ART
Frida Kahlo: Dos Mujeres
Through March 1
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave., Boston
$23-$25, 617-267-9300
www.mfa.org
This winter, the MFA is celebrating its acquisition of a single painting by legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. An early work, and the first painting Kahlo ever sold, “Dos Mujeres” is not one of the eccentric self-portraits for which she became famous. Instead it depicts two maids who worked in Kahlo’s mother’s household. Nonetheless, the mysterious and dignified double portrait is unmistakably hers. 
 
Trust
Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Know No Truth
228 Newbury St., Boston
Free, 857-317-4139
www.knownotruth.com
Trust falls are easy; deep trust is hard. And yet, trust is the glue that holds society together—otherwise, even money isn’t worth anything. In this dual exhibition, painters Landon Richman and Ola Aksan explore the concept inside and out. Friday’s opening reception, for all ages, includes performances from Alexxxan, Nite Krawla and Joe Grafton. It’ll be good, trust us. 
 
MUSIC
Ana Gasteyer
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sanders Theater
45 Quincy St., Cambridge
$30-$60, 617-482-6661
www.celebrityseries.org
You may not know that former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Ana Gasteyer is also a singer—among many other major musical theater credits, she spent a stint as Elphaba in “Wicked.” Now she’s reinvented herself as a jazz nightclub singer with a songbook of saucy adult-themed tales—and, for good measure, a jazzy rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”. 
 
Dark Landscapes
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Community Music Center of Boston
34 Warren Ave., Boston
$15-$20, 617-254-4133
www.newgalleryconcertseries.org
If you’re in a more avant-garde mood, here’s the latest in the New Gallery Concert Series, featuring performances from a quintet comprised of violinists Gabriela Diaz and Charles Dimmick, violist Ashe Gordon, cellist David Russelln and pianist Sarah Bob, plus acoustic-electronic artist Danny Satori and bass clarinet/marimba duo Transient Canvas. It’s all set against the architectural photography of Jeffery Means. 
 
Dead Poet Society
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Café 939
939 Boylston St., Boston
Free, all ages, 617-747-6042
www.berklee.edu/events/dead-poet-society-daephne
You might expect something melancholic and upper class from this local band, like the sensitive Robin Williams film, but Dead Poet Society is actually a funk-rock monster with a strong Rage Against the Machine vibe and anthemic vocals recalling Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala in the upper registers. It’s a sound that’s been gone just long enough to feely oddly relevant again.
 
Magic Shoppe
Saturday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$10, 21+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com
Every band with an echo box and a spaced-out vibe gets pegged as “psychedelic” these days, but local act Magic Shoppe is the genuine article—edgy but cool, eerie but inviting, they’ll make you feel, as Roky Erickson put it, that you’ve “always been here before.” This is the release show for their latest EP, “Interstellar Car Crash."
 
DO167 Winter Reggae Splash
Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Paradise
967 Comm. Ave., Boston
$16, 18+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com
February is always the month when winter starts to get really old, but you can transport yourself to a warmer locale with this reggae showcase, featuring headliner Mighty Mystic, plus Fear Nuttin’ Band, DJ 4eign and Nomad-I. What’s the occasion, you ask? The birthday of the Man himself, Bob Marley, who’d be 71 this Saturday.
 
TALKS
Civic Series: Genetically Modified Organisms
Thursday, 6 p.m.
Workbar
45 Prospect St., Cambridge
Free
www.thecivicseries.com
The Civic Series is a cross-partisan effort to teach and discuss the controversy on many topics dividing the body politic. Ideally, you’ll emerge with a clearer sense of what’s at stake and where you stand. This week, Tufts professor Parker Wilde will discuss Genetically Modified Organisms, opposition to which is fierce in many circles, but regarded as mostly pseudoscientific hysteria in many others. 
 
MOVIES
41st Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Through February 15
Somerville Theater
55 Davis Sq., Somerville
$13-$125, BostonSciFi@gmail.com
www.bostonscifi.com
This annual festival, which claims to be the oldest genre-based film festival in the country, includes fantasy and horror films as well as science fiction fare from all over, and even a few appropriate documentaries. It all wraps up, in epic fashion, with “The ‘Thon”, described as “a 24-hour orgiastic motion picture endurance test featuring classic, new and schlock films.” 
 
Dreams Rewired
Friday through Sunday
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St., Cambridge
$9-$11, 617-876-6837 
www.brattlefilm.org
“Our time is a time of total connection—distance is zero,” says Tilda Swinton, as only Tilda Swinton can, narrating this cinematic essay on the history of modern connectivity. It’s illustrated with clips from the early age of film—the 1880’s to the 1930’s—but it reflects on the ever more wired-up present. It looks like an eerie, thought-provoking experience.
 
The Wolfpack
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Paramount Center
559 Washington St., Boston
Free, emersonvma@gmail.com
Web.emerson.edu/brightlights
This 2015 documentary tells the peculiar but true story of six brothers whose grew up under the harsh regime of an eccentric, controlling father almost never let them leave their small Manhattan apartment. They coped by escaping into the world of movies, and making their own tribute films, complete with ingenious costumes. There’s more, but we won’t ruin it all. 
 
THEATER
"Back the Night"
Thursday through February 28
Boston Playwrights’ Theater
949 Comm. Ave., Boston
$10-$30, 866-811-4111
www.bu.edu/bpt
This new play from local luminary Melinda Lopez deals with the contemporary crisis of violence on college campuses, about which our heroine, Em, is in denial—until a close friend, Cassie, get assaulted. So far, little else of the plot has been revealed, except for this cryptic sentence: “Sometimes you do the wrong thing for the right reason.”
 
"Rent"
Friday through February 21
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St., Boston
$25-$45, 617-514-6497
www.fiddleheadtheatre.com
“Rent” is such a canonical Broadway musical today that it’s easy to forget how what an unexpected and game-changing success it was back in 1996. Two decades years later, its influence is still palpable, and “Seasons of Love” is still stuck in people’s heads. Fiddlehead Theater celebrates the 20th anniversary of Jonathan Larson’s bohemian drama with this new production.
 
GOING OUT
SoWa First Fridays
Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
SoWa Boston
450 Harrison Ave., Boston
Free, info@sowaboston.com
www.sowaboston.com
Every first Friday of the month, the galleries and artists of the SoWa district open their doors to the art-hungry public. Many of them also offer refreshments, so you’ll have something to sip or munch on while pondering what the heck this artist was going for. Maybe they’re there, and you can ask them. Otherwise, just stick to “there’s nothing to get.”
 
COMEDY
Saurin Choksi
Friday, 7 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$5, 18+, 617-566-9014 
www.greatsctottboston.com
The Gas presents this Brooklyn-based comedian, co-host of Fuse TV’s deceptively-named “White Guy Talk Show” and winner of first place at 2014’s Boston Comedy Festival. Some of his best material stems from personal appearances, whether he’s complaining about having a painfully unintimidating physique, or laughing at white people for being easily sunburned.