Boston-area to do list


Circus city

In the modern city of Gotham, businesswomen conduct meetings on a double trapeze, a mounted policewoman controls her horses, the food cart vendor juggles the produce, and the construction workers do acrobatics. “Luminocity” is the theme for this year’s annual Boston visit by the Big Apple Circus, featuring 15-year-old Japanese juggler Ty Tojo, Portuguese high wire artists Duo Guerrero, International Man of Mirth Rob Torres, French flimflam man Pierre Ginet, Jenny Vidbel and her ponies and puppies, and, from Russia, the Acro-Duo and the Dosov Troupe. March 25, 6:30 p.m. Through May 11. Tickets from $20. Under the Big Top at
1 City Hall Plaza, Government Center, Boston. 888-541-3750,


Plays contest Which 10-minute play will be the winner at SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre? The choices are “All the Way to Wonderland,” “Living Again,” “Personal Penchants,” “Lawntocracy,” “Arming All the Doors,” “T-Minus 10,” “Living at the Sacred Heart,” and “Invalid Diagnosis.” A panel of judges decides, but we hear they’ll be highly influenced by the audience. March 25-26, 7:30 p.m. $18, $14 students/seniors. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre,
949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.


Dinner, Julia style The late Julia Child said, “We should enjoy food and have fun.” Take her advice at “A Tribute to Julia Child,” featuring a family-style menu of Child’s favorite dishes. Gather around the table to savor selections including salmon mousse, vichyssoise, salad Niçoise, roast chicken, beef Bourguignon, and baked Alaska. March 26, 5:30-10 p.m. $75. Puritan & Company, 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge. 617-615-6195,


True to their tunes “Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Be true and play your songs.” According to the website of the Infamous Stringdusters, that’s the spirit behind their album, “Let It Go,” recorded at a secluded studio on a Virginia farm. The bluegrass quintet take its virtuosic instrumental chops and improvisational flair on the road for a cross-country spring tour. March 26,
7 p.m. Paradise, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-562-8800,

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Medical books Most doctors write prescriptions, but some go far beyond that. In “Why Doctors Write,” Beacon Press director Helen Atwan and author/physician Danielle Ofri explore the interplay between writing and medicine. Ofri’s most recent book is “What
Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.”
March 26, 7 p.m. Free. First Parish, 3 Church St., Cambridge.

Uke duke The career of Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro took off like a shot in 2006 when someone posted a video of his rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on YouTube. His 2012 release “Grand Ukulele,” produced by Alan Parsons and featuring a 29-piece orchestra and a rhythm section, was recorded the old-fashioned way, live with no overdubs. March 26, 7:30 p.m. $25-$39.
Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.

Practiced artists Jodi Colella curated the show “Practice,” featuring works by Colella, Caleb Cole, Julie Kumar, Stephanie Metz, Amanda Nelsen, Zsusanna Szegedi, and Hannah Verlin. According to Colella, “ ‘Practice’ explores artwork inspired by craft, and features highly skilled, process-oriented and conceptual works that require a high degree of proficiency and commitment.” Through April 5. Wed-Fri 6-8 p.m., Sat 2-8 p.m., Sun 2-6 p.m. Nave Gallery Annex,
53 Chester St., Somerville.