“Harry Potter” has been over for quite a while, but its fandom lives on. In fact, this H.P. costume party is an overflow event, because the first one was so popular! There’s a cash prize for best costume and cutouts for silly picture taking. “Strictly no admittance of any owls OR cats OR toads,” write the organizers, so apparently it’s still cool to bring your house elf.
Feb. 16, 10 p.m.
116 Boylston St., Boston
$12-$15, 21+, bit.ly/2lcnGDz
“Picturing Frederick Douglass”
President Trump should check out this exhibition of photographs of Frederick Douglass, whose love of the medium led him to get his portrait taken at every opportunity. He eventually became the most photographed American of the 19th century. The result is an unusually rich visual record of a man from a textual age. Many of these images have barely been seen until very recently.
Through July 2017
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy St.
“Last Days of Earth: The Work of Karen Jerzyk”
Karen Jerzyk’s photographic portraits have a gothic feel, mostly due to her penchant for staging her scenes in old, abandoned houses. Many are reminiscent of Francesca Woodman’s mysterious nudes, but in color instead of black and white, and closer to Lewis Carroll than teenage angst. Creepy and dreamlike, they have a curious, fascinating power, alternately whimsical and chilling.
Feb. 18 through March 15
36 Prospect St., Cambridge
George Saunders established himself as a master of the short story, but until now he’s never released a novel. His debut, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” imagines Abraham Lincoln in 1862, drawn into a purgatorial realm full of lively ghosts, struggling for the fate of his recently deceased son’s soul. Makes Doris Kearns Goodwin sound pretty dull, doesn’t it?
Feb. 17, 7 p.m.
First Parish Church
1446 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Jelly and George
Pianists Aaron Diehl and Adam Birnbaum and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant perform Diehl and Salvant’s original arrangements of tunes by one of jazz’s founding fathers, Jelly Roll Morton, and one of its greatest popularizers, George Gershwin. Salvant’s an originally classic vocalist with a cool but quirky vibe. Even the loquacious Wynton Marsalis, asked to describe her, was finally just reduced to “Yeah.”
Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Mass. Ave.,
The “STL” has nothing to do with St. Louis — STL GLD is a Boston hip-hop superduo comprised of rapper Moe Pope and producer The Arcitype, and they’re releasing their second album “Torch Song” at this show. The three videos on their website reveal a diverse range of songs, from the electronic monster music of “PNYBOY the Hustler” to the romanticism of “Sunrise.”
Middle East Upstairs, 472 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
$10, 18+, bit.ly/2ldzF4g
The Kerfuffle happens every third Thursday of the month at Improv Asylum. It’s hosted by Jackie Arko and Christine Cuddy, who promise an “energetic and slightly deranged variety show” featuring local experimental and otherwise radical local comedy acts. This month’s theme is “buried treasure,” referencing the anniversary of the (re)discovery of King Tut’s tomb on Feb. 16, 1923.
Feb. 16, 10 p.m.
Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St.
Bugs Bunny Film Festival
A Brattle Theater tradition, this annual Looney Tunes blowout features a series of Bugs Bunny cartoons — the “All Bugs Revue” — as well as a series focusing on Daffy Duck, as well as other favorites from the Warner Bros. stable. Next weekend they’re offering a completely different set of cartoons in “The Looney Tunes Revue.”
Feb. 17 through 25
Brattle Theater, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
This play from Russian playwright Yaroslava Pulinovich, brought to Boston by Arlekin Players, is a one-woman show about an orphan dreaming of a better life. It makes use of 3-D video mapping technology to create unique scenery effects, projecting onto Natasha’s drab existence the precocious world inside her head.
Through Feb. 21
Moresian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown
“The Honey Trap”
Part of the BU New Play Initiative, this dark tale from Leo McGann finds a British ex-soldier returning to Belfast, where he was once stationed, looking for answers, and maybe vengeance, over the events of an off-duty night in 1979, which started innocently enough — he and his buddy picked up a couple of local girls — but apparently didn’t end great.
Feb. 16 through 26
Boston Playwrights’ Theater, 949 Comm. Ave.,