Looking for something new to do this weekend? Check out a film festival or a new play.
Boston LGBT Film Festival
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Through April 9
The 31st annual Boston LGBT Film Festival is one of Boston’s biggest film festivals, taking place across the city, with screenings at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Paramount Theater and the Brattle Theater, and a diverse selection of films representing very big tent that is the LGBT world, in all its shades and stripes.
Mags Harries: Rising Waters
Through May 1
Boston Sculptors Gallery
486 Harrison Ave., Boston
Cambridge-based Welch artist Mags Harries displays her continuing fascination with water in this show, exploring the ways it’s transported, the ways it’s used, its symbolic and practical meaning for human beings and the fact that the largest sources of it—the oceans—are slowly rising. But why, asks Harries, do we have such a hard time accepting this fact?
Through April 12
Davis Square Theater
255 Elm St., Somerville
Actors’ Shakespeare Project takes a break from the Bard to present this play by Jenny Schwartz, which centers on the relationship between husband Ted and wife Mel, struggling to come to grips with the loss of their young son. Swartz communicates the incommunicability of their trauma as a surreal collision of dreams, reality, empty words and sinister nonsense.
Caitlin Corbett Dance Company: New and Recent Work
Friday and Saturday
Center for Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave., Somerville
This show features works by local choreographer Caitlin Corbett. The highlight is the new piece “smashnightinfinity”, a set of vignettes exploring what Corbett perceives as “the random nature of human interaction in the modern world.” Other works on the program include a re-worked version of “Flutter”, set to the music of Marvin Gaye and featuring 25 non-dancers, plus “n.o.p.e” and “Quiet Line.”
The Queen of Spades
10 Holyoke Pl., Cambridge
Lowell House Opera presents Tchaikovsky’s opera in the original Russian, a tale of obsession, gambling, madness and revenge, with a ghost thrown in for good measure. It’s noted for the challenge of its lead role, Herman, who sings in all seven scenes. His famous line “What is our life? A Game!” has become a popular, if somewhat disconcerting, Russian proverb.