Guide to what’s happening in Boston this week

This hairy, scary guy will be at ‘Spiders!’

Going out

TEMPLE: Day of the Dead
Tonight, 10
Club Guilt
279 Tremont St., Boston
$8, 21+, info@vadalna.com
www.vadalna.org/temple.cfm
Most Halloween club events are just costume parties with a DJ (snore), so this one piqued our interest, because in addition to DJs spinning world electronica, ambient and down tempo, you’ll see hybrid bellydancer Bevin Victoria, physical endurance artist Bones Beckett, Isobel Valo of Rogue Burlesque, Kali and Katie of the Vadalna Tribal Dance Company and the Boston Circus Guild.

Performance

Bello Nock Circus
Saturday and Sunday
Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell
$15-$48, 978-454-2299
www.lowellauditorium.com
Speaking of circus, after years of slogging it for the Man in the two big American circus companies, superstar clown and acrobat Bello Nock has finally struck out on his own. BTW, that’s him on the opposite page with the huge flat-top! This tour’s called “Defying Gravity”, which is exactly what Nock and his cohorts will do, astounding us earthbound types on high wire, bungees, trampoline, and trapeze in a completely animal-free show.

Movies

‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St., Brookline
$8-$10, 617-734-2501
www.coolidge.org
The Coolidge screens Luis Bunuel’s Oscar-winning surrealist satire from 1972, which explores the dreams and frustrated dinner parties of some hypocritical high-society types, alongside a lecture by Dr. Robert Stickgold, director of the Center for Sleep and Cognition at Harvard Medical School. Stickgold’s research explores the role of sleep and dream in memory processing.

Museums


Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

Through Feb. 20
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave., Boston
$20-$22, 617-267-9300
www.mfa.org
Aphrodite, the goddess you wanted to ask to prom, but you had to settle for Athena — and sure, Athena was smart and all, but … you know. Luckily, the MFA understands your pain, so they’ve borrowed this collection of 150 Venus-related Greek and Roman pieces from Italy to let you get to know her.

‘Spiders!’

Saturday through
June 2012
Harvard Museum
of Natural History,
26 Oxford St.,
Cambridge, $7-$9,
617-495-3045
www.hmnh.harvard.edu
Just in time for Halloween, the Harvard Museum of Natural History has expanded “Arthropods: Creatures that Rule” with a new section on everyone’s favorite arachnid. They’ve even got a live tarantula for your pleasure. This is a good chance to check out the interactive, multimedia exhibition if you’ve never seen it before — it’s full of fascinating info about creepy crawlies. 

Comedy

Improv Asylum Halloween Show
Monday, 8 p.m.
Improv Asylum
216 Hanover St., Boston
$15, 617-263-6887
www.improvasylum.com
These folks are so good at improv you’ll think it’s a trick. But nay, dear readers, it’s far more treat than trick. This show promises to explore the best and worst of Halloween. There will be candy, and maybe a human centipede or two. After the show, humans and centipedes alike are invited to a party at Goody Glover’s Bar.

Theater

‘Nursing’
Friday through Sunday
Tufte Performance and
Production Center
10 Boylston Place, Boston
$12, 617-824-8000
www.emerson.edu
In this recent play by Adam Rapp, the last in his “Hallway Trilogy”, the year is 2053, and disease has been eradicated. However, because this is a play, something has to be messed up, so nowadays people are infected with stuff like cholera, bubonic plague, and “blackfrost” (Rapp’s invention) purely for the amusement of a paying audience. That’s entertainment!

‘Our Town’
Friday through Nov. 13
Riverside Theatre Works
45 Fairmount Ave., Boston
$16-$25, 866-811-4111
www.riversidetheatreworks.org
This beloved Thornton Wilder play follows the life cycle of the citizens in the fictional town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., exploring both the comforting and stifling qualities of small town life in its stark reality. Even the most insignificant, unambitious lives are full of beauty and pain, Wilder suggests — our existence is only truly empty if we fail to appreciate it.

Music

Omar Souleyman
Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Ave., Boston
$20, 617-876-4275
www.worldmusic.org
This Syrian singer draws on Kurdish, Turkish and Iraqi styles along with his own nation’s sounds. His band includes traditional instruments and synthesizer, bridging the gap between folk plucking and techno pulse to create something new. Souleyman has released a staggering 500 albums, though most of them are live recordings of wedding performances. Locally-connected psych warriors Prince Rama open.

Books

Laurence Bergreen
Wednesday, 7 p.m.
FPC Parish House
3 Church St., Cambridge
Free, 617-661-1515
www.harvard.com
This author reads from and discusses his book “Columbus: The Four Voyages”, which portrays the man as neither a purely heroic explorer nor a purely evil murder of indigenous people, but as an exceptional individual whose brilliance was matched (and eventually outpaced) by his arrogance, and who, shameful deeds aside, had some pretty incredible oceanic adventures.
 Matthew Dinaro


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