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    Billy is deaf, but it’s his family that refuses to hear in Nina Raine’s award-winning black comedy, “Tribes.” The youngest of three 20-something siblings, Billy reads lips because he has never been taught to sign, but when he meets a woman who does, communication is now on his terms. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 19).
    $25 and up (discounts available). Stanford Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600.


    History lessons Harvard, Princeton, William & Mary, Yale, and other elite colleges courted plantation owners for their sons, land, and money. Many colleges owned slaves who worked for the institutions and were also traded and sold. MIT professor Craig Wilder writes about this and more in his book “Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities.” 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

    Radical documentation Documentary filmmakers are usually detached observers, but not Shinsuke Ogawa. Radical politics was the beat for this Japanese director, whose films screen at “Songs of Struggle — The Radical Documentaries of Shinsuke Ogawa.” Monday’s film is 1977’s “Sanrizuka — The Skies of May, the Road to the Village.” 7 p.m. (through Nov. 10). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700.


    Let freedom rise On Columbus Day, do some discovering at the Museum of African American History, home to the “Freedom Rising” exhibit. This celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment (the first black soldiers from the North to serve in the Civil War) includes sculptures, lithographs, and original documents. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-
    4 p.m. through Dec. 31 (hourly tours 11 a.m.-3 p.m.). $5, $3 seniors and ages 13-17, free under 13. Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St., Boston. 617-725-0022.

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    Double Bogie Spend an afternoon and evening with Humphrey Bogart at “The Best of Bogart” screenings of “Casablanca” (2:30 and 7 p.m.) and “The Maltese Falcon” (4:45 and 9:15 p.m.). 2:30 p.m. (through Oct. 15). Double feature tickets are $12, $10 for students,
    seniors, and kids. The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge.

    No bathing suits You don’t have to waste time swimming when you head to the Cape for Cape Cod Restaurant Week. But you can do some shoveling when you strap on the feed bag for three- and four-course menus offered by more than 30 eateries. Choices include
    Naked Oyster, Ocean House Restaurant, Cape Sea Grille, and Chillingsworth. Oct. 14-20. $25-$35. Cape Cod. www.capecodrestaurant


    There are “Places” Today’s word is spokesmodel, one of many roles held by Lou Doillon . In 2012, the French model, singer, and actress released her debut album, “Places,” which won the French version of the Grammys. Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. $25. Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-876-4275.

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