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With productions in New York, London, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and North America, you can bet your broom that Gregory Maguire is glad he wrote the 1995 prequel about the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Stephen Schwartz’s music and lyrics, Winnie Holzman’s book, and the public’s insatiable appetite for all things green and glittery make the Grammy- and Tony-winning “Wicked” a force to be reckoned with. Pictured (from left): Jenn Gambatese as Glinda and Alison Luff as Elphaba. Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. (through Sept. 15). $33 and up. Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 800-982-2787.


Ordinary people, places, and things We find routine in the routines of life; Miah Nate Johnson finds art. The Wellfleet photographer, whose clients include National Geographic, The New York Times, and Paramount Pictures, shows his work at “Perceptions.” Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sept. 20 (Aug. 8 reception 6-8 p.m.). Free. Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St., Belmont. 617-489-0035.

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Will play for scholarship Every year we wonder how the young musicians from all over the country keep their composure while performing at the Berklee City Music Scholarship Concert. This end-of-summer gig is the culmination of a five-week summer performance program and when they find out if they’ll get a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music. 7:30 p.m. $10, $15 at the door. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1400.

A rose is a rose is a rose Music by Broken Rose sounds as interesting as the band’s name. “Tropical punk with a Latin touch” is performed at the Hemlock Gorge Reservation Summer Concert by musicians who explain their band’s name as follows: “Immortal will never exist. Someday, everything will disappear. Rose, it’s fragrant for sure. But someday the scent will be gone, the rose itself will be rotten and broken into pieces just like this life will end someday.” 6 p.m. (rain date Aug. 7; bring a picnic). Free. Hemlock Gorge Reservation, Hamilton Place, Needham.

Made in Japan We imagine bold colors when we think about Japan, but at “Hiroshi Masaki” you will see black-and-white photos of provincial Japan by an artist who returned to his hometown of Uwajima to find “the idealized, provincial town that exists universally in the hearts of all Japanese people.” Tuesday hours 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (through Aug. 30). Free. Ars Libri, 500 Harrison Ave., Boston.


This guy walks into a bar In the TBS comedy “Sullivan & Son,” Steve Sullivan (Steve Byrne) says goodbye to his New York lawyer life and hello to his family’s Pittsburgh bar. Sullivan’s buddies hang at the bar and at the Wilbur Theatre for The Sullivan and Son Comedy Tour With Steve Byrne. Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. $22-$27. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

A whim welcome Farm-to-table dining is our dining of choice if it’s frozen yogurt, but it’s a three-course dinner in the pine grove at “Whim: A Summer Dining Experience at Smolak Farms.” This Wednesday’s visiting chef is Alex Sáenz from Brookline’s Lineage. 6 p.m., rain or shine (Wednesdays through Aug. 21; reservations required). $69. Smolak Farms, 315 South Bradford St., North Andover. 978-682-6332.

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