If this week's nonstop rain has you eager to get out of the house, here are a few things you can do out and about in the city this weekend.
Lisie S. Orjuela: Clouds Parting
Thursday through Jan. 10
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263 Putnam Ave., Cambridge
These paintings come from two series by Connecticut-based artist Lisie S. Orjuela, “Grounding” and “Winged Buttress.” Their starting point is the concrete architecture of Catholic cathedrals, which she abstracts through a layering process. Other inspirations include Buddhist ethics and contemplative spirituality. Figures of humans and birds appear, suspended halfway into disappearing into—or perhaps emerging from—the ether.
REVERBdance Echoes Tour
Thursday and Friday
Boston University Dance Theater
915 Comm. Ave., Boston
Fancy yourself a judge of dance? This show features work by ten choreographers from across the country. Audience members will get to vote to decide which of these will go on to the compete in the 10th Anniversary REVERBdance Festival in New York, where the winner will get $1000 a commission from NYC Steps Repertory Ensemble.
Brad Mehldau Trio
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Mass. Ave., Boston
Brad Mehldau is one of jazz piano’s most respected names, combining a restless experimental drive with a melodic accessibility and an improvisational mastery. Elements of rock and pop and even German romanticism play into his sound, but the idiom remains jazz. His rhythm section has no trouble keeping up, seeing his spirit and raising it in an ongoing, exciting volley.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
246 Tremont St., Boston
This Los Angeles comic is a writer and co-creator of the sitcom “2 Broke Girls”, and starred in her own, “Whitney” for two seasons. She has a bombastic, high-energy style on stage, as kinetic and theatrical as Dane Cook, but more sardonic. She spends a lot of time on the differing psychology of the sexes. Her main conclusion: they’re mostly both crazy.
'The Human Comedy'
Through Dec. 18
527 Tremont St., Boston
Boston University’s College of Fine Arts presents this 1983 folk opera based on the novel by William Saroyan, with songs by Galt MacDermot, who also wrote the music for “Hair”. This work takes place on the home front during World War II, but as in “Hair”, the characters struggle to deal with the effects of a distant war.