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Hold up — there is a cheese festival this weekend

And more fun, weird and culturally awesome things to do this weekend.

Things are about to get cheesy.



Massachusetts Cheese Festival

By now you’ve probably heard about how fat and cholesterol aren’t quite as unhealthful as they’ve been made out to be for most of the past half-century. This should allow you to enjoy the Massachusetts Cheese Festival with somewhat less guilt. But you may still get weird dreams from all that cheese. Then again, it’ll give you something to blog about.

Sept. 24, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville
Free, macheesefest.org



Southern City Band

Boston’s no Nashville, but you wouldn’t know it Thursday nights at Loretta’s Last Call, when local country act Southern City Band takes the stage. The group plays a muscular country-rock style with song titles like “Mayday,” “Jack Daniels Man” and “Bonfire,” suggesting wild nights in forgotten roadhouses. They also do Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk,” because why not?

September 22, 8:30 p.m.
Loretta’s Las Call, 1 Lansdowne St.
Free, 21+, lorettaslastcall.com

“Loose, Wet, Perforated”

This 2011 work from Nicholas Vines, presented by Guerilla Opera, takes place in a dystopian future world in which the audience, themselves playing the role of reality TV viewers, helps decide the fates of the main characters, Loose and Wet, who are competing against each other to gain entry to higher ranks in their mysterious Guild.

Through Sept. 24
Zack Box, 8 the Fenway
$10-$15, bit.ly/2cCAYUR


Machine de Cirque

What is it about French-Canadians being such innovators in the circus arts? Who knows? But here’s another group from Quebec City that seems a lot more comical and down to earth—but no less gravity-defying — than their bizarrely-costumed, impossibly-contorted countrymen in Cirque de Soleil. Their props, we’re told, include “teeterboard, juggling clubs, drum kits and even bath towels.”

Through Oct. 2
Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.
$10-$80, artsemerson.org


“Shakes the Clown”

Bobcat Goldthwait will appear in person at this 25th anniversary screening of his 1991 dark comedy, which he wrote, directed and starred in, as a depressed birthday clown who finds himself framed for murder. The Globe’s Betsy Sherman notably declared it to be “The ‘Citizen Kane’ of alcoholic-clown movies.” We’re pretty sure the film has no rivals to this title.

Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
$15, brattlefilm.org


“A Century of Style: Masterworks of Poster Design”

This exhibition, featuring posters drawn from the collection of Robert Bachelder, covers the history of the poster as art, from the 1890s through the various movements of the 20th century, such as Art Nouveau, Machine Age, Art Deco and Psychedelic, with posters advertising travel, fashion and entertainment. Including works from Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Herbert Matter, Ludwig Hohlwein, Roger Broders and A. M. Cassandre.

Through Dec. 22
Bakalar and Paine Galleries, 621 Huntington Ave.
Free, massart.edu

“Street Pianos Boston”

For the next couple weeks, pianos will be set up around town, each painted/decorated in a radically different way by different people, and anyone is allowed to play them. Somewhere, each says, invitingly, “Play me, I’m yours.”

Sept. 23 through Oct. 10
Various locations, Boston and Cambridge
Free, streetpianos.com


Guinness World Records Crab Walk Attempt

This Sunday, some students from Northeastern University will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most people crabwalking. We’re not totally sure why, but it should be amusing to watch. The event will take place on Centennial Common, an on-campus park near Ruggles.

Sept. 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Northeastern University,
360 Huntington Ave.
Free, bit.ly/2deehW2


“Cleanliness, Godliness and Madness: A User’s Guide”

Sleeping Weazel presents this satire by Charlotte Meehan, about a pair of fundamentalist Christian housewives whose attempt to start a “Movement to Restore Decency” inadvertently leads them into some rather unconservative territory. For Meehan, this is no shock, because our heroines subscribe to an ideology that’s actually impossible to uphold, inevitably resulting in a tragi-comic hot mess of hypocrisy.

Through Sept. 24
Black Box Theater, 539 Tremont St.
$12-$35, bostontheaterscene.com

“Little Shop of Horrors”

Even if you were dead-set on making a musical out of a Roger Corman movie, “Little Shop of Horrors” would still be a weird choice. But that weirdness is what made this 1982 musical an off-Broadway cult classic. It is, as far as we know, the only musical with a starring role for a giant sentient plant.

Through Oct. 1
Footlight Club, 7A Eliot St., Jamaica Plain
$22-$25, footlight.org

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