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Five things to do around Boston, June 12-18

“Big River” at Old Sturbridge Village features a real river, the South Shore Art Center festival takes over Cohasset Common, and more.

Land of Talk, fronted by Elizabeth Powell (above), will play at the Brighton Music Hall.
Tyler Knight
Land of Talk, fronted by Elizabeth Powell (above), will play at the Brighton Music Hall.

YOUTH IS SERVED

Tuesday, June 13

Land of Talk, fronted by Elizabeth Powell, brings its powerful lyrics to Brighton Music Hall. The indie rock band’s new album, Life After Youth, its first in seven years, features guest artists that include Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. Half Waif, a.k.a. synth-pop singer Nandi Rose Plunkett, opens. 8 p.m. Tickets $21.50, $17 in advance. crossroadspresents.com/brighton-music-hall

UPSTREAM UPGRADE

Starting Wednesday, June 14

The Tony Award-winning musical Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn adds a major player — an actual river — at Old Sturbridge Village. The outdoor production, with a cast of actors, singers, and musicians, unfolds along the banks of the Quinebaug River as the audience watches from the shore. Through July 9. Tickets $55; dinner or brunch available. bigriverosv.org

LOCAL TALES

Wednesday, June 14

Best-selling author Julia Glass, a Marblehead resident and Emerson College writer in residence, reads from A House Among the Trees at Wellesley Books. Kirkus calls the National Book Award winner’s sixth novel “grippingly readable.” 7 p.m. $5 (includes $5 coupon toward purchase of the book). wellesleybooks.com

BATTER UP

Thursday, June 15

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A favorite backyard diversion takes over Boston University’s Nickerson Field for the 7th Annual Boston Wiffle Ball Challenge. The BU men’s hockey team and 23 other squads will battle it out for charity. Fans can also enjoy music, a raffle, and giveaways. 5:15 p.m. Free for spectators. bostonwiffleballchallenge.org

PARTY ARTY

Friday to Sunday, June 16-18

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Enjoy local arts and crafts, fine art, food, and entertainment at the South Shore Art Center’s 62d Annual Art Festival on Cohasset Common. In addition to a juried exhibition and separate shows of work by young artists and art center members, more than 90 craft artists will sell their work, and a children’s tent will offer hands-on craft projects. $5 suggested donation. ssac.org

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