Boston-area to do list

Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas


Photographer at work

Brazilian-born Sebastião Salgado was born on a cattle farm, studied economics, and became a resister of his country’s right-wing government. While in Rwanda as an economist, he discovered photography and later became a member of the Magnum photo cooperative. Since then, he has brought his camera to more than
100 countries to document the lives of workers in less developed nations. Lesley University’s Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents an appearance by Salgado, who will share and discuss work from several of his photographic projects. April 25, 7 p.m. Free, registration required. Boston Public Library,
Rabb Auditorium, 700 Boylston St., Boston. 617-585-6600,


‘Hair’ day The peace movement and social revolution of the 1960s that inspired “Hair” are in the past, but the musical lives on. Berklee College of Music’s Musical Theater Ensemble stages the show which features
22 cast members, 11 orchestra musicians, and songs including “Aquarius,” Let the Sunshine In,” and “Easy to Be Hard.” April 25-26, 7:30 p.m. $8-$20. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass. Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261,

Adapt and survive According to marine ecologist Dr. Rafe Sagarin, “We’ve been adaptable for most of our time on Earth. We need to continue this process to deal with uncertainty.” He talks about it in “Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease.” April 25, 7 p.m. Free. New England Aquarium, Harborside Learning Lab, Central Wharf, Boston.


Not so final frontier Here’s something to hold you over until the May release of the new “Star Trek” movie with Benedict Cumberbatch. “Star Trek: The Next Generation — The Best of Both Worlds” brings you the season three finale and the season four premiere woven together with digital restoration and new CGI effects. April 25, 7 p.m. $12.50. Selected theaters including Regal Fenway Stadium 13, 201 Brookline Ave., Boston.


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Off the walls The boy character in “Drawin’ on the Walls” paints, and his pictures come magically to life. F.U.D.G.E. Theatre Company presents the premiere of Chris Guin’s musical about the boy, and the girl and two grown-ups who help him. April 26-27 and May 2-4,
8 p.m. April 28, 2 p.m. $26, $21 students and seniors. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-945-0773,

New tools of the artist’s trade To see how technology has widened the artistic palette, check out “Poetic Codings” featuring three projections and 20 interactive iPad artworks. In John Carpenter’s “Dandelion Clock,” you can blow digital dandelion seeds. Jeremy Rotsztain’s “Action Painting” uses data from action movies. Reception April 26, 6-9 p.m. Exhibit April 27-June 2, Fri-Sun 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain. 617-522-6710,


Divine comedy Comedian Chris Zito mines the territory of marriage and family in his stand-up act. He’s part of North Shore Elder Services’ Wicked Funny Comedy Tour. Also on the bill are Kelly MacFarland, Dave Russo, and Kevin Flynn. April 27, 8 p.m. $40, $50. North Shore Music Theatre, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly. 978-232-7200,