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Cavalia’s “Odysseo.”

Francois Bergeron

Cavalia’s “Odysseo.”


Horse sense

We can’t quite wrap our arms around 67 horses and 46 artists performing in Somerville. But that’s what it’s all about at the spectacle called Cavalia’s “Odysseo.” This high-tech, high-stepping, high-energy production comes to us from one of the cofounders of Cirque du Soleil. 8 p.m. (through August). $34.50 and up (discounts available). Under the White Big Top at Assembly Row, 201 Assembly Square Drive, Somerville. 866-999-8111.


No strangers in the night Name your favorite Sinatra tune, and chances are Michael Dutra sings it. With more than 500 Sinatra songs in his ring-a-ding-ding Rolodex, you’re in for the likes of “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “One for My Baby,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” “Summer Wind,” and more at “Strictly Sinatra.” The show is part of Mayor Menino’s Wednesday Night Concerts. 7 p.m. (series runs through Aug. 28). Free. City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. 617-635-4505.

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Inspirational As a teen, Shuggie Otis was such a talented guitar player that he wore dark glasses and put black ink between his nose and mouth to look older so he could perform in clubs with his father. The R&B artist’s new release is a two-CD collection, “Inspiration Information/Wings of Love.” 8 and 10 p.m. $38. Scullers Jazz Club at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

A movie runs through it DCR’s North Point Park is a lovely setting for the Wednesday “River & a Movie” series presented by EF Education First and Cambridge Arts Council. This week’s screening is the quirky, funny Woody Allen flick “Midnight in Paris.” Aug. 7 at 8 p.m., weather permitting (Wednesdays in August). Free (includes parking and popcorn). DCR’s North Point Park, across from the Museum of Science, Cambridge. 617-619-2266.


Ado to do This version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” takes place in mid-1930s Sicily. Jazz and Latin sounds serve as a backdrop for the romantic comedy about a bachelor home from war and his headstrong girlfriend. Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. (through Aug. 25). $20 and up (discounts available; previews Aug. 8-10 $15 and $20). Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888.

Pagan ritual Wear your dancing flip-flops to the Tito Puente Latin Music Series, where you’ll get a free salsa lesson from the folks at MetaMovements. Movement is followed by music from salsa vocalist Jesus Pagan. Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. (7 p.m. salsa lesson; final performance Aug. 15 in East Boston). Free. Mission Hill Playground, 1545 Tremont St., Boston. 617-266-1400.

Beauty and its beholders This mother and daughter relationship is not the stuff found in sentimental greeting cards. In Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” Tina Packer plays a manipulative Irish mother who wakes up every morning and sharpens her tongue. Aug. 8 preview at 8:30 p.m. (through Sept. 15). $10-$50 (discounts available). Shakespeare & Company Bernstein Stage, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 413-637-3353.

Due to a reporting error, an earlier version had “River & a Movie” listed under the incorrect day. It is held on Wednesday.

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