T.T. the Bear’s
10 Brookline St., Cambridge
$10, 18+, 617-492-2327
Trevor Powers of Boise, Idaho, adores reverb — so much that it often sounds like he’s playing in the far corner of an enormous, empty, underwater warehouse. It works to convey the isolation present in these haunting songs.
Through the Looking Glass
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Seully Hall, Boston Conservatory,
8 The Fenway,
Juventas New Music Ensemble presents an evening of vocal and instrumental compositions inspired by old idioms — Oliver Caplan’s “Song on a May Morning” interprets Milton and Renaissance music, while Derek David’s “Apollo and Daphne” reflects Baroque sounds. The Schola Cantorum of Boston will perform a guest spot.
Modern Theatre, Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston, $10-$15, 800-440-7654
Suffolk students perform Marlowe’s classic adaptation of the legend of Faust, an overambitious professor. Bored with his studies, he turns to the dark arts, making a pact with Satan and gaining phenomenal magic powers.
Massmouth Story Slam: My Idol
Monday, 6:30 p.m.
47 Palmer St., Cambridge
$5-$10, e-mail for info: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Massmouth continues its preliminary story slam round with a night centered on heroes. You can enter with a story of your own, less than five minutes long. Ten readers are randomly chosen and move on to the semi-finals in the spring. Tonight’s slam features special guest reader Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s “Only a Game.”
Monday, 7 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
Frederick Wiseman directed this 1967 documentary on the State Prison for the Criminally Insane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Its unflinching depiction of the institution’s harsh conditions so shocked people that the film was banned until 1989.
‘Water Is Rising’
Saturday, 8 p.m.
45 Quincy St., Cambridge
This concert features native peoples of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu performing traditional song and dance, which functions not only as art but as the living literature through which teachings have been handed down. The performance also communicates their anxieties about rising ocean levels, which threaten to submerge their homelands.