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Director Alexander Sokurov’s latest film, “Faust,” is a retelling of Goethe’s age-old story of a man who sells his soul to the devil. The 2011 Venice International Film Festival Golden Lion winner is the final work in Sokurov’s series of films about the nature of power. Although Faust is fictional, Sokurov explains what he shares with Hitler, Lenin, and Emperor Hirohito, subjects of the other movies in his tetralogy: “A love of words that are easy to believe and a pathological unhappiness in everyday life. Evil is reproducible and Goethe formulated its essence: ‘Unhappy people are dangerous.’ ” Pictured: Johannes Zeiler as Faust.
 Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Through Jan. 19. $7-$11. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 800-440-6975, www.mfa.org/film

TUESDAY

Wry jinks   Are they staring at their shoes or making use of effects pedals? The website for shoegaze-indie rock ensemble Wry Climate says the band “combines singable melodies and chimey harmonizing electric guitars with dirty amp feedback, atmospheric layers, and fully utilized pedalboards.” They play with Lowman and Oh, Oh Ecstasy.  Jan. 7, 8 p.m. doors. $10. 18+. Middle East Upstairs, Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square, Cambridge. 617-864-3278, www.mid
eastclub.com

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The witch is back  The Grammy and Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical “Wicked” tells the story of two girls coming of age in the land of Oz. One grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West, the other turns out to be Glinda the Good. The show returns to Providence by popular demand.  Jan. 7-9, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 8 p.m.
Jan. 11, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 12, 1 and 6:30 p.m. $53-$163. Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St., Providence. 401-421-2787, www.ppacri.org

WEDNESDAY

To spy for  Georges, who’s in seventh grade, meets coffee aficionado and self-appointed spy Safer, who’s 12. Their story is told in “Liar & Spy,” the latest novel by Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead. She reads from the book at Lesley.  Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Lesley University, Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge. 617-349-8369,
www.lesley.edu

Wish list  Teddy Elgar picked the right song for his debut performance. Since singing “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the 11-year-old’s wishes-come-true include a scholarship to Walnut Hill School and top honors from the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Elgar is the featured performer at an Open Mike Cabaret.  Jan. 8,
7 p.m. $10. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787, www.amazingthings.org

It’s a mod world  How did psychedelic, neon, and day-glo come
into fashion? “Color Revolution: Style Meets Science in the 1960s” shows how postwar shortages of materials, influences from non-Western cultures, new fibers and dyes, and other factors combined to create the fashions of the sixties.  Through Jan. 26. Wed-Sun,
10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8; $6 seniors, students, and ages 6-16. American
Textile History Museum, 491 Dutton St., Lowell. 978-441-0400, www.athm.org

Flexibility key  In 2009, members of the band Morphine and guitarist Jeremy Lyons started the Elastic Waste Band. They play music of Morphine, plus originals and covers of rock, African blues, and New Orleans street tunes on baritone saxophone, string bass, slide guitar, and drums. Catch their regular Wednesday night set in Cambridge.  Jan. 8, 10 p.m. No cover. Atwood’s, 877 Cambridge St.,
Cambridge. 617-864-2792, www.atwoodstavern.com

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