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Theresa Wood

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‘Dinner’ conversation

Joanna brings her fiancé home to meet her parents, and his parents also show up for dinner. Joanna’s parents are white and liberal. John is African-American. There’s a lot more than dinner on the plate in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” presented by the Huntington Theatre Company. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (above) plays John. Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. (through Oct. 5). $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 ages 35 and younger, $15 students and military. Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-266-0800. www.huntingtontheatre.org

THURSDAY

Painted points For Boston artists Lisa Russell and Mary Bucci McCoy, paint has a physical and emotive presence. For “Reconfiguring Abstraction” Russell starts with still life arrangements, McCoy with plywood panels. Thursday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through
Sept. 18). Free.
Fort Point Arts Community Gallery, 300 Summer St., Boston. 617-423-4299. www.fortpointarts.org

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Second line If we said “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary,” you would probably say “How Does Your Garden Grow?” which happens to be the name of this exhibit of art quilts. See how each artist interpreted this second line. Wed-Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Sept. 20. Suggested donation $5, $4 students and seniors. The Whistler House Museum of Art, 243 Worthen St., Lowell. 978-452-7641. www.whistlerhouse.org

FRIDAY

Care for a shave? The back alleys of 19th-century London weren’t pretty, and Stephen Sondheim gets the grit and gruesome but also the beauty, humor, and pathos in his Tony-winning “Sweeney Todd.” Guys, you might never look at your barber the same way again. Gals, avoid meat pies on the menu. Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. (through Oct. 11; recommended for high school ages and older). $25-$67. Lyric Stage Company of Boston, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678. www.lyricstage.com

SATURDAY

Feast for all senses Food usually gets our attention, but at the Italian Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian we’re just as hungry for the Grammy-winning Tavares. “Don’t Take Away the Music” and “More Than A Woman” will do just fine, as will food vendors including Volare’s and the East Side Bar & Grille. Sept. 6 (2-11 p.m.) and
7 (1-10 p.m.). Free admission and entertainment. Warren Street, East Cambridge. 617-661-1164. www.cosmas-and-damian.org

The closer Tunes in the David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr. musical “Closer Than Ever” deal with love, happiness, security, and other midlife mishegas. Leigh Barrett performs in and directs the New Repertory Theatre production. Sept. 6 preview at 8 p.m. (through Sept. 28). $25-$60 (discounts available). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.newrep.org

Mobile to mobile Today’s words are stabile and maquette, but rather than define them, we’ll refer you to “Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic.” The 40 sculptures on view were made between the 30s and late 60s by Alexander Calder. Opening-day activities include a panel discussion (11 a.m.; reservations required by Sept. 5), art making, tours, and films. Sept. 6 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (opening-day activities 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; through Jan. 4). $18, $15 seniors, $10 students, free under 18. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876. www.pem.org

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