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    For better or worse, fame and celebrity status are serious business in our culture, and in his award-winning comedy, “Insignificance,” Terry Johnson points out the risks of celebrity adoration. An actress (Marilyn Monroe?) knocks on the door of a New York hotel guest (Albert Einstein?) and makes hubby (Joe DiMaggio?) jealous. Now add a senator who is looking for “Reds” and you have this Nora Theatre Company production. 7:30 p.m. (through Feb. 9). $15-$56. Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 866-811-4111.


    One or more We don’t know how many musicians will accompany Jordan Lee at the Mutual Benefit concert at Great Scott because the singer-songwriter rounds up musicians — or not — depending on his location. “Love’s Crushing Diamond,” the Brooklyn, New Yorker’s debut release, chronicles life on the road and is accompanied by homemade percussion, guitar, violin, and banjo.  9:30 p.m. $10. 18+. Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. 800-745-3000.

    Man of Steele The wink-winks delivered by Ben Steele for “Appropriate” include “Just Beachy,” a sendup of Alexandros of Antioch’s “Venus de Milo.” The statue is shown on a tropical beach wearing a red and white polka-dot bikini top. The Utah painter reveals the double meaning of the show’s title.  Mon-Sat 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Jan. 29. Free. Arden Gallery Ltd., 129 Newbury St., Boston. 617-247-0610.


    A terse Turse For more than 10 years Nick Turse researched secret Pentagon archives and interviewed US veterans and Vietnamese survivors for his book “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.” The military machine that killed and wounded innocent civilians was referred to by a soldier as “a My Lai a month.” 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. 617-661-1515.


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    Musical stew While growing up in South Africa, London-born Nicky Schrire listened to music that ran from James Taylor to Mozart to Broadway. The New York singer-songwriter continues that musical diversity on her new release, “Space and Time,” which covers Gershwin, Berlin, the Beatles, and others. Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton accompanies Schrire. Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. $20. Scullers Jazz Club, 400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston. 617-562-4111.

    Smack, crackle, and pop With a $31.5 million renovation and expansion project under its belt, Worcester’s DCU Center welcomes WWE Smackdown TV to its overhauled self. Scheduled to show off their muscles, groans, and theatrics are Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, the Rhodes Brothers, and Prime Time Players. Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. $16-$96. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester. 800-745-3000.

    Laugh with Gaff “You know what it’s like having five kids? Imagine you’re drowning. And someone hands you a baby.” Giggle-getter Jim Gaffigan visits Boston to spread good cheer and, we hope, talk about his book “Dad Is Fat.”   Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. (through Jan. 18). $39-$59. The Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 800-745-3000.

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