Sunday through September

Museum of Science

One Science Park, Boston

MBTA: Green Line to Science Park

$20, 617-723-2500


This new temporary exhibit, on tour from New Zealand, explores whales from scientific, legendary, historical, and cultural viewpoints — specifically from the viewpoint of the Maori, whose relationship with whales is part of the legend of their founding. Dig the giant whale skeletons, learn about echolocation, and even build your own dolphin!





Sunday, 7 p.m.

House of Blues

15 Lansdowne St., Boston

MBTA: Green Line to Kenmore

$20-$30, 888-693-2583


Those who know Gwar know what they’re getting into — an insane comic heavy metal spectacle with the band decked in cos-tumes worthy of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, wielding wacky, lewd props, ritualistic mutilation of celebrities, and a great deal of projectile liquid. Those who do not know Gwar are advised to bring a poncho.



The Edwards Twins

Through Sunday

Stoneham Theatre

395 Main St., Stoneham

$20-32, 781-279-2200


These boys from Vegas are renowned impressionist singers who conjure an absurdly diverse range of celebs from the ’70s and ’80s, 150 in all, from Elton John to Stevie Wonder, going the extra mile by dressing the part too. Some proceeds go to the Stoneham Police domestic violence unit and the Jimmy Fund.



Bikes Not Bombs


Sunday, 8 a.m.

Stony Brook Station

100 Boylston St., Jamaica Plain

MBTA: Orange to Stony Brook

$20, 617-522-0222 ext. 111


This is like a cancer walk, but on bikes, and instead of cancer, it supports bike-based social outreach in the form of Boston-based youth programs and donations of bikes to Third World kids. With options of 15-, 25-, or 62-mile courses, seasoned and infrequent riders have appropriate challenges.



Franklin Park History Tour

Franklin Park History Tour

Saturday 10 a.m.

Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Rd., Dorchester

MBTA: Orange Line to Green St.

Free, 617-442-4141


There’s a lot of history in Franklin Park, and you’ll get it all, from various aspects of the design by Frederick Law Olmstead, the prolific 19th century park designer who also did Central Park to the ghostly abandoned bear dens and Overlook Shelter ruins to the stage where Duke Ellington once played. Local historian Julie Arrison is your guide.

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