The Must List

BOOK   Reasonable Doubt
Sex, drugs, and race take center stage in Cape Cod author Peter Manso’s latest, which details the case of Christopher McCowen, the black man convicted of murdering white fashion writer Christa Worthington in 2002. Manso sets out to prove that bigotry and corruption put an innocent man in prison. $26, out 7/5.

FINE ART   Hudson River School
We Americans have long had romantic notions of our natural landscapes, many of which can be traced back to the Hudson River School painters from the mid-1800s. Now we can see a greatest-hits collection of their work: The Peabody Essex Museum has compiled 45 canvases in an exhibit featuring masters such as Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church. $15, 7/30–11/6.

In January, theatergoers raved when ArtsEmerson welcomed Les 7 Doigts de la Main, a très chic, très madcap circus troupe from Montreal. Now they’re back for a repeat performance at the Cutler Majestic. Combining the fantasies of Cirque du Soleil with the sly humor of Blue Man Group, the cast transforms a psychiatrist’s office into a wild extravaganza of juggling, trapeze, and whimsy. $25–$79, 7/12–7/24.

FILM   Roxbury International Film Festival
The annual event is back with screenings all over town, from the Coolidge to the Roxbury Center for the Arts. Focusing on people of color, the films and panels will feature talent from across the globe, but the highlight is local doc Push: Madison vs. Madison, about a Boston high school’s hoops team. 7/28–7/31.