Upcoming arts events around Boston

‘Emergency’ break

CIG HARVEY: YOU LOOK AT ME LIKE AN EMERGENCY The Maine-based photographer's sharp, fay, and poignant images are archetypal and autobiographical. Color, weather, and environment play a crucial role, stirring connotations of mood and the inner lives of the people she portrays. Pictured: “White Witch Moth, Devin, Rockport, Maine, 2011.” Through June 23. Robert Klein Gallery, 38 Newbury St. 617-267-7997, CATE McQUAID


TROJAN WOMEN Director Ben Evett envelops the audience in an atmosphere of escalating dread as the women of Troy await their bleak fates at the hands of the conquering Greeks. The excellent ensemble includes Aimee Rose Ranger in four roles (Athena, Cassandra, Andromache, and Helen) and Rosalind Thomas Clark as a heartbroken but resolute Hecuba. Through June 2. Presented by Whistler in the Dark Theatre. At Factory Theatre, Boston. 800-838-3006,

WOODY SEZ: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF WOODY GUTHRIE A fine musical portrait of a groundbreaking folk singer (played by David M. Lutken with understated charisma), whose best songs speak for the dispossessed in all times and places. Through June 3. Presented by American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,


XANADU An indefensibly enjoyable romp on roller skates, with a superlative cast led by McCaela Donovan, who seizes the opportunity to fully showcase her musical and comedy chops as a Greek muse who falls in love with a (very) mere mortal. Through June 9. Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston.

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AVENUE Q Inspired by “Sesame Street,” the 2004 Tony Award winner for best musical is a dark story of growing up in the big city. With its adult themes and graphic puppet sex, it’s not for children. But adults will be able to access their inner child through this sunny-side-of-the-street production, in which it’s hard to tell who’s cuter and more lovable, the puppets or the humans. Through
June 24. Lyric Stage Company. 617-585-5678,

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS All the 1982 cult-classic musical about a ravenous flytrap really needs is four adorable incarnations of Audrey II and accomplished singer-actors to play Seymour, Audrey, Mushnik, Orin, and the girl-group chorus. This production delivers on every count; you even believe you’re watching a hip musical retelling of “Macbeth.” Through May 27. New Repertory Theatre, Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,



DANCING WITH THE DRAGON Thundering drums, fluttering fans and ribbons, gravity-defying feats of acrobatics and juggling, even a glow-in-the-dark “dragon” — Chinese Folk Art Workshop Inc. promises a show of vibrant color and movement that should appeal to the whole family. May 26,
2 and 7 p.m. $15. Wimberly Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 781-608-3971, www.folkartboston

FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE Imagine on-the-spot musicals, dance, live music by Bertrand Laurence, improv skits, and all manner of humor, and you’ve got a sense of this regular event by the Rhode Island-based Everett. It promises a little something for every taste. All ages. May 25, 7 p.m. $5.
Everett Stage, 9 Duncan Ave., Providence. 401-831-9479,


CELEBRATION OF PRESERVATION Luminarium Dance Company codirector Merli V. Guerra takes the company to her native Concord to participate in the centennial celebration of Louisa May Alcott’s historic Orchard House. This new, site-specific work, which combines Guerra’s love of dance and history, will be performed outdoors to a sound collage of voice clips contributed by visitors to Orchard House reflecting on their memories and experiences there. May 27, 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Free. Orchard House,
399 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-4118, www.louisamay

FLAMENCO AND TAPAS In Spain, aficionados can enjoy their flamenco with a glass (or three) of sangria and tasty tapas. BarLola offers a similar experience this Sunday, as dancer Lauren O’Donnell and guitarist Antonio “Tiriti” Tran summon the duende. May 27, 8 p.m. No cover, $20 food/drink minimum per person. BarLola, 160 Commonwealth Ave. 617-266-1122,


CAITLIN BERRIGAN: SECONDARY SEX CHARACTERISTICS The conceptual artist has been super busy this year, and now offers an exhibit of drawings depicting chest hair. The drawings explore the ambiguities of gender — not all her subjects are men. Through June 23. Proof Gallery, 516 E. Second St., South Boston. 864-674-7237, m

TARA SELLIOS: OF THE FLESH Carnivores rejoice! In her drawings and intricately planned color photographs that hark back to 17th-century Dutch still lifes, Sellios exults in the life-and-death metaphors of food, from butchery to gustatory pleasure. Through June 30. Gallery Kayafas, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-0411,

MATT W. MOORE & JURNE: ALGORYTHMS Moore, a designer, street artist, and painter of bright, fractal murals, and Jurne, whose work is calligraphy-based and gestural, have spent the last year in dialogue and collaboration. This show is the result. Through June 29. Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave. CATE McQUAID



GARY WEBB: MR. JEANS Sculptures that play fast and loose both with modernism and consumer culture by this compelling young British artist. May 26 through Aug. 12. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

JOACHIM KOESTER: TO NAVIGATE, IN A GENUINE WAY, IN THE UNKNOWN In a range of different media, the Danish artist explores aspects of the unknown as manifested in the actions of cults, philosophers, and utopian dreamers. Through July 8. List Visual Arts Center. 617-253-4680,

MAKING A PRESENCE: F. HOLLAND DAY IN ARTISTIC PHOTOGRAPHY Ninety works presenting an overview of this fascinating Pictorialist photographer. Includes portraits of Day by his photographer peers. Through July 31. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,

CHARLINE VON HEYL A small but electrifying suite of abstract paintings and two lively suites of works on paper by the talented German-born, New York-based painter. Through July 15. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,