Here’s what to do in Boston this weekend

MOVIES

Irish Film Festival, Boston

Thursday-Sunday
Somerville Theater
55 Davis Sq., Somerville
$11-$85, 800-838-3006
www.irishfilmfestival.com

This festival showcases some of the best filmmaking coming out of the Emerald Ile, with comedy, drama, shorts, documentaries and even a kids’ program, displaying the highly diverse voices and faces of modern Irish identity. There will be several in-person appearances by directors and actors, including charmingly dyspeptic comedian/actor Dylan Moran, featured in the short film “Breakfast Wine”.

A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness

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Sunday, 7 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
$7-$9, 617-495-4700
hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

The spiritually searching hero of this 2013 film spends time on a commune in Estonia, goes Thoreau in the woods of Finland, and starts a black metal band in Norway. Why? This isn’t one of those movies that tells—it just shows. If that still isn’t enough for you, the directors will appear at this screening for a Q and A.

COMEDY

Brody Stevens

Thursday, 8 p.m.
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St., Somerville
$20, 21+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Comedian Brody Stevens is tall, with a slightly demented gaze, and tends to shout his jokes, stalking across the stage like a motivational speaker who’s gone off message. He’s a friend of Zach Galifianakis, and he has a similar sense of the absurd and a fondness for deconstructing standup cliches. His Comedy Central series “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It” debuted in December.

MUSIC 

Dead Elvis

Friday, 8 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston St., Boston
$5-$30, 781-381-3300
www.symphonynova.org

What happens when you mix Elvis Presley with the bassoon? We sure don’t know, but you’ll find out if you attend this concert by Symphony Nova. The program also includes “La Revue de Cuisine Suite”, a piece by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu about love affairs between pieces of silverware. More classical concerts should be this weird.

Jake Shimabukuro

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Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
$25-$39, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Definitely one of the world’s premier ukulele virtuosos, Hawaiian native Jake Shimabukuro is a true wizard of the humble four-stringed instrument, wresting every kind of sound from pseudo-metal shredding to far-out jazz to classic Hawaiian luau fare from its tiny frame. See him play one song and you’ll never dare call it a novelty instrument again.

A Song of Passing Years

Saturday and Sunday
First Church in Boston/Goethe-Institute, Boston
170 Beacon St., Boston/66 Marlborough St., Boston
$20-$45, 617-427-8200
www.chameleonarts.org

Rock and pop musicians usually produce their best music when young, but classical composers, along with virtually every other kind of artist, usually produce their best work in their twilight years, as this program from Chameleon Arts Ensemble, with late works by Brahms, Ravel, Ives, Birtwistle and Enescu, attests. Saturday’s show takes place at First Church, Boston; Sunday’s at Goethe-Institut.

ART 

Seeing Glacial Time: Climate Change in the Arctic

May 18
Tufts University Art Gallery
40R Talbot Ave., Medford
$3, 617-627-3518
artgallery.tufts.edu

Art and science come together in this multimedia exhibition, featuring eight artists attempting to communicate something of the life of glaciers, the movements of which are all too subtle to notice in real time—at least they were until recently, when they began melting at disturbing rates. The artists employ a variety of approaches, from documentary to purely aesthetic points of view.

Massachusetts

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Thursday through April 12
Gallery 263
263 Putnam Ave., Cambridge
Free, contact@gallery263.com
www.gallery263.com

More than 30 artists from across our great Commonwealth are featured in this exhibition. The radically different approaches, subjects and media employed by these artists attests to the cultural diversity of the state, something the juror, Dina Deitch, knows well, having spent time as a curator at Williams College, the deCordova Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

BOOKS 

George Packer

Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Boston College
140 Comm. Ave., Chestnut Hill
Free, 617-552-2203
www.bc.edu

This author, a regular contributor to “The New Yorker”, will discuss his latest book, “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America”, in which he charts a perceived decline in American solidarity from many points of view. “Over the years,” he writes, “America had become more like Walmart. It has gotten cheap.” Say it ain’t so, George!

THEATER 

Heroes

Thursday through April 12
Salem Theater Company
90 Lafayette St., Salem
$10-$25, 978-590-3276
www.salemtheatre.com

Salem Theater Company presents this French comedy by Gerald Sibleyras, translated to English by Tom Stoppard. It’s about three World War I vets who are beginning to get terribly bored in their retirement home. They hatch a plan to escape to Indochina, or at least somewhere off campus. As for whether they do or not, well, you’ll just have to see.

SLAM Boston: Diverse Voices in Theatre

Tuesday and Wednesday
Boston Playwrights’ Theater
949 Comm. Ave., Boston
$16-$18, 866-811-4111
www.theopentheater.com

This two-night event is like a poetry slam, but with ten minute plays instead of poetry. The eight competing teams will perform the same pieces both nights, but not in the same order. The judges will be chosen from the audience, and the rest of the audience’s response will count too, so if you go, don’t be passive!

DANCE

Silent Currents

Friday through April 6
Sanctuary Theater
400 Harvard St., Cambridge
$40, 617-354-7467
www.ballettheatre.org

The latest production from the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater finds its director and choreographer reaching far into his back catalogue for 1992’s “Isle of the Dead”, accompanying it with two works from 2012: “Circles” and “Risk of Repetition”. Taken together, the works present a cyclical notion of life, with music from Phillip Glass, Rachmaninov and Schnittke.

ROCK SHOWS

The Strypes

Thursday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$10-$12, 18+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

From their “the” name down to their classicist 60’s Brit-rock sound and look, Irish band the Strypes give the impression of having shown up a decade late for the early 00’s garage revival. Well no matter, boys, it’s about time to get that party started again anyway—every now and then someone needs to remind the world what real rock music sounds like.

Gary Numan

Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Paradise Rock Club
967 Comm. Ave., Allston
$25, 18+, 800-745-3000
www.ticketmaster.com

Gary Numan was one of the first pop artists to employ almost exclusively electronic sounds—every sound but the drums on his best-known track, the 1979 hit “Cars”, was created via synthesizer. Not only his way of making music but his major themes as an artist, especially the alienation of a technologically oversaturated culture, seem more relevant than ever.

Born Without Bones

Sunday, 8:30 p.m.
T.T. the Bear’s Place
10 Brookline St., Cambridge
$9, 18+, 617-492-2327
www.ttthebears.com 

This local band’s latest album, “Baby”, opens with a plaintive, muttered acoustic faux-folk tune. Oh great, you think, another band trying to sound “mature” by copping to some “Llewyn Davis” vibe. But it’s actually a fake-out—these guys are really a killer power pop/emo band. Right on—phony maturity’s for bores. Who needs it when you’ve distorted guitars, impassioned vocals and big choruses?



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