Theater & art

Week ahead: Arts

Mark S. Howard

God, that’s good

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET On the heels of his excellent production last season of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,’’ director Spiro Veloudos tackles Sondheim’s darkest and greatest musical. Featuring Christopher Chew (right) as the bloodthirsty barber bent on vengeance, and Amelia Broome (left) as Mrs. Lovett, a purveyor of meat pies who finds a profitable use for Todd’s handiwork. Sept. 5-Oct. 11. Lyric Stage Company of Boston. 617-585-5678, DON AUCOIN



FINDING NEVERLAND The ART and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein plan to hold hands and fly to Broadway with this new family musical showing how playwright J.M. Barrie was inspired to write “Peter Pan” by a widow and her four sons in 1904 London. A good cast and terrific stagecraft from director Diane Paulus and crew overcome the rather pedestrian songs. Through Sept. 28. American Repertory Theater, Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,



FENCES August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winner about the black experience in 1950s Pittsburgh feels fresh and relevant in this rugged production. Daver Morrison is charismatic and commanding as a former Negro League baseball star who is now stuck in the grind of a job hauling garbage, but Jermel Nakia is a scene-stealer as a wounded veteran. The play is convincing in its suggestion that a strong family is the best defense against a system that would beat you down. Through Sept. 7. Gloucester Stage Company, Gorton
Theatre. 978-281-4433,




NIGHT AT THE TOWER Luminarium Dance Company heads to Arlington’s historic water tower for this one-night-only event that combines dance and 20-foot-high video projections designed to highlight the tower’s architecture, turning it into, as press materials state, “a breathing work of art.” Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Free. Park Circle Water Tower, Arlington Heights. 617-477-4494,

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ORIGINS FOLKLORIC DANCE COMPANY This professional troupe specializes in ethnic dances from the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. “A Village Festival 2” is its first full-length production in a concert setting, featuring vignettes and traditional dances from Egypt, North Africa, and Lebanon, as well as original choreography. Sept. 6, 7 p.m., $25-$30. Cambridge YMCA Theatre, Cambridge. 602-888-3655,

ANNUAL INTERTRIBAL POW-WOW Dance is always a major part of this yearly family-oriented confab, which also includes Native American drumming and singing, the artistry of renowned Cheyenne flutist Joseph FireCrow, traditional crafts, storytelling, and kayak/canoe rides around the pond. Native foods will be available. Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $3-$5 (children under 3 free). Plug Pond, Haverhill. 617-642-1683,

GREEN STREET STUDIOS COMMUNITY CONCERT Short notice, short pieces, short excerpts, and short works-in-progress could still make for long strides at the Central Square dance studios. This benefit features the creative offerings of a wealth of area dancers and dance makers, including EgoArt, Inc., SPUNKandCOmpany, Marcus Schulkind, Lorraine Chapman The Company, North Atlantic Ballet, and more. Sept. 6, 8 p.m., $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge.





JENNIFER ROSA: IMPERSONAL SOLO SHOW The Italian artists’ collective Jennifer rosa, which began with a focus on dance and has since co-opted visual art tools, employs movement, photography, and video to investigate subjectivity via the body, time, and place. Sept. 5-21. Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave. 857-222-0333,

ANTHONY PALOCCI JR.: SEEING THINGS Palocci paints objects so quotidian we take them for granted — a keypad, a faucet, a chair. Through curiosity and scrutiny, he finds original ways to see and represent them. Through Sept. 20. Carol Schlosberg Alumni Gallery, Montserrat College of Art, 23 Essex St.,
Beverly. 978-921-4242,

SEASON IV: CODY JUSTUS & SAMARA PEARLSTEIN This one-night-only exhibition spotlights two young artists who abstract and reenvision all-American subject matter in paint and graphite — for Justus, life on the highway, and for Pearlstein, baseball cards. Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m. Find & Form Space, 524 Harrison Ave. 310-467-8794,


Cate McQuaid


RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: THE VISITORS A spellbinding, nine-screen video installation showing Kjartansson and a number of musician friends playing and singing in the separate rooms of a mansion on the Hudson River. Through Nov. 2. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

GOLD AND THE GODS: JEWELS OF ANCIENT NUBIA More than 100 dazzling works in gold and other materials from Ancient Nubia (now Sudan), all from the MFA’s superb collection. Through May 14. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

IAN HAMILTON FINLAY: ARCADIAN REVOLUTIONARY AND AVANT-GARDENER More than 200 works are included in this ambitious survey of the career of the Scottish artist, poet, and garden designer. Through Oct. 13. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781-259-8355,

DARREN WATERSTON: UNCERTAIN BEAUTY The centerpiece of this dazzling show is “Filthy Lucre,” a re-creation of James Whistler’s “Harmony in Blue and Gold: Peacock Room,” but reduced to a state of abject disrepair. Also includes drawings, watercolors, and paintings. Through January. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. 413-662-2111,



Home is where the dark is

TODD HIDO: EXCERPTS FROM SILVER MEADOWS The photographer revisits the Ohio neighborhood where he grew up, finding among his own filmic images, old snapshots, and other documents the dark undercurrents of suburban ennui. Pictured: “#10106-8, 2011.” Sept. 5-Oct. 19.
Boston University Art Gallery at the Stone Gallery, 855 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-3329,

Cate McQuaid


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