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    Five things to do, Feb. 26-March 4

    New Discovery Museum (re)opens, Steven Pinker’s new book, Mardi Gras Indians in the South End, and more.

    Detail of “Man With Beaded Suit,” Max Stern, 2017. Mardis Gras Indians drum, dance, and chant in paintings by Robert Freeman and photographs by Stern, at Adelson Galleries Boston.
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    Detail of “Man With Beaded Suit,” Max Stern, 2017. Mardis Gras Indians drum, dance, and chant in paintings by Robert Freeman and photographs by Stern, at Adelson Galleries Boston.

    WORK ON PROGRESS

    Wednesday, February 28

    It sounds counterintuitive, but Steven Pinker says health and happiness are on the rise. The Harvard psychologist discusses his latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, with radio host Christopher Lydon at Cambridge’s First Parish at 7 p.m. Tickets $5 (includes a $5 Harvard Book Store coupon) and $34.75 (includes book). harvard.com

    COMING OF AGE

    Opening Friday, March 2

    The play Every Brilliant Thing tells the story of a girl growing up and coping with her mother’s suicidal thoughts. The SpeakEasy Stage Company one-woman production, directed by Marianna Bassham, stars Adrianne Krstansky and recruits audience members to read simple lines. At the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts through March 31. Tickets from $25. speakeasystage.com

    TRACING TRADITIONS

    Opening Friday, March 2

    Mardis Gras Indians — African-American “tribes” who play an integral part in New Orleans parade culture — drum, dance, and chant in paintings by Boston University graduate Robert Freeman and photographs by Boston lawyer Max Stern. Opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. At Adelson Galleries Boston in the South End through April 29. Free. adelsongalleriesboston.com

    MOVIE MADNESS

    Saturday, March 3

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    Alloy Orchestra, a three-man band from Cambridge known worldwide for providing soundtracks for silent films, plays the Somerville Theatre. The ensemble accompanies the Japanese film A Page of Madness, featuring an attempted escape from an asylum, and The General, about a railroad engineer and a stolen train during the Civil War. 8 p.m. $25, double feature $35. somervilletheatre.com

    LITTLE ENGINEERS

    Saturday-Sunday, March 3-4

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    Explore Acton’s Discovery Museum (originally the Discovery Museums), now with twice the space, improved accessibility, and exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering, art, and math, a.k.a. STEAM. Celebration weekend activities include crafting of paper flying contraptions. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Admission $14.50, children under 12 free (opening weekend only). discoverymuseums.org

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