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Bulfinch’s Boston

If it weren’t for Charles Bulfinch you’d be walking among the cows in Boston Common. During his tenure as police superintendent and chairman of Boston’s Board of Selectmen, Bulfinch transformed the cow pasture into a park. “Bulfinch: Boston & Beyond” covers the architect and urban planner’s life and accomplishments. Pictured (from left): Faneuil Hall, Bulfinch portrait by Thomas Dahill, the State House. Thursday hours are noon-5 p.m. (preregistration required for July 24 reception at 6:30 p.m.; through Oct. 4). Free. West End Museum, 150 Staniford St., Boston. 617-723-2125.


Father and son, father and daughter At the helm of the fictional father-and-son relationship in “Cedars” is the father-and-daughter actor/director relationship for Erik Tarloff’s one-man, dark comedy. The one man is Tony-winning James Naughton, his director is his daughter, Keira. Gabe is a troubled middle-age lawyer who tries to sort out his life at the bedside of his unresponsive father. 8 p.m. preview (through Aug. 9). $42-$62. Fitzpatrick Main Stage, 6 East St., Stockbridge. 413-997-4444.

Shop and ‘Little Shop’ Before you watch a plant slurp Seymour’s blood you can shop at the greenhouses, take a stroll, have a picnic, listen to members of the Waltham High School show band (7:30 p.m.), and check out the first floor of the Lyman Estate
(7-8:15 p.m.). Movies at the Mansion presents “Little Shop of Horrors.” 8:30 p.m. (indoors if raining; refreshments available; bring lawn chairs and blankets). Free. Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman St., Waltham. 617-994-6678.


Salsa in the park There’s plenty of free music in Boston this summer, but not free salsa lessons. MetaMovements Latin Dance Company will teach you the moves one hour before the July 24, 31, and Aug. 7 concerts, part of the Tito Puente Latin Music Series. July 24 music is courtesy of Bernardo Hernandez and La Tradicion. 7 p.m. (Thursdays through Aug. 14 at Boston parks). Free. July 24 at Mission Hill Playground, Tremont and Smith streets, Roxbury. 617-635-4505.

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Recalculating The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center is as impressive as any GPS device with its collection of more than 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases. Take a look at the first of three “Rarely Seen: Boston’s Historic Treasures.” 5:30-7 p.m. (additional venues Aug. 14 and 19). $25. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-267-4430.


Spice girls The degrees, performing creds, and teaching positions of the Cardamom Quartet could fill books, so head to the library where Concerts in the Courtyard presents the chamber musicians. July 25 at 12:30 p.m. (Fridays at 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 29; Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through Aug. 27). Free. Boston Public Library courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400.


Ahts weekend For starters it’s all about the kids at the Boston Summer Arts Weekend. The SteveSongs family show (July 26 at 11 a.m.) kicks off the family music plus two days of classical, jazz, blues, folk, and Americana along with art, food, and cultural programs. Performers include Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (July 26 at 3 p.m.), Los Lobos (July 26 at 9:45 p.m.), Arturo Sandoval (July 27 at 3:15 p.m.), and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (July 27 at 4:45 p.m.). July 26 at 11 a.m., July 27 at 12:15 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Outdoors in Copley Square, Boston.

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