Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS
Thursday through Wednesday
Grand Chapiteau at Suffolk Downs
111 Waldermar Ave., East Boston
Cirque du Soleil delves into steampunk with this show—fans of that genre of fiction, which draws inspiration from the early sci-fi of writers like Jules Verne, will go nuts for the fantastic set design. It centers, as steampunk often does, on a genius inventor, whose creations permit him to alter space and time. Be careful with that ax, Eugene!
David A. Lang: Journey…
Through June 5
Boston Sculptors’ Gallery
486 Harrison Ave., Boston
The large kinetic sculpture appears to be a fanciful flying contraption with three iridescent wings attached to a copper-coated wire chassis, all being pulled by a comparatively tiny bicyclist—the person whose dreams might just lift them into the stratosphere. There’s also a soundtrack, and we’re told that “images of sky, flowing water, birds, and distant galaxies” are projected onto the wings’ underside.
The White Rabbit Show
Thursday through June 4
First Church in Cambridge
11 Garden St., Cambridge
This is a totally improvised show inspired by Lewis Carroll’s “Wonderland” books. We’re told the show “explores the challenges and triumphs of finding yourself.” Beyond that, we’re just as in the dark as you. Whichever show you attend, it’ll be very different from the last and the one to come, making it impossible to spoil for anyone else.
Once in a Blue Moon – Cada Luna Azul
Saturday and Sunday
Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza
361 Centre St., Jamaica Plain
Double Edge Theater presents this magical realist traveling play about, in their words, “how progress can displace people,” seen through the eyes of a character who’s returned to his hometown after many years away. Given the recent demographic shift in Jamaica Plain, this subject hits close to home. The performance will begin at the address above and progress to Mozart Park.
Friday through Monday
47 Palmer St., Cambridge
This annual event at Cambridge’s legendary folk hub Club Passim mixes newcomers and some of Boston’s best acts in the genre, all in the informal spirit of, well, a night by the campfire. Performers stick around to watch each other’s sets; audience members may find themselves hopping on stage. Many sets are “in the round” with several performers trading off songs.
Zack Box, Boston Conservatory
8 The Fenway, Boston
Guerilla Opera presents this spin on the great epic poem “Beowulf," in which the titular dragon-slaying alpha male hero is re-imagined as a doctor suffering from PTSD and caring for his ailing mother. You might be thinking, “That doesn’t sound like Beowulf at all,” and you might be right, but we’re interested in seeing where they take this one.
Free Horror Movie Night
Friday, 7 p.m.
89 Brighton Ave., Allston
Local film buff Ari Shvartsman selected 16 of his favorite horror movies and held a bracket-style vote to whittle the list down to the top two, which will screen at this event. We don’t know which won, but the top four were “Hausu," “Suspiria," “Evil Dead II” and “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death." Sounds like a good double-feature no matter what.
Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard St., Brookline
This coming of age tale from Irish writer-director John Carney stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Conor, a 14 year old in 1980’s Ireland, struggling against a hostile environment at home and school. When he meets the girl of his dreams, he invites her to be in his band’s music video. Only thing he needs to do is actually start a band.
Star Wars Day at the Franklin Park Zoo
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Rd., Roxbury
A Star Wars Day at the Franklin Park Zoo? Sounds random enough to work! Two groups of Star Wars super fans, the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion, will dress up in movie-quality costumes as figures from the films, and the Zoo will host activities connecting their animals with the creatures and features of the Star Wars Universe.
Light Sword Battle Boston 2016
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Not only is it Star Wars Day at the zoo this weekend, they’re also having a huge copyright-free “light sword” battle on the Boston Common. Maybe that galaxy isn’t so far far away after all… If you want to get in on the mayhem, you’ll have to pay to reserve your own sword at the address above. Proceeds go to the local Make-a-Wish Foundation.
South End Open Market
Through October 30
Around 450 and 460 Harrison Ave., Boston
When the weather gets nice, this outdoor market returns. It’s full of arts and crafts, cooked and farm-fresh food and vintage items. Plus, you can check out the 100-plus galleries and artists’ studios in the area, a hub for local visual arts activity. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday.
The Bad Bad Show
Saturday, 7 p.m.
186 Harvard Ave., Allston
This “dirty/weird/blue” stand-up showcase features Alan Richardson, Terrence Pennington, Katie McCarthy, Zenobia Del Mar, Owen Linders, Emily Ruskowski and Jordan Handren-Seavey. “Come to the show so you'll have pictures for your Instagram,” suggest the organizers, Thunderbar Comedy. “If you're unfamiliar with jokes, they are basically memes except a person says them IRL. Ya get it dingus?”