Paul Endres Jr.: “The L#ST B#YS”
This set of paintings is the latest in Endres’ series “The American Burden,” imagining the fallout from a catastrophic near-future event in which all history is lost. Sounds quite grim, but it’s also a humorous, surreal, doughnut-laden meltdown of popular culture. Think “Mad Max” in a wrecked Boston, and you’re getting close, but Endres’ vision is finally his own.
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Sept. 8 through Nov. 5
Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St.
Local director Spiro Veloudos tackles Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” for the first time in this production from Lyric Stage Company. The Tony-sweeping 1970 musical was groundbreaking in its honest depiction of modern love, centering on commitment-phobic Bobby, struggling to choose between three girlfriends and to assess the varying examples of his married friends. In the age of Tinder, it only seems more relevant.
Through Oct. 9
Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St.,
“One More Time With Feeling”
Andrew Dominik directed this documentary on the writing and recording of Australian rock singer-songwriter Nick Cave’s latest album, “Skeleton Tree,” to be released Friday. But this isn’t the typical music doc. During this time, Cave’s 15-year-old son died in a mysterious accident, and the film became a document of an artist struggling to create in the midst of a profound loss.
Sept. 8, 9 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theater,
290 Harvard St., Brookline
This sci-fi play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, imagines a world in which a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s can order a facsimile of her long-gone husband (or whomever she wants) to refresh her declining memory. He’s not a clone or an android. He’s described only as a “prime,” and he’s ready to suit her desire — but that might just be the problem.
Sept. 8 through Oct. 9
Central Square Theater,
450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Allston’s Awesome Christmas
“Allston Christmas” is, of course, the ironic term for the chaotic first day of September, when all the new college students move in to those long-suffering apartments of Allston. This three-day festival is a reminder that, rent hikes notwithstanding, Allston is still Boston’s “Rock City.” Dozens of local bands are participating, with the legendary Blake Babies headlining Saturday’s free show at Pop Allston.
Various locations, Allston
Journalist Lawrence Wright’s latest book, “The Terror Years,” collects 10 pieces from “The New Yorker” tracking the rise and development of militant Islamic fundamentalism, from Al Qaeda to ISIS, through individual profiles and broader field reports. While the dots can connect in many ways, Wright will have the chance to make his own connections at this talk.
Sept. 12, 6 p.m.
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
555 Gallery presents the work of three photographers, Walter Crump, Cynthia Katz and Smith Eliot, plus sculpture from Joe Caruso. Whether any or all of them are visionaries is up to history, but the work of all is compelling. Our favorites: Caruso’s eccentric totems of a seemingly post-apocalyptic society, and Smith Eliot’s troubling critique of feminine beauty, which makes us rethink our own visions.
Sept. 8 through Oct. 22
555 Gallery, 555 E. 2nd St.,
Mega Musical Mayhem: Musical Chairs 2016
Yes, this is exactly what it sounds like: a giant game of musical chairs for adults. Admit it, when was the last time you played it, kindergarten? Think you’ve still got what it takes? We do. “Competition will be fierce,” promises Faneuil Hall Marketplace. “Only one brave competitor will be named Boston’s king or queen of chairs.”
Sept. 8, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston
Free, 18+, bit.ly/2bSiBvd