Boston-area to do list

Mark S. Howard


A ‘Spoonful’ of issues

Elliot, a former Marine with physical and emotional wounds, is one of the struggling characters in “Water by the Spoonful,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Addictions plague Elliot and the other characters who are searching for human connection. From left: Theresa Nguyen, Mariela Lopez-Ponce, and Johnny Lee Davenport. 8 p.m. through Nov. 16. $25-$65, $10 senior discount. The Lyric Stage, 140 Clarendon St., Boston. 617-585-5678.


Scenes from a marriage If you annoy Nan, you might find yourself coated in venison and honey as a snack for the neighborhood bears. In Lauren Gunderson’s “Exit, Pursued By A Bear,” it’s payback time for the abused wife who enlists friends to act out stories from Nan and Kyle’s relationship while hubby is tied up (literally). Thurs-Sat at 8 p.m. through Oct. 26. $20, $10 students and seniors. Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. 866-811-4111.

Open for business You have an invitation from 150 artists to check out their studios and wares at Fort Point Open Studios. More than 10 buildings are within walking distance, so don’t worry that your purchases will weigh you down. Painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, fashion designers, printmakers, book artists, photographers, musicians, and others are waiting. Oct. 18 preview 4-7 p.m. (selected studios), Oct. 19 and 20 noon-6 p.m. Free. Fort Point neighborhood, Boston (map is available online, and at 15 Channel Center St. and other locations). 617-423-4299.


Desert storm They sing of defeat but convey victory with their desert-rock Tuareg music from the southern Sahara. Terakaft presents stories of nomadic people, violence, loss, and displaced families and has been described as “bringing to mind the delicate but strong steps of a camel making its way through the wastelands.” 7:30 p.m. $25. 21+. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. 617-876-4275.

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All the toppings Like a pizza with yummy toppings, John Pizzarelli serves the Great American Songbook with a taste of Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, George Gershwin, James Taylor, and Frank Sinatra. The singer and guitarist is on the menu at Scullers. Oct. 18 and 19 at 8 and 10 p.m. $35. Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.


Open for business At this monthly concert series, you’ll see and hear musicians, dancers, and video and performance artists of avant-garde, experimental, acoustic, and electro-acoustic music. Saturday’s “Opensound: Adventures in Sound” program includes a quartet of theremin, violin, sax, and amplified objects plus a duo on synthesizer and string bass. Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. $8. Third Life Studios, 33 Union Square, Somerville.


Thile’s style Grammy-winning Chris Thile wraps his arms around progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz and performs it all with his voice and mandolin. The Punch Brothers member will share his “Chris Thile’s Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1” along with his own pieces and some contemporary music. Oct. 20 at
7 p.m. $30 and up. Sanders Theatre, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-482-6661.

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