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The week ahead: Theater, galleries, and museums

Gallery NAGA

Heavy duty

GEORGE NICK Nick takes his vibrant brushwork and quicksilver attunement to changing light to the alleyways and canals of Venice. The painter, now 86 and apparently not slowing down, also offers up heavy machinery, still lifes, and boats in dry dock. (Pictured: “International 4 July 2013.”) Through Nov. 2. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St. 617-267-9060, www.gallerynaga.com

CATE MCQUAID

Theater

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WATER BY THE SPOONFUL A moving and well-acted production, directed by Scott Edmiston, of Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a veteran of the Iraq war, his newly divorced cousin, and a quartet of recovering crack addicts in an online chat room. All of them are struggling to find their footing, and all of them receive the playwright’s compassion. Through Nov. 16. Lyric Stage Company, Boston. 617-585-5678, www.lyricstage.com

WAITING FOR GODOT Two years ago, Conor Lovett performed a powerful solo adaptation of “Moby Dick’’ in Boston. Now Lovett is back, playing Vladimir, one of two men in Samuel Beckett’s classic drama who wait, and wait, and wait on a country road for a mysterious fellow who never shows up. When it premiered on Broadway in 1956, New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson described it as an “acrid cartoon of the story of mankind.’’ Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. Oct. 31-Nov. 10. Production by Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland. Presented by ArtsEmerson. Paramount Center Mainstage. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

SPLENDOR Acclaimed local playwright Kirsten Greenidge returns to the fictional Boston suburb of Bellington, where she set her last play, the acclaimed “The Luck of the Irish.” The play follows a large cast of characters over four decades, as high school romances, tragedies, and resentments echo down the years. The ambitious and sometimes unwieldy play touches on race, class, and gender roles. Through Nov. 16. Company One. At the Plaza Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.companyone.org

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JOEL BROWN

Dance

THIRD LIFE CHOREOGRAPHER SERIES This series curated by veteran choreographer Kelley Donovan sets up an informal and intimate opportunity for Boston-area choreographers to share work in various stages of development. This weekend’s iteration includes Donovan, Judith Wombwell/Deadfall Dance, Deirdre Lewis, Terpsicore Dance Company, Boston Community Dance Project, Intimations Dance, Wisty Andres, and Meghan Riling and Amy Mastrangelo. Oct. 26, 8 p.m., $20, $12 seniors and students. Third Life Studio, Somerville. 617-628-0916, www.brownpapertickets.com

LA BAYADÈRE Petipa’s beloved ballet classic sets the doomed love affair of temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solar amidst the splendor of ancient India. Florence Clerc’s adaptation for Boston Ballet is one of the company’s most vivid productions. Oct. 24-Nov. 3, $29-$137. Boston Opera House. 617-695-6955, www.bostonballet.org

BOSOMA DANCE COMPANY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PERFORMANCE The modern dance troupe, led by co-artistic directors Katherine Hooper and Irada Djelassi, showcases several recent works as well as two pieces by guest choreographers: a resetting of former Boston Ballet principal dancer Alfonso Figueroa’s “Rodin: A Tribute,” and the premiere of a new contemporary work by Lindsey Leduc, former dancer with Giordano Dance Chicago. Oct. 25-26. $30, $25 seniors and students. Boston University Dance Theatre. 617-358-2500, www.bosoma.org

PAUL MATTESON & FRIENDS Formerly a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Matteson puts his own choreography front and center in this concert of solos and collaborations with Jennifer Polins, James Morrow, Raja Feather Kelly, and Peter Schmitz. Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m. $15, $10 seniors and students. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-864-3191, www.brownpapertickets.com

KAREN CAMPBELL

Galleries

JAMES STERLING PITT: WHITE PEACOCK SINGS Pitt’s abstract sculptures integrate drawing and painting, sporting painted, attenuated wooden lines within a rectangular border. His inspiration for this show came from a peacock that appeared unexpectedly at his brother’s wedding. Through Dec. 7. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265, www.stevenzevitasgallery.com

ANIMALS: DREAMED & DREAMING Seven artists delve into the metaphoric power of animals and their worlds in this show, curated by Tamara Krendel. Protean, wild, and sometimes absent, they may suggest something of ourselves. Through Nov. 24. Concord Art Association, 37 Lexington Road, Concord. 978-369-2578, www.concordart.org

JANE GOLDMAN: PARSING THE UNIVERSE Goldman’s prints and watercolors wheel through tide pools, galaxies, and molecular structures. Some telescope from micro to macro in the blink of an eye, sparkling and afloat in luminous blues. Through Nov. 28. Chandler Gallery, Maud Morgan Arts, 20A Sacramento St., Cambridge. 617-349-6287, www.maudmorganarts.org

CATE MCQUAID

Museums

2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL New England’s contemporary artists are featured in this closely watched survey featuring work in all media. Through April 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355, www.decordova.org

ANSELM KIEFER A major long-term installation of works by the German artist from the Hall Art Foundation in a new gallery repurposed by the foundation. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111, www.massmoca.org

MAKING IT IN AMERICA More than 100 objects selected from the museum’s collection — paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts — demonstrate aspects of the forging of national identity in the United States. Through Feb. 9. RISD Museum, Providence. 401-454-6400, www.risdmuseum.org

AFRICA INTERWEAVE: TEXTILE DIASPORAS Forty textiles, garments, and other woven items from across the continent of Africa. Through Jan. 12. Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. 603-669-6144, www.currier.org

SEBASTIAN SMEE

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