Boston-area to do list

Julie Dennehy/King Richard’s Faire
King Richard’s Faire.


Faire is faire

It’s not every day you can watch knights joust on horseback, munch on a giant turkey leg, and mingle with strolling performers. All this and more is at the Renaissance festival King Richard’s Faire which also hosts the Sept. 29 “Game of Thrones Ascent.” One of the prizes for this trivia/costume contest is a miniature replica of the Iron Throne. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends and Monday holidays through Oct. 20. $28, $16 ages 4-11.
235 Main St., Carver. 508-866-5391.


Winter in summer Rolling Stone put him on its list of top 100 guitarists of all times, so see what all the fuss is about when Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter performs in Truro. 8 p.m. $35-$60. Payomet Performing Arts Center, 29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro. 508-487-5400.

Pure imagination Let your urban planning imagination run wild at “Reimagining Boston — Exhibition Tour and Workshop” where urban design director Scott Burnham will give you a personal tour of “Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure.” After the tour, sketch on the gallery windows and show off your fabulous ideas for how Boston can use objects in creative ways (we read about streetlight poles that double as umbrellas). 4-5:30 p.m. (exhibit through Sept. 29 by suggested donation). Free. Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress St., Boston. 617-391-4039.


A half marathon Here’s something for you night owls and insomniacs who love a good pessimistic, fatalistic, crime drama. “Noir All Night” screens seven American films from the ’40s and ’50s by Jacques Tourneur, Joseph H. Lewis, Jules Dassin, and others. We can’t provide titles because they ain’t tellin’. 7 p.m.-Sept. 1 at
7 a.m. (approx.). $12. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.

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What’s cookin’? The American Ham Tour is not food related, unless the headliner is passing out snacks. Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation,” hams it up with stories, songs, and advice and welcomes his wife to the stage. Emmy-winning Megan Mullally from “Will & Grace” and Broadway is half of the Nancy & Beth band. The other half is TV actress Stephanie Hunt. Aug. 31 at 7 and 9:45 p.m., Sept. 2 at
7 p.m. $35. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

I-Connick At his recent Symphony Hall gig, Harry Connick Jr. covered just about every music genre and mood and added personal anecdotes. The Grammy-winning everything (vocalist, pianist, composer, bandleader, actor, philanthropist) will share his latest release, “Every Man Should Know.” 7 p.m. $29.50-$99.50. Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. 888-266-1200.


Really After making his mark on Belgian artists, 19th-century French painter Gustave Courbet crossed the pond to do the same in America. The modernism pioneer and leader of the realist movement is the subject of “Courbet: Mapping Realism,” an exhibit of works from the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and American collections. One of the paintings is “A View Across a River,” purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner. Sept. 1 noon-5 p.m. (opening reception 7-9:30 p.m.; through Dec. 8). Free. The McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College, Devlin Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8587.