Things to Do in Boston This Weekend
Boston Lyric Opera presents the world premiere of this new opera about the arrival of the revolutionary avant-garde composer Arnold Schoenberg in 1930’s Los Angeles. Anywhere was better for a Jewish intellectual than Nazi Germany, of course, but he hardly felt at home in this strange fantasy factory, or comfortable with what was happening back home.
$117-$152, through Sunday, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston
The Tony and Pulitzer-winning American Repertory Theater is one Boston’s major theatrical powerhouses. Anyone who needs proof, a reminding, or just an introduction should check out this revue composed of some of the ART’s best shows of the past decade, featuring returning cast members from The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Pippin, Prometheus Bound, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812.
$80-$95, Friday through November 30, Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
The Huntington Theater’s newest production tells the true story of boxer Emile Griffith, who emerged from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become a world champion in three weight classes. He’s best known, however, for savagely taking down a 1962 opponent, Benny Paret, after Paret mocked him for being bisexual. The consequences would haunt Griffith for the rest of his life.
$64-$94, Friday through December 22, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston
In addition to actual experimental films like his reportedly nausea-inducing “Flicker”, the restlessly eccentric artist Tony Conrad pulled weird stunts like cooking Japanese food with celluloid, or trying to “pickle” film stock in brine. He’s also said to have pioneered drone music. “You don’t know who I am,” he once told an interviewer, “but somehow, indirectly, you’ve been affected by things I did.”
Free, Through January 6, MIT List Visual Arts Center, 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15, Cambridge
The two artists featured this month at Chase Young Gallery are linked in their depictions of their subjects in front of (mostly) blank, greyish-white backgrounds. Moss gives us silhouettes of rosebuds and flowers, conveying a fragility of life; Murphy presents eerie figures from the late 19th/early 20th century, seemingly ripped from a Ken Burns film, floating, context free, in a haze of half-memory.
Free, Through November 30, Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston
Not that you’ve been wondering about deposing anyone in particular, but if you have, author and former CIA agent David Pries has written How to Get Rid of a President, a whole book about the processes—both official and, shall we say, creative—of giving presidents the boot. His talk tonight should be an amusing and informative take on the most democratic of civic acts.
Free, 7 p.m., Harvard Book Store, 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
In the mid-’70s, while acts like Aerosmith, the Cars, and of course the band Boston were putting our beloved Bean on the classic rock map, very different local acts like the Real Kids, the Nervous Eaters, DMZ, and the Neighborhoods were producing furious, edgy garage rock every bit as revolutionary as their better-known New York contemporaries. This is their rarely-told story.
$13-$18, 7:30 p.m., Regent Theater, 7 Medford St., Arlington
Director Akin Omotso won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Director for this drama, which follows three rural South African youths as they leave home to the first time, bound for the metropolis of Johannesburg, hoping for opportunity, only to be exposed to a new world of poverty and crime. The story is based on real accounts collected for a project.
$11, Friday and Saturday, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston
As the frontman and songwriter for My Morning Jacket, Jim James has carved his own 20-year-long path through the shifting sands of indie rock fandom and fashion by simply doing what he does—kickass Southern rock—and ignoring the noise. At this show you’ll get James in his rawest form, alone with an acoustic guitar—the ultimate test for any singer-songwriter. He should do fine.
$35-$45, 8 p.m., Shubert Theater, 265 Tremont St., Boston
This concert brings together three very different virtuoso musicians: the banjo-bending Bela Fleck, versatile bassist Edgar Meyer, and tabla master Zakir Hussain. All three are living legends in their own right, making adventurous and wide-ranging use of their respective instruments. Put ‘em all together and, well, we’re not sure what it adds up to, but it’ll definitely be one of a kind.
$30-$65, 8 p.m., Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Every year, Bhangra teams from colleges across the country gather at the Orpheum for an epic
throwdown full of colorful costumes, bangin’ beats and synchronized dance moves, making for a singular entertainment spectacle. Now in its 15th year, the Boston competition is the East Coast’s largest, and is renowned in the Bhangra community as one of the best.
$25-$100, 6 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 1 Hamilton Pl., Boston
Woman comics dominated this year’s finalist pool at the Boston Comedy Festival, with only one man among the top five. At this show, you’ll get to see sets from three of those locally-based champs: Erin Spencer, Kathe Farris, and Emily Ruskowski. The evening is rounded out by national headliner Poppy Champlin.
$15, 9:30 p.m., The Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville
Cats seem more popular than ever, both as pets and the subjects of Instagram posts, but how many of us really know what’s going on in those little heads of theirs? Feline specialist Jackson Galaxy, author and host of Animal Planet’s Cat vs Dog, probably knows as much as anyone. He’s got years of wisdom on how to form stronger bonds with the notoriously aloof creatures, by appealing to something he calls “cat mojo”.
$35-$55, 7 p.m., The Wilbur Theater, 246 Tremont St., Boston