Boston-area to do list

Ann Campbell


A boatload of fun

Time to drool, but not near the more than 40 antique and classic vessels on view at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival. Feast your eyes on the 1933 42-foot Elco cabin cruiser with “Cleopatra’s Couch”; the 1965 Seraffyn of Victoria, a 24-foot cutter whose owners sailed her around the world without a motor; and the Gremlin, a United States Navy whaleboat built in 1942. Aug. 23
(11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and 24 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.), rain or shine. $5, free under 12. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, Turner St., Salem. 617-666-8530.


Hot topic The Iranian government’s 1995 attempted murder of writers and intellectuals is the subject of Mohammad Rasoulof’s “Manuscripts Don’t Burn.” (See review, Page 3.) 7:30 p.m. (various dates through Aug. 28). $11. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975.

Hung jury The Uforge Gallery enlisted juror Enrico Pinardi to decide which multimedia works to hang for “Juror’s Choice.” The eclectic 42-piece show by artists from all over the country includes Nayda Cuevas’s miniature oil portraits inspired by iPhone selfies and minimalist sculptures by artist-engineer Del Jackson. Thursday hours are 5-8 p.m. (through Aug. 31). Free. Uforge Gallery, 767 Centre St., Jamaica Plain. 617-553-4480.

There’s no business like Ethel’s business She didn’t need a microphone; she didn’t need the orchestra to play softly. You could hear Ethel Merman belt from another state. Rita McKenzie takes on the performer at “Ethel Merman’s Broadway” with a set list that includes “I Got Rhythm,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and more. 7:30 p.m. (through Aug. 24). $45-$60. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200.



Haves and have nots Director Devon Jones’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion” takes you out of Henry Higgins’s stuffy drawing rooms to show you how and where flower seller Eliza Doolittle lived. This Flat Earth Theatre production tackles class and inequality. Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. (through Aug. 30). $20, $25 at the door. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown.

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Welcome This next-to-last of the “Free Fun Fridays” includes the Old Manse in Concord built before the Revolutionary War (10 a.m.-
8 p.m. 269 Monument St. 978-369-3909.
. Aug. 22 at Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of African American History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations in Concord, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, and Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst (check website for details and for Aug. 29 venues). 617-969-8900.


With gratitude The equipment, artillery, and vehicles on view at WWII Weekend can’t talk, but the more than 50 WWII Allied and Axis living historians can, and you can meet the veterans and participate in special programs throughout the day. Aug. 23 and 24 from
9 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine. $17, $15 seniors and US military veterans, $10.50 ages 6-12, $8.50 active military, free under 6 and for active military in uniform. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 508-678-1100.

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