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    “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”
    Johnathan Carr
    “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”


    A racial stereotype within a racial stereotype

    A real maid wants to play a maid in a 1933 Civil War-era epic titled “The Belle of New Orleans.” And of course, her boss is played by a white Hollywood starlet who happens to be the maid’s real-life boss. The Lyric Stage Company of Boston presents Lynn Nottage’s dark comedy “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.” Pictured: Kami Rushell Smith (left) and Hannah Husband. March 29 at 8 p.m. (through April 27). $25-$58, $5 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


    Do not disturb The 1989 film “Mystery Train” was inspirational for local artist Mike Yoshiaki Daikubara. Girl: “Why do you only take pictures of the rooms we stay in and never what we see outside while we travel?” Guy: “Those other things are in my memory. The hotel rooms and the airports are the things I’ll forget.” Daikubara’s “Rendered Rooms: Hotel rooms drawn on location by measuring” are pen and ink drawings which include the bathroom tiles, wall decorations, and fridge food. Thursday hours are 1-6 p.m. (through April 6). Free. Gallery 263, 263 Pearl St., Cambridge.

    Hang 10 “A Deeper Shade of Blue” rides the roots, history, and technology of the surfing culture. After the screening, director Jack McCoy discusses the sport with legends including Kathy Kohner, the inspiration for the “Gidget” movie and TV show. 7:30 p.m. $12.50. Participating movie theaters including Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston. 617-424-6266.


    Pantheon of poets Imagine being in class with Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton? In 1959, Kathleen Spivack studied with them at BU. The poet, writer, author, and educator will talk about her memoir, “With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others” at Kathleen Spivack: “Great Poets at Boston University.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-8484.


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    A lifetime of activism If you imagine Rosa Parks as a quiet woman who created the modern civil rights movement with one action, imagine again. Historian Jeanne Theoharis will talk about her book “The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks” from which we learn that Parks was a civil rights activist for more than 50 years. March 29 at 3 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515.

    Reparation Three actors play more than 40 characters in Israel Horovitz’s “Lebensraum” presented by Hub Theatre Company of Boston. The Wakefield-bred playwright explores ethical dilemmas, moral codes, and more. March 29 at 8 p.m. (through April 14). Pay-what-you-can tickets. The First Church of Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston.


    Case opened An affair between a Midwestern woman and her lover is out in public because of a suitcase purchased on eBay. In the suitcase were 60 hours of reel-to-reel audiotape recorded in the ’60s, the subject of Jane Gillooly’s “Suitcase of Love and Shame.” The Boston-based filmmaker will be at the screening. March 30 at 7 p.m. $12, $8 students. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100.