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Babbling Brooke

Brooke Wyeth is about to dredge, and her family isn’t happy about it. In the SpeakEasy Stage Company production of Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” the writer returns home to Palm Springs for Christmas to be with her brother, aunt, and parents and share the news that she’s going to publish a memoir about a tragic family event. Pictured (from left): Karen MacDonald, Anne Gottlieb, and Nancy E. Carroll.
Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. (through Feb. 9). $25 and up, $25 under age 25. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion,
527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.speakeasystage.com

THURSDAY

Where for art Will? The other Anne Hathaway (not the “Les Mis” one) took care of her and hubby William Shakespeare’s kids while the bard was busy. Learn more at “Shakespeare’s Will” by Vern Thiessen starring Stratford Shakespeare Festival actress Seana McKenna. 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 3). $20 and up (Jan. 10 $5 cash only between 4:30-7:30 p.m., two-ticket limit), $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

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Three’s company Painters Andy and David Newman were artistically influenced by their mother, Greta Newman, whose early work joins her sons’ at “Andy and David Newman: Reciprocal Influences.” More than 20 pieces share a focus on form, coherence, and compositional harmony. Daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 5 (Jan. 10 reception 6:30-8:30 p.m.). Free. The gallery at Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St., Concord. 978-371-0820. www.emersonumbrella.org

Resiliency rules Julie Mallozzi deals with cultural identity in her documentaries, and the local filmmaker’s “Indelible Lalita” is no exception. When cancer, heart failure, and loss of skin pigment consume a beautiful, Bombay-bred woman, resiliency triumphs. (See review, Page 5.) 7:30 p.m. (through Jan. 16; Jan. 10 Q&A with filmmaker and her subject, Lalita Bharvani). $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-369-3907. www.mfa.org

FRIDAY

Nothing but a classic White actors were not cast in starring roles in the 1964 film “Nothing But a Man,” directed by Michael Roemer. And to further jab at “white-centric Hollywood,” day-to-day travails of blacks in ’60s Birmingham, Ala., were punctuated through the use of close-up frames. Ivan Dixon and Abbey Lincoln star in this classic. Jan. 11 at 7 and 9 p.m. (through
Jan. 20). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film
Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

Wine, no whine To help you get through the winter, the Boston Wine Festival offers 39 nights of wine, themed dinners, seminars, and receptions. Chef Daniel Bruce welcomes Frog’s Leap, Diamond Creek, Chateauneuf du Pape, and others. Themed dinners include Battle of the Cabernets, Meritage Madness, and Pinots: Old World, New World. Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (through
March 29). Grand Opening Reception is $100. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-330-9355. www.bostonwinefestival.net/shop

SATURDAY

Gore-y What would you like to ask Edgar Allan Poe? Bring your questions and love of the macabre to “The House of Usher Meets the House of Gore” where Rob Velella portrays the Boston-born Poe and reads from “Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Jan. 12 at 4 and 6 p.m. $12 (reservations recommended). Recommended for ages 16 and older. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 781-894-2798. www.goreplace.org

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