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Five things to do around Boston, June 5-11

A musical version of “James and the Giant Peach,” Toddlerbilly show at ONCE Somerville, the Caribbean American Heritage Festival, and more.

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Starting Wednesday, June 7

Experience 1967 again or for the first time with the Somerville Theatre’s “Summer of Love,” a collection of films that focuses on the counterculture of the era. The four-week series (ends June 28) kicks off with The Fearless Vampire Killers, featuring Roman Polanski — who also directed — slaying bloodsucking creatures to save Sharon Tate. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10.


Thursday and Saturday, June 8 and 10

Your favorite characters and critters from James and the Giant Peach take the stage for a musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book, at the BCA Plaza Theatres in the South End. The production is part of the mission of Create. Inspire. Change. Theater Company, started by Boston Conservatory grad Danny Hutchins, to bring theater to underserved communities. Tickets $20 adults, $15 children.


Friday, June 9

Children’s musician Matthew Heaton brings his all-ages Toddlerbilly show to ONCE Somerville ahead of an 18-plus performance by rockabilly legend Reverend Horton Heat. Heaton’s retro rock act features classic children’s songs and originals from albums like Money Planet. Toddlerbilly free; 5 to 6:30 p.m. Reverend Horton Heat tickets $28, $26 in advance; 9 p.m.


Starting Saturday, June 10


ParkARTS Watercolor Painting Workshops, part of Boston’s annual ParkARTS program, return to locations around the city. The first in the series of outdoor painting sessions inspired by Massachusetts landscapes is at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, where instructor Juleen Jones will help aspiring artists aged 9 and up get in touch with their creativity. Free. Noon.


Saturday, June 10

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Celebrate cultural diversity at the Caribbean American Heritage Festival at the Great Hall in Dorchester’s Codman Square. This year’s theme is “Art, Film, and Fashion”; expect film screenings, craft vendors, Caribbean food, a traditional maypole dance by Boston Latin Academy students, and more. Admission free. 11 a.m.

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