, $10 ages 5-12. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798. www.eventbrite.com

On the beach Have you imagined yourself to be Deborah Kerr or Burt Lancaster in that iconic beach scene from Oscar-winning 1953 film “From Here to Eternity”? The film also stars Frank Sinatra and Montgomery Clift. Aug. 23 at dusk (music at 4:30 p.m.; film series ends Aug. 30). Free. Boston Harbor Hotel’s Rowes Wharf Sea Grille terraces, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-439-7000. www.bhh.com/summer

SATURDAY

Camera angle It’s all about authenticity at the Somerville Toy Camera Festival. The Nave Gallery and Washington Street Art Center present “Black, White, and a Little Local Color,” a tribute to low-tech, lo-end, and limited-control photography. Aug. 24 and 31 from noon-4 p.m. (festival continues in Sept. at Nave Gallery and Nave Gallery Annex). Free. Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington St., Somerville. 617-623-5315. www.washingtonst.org

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