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    We all have our nightmares, but few are as deliciously disturbing and splendidly surreal as what happens to Gregor in Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” In “Metamorphosis,” Iceland’s Vesturport Theatre and London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre offer a stage adaptation of the novella about a man’s transformation into an insect. ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage presents the production featuring aerial moves in a split level set, and original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Pictured: actor/director Gisli Örn Gardarsson. Feb. 27,
    7 p.m. Through March 3. $25-$75. Paramount Center Mainstage, 559 Washington St., Boston. 617-824-8400,


    Morality tale In her new book, best-selling author Jodi Picoult tackles issues of good and evil, atonement and forgiveness. “The Storyteller” is a Holocaust novel about what happens when Josef Weber, an elderly man with a dark secret, reveals his past to Sage Singer, a woman whose grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Free. Walsh Middle School, 301 Brook St., Framingham. 508-628-5567, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. $5. Coolidge Corner Theatre,
    290 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-566-6660, www.brooklinebook


    Clear as vodka Film director Dan Edelstyn goes to the Ukraine in search of his roots and ends up at the helm of his great grandfather’s vodka distillery. “How to Re-Establish a Vodka Empire” tells that story alongside one about the life of Edelstyn’s grandmother during the Russian Revolution and beyond. Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. Through March 6. $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts,
    465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975,


    How the tough get going What sees a person through war, disease, and other tragedies? Psychiatrists Steve Southwick and Dennis Charney discuss neurobiological research and their insights from years of work with trauma survivors in “Resilience: From PTSD to Hurricane Sandy,” including ideas for creating resilient individuals and communities. Feb. 27, 7 p.m. Free. First Parish Church, 3 Church St., Cambridge. 617-495-2727,

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    Get stewed We’re in the home stretch, but winter is still with us, which means it’s still a good time for hearty soups and stews. Try some from Sweet Basil chef Dave Becker’s latest cookbook, “Stewed: A Collection of Soups, Braises & Stews From Sweet Basil.” After a demonstration, guests are invited to sample the recipes with wine pairings. Feb. 27, 6-9 p.m. $80. Boston University Demonstration Room, 808 Comm. Ave., Boston.

    Dynamic duo DownBeat magazine named pianist Ran Blake and vocalist Dominique Eade’s recording “Whirlpool” one of the best CDs of 2012. The local treasures celebrate decades of collaboration, their duo release, and the 40th anniversary of New England Conservatory’s Third Stream/Contemporary Improvisation Department.
    Feb. 27, 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club, DoubleTree Suites, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111,

    C’est la V-Day Women from Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, and beyond are featured in V-Day Somerville Spring Hill’s production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” The community event features raffles, baked goods, and a cash bar, and benefits Amirah, RESPOND Inc., and Girls LEAP. Feb. 27 and March 1, 7 p.m. Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville. $10-$20. 901-268-9047,