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Five things to do, Sept. 18-24

Gyorgy Kepes Photographs, Fall Festival at Gore Place, Jen Kirkman at The Wilbur, and more.

Longtime MIT professor Gyorgy Kepes was also a brilliant experimental photographer. An exhibit of his work begins September 20.
photograph from MIT Museum, used by permission of the Kepes Estate
Longtime MIT professor Gyorgy Kepes was also a brilliant experimental photographer. An exhibit of his work begins September 20.

FUNNY LADY

Wednesday, September 20

Before she was a Netflix sensation and best-selling author (I Can Barely Take Care of Myself; I Know What I’m Doing — and Other Lies I Tell Myself), stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman got her professional start in the Boston area. The Emerson College grad’s All New Material, Girl tour comes to The Wilbur at 7:30 p.m. From $26. thewilbur.com

PICTURE THIS

Opening Thursday, September 21

Though better known as a painter, the longtime MIT professor Gyorgy Kepes was also a brilliant experimental photographer. Gyorgy Kepes Photographs: From Berlin to Chicago, 1930-1946, the first of two exhibitions at the MIT Museum, explores early work by the Hungarian-born polymath (1906-2001). The show includes photograms — images exposed on photosensitive material without using a camera — as well as never-before-seen prints. Through March 5. $10. mitmuseum.mit.edu

FREE MUSEUMS

Saturday, September 23

Dozens of Massachusetts institutions — including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, both Harvard museum complexes, and the Concord Museum — throw open their doors for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! Download a ticket good for free admission for two from the website, and while you’re there, check out suggested kids’ STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. smithsonianmag.com/museumday

PUMPKIN SPICE

Saturday, September 23

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The Great Pumpkin Drop is the headliner — it’s not every day that 1,000 pounds of gourds fly through the air — but the Fall Festival at Gore Place in Waltham offers plenty of other attractions. Check out the principal rooms of the mansion, then head outside for live music, lawn games, puppet shows, and more. Noon to 5 p.m. $10. goreplace.org

DOWNTOWN DINING

Sunday, September 24

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Sample food from more than two dozen restaurants, including big names like Ruka and hot newcomers like Explorateur, at the Taste of Downtown Crossing. Avenue de Lafayette turns into restaurant row, complete with cooking demonstrations and live music, from noon to 3 p.m. Beer and wine will be for sale. $30, $25 in advance. tasteofdtx.com

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