Boston-area to do list

Denise Truscello


What a feeling

Welder by day, dancer by night, and romance with the day-job boss thrown in to shake things up is “Flashdance — The Musical.” You can expect “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” “I Love Rock & Roll,” and a dancer with that iconic chair move.
Pictured: Sydney Morton. March 12 at 7 p.m. (through March 23). $34 and up. Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St., Boston. 800-982-2787.


This musical takes it all This musical based on ABBA songs celebrates more than 5,000 performances — that’s a lot of “Money, Money, Money.” “Mamma Mia!” tells the story of a single mom, her hotel on a Greek island, her soon-to-wed daughter, Sophie, and three surprise guests invited to the nuptials by the bride to be. March 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. $39-$69, 15 percent discount for kids and students. Hanover Theatrefor the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. 877-571-7469.

A telling exhibit The subtitles indicate that these three artists know how to tell a story, and they tell it with wood, among other mediums. “The Stories We Tell: Works by Tommy Simpson, Michelle Holzapfel, and Binh Pho” is subtitled Tommy Simpson’s “Love Letters to the Natural World,” Michelle Holzapfel’s “From What’s at Hand,” and Binh Pho’s “Shadow of the Turning.” Tues-Sun 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. through June 15. $8, $5 students and seniors, free under 13 and for all Thurs 5-9 p.m. Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak St., Brockton. 508-588-6000.


Defying gravity In his review, Globe art critic Sebastian Smee wrote: “Hyper-real sculptures are never about intrinsic values like form and color; they’re about how we relate to them.” If you haven’t related to “Sleepwalker,” check out the bronze sculpture and other pieces at “Tony Matelli: New Gravity.”Tuesday hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (through July 20). Free. Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 106 Central St., Wellesley. 781-283-2051.


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Here’s the Glitch The Los Angeles-based electronic trio the Glitch Mob of edIT, Boreta, and Ooah (Edward Ma, Justin Boreta, and Josh Mayer) makes use of technology that we don’t understand. The band’s sophomore LP is “Love Death Immortality.” March 12 at
8 p.m. 18+. $20, $35. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston.

Lunch date No need to down gallons of caffeine to make it through the rest of the day. Let the United States Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble do the job with its marching band sounds, jazz, chamber music, contemporary, and popular music. The Brown Bag Concert Series invites you to soak up the music while you eat lunch (bring yours or buy one there). March 12 at noon (through April 2). Free. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester. 508-752-5608.

Nine layers Boston’s suburban development sounds like Joseph’s coat with layers instead of colors. James O’Connell’s “The Hub’s Metropolis: Greater Boston’s Development From Railroad Suburbs to Smart Growth” describes traditional villages, country retreats, and more. March 12 at noon. Free. Boston Athenaeum, 10½ Beacon St., Boston. 617-720-7604.

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