Chameleon Arts Ensemble: Moon Dreams

It’s still free to look at the moon, and it’s still beautiful. When was the last time you really looked at it? For their opening concert of the season, Chameleon Arts Ensemble performs chamber works that explore the realm of dreams, over which the moon traditionally reigns, including Arnold Schoenberg, Ernest Bloch, Brett Dean, John Woolrich and Rebecca Clarke.

Oct. 1-4
First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough St., Boston


Manhattan Short Film Festival

Filmmakers from across the world submit to this festival, and the semifinalists get screened across the world, including right here at the MFA. You and all those other audiences get to vote for the finalists. “Don’t miss this chance to change a filmmaker’s life,” exhorts the online synopsis. You heard ’em, pressure’s on! Watch hard!

Oct. 1, 3-5 p.m.
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave., Boston



TED talks have become the tent revivals of secular humanism, mixing edu-taining updates on research and technological innovation with fascinating and inspiring personal testaments. This event’s speakers include local TV journalist Janet Wu, MIT Media Arts & Sciences professor Iyad Rahwan, strategic consultant Laura Gassner Otting, MIT economics professor David Autor, ethnographer Tricia Wang and medical doctor Mark Gendreau.

Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Boston Opera House
539 Washington St., Boston


Breaking News: Cassils

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts presents the work of transgender artist Cassils, with three pieces: “Powers that Be,” “Inextinguishable Fire” and the brand new “103 Shots,” a short film addressing the Pulse shooting. The Museum School tells us that Cassils “addresses mediated images of violence by calling into question the roles of the witness and the aggressor.”

Through Oct. 15
School of the Museum
of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway, Boston


“She Looks Good in Black”

This dark comedy tells of a widow whose husband dies by strangulation, but we’re getting the sense that it might not be a huge tragedy. Her marriage, we’re told, wasn’t too pleasant. She’s trying to figure out what to do with his large collection of pornographic “art.” She also may or may not be taking a shine to her husband’s gravedigger.

Through Oct. 2
Boston Playwrights’ Theater 949 Comm. Ave., Boston

“The Plough and the Stars”

This production of Sean O’Casey’s exploration of the 1916 Easter Rebellion, and the social climate leading up to it, comes straight from Dublin’s Abbey Theater, which first performed it in 1926. The play was controversial enough to provoke riots during that first run. O’Casey’s defenders included Abbey co-founder W.B. Yeats, who publically rebuked the rioters, declaring “Plough” a work of genius.

Through Oct. 9
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle St., Cambridge


Raphael Xavier

This Philadelphia street dancer, a former member of hip-hop dance troupe Rennie Harris Puremovement who’s often credited with revitalizing street dancing in his home city, appears with his crew, performing “Point of Interest,” new work from the 45-year-old choreographer, challenging our assumption that this demanding form of dance is for the youthful alone.

Sept. 30, 8 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston


Somerville Toy Camera Fest

This annual art show, featuring photographs taken on cheap cameras like the infamous Holga, reveals the surprising — and often surprisingly beautiful — results one can get with low technology. This year’s festival is bigger than ever, with exhibitions at Nave Gallery Annex, Washington Street Art Center and Brickbottom Gallery. Check the link below for more information and a schedule of special events.

Through Oct. 15
Various locations, Somerville