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Five things to do in and around Boston May 20-June 2

Preview Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz, mock court, and more.

Passengers, by The 7 Fingers. The group will take part in an early preview of Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season.
Alexandre Galliez
Passengers, by The 7 Fingers. The group will take part in an early preview of Arts Emerson’s 10th anniversary season.

May 20

Sneak Peek

Get an early look at ArtsEmerson’s 10th-anniversary season, which starts in September, at a preview event at the Emerson Paramount Center. The 10-act slate consists of live performances by artists including The 7 Fingers — a “creation collective” with roots in circus arts, which opens the season with the train-themed production Passengers — as well as video premieres. 6:30 p.m. Free; RSVP required. artsemerson.org

May 21

Little Lawyers, Big Court

Greater Boston middle school students act as appellate lawyers in mock trials at An Evening to Stand Up for Your Rights, the culmination of an 11-week program run by the civic-education nonprofit Discovering Justice. Adult lawyers and judges help with the legal aspects, and civilians are welcome in the audience for arguments at the Moakley Federal Courthouse in the Seaport. 5:30 p.m. Free; RSVP requested. discoveringjustice.org

May 29

Drug Problems

Physician and best-selling author Matt McCarthy discusses his new book, Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, a first-person account of the battle against the alarming tide of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. McCarthy, an infectious disease specialist, weaves the history of the lifesaving drugs into a suspenseful account of his own role in a groundbreaking clinical trial. 7 p.m. at Brookline Booksmith. Free. brooklinebooksmith.com

May 31-June 1

Till Earth and Heaven Ring

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Jazz legend Duke Ellington called his three Sacred Concerts “the most important thing I have ever done.” Judge for yourself when performers including a jazz trio, three church choirs, six soloists, and a tap dancer perform excerpts in a concert, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz. Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Jamaica Plain; Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Roxbury Presbyterian Church. Free; ticket required. celebrityseries.org

June 2

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Music accompanies visual art at the Beacon Hill Art Walk, also a chance to explore the private gardens, courtyards, and alleys of the neighborhood’s North Slope. Most of the paintings, prints, and other works are for sale. Follow the online map, which indicates locations where art is on display and musicians are strumming and singing. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. beaconhillartwalk.com

Editor’s note: This edition of Your Week Ahead covers two weeks. Look for the next Globe Magazine on June 2. Share your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least four weeks in advance to week@globe.com. Follow us on Twitter @BostonGlobeMag.