PICK OF THE DAY
Broadway vets Rebecca Luker and Michael Winther celebrate tunesmith Harold Arlen at “What Makes It Great?” With Rob Kapilow. Songs at “Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen” include “Over the Rainbow,” “Stormy Weather,” “That Old Black Magic,” and “Get Happy.” Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. $30 and up. Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., Boston. 617-482-6661. www.celebrityseries.org
Do you wanna know a secret? Boston-based Luminarium Dance uses dance, light, and text, and for “Secrets & Motion” the troupe adds secrets. A dance-on-camera film played in reverse, “The One I Keep,” explores secrets we keep and share. 8 p.m. $25, $20 students and seniors. Boston University Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. 617-477-4494. www.luminariumdance.org/secrets
T stop The oldest transportation system in the country was the inspiration for a new show by Gretchen Ann Graham, who is no stranger to the T. The artist’s grandfather was a motorman, and his granddaughter was allowed to ride up front with Papa. “Photographer on the MBTA” finds beauty in the older architecture, new construction, stations, and daily experience. Saturdays noon-4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Free. The Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington St., Somerville. 617-623-5315.www.washington.org
Self contained Who knew that a 40-foot shipping container could be an art venue, but it is for the Container Man Music Expo. Sculpture, mechanical musical instruments, and original compositions by more than 20 musicians fill the “concert hall” conceived in 1994 in Taiwan by sculptor and performance artist Yin Peet. Instruments include “The Standing Heart” stainless steel washing machine tub and “The Ribs,” an old typewriter that sounds like a piano. 3-9 p.m. (Nov. 3 2-5 p.m.). $15 online, $20 at the door. Contemporary Arts International Red Box Performance Hall, 68 Quarry Road, Acton. 617-699-6401. www.quarryfestivals.org
Zelda’s world If you get engrossed in your video games and don’t listen to the music, here’s a chance to appreciate the theme music from Nintendo’s “The Legend of Zelda.” “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” orchestral score transports you to “Ocarina of Time,” “The Wind Waker,” “The Twilight Princess,” and more. 8 p.m. $38.75-$92.75. Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St., Boston. 800-432-7250. www.citicenter.org
Musical time machine An American 19th-century piano, historical flute, and strings will be played at “Of Poetry and Politics: Music at the Time of the Civil War” by the period-instrument chamber ensemble Musicians of the Old Post Road. Popular and art music by Beethoven, Liszt, Stephen Foster, and pianist Thomas Wiggins takes you back to the Massachusetts music scene during the Civil War period. 4 p.m. $30, $25 students and seniors, free for ages 7-17 (when accompanied by an adult). Museum of African American History, 14 Beacon St., Boston. 781-466-6694. www.oldpostroad.org
Peeling punk To describe a band as noise rock might not sound like a compliment to some, but the Japanese noise rock band Melt-Banana has quite a fan base of punk rockers in America and the United Kingdom. You can expect shrieking vocals, overdriven guitars, one-and-a-half-minute songs, and high-speed vocals from lead singer Yasuko O. Nov. 3, 7 p.m. doors. $13.50, $15 day of show. 18+. The Sinclair, 52 Church St., Cambridge. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.comJune Wulff can be reached at email@example.com.