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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / June 16, 2011

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PICK OF THE DAY

Parenthood Women usually give birth to a boy or a girl, but in this dark comedy by Emmy winner Rachel Axler, a young couple welcomes a ‘‘Smudge.’’ The Ghostlight Theater Company of New England delivers a message about the changing American family through this limbless, one-eyed newborn who communicates through medical equipment beeps and whistles. Tonight at 7:30 (through July 9). $18, $15 seniors, $10 students. Salem Theatre Company Theater, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. 978-790-8546. www.salemtheatre.com

TODAY

100 years young Give Dad an early Father’s Day gift of tonight’s talk with sports journalist Harvey Frommer, who will discuss “Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red Sox.’’ The book celebrates the 100th anniversary of our beloved pahk with team history and first-person narratives. 6 p.m. Free. Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-536-5400. www.bpl.org

If they design it, we will come This is the first time that the exhibition “Archiprix: 300 of the World’s Best Design Theses,’has been held in the United States, and more than 1,400 universities were invited to participate. MIT hosts the show of thesis projects in architecture and urban design. 24/7 through Aug. 20. Free. MIT Lobby 7, fourth floor, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-253-5380. www.archiprix.org/2011

The play’s the thing Artistic fates are in your hands at the Playwrights’ Platform Festival of New Plays. Members of this cooperative of playwrights, directors, and actors present new short plays for audience members to vote on, and two of the entries are “Cupid’s Night Out’’ by Chris King and “Queen of the Ten-Minute Play’’ by Ellen Davis Sullivan. Through June 18 at 8 p.m. $17, $14 students and seniors (reservations recommended). Boston Playwrights’ Theatre , 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.bu.edu/bpt

History lesson Our history books didn’t mention 19th-century transgender evangelist Jemima Wilkinson, who changed her name to Publick Universal Friend, refused to use pronouns, fought for gender equality, and led her own congregation in upstate New York. This is covered in Michael Bronski’s “A Queer History of the United States,’’ and the gender and sexuality scholar will discuss the book. 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515. www.harvard.com

TOMORROW

On your avant-garde The opening sequence of “Un chien andalou’’ by Luis Buñuel might be tough to watch. The filmmaker collaborated with Salvador Dali, so you can count on Surrealism and realism. If you’re game, the Harvard Film Archive presents “Buñuel — the Beginning and the End.’’ June 17 at 7 p.m. (through June 27). $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700. www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

SATURDAY

Ann how The welcome mat is ready to greet you at 15 artists’ studios in Gloucester and Rockport. At the Cape Ann Artisans Tour, you’ll see pottery, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and more. Maps available at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce and Rockport Information Booth. June 18 and 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Gloucester and Rockport. 978-281-3347. www.capeannartisans.com