PICK OF THE DAY
Let’s be Frank
In 1891, Frank Wedekind wrote a play about adolescent sexuality that wasn’t performed in its entirety until 1974. Wedekind’s German drama was the inspiration for Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony-winning musical of the same name, “Spring Awakening.” 8 p.m. (through July 14). $40, $35 students and seniors, pay-what-you-can performance June 22 at 3 p.m. Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main St., Gloucester.
Thelma and Louise Hortense and Marie Mancini had quite a life. The 17th-century sisters were beautiful, educated, wealthy, and married to aristocracy. But that wasn’t enough, so they took off dressed as men and traveled through Europe evading the troops sent to bring them home. Jane Bergeron and Carrie Ann Quinn follow the ladies’ real-life journey in “Possessions,” presented by Escape Artists. 8 p.m. (through June 29). $10-$20. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre,
949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.escapeartiststheatreco.com
Old and new On this first day of summer, take in Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, the Hancock tower, and contemporary buildings on a 90-minute Architecture Cruise. Boston By Foot guides will point out the landmarks along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. June 21 at 9:30 a.m. (Fri-Sun through Oct. 13). $25; $20 students, seniors, and kids (advance reservations recommended). Depart from CambridgeSide Galleria,
100 CambridgeSidePl., Cambridge. 617-621-3001. www.charlesriverboat.com/tickets
Summer quartet Fill up part of this longest day of the year at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and the Semitic Museum. Outdoor activities and attractions at Summer Solstice: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture include the StarLab portable planetarium, live music and dance, and a chance for you to be part of a human sundial and tell time by your shadow. June 21 from 5-9 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Plaza between the Harvard Science Center and Sanders Theatre, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045.
Peace, love, and more For young ’uns who think the ’60s were just about free love and lots of hair, “Legends in the Mist” will set the record straight with a multimedia story about the era’s social climate. Rhode Island’s Mixed Magic Theatre presents an evening of gospel, jazz, blues, folk, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll, and contemporary ballads. June 22 at 7:30 p.m.,
June 23 at 3 p.m. $20, $10 students and seniors. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-541-4900.
Doggy date You and your four-legged date have a lot to do at Pooch-a-Palooza. You can watch the Marvelous Mutts canine athletes, listen to music, ask questions of the pros, pick up a treat bag of samples and coupons, make a custom pet tag, and watch the “best dressed dog” contest. June 22 and 23 from 10 a.m.-
7 p.m. $15, $20 (day of); $12, $15 (day of) seniors; $8, $10 (day of) kids; free for leashed dogs and kids under 3. Prowse Farm, 5 Blue Hill River Road, Canton.