Boston-area to do list

Aspara Dancing Stones.
Aspara Dancing Stones.


Refuge in dance In the late 1980s, refugees of the Cambodian genocide formed the Angkor Dance Troupe in Lowell. The ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary with the world premiere of “Apsara Dancing Stones,” a contemporary dance drama directed by Cambodian classical dance expert Master Phousita Huy. It explores Cambodian spiritual, political, and cultural history in a show that fuses modern and classical Cambodian styles. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. $18 -$50; $125 includes pre-show dinner and private performance. Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. 978-454-2299,


Evil queen You thought Snow White’s stepmother was bad? The queen in Maurice Maeterlinck’s play “The Death of Tintagiles” is a real terror. Theatrical ensemble imaginary beasts dare you to come see the chamber play, which opens just in time for Halloween. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. $20, $15 students and seniors. Boston Center for the Arts, Plaza Black Box, 539 Tremont St., Boston. 617-933-8600,

Make it macabre In “Everything That Creeps” the dolls by Beth Robinson and Mealy Monsterland are strange, creepy, and in some cases, kind of cute. SPACE 242’s Halloween exhibit also features illustrative paintings, masks, and ink drips. Through Oct. 31. Wed-Fri 4-9 p.m., Sat 2-8 p.m. Reception Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. Lincoln Arts Project, 289 Moody St., Waltham.


Reflecting on the blues When President and Michelle Obama planned a concert at the White House to celebrate blues music, Keb’ Mo’ was there. The Grammy Award-winning artist stops in Boston on a fall tour. Oct. 26, 8 p.m. $35-$47. Wilbur Theatre, 246 Tremont St., Boston.


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Mayoral music As a teen, Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone played trumpet in the Somerville High School Jazz Band. As mayor, he started the Joe’s Jazz & Blues Fest. The present-day Somerville High School Jazz Ensemble opens the all-day show, which also features Agachiko, the Jellyrollers, Jeremy Lyons Trio, Sonic Explorers, and the Tim Gartland Group. During the week, artists including the Sarah Levecque Band and the Love Dogs play around the city. Oct. 27, noon-6 p.m. Free. Powderhouse Park, Powderhouse Circle, Somerville. See website for week’s schedule.

Bully for broccoli At the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, sample veggie foods, get advice from the vegan dietitian, and see speakers and chefs including Laura Theodore 0f NPR’s “Jazzy Vegetarian” cooking show. Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., Boston. 617-424-8846,