PICK OF THE DAY
Get in a dark, haunting mood in preparation for Halloween at the season opener by José Mateo Ballet Theatre . The namesake choreographer presents “Shadows Fleeting,” a program of “Covens” about a witch hunt, “Dark Profiles” about a tormented woman, and a premiere set to Bach’s Cello Suite in D major. 8 p.m. (through Oct. 27). $40. Sanctuary Theatre, 400 Harvard St., Harvard Square, Cambridge. 617-354-7467. www.ballettheatre.org
Sins of the fathers The abuse of young boys and girls by clergy in the Boston Archdiocese was exposed in 2002 by the Boston Globe Spotlight Team. Eleven years later, director John Michalczyk brings the voices of survivors and others to the screen with “Who Takes Away the Sins: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse.” Participants include survivor David Carney, attorney/advocate Mitchell Garabedian, and Walter Robinson, formerly of the Globe Spotlight Team. 7 p.m. (through Oct. 6; panel discussions follow screenings). $11, $9 students and seniors. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975. www.mfa.org/film
Grounded More than 40 bands from around the region will perform at the New England Underground Music Fest. You can expect on-the-ground electronic, rock, punk, psychedelic, and “left-of-center” music from Get Ready!, Tarp, and other groups. Oct. 4 and 5 at 3 p.m. $10-$15. Cambridge Elks Lodge, 55 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge (Oct. 5 at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge). www.bostonhassle.com
Not grounded Unlike the aforementioned festival on the ground, here’s an above-the-ground performance. Ipswich Moving Company presents “Ground,” an aerial dance concert choreographed by Janet Taisey Craft with climbing rope and canvas slings. Oct. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston (entrance on Buick Street). 617-358-2500. aerial-dance.brownpapertickets.com
Variety in store Radical cheerleading, sweat pants, and more are converted into burlesque, comedy, spoken word, drag, and performance art at “Femmetastic: The Femme Show.” The variety show is billed as “queer art for queer people.” Oct. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. $12, $15 at the door. Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, 820 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, Cambridge. www.thefemmeshow.com
Rollin’ Rockapella From busking on New York street corners to the PBS kids show “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?,” this pop quintet has been accompanied by nothing but their voices and moves. The latest show, “Rockapella: Motown & More,” features “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” and other gems. Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. $21-$31. Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. 617-747-2261. www.berkleebpc.com
Get ya food here “Healthy Local Food for All” is the theme of the Boston Local Food Festival, a nudge for us to eat local food and grow our own. The market and celebration feature local restaurants, food trucks, specialty foods farmers, demos, music, and more. Oct. 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Rose Kennedy Greenway (Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street), Boston. 617-395-0250. www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.orgJune Wulff can be reached at email@example.com.