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Marshall law

He played John Lennon Off Broadway as a member of Beatlemania, and Buddy Holly in the biopic “La Bamba,” but Detroit-born singer and guitarist Marshall Crenshaw plays himself at Club Passim. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $25. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.passim.org

SATURDAY

Glory

There are four 26-foot-long tapestries on display together for the first time at “The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries.” Commissioned by Portugal’s King Afonso V, the boldly colored Gothic works of art are portraits of the king’s North African military campaigns complete with knights, royal trumpeters, and battle scenes. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (through Dec. 31). $15, $13 seniors, $11 students, free under 17. Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem. 978-745-9500. www.pem.org

Donkey disco

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A Cambridge institution, “The Donkey Show” gives “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” a disco twist with mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters, and hustle queens. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. (ongoing). $25, $55. Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge.
617-496-8004. www.americanrepertorytheater.org

No punches pulled

“My songs are like the actions that I can’t really take,” according to singer Mieka Pauley who writes about retaliation, lust, envy, desperation, and disgrace. Upbeat? Maybe not, but certainly sassy and frank. Pauley’s “Devil’s Got My Secret” was in the film “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding” starring Jane Fonda and Catherine Keener. (For more on Pauley, see Page 6.) 7 p.m. $10. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com

Somewhere

The Jets and the Sharks take their street fighting (and dancing) from New York to Worcester in “West Side Story,” the iconic Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The score includes “I Feel Pretty,” “Tonight,” “America,” and other classics. 2 and 8 p.m. (Dec. 30 at 1 and 6:30 p.m.). $39-$69. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469. www.thehanovertheatre.org

The blues Arena

In the early years, a limousine was the practice space for harmonica player Cheryl Arena who perfected her skills while waiting for clients. The Boston-bred musician has shared the stage with Junior Wells, Honeyboy Edwards, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and other blues giants. Saturday she brings her Cheryl Arena Band to Brighton. 9 p.m. $5 cover. Smoken Joe’s BBQ, 351 Washington St., Brighton. 617-254-5227. www.smokenjoesbbq.com

SUNDAY

Making beautiful music together

“You are the conductor and [the audience is] the symphony. It’s a symphony of laughter, if you will, and you’re trying to make sure everybody is hitting some good notes and you’re making this whole, full orchestrated sound of laughter.” So says Cedric the Entertainer who was born Cedric Antonio Kyles. Enjoy your symphonic participation. Dec. 30 at 7 and
9:45 p.m. $45-$65. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000. www.thewilbur.com

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