Thursday through April 27 Paramount Center 559 Washington St., Boston $25-$49, 617-824-8400 www.artsemerson.org
This conceptually rich show from Stein | Holum Projects, explores the intersections of sexuality, violence and sports, and the sparks the fly on the borderline between fantasy and reality. It’s about a fictional female boxer whose story is inspired by those of real female athletes across history. Its run at ArtEmerson includes an aerobic boxing class—check the website for details.
The Actors’ Shakespeare Company presents at outdoor performance of the Bard’s comedy, in which the heroine, Rosalind, daughter of the Duke, flees her usurping uncle’s court to take refuge in the Forest of Arden—make that the Forest of Medford for us. The typical Shakespearean love entanglements and gender-bending amusements ensure. Prolific local actress Paula Plum appears as the wise fool Touchstone.
Movement at the Mills
Friday, 7 and 8 p.m. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts 551 Tremont St., Boston Free, 617-426-5000 www.bcaonline.org
This installment of the Boston Center for the Arts’ gallery dance series, in which the audience is invited to walk around the performers in the gallery, observing them like one would art, features local companies Jesse Jeanne and Dancers, with a work inspired by Matisse, and Reject Dance Theater, with a piece exploring psychology, gender and animal movement.
BU students perform Mozart’s classic opera about the archetypical womanizer, which still has the power to surprise. Don appears to us as a charming rake initially, a proto-rock star, but as the story wears on his cowardice and irresponsibility make him harder and harder to like, and when he’s finally dragged off to Hell we’re half glad to be rid of the chump.
David Mogolov performs this comic monologue that delves into the heart of contemporary America, inspired by an odd question Moglov was asked on a political survey. We confront a sort of paradox of democracy, in which, as we’re so often told, “every vote counts,” but no individual vote, taken by itself, seems likely to make a difference.
Yes, the wizards of comedy at ImprovBoston will stage a spontaneous “wake” for a random imaginary person about whom nothing is initially “known,” reminiscing over drinks about what a great guy he was—or maybe what a jerk he was. The challenge is to create a believable person out of thin air. How do they do it? We told you, they’re wizards.
Having stuck to good old garage rock—or as they call it, “flower punk”—since the beginning, Atlanta, Georgia’s Black Lips are always in style. In fact, their timeless authenticity is such that they were once invited to play an idealized 80’s rock group in a film—but they backed out when the decided the project was too cheesy. Nice save, boys.
A lot of times it seems like indie music splits along an analog/digital border, with some retro-minded acts eschewing anything with microchips, while their electro-warrior counterparts dive headlong into our synthesized, sample-happy future. Many others, like Dan Croll, stand right in between those extremes, proving there is love—not to mention blissful pop perfection—possible between man and machine.
The candy-colored, provocatively androgynous look of Boy George was a perfect match for the early days of MTV, and his influence can still be seen all over pop culture. Over the years his singing voice has undergone a Bowie-like transformation from a youthful feminine mewling with to a husky croon, and it suits him surprisingly well.
Kids’ Movies Not Just for Kids
Friday through April 23 Brattle Theater 40 Brattle St., Cambridge $8-$12, 617-876-6837 www.brattlefilm.org
This series of screenings includes Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away” and “My Neighbor Totoro”, Jim Henson’s gothic puppet fantasies “Labyrinth” and “The Dark Crystal” as well as his first three Muppet movies, Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and a set of beautiful short films by prolific 20th century animator John Hubley and his wife Faith.
Part of the wider Cambridge Science Festival, this outdoor event is chock full of edutaining games and exhibits from every corner of science. You can check out microscopic creatures, manufacture some blue slime, learn how kites fly and where art and science meet—and that’s just at four booths. And of course there’s the popular Robot Zoo.
Carla Fernandez: The Barefoot Designer
Thursday through September 1 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 280 Fenway, Boston $5-$15, 617-566-1401 www.gardnermuseum.org
For Mexican artist and clothing designer Carla Fernandez, there’s no tension between tradition and modernity—it’s just a matter of finding a way to let them speak with each other. The Gardner Museum, whose founder sought to bring a little of the Old World to the New, has a somewhat similar mission, making this multimedia exhibition a particularly good complement.
Movers and Shakers Cocktail Competition
April 23, 7 p.m. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont St., Boston $35, 617-426-5000 www.bcaonline.org
Fancy yourself an expert mixologist? Some very fine local restaurants will be coming together for this event at the Cyclorama to try to win your vote for the best cocktail. They’ll serve their concoctions alongside food pairings, which is good, ‘cause if you drink too much you might lose your discerning tongue, and of course we can’t have that.
Body of Knowledge: A History of Anatomy
Through December 5 Science Center, Harvard University 1 Oxford St., Cambridge Free, 617-495-2779 chsi.harvard.edu
For most of human history, we knew very little about our own anatomy and a lot of what we thought we knew was very silly. Moving from the 1500’s to the present, this immersive, multimedia exhibition shows how we discovered what’s actually inside us and what isn’t. Endocrine system? Yes. Four humors? Not so much.