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Museum of Science



Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
Through September 5
Museum of Science
1 Science Park, Boston
$23, 617-723-2500
Among frogs are some of the most brilliantly colored creatures in nature—and a few are some of the most poisonous. They’ve adapted to a wild variety of environments—one arctic species can survive an entire winter in an almost completely frozen state. And that’s just one weird fact… You’ll learn about a lot else besides in this traveling show.




He Named Me Malala
Thursday, 6 p.m.
Fenway Center
77 St. Stephen St., Boston
$25, jmichael@swsg.org
If the ticket price for this screening of the documentary on internationally famous social justice heroine Malala Yousafzai seems a little high, realize that it’s a donation to the non-profit Strong Women, Strong Girls, which is helping make a difference in the lives of more than 900 local young women through its mentoring programs. Sounds like a solid investment to us.


E.T. the Extraterrestrial
Friday at dusk
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf
Free, 617-439-7000
It’s free outdoor movie season, and you can’t get more classic than “E.T.”. Purists will gripe that it’s the restored 2002 version with the walkie-talkies replacing the guns, but purists need to chill out. “E.T.” was a cinematic benchmark in 1,000 ways, not the least of which was creating a puppet that was somehow ugly and weird and yet totally adorable.



A Tribute to Conlon Nancarrow: Player Piano Music Brought to Life
Sunday, 10 p.m.
The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge
$10, 617-955-7729
Pianist Isaac Wilson, bassist Max Ridley and drummer Dor Herskovits will perform the music of the expatriate American Conlon Nancarrow, one of the first composers to seriously explore the potential of the player piano, with its ability to perform inhumanly difficult passages. Nancarrow spent most of his life as an expatriate in Mexico, only achieving significant recognition toward the end of his life.


Phineas Gage Lectures
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Countway Library of Medicine
10 Shattuck St., Boston
Free (registration required), ContactChom@hms.harvard.edu
One of the most extraordinary tales in neuroscience is that of Phineas Gage, the early 19th century railway worker who survived an accident in which a steel rail shot straight through his head—but at the cost of a radical change in his personality. This pair of lectures focuses on the Gage case and its enduring historical and scientific relevance.


Parking Lot BBQ
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cambridge Common
1667 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$15, 21+, 617-547-1228
Cambridge Common throws its 2nd annual cookout this weekend. $15 gets you all you can eat of sliders (beef, pulled pork or veggie), hot dogs (chili or non-chili, but for heaven’s sake, go with the chili), Mexican street corn, potato salad, watermelon and homemade potato chips. Should be cheaper and more low-key than the Phantom Gourmet’s blowout this weekend.[tab]

Taste of Allston
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Harvard Murr Center
65 N. Harvard St., Allston
$25, 617-254-7564
“Allston Rock City” is famous for its dive bars, sketchy student housing and vermin problems, but it’s also got some great food that you can sample to your heart’s content at this event, with participation from 20-odd neighborhood establishments, plus live music, lawn games, and kid-friendly activities. Non-minors can get one drink ticket with admission.


Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870–1910
Through August 15
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St., Cambridge
Free, 617-495-9400
The Symbolists were a group of artists who emerged in the mid-19th century, concerned with the world of the imagination, dreams and spirituality, seeking to convey ideals rather than nakedly depict reality. They saw in society degradation, but also looked forward to a renewal. This collection of drawings gives us a window into their own imaginations.


The Comedy Get Down
Friday, 8 p.m.
TD Garden
100 Legends Way, Boston
$50-$90, 800-745-3000
This stand-up tour features Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. Each one of these guys is a force on his own, but put ‘em together and you’ve got a lot of bang for your buck—unless you just don’t like comedy. But we can’t help you with that one.


The Threshold of Sound
Friday and Saturday
The Green Room
62 Bow St., Somerville
$20, 617-416-3132
Exiled Theater presents this play by Morganna Baker for the first time in Boston. The synopsis: “In an effort to connect with her own kind, a young whale activist named Daffodil Spout Havish traverses the subterranean spaces beneath the city she lives in and invites you to come along for the ride.” A catered reception follows both performances.

Finding the Sun
Through August 31
Student Theater, Agganis Arena
925 Comm. Ave., Boston
Free, 512-940-6114
The Boston University Stage Troupe presents this play by Edward Albee, composed of 21 short scenes exploring the lives of four different pairs as they unfurl during a day at the beach: There’s the elderly couple Henden and Gertrude, their unrelated children Daniel and Cordelia, the younger couple Benjamin and Abigail and the fortysomething mother Edmee and her teenage son Fergus.