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On trial

It’s October, the month when Salem offers its spooky seasonal fare. This year’s offerings include “The Crucible.” Arthur Miller set his story during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and set his feelings on the lines about the Senator Joe McCarthy communism trials in the ’50s. The Tony-winning play is presented by the Salem Theatre Company. Pictured: Julia Short as Abigail Williams. Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 19). $25, $20 seniors, $10 students. STC Theatre , 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-811-4111. www.salemtheatre.com

THURSDAY

Tackling big issues The ’50s are at the National Center For Jewish Film Mini-Festival Thursday with “In the Shadow,” a thriller set behind the Iron Curtain in Prague. When an East German “specialist” tries to blame a robbery on the Jewish community, police captain Hakl steps in. 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 13) $12,
$10 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts,
465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

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Solitude in public When you’re in an airport, laundromat, or other public space and your eyes aren’t staring at a mobile device, what do you see? Sammy Chong sees plexiglass windows, ad panels, shop displays, and signs, and the Boston College visiting assistant professor paints on the material for “Far Away, So Close.” Thursday hours 1-6 p.m. (through Oct. 19; Oct. 12 reception 6-8 p.m.). Free. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge. www.gallery263.com

45 years young In 1968, a bunch of Chicago artists founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists, and we fast forward to the retrospective “AFRICOBRA at 45.” With a mission of showcasing an African-centric cultural perspective, works are positive, purposeful, and illustrative of Black pride. Thursday hours 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Oct. 3 reception 5:30-7 p.m.; through Nov. 3). Free. Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-445-0900. www.haleyhouse.org/cafe

FRIDAY

On the fringe A lonely sailor on the HMS Ark Royal gets involved with a pen pal he believes to be a beautiful and successful female model. (spoiler alert). She turns out to be a deceitful he. Jonathan Dove’s one-act opera, “Siren Song,“ opens the Fall Fringe Festival.Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 6; festival runs through Oct. 27). $7. Boston University Theatre, Lane-Comley Studio 210, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston.
617-933-8600. www.bu.edu/cfa/fringe

SATURDAY

Obsession You might look at your bathtub differently after seeing “Warnings From the Bathtub” by writer, producer, and director Elizabeth Appell. A woman ignores her dead mother’s bathtub hallucinations and decides that her couch will always be faithful. This short screens at the Etheria Film Festival of new short science fiction and fantasy films directed by women. Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. $12, $20 festival pass (4 p.m. free screening of “Beast Wishes”). Somerville Theatre,
55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700. www.allthingshorroronline.net/p/what-is-all-things-horror-presents

Weekend update Does your age determine which decade or cast of “Saturday Night Live” is your favorite? Are you a John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase fan? Are you in the Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler camp? Both? Neither? Boston College professor Matt Sienkiewicz will talk about his book “Saturday Night Live and American TV.” Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline.
617-566-6660. www.brooklinebooksmith.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.
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