Bread and Puppet: ‘Man=Carrot Circus’
Friday, 6 p.m.
Mass. Ave. and Garden St., Cambridge
According to its promotional material, this show by Vermont’s premiere DIY multimedia political theatre troupe is “based on the revelation that upright man rooted in dirt was created in the image of the upright carrot rooted in dirt.” Expect people on stilts, unusual homemade costumes, grotesquely beautiful homemade puppets, a live marching band and possible sociopolitical awakening.
Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Saturday, 2 p.m.
DCR Martini Hatch Shell
1015 Truman Pkwy, Hyde Park, free, 617-364-2243
Set up a blanket and enjoy some outdoor jazz to usher out the summer and welcome the fall. Featured performers include the Suprasonics, a Hammond B3 organ trio, Ron Reid and Sunsteel (an island-sounding band led by a steel drummer) and Daniel Ian Smith and A Collective Directive, a straight jazz combo.
Mass Brewers Fest
Friday, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Head House Concourse, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, $29-$35, 21+,
Local brewers are throwing a party, and you’re invited. There will be beer there —more than 80 different kinds from 20 different entities. Three Day Threshold will provide live music as you gleefully lose track of the number of “samples” you’ve had. But don’t worry about it running out — the one thing these guys have stocked is beer.
‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’
Central Square Theater
450 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
This farce — a wacky reimagining of the eponymous Sherlock Holmes mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle — returns to Central Square Theatre for an encore round after last summer’s successful run. Its 16 roles are again amusingly split between the same three actors, and its sense of the source material (and historical accuracy) is as loose as ever.
Postwar Russia in the Art of Felix Lembersky
Through Dec. 23
Hillel House, Boston University, 213 Bay State Rd., Boston, free,
Lembersky was a Russian Jewish artist of the early and mid-Soviet era. Originally a socialist realist, he imbued his work with everyday humanity, unflinchingly examining all of Rus-sian life. He mastered capturing the reality of individuals as well as their greater symbolic import — a giant, cold, imposing piece of machinery, for example, seems to represent the entire industrial ethos.
‘The Decline of Western Civilization’
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Sunday, 5 p.m.
Harvard Film Archive
24 Quincy St., Cambridge
This documentary captures the L.A. punk scene circa 1979-80 from the diverse perspectives of bands, fans, promoters and writers. Seminal groups, including The Germs, X and Black Flag (way before Henry Rollins), onstage and in their homes, reveal a dedicated subculture that sees no separation between art and life.