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    Upcoming arts events around Boston

    Mike Glier’s “February 15, 2012: Rees Valley, New Zealand.”
    Barbara Krakow Gallery
    Mike Glier’s “February 15, 2012: Rees Valley, New Zealand.”

    Artistic opposites

    to bridge global and local, Glier travels to opposite points
    on the globe and makes art. These paintings and drawings depict landscapes of New Zealand, which has Spain as an antipode. Pictured: Glier’s “February 15, 2012: Rees Valley, New Zealand.” Through Oct. 13. Barbara Krakow Gallery, 10 Newbury St.,

    Cate McQuaid


    GOOD PEOPLE South Boston native David Lindsay-Abaire’s brilliant look homeward may seem like it’s about class issues, but there’s much more going on in his layered narrative of choices and personal integrity, beautifully directed by Kate Whoriskey. Johanna Day is wonderfully war-weary as the heroine, Margie, one of a cast of achingly imperfect characters in this Boston-set drama. Through Oct. 14. Huntington Theatre Company. At Boston University Theatre. 617-266-0800, www.hunting

    HOMESTEAD CROSSING Massachusetts playwright William Donnelly has crafted a gem of a play that celebrates connection within the confines of an upscale suburban living room. A quartet of wonderful actors breathes life into Donnelly’s quirky, comic characters in this lyrical look at longtime relationships. Through Sept. 30. Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Lowell. 978-654-4678,

    Terry Byrne


    THE [EXPLETIVE] WITH THE HAT Director David R. Gammons and his first-rate cast capture the jumpy rhythms of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s dark comedy about a newly paroled drug dealer who struggles to figure out the right way to live, even as he’s knocked for a loop by the discovery of a mysterious hat that suggests his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Through Oct. 13. SpeakEasy Stage Company. At Roberts Studio Theatre, Boston Center
    for the Arts. 617-933-8600,

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    THE KITE RUNNER Directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue from Matthew Spangler’s adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel, and featuring an excellent performance by Nael Nacer, this is a compassionate, deeply moving, event-packed journey across eras, cultures, national boundaries, and the emotional terrain of tumultuous lives. The fact that the trip also includes a few detours into melodrama and hard-to-swallow coincidence doesn’t diminish its overall power. Through Oct. 7. New Repertory Theatre. At Charles Mosesian Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. 617-923-8487,

    Don Aucoin


    LES 7 DOIGTS DE LA MAIN This eclectic Montreal-based troupe showcases its high-energy, high-speed movement artistry and acrobatic skills in its latest creation, “Sequence 8.” The show explores the concept of the other and its impact on how we define ourselves. Sept. 27-Oct. 7. $25-$79. Cutler Majestic
    Theatre. 617-824-8400,

    BU DANCE SHOWCASE Choreographers Lorraine Chapman,
    Gina DeFreitas, Lynn Modell, Margot Parsons, DeAnna Pellecchia, and Ingrid Schatz contribute to this stylistically diverse concert presented by the dance program at Boston University. Guest artists from Boston Ballet II will perform choreography by Jorma Elo and a world premiere by Igor Burlak. Sept. 28-29, 8 p.m. $15, $10 students. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave. 617-353-1597,

    MOVEMENT AT THE MILLS This ongoing series of performances aims to blur the line between performers and audience, eschewing the proscenium stage for an experiential “walk through.” Featured artists this time out are Rhode Island-based elephant JANE dance, Heidi Henderson, and Boston-based Annie Kloppenberg & Co. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Free. Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-456-1132,


    JAZZ & TAP LIVE! Tap fans should head north this weekend as Drika Overton & Friends hit the stage of Kittery’s the Dance Hall in a show designed to evoke the casual intimacy of a jazz club. In addition to Overton, featured dancers include Gay Nardone and the irrepressible Josh Hilberman, with live music provided by Paul Arslanian, Nate Therrien, and Jonny Peiffer. Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine. 207-703-2083, www.thedancehall

    Karen Campbell

    The Allan Stone Gallery, New York
    Willem de Kooning’s gouache on paper “Untitled, 1939.”


    CHUCK WEBSTER  This process-oriented abstract painter is working on a larger scale, with attention to surface, texture, and stitched lines like Frankenstein's scars. Frequently, a central form suggests something monumental, which plays against the humble nature of Webster's intuitive approach. Through Oct. 13. Steven Zevitas Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave. 617-778-5265,

    JOHN WILSON:  MEXICO, 1950-1956  Wilson was inspired by the activist art of José Clemente Orozco, and in his own paintings and prints made in Mexico at the dawn of the Civil Rights Era, he addressed social justice for African Americans. Through Oct. 27. Martha Richardson Fine Art, 38 Newbury St. 617-266-3321, www.martharichardson

    ELSEWHERE  Liz Devlin, founder of the arts digest FLUX. Boston,   put together this ethereal group show, aimed to tickle the surreal with installation art, sculpture, and works on paper and canvas. Artists include Matt Brackett, Brenda Star, and Scott Listfield. Through Oct. 26. Distillery Gallery, 516 East
    Second St., South Boston.

    Cate McQuaid


    WEATHERBEATEN: WINSLOW HOMER AND MAINE Timed to coincide with the opening of the renovated Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, this show gathers together 35 major works painted by Homer in the final decade of his life. Through Dec. 30. Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine. 207-775-6148,


    JULIANNE SWARTZ: HOW DEEP IS YOUR Inventive, poetic, and witty installations and sculpture that play with perception. Through Dec. 30. deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln. 781 259 8355,

    Work from five decades focusing on the importance of the grid to LeWitt’s career, and emphasizing his passion for music — especially Bach. Through Dec. 9. Williams College Museum of Art,
    Williamstown. 413-597-2429,

    Sebastian Smee

    Shaping modernism

    AMERICAN VANGUARDS: GRAHAM, DAVIS, GORKY, DE KOONING, AND THEIR CIRCLE, 1927-1942 A look at the influence of John Graham’s circle on American modernism. Pictured: De Kooning’s gouache on paper “Untitled, 1939.” Through Dec. 30. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover. 978-749-4015,

    Sebastian Smee