The week ahead: Family events

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Song and dance on Sesame Street

SESAME STREET LIVE “CAN’T STOP SINGING” See and hear what happens when Elmo “borrows” Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. Hint: singing and dancing are involved. Join the gang for lots of music and merriment. Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. (through Jan. 19). $17 and $30, $13 (Jan. 17). The Hanover Theatrefor the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.

June Wulff


FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL A tribute week to Martin Luther King Jr. gets started with Watertown resident Sandy Jaffe’s “Our Mockingbird” for teens and adults. Students at two Alabama high schools (one black, one white) put on a play based on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. (through Jan. 20). $8. Regent Theatre, 5 Medford St., Arlington. 617-484-3980.

“THE PIRATE, THE PRINCESS, AND THE PEA” Cooperation and friendship are the outcome of this Crabgrass Puppet Theatre production about a pirate and a princess looking for the same treasure. Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. $10, $8 kids. The Center for Arts in Natick, 14 Summer St., Natick. 508-647-0097.


“PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL” Too much of a good thing happens to Pinkalicious when she eats too many pink cupcakes and comes down with Pinkititis. Nine young actors perform in this musical based on the books by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann. Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. (through Feb. 2). $25. Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-6634, ext. 222.


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FREE PUBLIC SKATING ON BOSTON COMMON FROG POND Even if you don’t compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, you can lace up your skates and try a twirl or two, thanks to the generous folks at Liberty Mutual. Daily through Feb. 23 (check hours at Free (request up to four passes online at the Liberty Mutual site; includes skate rental). Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston. 617-635-2120.

CELEBRATE THE 205TH BIRTHDAY OF EDGAR ALLAN POE Poe was born in Boston in 1809, returned in 1827, and published “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “Hop-Frog” in his birthplace. On the day of his 205th birthday, the panel discussion “The Poe Statue Project: Public Art, Creativity, Politics, and the Law” is about Stefanie Rocknak’s life-size bronze sculpture, “Poe Returning to Boston.” The installation in Poe Square is scheduled for this year. Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Free. Boston College’s Devlin Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-3710.

OPEN HOUSE AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS Tours, exhibits, talks, music, art-making activities, a story hour about Martin Luther King Jr., and outdoor readings honor the legacy of Dr. King. See the new exhibit “Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art” and the “John Singer Sargent Watercolors” which closes Jan. 20. Jan. 20 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Free. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.

BOOK TALK AT THE BOSTON ATHENAEUM This author talk about “Orfeo: A Novel” beats a PB&J lunch. In the new book by Richard Powers, Homeland Security and the media want to know what’s up after police raid the home microbiology lab of a composer they call “Bioterrorist Bach.” Jan. 22 at noon. Free. Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7641.

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