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The 150 dancing, singing, and drumming kids will surely express themselves at “Express Yourself.” The young performers belong to the nonprofit arts program of the same name that works with kids from the Department of Mental Health and underserved youth. Guest artists include Blue Man Group (above, with Rasha Al-Saadawi and Tatiana Maddrey, both of Lynn), members from London’s Stomp, and Native American Dancer Annawon Weedon. 7 p.m. Free. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 978-927-8600.


History lesson Are you familiar with Zipporah Potter Atkins? We just learned about the North End black woman who lived free in 17th-century Boston, owned property, and had six surnames. Dr. Vivian Johnson will fill you in on this remarkable woman at “Free, Black and Female: The Zipporah Potter Atkins Story of Homeownership in Colonial Boston.” 6 p.m. $5, $3 seniors and ages 13-17, free under 13. Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. 617-720-2991.

They can work it out What’s your favorite Beatles tune? Hopefully it will be played by one or more of the performers at “A Tribute to the Beatles.” Boston, New York, and beyond are musically represented by the Funky ABs, Shilpa Narayanan, Rachel Quinones, Bruce Ferrara, and Melissa Bolling. 9:30 p.m. (menu 4 p.m.-2 a.m.). No cover (reservations recommended). Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-499-0001.


A settlement Elizabeth Palmer Peabody would probably be happy to hear that her namesake “Elizabeth Peabody House” lives on, even though it’s not in its original West End location. The settlement house opened its doors in 1896, and, two years after Peabody died, continues the activist’s mission to support immigrant communities, fight against slavery and for women’s rights and educational reform. The exhibit features schedules, annual reports, and photos. Tues-Fri noon-5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (through July 19). Free. West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-723-2125.

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Shipwrecked by Shakespeare Viola is disguised as a pageboy when she brings Count Orsino’s love letters to Lady Olivia (and realizes she, the disguised one, loves the Count). Who else but Shakespeare, right? “Twelfth Night” is presented by the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training. May 22-25 and 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. $20. Loeb Drama Center Experimental Theater, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-547-8300.


Buying local There are 29 tomato varieties at the Gore Place Spring Plant Sale, so be sure you have plenty of lettuce when you get home. The inventory also includes herbs, veggies, and flowers. May 23-25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine. Bring boxes for your purchases. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798.


Pop goes the culture Wanna meet celebs from “Game of Thrones,” “Futurama,” “Being Human,” “Veronica Mars,” “Supernatural,” plus Pete Best of the Beatles? There are 30 celebrity guests at the Pop Culture Expo of autograph sessions, screenings, vendors, and more. May 24 and 25 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 25 until 5 p.m.). $15, $25 two-day pass (add $5 at the door; prices vary for autographs and photos). Aleppo Shriners Auditorium, 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington. 508-788-5474.

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