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Beverly native Pete Frates was captain of the Boston College baseball team before being diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Now he’s focused on raising awareness and money to help find a cure for the disease. Country Strikes Out ALS features performances by Joe Nichols, Chase Rice, Sam Hunt, and Ayla Brown (above). Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. $25-$60. House of Blues, 15 Lansdowne St., Boston. www.houseofblues.com

THURSDAY

See what they see Non-digital photographers use contact sheets to decide which shots on a roll of film are worthy of enlarging. “On First Contact” offers you the chance to view uncropped, unmanipulated film-based images by artists including Herb Greene, Ivana George, and Agnieszka Sosnowska. Through Jan. 14. Tues-Sat, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Reception Sept. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Panopticon Gallery, 502c Comm. Ave., Boston. 617-267-8929, www.panopticongallery.com

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Colorful cacophony Can sounds be seen, or colors heard? Literally, only if you have a neurological condition like synesthesia. Figuratively, we can all enjoy the Copley Society of Art’s “The Sound of Color,” an exhibit exploring connections between art, music, and the senses. The show features pieces including Leslie Baker’s “Fall Birches,” Debby Krim’s “Absorbed,” and Roberta Grande’s “The Sight of Sound.” Through October. Tues-Sat, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun, noon-5 p.m. Reception Sept. 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Copley Society of Art, 158 Newbury St., Boston. 617-536-5049, www.copleysociety.org

FRIDAY

Turning the tables Nina Raine is the daughter of poet Craig Raine and the grand niece of Boris Pasternak. With genes like that, the success of the British playwright is no surprise. Her award-winning drama “Tribes,” which won the 2012 Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards for best play, gets its New England premiere by SpeakEasy Stage Company. It’s about a deaf character named Billy who’s forced by his family to try and assimilate into the hearing world. When Billy discovers the deaf community, he tries to turn the tables and get his family to communicate with him on his terms. Sept. 13-Oct. 12. Wed-Thurs 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 4 and 8 p.m., Sun 3 p.m. ASL-interpreted shows Oct. 6 and 11. Matinee Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. $25-$60, discounts for students and seniors. Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Studio Theatre, 527 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600, www.speakeasystage.com

Wear away Fashion is art. If you don’t believe us, check out “Wearable Art 2013” featuring work by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The exhibit showcases 23 ensembles using unconventional materials like mini window blinds, twist ties, and synthetic hair. Sept. 13-Oct. 1. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun, noon-6 p.m. Free. Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., Boston. www.massart.edu

That’s Italian Bertolucci, Zeffirelli, and Fellini are a few of the great directors that have given Italy a prominent place in the history of film, but what about the current state of Italian movie making? “Nuovo Visioni: Italian Cinema Now” features 11 recent flicks, including Pietro Marcello’s “The Mouth of the Wolf” and Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo.” Sept. 13, 7 p.m. (“Piazza Fontana”) and 9:30 p.m. (“The Mouth of the Wolf”). Through Sept. 30. $9, $7 students and seniors. Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge. 617-495-4700, hcl.harvard.edu/hfa

SATURDAY

Games are afoot It’s all about playtime at the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Enjoy video games, tabletop games, live action role playing (otherwise known as LARP), film screenings, digital game jams, and lectures on the process of creating games at the event focusing on independent games made in New England and neighboring regions. Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free, registration required. MIT, Stratton Student Center,
77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. www.bostonfig.com

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