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    High standards

    Gas stations, billboards, and street signs are standard fare for multimedia artist Ed Ruscha, who has explored the word “standard” throughout his 60-year career. “Ed Ruscha: Standard”
    is on display at the Rose Art Museum along with three other exhibits: “On the matter of abstraction (figs. A & B),” “Walead Beshty: Untitled,” and “Sam Jury: Coerced Nature.”
    Pictured: “Standard Station’’ (detail). 4-8 p.m. (Beshty talk at 4 p.m., reception 5-8 p.m.;
    through June 9). Free.
    Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham.


    To his own self be true Poor William Shakespeare turns his fiction into fact when he assumes the role of his characters in Robert Brustein’s “The Last Will.” The Bard has retired to his country home in Stratford and suffers from a fatal illness in this play presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Suffolk University.
    7 p.m. (through Feb. 24). $40, $45; $30 seniors; $10 students.
    Modern Theatre, 525 Washington St., Boston. 800-440-7654.

    The sum of their parts Shirl Fink’s digital images and Jim Wright’s sculptures are the subjects of an exhibit at Towne Art Gallery. The latter draws on his background as a portrait and figure painter; the former is informed by her background in fiber and painting. Wed. hours 1-5 p.m. (through Feb. 21). Free. Towne Art Gallery, Wheelock College, 180 the Riverway, Boston. 617-879-2219.


    Trip the light fantastic Do these names ring a bell: Intercolonial, Hibernian, Winslow Hall, Dudley Street Opera House, and Rose Croix? Starting in the ’40s, these Dudley Square Irish dance halls were the destination for Irish and Irish-Americans from Boston. At “Dancing in Dudley,” author Susan Gedutis Lindsay will talk about the golden era of Irish dance halls. 7 p.m. (dinner available for purchase starting at 5 p.m.). Free. Haley House Bakery and Cafe, 12 Dade St., Roxbury. 617-427-1006.

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    Their town Mary Swanson is going to become a mother and moves to Middletown to establish roots and branches in the small town. It’s not so simple in Will Eno’s “Middletown,” where one town has two lives. Presented by Actors’ Shakespeare Project. Previews through Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (through March 10). $28-$40 (previews), $33-$50. Theater at the Cambridge YMCA, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.


    One singular sensation Many octogenarians stick close to home and lead a quiet life. This is not the case for Grammy winner, painter, world traveler, and author Tony Bennett. The master of the Great American Songbook recently released “Viva Duets,” the third of the crooner’s duet projects. He’s left his heart in more than San Francisco and invites you to spend Valentine’s Day with him at the Opera House. Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. $60.50-$150.50. Boston Opera House,
    539 Washinton St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

    And the beat goes on At the age of 13, Medford native Terri Lyne Carrington started studying at the Berklee College of Music. In her late teens, the drummer toured with Clark Terry. Now a Berklee professor, the Grammy winner will show off her latest CD, “Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue,” with a trio, Berklee students, and pianist Gerald Clayton. Feb. 14 at 8:15 p.m. $8 and $16 (in advance), $12 and $20 (day of show). Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261.