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Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City opens at the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday.
from the Peabody Essex Museum; © the palace museum
Empresses of China’s Forbidden City opens at the Peabody Essex Museum on Saturday.

Thursday

Come On Down!

Put your pop culture knowledge to the test at Old School Game Night, a ’70s-themed interactive theater event featuring live music, comedy sketches, dance performances, and a raucous pop-culture trivia competition. You won’t get a kiss from Richard Dawson, but you may win a prize if you opt to play. At The Rockwell in Davis Square at 8 p.m. $20, $18 in advance. 21-plus. therockwell.org

Opening Friday

Mystical Mischief

Four teenage girls play with fire in Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by trying to resurrect the spirit of Colombian narcotics kingpin Pablo Escobar in a Florida tree house. Up-and-coming playwright Alexis Scheer is a Boston Conservatory grad and Boston University graduate student. At the Boston Center for the Arts’ Calderwood Pavilion through September 1. $30. bostontheatrescene.com

Saturday-Sunday

Jazz It Up

A dozen acts from near and far — including Big Sam’s Funky Nation from New Orleans, the Boston-based BT/ALC Big Band, and the Salem High Jazz Band — make the scene at the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. Between live music and DJ sets, check out kids’ activities, workshops, and vendors. The event benefits North Shore high school music programs. At Salem Willows Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Free. salemjazzsoul.org

Opening Saturday

Quiet Power

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The 200 or so pieces — portraits, sculptures, jewelry, and more — included in Empresses of China’s Forbidden City illuminate the often-overlooked influence of three Qing dynasty (1644-1912) royals. The landmark exhibition draws on the collections of Beijing’s Palace museum, a.k.a. the Forbidden City, and the expertise of the Peabody Essex Museum. Through February 10. $20. pem.org

Sunday

Spice Up Your Life

Eat, dance, and play at the India Day Festival, a celebration of India’s Independence Day, on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. In addition to Indian food vendors, the event includes traditional music and dance performances, field day-style games for all ages, and a talent show featuring acrobats, gymnasts, and more. 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free. iagb.org

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