“HOME” tells the story of a house over its years of occupancy, and exploring the question of just what turns a house into a home. The house in question is built from the ground up over the course of the play, which combines illusions, audience interaction and some very innovative set design for a unique theatrical experience.
Through Oct. 1, Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston, $10-$80, artsemerson.org
This annual, all ages throwdown is a living snapshot of Northeast underground indie, garage, psych, punk and otherwise rock scene, with 30-plus bands including Dent, Ava Luna, Mini Dresses, Earthquake Party and more. It takes place this year at a different venue each day: Thursday at the Cambridge Elks Lodge, Friday at ONCE Somerville, and Saturday at Somerville ARTFarm for Social Innovation.
Sept. 28-30, various locations, Cambridge/Somerville, $15-$30, all ages, illegallyblindpresents.com
Pop singers must survive by self-reinvention, and in this department Katy Perry is a force to be reckoned with, always ready with a new angle and style, and ready to slither out again. As recent eccentric behavior threatened to overshadow her artistic life, Perry bounded back with her latest record “Witness," embracing edgier trends in electro-pop, befitting the nation’s paranoid moment.
Sept. 29-30, TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, $21-$196, ticketmaster.com
Kid Cudi emerged in 2008 as the latest “discovery” of Kanye West, who cited Cudi as a major influence on his own “808’s and Heartbreak” album. He’s carved out a unique spot for himself, known for his highly emotive approach, fondness for singing and his eclectic choices of backing tracks.
Oct. 1, 8 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston, $39-$412, bluehillsbank.pavilionboston.com
FOOD AND DRINK
Newbury Street League Celebrates 45 Years
Newbury Street is famous for its ritzy fashion shops and fine art galleries, but it’s home to lot more than that, and with rents ever-increasing, all the members of the Newbury Street League can be proud to be “Stayin’ Alive." Their celebration includes live music and dance, a fashion show and tastings from more than a dozen Newbury St. eateries.
Sept. 28, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., SPACES, entrance at 100 Mass. Ave., Boston, $80, newburystreetleague.org
Quincy Food Festival
Take your pick of over 20 food trucks—not the trucks, the food, ya smartass—at this fest close to the Quincy Center T stop, with headlining musical guest the James Montgomery Band. Montgomery, a singer and harmonica player, has blown harp with the greats, from Springsteen to the Allman Brothers to B.B. King to John Lee Hooker—you get the idea.
Sept. 30, noon-6 p.m., 100 Coddington St., Quincy, free, quincyma.gov
70mm and Widescreen Festival
We’re more than halfway through this collection of classic and modern film screenings in the most luxurious possible celluloid formats, but Thursday and Friday respectively offer the epics “Cleopatra” and “Gettysburg” and Sunday is stacked, with two Alfred Hitchcock masterpieces, “Vertigo” and “North by Northwest," and the mother of all cinematic head trips, “2001: A Space Odyssey."
Through Oct. 1, Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville, $12-$15, somervilletheatre.com
"Good Will Hunting"
It might seem cheesy on paper—a drama about a troubled young savant who keeps his freakish intelligence in the closest, projecting a dumb Boston bro exterior, and the tenacious therapist who refuses to give up on him. But Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s script, and fantastic performances from Damon and Robin Williams, convinced a nation, right up to the Oscars.
Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington, $10, capitoltheatreusa.com
The Boston Symphony and Pops brings a free family concert to Franklin Park this Sunday. Preceding the actual 3 p.m. performance, which will include John Williams’ classic scores for “Star Wars," “Indiana Jones” and “Harry Potter," there’s a fair, where kids can paint a mural, try out musical instruments, make some crafts, see live animals and more.
Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Rd., Boston, free, bso.org
Lego Ninjago Days
You say your kid loves Lego Ninjago, but you don’t get it? Well if you can’t beat ‘em, might as well join ‘em, and take your kid to this event. They’ll get to help defend against the Shark Army, participate in themed builds and other ninja madness. Your kid will be stoked, and that at least is something you’ll be able to understand.
Through Oct. 1, Legoland Discovery Center, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, $22-$30, boston.legolanddiscoverycenter.com
Adult Swim on the Green Tour
As entertainment brands go, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s late night programming aimed towards the 18 to 35 demographic, has remained remarkably consistent since 2001, churning out series after bizarre original series of edgy, progressive and delightfully incomprehensible comedy. Now there’s a touring festival for mega-fans, with games, food trucks, trivia contests, and an exclusive preview of new in-production shows.
Sept. 29, 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, $5, 18+, adultswim.com/presents/onthegreen
Glow Campus Boston
This EDM night features musical performances from Pablo Saller, AG, Kurt Rockmore, Glowkids and headliner Mashd N Kutcher, plus aerialists and other stage performers, body painting, interactive elements and state-of-the-art lighting. All of the above will transport you to that alternate dimension where everyone is just dancing and having fun all the time. Tomorrow you can be yourself; tonight, be everyone.
Sept. 29, 8 p.m., House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston, $25-$40, 18+, glowcampustour.com