PICK OF THE DAY
If you saw John Waters by the side of the road and gave him a lift, it would be an interesting ride. “Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America” is two parts fantasy, one part reality. The director, writer, and actor headed west from his Baltimore home, and in a recent radio interview said: “It’s always about talking.” Line up early for the John Waters Book Signing.June 14 at 2 p.m. Free (but you must have a copy of the book with proof of purchase from the Harvard Book Store). Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com/event/john_waters_book_signing
Teachable moment Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote beautiful music and made powerful statements. “South Pacific” deals with crosscultural relationships and bigotry. Our favorite tune from the Tony-winning show is “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught.” The Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston production stars Medford native Katie Clark as Nellie Forbush. 3 p.m. (through June 22). $35-$63, $25 ages 5-18, $3 senior discount. Robinson Theatre, 617 Lexington St., Waltham. 781-891-5600. www.reaglemusictheatre.com
What a drag Two weeks and two programs for “Doubles, Demons, and Dreamers.” First up at Sleeping Weazel’s art festival of comedy and drag is Kenneth Presininzi’s “Ugmo and Eenie Go Down the Ruski Hole” and singer Johnny Blazes. Week two offers Adara Meyers’s comedy “Talk to at Me” and Beth Nixon’s “Lava Fossil” performance. June 12-14, 19-21 at 8 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors, $30 pass. Plaza Black Box Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com
A call to arms When a woman moves into “Apt. 4D,” things change for three residents of the Franklin Arms (Meg the librarian, Hunter the filmmaker, and Avery the laid-off executive). The comedy is presented by Beau Jest Moving Theatre. 8 p.m. (through June 21). $22, $17 students and seniors. Charlestown Working Theater, 42 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. 866-811-4111. www.charlestownworkingtheater.org
Climate comedy “Stand-up economist” Yoram Bauman and illustrator Grady Klein found an amusing way to teach us about Milankovitch cycles, carbon taxes, and other stuff in “The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change.” Bauman is in town for a talk and signing. 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-499-2000. www.thecoop.com
The Importance of Being Wilde Oscar Wilde’s themes are topical and timely. Fairy Tales “The Birthday of the Infanta” and “The Young King” from his collection “A House of Pomegranates” will be performed by Boston Actors Theater at “Dancing Wilde.” June 13 at 8 p.m. (through June 28). $20, $15 seniors, $10 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.bostonactorstheater.com
Truck stop Food and beer headline the Fork in the Road Food Truck Festival. More than a dozen trucks include Bon Me, the Bacon Truck, Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, the Dining Car, the Taco Truck, Fugu, and Stoked. Live music supports the headliners. June 14 noon-10 p.m., rain or shine. $15, free under 13. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.livenation.comJune Wulff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.