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Five things to do around Boston, June 13-19

The art of Robert McCloskey, a Juneteenth celebration, a Harvard Square music festival, and more.

Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey opens June 19 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book


Wednesday, June 15

A night of live performance and art organized by the Epicenter Community and the Museum of Fine Arts will mark the emancipation of the slaves at the fourth annual Juneteenth celebration at the MFA. Spoken-word artist U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo will perform, actress Obehi Janice and hip-hop artist Edo G. will appear on a panel, graffiti artists will display their work in the Calderwood Courtyard, plus there will be a preview from the Roxbury International Film Festival, which starts June 22. Free; 5 to 9:45 p.m. at the MFA.


Friday-Sunday, June 17-19


Pick up ideas for a few good summer reads at the Nantucket Book Festival while enjoying an island weekend. This year's participants include 2015 Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James, broadcaster Diane Rehm, former US poet laureate Billy Collins, and Belmont native Sebastian Junger. Get a free poem from Typewriter Rodeo (yes, the poems are written on typewriters), have breakfast with Newbery Medal-winner Jack Gantos, and conclude the weekend at a Cisco Brewers party. Most events are free, with select ticketed social events. 508-919-6230;


Saturday, June 18

If your playlist flips from jazz to classical to hip-hop to rock 'n' roll, then take the T over to Harvard Square for the 9th Annual Make Music Harvard Square/Fete de la Musique from 2 to 10 p.m. The streets become an outdoor arena where more than 60 musicians and groups from across the country converge, performing in front of roaming crowds. Among this year's performers are OldJack, The Rationales, Ryan Jackson Troika, Hayley Thompson-King, and Los Border Coyotes. Free. 617-491-3434;


Saturday & Sunday, June 18-19

The Northeast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, A Pop Culture Expo brings a multimedia smorgasbord of nostalgia and memorabilia to Wilmington. Monkey around with Monkees singer and drummer Mickey Dolenz; revisit Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Chase Masterson; enter the Rocky Horror time warp again with Barry Bostwick; and have breakfast with Noel MacNeal, voice of Bear in the Big Blue House, among other pop-culture paragons on hand. Adult weekend pass $30, $18 Saturday, $10 Sunday.



Starting Sunday, June 19

Missed Duckling Day? Make your way to Americana on Parade: The Art of Robert McCloskey at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. In addition to celebrating the 75th anniversary of Make Way for Ducklings, the exhibition will feature stories the artist based on his Ohio youth, like the Centerburg Tales, as well as stories he set in Maine, including Blueberries for Sal and Time of Wonder. Runs June 19 until October 23. Admission is $9. 413-559-6300;

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