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5 things to do in and around Boston

Seafaring trivia, a festival for families, celebs getting silly, and more things to do and see

Elizabeth Warren and Ray Magliozzi during last year’s Banned in Boston comedy and music revue.
Photographs: “Banned in Boston” by Joshua Lavine;
Elizabeth Warren and Ray Magliozzi during last year’s Banned in Boston comedy and music revue.

April 3


In October 1897, scores of citizens poured into the Old South Meeting House for speeches, including one by then Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt, poems, and songs to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the launching of which famous frigate? (Scroll down to see answer.)

Two teams of local experts face questions like these at the Old South Meeting House’s The Fife Is Right history challenge Wednesday at 7 p.m. Enhance your own nautical knowledge at this quiz show, where the sound of a fife signals the correct answer. Tickets start at $15. 800-838-3006;

April 5


Governor Deval Patrick, Tom Hamilton, Emily Rooney, and scores of other local celebs will show off their silly side at the annual Banned in Boston comedy and music revue. (Last year, Elizabeth Warren and Ray Magliozzi did their bit.) Held at the House of Blues starting at 7:45 p.m., the show benefits the violence-prevention program Urban Improv. Tickets cost $250, or $150 if you are 40 or younger. 617-524-7049;

April 5-7


Eugene Bochkarev
Pink phalaenopsis orchids.

Walk in beauty — and pick up some to take home — at the semiannual orchid sale at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses in Waltham from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 781-891-1985;

April 6



Decades before his entertainingly creepy turn on The Office,Creed Bratton made his living as a guitarist with The Grass Roots. Can he still rock it? Find out at the Wilbur Theatre at 7 p.m.


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Cooking demos by Ming Tsai and Joanne Chang, visits from Curious George, Arthur, and other WGBH characters, drum circles, youth orchestras, parenting seminars, and more are part of the Boston Children’s Museum’s Family Fest on Saturday, the kickoff to its 100th birthday celebration. 617-426-6500;

Answer: The USS Constitution

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