PICK OF THE DAY
In 1990, French artist Sophie Calle gave a magazine interview at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in front of one of her favorite paintings, Jan Vermeer’s “The Concert.” A short time later, the work was one of the unlucky 13 pieces stolen. After the interviewer jokingly hinted that the artist handled the heist, Calle started a project about the stolen works. “Last Seen” includes Calle’s 1991 photo and text pieces for “Last Seen . . .” and 2012’s “What Do You See?” (detail, above). Oct. 24 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (through March 3; Calle lecture Oct. 24). $15; $12 seniors; $5 students; free under 18, for everyone on their birthday, and those named Isabella. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-278-5156, www.gardnermuseum.org
Road show Imaginary people fuel the songwriting fire of Nora Jane Struthers whose recent release is “Carnival.” The Virginia-born Americana singer-songwriter is in town with her touring band, The Party Line. 8 p.m. $15. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge. 617-492-7679. www.clubpassim.org
Oh my darling . . . Jessica Straus prides herself on “making something out of nothing,” and her current something called “Scrap!” is an exhibit of “inventions” crafted from clementine crates. Wed-Sun noon-6 p.m. through Nov. 10 (runs concurrently with Laura Evans’s “Not Just One Thing”). Free. Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Ave., Boston. 617-482-7781. www.bostonsculptors.com
Write what you know Brothers Frank and Malachy McCourt took years of family stories and wrote “A Couple of Blaguards” and, according to Malachy: “If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day. Blessings!” 7:30 p.m. (through Oct. 27). $39, $3 senior discount.
Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St., Beverly. 617-531-1257. www.larcomtheatre.com
A full dance card Song and dance man Ben Vereen knows his way around Broadway, film, and TV sets, and the Tony-winning performer will share his life and career experiences at Boston University. You’ll probably hear some or all of the following mentioned: “Pippin,” “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “Fosse,” “Hair,” “Roots,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Free. Boston University George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-353-3696. www.bu.edu
There’s always hope Daniel Harding steps onto the podium to make his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in a program of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Speranza” (“Hope”) and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”). The latter features mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and tenor Michael Schade. Oct. 24 and 26 at
8 p.m., Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. $30-$130, $20 under age 40 (one-pair limit on a first-come, first-served basis). Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-266-1200. www.bso.org
Stirring things up All the names of the six sisters in Scott T. Barsotti’s “Brewed” end in “ette.” Does this mean anything? The half-dozen ettes have the strange job of stirring a pot every day for the entire day — we’re not making this up. Things have changed, however, and you can see how when Happy Medium Theatre kicks off its fifth season’s theme “Home is where the horror is.” Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. (through Nov. 2). $20, $18 students and seniors. Factory Theatre, 791 Tremont St., Boston. 800-838-3006. www.brownpapertickets.com
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