PICK OF THE DAY
Her way Twyla Tharp and Frank Sinatra go way back, artistically speaking. In 1976, the choreographer created ‘‘Once More Frank,’’ a duet for American Ballet Theatre danced by Tharp and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The Tony winner’s latest Sinatra tribute is ‘‘Come Fly Away,’’ which follows four dancing couples falling in and out of love at a nightclub. March 2 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 4). $38-$65. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787. www.ppacri.org
Turning pain into paintings Kicking off the Salem Film Fest of feature-length and short documentaries is “All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert’’ directed by Vivian Ducat. It tells the story of an artist whose autobiographical paintings of African-American life in the segregated South depict a disturbing chapter in American history. Tonight at 7 p.m. (through March 8). Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem (most screenings are at CinemaSalem). www.salemfilmfest.com
Collins’s calling In 2002, Billy Collins recited his 9/11 poem, “The Names,’’ at a joint session of the United States Congress commemorating victims of the terrorist attacks. The United States poet laureate emeritus launched Poetry 180, a high-school program where a poem is recited daily. Collins is at BC as part of the Boston College Lowell Humanities Series. 7 p.m. Free. Boston College, Gasson Hall 100, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill. 617-552-8000. www.bc.edu/lowellhs
A celebration’s brewing It’s never too early or late to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so join in at the Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival. Heated tents at the Harpoon Brewery will house a wide selection of freshly brewed craft beer including Harpoon Celtic Ale and the brewery’s Irish Red Ale. Music is by U2 cover band Joshua Tree and the Colum Cille Pipes and Drums. March 2 (5:30-11 p.m.), March 3 (2-9 p.m.). $20 (includes one drink and a souvenir cup). 21+. The Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. 888-427-7666. www.harpoonbrewery.com
Pushing the conservative envelope What would Rick Santorum think? In “Saint John the Divine in Iowa’’ by Lyralen Kaye, the lifestyle of progressive Episcopal priest Alexandra McCartney and her lesbian daughter wreak havoc with McCartney’s conservative congregation. Presented by Another Country Productions. March 2 at 8 p.m. (through March 18). $25, $30; $23 seniors; $21 students. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 866-811-4111. www.anothercountry.org
Heart vs. intellect The first play that Tina Packer directed in 1978 for Shakespeare & Company was Moliere’s “The Learned Ladies.’’ The founding artistic director repeats herself with this witty, silly comedy about the arrogance of the intellect. March 2 at 7 p.m. (through March 25). $16-$49. Elayne P. Bernstein Theater, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353. www.shakespeare.org
Sapping strength An average maple tree produces 10-15 gallons of sap in a year. That’ll cover a lot of pancakes. Costumed historians at Old Sturbridge Village’s “Sugar Camp’’ will show how it was done in the early 19th century at “Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village.’’ Saturdays and Sundays through March 25 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (OSV is open Wed-Sun from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.). $24, $22 seniors, $8 ages 3-17 (includes free second-day visit within 10 days). Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge. 800-733-1830. www.osv.orgCheck websites or call to confirm events before going.
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