Friday, 8 p.m. First Church in Cambridge 11 Garden St., Cambridge $28, 617-876-4275 www.worldmusic.org
This group comes from the tiny nation of Tuva, a part of Russia on the border with Mongolia most famous globally for Tuvan throat singing, a technique that permits a vocalist to sing three notes at once. There are actually several sub-techniques within the umbrella of Tuvan throat singing; Huun Huur Tu are masters of the most popular type, “khoomei.”
Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Friday, 8 p.m. Symphony Hall 301 Mass. Ave., Boston $25-$100, 617-236-0999 www.bostonphil.org
Gustav Mahler knew he was dying when he wrote his monumental final symphony, and it closes his career with the epicness turned up to 11, expressing the profound anxiety of death but also the potential for peace that may yet lie beyond it, with passages of monstrousness and others of fragile beauty. Benjamin Zander leads the Boston Philharmonic through this journey into mortality.
The Little Blue One
Thursday through Saturday Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont St., Boston $20-$30, 617-933-8600 www.bostontheatrescene.com
This is a world premiere contemporary opera written by the young composer Dominick DiOrio and performed by the Juventas New Music Ensemble. Based on an Italian folktale, it tells the surreal narrative of a troubled albino adolescent girl whose dies her hair blue in the face of mockery, and locked in his palace. Hey, at least her dad’s cool with blue hair!
Friday through May 11 Sanctuary Theater 400 Harvard St., Cambridge $40, 617-354-7467 www.ballettheater.org
The final concert of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater’s season pairs Mateo’s 2012 piece “Taking Turns”, set to a string quartet by Phillip Glass, with a brand new, as-yet-unnamed premiere piece. Our inner middle schooler can’t help but snicker and read some sexual innuendo into the program’s title, but it may not be entirely inappropriate—it is springtime, after all.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Thursday and Friday Berklee Performance Center 136 Mass. Ave., Boston $8-$18, 617-747-2261 www.berklee.edu/bpc
How did the premise of Amanda Brown’s 2001 novel “Legally Blonde”—a seemingly superficial, ditzy sorority girl becomes an ace lawyer, giving everyone no choice but to take her seriously—resonate so much that it found even more successful film and Broadway adaptations? Something to consider as you watch this Berklee College of Music production, and Congress continues to debate equal pay for women.
Friday through May 3 Loeb Drama Center 64 Brattle St., Cambridge $8-$12, 617-547-8300 www.hrdctheater.com
The Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Society presents this play, a riff on the “Odyssey”. It focuses on the suitors vying for the heart of Penelope—who’s saving herself for her husband, Odysseus, presently on a very meandering trip back home from the Trojan War—as they bicker over who deserves her most. It all takes place, somewhat eccentrically, in a drained-out swimming pool.
White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
Monday through May 12 Plaza Theater, Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont St., Boston Free, ZeitgeistTickets@gmail.com www.zeitgeiststage.com
This experimental play by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour has no director and no set actors—for each of the three performances there will be a different actor, and he or she will have been shown the script for the first time. Note: tickets are free, but you have to email the address above to reserve yourself some.
Thursday through Saturday Laugh Boston 425 Summer St., Boston $20-$25, 21+, 617-725-2844 www.laughboston.com
This comic hails from Wisconsin and has a decidedly Midwestern style of deadpan, common sense delivery. You’d never take him for an “edgy” comedian, but there’s a sly darkness that occasionally rears its head amidst his otherwise charmingly silly observations about societal nonsense. It’s almost like if Kenneth from “30 Rock” tried to be a comic—the two even look like long-lost brothers.
With Congressional approval ratings at an all-time low, this ultimately hopeful 1939 drama from Frank Capra may be more relevant than ever. Jimmy Stewart plays the idealistic young senator who actually wants to change things and fight corruption. He finds himself stymied every step of the way, but he does not give up. It’s sort of the antithesis of “House of Cards”.
Saturday, 7 p.m. Harvard Book Store 1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge Free, 617-661-1515 www.harvard.com
As the standard line goes, what emerges from Shakespeare, aside from great drama and poetry, is the voice of modernity. Journalist Dan Falk will discuss the connections between this birth of modern consciousness and the emergence, in Shakespeare’s day, of modern science, which he’s charted in his new book “The Science of Shakespeare: A New Look at the Playwright’s Universe”.
Evelyn Rydz: Forever Yours
Through September 14 Museum of Fines Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave., Boston $23-$25, 617-267-9300 www.mfa.org
This exhibition features drawings and photographs from Evelyn Rydz’s travels on the beaches of Hawaii, where she became fascinated with the small pieces of human detritus—bottle caps, pieces of glass, etc.—that wash ashore, and the way nature tries, not totally successfully, to assimilate them. What’s funny is how they almost look like natural debris—as if they’re in disguise.
Jordan Eagles: Blood Dust
Friday through June 29 Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont St., Boston Free, 617-426-5000 www.bcaonline.org
These sculpture-paintings by Jordan Eagles utilize actual cattle blood’s to launch an unflinching meditation on life and death and what might perhaps come after. Some of these pieces date back to 2011, their blood now dried up into the titular “dust”, which Eagles connects with the ominous line in Genesis: “Dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” Heavy!
Thursday, 9 p.m. Great Scott 1222 Comm. Ave., Allston $15-$17, 18+, 800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com
Long before it was hip to eschew a bass player, Local H burst out of Chicago in the early 90’s with just a guitarist and drummer. Their biggest hit was 1994’s “Bound for the Floor”, but our favorite track—the anti-West Coast anthem “California Songs”—came along ten years later. Their most recent album, “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum”, dropped in 2012.
Sunday, 8 p.m. The Sinclair 52 Church St., Cambridge $16-$18, 18+, 800-745-3000 www.ticketmaster.com
The Uncluded is the unlikely duo of alt-rap MC Aesop Rock and twee folkie Kimya Dawson. What’s crazy is how well it works. Their third single, “Delicate Cycle” features Aesop spitting over nothing a typically stuttering open-position guitar pattern from Dawson, who provides a sung chorus. On other tracks, Dawson sing-raps charmingly, assimilating herself to Aesop’s idiom. Just call it twip-hop.
Early heroes of college radio rock, Slint formed in 1986 in Louisville, Kentucky, and broke up not long after finishing their seminal 1990 album “Spiderland”, whose spooky, skeletal post-hardcore sound inspired droves of murky, mumbly imitators. Sporadic reunions began occurring in 2005, and a documentary on the band, Lance Bangs’ “Breadcrumb Trail”, was released this year.