Beethoven: “Missa Solemnis”

Beethoven remains the composer who best represents classical music itself in the popular imagination, not least due to his pure emotional force, which is well in display in this, his most ambitious work, which took five years to complete. It’s performed here by Chorus pro Musica, who tell us: “It expresses, on a grand scale, his deepest and most personal spirituality.”Nov. 4, 8 p.m.,Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St. $12-$57,

Hassle Fest


The Boston Hassle throws its eighth annual festival this weekend, with a visual art installation made from repurposed materials and performances from more than 30 bands, including electronic-music pioneers Silver Apples, eccentric soul singer Willis Earl Beale and the postindustrial heaviness of Detroit’s Wolf Eyes, plus local favorites like the Monsieurs and Guerilla Toss. Pro tip: Come early, advance tickets are already sold out!Nov. 4 and 5,Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave.,$25,


“Mark de Paola: 60 Seconds”

Leica Gallery features this fashion photographer and TV ad director with an impressively long CV, working for everyone from Donna Karan to Kawasaki. Here, however, he’s concerned with pure art, presenting a series of 60-second exposures of female nudes. The blurry but tantalizing result is kind of like watching every frame of a video at once — motion seen from the vantage point of eternity. Through Jan. 2, Leica Gallery Boston, 74 Arlington St., Free,

“Stephen St. Francis Decky: Dognamé, Strawbaby and Filbert”

Stephen St. Francis Decky’s cute, brightly colored works, consisting of paintings, sculptures and digital media, have the guileless quality of children’s book illustrations or an unaired Saturday morning cartoon, with recurring characters and a world all its own. Despite occasional hints of adult experience, the innocence communicated in these works remains uncorrupted, and all the more strange for it.Nov. 4 through 27, Piano Craft Gallery, 793 Tremont St.,Free,


From the Ground Up

Boston Conservatory dance students perform their fall concert with work from notable contemporary dance choreographers including Sidra Bell, Omar Carrum and Claudia LaVista, Stephanie Martinez and Tommie-Waheed Evans. There’s also a classical pas de deux reconstructed by Gianni DiMarco and Adriana Suarez, with accompaniment from the Boston Conservatory Orchestra.Nov. 3 through Nov. 6,Boston Conservatory Theater, 31 Hemenway St.,$15-$30,


“Warrior Class”

This play by Kenneth Lin, writer on “House of Cards”, tells the story of a New York assemblyman with political ambitions, described by others in the play as the Republican Obama. But a potential scandal arises when an old college classmate appears with some unfaltering memories. What’s our hero willing to do to make sure he isn’t derailed?Through Nov. 13,Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St. $33-$69,

“Tiger Style!”

Huntington Theatre has extended its run of this comedy by Mike Lew, originally set to end on Nov. 13. It’s about a pair of Asian-American siblings whose precocious childhoods have led to adult frustration and parental disapproval. In protest of stereotypes and family expectations, they create the Asian Freedom Tour, which leads them, eventually, to China. But what will they find there?Through Nov. 20,Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St.,$20-$85,


E.J. Barnes

This author will discuss the early New Englander Thomas Morton, leader of a settlement in present-day Quincy that was considerably more libertine than its Puritan neighbors—they even allowed dancing! Naturally, this caused much consternation, but what didn’t with that crowd? Barnes produced a comic book story on Morton for the 2014 anthology “Colonial Comics: New England 1620-1750.”Nov. 5, 1 p.m.,Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston St.,Free,


“Story of Judas”

Filmmaker Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche appears in person at this screening of his 2015 film “Story of Judas” which imagines the Gospel narrative from Judas’ perspective, portraying him not as the betrayer of Jesus’ teaching but as its most radical proponent. At the heart are questions relevant to any ideological movement, especially the age-old tension between dogma and free thought.Nov. 5, 7 p.m.,Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge,$12,


Ben Gleib

Ben Gleib covers typical topics—a set of videos online finds him questioning the taboo against men ordering “girly” cocktails, weird pharmaceutical ads and the myth that we swallow bugs in our sleep. It might sound generic, but it’s not, because Gleib is the rare sort of comic who’s just funny to watch talking, whatever he’s discussing—the more unremarkable the better.Nov. 4 and 5,Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St.,$29-$39,

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