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Who's the glue in your family? For Seth Lepore, it was his late grandmother. Meet Nonie, father Frank, aunt Camille, and other kin in Lepore's one-man show "Firecracker Bye Bye." Lepore uses character acting and vocal impressions to portray his relatives, covering topics like failed food experiments and crocheted sweaters. In a recent interview, Lepore said, "My aunt saw the show, and she loved it. That was big because she's second in line in the family to my grandmother." The show is presented by Salem Theatre Company. Jan. 2-4,
7:30 p.m. $20, $17 advance. STC Theatre, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 866-811-4111, www.salemtheatre.com



First walk of the year For the 22d year, you’re invited to start off the new year at the First Day Hikes in the Blue Hills. Warm up with a cup of hot soup, then choose the hike that suits your fancy and fitness level. Among the choices are a stroll around Houghton’s Pond for families. Jan. 1, soup at noon, walks at 1 p.m. Free. Meet at Houghton’s Pond parking lot, 840 Hillside St., Milton. 617-698-1802, www.mass.gov/dcr

Henry hike A one-mile hike to the original site of the Henry David Thoreau house is part of New Year’s Day 1847 at Walden Pond, which also features historian Richard Smith as Thoreau, seasonal literary readings, and hot chocolate. Jan. 1, noon-2 p.m. (hike at 1 p.m.). Free. Meet at Thoreau house replica near the parking lot, Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord. 978-369-3254, www.mass.gov/dcr


Triple the art It’s a threefer this month at Galatea Fine Art. On view is work by three women artists — Jo-Ann Boback, Barbara Eskin, and Carolyn Newberger. The exhibits include abstract and representational pieces inspired by music, everyday objects, and weather. Jan. 2-29. Wed-Fri, noon-6 p.m. Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. Reception Jan. 3, 6-8 p.m. Galatea Fine Art, 460B Harrison Ave., #B6, Boston. 617-542-1500, www.galateafineart.com

Skate time Jack Kirrane grew up in Brookline, played ice hockey in the Winter Olympics, and worked for the Brookline Fire Department. For those reasons and more, he’s the namesake for the Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink. Enjoy open air skating on the ice in Larz Anderson Park. Through March 9. Public skating Tues and Thurs, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Fri 8-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m. Skating for individuals with disabilities, and hockey times and skating lessons available, see website. $7. Jack Kirrane Rink, Larz Anderson Park, 23 Newton St., Brookline. 617-739-7518, www.brooklinema.gov

Pictures of Palestinians Twenty Palestinian and Palestinian-Americans that live, work, or study in Cambridge are the subject of “Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories of the Diaspora.” The exhibit presented by the Cambridge Bethlehem People to People Project includes interview excerpts and photos by Phyllis Bretholtz. Through Jan. 24. Mon-Fri, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed New Year’s Day). Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400, www.multiculturalartscenter.org

Celtic families On their Facebook page, the McKassons list their band interests. Among them are “beer, music, and an occasional game of Shanghai Rummy.” The Celtic-American family group will deliver number two at a gig with fiddling sisters Natalie and Brittany Haas. Jan. 2, 8 p.m. $25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679, www.passim.org