Upcoming arts events around Boston

Matt Samolis

Epic performance

MEDICINE WHEEL Part art installation, part vigil, part ritual and performance, Michael Dowling’s 24-hour World AIDS Day epic marks its 20th anniversary. Kairos Dance Theater opens the event at midnight with a site-specific performance of the provocative “Hydra,” a work about the power of the group dynamic.
Pictured: DeAnna Pellecchia and Ingrid Schatz. Nov. 30, 11:45 p.m. (pre-performance procession). Free. Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-268-6700,

Karen Campbell


BETRAYAL Marital infidelity is one of the oldest stories there is. The twist Harold Pinter adds in this 1978 drama, of course, is to use reverse chronology to delineate the unspooling of a seven-year affair. In Maria Aitken’s precisely detailed production, the backward-moving narrative casts a refracted, subtly illuminating light. Through Dec. 9. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.hunting

ARABIAN NIGHTS A remount of last year’s bewitching production, again starring Evelyn Howe as the quick-thinking storyteller and Vincent Ernest Siders as the hot-tempered king. Adapted by Dominic Cooke and directed by Daniel Gidron, with visually ravishing set and puppet design by David Fichter. Through Dec. 30. Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater. At Central Square Theater, Cambridge. 866-811-4111, www.central

Don Aucoin



NOT! THE NUTCRACKER Jeannette Neill Dance Studio’s annual holiday concert forgoes the waltzing flowers and Sugar Plum Fairies in favor of something with a little more edge, taking the season on with a variety of dance styles, from modern and theatrical to jazz and hip-hop. Featured artists include Jazz Inc. and Boston Youth Moves. Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $25, $20 seniors and children under 12. Tsai Performance Center. 617-523-1355,

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KELLEY DONOVAN & DANCERS The veteran choreographer and her 10 dancers present the evening-length “Entwined,” which continues her artistic exploration of transformation and the ripple effect of one motion on the whole. Dec. 1, 8 p.m. $20, $12 seniors and students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-388-3247, www.brownpaper

HOLIDAY DANCE SPECTACULAR The Dance Inn rings in the season with the sounds of holiday music and tapping feet. This lively family-oriented show by the venerable dance education program includes performances by the Dance Inn Youth Intensive, About Time Tappers, and the Legacy Dance Company, with special appearances by Legacy alumni and Dance Inn faculty members. Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors and children. Regent Theatre, Arlington. 781-863-5360,

Karen Campbell


JOHN GOODYEAR: REWIND AND REFLECT  Part Op Art, part kinetic sculpture, Goodyear’s objects, which date from the 1960s to this year, can create kaleidoscopic experiences as one pattern dances over another. Simpler pieces also uncannily shift perspective as you watch. Through Dec. 22. David Hall Fine Art, 555 Washington St., Wellesley. 781-235-0955,

SIMEN JOHAN: UNTIL THE KINGDOM COMES  Johan’s large-scale photographs of animals, often staged and sometimes digitally manipulated, create a sense of direct confrontation with an otherworldly realm. The images have a fairy-tale quality, blending sweetness with foreboding. Through Feb. 17. David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, 64 College St., Providence. 401-863-2932,


ANNA SCHACHTE: HYSTERICAL CURTAINS  Schachte’s paintings of charged domestic interiors convey the psychological chaos of a desperate housewife, with intense and drippy colors and references to pizza slices, appliances, and stains on the kitchen floor. Through Dec. 8. Proof Gallery, 516 East Second St., South Boston. 864-674-7237,

CAROLINE BAGENAL: WORD AND LINE, JOYCE McDANIEL: SEEING AND BEING SEEN  Bagenal’s tangled linear sculptures are crafted from marsh reeds wrapped in newspaper. McDaniel’s small-scale works draw the viewer in to examine eyes borrowed from art history framed in embroidery hoops. Through Dec. 16.
Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave. 617-482-7781,

Cate McQuaid


THIS WILL HAVE BEEN: ART, LOVE, AND POLITICS IN THE 1980S An overview of some of the main currents of art in the 1980s. Through March 3. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

PAUL KLEE: PHILOSOPHICAL VISION; FROM NATURE TO ART Exploring the philosophy of the great European modernist as expressed in his art.Through Dec. 9. McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College. 617-552-8100,

WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life. Through Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,


KENNEDY TO KENT STATE: IMAGES OF A GENERATION Archival news photographs from the 1960s that seared themselves into the public imagination. Through Feb. 3. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester. 508-799-4406,

Sebastian Smee