Be a kid for a day and marvel at the young stars of Circus Smirkus at the Marshfield Fairgrounds, the first of four Massachusetts stops on the troupe’s annual New England tour. This year’s theme is vaudeville, and six of the 10- to 18-year-old trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, and other performers are from Massachusetts. 1 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, before moving on to Waltham, Northampton, and Newbury. Adults $22, children $18. smirkus.org
From Tiger Beat to Instagram, the heartthrob (male or female) occupies a special place in the hearts of many teen girls — and the women they become. Five local contributors to Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives read from the new collection at Newtonville Books. They include Globe contributor Marianne Leone and WHDH reporter-slash-mystery writer Hank Phillippi Ryan. 7 p.m. Free. newtonvillebooks.com
The Sound of Love
Step into the shoes of people affected by mass incarceration through the experience of a multiplatform sound installation created by Boston-based artist and filmmaker Rashin Fahandej. Her latest project, A Father’s Lullaby, incorporates visual art and video of fathers from communities of color. Through October 26 at the Boston Center for the Arts public plaza in the South End. The opening reception runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free. bcaonline.org
Hit the road and get an inside look at creating, painting, and cooking with pottery made in Western Massachusetts on the self-guided Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale. Eight studios within 45 minutes of Northhampton throw open their doors for the 12th annual event, which includes demonstrations and — a new feature — food at each stop. Check the website for a map. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Free. hilltown6.com
Outside the Box
Demystifying mental illness takes education, sensitivity — and maybe a little burlesque. Psych! A Lived Journey at Oberon in Cambridge challenges the stigma surrounding mental illness with “a burlesque and circus peek into the mind” of performers living with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and other conditions. 7:30 p.m. $20-$30. americanrepertorytheater.org
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