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Hipster with a sock puppet

It’s Joshua to the rescue when poor Mr. Nicholas the sock puppet is feeling lonely and hopeless. How does Joshua do it? With puppets, a ukulele, physical comedy, and tap dancing. That’s what you can expect at “The Joshua Show,” the brainchild of award-winning puppeteer Joshua Holden, who has been described as “a modern-day Mr. Rogers with hipster appeal.” The artist, who has performed in the Broadway national tour of “Avenue Q,” as lead puppeteer for “Peter Pan 360,” and with Banksy on “Sirens of the Lambs,” is presented as part of the Puppets at Night series for adults and teens. Feb. 28-March 1, 8 p.m. $15. Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline. 617-731-6400, ext. 101; www.puppetshowplace.org

THURSDAY

George the brave We tend to think of our first president as white-haired and dignified, but before he got that way he was a gutsy, young frontier officer and commander of the Continental Army. That’s the side author Stephen Brumwell explores in his book “George Washington: Gentleman Warrior,” winner of the George Washington Book Prize. Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, Abbey Room, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400, www.bpl.org

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In the studios The School of the Museum of Fine Arts studio art programs are guided by “experimentation, intellectual rigor, and innovation.” The results of that approach are on display at the 2014 SMFA Graduate Open Studios, where you can meet master of fine arts and post-baccalaureate students and see their paintings, sculpture, film, animation, ceramics, printmaking, and other works-in-progress. Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m., reception. Feb. 28, 4-9 p.m. Free. SMFA Mission Hill Building, 160 St. Alphonsus St., Boston. www.smfa.edu

Casino talk Should we gamble on legalized gambling? At WBUR on Tap, “Morning Edition” host Bob Oakes is joined by Rachel Volberg and Laurie Salame, lead researchers on a UMass Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences project looking at the economic and social effects of the introduction of casino gambling to Massachusetts. Feb. 27, 5:30-7 p.m. Free, reservations required. WBUR,
890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. www.wbur.org/community/events/2014/01/31/wbur-on-tap-with-bob-oakes

FRIDAY

Door duty Working as a doorman at LA’s Comedy Store exposed Steve Rannazzisi to Eddie Griffin, Andrew Dice Clay, and other comics. The job taught him a lot, and helped him launch a career that’s included roles on MTV’s “Punk’d,” ABC’s “Big Day,” and FX’s “The League.” He brings his stand-up act to Boston. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. $22.50 Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. www.thewilbur.com

Greek tragedy Euripides wrote a tragedy about a post-Trojan War, gender-stratified society. Charles Mee retells the tale in “Trojan Women: A Love Story.” Artists’ Theater of Boston, a new company aiming to create low-cost, accessible theater for area audiences, presents the play as its premiere production. Through March 8. Fri-Sat,
8 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Sprout, 339R Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville. www.artiststheater.org

SATURDAY

Songs on dance Dancing is something to sing about at this performance by the Master Singers of Lexington. “Pops! Shall We Dance?” features songs and choruses on the subject of dancing by Gilbert and Sullivan, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Stephen Sondheim, and others. March 1, 8 p.m. $18-$23. First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington. www.themastersingers.org

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