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Pictured: a detail of John Singer Sargent’s “White Ships.”
Museum of Fine Arts
Pictured: a detail of John Singer Sargent’s “White Ships.”


Painting a picture

Reclining human figures, abstract landscapes, and patterns of light and shadow were favorite themes of John Singer Sargent. At “John Singer Sargent Watercolors,” the 92 beauties on view were painted when the artist was in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Also included: 10 Sargent oils, four by Edward Darley Boit, and three British watercolors. Pictured: a detail of Sargent’s “White Ships.” Oct. 13 from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (through Jan. 20). $25, $23 students and seniors, free under 18 (includes museum access and one repeat visit within 10 days). Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-267-9300.


Under one funny roof It’s great to have another chuckles club in the city, we need the laughs, folks. Laugh Boston presents Dom Irrera with Lamont Price and Langston Kerman. Irrera collected his material from his childhood in South Philadelphia, where he grew up with multiple generations and stories. 8 and 10 p.m. $25 and up. 21+. Laugh Boston, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston. 617-263-1300.

One brick at a time The last time Ian Anderson performed “Thick as a Brick” in its entirety was 1972. The Jethro Tull leader, flute player, composer, and singer will also treat you to his new album, “Thick as a Brick 2.” 8 p.m. $38.75-$85. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 866-348-9738.


Sultry Selena Did you catch the sultry vocal performance by Selena Gomez of “Come and Get it” on “Dancing With the Stars”? If not, pray to the music gods that this track from “Stars Dance” is on the pop singer’s set list. 7 p.m. $38.50, $68.50. TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. 800-745-3000.

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Flooding the market This year’s “Battles” by Kingsley Flood deals with delusional dictators, spray-tanned politicans, and laid-off workers — look around, folks, they’re everywhere. The Boston- and D.C.-based Boston Music Award winners are getting ready to release their next album and will give you a preview. 8 p.m. $15. 18+. Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave.,
Boston. 800-745-3000.

Northern exposure It’s open season for open studios, and if you head north you’ll treat yourself to jewelry, mosaics, painting, photography, pottery, textiles, prints, sculpture, and weaving/knitting at the Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour. Oct. 12-14 from 10 a.m.-
5 p.m. Free. Gloucester and Rockport (map available online). 978-281-3347.


Going for the gold It’s the 50th anniversary season for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players who
present a program that begins and ends with pieces by Thomas Adès. The pianist and harpsichordist is on hand (get it?), as is baritone John Brancy. Pieces by Debussy and Ravel are the center of the Adès sandwich. Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. $22-$38. Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-266-1200.

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