Closing out on a high note
JOSÉ MATEO BALLET THEATRE The company’s final concert of the season, “New Eruptions,” offers two world premieres, paired on a program with the 2012 “Taking Turns” (pictured), set to the music of Philip Glass. One premiere is set to Busoni’s adaptation of Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor. The other features a playfully jazzy interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C Major by American composer-pianist Uri Caine. April 25-May 11. $40. Sanctuary Theatre, Cambridge. 617-354-7467, www.ballettheatre.org
THE WHOLEHEARTED A boldly arresting new solo show about a fictional boxer who has a major score to settle with the guy who helped launch her career. While overly reliant on cliché, “The Wholehearted’’ is elevated by the skillful use of video and especially by Suli Holum’s transfixing portrayal of the prizefighter, alternately brooding and explosive. Through April 27. Production by Stein/Holum Projects. Presented by ArtsEmerson. At Jackie Liebergott Black Box, Emerson/Paramount Center. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org
GOOD TELEVISION David J. Miller directs the New England premiere of Rod McLachlan’s behind-the-scenes look at reality TV, in which the producer of an “Intervention’’-like show titled “Rehabilitation,’’ played by Christine Power, prepares to build an episode around a South Carolina meth addict and his family. April 25-May 17. Zeitgeist Stage Company, at Plaza Black Box Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts. 617-933-8600, www.zeitgeiststage.com
STUPID [EXPLETIVE] BIRD Playwright Aaron Posner has crafted a deliciously irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” that captures Chekhov’s bemusement with the theater world’s posers while plumbing the depths of romantic frustration among a collection of self-absorbed characters. Once again, director Danielle Fauteux Jacques has gathered a fearless ensemble that delivers full-throttle performances oozing with emotional fervor. The result is a funny, occasionally thought-provoking evening that would surely give Chekhov a giggle. Through April 26. Apollinaire Theatre Company, at Chelsea Theatre Works. 617-887-2336, www.apollinairetheatre.com
BIG APPLE CIRCUS: LUMINOCITY Times Square comes to City Hall Plaza as the annual visitors in this hybrid newfangled-old-school circus bring their current show to town. It’s a bustling intersection of crane-your-neck marvels — the “free ladder” stuntman, the teeter-board acrobats — and comic diversions such as a flimflam man and a world-class clown in a Gilligan hat. Through May 11. At Boston City Hall Plaza. 888-541-3750, www.bigapplecircus.org
ALONZO KING LINES BALLET The acclaimed San Francisco-based company, now in its 32d year, showcases King’s distinctively lean and muscular contemporary ballet aesthetic in two works, the new “Concerto for Two Violins,” set to Bach’s masterpiece, and “Resin,” a 2011 work that feeds off colorful, evocative music of the Sephardic Jews. April 25. $35.50-$47.50. Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford. 508-994-2900, www.zeiterion.org
SPRING CELEBRATION Kieran Jordan, Boston’s first lady of contemporary Irish dance, and her troupe offer two evenings of dance and live music evoking the rich culture of the Emerald Isle, from traditional sean-nós dance to Jordan’s original choreography. April 25-26. $15-$20. Green Street Studios, Cambridge. 617-645-3743, www.kieranjordan.com
SPRUNG This second concert by the Dance Complex’s mentored artistic laboratory, “aMaSSiT,” features new works and works-in-progress by mentors and mentees alike. Participating choreographers include mentor Brian Feigenbaum, as well as Thasia Giles, Molly Hess, Chien-Hwe Carol Hong, Eugenia Kim, Carey McKinley, Meghan Riling, Kara Fili, and Tara Webster. April 25 and 27. $15-$20. Dance Complex, Cambridge. 617-547-9363, www.dancecomplex.org
KENJI NAKAYAMA: ÉTUDES Nakayama, who originally came to Boston from Japan to learn sign painting, applies a decorative pin-striping technique to whirling, calligraphic abstract paintings. His works reference cultures and religions from Japanese Buddhism to Eastern Orthodox. Through May 18. Fourth Wall Project, 132 Brookline Ave. www.fourthwallproject.com
SEAN DOWNEY: HUNKER HAWSER Downey takes us back to utopian New Age ideals, with lushly colored, discomforting paintings that don’t so much wax nostalgic as question the starry-eyed dreaming and consider where it has taken us. Through May 17. LaMontagne Gallery, 555 East Second St. 617-464-4640, www.lamontagnegallery.com
AMICA: AUTOMATIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT COLLECTORS’ ASSOCIATION
In the 1800s, all it took to make music was turning a crank or pumping bellows. Music boxes, organs, and a player piano are on view, with a demonstration on Sunday, April 27.
Through May 10.
119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford St., Lowell. 978-452-8138, www.119gallery.org
MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES Dazzling, wildly fanciful and tautly constructed video installations that combine chutes, shafts, bingo balls, big bodies, and much more by the US-based artist born in Buenos Aires and raised in Israel. Through June 8. Rose Art Museum, Waltham. 781-736-3434, www.brandeis.edu/rose
TSAR’S CABINET More than 230 decorative objects — dating from the time of Peter the Great in the early 18th century to Nicholas II in the early 20th — designed for the use of Russia’s ruling Romanov family. Includes porcelain, glassware, enamel, silver, and much more. Through May 24. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton. 978-598-5000, museumofrussianicons.org
QUILTS AND COLOR Nearly 60 quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy Collection, accumulated over five decades by artists Paul Pilgrim and Gerald Roy, with emphasis on works that chime with 20th-century aesthetics. Through July 27. Museum of Fine Arts. 617-267-9300, www.mfa.org
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THE REFUSAL OF TIME A 30-minute, five-channel video installation by the South African artist, providing a meditation on the pressure of time and the attempt — both political and existential — to escape it. A collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh, and Peter Galison. Complemented by a selection of Kentridge’s works on paper. Through May 4. Institute of Contemporary Art. 617-478-3100, www.icaboston.org
New from Old
JOHN O’REILLY: NEW WORK, 2010-2014 O’Reilly, a master of sumptuous and tender collages that leap through time and fracture and sew together space, starts these new works on large facsimiles of Old Master drawings, to which he adds other fragments. (Pictured: “No. XXIX Claude Series.”) Through May 20. Miller Yezerski Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave. 617-262-0550, www.milleryezerski gallery.com
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