PICK OF THE DAY
A triple play This large ensemble piece with athletic sequences (‘‘Symphony in Three Movements’’), a one-act romantic work about a poet who dances with sylphs (‘‘Les Sylphides’’), and a playful romance for four couples (‘‘Polyphonia’’) is ‘‘Simply Sublime.’’ The choreographers are George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, and Christopher Wheeldon, respectively. And the dancers are none other than members of Boston Ballet. Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 19). $25 and up. The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington St., Boston. 617-695-6955. www.bostonballet.org
Hot on the trail In 1986, Ross McElwee set out to make a documentary about how the Civil War still haunted his Southern homeland. Following General Sherman’s trail, the filmmaker soon started picking up women, and “Sherman’s March’’ became a meditation on the possibility of romantic love in today’s South. The award-winning comedy is celebrated with a screening and discussion with McElwee, Harvard colleague Robb Moss, and film critic Gerald Peary. 6 p.m. $5, free for students. Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston. 800-440-7654. www.moderntheatre.com
A poetic marriage Award-winning poet Carolyn Forché was described by Joyce Carol Oates in The New York Times Book Review as being able to wed the political with the personal. The author of “Blue Hour,’’ “The Angel of History,’’ and other poetry books visits Babson College. 7:30 p.m. Free. Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley. 781-235-1200. www.babson.edu
It’s all Greek How about a good old Greek tragedy the week before Valentine’s Day? In Euripides’s “Medea,’’ presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project, betrayal and revenge rear their ugly heads when Medea and her two children are abandoned by Jason who has fallen for the King of Corinth’s daughter, Glauce. Tonight at 7:30 (through March 4). $28-$40 (previews through Feb. 10), $33-$50. Multicultural Art Center, 41 Second St., Cambridge. 866-811-4111. www.actorsshakespeareproject.org
Nothing mild The title track of “Hot Sauce’’ by Jessy J captures what the album is about - contrasts. The jazz elements are cool, but the Latin flavors are hot, according to the Mexican-American saxophonist, singer, and composer. 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111. www.scullersjazz.com
Easy being green Sheep grazing in the middle of the city, covering the smell of raw sewage and mudflats, and finding a place to dump tons of dirt and fill from the Big Dig are a few of the topics covered in “Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces’’ by Meg Muckenhoupt. The local author will discuss the role of public spaces in Boston’s past and present as part of the Boston Preservation Alliance and Old South Meeting House “Meet the Authors’’ series. 5:30 p.m. $10. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston. 617-367-2458. www.bostonpreservation.org
Do the wave Kim Bernard is fascinated with movement, kinesthetics, and the basic laws of motion. You can see her kinetic sculptures at “Stuff Moves’’ which includes “Quantum Revival,’’ an installation of 15 red balls swinging from cables and falling in and out of sync to a choreographed wave dance. Wed-Sun from noon-6 p.m. through March 11 (Feb. 11 reception from 1-4 p.m.). Free. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781. www.bostonsculptors.com
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