Guide to what’s happening in Boston this week

So, according to Bread and Puppet, this may have been what the first humans looked like.

Festivals
 
Bread and Puppet: ‘Man = Carrot Circus’
Friday, 6 p.m.
Cambridge Common
Mass. Ave. and Garden St., Cambridge
Free, 617-800-9539
www.breadandpuppet.org
According to its promotional material, this show by Vermont’s premiere DIY multimedia political theatre troupe is “based on the revelation that upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot rooted in dirt.” Expect people on stilts, unusual homemade costumes, grotesquely beautiful homemade puppets, a live marching band and possible sociopolitical awakening.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Saturday, 2 p.m.
DCR Martini Hatch Shell
1015 Truman Pkwy, Hyde Park, free, 617-364-2243
www.danieliansmith.com
Set up a blanket and enjoy some outdoor jazz to usher out the summer and welcome the fall. Featured performers include the Suprasonics, a Hammond B3 organ trio, Ron Reid and Sunsteel (an island-sounding band led by a steel drummer) and Daniel Ian Smith and A Collective Directive, a straight jazz combo.

Going out

Mass Brewers Fest
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Head House Concourse, Seaport World Trade   Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, $29-$35, 21+,
877-725-8849
www.massbrewersguild.org
Local brewers are throwing a party, and you’re invited. There will be beer there —more than 80 different kinds from 20 different entities. Three Day Threshold will provide live music as you gleefully lose track of the number of “samples” you’ve had. But don’t worry about it running out — the one thing these guys have stocked is beer.

Theater


‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’

Wednesday through
Oct. 2
Central Square Theater
450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$15-$45, 866-811-4111
www.centralsquaretheater.org
This farce — a wacky reimagining of the eponymous Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle — returns to Central Square Theatre for an encore round after last summer’s successful run. Its 16 roles are again amusingly split between the same three actors, and its sense of the source material (and historical accuracy) is as loose as ever.

Art

Postwar Russia in the Art of Felix Lembersky
Through Dec. 23
Rubin-Frankel Gallery,
Hillel House, Boston     University, 213 Bay State Rd., Boston, free,
617-353-7634
www.bu.edu/hillel/gallery
Lembersky was a Russian Jewish artist of the early and mid-Soviet era. Originally a socialist realist, he imbued his work with everyday humanity, unflinchingly examining all of Rus-sian life. He mastered capturing the reality of individuals as well as their greater symbolic import — a giant, cold, imposing piece of machinery, for example, seems to represent the entire industrial ethos.

Movies

‘The Decline of Western Civilization’
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
$7-$9, 617-495-4700
www.hcl.harvard.edu/hfa
This documentary captures the L.A. punk scene circa 1979-80 from the diverse perspectives of bands, fans, promoters and writers. Seminal groups, including The Germs, X and Black Flag (way before Henry Rollins), onstage and in their homes, reveal a dedicated subculture that sees no separation between art and life.

 



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