Boston-area to do list

Detail of Joseph Cavalieri‘s “Jackie O in White.”
Joseph Cavalieri
Detail of Joseph Cavalieri‘s “Jackie O in White.”


People in glass portraits

You’re unlikely to see Jackie O, King Henry III, or Bart Simpson in the stained glass windows at church, but you will see them at “Rethinking Tradition: Portraits in Glass by Joseph Cavalieri.” The New York-based artist started working with glass full time in 2009 after stints as an art director for GQ, People, and Good Housekeeping. He uses traditional glass techniques, collage, air brushing, silk screening, and LED lights to create his award-winning work, of which he says, “I see my art as glass posters. Illuminated graphics which bring a fresh attitude to this medieval art form. I combine elements such as pop icons, engravings, and two-headed birds.” Through July 20. Tues-Sat.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Society of Arts and Crafts Gallery, 175 Newbury St., Boston. 617-266-1810,


Swarm up Did you think nothing good could come from a locust swarm? Biologist Steve Simpson of the University of Sydney focuses on the positive in “Law of the Locusts: What Insect Swarms Teach Us About Cannibalism, Aging, and Human Obesity.June 18, 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Museum of Natural History, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. 617-495-3045,

Super duper With the latest Superman movie now in theaters (”Man of Steel”), it’s a good time to bone up on the real-life history of the fictional superhero. Journalist Larry Tye will discuss his book “Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero.”June 18, 7 p.m. Newtonville Books, 10 Langley Rd., Newton Centre. 617-244-6619,


In the neighborhood What’s your ’hood’s claim to fame? Fort Point Channel is the birthplace of the safety razor, and those candy hearts you love to eat on Valentine’s Day. It's also bustling with museums, artist studios, and restaurants. Check it out in “A Walking Tour of the Fort Point Channel Neighborhood.”June 18, 6-8 p.m. $20. Meet in front of South Station, Atlantic and Summer Streets, Boston. 617-267-4430,

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Straight A’s “A Is for Alpine,” the debut album for Alpine, was named iTunes’ Australian alternative album of the year. Vocalist Phoebe Baker says the recording is the band’s “innocent and not so innocent explorations through our 20-something emotions.” See them with Spanish rockers Crystal Fighters. June 18, 8 p.m. doors. $17. Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 617-547-5200,


Ship comes in One actor + two dozen characters = “Jimmy Titanic.” The actor is Colin Hamell, and the characters are Irish shipbuilders, a New York Times editor, the Mayor of Belfast, and others with a connection to the ill-fated Titanic. New Repertory Theatre presents the Boston premiere of Tir Na Theatre’s production. June 19,
7:30 p.m. preview, pay-what-you-can. Through June 30. $36, senior/student discounts available. Arsenal Center for the Arts, Black Box, 321 Arsenal St., Watertown. 617-923-8487,

Good vibrations Albert Dadon was born in Morocco, raised in Israel and France, and settled in Australia at 27. Along the way he became jazz guitarist Albare, melding Moroccan roots with blues, soul, and a steady groove. Of his chosen instrument, Albare says, “The strings have their own energy and don’t necessarily do what you want them to, so it takes quite a while to master. But you can listen beyond the music to the vibrations, which are very much part of the music.” June 19, 7:30 p.m. $20. Regattabar, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge. 617-395-7757,