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During World War I, posters were placed in public buildings, in subways, and on streets. And, not unlike today, they were designed to be a quick read to get folks’ attention in busy cities. Marking the centennial of WWI, “Over Here: World War I Posters From Around the World” is a collection of posters, leaflets, maps, magazines, and postcards. Thursday hours are 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 31). $5 requested donation. Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7604. www.bostonathenaeum.org

THURSDAY

The immigrant experience Lowell has the second largest Cambodian-American population in the country, a fitting city for the Merrimack Repertory Theatre production of “Year Zero.” Michael Golamco’s dark comedy is about a 16-year-old Cambodian-American living in California in the early 2000s. 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 11 post-show talk; through Oct. 4). $5. Sept. 11 (cash at box office between 4:30-7:30 p.m., two-ticket limit), $20-$60, $15 students, 10 percent senior discount. The Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-654-4678. www.mrt.org

Shadow of a doubt Similarly, but sadly, John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable” is close to home. The Pulitzer-winning play is about Sister Aloysius Beauvier, who believes that a priest at St. Nicholas Catholic Church and School has been molesting one of the students. 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 28). $45 and $50, $5 senior discount. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200. www.stonehamtheatre.org

Here yesterday, gone today At “Anxiety and Relief in the 21st Century” you’ll see how artists cope with the stresses of today’s world. Thurs-Sat noon-5 p.m. through Oct. 18. Free. Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St., Somerville. 617-776-3410. www.brickbottom.com

FRIDAY

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Leaps and bounds In the 16th century, the Lipizzan horses were trained to leap and plunge in battle. Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzan Stallions will show off their “Airs Above the Ground” maneuvers and other moves. Sept. 12 (5-6:30 p.m.), Sept. 13 and 14 (2-3:30 p.m.). $12, $10 ages 6-12; $15, $12 ages 6-12 day of show. Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St., Essex. 978-768-3632. www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs/lipizzans

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Mad men and women The clothes were cool, but life in the ’50s wasn’t an Audrey Hepburn movie. SpeakEasy Stage Company presents “Far From Heaven,” a new musical based on the 2002 movie by Todd Haynes. When a Connecticut housewife learns about hubby’s secret, her perfect life becomes perfectly awful. Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. (through Oct. 11). $25 and up, $5 senior discount, $25 ages 25 and under. Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600. www.bostontheatrescene.com

SATURDAY

Let the games begin If you are not familiar with makan kerupuk and lomba balap karung, you will be, at the New England Indonesian Festival. These traditional Indonesian games start the festivities, which also feature Indonesian dance, drama, music, food, and Batik demonstrations. Sept. 13 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., rain or shine. Free. Copley Square, Boston. www.neindofest.com

June Wulff can be reached at june.wulff@globe.com.