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By Milva DiDomizio
September 15, 2011

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PICK OF THE DAY

Putting on the squeeze We never met an accordion joke we didn’t hate, so we’re glad to see the Somerville Arts Council get behind the oft-maligned instrument with the first Boston area Squeezebox Slam. Six performers bring their accordions to bear on klezmer (Michael McLaughlin), Cape Verdean music (Joao Cerilo), Bulgarian music (Plamen Karadonev), Mariachi (Mariachi Estampa de America), tango (Roberto Cassan), and circus music (Peter Bufano and Cirkestra). Best of all may be the Big Stroll, a gathering of squeezable instrument players appearing flash mob style around the city. Sept. 17, 3-6 p.m. concert in Union Square Plaza, Somerville. Squeezebox slams noon-3 p.m., all with accordions /concertinas are welcome, locations available on Facebook page. Free. www.somervilleartscouncil.org, www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=245570485470802

TODAY

Striking poses William Harting doesn’t use the new digital toys lots of photographers work with these days. He prefers to stick with the more labor-intensive process of film. See the results at Pose Juxtapose, which features portraits, images from 1960s Thailand, views of the ballet from the wings, and more. Through Sept. 30. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, weekends by appointment. Landau Gallery, Belmont Hill School, 350 Prospect St., Belmont. 617-484-4410, ext. 282; www.belmonthill.org

Real Paper trail The short history of the well-regarded Boston weekly the Real Paper was fraught with financial and interpersonal conflict. Monica Collins, Ford Hall Forum VP and Real Paper journalist, moderates the discussion The Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now. Real Paper colleagues Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger explore how their experience there informs their take on modern-day journalism and the future of newspapers. Sept. 15, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. C. Walsh Theater, Suffolk University, 55 Temple St., Boston. 617-557-2007, www.fordhallforum.org

Ladies bountiful Paula Plum is one of our favorite local actresses, but she won’t be on stage for the Stoneham Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias.’’ Instead, she’ll be in the director’s chair. The press release tells us that Plum’s rare forays into directing are often inspired by the opportunity to work with her closest female colleagues, and what better vehicle for that than Robert Harling’s play set in a Louisiana beauty salon. The cast includes Sarah deLima, Kathy St. George, Lydia Barnett-Mulligan, Kerry Dowling, Marie Polizzano, and Sheriden Thomas. Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 2). $44-$48, $20 students. Sept. 15 show is pay-what-you-can. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.stonehamtheatre.org

TOMORROW

Class reunion Five artists whose careers started at the Rhode Island School of Design get together for a RISD Reunion Exhibition. The show features work by Richard Merkin, Todd McKie, Karen Moss, Leigh Palmer, and Phyllis Gay Palmer. While they share an alma mater, their creative output embraces different mediums, subjects, and styles. Sept. 16-Oct. 30. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m. Reception Sept. 16, 6-8 p.m. South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road, Cohasset. 781-383-2787, www.ssac.org

SATURDAY

Clowning around On YouTube, we watched Avner the Eccentric balance a feather on his nose, make a glass of wine appear out of a napkin, and carry a ladder on his chin. The recent International Clown Hall of Fame inductee brings his new show, “Exceptions to Gravity,’’ to the area. Sept. 17, 8 p.m. $22-$25. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org