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Arlington: Join Margaret Moody of Galapagos Puppets for “Badger Meets the Fairies,” a spring story based on European fairy lore, Saturday at 2 p.m., and stay for puppet-play after the performance at the Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St. $6. 781-648-6220,

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Natick: Libby Franck portrays Julia Ward Howe, who was transformed from a New York belle to a Boston writer and abolitionist before the Civil War, and, as the wife of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, the director of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, befriended poets, politicians, reformers, and writers, in a one-woman show Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Morse Institute Library, 14 East Central St. Free. 508-647-6520,

Newton: In its 30th season, Highland Jazz presents Detroit singing sensation Kathy ­Kosins performing songs from her acclaimed CD, “To the Ladies of Cool,” which salutes the artistry of “West Coast School of Cool” jazz vocalists June Christy, Anita O’Day, Chris Connor, and Julie London, Saturday, 8 p.m., at Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road. Advance tickets $18 ($17 seniors, $10 students); $20 at door. 781-237-1917,

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