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Evergreen Exhibitions


Going batty

Bats are so misunderstood, so isn’t it time to set the record straight? Stop shaking your head “no” and learn about these gentle flying mammals at “Bats: Creatures of the Night.” Opening-day activities include a scavenger hunt and experiments with echolocation (1-3 p.m.), and a lecture (4 p.m.). Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (through May 12; free reception Jan. 19 from 5-7 p.m.). $13, $6 kids, free under 4. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield. 413-443-7171.


Piecing it together International members of Studio Art Quilt Associates display their work at a new exhibit titled “Masters II: SAQA Art Quilts.” Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.(Jan. 17 opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through April 13). $7, $5 students and seniors, free under 6. New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck St., Lowell. 978-452-4207.

Lithgow and lies John Lithgow can do farce (actually, John Lithgow can do anything), and the Tony and Emmy winner gets a chance in the title role of Arthur Wing Pinero’s “The Magistrate.” The high-definition broadcast of the National Theatre’s production of the Victorian-era farce centers around a deception perpetrated on the Magistrate by his bride. 7 p.m. (encore Feb. 4). $20, $17 seniors (advance purchase recommended). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500.


“Knocking” on the porch In all three Mixed Magic Theatre productions, the action takes place on a porch in the early evening while folks shell peas, sing, and talk about Martin Luther King Jr., a man they knew from childhood. The first play is “Fate Comes Knocking” by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. Jan. 17-19 at 8 p.m., Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. (“Legends in the Mist” May 9-12; “Waiting for Bessie Smith” June 20-23). $20, $10 students and seniors. Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley St., Roxbury. 617-849-6227.


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Back and forth Defecting from their North Korea homeland to America, and back again, are the roads taken by two sisters in Providence playwright Mia Chung’s funny “You for Me for You.” Jan. 18 preview at 8 p.m. (through Feb. 16). Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston. $20-$38; $15 students. 617-933-8600. www.


Strutting its stuff With a collection of more than 17,000 objects, the Addison Gallery of American Art has plenty to show off. “Eye on the Collection” includes 18th- through 20th-century paintings by John Singleton Copley, George Inness, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock (through March 10); “Stone, Wood, Metal, Mesh: Prints and Printmaking” features approximately 100 woodcuts, engravings, and more (through March 17); “Frame by Frame: Photographic Series and Portfolios” runs Feb. 2-April 14. Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Addison Gallery of American Art, 180 Main St., Andover. 978-749-4015.