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One of the most talented women in the world plays the richest woman in the world in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of “The Visit.” Tony-winning triple threat Chita Rivera plays Claire Zachanassian, who returns to her hometown where folks hope her money will be spread. The John Kander/Fred Ebb musical also stars Tony winner Roger Rees. 7:30 p.m. preview (through Aug. 17). $35-$65. ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St., Williamstown. 413-597-3400. www.wtfestival.org

THURSDAY

Face to face This group show focuses on what’s above the neck in 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century portraits. Faces of all kinds in several mediums are looking at you at “Making Faces.” Thursday hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (through Sept. 7; gallery talk Aug. 5 at 11 a.m.). $8, $7 seniors, $6 students, free under 12. Cahoon Museum, 9 North St., Mashpee. 508-428-7581. www.cahoonmuseum.org

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Winter in summer The group exhibit “Winter” plows through our cold season: “the frenzy of ice, the serenity and glow of colors confined, the luminosity within the floe, the severity of a flash of diamonds, the freeze that lights fire to our cheeks, the sound of every footstep packing in a heavy heart, the rime that makes us shiver.” Thursday hours are 6-8 p.m. (through Aug. 16). Free. Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St., Somerville. www.navegallery.org

FRIDAY

Horror shows For some, it’s a mixed drink, for others it’s a member of the walking dead. It’s all about the latter at “Postmortem: A Midnite Examination of the Modern Zombie.” The series starts with the 1979 “Zombie,” Lucio Fulci’s Italian film that was banned in England. Aug. 1 and 2 at midnight (Fri and Sat through Aug. 30). $11, $29 (all five films). Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-734-2500. www.coolidge.org

Poster child JP Boneyard is a poster designer who is passionate about sharing more than 300 hand-printed gig posters by more than 100 designers at “The National Poster Retrospecticus.” Bands for whom these posters were created include Modest Mouse, Phish, and Wilco. Aug. 1 from 6-11 p.m. Free. Boston University Art Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3329. www.bu.edu/art/events/calendar

SATURDAY

The medium is the message The one-word title “PoemJazz reinforces the collaboration between poetry and music. Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood, and Stan Strickland liken the speaking voice to a horn and the music to dialogue. Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. $30-$75. Fine Arts Work Center, 24 Pearl St., Provincetown. 508-487-9960, ext. 101. www.fawc.org/tickets

Those who served From 1959 to 1975 the United States tried to stop the North Vietnamese from reuniting Vietnam under communism by sending more than 2 million Americans to South Vietnam. Vietnam History Day at Battleship Cove features uniform and equipment displays, the Bell UH-IM Iroquois helicopter, the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., and family activities. Aug. 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $17, $15 seniors and US military veterans, $10.50 ages 6-12, $8.50 active military (free if in uniform), free for Vietnam veterans. Battleship Cove, 5 Water St., Fall River. 508-678-1100. www.battleshipcove.org

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