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Gotta dance

It’s been more than 25 years since “Dance at Bougival’’ (pictured), “Dance in the Country,” and “Dance in the City” were together in Boston. The first is owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, the other two are on loan from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The 1883 full-length, approximately 6-foot-tall dancing couples reunite for “Dancing With Renoir,” an exhibit of Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Wednesday hours are 10 a.m.-9:45 p.m. (through Sept. 3). $22, $20 seniors and students 18 and older, $10 ages 7-17 (school days until 3 p.m.), free under 7 (free under 18 during non-school hours), voluntary donation Wed after 4 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston.


Finger-picking good It was the finger-style picking of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed that helped fine-tune the style of Jim Hurst. NotloB Parlour Concerts welcomes the two-time International Bluegrass Music Association guitar player of the year and his bluegrass, Americana, roots, jazz vocals and guitar picking. 8 p.m. $14 suggested donation. Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain.

To procreate or not to procreate The decision to have a child is a whopper for the young couple in Duncan Macmillan’s “Lungs.” In a world of global and political turmoil, the two wrestle with their decision in this drama presented by Barrington Stage Company. 7:30 p.m. (through June 10). $15-$39, $15 (May 23 and 24 previews). Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Pittsfield. 413-236-8888.


Beautiful and grotesque We know life is messy and human desire is complicated, but for those of you who need to be reminded, there are eight artists who oblige at “Pretty Ugly: Deviant Materialism.” Painting, sculpture, video, and photography deliver the message through body forms. Wednesday hours are noon-5 p.m. (through June 24). Free. Mills Gallery, 551 Tremont St., Boston. 617-426-8835.


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Heard and herd Here’s a chamber opera about a farmer who invents a machine to slaughter his herd faster so he can get out of debt. Guerilla Opera presents Rudolf Rojahn’s “Bovinus Rex,” a new take on that Oedipus thing. May 24-26 at 8 p.m., May 27 at
2 p.m. $10-$15. Boston Conservatory Zack Box, 8 The Fenway,
Boston. 617-912-9222.

Fiddler on the refrigerator Gabriela talks to the moon, who happens to be a man playing a violin on her refrigerator and wearing a Panama hat. When her husband returns from war, the desert appears like a Dalí painting and the house cat dances with a coyote. Got it? “References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot” is José Rivera’s comic drama. May 24 at 8 p.m. (through June 9). $15 and up, $10 students. Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Julie Harris Stage, 2357 Route 6, Wellfleet. 866-811-4111.

Sound tracks On the Grammy-winning “Boardwalk Empire” soundtrack, Rob Morsberger is the arranger and performer on a track featuring Loudon Wainwright III. NOVA scienceNOW on PBS is another Morsberger soundtrack. “Ghosts Before Breakfast,” his new CD, was written before the singer-songwriter was diagnosed with brain cancer. Morsberger performs in Somerville with his pal guitarist Peter Calo. May 24 at 8 p.m. $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004.