FOOD
 
Scooper Bowl
June 7 to 9
City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Plaza, Boston
$10-$15, 800-525-4669
www.scooperbowl.org
 
This all-you-can-eat ice cream fair is a popular annual fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund. All the classic brands have booths, from Baskin-Robbins to Friendly’s to Edy’s to Breyer’s to the immortal Ben and Jerry’s, and many others—guess who has the longest line? This year’s Scooper Bowl also include two musical acts each day—check the website for the full schedule.
 
TOURS
 
Historical New England Open House
Saturday, various times
Various locations
Greater New England
Free, 617-227-3956
www.historicnewnengland.org
History is alive in New England in a way it is in few other parts of America. Whether you just moved here or you’re a native who’s never gotten around to it, Saturday will be a good day to investigate, because Historic New England is offering free tours in all of their properties, at locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island.
 
THEATER
 
Brilliant Traces
Saturday through June 12
Atlantic Wharf
290 Congress St., Boston
Free, 443-880-4328
brownbox.tixato.com/buy/brilliant-traces-boston
 
Brown Box Theater project presents this play by Cindy Lou Johnson. Harry is isolated in a cabin in Alaska in the middle of a blizzard. When there’s a knock at the door, we naturally expect it to be an axe murderer, but it turns out to be a runaway bride named Rosannah, who’s come all the way from Arizona—potentially much more dangerous… 
 
I Was Most Alive with You
Through June 26
Calderwood Pavilion
527 Tremont St., Boston
$20-$85, 617-266-0800
www.huntingtontheatre.org 

It’s hard enough being deaf, gay or struggling with addiction, but the hero of this new play by Craig Lucas is dealing with all three. Actor Russell Harvard, who played the grown-up H.W. in “There Will Be Blood,” plays Knox. All dialogue will be in both English in ASL, with a pair of side translators converting one into the other.
 
ART
 
Residual Form
Thursday through June 26
Nave Gallery Annex
53 Chester St., Somerville
Free, info@navegallery.org
www.navegallery.org
 
It’s become something close to a cliche for a contemporary artist to share their process in the finished work. Breaking the artist-viewer barrier can be fascinating and insightful, but in immature hands, it can excuse half-baked art or make the work appear secondary to its creator’s navel-gazing. This show features several artists interrogating the art world’s preoccupation with process.
 
BOOKS
 
Negin Farsad
Friday, 7 p.m.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Free, 617-661-1515
www.harvard.com 

This Iranian-American comedienne will read from her new book “How to Make White People Laugh,” a collection of essays assessing what it means to be of her ethnic extraction in a post-911 and Trump-addled America. Though the book is full of humor, Farsad asks serious questions about the consequences of racial identity being determined through white eyes. 

DANCE
 
Residual
Friday and Saturday
Tsai Performance Center
685 Comm. Ave., Boston
$30-$50
www.eventbrite.com/e/residual-annual-spring-revue-tickets-22462848986

Urbanity Dance ends its season with this concert, performing new works from Boston’s own Marcus Schulkind, "Flashburn" by Houston-based choreographer Andy Noble and "HIT" by Carl Flink. The show’s theme is aftermath. “We want to explore what’s left, physically and emotionally, in the wake of tragedy and hardship,” states Urbanity director Betsy Graves.
 
Ballet Brilliante!
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Strand Theater
543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester
$20, twdcinfo@gmail.com
twbstrand.eventbrite.com
 
Tony Williams, best known for his annual “Urban Nutcracker” production, presents a family-friendly evening of ballet including the second-ever production of “Ben’s Trumpet”, a jazz ballet based on the children’s book by Rachel Isadora, plus works by legendary choreographers George Balanchine and Isadora Duncan and Saint-Saens’ beloved “Carnival of the Animals”.
 
MUSIC
 
Burcu Gulec
Friday, 8 p.m.
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
$13-$15, 617-718-2191
musicaluniverseofburcugulec.eventbrite.com

This Turkish singer, well known in her homeland, is currently studying at the New England Conservatory. She has a wide-ranging appetite for styles, from Elizabethan music to Balkan folk, Sufi song and her own country’s tradition. Her voice has a transfixing power, vulnerable and commanding — if she’s not tapping into something deeply personal, then she’s a great actress as well.  
 
Con Brio
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., Allston
$15, 18+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com
 
Con Brio lead singer Ziek McCarter channels the infectious enthusiasm and overflowing charisma of two of pop’s great wunderkinds, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, and his band kicks out track after track of pitch-perfect soul/funk that’s just as worthy of those artists’ best albums. All sunlight and heat, they’re an ideal antidote to the machine-based coldness that can occasionally plague pop music.
 
When Particles Collide
Saturday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$10-$12, 21+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com
 
This local rock duo consists of married couple Sasha (guitar, vocals) and Chris (drums), who originally met in the cast of a “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” production. Sure enough, there’s a theatrical flair to their music, but it’s the theater of balls-out rock. Sasha rips into her monster riffs to great satisfaction, worthy of her better-known duo-fronting, bassist-refusing peers Jack White and Dan Auerbach. 
 
DIIV
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
$20, all ages, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Emerging from the still-thriving indie music hotbed of Brooklyn in 2011, DIIV, led by Zachary Cole Smith, took the wispy indie pop of the C86 bands of the 80’s and mixed it with the hypnotic krautrock genre, with a bit of Malian guitar gymnastics thrown in for good measure. Their latest album, “Is the Is Are,” continues to refine this basic recipe. 
 
MOVIES

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” Live with the Boston Pops: Special 35th Anniversary Celebration
Friday and Saturday
Symphony Hall
301 Mass. Ave., Boston
$36-$120, 888-266-1200
www.bso.org

Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops through a performance of John Williams’ rousing soundtrack to “Raiders of the Lost Ark” live alongside a screening of the 1981 classic. As in “Star Wars”, Williams’ score added crucial emotional depth to what was basically a campy, pulpy adventure romance—every bit as crucial as Harrison Ford’s portrayal of Indiana.

Tale of Tales
Friday through Tuesday
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St., Cambridge
$9-$11, 617-876-6837 
www.brattlefilm.org

This is the area premiere of this new twisted fairy tale for adults from director Matteo Garron. It’s been praised for its sumptuous, wild, surreal visuals and its feminist bent, applying modern morals to the ancient form of the morality fable. If you like your fantasy dark, sexy and weird, this one ought to satisfy. 
 
FESTIVALS
 
Cambridge Arts River Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
East Cambridge Waterfront
Cambridge
Free, 617-349-4380
www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/riverfestival

This fest features six stages with live music, dance, theater and spoken word performance for all ages, arts and crafts vendors of all sorts, and the People’s Sculpture Race, a long-dormant local tradition. Artists hustle their own kinetic sculptures—designed for spectacle as much as speed—toward the finish line. It’s both an entertaining sight and an amusing metaphor for the artistic life.