PICK OF THE DAY
Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddy King, and Magic Sam served as inspirational forces for Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson. At 15, the Mississippi native headed to Memphis, where he saw Muddy Waters perform. Later, Johnson became a guitarist and vocalist for the blues great. The septuagenarian, hardly a “Junior,” is a master of the Chicago blues.
Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. $15. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-776-2004. www.johnnyds.com
No dire straits After four 15-minute open-mike segments, three seasoned literary vets add their voices to the Dire Literary Series. Learn from the masters: Yuyutsu Sharma, David Austell, and James Arthur. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. sign up) $5 donation. Out of the Blue Art Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge. www.direreader.com
Sins of the fathers How does a child, grandchild, niece, or nephew come to terms with the crimes of a relative such as Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, and Hans Frank? Bettina Goering, great-niece of Hermann Goering, lives in voluntary exile in New Mexico. She and her brother chose to get sterilized to prevent passing on the Goering genes. These stories and others are told in the film “Hitler’s Children.” 5:30 p.m. (through Jan. 10). $11, $9 students and seniors (matinee prices available). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film
Peter Pan complex On his third birthday, Oskar Matzerath decides to stop growing older. The intellectual, who rejects the hypocrisy of adults and society, makes himself heard by screaming and banging on his tin drum. Volker Schlöndorff’s 1979 Oscar-winning satire, “The Tin Drum,” takes place in 1924 Germany. 4:45 and
8 p.m. (through Jan. 8). $6.75-$9.75 (for mature audiences).
Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-876-6837.
Beware of you know whom bearing you know what Travel to Rockport to relive the Trojan War at the Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Berlioz’s “Les Troyens.” Marcello Giordani plays Aeneas; Deborah Voigt is the Trojan prophetess, Cassandra; Susan Graham is Dido, the Queen of Carthage. Jan. 5 at noon. $20-$32. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main St., Rockport. 978-546-7391. www.rockportmusic.org
Cambridge in Wellfleet Travel to Wellfleet to learn more about the iconic Cambridge folk institution now called Club Passim. The documentary “For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival” features interviews with Joan Baez, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, Tom Rush, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Washington, Peter Rowan, and others. Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. $10. Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main St., Wellfleet. 508-349-1800. www.wellfleetpreservationhall.org
Artistic hope Described as “pictorial poetry,” “Neverlandscape” by Eric Roux-Fontaine is a collection of oil paintings that express the French artist’s full-of-hope view of the world. With his blend of the real and imagined, Roux-Fontaine encourages the viewer to embrace natural beauty and serenity. Daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, 91 Newbury St., Boston. 617-450-0700. www.axelle.com