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Boston-area to do list

Richard Hubert Smith

PICK OF THE DAY

Grace period

It’s no secret that women get a lot done in a day, so when banished Medea gets a one-day grace period, the wife and mother makes it count. The “National Theatre Live” high-definition presentation of Euripides’s tragedy, “Medea,” stars Helen McCrory (pictured). Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. $20, $17 seniors. Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734–2500. www.coolidge.org/content/medea

WEDNESDAY

The King’s speech To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the start of World War II, the The Museum of World War II displays three documents: an original draft of the Aug. 25, 1939 speech given on the radio by King George VI to announce that war was declared; a secret warning telegram to British forces from the War Office; A handwritten Naval message: “Commence Hostilities at once with Germany.” Tues-Sat by appointment (through Nov. 29; museumofworldwarII@yahoo.com). $25 minimum contribution. Museum of World War II, Natick. 508-653-1943. www.museumofworldwarII.org

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For sale The stuff of everyday life fascinates Joanna Hogg, and in her film “Exhibition” the British writer and director foregoes a formal script to tell the story of two artists who make a decision to sell their home of 20 years. Sept. 3 and 5 at 3 p.m. (Sept. 4 at 7:45 p.m. $11). $8. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film

THURSDAY

On cloud 9 Here’s another British offering, but this one is Caryl Churchill’s comedy that skewers the Victorian Empire’s rigidity by doing the gender-bending thing. The cast of “Cloud 9” ages about 25 years which gives Boston Conservatory actors a chance to see what’s in store for them. Sept. 4-6 at 8 p.m., Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. $10. Boston Conservatory ZackBox, 8 the Fenway, Boston. 617-912-9222. www.bostonconservatory.edu

Brown is the new black In “Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath,” the group Brownout gives Black Sabbath tunes a Latin-funk groove. Sept. 4 at 9 p.m. $15. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com

Isn’t it grand Where can you see Argentine tangos, Italian tarantellas, Turkish sacred Sufi songs, Irish reels, Moroccan trance, and Bulgarian dance music at one place performed by one band? The answer is the Regattabar where the Grand Fatilla fusion foursome performs from its latest album, “Global Shuffle.” Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. $18. Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge.
617-395-7757. www.regattabarjazz.com

Here’s Alonzo Some bits from comedian Alonzo Bodden: “Scientists are trying to invent Viagra for women. It’s been along for years . . . it’s called cash.” “There’s always something that’s going to kill us all. A few years ago, tomatoes were going to kill us and a few years before that it was spinach. The FDA is run by a 7-year-old kid that hates vegetables.” Sept. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; Sept. 6 at 8 and 10:15 p.m. $20 (Sept. 4), $25. Laugh Boston @ the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-725-2844. www.laughboston.com

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