PICK OF THE DAY
On the road
There’s a lot of movement going on at José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker,” and we’re not just talking about the dancing. The company performs the holiday classic at three venues with more than 200 young dancers, ages 6-18, playing Party Children, Mice, Soldiers, Clara, and other roles. 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. (through Dec. 24 at several venues). $15-$50 (prices vary by venue). Duxbury Performing Arts Center, 73 Alden St., Duxbury (check website for additional venues). 617-354-7467. www.ballettheatre.org
Mother and daughter In the one-woman show “The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” pianist Mona Golabek tells the true story about her Jewish pianist-author mother, Lisa Jura, who as a child was sent from Vienna to London on the Kindertransport to escape the Nazis. Based on the book “The Children of Willesden Lane” by Golabek and Lee Cohen and presented by ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage and Hershey Felder. 2 and 8 p.m. (through Dec. 16). $25-$69 (recommended for ages 12 and older). Paramount Center, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400. www.artsemerson.org
Body band Described as “a band in a body,” Provincetown troubadour-storyteller Zoë Lewis plays instruments ranging from piano to spoons and uses jazz, jump jive, Latin grooves, swing, international folk, and funk to skewer modern society and extol the virtues of childhood. Zoë Lewis and the Vagabonds bring it all to Cotuit.
7 p.m. $18. Art Gallery, Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28,
Cotuit. 508-428-0669. www.artsonthecape.org
Down under How far would your beloved travel to save you — and in what direction? Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series presents a semi-staged production of Claudio Monteverdi’s
“Orfeo” about the namesake’s trip to the underworld to beg for his dead Euridice’s return. 8 p.m. (Nov. 25 at 3 p.m.). $19-$125, $5 student and senior discount. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston.
Bailey’s bail out When Uncle Billy loses George’s check and Potter takes over George’s company, George thinks everyone would be better off if he were dead. Clarence saves the day in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 3 and 8 p.m. (through Dec. 23). $44 and $48, $40 and $42 seniors. Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham.
A roaring Rory Thanks to this Blues Music Award winner, the Delta tradition is not an endangered species. The guitar playing, singing, and songwriting by Rory Block have been described by Bonnie Raitt as “some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues.”
7 p.m. $25-$50. Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet. 508-487-5400. www.payomet.org
Doggone it When a liberal performance artist butts heads with a conservative Southern senator who threatens to cut public arts funding, the former schemes to kidnap the latter’s pooch. Lee Blessing’s comedy, “Chesapeake,” is presented by New Repertory Theatre. Nov. 25 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (through Dec. 16). $36 (discounts available; Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. is a pay-what-you-can performance). Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487. www.newrep.org