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Washburn Estate and the Decaneas Archive

Seeing the big picture

BRADFORD WASHBURN AND VITTORIO SELLA: A VIEW FROM THE TOP  Mountaineers and photographers, Washburn and Sella took distinctly different viewpoints of their majestic peaks: Washburn shot his photos from an airplane, Sella took his on the ground. Pictured: Washburn’s “The West Buttress, Mount McKinley, Alaska, July 1977.” Jan. 11-Feb. 25. Panopticon Gallery,
502c Commonwealth Ave. 617-267-8929,


PIPPIN Diane Paulus turns the 1972 Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson into a circus spectacular, with spectacular success. The acrobatics themselves are extraordinary, but what grounds this production is “ordinary” stuff like accomplished acting, singing, and dancing. Plus it has a warm heart. Through Jan. 20. American Repertory Theater. At Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300, www.american

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OUR TOWN “When the theatre pretends to give the real thing in canvas and wood and metal,” playwright Thornton Wilder wrote, “it loses something of the realer thing which is its true business.” Director David Cromer’s stark production aspires to Wilder’s “realer thing” and achieves it. Through Jan. 26. Huntington Theatre Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-266-0800, www.huntington


SOLE SANCTUARY This reflective, 80-minute tap offering is Savion Glover’s homage to the legendary men and women who’ve preserved and advanced the art form over the decades. Also featuring dancer Marshall Davis Jr. Presented by Celebrity Series and World Music/CRASHarts. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. $40-$75. Boston Opera House. 800-982-2787,

FLAMENCO DANCE PROJECT This young company of dancers and musicians, led by Sabrina Avilés, showcases flamenco not just as a centuries-old tradition, but as an ever-changing art form. The show features dancers Avilés and Jose Moreno along with guitarist Juanito Pascual and singers Barbara Martinez and Alfonso Cid. Presented by Rockport Music. Jan. 12, 8 p.m. $18-$32. Shalin Liu Performance Center, 35 Main St.,
Rockport. 978-546-7391,


MICHAEL LEWY: CITY OF WORK  Lewy’s multimedia exhibit (video, computer graphics, and more) explores a society ruthlessly dedicated to productivity, in which unemployment is against the law and employment potential is ascertained by computer. Jan. 11-Feb. 17. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain.

DIAGRAM  Artists John O’Connor, Janet Cohen, Kelly Sherman, and Andrew Mowbray use charts to discern patterns and make sense of the world, whether that’s tracking plays in the 2004 World Series or trying to figure out the lottery. Through Feb. 23. Drive-By Projects, 81 Spring St., Watertown. 617-835-8255,


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,

ART IN THE STREET: EUROPEAN POSTERS This show may be small (41 items) but it’s choice — and extremely charming. Artists with work on display include Bonnard, Kandinsky, Schiele, and El Lissitzky. Through July 21. Museum of Fine Arts, 617-267-9300,

ARRANGED BY CHOICE: THE PAINTINGS OF RALPH COBURN Coburn came up with the Boston Expressionists but made crisp, minimalist work. This retrospective begins with bright abstractions of the 1950s, and includes Cape Ann seascapes that are lushly toned and formally spare. Through Jan. 31. Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester. 978-283-0455, www.capeannmuseum

TEACHING TRADITIONS: SELECTIONS FROM THE LILLIAN ORLOWSKY AND WILLIAM FREED MUSEUM SCHOOL AT PAAM A show tracing the lineage of teachers to students includes works by greats such as Charles Hawthorne, Hans Hofmann, and Michael Mazur. Through Feb. 24. Provincetown Art Association and Museum, 460 Commercial St.,
Provincetown. 508-487-1750,

Scraps to seedbeds

SANDY LITCHFIELD: WHAT BLOOMS IN THE RUBBLE Litchfield’s mixed-media works stitch together scraps of imagery into layered landscapes that are lamentations for what’s gone and seedbeds of possibility. Made by hand and on a computer, these scenes fracture and shimmer. Pictured: “Torn Apart” (2012). Through Feb. 16. Carroll and Sons,
450 Harrison Ave. 617-482-2477,

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