Guide to what’s happening in Boston this week - Metro US

Guide to what’s happening in Boston this week



Friday through Aug. 6

Factory Theatre,

791 Tremont St., Boston

$5-$15, 617-752-2787


This play by Tracy Letts takes place in a hotel room in Oklahoma City, where a lonely cocktail waitress and a mentally disturbed Gulf War vet engage in an unhealthy romance. He discovers the place is infested with insects — or is it? Is his paranoia making her go from sad to crazy?

‘The World

Goes ’Round’

Through Sunday

Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, $28-$58, 617-923-8487


This musical revue ties together the greatest hits of Kander and Ebb, the songwriting duo who wrote the songs for “Chicago,” “Caba-ret” and “New York, New York.” Liza Min-nelli is just one of the singers whose career has been vaulted by these guys’ tunes.



Latin Music Concert

Saturday, 7 p.m.

City Hall Plaza

1 City Hall Square, Boston

Free, 617-927-1707


“Caliente,” part of this summer’s Tito Puente Latin Music Series, features Dominican-born Milly Quezada — a veteran performer who’s won several Latin Grammys, earning her the title “Queen of Merengue” — and Ritmo Masacote, a 12-piece salsa, timba and Latin jazz ensemble that’s largely students and alumni of Berklee College of Music.

House of David … DeLaria + Bowie=Jazz

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.


2 Arrow St., Cambridge

$20, 866-811-4111


The talented and accomplished singer/ actress/writer/comedienne Lea DeLaria, a star of the recent American Repertory Theatre production “Prometheus Bound,” puts her own jazzy spin — as she has previously done with Blondie and “Sweeny Todd,”— on the immortal catalog of David Bowie, whose own chameleon-like nature and ignorance of gender stereotypes seems a natural fit for the multifaceted DeLaria’s sensibilities.


Tuesday through

Thursday, 8 p.m.

Various locations

$15-$20, 508-212-6038


The Society for Historically Informed Perfor-mance presents this local choral ensemble. They will perform works by two gap-bridging composers: Ockeghem, a medieval composer who anticipated the Renaissance, and Monteverdi, whose work connects the Renaissance with the Baroque.

‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’

Through Sunday

Tsai Performance Center

685 Comm. Ave., Boston,

$30-$50, 617-227-0442


This comic-opera by Rossini is full of lighthearted romantic romping and confusion — but it’s not without social criticism either. At one point, the North African King Mustafa enters the

Italian noble order of “Pappataci,” and is told that to honor it: “You must eat, drink, and sleep all you like, and remain oblivious to anything around you.” We’ll take it!


Strand: Group Exhibition

Through Aug. 14

Boston Sculptors Gallery

486 Harrison Ave., Boston

Free, 617-482-7781


Twenty-one artists contribute to this exhibition based on the word “strand.” Each artist’s unique interpretation shows how many complex ideas and images a single word can evoke. Some take a more geometric route, while others exploit associations with isolation and abandonment. Many seem to reference both.


‘No Way Out’

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Harvard Film Archive

24 Quincy St., Cambridge

$7-$9, 617-495-4700


This 1950 film noir indictment of middle American racism, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and featuring the film debut of Sidney Poitier, is so unflinching that it was actually banned in Chicago for fear of inciting race riots, never even released in the South and, ironically in the context of this screening, was once banned on Sundays in Massachusetts.

Misc. performance

Circus Smirkus

Through Sunday

Gore Place

52 Gore St., Waltham

$19-$25, 877-764-7587


This Vermont-based traveling circus features performers between the ages of 10 and 18, but don’t let the ages fool you: This is a full-fledged circus show. Backed by adult professionals, they do it all: high-wire, trapeze, juggling, clowning and more — all at a hectic performance pace. This summer, they’re playing 70 shows in seven weeks! Now that’s death-defying.


Tom Mashberg

and Anthony M. Amore

Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Brookline Booksmith

279 Harvard St., Brookline

Free, 617-566-6660


These authors (an editor at the Boston Herald and security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, respec-tively) read from and discuss their book, “Stealing Rembrandts.” The book discusses the dark, fascinating world of art theft, where petty thugs, ruthless mobsters and obsessed collectors collide. Did Whitey Bulger have anything to do with the major Gardner heist? These would be the guys to ask!

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