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Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landscapes

Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landscapes

Toshio Shibata

PICK OF THE DAY

No temples or gardens

If you consider roads, dams, and bridges things of beauty, you’re in good company. Landscape photographer Toshio Shibata explores the balance between nature and the artificial, and at “Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landscapes” you’ll get an eyeful of his 28 large-scale photos. April 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (2 p.m. conversation with artist; through Oct. 6). $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free under 17. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 866-745-1876. www.pem.org

THURSDAY

She’s not in Kansas anymore You know the old drill. A young ingenue trades rural for urban to find a rich husband. In the Tony-winning musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” our heroine leaves Kansas to meet flapper life and a lot more. 7:30 p.m. (through May 12). $44 and $48, $40 and $42 seniors (April 28 is pay-what-you-can night). Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200. www.stonehamtheatre.org

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A magnificent seven During his seven years managing our beloved Red Sox, Terry Francona gave fans a reason to get out of bed in the morning. In “Francona: The Red Sox Years,” Francona and Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy run the bases of Francona’s reign. Shaughnessy will talk about the book and participate in an audience Q&A. 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation for Waban Library Center. Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon St., Waban. 617-244-0700. www.wabanlibrarycenter.org

Life or death It’s not an upbeat topic, but the issue of physician-assisted suicide is an important one. Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents “Whose Choice Is Death” with Harvard Medical School’s Marcia Angell and Guy Maytal. 6:30 p.m. Free. Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston. 617-557-2007. www.fordhallforum.org

A cut above Are you a flank fan, or do you prefer a brisket, sirloin, shank, or rib-eye? Here’s a chance to meet the meat and help raise money for the Boston Center for Adult Education. Nine Boston chefs will each take a section of the cow and create a masterpiece at “What’s Your Beef?” There will even be a veggie dish for you non-carnivores. 6:30-9 p.m. (5:45 p.m. VIP reception). $100-$250 (RSVP required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org

FRIDAY

Spring sprucing Now that we’re out of hibernation, it’s time to spruce up our homes, offices, and selves. You have help from 200 artists at Craftboston Spring presented by the Society of Arts & Crafts. Emerging artists from schools and universities will display their ceramics, wearables, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, wood, and more. April 19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (through April 21). $15, $13 seniors, $12 students, free under 13 (valid throughout weekend). Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston. 617-266-1810. www.craftboston.org

SATURDAY

Financial fitness Are you on your way to financial ruin and ready to move back in with you know who to live in a you know what? Don’t start hyperventilating, Money Smart Week is here to help. April 20 offers “Online Financial Planning Resources,” “Planning a Wedding on a Budget,” and “Couponing.” April 20, 11 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. (through April 27). Free. Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org/calendar

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