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A friendly disagreement Maybe you would never point to modern masterpieces in the museum and say, “They call that art?’’ But would your friends? In “Art,’’ the bonds between three old pals are tested when one of them purchases a very large, very expensive, very white painting. New Repertory Theatre presents Christopher Hampton’s translation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedy. Jan. 15, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 5. $28-$58. Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,


Losing the plot Sixties buffs, take note of Gob Squad’s “Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good).’’ The Boston premiere by the collective of actors from England and Germany uses film, live performance, and improvisation to reconstruct Andy Warhol films. No story line, just artsy, spontaneous fun. Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2 p.m. $25, $22 students. Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103,

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Smarty panto In some parts of the world, comedic productions called pantomimes are presented over the winter season. Imaginary Beasts has brought the tradition to Boston, and this year the ensemble presents “The Half-Baked and Hard-to-Swallow History of Humpty Dumpty, or One Egg Is Enough.’’ Jan. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14-15, 2 p.m. Through Feb. 4. $10-$20. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box, 539 Tremont St., Boston.


Folk fixture The Nameless Coffeehouse in Harvard Square has been around a long time - so long that it’s in need of new sound and light systems. Two venue favorites - singer-songwriter Greg Greenway and duo Lorraine & Bennett Hammond - perform to help raise the money. Jan. 14, 8 p.m. $15 donation. First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge.

Come to the cabaret We aim to laugh more in 2012, so a Comedy Cabaret sounds good. The stand-up lineup features Marion Grodin (Charles Grodin’s daughter), Jodie Wasserman, and Scott Blakeman. Jan. 14, 8 p.m. $26. Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton St., Newton. 617-965-5226,


Musical afternoon Violinist and Concord Chamber Music Society director Wendy Putnam gathers Boston Symphony colleagues for Saint-Saëns’s Fantasie for the Harp and Violin (with Jessica Zhou), André Previn’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (with Thomas Martin), and John Williams’s La Jolla Quartet. Jan. 15, 3 p.m. $32, $47; students and seniors $5 off. Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main St., Concord. 978-371-9667,

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