Le Laboratoire Cambridge presents this set of four interactive kinetic sculptures by Chuck Hoberman. Gallery visitors can alter the ways the pieces move and fold into new shapes. Holberman worked with university researchers to create this technology, the practical applications of which, we’re told, “include deployable buildings, shape-shifting robots and deformable metamaterials with properties beyond those found in nature.”
Through January 6
Le Laboratoire Cambridge, 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge
More Than My Religion
This exhibition features work by twenty local Muslim artists, showing how far the diversity of Muslim identity and experience stretches beyond the mean, narrow-minded caricatures of certain President elects. While this show opened before the election, it doesn’t take much moral insight to observe that, post-election, we’re going to need its message more than ever.
Through December 2
Multicultural Arts Center, 41 2nd St., Cambridge
May we suggest closing out your Thanksgiving weekend with a little reggae? Jamaican artist Kabaka Pyramid is a fast-rising star on the international reggae scene. He stared off as a rapper, making the move toward dancehall and raggae later on, adopting the name “Kabaka,” a Ugandan term for “king.” Not concerned solely with he hopes to expand the consciousness of his listeners.
November 27, 7 p.m.
Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$15-$20, 18+, http://bit.ly/2gf6Sax
Mandolin virtuoso Joe Walsh is a hard working man, touring for long stretches out of the year, teaching mandolin at Berklee College of Music, doing guest spots on several recordings and performing a weekly residency at Portland, ME’s Otto Pizza. On top of this he found time to make a new album, “Borderland”, which he’s releasing tonight.
November 30, 8 p.m.
Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge
The Capitol Steps
Musical political satirists the Capitol Steps have never had an easier target than Donald Trump, and we’ve also never needed their witty parodies more. Originally comprised of actual congressional staffers, the group has been skewering American politics with equal opportunity since 1981. Their shtick can be cheesy, but it can also be surprisingly subversive—call it hot cocoa for the winter of our discontent.
November 26, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Every year, Faneuil Hall Marketplace sets ups the show with 350,000 lights moving in sync with the music of the Boston Pops. The show begins each day 4:30 p.m., looping throughout the evening. Of course it’s mostly just a lure for Holiday shopping, but you can check it out for free, and anyway, you haven’t started shopping yet, have you?
Through January 1
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall, Boston
U35 Poetry Reading
Mass Poetry presents the last of their bi-monthly readings by poets under 35 in 2016. November’s poets are Walter Smelt, Hilary Vaughn Dobel and Daniel Jackson. These readings happen each January, March, May, July, September and November. Interested young poets can sign up in the website to read in 2017.
November 29, 7 p.m.
The Marliave, 10 Bosworth St., Boston
William Shakespeare never published his own plays in his lifetime—that task was left to others, who may have had some of the Bard’s manuscripts, or just worked from memory, leading to many discrepancies. Many of these early editions on display at this exhibition, including the legendary First Folio, one of only 234 remaining copies across the world.
Through March 31
Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston
Throne of Blood
Here’s another weird way to round out Thanksgiving weekend: the terror of Akira Kurosawa’s take on “Macbeth”, with its fog-laden landscapes and outrageous drama. Kurosawa’s decision to film on the side of Mt. Fuji instead of on a Tokyo set was, by the director’s own admission, taxing on the crew, but the expressionistic result has made this movie one of his most celebrated.
November 27, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
Gender Reel Film Festival
This national film festival comes to town twice in the two weeks. Wednesday’s feature is “MAJOR!” a documentary on the remarkable Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a black transwoman who’s been fighting for transwomen of color for more than four decades—even while she was in prison. She’ll appear via Skype for a Q&A after the screening.
November 30 and December 9
Fenway Community Health Center, 1340 Boylston St., Boston
Murder for Two
We usually provide our own synopsis in this spot, but the Lyric Stage’s is so amusing we’ll just quote it verbatim: “In this hilarious musical mystery, one actor plays the detective and one actor plays all the suspects… and they both play the piano!” Sounds like just the sort of campy lunacy to distract you fully from holiday stress—at least for a couple hours!
November 25 through December 24
Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston
This is 2016’s final edition of Café Raqs, a monthly belly dance showcase. Performers dance in a range of styles, including American cabaret, tribal fusion and theatrical belly dance. Bet you didn’t know there were so many genres of belly dance… clearly you have a lot to learn. The cover fee goes straight to the dancers, and the Armory café will be open for refreshments.
November 27, 7 p.m.
Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland St., Somerville