Q-ING UP "Avenue Q," a coming-of-age story satirizing the issues and anxieties of entering adulthood and discovering you're just another face in the crowd, mixes puppets along with human actors on stage. Set in New York City, the musical tells the story of one puppet's journey to find his purpose in life after college.
"Think Sesame Street for grownups!" said The Company Theatre of this Broadway musical (below).
The Company Theatre Center for Performing Arts, 30 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6, 8 p.m., through Feb. 14; $37-$39, www.companytheatre.com.
LOS SONGWRITERS Los Goutos, a Boston-based Americana band composed of five multitalented instrumentalists, three of them singer-songwriters, presents a musical concoction of folk, roots, Cajun, New Orleans jazz, and Latin grooves.
Braintree Folk at All Souls Coffeehouse, 196 Elm St., Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $15 door, www.braintreefolk.org.
KNITTING TOGETHER Knitting 101 teaches the basic concepts of knitting (how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and read an easy pattern) for those who seek them, and it affords an opportunity to learn some new skills by tackling an advanced project with supervision for experienced knitters.
Holly Hill Farm, 236 Jerusalem Road, Cohasset, four Wednesday evenings beginning Feb. 3, 6-8 p.m.; $80, www.hollyhillfarm.org.
WINTER'S CHAMBER "A Winter Potpourri of Chamber Music" features music from Bach, Handel, and Brahms to Bridge and the Piano Guys performed by local musicians Elizabeth Dubuisson (piano), Donna Culley (violin), Carol Cybulska (voice), and others.
First Parish Church, 330 First Parish Road, Scituate, Sunday, Jan. 31, 3 p.m.; $15 donation, www.firstparishscituate.org.
UP CLOSE WITH CATERPILLARS "Life on the Leaf Edge: Photographs of Native Caterpillars," (above) opens Sunday, Jan. 31, 1-5 p.m., at the Museum of Bird Art.
"Sam Jaffe's spectacular photographs of New England caterpillars will open your eyes to the wonders of nature close to home," said Amy Montague, art director of the museum.
963 Washington St., Canton; free, light refreshments.
STARS AND FIRE A family event at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary offers a short walk to check out the stars, plus a story session about Orion the Hunter, the Gemini Twins, and some of the more famous constellations in the great winter hexagon.
2000 Main St., Marshfield, Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.; $10, $8 children, register at www.massaudubon.org/southshore.
LIVE AT CHURCH Norwell singer-songwriter Les Sampou will perform from her new CD, "Les Sampou Live at Church," for Music at Sanctuary Hall.
East Weymouth Congregational Church, 1320 Commercial St., Weymouth, Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 7 p.m. for coffee and dessert; $15, $12 advance at www.brownpapertickets.com.
STUDENT ART The annual Scituate High School exhibit includes clay sculptures created to scale and proportionate to actual objects, drawings, and paintings from direct observation, illustrations drawn with cylindrical forms, studies of hands, and monoprints made with gelatin plates.
Front Street Art Gallery, 124 Front St., reception Friday, Feb. 5, 6-8:30 p.m., reception for students and families on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2-5 p.m.
BLACK LABOR Milton Public Library hosts a display of labor posters titled "Black Leaders" from the collection of longtime activist Stephen Lewis, who has presented programs before history groups and on television. Included in this display are images of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Paul Robeson, Angela Davis, Patrice Lumumba, Jesse Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass, among others.
476 Canton Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 2-25.
BREAKTHROUGHS Historian of science Rebecca Kinraide presents "Eureka! Key Moments in the History of Science," a program focusing on discoveries that have shaped the way human beings understood and interacted with the natural world.
Unitarian Church of Sharon, 4 North Main St., Friday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m.; free.
TINY ART CABINS Forty people have registered to build two tiny art cabins (below) inside Fuller Craft Museum with designer and builder Deek Diedricksen.
455 Oak St., Brockton; Friday, Feb. 5, pre-build party, 7-11 p.m.; $30, www.fullercraft.org.
ROOTS MUSIC Twisted Pine, an unpredictable bluegrass band, features powerful vocals, hard-driving rhythms, and virtuoso musicianship from Dan Bui on mandolin, Ricky Mier on banjo, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and vocals, Chris Sartori on bass, and Rachel Sumner on guitar and vocals.
The Spire Center for the Performing Arts, 25 1/2 Court St., Plymouth, Friday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; $18, www.spirecenter.org.
Also at The Spire this weekend, singer-songwriter Matt Borrello (above) draws on folk, country, blues, and rock music. Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; $15.
JURY OF PEERS "Twelve Angry People" (better known as "Twelve Angry Men") is a play about jurors, each with his or her own interests, biases, and bigotries, faced with deciding on the guilt or innocence of a young man tried for murder and facing the death penalty. High School senior Alexandra Phillips directs this compelling drama.
King Philip's Middle School auditorium, 18 King St., Norfolk, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6, 7 p.m.; $7, $5 seniors, children; drama.kprhs.kingphilip.org.