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    Arts events this week around Boston

    Mirror ball - ROBIN MANDEL: EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE Mandel explores visual perception with mirrors. “A mirror can turn light against itself,’’ he says in a statement, “becoming an object, a shadow, and a reflection all at once. . . . I am interested in what your eye sees when it knows it’s being fooled.’’ Through Jan. 29. Laconia Gallery, 433 Harrison Ave.


    THREE PIANOS Lurking at the heart of this clever, beguiling, and often whimsical journey through Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise’’ is the notion that music - all music - has a singular power to speak not just to us but for us. Through Jan. 8. Presented by American Repertory Theater at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge. 617-547-8300,


    UNCLE VANYA Craig Lucas’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic study of wasted lives on a provincial Russian estate is Americanized to a fault, and the acting in this production from Apollinaire Theatre Company isn’t always stellar, but John Kuntz gives a powerful performance in the title role, and the staging of each of the play’s four acts in a different room of the Chelsea Theatre Works building makes the audience feel like privileged guests on the estate. Through Jan. 22. Chelsea Theatre Works, Chelsea. 617-887-2336,

    THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE Stickball Productions presents this enjoyable adaptation of George V. Higgins’s classic 1972 crime novel, set in Boston. The book is mostly dialogue, so it works well as theater, and the action ranges over the Oberon playing space, with people meeting here and there, often hanging out with the audience. And Paulo Branco is all grit and gravel as a Karl Malden-like Eddie Coyle; when he’s agitated, his whole body stutters. Through Jan. 15. Oberon, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,




    MISTERS AND SISTERS - A LOVE STORY IN SONG & DANCE David Parker & the Bang Group have been an integral part of Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy for more than a decade. To celebrate the summer festival’s 15th anniversary, they’re offering two cabaret-style performances of this clever, charming, and often very funny autobiographical romp through the great American songbook. Jan. 11 and 18, 8 p.m. Oberon, Cambridge. 866-811-4111,

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    THIRD IN LINE Magdalene San Millán channels her alcoholic grandmother, embittered mother, and creative father, among others, in this one-woman show about the humor and pathos of families and their impact on who we become. The roughly one-hour performance combines dance and theatrical monologues to trace the choreographer’s personal transformation. (Not suitable for young children.) Jan. 8, 7 p.m. Lily Pad, Cambridge. 617-223-1123,

    GOLDEN GATES RUSSIAN YOUTH DANCE TROUPE With lilting balalaikas and high-stepping choreography, this concert by the St. Petersburg touring ensemble brings to life traditional music, dances, games, and rituals of Russia and the Ukraine. It promises to be a lively, colorful presentation for the whole family. Jan. 6, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, Winchester. 781-721-7840,

    MUSIC LEGENDS With great show tunes and the iconic music of legendary stars, Showcase Dance Productions’ annual winter concert features its students and faculty in dance styles ranging from tap and ballet to Broadway hoofing and Irish step. The performance also includes an appearance by the Showcase Dancing Dads. Jan. 8, 4 p.m. $14. Stadium Theatre, Woonsocket, R.I. 401-762-4545,


    Young masters - REMBRANDT AND DEGAS: TWO YOUNG ARTISTS A selection of portraits and etchings that aims to shed light on Rembrandt’s influence on Degas. Pictured: Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait With Curly Hair and White Collar.’’ Through Feb. 5. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303,


    ANNE LILLY: NIMBUS: RECENT SCULPTURES Lilly, a kinetic sculptor, uses sleek machines to manipulate perceptions of time and space. Her interactive, stainless steel works pull the viewer in, even as they transform the surrounding space with shadow play. Through Jan. 20. Nesto Gallery, Milton Academy, 170 Centre St., Milton. 617-898-2335,


    IMMERSION: ARTEFACTING IN DHARAVI, THE ENGINE THAT RUNS MUMBAI Artist Alex White Mazzarella led a team of artists into a Mumbai neighborhood known as one of Asia’s largest slums, and created art about what they found there. Through March 23. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center,41 Second St., Cambridge. 617-577-1400,

    LISA VERSHBOW: PAPER DRESS ADORNED Metalsmith Vershbow originally made life-size paper dresses to display her jewelry, but they quickly took on greater craft and meaning. At Ars Libri, she uses materials such as marbled bookbinding papers. Through Jan. 31. Ars Libri Ltd., 500 Harrison Ave. 617-357-5212,



    APHRODITE AND THE GODS OF LOVE Drawing on the MFA’s superb Greek and Roman collections, as well as nine first-rate loans from Italy, this show explores the role of Aphrodite and her amorous offspring in around 150 exquisite objects. Through Feb. 20. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300,

    DANCE/DRAW Work by 40 artists exploring the multilayered connection between drawing and dance in contemporary art. Through Jan. 16. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100,

    REMBRANDT AND DEGAS: TWO YOUNG ARTISTS A selection of portraits and etchings that aims to shed light on Rembrandt’s influence on Degas. Through Feb. 5. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. 413-458-2303,


    GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS: THE ANDREWS SHAKER COLLECTION More than 200 objects from the collection of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, the first important collectors of Shaker objects, in a show that tells the story of the collection’s development. Through Feb. 5. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,