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See John Boyega before he was Finn

Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors
Thursday, 8 p.m.
The Sinclair
52 Church St., Cambridge
$20-$23, 617-876-4275
The eight-piece New York band Red Baraat fuses the high energy of Indian Bhangra with rock, jazz and go-go music. If they can’t make you dance, probably nothing will. This special show, “Festival of Colors”, celebrates the Indian holiday Holi, and features guest performers Madame Ghandi and RAJAS, kicking the already busy on stage antics up another notch.

Bat House
Friday, 8 p.m.
Café 939
939 Boylston St., Boston
$10-$12, 617-747-2261
Local band Bat House marries a trippy, reverby vibe to the complex rhythmic gymnastics of math rock, creating the rare sound that feels fresh and exciting in the currently over-saturated psych genre. They’re joined by two bands representing respective extremes of their sound: the stoney pop group Elizabeth Color Wheel and the brain-melting twinklecore band Floral.

Gaz Coombes
Saturday, 8 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston St., Boston
$25, 617-266-1400
Gaz Coombes rose to fame as a member of the Britpop wunderkinds Supergrass. He went solo with 2012’s “Here Come the Bombs”, and released a second album, “Matador”, in 2015, producing it himself and playing most of the instruments. It found him experimenting with electronic sounds and grandiose dynamics, mixing contemporary influence with his classic sound.

Soft Fangs
Monday, 9 p.m.
Great Scott
​1222 Comm. Ave., Allston
$8, 18+, 800-745-3000
This New York band’s sound veers from chill to spooky, with quieter, almost whispered tracks, heavier grungy numbers and a good range of creepy-sweet pop sounds in between. The songs on their new record “The Light” give off the impression of having been written in some quietly frenzied 3 a.m. reverie. Fans of the Microphones should check ‘em out.[tab]

Boston Colors Dance 2016
Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
M/V Freedom
60 Rowes Wharf, Boston
$40, Highrollerboston@gmail.com
Celebrate the Hindu holiday of Holi by getting blasted all over with colored powder—we suggest wearing white clothes for maximum effect—and dancing yourself silly on a boat in the middle of the afternoon. DJs and a live drummer will keep the top 40/hip hop/EDM beats going. The party’s all ages, but booze will be served to 21-plus revelers.

Brad Williams
Saturday, 9:45 p.m.
Wilbur Theater
246 Tremont St., Boston
$22, 800-745-3000
Actor-comedian Brad Williams isknown for his work on “Mind of Mencia,”but he’s well on his own now, with a Showtime special, “Fun Size”, released last year. Anyone expecting one-trick dwarf jokes should know he covers plenty of other topics in his set, like any other comic would.

Custom Sticker Workshop
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
10 Prospect St., Cambridge
$25, classes@dangerawesome.com
This class will teach you how to make a rad vinyl sticker for your laptop, or your rock band or guerilla art project—whatever you want. Register online. One catch, though: you must have a computer with at least the trial version of Adobe Illustrator. No dice? contact the email address above—they might be able to loan you one.

Ian McMahon: Sojourn
Friday through April 22
T + H Gallery
460 Harrison Ave., Boston
Free, info@tandhgallery.com
A first, the central element of this installation looks like a bunch of giant pillows held into form by a cage of pipes. But upon closer investigation, we see these aren’t soft pillows at all, but rock hard cast objects. Beyond the mere illusion, McMahon hints at the peculiarities of experience in time—what we see is slated for destruction, already hardened into memory.

Boston Underground Film Festival
Through Monday
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle St., Cambridge
$11-$12, info@bostonunderground.org
This is the 18th iteration of this fest, celebrating, in the words of this year’s poster, “weird world cinema.” The organizers also describe it as “a celebration of the bizarre and insane,” “uncompromising, unflinching film/video,” “the only fest to award a demonic bunny” and finally, “hazardous to your health,” presumably in the best way possible.

“Attack the Block”
Friday and Saturday
Coolidge Corner Theater
290 Harvard St., Brookline
$12, 617-734-2500
John Boyega of “Star Wars” stars in this 2011 comedy-horror flick about a teenage street gang defending their London housing project against an alien invasion on Bonfire Night. The film, which shared a production team with “Shaun of the Dead,”had a limited and brief theatrical release in the U.S., but it’s since been hailed as a modern cult classic.

“How I Learned What I Learned”
Through April 2
Boston University Theater
264 Huntington Ave., Boston
$20-$99, 617-266-0800
In this one-man show, actor Eugene Lee plays playwright August Wilson, relating, with great humor, his coming-of-age in mid-20th century Pittsburgh. He tells us about everything, from his lawnmowing jobs to his neighbors to his girlfriend to the time he almost fought a duel—many experiences that found their way into his masterwork, the American Century Cycle.

“My Life as a Man”
Friday and Saturday
Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown
$20, 866.811.4111
Norwegian writer-performer Geddy Aniksdal plays herself in this one-woman show, telling of her childhood in a working class family and her eventually discovery of a penchant for theater and in particular, male characters, many based on figures of her youth. She’s performed the work internationally, in places as far-flung as Spain and New Zealand.

Anime Boston
Friday through Sunday
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St., Boston
Most of the folks attending this annual otaku blowout are probably well aware it’s happening this weekend. For the rest of you indifferent hoards, this is the reason all those kids are wearing the crazy costumes on the T this weekend. Anime Boston celebrates not just Japanese cartoons, but all Japanese pop culture, drawing in thousands of people over its three days.

Camille DeAngelis
Friday, 7 p.m.
Porter Square Books
25 White St., Cambridge
Free, 617-491-2220
This novelist celebrates the release of her new tale, “Immaculate Heart,”a paranormal mystery centering— with considerable irreverence— ona purported apparition of the Virgin Mary in Ireland, the circumstances of which may not have been so holy. The irreverence will be enhanced by the fact that it happens to be Good Friday. There will also be vegan cupcakes, because they’re delicious.

If Not You, Who?
Friday, 8 p.m.
Multicultural Arts Center
41 2nd St., Cambridge
$20-$50, 617-577-1400
Monkeyhouse Dance Company hosts this dance concert as a benefit for the Multicultural Arts Center, with performances from other dance troupes as well, including Luminarium Dance, Paradise Lost, Jeff Robinson, Ryan Casey, TAProject, Connecting Point Dance Company and others. They must be in a grateful mood, because they’re planning similar shows at other venues who’ve supported them in their first 15 years.

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