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July 18, 2011

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TODAY Whack job Yes, this is the story of that 1994 incident at the national championships in Detroit when skater Nancy Kerrigan was whacked above the knee. The dark comedy “Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera’’ is based on the scandal that also involved skater Tonya Harding. Tonight at 8 (through July 21). $25-$45. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-496-8004. www.cluboberon.com

Raise the boom The Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center offers a multitude of activities for multiple ages at the multisensory Boomtown Festival. Today it’s Monkeyhouse Jingle & Jump Workshop for kids (2 p.m.), a poetry reading with Toni Bee (4:30 p.m.), and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Wind Quartet (6 p.m.). Through July 21. Free. Centanni Courtyard Park, adjacent to Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge (if raining, at CMAC). 617-577-1400. www.cmacusa.org

From market to mouth Chef John Gilman of Church will send you home from Cooking Fresh From the Farm with recipes and resources - but he’d have to show up at our house to ensure culinary success. Tonight’s course will teach you how to shop at farmers markets and prepare a three-course dinner. 6-9 p.m. $65 plus $15 for materials (reservations required). Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston. 617-267-4430. www.bcae.org

By foot, bike, or car In addition to polo, the Hamilton/Wenham area sports some mighty fine artists, and you can wander around from dawn to dusk to see their outdoor installations at “Art Grows Here: Putting Art on the Map.’’ Dawn to dusk through July 24 throughout Hamilton and Wenham (check website for map, and for poetry/dance/theater information). www.artgrowshere.com

Waxing There are 18 New England artists who bring an ancient technique into the contemporary art world at “Hot Wax/Cold Metal.’’ Encaustic painting involves a molten palette of beeswax, pigments, and damar resin (the Greek word “encaustikos’’ means “to burn in’’), and the modern part is to incorporate salvaged metal. Pictured: Beverly Rippel’s “Red Body.’’ Today from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (through July 31). Free. Art @ 12, 12 Farnsworth St., Boston. 617-423-1100. www.fortpointarts.org

TOMORROW Musical maritime All hands on deck, er, make that voices, for tomorrow’s Revels Boston Harbor Cruise & Sing when George Emlen will lead you in sea songs and chanteys and David Coffin will tell funny tales about Boston Harbor’s maritime history. July 19 from 7-9 p.m. (6:30 p.m. boarding; also Aug. 10). $35. Board at Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-972-8300, ext. 31. www.revels.org


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