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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / August 25, 2011

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TODAY The hound of the book dealer In 2004, Vincent McCaffrey closed his bookstore on Newbury Street, but his Avenue Victor Hugo Books Online is alive and well. Perhaps the author has more time to focus on his writing because the sequel to “Hound’’ is out. In “A Slepyng Hound To Wake,’’ book dealer Henry Sullivan unwillingly returns to sleuthing when another book hound is killed. McCaffrey is in Brookline tonight. 7 p.m. Free. Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660.

Sand dunes and salty air At the ripe young age of 5 or 6, Dutch artist Niek van der Plas started drawing. A love for the sea, dunes, and beaches near his home in Katwijk influenced the artist whose impressionist paintings are on view. Today from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (through Sept. 30). Free. Shreve, Crump & Low, 440 Boylston St., Boston. 617-267-9100.

Wherefore art he? The lead actor is nowhere to be found and the traveling troupe has a show to do. Enter the new guy who knows nothing about the play so he uses his own biography and wit. The year is 1570, and the irreverent production of EveryActor is presented by Shakespeare & Company’s Performance Intern Company. Today at 5:30 p.m. (through Sept. 4). Free. Shakespeare & Company Rose Footprint Theatre, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.

TOMORROW Laugh lines Christine Hurley, Tony V, Paul D’Angelo, Michael Petit, and host Dave Russo have a job to do. These Boston funny folks have to make you laugh at the Wicked Funny Comedy Tour. Aug. 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. $ 25-$35. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham. 781-279-2200.

Tea and tricks What do you do when time stops at a tea party? Boston Circus Guild and Show Circus Studios present “Valve: Antique Vaudeville Circus’’ with a bag of tricks including single point trapeze, partner trapeze, aerial double slings, partner acrobatics, hand balancing, contortion, diablo, tumbling, and aerial chains. Aug. 26 at 8:30 p.m. $18, $24 at the door. Club Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.

SATURDAY Yacht-see Have you boarded a yacht this summer? Some of the owners at the Antique and Classic Boat Festival invite the public aboard, so good luck. The privately owned collection includes Golden Years, a 1913 Matthews launch used by its original owner to ferry guests, including United States presidents, to his summer camp in New York. Aug. 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Aug. 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. $5, free under 12. Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina, 10 White St., Salem. 617-666-8530.