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By June Wulff
Globe Staff / September 22, 2011

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Fluff it up In 1917, Archibald Query invented Marshmallow Fluff in Somerville’s Union Square. Of the many Fluff-focused tributes at Saturday’s Marshallow Fluff Festival, check out games including Pin the F on Fluff Boy, Fluff Fishing, and Fluff Jousting. Artists, musicians, performers, inventors, vendors, and humorists include songwriter Allee Willis (‘‘Boogie Wonderland’’ and ‘‘I’ll Be There for You’’), and Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady from ‘‘The Brady Bunch’’), whose Fluff-inspired artwork will be on display. Sept. 24 from 3-7 p.m. (rain date Sept. 25). Free (except for food and some activities). Union Square Plaza, Somerville. 617-955-0080.


Trash talk Will our culture be remembered by its discarded computer monitors and packaging remnants? Susan Strasser, author of “Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash,’’ will talk about “Rags, Bones, and Plastic Bags: Trash in Industrial America.’’ 5:30 p.m. (reception follows at Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge). Free. Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard’s Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-496-1027.

To age or not to age If anyone knows how to stop the aging process, it’s Tovah Feldshuh, winner of four Drama Desk Awards, four Tony nominations, and four Outer Critics Circle Awards (we hope she played that number). The actress and singer brings her new one-woman show, “Aging Is Optional’’ to West Roxbury. 7:30 p.m. $25, $15 students and seniors. The Roxbury Latin School, Smith Theater, 101 Saint Theresa Ave., West Roxbury. 617-325-4920.

Letters and loss Jacqueline Kennedy received more than 800,000 condolence letters within seven weeks of President Kennedy’s death. Two years later, the number reached more than 1.5 million. Historian Ellen Fitzpatrick selected about 250 letters for her book, “Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation,’’ and she will read some of them tonight. 7 p.m. Free (RSVP requested). Wellesley Books, 82 Central St., Wellesley 781-431-1160.

A night at the museum We’re trying to enroll at Harvard so we can attend College Night at the Museum of Fine Arts, but the university is not cooperating. You go without us and enjoy the new Art of the Americas Wing and Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, music by Liz Longley, a dance party with DJ Leah V, and free snacks and prizes. 7-11 p.m. Free with student ID. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.

It’s all about us We remember the 1971 book that showed women how to examine themselves. We passed, but millions followed and continue to learn from this pioneer of the women’s health movement. “Our Bodies, Ourselves’’ 40th Birthday Bash celebrations include tonight’s cabaret show fund-raiser with acrobatics, belly dance, burlesque, live music, hula hooping, tap dance, poetry, and comedy. 8 p.m. $40. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.


Blues in the night The blues make you happy when delivered by James “Mr. Superharp’’ Cotton. The Grammy-winning harmonica master celebrates his 67th year as a professional musician (he started at 9). Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. $29-$49. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391.

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