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Boston-area to do list

Barry Chin/globe staff/file 2012

PICK OF THE DAY

Seven at 11

You’ll get a physical and musical workout at the New Bedford Folk Festival, where seven stages support more than 70 established and up-and-coming performers including Chris Smither (pictured), Christine Lavin with Don White, John Gorka, Poor Old Shine, Jonathan Edwards, Vance Gilbert, and Bill Harley. July 5 and 6 from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. $20, $25 both days, free under 12. New Bedford venues including Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater and Whaling Museum Theater. 774-309-0216. www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com

FRIDAY

Fast, faster, and wow This show once had our then-teenage son doubled over with laughter. It was a great way to guarantee he’d get some Shakespeare in him. Three actors play all the parts in Shakespeare & Company’s production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” You’ll get all 37 of the Bard’s plays including “Hamlet,” which is served in three speeds and backward. 7 p.m. preview (through Aug. 24). $15-$80 (discounts available). Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353. www.shakespeare.org

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No stones unturned We can claim Boston-based Dietrich Strause as our own, which means we can also claim his latest release, “Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart.” Two tunes we like by the singer, songwriter, and guitarist are “Sling & Stone” and “Unsinkable.”
8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St. Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

Roger and out “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough,” said Roger Ebert, the late Pulitzer-winning film critic and the subject of “Life Itself.” Directed by Steve James, the documentary is based on Ebert’s memoir (review, Page 16). Check website for dates and times. $9-$11. Kendall Square Cinema, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge. 617-621-1202. www.landmarktheatres.com

SATURDAY

A great big idea You can see one of four surviving copies of the English document at “Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty,” also featuring the Sons of Liberty Bowl and drafts of the Declaration of Independence. (For more, see Page 6.) July 5 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (through Sept. 1). $25, $23 seniors, free 17 and under, voluntary donations Wednesdays after 4 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300. www.mfa.org/exhibitions/magna-carta

Aboard the Mayflower Lidian Jackson Emerson, wife of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is the subject of Amy Belding Brown’s historical novel, “Mr. Emerson’s Wife.” The author reads from her book in the mansion where Mrs. Emerson was born, raised, and married. July 5 at 1 p.m. $5 (reservations required). The Mayflower Society House,
4 Winslow St., Plymouth. 508-746-3188. www.themayflowersociety.com

SUNDAY

Good Dogg “It’s so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs. . . . We should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics.” Snoop Dogg, the artist who brought us “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” and other hip-hop hits, brought us this quote. July 6 at 8 p.m. $47. 18+. Casino Ballroom at Hampton Beach, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach, N.H. 603-929-4100. www.casinoballroom.com

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