PICK OF THE DAY
This land is our land
Water, energy, wildlife preservation, and climate change are the stars of the Boston Enviro-Film Festival’s eight documentaries and shorts. Presented by “e” inc., the screenings include “Trashed” starring Jeremy Irons, “White Gold” narrated by Hillary Clinton, and “From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction.” Pictured: author Joel Greenberg examines century-old passenger pigeon specimens in “From Billions to None.” May 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 per film. Four venues: Goethe-Institut Boston (170 Beacon St.), Atlantic Wharf (290 Congress St.), Castle Square Community Building (464 Tremont St.), Charlestown Navy Yard Bldg. 114 (114 16th St.). 800-838-3006. bostonenvirofilmfest.brownpapertickets.com
Broadway babies When 200 voices sing “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Edelweiss,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” and other Broadway gems, you might start tapping your toes, warming up your voice, and putting on stage makeup. “All the World’s a Stage” is brought to you by The Mystic Chorale. 7:30 p.m. (May 18 at 3:30 p.m.). $18, $15 students and seniors, free under 5. Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont St., Boston. 781-316-2500.
A spring in their step Spring is here because “Plenazo Primaveral!” celebrates the season and 43 years of cultural work by Jorge Arce and Humano. Music and dance includes Jorge Arce and Raíz de
Plena, Bomba Sankofa Dance Troupe, and Salsa y Control Dance Company. 7 p.m. $40 (benefit for the Humano Multicultural Program). Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, 85 West Newton St., Boston. 787-364-0198. www.jorgearce.org
60 minutes Local composers Christopher Bailey, Jim Dalton, Julia Werntz, and Jane Wang present 60 60-second (or less) electroacoustic or acousmatic works by 60 different composers at “UnTwelve Mix.” The concert was described to us as recorded “music in a room with people sitting in chairs, two speakers, a person by a music stand gently (and hopefully quietly) flipping 8½-by-11-inch sheets of card stock with the title and composer printed or handwritten for each piece (one flip per minute).” 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Mobius, 55 Norfolk St., Cambridge. 617-945-9481. www.mobius.org
Nature nurtures Nature is the jumping-off point for Chameleon Arts Ensemble’s “where light and shade repose” program of Beethoven, Shih-Hui Chen, Alan Hovhaness, and Anton Bruckner.
8 p.m. (May 18 at 4 p.m.). $25-$45, $5 student and senior discount. First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston. 617-427-8200. www.chameleonarts.org
Go local You and your cocktail attire are invited to take in the work of 50 local artists of RAW Boston. The indie arts organization’s showcase includes fashion, hair, and makeup design, music, film, and art. May 18 from 7-11 p.m. $15, $20 (cash at the door). 21+. Rumor,
100 Warrenton St. Boston. 213-995-6729. www.rawartists.org/
Oud and about Mal Barsamian got his musical career going at the age of 4 by playing the dumbeg (hand drum) at a picnic with his father. Coming from a family of oud (lute) players, Barsamian learned how to play and has a rep for this instrument, the clarinet, dumbeg, guitar, and saxophone. The oud, clarinet, and sax are front and center at “A Sunday Afternoon With a Virtuoso” starring Barsamian and friends. May 18 at 4 p.m. Suggested donation $14; $10 students, seniors ($2 discount with reservations). Arts at the Armory Cafe,
191 Highland Ave., Somerville. 888-810-2063. www.afternoon