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    JACK AND THE BEANSTALK We wouldn’t be happy if our son sold Matilda the cow for invisible beans, but we’d learn our lesson when the beans turn into a giant stalk, when the giant is defeated, and when our fortune arrives. Presented by Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre . July 25 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. $10, $12. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200.

    June Wulff


    THE PIRATE, THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA The pirate can’t keep up with the princess on their treasure hunt, but when an octopus puts the princess at risk, the crew goes into action. Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents the story and original pirate songs. July 24 at 1 p.m., July 25 and 26 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400.

    CIRCUS SMIRKUS Vermont produces a lot more than cheese. The international circus trains young performers who are on the road with their latest show, “Anchors Away for Atlantis!” Performers, ages 8-18, climb rigging with aquatic aerialists, tumble in the surf with amphibious acrobats, and explore under and on the surface. July 25 and 26 at 2 and 7 p.m., July 27 at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. $26, $20 ages 7-12, $17 ages 2-6. Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham. 877-764-7587.


    DAVEY THE CLOWN Our sources have told us that David Holzman scours rubber chicken farms looking for talent for his one-man show. The local and international performer also juggles, does magic, rides his unicycle, and more. July 29 from 2-3 p.m. Free. Newton Centre Green, CentreStreet, Newton. 617-796-1540.



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    CHUNKY FROG TIME Public art is now a part of the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, thanks to Brian Knep. The Boston media artist’s installation is an animation of a frog swimming its way from the tadpole stage to beyond. Daily after sunset until mid December. Free. Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, between State Street and Atlantic Avenue, Boston. 617-524-2109.

    GIBSON HOUSE MUSEUM Enter the time machine of this 1860 single-family home with its kitchen, scullery, butler’s pantry, water closets, formal rooms, and private quarters. Guides will escort you on the four-floor tour where you’ll see original furnishings, wallpapers, carpets, paintings, sculpture, photographs, silver, porcelain, curios, and other 19th-century family collections. Wed-Sun tours at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. $9, $6 students and seniors, $3 under 12. The Gibson House Museum, 137 Beacon St., Boston. 617-267-6338.

    SAVE OUT OF THE BLUE ART GALLERY Local artists have had an artistic home at Central Square’s Out of the Blue Art Gallery for almost 18 years. This will change if the venue doesn’t find a new home. Help them out and have some fun with music by American Echoes, Joe’s Truck Stop, Audrey Harrer, Accordion Sandwich, and others. July 26 at noon (sidewalk sale) and 5 p.m. (BBQ, music, open mic). $10 donation (5 p.m.). Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge. 617-354-5287.

    THE HARBORWALK SUMMER CINEMA SERIES Before the season finale of “Jaws” on Aug. 27, the Cape Ann city screens other films including “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and picnic. Snacks will be available for purchase. July 30 at 8 p.m. (Wednesdays through Aug. 27). Free. Gloucester HarborWalk Summer Cinema outdoor giant screen, 65 Rogers St., Gloucester. 978-281-9700.

    June Wulff

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